Monday, March 30, 2009

Awakening is a readjustment

The state is always present, is our normal, permanent, real nature - as the Masters of all the doctrines never tire of telling us - but the conscious experience of it is denied us by a deviation of subjectivity on to a concept that, as such, is unreal, an object in consciousness appearing as its own subject. Until this phantom is exorcised by being exposed, subjectivity appears to be bound, and we cannot experience it as it is in reality.

When this anomalous situation is understood, we need to start putting this understanding into practice, that is not just thinking about it, but experiencing it. There have been people, apparently born 'ready', for whom the fact of understanding has been sufficient in itself to produce the experience, but for the rest of us habit and practice are a necessary prelude to conscious experience of our reality.

However it is important to understand that there is nothing to acquire, but only an error to be exposed, because acquiring necessarily involves using, and so strengthening that spurious 'I' whose dissolution we require.

For this merely a readjustment is needed, such readjustment being the abandonment of identification with an inexistent individual self, an abandonment which leaves us unblindfold and awake in our eternal nature.

To seek to persuade ourselves that we do not exist as individual entities is, however, to ask an eye to believe that what it is looking at is not there. But it is not we alone who have no existence as entities: there are not any anywhere in the reality of the cosmos, never have been, and never could be. Only whole-mind can reveal this knowledge as direct cognition which, once realised, is obvious. That is the total readjustment. And only 'I' remains.

- Wei Wu Wei from Ask the Awakened: The Negative Way
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Monday, March 16, 2009

If you need time to achieve something

it must be false. The real is always with you; you need 
not wait to be what you are. Only you must not 
allow your mind to go out of yourself in search. 
 - Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's the ego that causes separation

When I am full of ego, I become strong within myself. I become totally separate. So the more you like yourself as a person, the bigger your ego is. You say, "Well, I'm not supposed to like myself?". You're supposed to love yourself, but what self are we talking about? We're not talking about your body self, because that comes and goes. We're talking about your permanent self, that has always been here. And your permanent self is me, is you, is the world, is the universe, is everything. That's your permanent self.

- Robert Adams
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you need time

to achieve something, it must be false. The real is always with you; you need not wait to be what you are. Only you must not allow your mind to go out of yourself in search. 

- Nisargadatta Maharaja
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Monday, March 02, 2009

Seek only the knowledge

that un-ties the problems
of your life
seek it soon
your number is up
leave alone
what seems to be
but is not
seek what
seems not to be
yet it might

- Rumi, Quatrain 106, translation by Nader Khalif
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