Petros-Truth Newsletter Archives 2000 - 2006
The following teaching messages from gurus and classic texts were originally posted on the Petros-Truth forum of Yahoo Groups.
Original messages by Petros are now combined on a separate page, here.
"As far as I am concerned, once and for all, let me declare to the world: I
am neither illuminated nor enlightened. I am just a very ordinary, very
simple man, with no adjectives and no degrees. I have burned all my
certificates. . . . I don't know what the difference is. I am neither. I am
light itself, neither enlightened nor illuminated; I have left those words
far far behind. I can see them like dust, still stirring, far away on the
path that I will never travel again, just footprints in the sand."
-- Osho, Glimpses of a Golden Childhood 2/22/00
"A million afflictions infested my body;
Through my absorption in Sahaj
They have given way to bliss.
He who realizes his true Self
Sees the Lord
And only the Lord
Nor disease, nor three fevers (physical, mental and spiritual)
Afflict him now."
-- Kabir 2/25/00
"Only by starting with who and what I am is the problem precluded; all fear
is removed; and then one may do the right thing, if there is 'doing' to be
done. He or she beholds that Spirit is the sole self, that is 'I,' and this
leaves no need for evolvement, cross-bearing, or crown-wearing; and already
truth is truth."
-- Kay, 1994 Atlanta Awareness Center, tape 5N (3/1/00)
"It was only by investing no value in an experience that I was able to find
out its truth or falsity. What is false never lasts; it falls away of its
own accord, while what is true remains, because truth does not come and
go -- it is always there. So long as our experiences come and go and we are
investing in them our own values, thoughts and emotions, we'll never find
out if there is any truth in them, for truth is what remains when there are
no experiences left."
-- Bernadette Roberts, The Experience of No-Self 3/9/00
"Your life in this world is like a sleeper who dreams that he has gone to
sleep. He thinks, 'Now I am asleep,' unaware that he is already in a second
-- Rumi 3/9/00
"Intelligence is the fundamental meditation. Consciousness itself is
meditation. The usual man is always already seeking, so it is not a matter
of doing or not doing some particular kind of motivated search. We are
always already seeking, whether at this moment we are doing it in the form
of a yogic technique, or the next moment we are doing it in the form of a
sly glance at somebody as we pass them in the street. There is simply and
always the process of our own action. When there is the engagement of action
by real, unmotivated intelligence, understanding begins to develop as a
spontaneous, real process in consciousness."
-- Franklin Jones, The Method of the Siddhas. 3/16/00
"The world of the spirit is nothing different from the material world. The
world of the spirit is just the material world finally seen right. In the
world of the spirit one makes one's fortune by going bankrupt."
-- Christian Bobin, The Secret of Francis of Assisi 3/21/00
"There is nothing in existence other than right now. When we go into memory,
we're no longer present in the Spirit. We're in a contraction of the mind
and the emotions, and it actually has no value for us. The teaching of the
world is of contraction. The teaching of the truth is of expansion."
-- John-Roger, The Tao of Spirit 3/23/00
A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; and then he
looks and rejoices and laughs; and then he sees and knows. He knows that
his life will be over altogether too soon; he knows that he, as well as
everybody else, is not going anywhere; he knows, because he sees, that
nothing is more important than anything else. In other words, a man of
knowledge has no honor, no dignity, no family, no name, no country, but only
life to be lived, and under these circumstances his only tie to his fellow
men is his controlled folly."
-- Casteneda, A Separate Reality 3/28/00
"The worse the conditions of life, the more productive the inner work,
provided you remember to work. The energy spent on active work on oneself is
then and there transformed into a fresh supply, but that spent on
identification and negative emotions is lost forever."
-- Gurdjieff 3/30/00
"Before the world was, consciousness was. In consciousness it comes into
being, in consciousness it lasts and into pure consciousness it dissolves.
At the root of everything is the pure feeling of I Am. The state of mind,
'there is a world' is secondary, for to 'be,' I do not need a world, the
world needs me."
-- Nisargadatta, from I Am That, 4/5/00
"When the creature ends, there God begins to be. God asks only that you get
out of his way, in so far as you are creature, and let him be God in you.
The least creaturely idea that ever entered your mind is as big as God. Why?
Because it will keep God out of you entirely. The moment you get ideas, God
fades out and the Godhead too. It is when the idea is gone that God gets
-- Meister Eckhart, sermon on The Love of God 4/7/00
"Every man who has once touched the level of the impersonal is charged with
a responsibility towrads all human beings: to safeguard, not their persons,
but whatever frail potentialities are hidden within them for passing over to
-- Simone Weil, "Human Personality" 4/17/00
"To understand intellectually means to stand under -- in other words, to be
burdened by mental concepts. Such understanding prevents one from grasping
the truth, and is not true Understanding."
-- Anandamayi Ma 4/24/00
"The whole concern of learning is to find one's original heart. But a great
man is one who never loses the heart of a newborn."
-- Mencius 4/26/00
"I am not interested in what men can say with their words, I am interested only in what they can say with their Silence."
-- Sunyata [Emmanuel Sorenson] 5/1/00
"If there is one [a person in the natural state], he won't be hiding somewhere. He will be there shining like a star. You can't keep such people under a bushel."
-- U.G. Krishnamurti 5/4/00
"An avatar is only a partial manifestation of Truth; a jnani is a whole."
-- Ramana Maharshi 5/8/00
"A life planned around death can resolve itself into a number of well-defined, predictable conditions -- being a child, going to school, working for a living, marrying, raising a family of your own, and then retiring. But no one can tell you what it is going to be like to be 200 years old, let alone 2000. Not even you. As hard as you may try, you cannot plan an immortal life. All you can do is live it. So an intrinsic part of physical immortality is embracing the unknown. I use this word 'embracing' intentionally. . . . We must love this feeling of unknowing. Because living with the unknowable is not just a side effect of living forever, it essentially is living forever. This is what we're talking about. This is the immortal life."
-- Herb Bowie, _Why Die?_ 5/12/00
"Maturity is what is on the other side of Realizing. Maturity is what is left after inquiry."
-- Byron Kate, The Work Intensive (El Segundo 5/14/00) 5/22/00
"I find it to be the height of wisdom not to endeavor to oversee myself and live a life of prudence and common sense; but to see over and above myself, entertain sublime conjectures, make myself the thoroughfare of thrilling thoughts, live all that can be lived... Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not the cars. What are threescore years and ten, hurriedly and coarsely lived, to moments of divine leisure, in which your life is coincident with the life of the universe?"
-- from Thoreau's Walden 5/27/00
"Every person or condition appearing to me is personal or physical sense, knocking at the door of my consciousness to be accepted as person or condition. Consciously reject every appearance. Understand that this is neither person nor condition, but physical or pesonal sense seeking admission as real existence and seeking to personalize itself. Never let error personalize itself or you have no principle to demonstrate."
-- Joel S. Goldsmith 5/31/00
"Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."
-- from _The Prophet_ 7/4/00
"Get out of the construction business. Stop building bridges across the raging waters of samsaric existence, attempting to reach the 'far shore,' nirvana. Better to simply relax, at ease and carefree, in total naturalness, and just go with the primordial flow, however it occurs and happens. And remember this: whether or not you go with the flow, it always goes with you."
-- Nyoshul Khenpo, _Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings and Vajra Songs_. 7/8/00
"When people make the decision in their lives that they want to be free more than anything else, and that choice goes all the way to the deepest part of themselves, they begin to make different choices because they want to be free."
-- Andrew Cohen 7/14/00
"Motivation to practice is a luxury. . . . Motivation is a function of separation. Practice is designed to transcend or obviate the illusion of separation. You don't activate the motivation to practice, you simply practice. And there will be times in which you feel motivated and times in which you don't. But even when you don't feel motivated, you still practice. Consistency is what's important."
-- Lee Lozowick, _As It Is: A Year on the Road with a Tantric Teacher_. 7/15/00
"Q. How is one to know that in the heart the Self itself shines as Brahman?"
"Maharshi: Just as the elemental ether within the flame of a lamp is known to fill without any difference and without any limit both the inside and the outside of the flame, so also the knowledge-ether that is within the Self-light in the heart, fills without any difference and without any limit both the inside and the outside of that Self-light. This is what is referred to as Brahman."
-- Ramana Maharshi, _Self Enquiry_ (Vicharasangraham) 7/24/00
"The personality sitting in a chair is not the Guru. The Guru is the Divine Manisfestation, the process that can include you and rip you out of all the garbage that you value. None of this has any value and none of it is anything but God."
-- Da Free John 8/8/00
"The Absolute works with nothing. The tools and the materials are the unseen. To make yourself such material, be a blank sheet of paper upon which It might write; or a barren patch of ground into which It might plant its seed."
-- Rumi, The Fragile Vial 8/10/00
"It's extraordinarily powerful that we decide just to sit; not 'hang out' or perch, but just sit on a meditation cushion. Such a brave attitude, such a wonderful commitment is magnificent. It is very sane, extraordinarily sane. . . . Buddha did it 2,500 years ago; he sat and wasted his time. And he transmitted the knowledge to us that it is the best thing we can do for ourselves -- waste our time by sitting. . . . Just sitting like a piece of rock is a very important point."
-- Chogyam Trunpa, _The Path is the Goal_ 8/13/00
"In Buddha-Dharma, practice and enlightenment are one and the same. Because it is the practice of enlightenment, a beginner's wholehearted practice of the way is exactly the totality of original enlightenment."
-- Dogen, _Bendowa_ (Discourse on the Way) 8/15/00
"Receiving abhisheka [spiritual transmission] is not the same as collecting coins or stamps or the signatures of famous people. Receiving hundreds and hundreds of abishekas and constantly collecting blessing after blessing as some kind of self-confirmation has at times become a fad, a popular thing to do. . . . People who collect successive abhishekas in this manner regard them purely as a source of identity and as a further reference point. They collect them out of a need for security, which is a big problem."
-- Chogyam Trunpa, _Journey without Goal_
"Even one period of zazen of a single person, if it is practiced mindfully, is one with all things and completely permeates all time. It is essential to sit with an attitude of being one with the whole world in which the self is living. If you maintain this attitude, you perform essential buddha function within this inexhaustible dharma universe of past, present and future."
-- Kosho Uchiyama Roshi in _The Wholehearted Way_
"There is a separateness that is in fact more of a grand union than anything else could be. Because of the separateness there could be unity. Unity doesn't have to be glued together. In fact, that's what is known as imprisonment. You don't have to keep track of yourself particularly. You see the reflection of yourself anyway; the mountains are you anyway."
-- Chogyam Trungpa, _The Path is the Goal_ 8/19/00
"It is not anybody who is going into samadhi. If anybody goes into samadhi, he will have to come out of it. You will have to realise your natural, normal state. This is sahaja samadhi. The Maharshi also spoke about that state. A man of ignorance is in an unnatural state. . . . When ignorance is removed, he recovers his lost health. . . . If by samadhi you refer to a state into which you enter for sometime and out of which you come later on, it is not the real samadhi."
-- Swami Ramdas (1884-1963) 9/28/00
"To come to real understanding one ought not disparage the senses. The senses (and their apparent objects) are not obstacles to enlightenment; actually, they are the same as enlightenment, if one understands them only as such."
-- Seng T'san (Chinese patriarch) 10/1/00
"There is a strange consuming happiness in acting with the full knowledge that whatever one is doing may very well be one's last act on earth."
-- Journey To Ixtlan 10/23/00
"This belief in a meditator is actually the block to meditation. When this is revealed, then you will see that sitting silently is simply the body sitting silently. The mind calming is simply the mind calming. The mind agitated is the mind agitated. The body moving quickly is the body moving quickly. That which is silent, is silent in both movement and agitation. That which is free, is free."
-- from a talk by Gangaji 10/30/00
"A brief time spent in association with 'friends of truth' is better than years spent in solitary dedication."
-- adapted from Idries Shah _The Way of the Sufi_ 11/6/00
"Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink."
-- Suzuki Roshi 11/19/00
"In ordinary life, everyone wish less suffering for themselves. They never voluntarily take greater suffering than their own. Only someone wishing to increase suffering to at least 'three zeroes' am I interested in."
-- E.J. Gold (as Gurdjieff), _Secret Talks with Mr. G_ 12/1/00
"The highest achievement of any seeker is the substitution of one form of unconscious suffering and distraction for another. Locked into having peak experiences after seemingly being successful at practice, he is effectively excluding the possibility of living selflessly as God. These experiences are at best what one allows oneself to have in order to reinforce the egoistic state, and at worst what keeps one there. It is only the guru who can break that cycle of dependency on experience. What the seeker fails to realize without an appropriate relationship with the true guru is that every experience is exactly the same expression of dependency."
-- Lee Lozowick, _In the Fire_ 12/4/00
"Just as the candle is not there to illuminate itself, so the enlightened ones are not here for their own edification but for the benefit all around them."
-- Sufi saying 12/8/00
"You can have a complex mind, but it is never real to have a complex heart. There is no complexity in tenderness, no complexity in nurture, no complexity in the nectar of a true, absolutely honest way of being. Where there is an absolute, inner honesty of heart, there is the inner simplicity of a baby."
-- John DeRuiter 12/18/00
"Because you want to 'be,' you occupy yourself with talking and all else. To sustain this 'you are,' you carry out various activities; thus you keep your mind busy. But to the realized one the mind-flow is like the release of obnoxious gases from below. The one who is stabilized in the self looks down upon the mind-chattering as though it were dirty and unwanted like those gases in the stomach."
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj, _The Nectar of the Lord's Feet_ 12/29/00
"When you inquire of yourself, 'What's really going on?,' the stories the mind makes up start to get dissolved. Just let it go deep enough. Put compassion onto aspects your own life, let tenderness take down the shields that mind puts up out of fear. Then just be with what remains."
-- Neelam, New Year's intensive, Ojai 1/1/01
"From the very outset not a thing is. From the beginning your nature is pure."
"Even if you have only been present in silence at the assembly of a wise one, you have gained more potentiality than you could, by ordinary thinking, ever imagine."
-- Mirza Asim (from Idries Shah _The Way of the Sufi_)
"So I will not say that the divine exists; I will say that all that exists is divine. Existence is divine; to exist is to be divine. Nothing is that is not divine. Nothing can be that is not divine. We may know it, we may not know it; we may be aware of it, we may not be aware of it. It makes no difference."
-- Osho (Rajneesh), _I Am the Gate_
"Spiritual seeking is not to seek God or moksha or bliss because, whenever there is desire, you will again project into the future. Spiritual seeking is a disillusionment with the future and a remaining in the present: being in the present, being ready to face whatsoever comes, here and now."
"One has to accept that what one wants is merely a matter of destiny. And it is also a matter of destiny whether one will get what one wants or not. . . The mind cannot get out of maya through its own will and efforts. In fact, the mind is the instrument that maya uses. Maya works through the mind. Therefore, it is impossible for the mind to transcend maya."
-- Ramesh Balsekar
"He who instructs an ardent seeker to do this or that is not a true master. The seeker is already afflicted by his activities and wants peace and rest. In other words he wants cessation of his activities. If the teacher tells him to do something in addition to, or in place of, his other activities, can that be a help to the seeker?"
-- Ramana Maharshi
"If you realize, you know that there is no self. If you do not realize, then there is a self. Selfhood is nonrealization and realization is non-selfhood. . . . The self is the last thing one has to throw. One can throw everything, but to throw the self is almost impossible because the effort toward self-realization is the effort of the self for the self. But the moment you realize, you will not be."
"If you learn to direct your attention, which is also energy, in appropriate ways, there is no issue of mind control, of stopping your thoughts, or of anything else like that. Rather, what you are doing is learning to see underneath the thoughts to the vitality which is the source of their existence. If you can see and experience the energy that generates the thoughts, then the thoughts themselves become only so much static."
-- Chetanananda, _Dynamic Stillness_
"It is noble to see an undeveloped human being making an effort to raise himself spiritually in infinitely small amounts, since we understand his limitation. But if we see a saint lifting a match stick, and making a great fuss about it, it is a disgusting experience. So many people become emotional when they see somebody who has a tremendous capacity doing a simple act. Their ignorance and his lack of accepting a challenge allow him to use his audience badly, and the audience to react in a way that allows the ego of the performer to feel secure. But this will never create the openness that continually absorbs the total person, reducing all his attachments to a free-flowing energy."
-- Swami Rudrananda (1928-1973)
"It is not for the love of the All that the All is dearly loved. Rather it is for the love of the Self that the All is dearly loved. It is the Self that should be seen, the Self that should be heard, the Self that should be thought on and deeply pondered. By seeing the Self and hearing it, by thinking of it and knowing it, the whole Universe is known."
-- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2
"A guru is a person whose individuality is lost. Only then can he look deeply into your individuality. If he himself is an individual, he will be able to interpret you but he will never be able to know you. For example, if I am here and I say something about you, it is I who am talking about you. It is not about you; rather it is about me. I cannot help you because I cannot really know you at all. Whenever I know you, it is in a roundabout way, by knowing myself. The point of my being here must disappear. I must be just an absence. Only then can I go deep inside you without any interpretation. Only then can I know you as you are, not according to me."
-- Rajneesh, _Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy_
"A subject-object metaphysics is in fact a metaphysics in which the first division of Quality -- the first slice of undivided experience -- is into subjects and objects. Once you have made that slice, all of human experience is supposed to fit into one of these two boxes. The trouble is, it doesn't. What he had seen is that there is a metaphysical box that sits above these two boxes, Quality itself. And once he'd seen this he also saw a huge number of ways in which Quality can be divided. Subjects and objects are just one of the ways."
-- Robert M. Pirsig, _Lila_ p. 124
"When the five senses stand, their action stilled, likewise the mind; when the soul ceases to move or act: this have the sages told us is the highest path."
-- Katha Upanishad
"When someone asks me why, in that case, I went to Swami Ramdas after Maharshi's passing, I explain that the divine fervour I experienced in Sri Ramana's presence began to wane when I left him and went to stay in the Himalayas. Nevertheless, I had begun to see that a Higher Power was expressing Itself, using me as an instrument. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was a principal influence in shaping this beggar to this state. After His passing away, I did not see any conflict in going to Swami Ramdas. It was Swami Ramdas who initiated me and gave me this madness! The inner life of saints like Sri Aurobindo, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, J. Krishnamurti and Swami Ramdas is far far removed from what we can externally perceive of them. They operate rooted in the Eternal Infinite which can never be 'known'.There is no individual there to report differences!"
-- Yogi Ramsuratkumar (1918-2001)
"Why do you come to see this beggar, spending your money and time, instead of doing your duties? You think it important to see the physical frame of this beggar. But had you known that this beggar is everywhere, you would not come here often. Wherever you go, whomever you meet whenever you are at your duty, if you utter the Name of this beggar, Yogi Ramsuratkumar, this Beggar's Father will come to you support."
-- Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Bliss and peace there shall be
on the path which Adam built well.
Bliss and peace there shall be
on the path which the self takes.
Go, self, in victory
to the place from which you were transplanted,
the place of joy,
in which the true face shines.
The self has broken its chains
and shed its transient garment.
The call of the self is the call of life
which departs from the body of transience.
(Ancient Mandean gnostic poem)
"There is nothing more insidiously destructive to the attainment of liberation than self-doubt and cynicism. Doubt is a movement of the conditioned mind that always claims that . . . 'freedom is not possible for me.' Doubt always knows; it "knows" that nothing is possible. And in this knowing, doubt robs you of the possibility of anything truly new or transformative from happening. Furthermore, doubt is always accompanied by a pervasive cynicism that unconsciously puts a negative spin on whatever it touches. Cynicism is a world view which protects the ego from scrutiny by maintaining a negative stance in relationship to what it does not know, does not want to know, or cannot know. Many spiritual seekers have no idea how cynical and doubt-laden they actually are. It is this blindness and denial of the presence of doubt and cynicism that makes the birth of a profound trust impossible. A trust without which final liberation will always remain simply a dream."
"If you want to be expert in religious teaching, submit yourself to the teaching of yourself; the one who hears the teaching of self, hears the teaching of the prophets. You are the greatest book of God and the most eloquent word of God; if you want to be the foremost interpreter, be aware of that nature of yours."
-- Sun'ullah Gaibi, 17th cent. Turkish adept
"Even though the breeze blows everywhere, coolness will be felt more if we sit in the shade of a tree. In the same way, although God is all-pervading, His presence will clearly shine in cerain places more than in others. That is the greatness of satsang. Satsang is the best thing for spiritual advancement."
-- Ma Amritanandamayi
"I am infinite and so are you and so is everyone, my friend. But there is a veil, there is a veil. Do you follow me? You can see only a infinitesimal part of me. Just like when a man stands on the seashore and looks out over the great ocean, he sees only a fraction of that vast ocean. Similarly, everyone can see only a small part of me. The whole cosmos is but an infinitesimal part of the real man, but how can a man see the whole cosmos?"
-- Yogi Ramsuratkumar (1918-2001)
"In Nirvana your little ego is snuffed out. Nirvana is a process of being snuffed out. Nirvana is a defocalization on the sensate world and switching over our consciousness to the insensate world of intuition, of inner light, and of inner oscilloscopic vision in our gyral center. We have to penetrate the various sheaths or planes. . . . Your little ego becomes completely unified with the cosmic unified field of ultimate universal reality. That is the state of Nirvana which a few have had the good fortune to reach. But even if that highest goal is not reached, one step toward that supreme synthesis is a step indeed."
-- Ganesh Baba (1907-1987)
"We are all involved in a process of becoming. An awakening to higher levels of awareness, of consciousness. We are also learning wisdom. Acquiring knowledge of how the material plane works, what is karma, what is morality, what is free will. It is practically impossible to learn spirit without the benefit of an awakened teacher and we see the evidence of this in the world's religions. Without spiritual knowledge, we have no direction and moral fiber and wind up selfish, negative, lustful, maybe even violent. Maybe crazy. Yet there is some deception also in the world of living enlightened teachers, many of them believe that because they have awoken to higher levels of awareness, that they now have wisdom, which is hardly the truth. What they have is expanded awareness, which is necessary for wisdom, but not wisdom. Wisdom takes self-examination. And lots of time."
-- Don James (American teacher)
"Scholars say that the truth of Nonduality is known as Brahman, Paramatma, or Bhagavan -- that is to say, the highest, unmanifest cosmic Consciousness. Sages who with wisdom and non-attachment penetrate deeply into this will see within themselves and this conciousness in pure devotion exactly what they have read in the scriptures. For all types of human, regardless of station, the highest form of practice is found in devotion to God (however this God may be conceived). With this devotion as a focal point for the mind, the Lord within is unveiled to one."
-- Srimad Bhagavatam Canto I Ch. 2, vv. 11-14.
"Yours alone is the eye, Evil One. Yours are forms, yours is the sphere of consciousness of contact at the eye. Where no eye exists, no forms exist, no sphere of consciousness & contact at the eye exists: there, Evil One, you cannot go. Yours alone is the ear...the nose...the tongue...the body.... Yours alone is the intellect, Evil One. Yours are ideas, yours is the sphere of consciousness & contact at the intellect. Where no intellect exists, no ideas exist, no sphere of consciousness of contact at the intellect exists: there, Evil One, you cannot go."
-- Buddha to Mara in the Samyutta Nikaya IV.19
Namo Arihantanam: I bow down to Arihanta,
Namo Siddhanam: I bow down to Siddha,
Namo Ayriyanam: I bow down to Acharya,
Namo Uvajjhayanam: I bow down to Upadhyaya,
Namo Loe Savva-sahunam: I bow down to Sadhu and Sadhvi.
Eso Panch Namokaro: These five bowings down,
Savva-pavappanasano: Destroy all the sins,
Manglananch Savvesim: Amongst all that is auspicious,
Padhamam Havei Mangalam: This Navkar Mantra is the foremost.
(The Navka Mantra, a basic prayer/meditation of Jainism.)
'Organizations cannot make you free. No man from outside can make you free; nor can organized worship, nor the immolation of yourselves for a cause, make you free; nor can forming yourselves into an organization, nor throwing yourselves into works, make you free. You use a typewriter to write letters, but you do not put it on an altar and worship it. But that is what you are doing when organizations become your chief concern. “How many members are there in it?” That is the first question I am asked by all newspaper reporters. “How many followers have you? By their number we shall judge whether what you say is true or false.” I do not know how many there are. I am not concerned with that. As I said, if there were even one man who had been set free, that were enough.'
-- Krishnamurti, from his speech dissolving the Order of the Star, 1929.
"What you call the universe is your universe. And there are a lot of your universes. The whole universe springs from the fact that you are. You don't need to do anything, say anything, prove anything. It just is. You don't have to work on it for it to be there. It comes from the fact that you are. And by the fact that you exist, my existence is. By the fact that I exist, you exist. And we are. We don't have to do anything to be with each other. We don't have to make our relationship work. We are related."
-- Werner Erhard
"Scientists study the 'forces' of the atom, they have seen that it is of the Nirdana chain-link concatenative dependence, one link destroyed the whole chain is destroyed, yet they continue to play with the force, the energy of the structure of the atom of the dream, indstead of stopping and realizing they dont have to do anything at all because it is only a dream already ended, a fantastic blossom in the air."
-- J. Kerouac, _Some of the Dharma_
"Before the first step is taken the goal is reached. Before the tongue is moved the speech is finished. More (and less) than human insight is needed to find the road."
-- Ekai (1183-1250, Chinese Zen master) from Mu-Mon-Kan (The Gateless Gate)
"The sole means now for the saving of the beings of the planet Earth would be to implant again into their presences a new organ, an organ like Kundabuffer, but this time of such properties that every one of these unfortunates during the process of existence should constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death as well as of the death of everyone upon whom his eyes of attention rests."
--Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson, p. 1183
"Devotees cannot be an offense to one another. Only the usual person can offend his friends, but the devotee cannot be an offense to another devotee, even if he is wrong. Even if he is wrong, that is not an offense. He is just wrong, that is all, and that is humorous enough. You should be free to say anything you like to anyone here, and that should be a completely humorous affair! 'Look, Smack, you're an asshole. I've been wanting to kiss your cheek, and I can't even shake your hand. I've been wondering how to love you, and you're full of shit. Forget this fucking rice and vegetable meal, let's arm wrestle.' "
-- Bubba Free John, _Garbage and the Goddess_
"There are three screens. One is transparent, the second is red and the third dark. The transparent screen is called satva guna, the red one is rajas and the dark is tamas. By sadhana you must tear up these screens one by one; first the dark screen of tamas, then the red one of rajas. When these two are gone you are almost face to face with the divine as there is only the transparent screen of satva between you and the divine."
-- from _The Gospel of Swami Ramdas_
Q: Papa, you said man is only God playing the fool. When he chooses to show his real form, he does so. Before God-realization, was Papa so cheerful as now?
Papa: He then chose to play the part of an ignorant and worried man. It is God alone who is sitting here in the form of you all, posing to be ignorant ones and saying, 'I have not realized God, tell me how to cultivate bhakti, when will I realize God, etc.' In fact, you are all That. So when you choose to be free, you become free.
-- from The Gospel of Swami Ramdas
"If we can learn to understand that even though we may feel quite content just now at this moment, around the corner not too far away some form of suffering is inevitable, and that we have our choice between suffering and pain, then perhaps we can find in ourselves the serious wish to work. The false hope of some future attainable state in which we will feel no pain can destroy the inner necessity for work, unless we realize once and for all with the whole of our Being that this is an imaginary idea."
-- E.J. Gold _The Hidden Work_
"Since the recent tragedy my heart has been an open wound. Prayer, Pujas and love help to heal, yet the heart still weeps. I hold you all in my arms, in fact I hold you closer then ever before. We need to be there for all those who lost their lives. We need to be there for all those who lost loved ones. Hate has no place in any of our lives at this moment or any moment. Sit before your altars or visit your temples and churches and feel love for all of humanity. Our hearts must stay open during this time of pain. The clouds of devastation will forever be in our mind's eye. Do not let this day separate you from God the Father and God the Mother."
-- Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati (September 2001)
"Will is the fuel which carries awareness through all areas of the mind, that spirit, that spiritual quality which makes all inner goals a reality. Unfoldment does not take time. It takes a tremendous will. That will has to be cultivated, just as you would cultivate a garden. Those energies have to all be flowing through, in a sense, one channel, so that everything that you do is satisfying, is complete, is beautiful."
-- Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
Atman -- the power of Aum is the eternal Self that is you. Aum is not divisible; could it be divided it would not be the Whole. In beginning and in end, Truth reveals only Truth. In a locked chamber you are unaware of any outside world; with all openings closed, the manifest and the unmanifest are not distinguishable. Only the mind separates these two.
-- Nityananda (Chidakash Gita v. 87)
"It is impossible to know for certain about the ways of perfected beings or to know about their karma. Some of them stay completely naked, their only couch the earth, and don't even have a torn piece of mattress, whereas some live in royal splendor that surpasses even that of kings. Some are very serene and calm, some stay mute all the time; others never stop swearing, and still others lie around like pythons: they don't even move. One sage said that some Siddhas act like saints, others act like madmen, and still others act like evil spirits, remaining ever in a very strange state. In spite of all this, they are all kings, not beggars."
-- Swami Muktananda
"My whole work consists in making people ignorant. Ignorance has depth, ignorance has innocence, ignorance is profound; not knowing has no limits to it. Knowing is always limited. . . .They say that science is an effort to know more and more about less and less. If you go on and on with this approach what will be the end? The end will be that you know all about nothing. That will be the logical conclusion. I would like to say that my way is just the opposite approach: to know less and less about more and more. And what will be the ultimate result? One day you know nothing about all. And that is the experience -- to know nothing about all. That's what I call ignorance.
-- Osho Rajneesh (Discourses on the Diamond Sutra)
"What is compassion? Actually compassion is when you are reconciled with this entire universe. There is nothing in this whole universe that you are against. Think about that. Compassion means reverence for all of life, everything is alive, there is no such thing as dead matter. Everything has its own life. When you have reverence for life, you respect everything, you have no animosity towards anyone or anything. . . . Have you ever heard of a Sage or a liberated person, who was at odds with anything in this world? You have to come to terms with yourself."
-- Robert Adams
"The secret [of perpetural youth] is to live a life of discipline and to dwell constantly on Truth. I do not repeat the mantra of old age; I repeat the mantra of youth, and so I remain young. I love only Truth, I find my fulfillment only in Truth, and as I live life and function in that, I remain young. I don't repeat the mantras that create old age, such as anxiety and craving for sense pleasures. There is no youth like freedom from anxiety, and there is no old age like anxiety."
all footprints, that of the elephant is supreme; of all meditations,
that on death is supreme."
-- Mahaparanirvana Sutra
door that leads us out of samsara is the wisdom that realizes
the emptiness of self-existence. This wisdom is the direct remedy for
the ignorance which is both a cause and effect of clinging to the
self, and which believes the self or 'I' to be inherently and
independently existent. We then become addicted to this phantom I and
treasure it as if it were a most precious possession. Wisdom
recognizes that such an autonomously existing I is totally non-
existent and thus, by wisdom, ignorance is destroyed."
-- Lama Zopa
speak of fulness and emptiness; of withering and decay. It
produces fulness and emptiness, but is neither fulness nor emptiness;
it produces withering and decay, but is neither withering nor decay.
It produces the root and branches, but is neither root nor branch; it
produces accumulation and dispersion, but is itself neither
accumulated nor dispersed."
-- Chuang Tzu
texts and stiff meditation can make you lose your Original
Mind. A solitary tune by a fisherman, though, can be an invaluable
treasure. Dusk rain on the river, the moon peeking in and out of the
clouds; Elegant beyond words, he chants his songs night after night."
-- Zen Master Ikkyu (15th cent.)
is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and
soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you
do not have to pray that it come to you; that God's omnipresence
is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve
-- Paramhansa Yogananda
at length human life, hard to win, and adulthood, and
understanding of the revealed teachings, one who looks not for
liberation in the Divine Self, deluded in heart, self-destroying,
slays himself through grasping at the unreal. Even though they recite
the scriptures, and sacrifice to the gods, and fulfill all works, and
worship the divinities -- without awakening to the unity of the
Divine Self, they attain not liberation, even in many aeons."
-- from Shankara's _Crest Jewel of Discrimination_ (9th cent. A.D.)
must die before divinity manifests itself. But this
divinity must, in turn, die before the higher manifestation of the
Blissful Mother takes place. It is on the bosom of dead divinity
(Shiva) that the Blissful Mother dances her dance celestial."
-- Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
the Father is the Absolute, Unmanifested, existing beyond
vibratory creation. God the Son is the Christ Consciousness (Brahma
or Kutastha Chaitanya) existing within vibratory creation; this
Christ Consciousness is the "only begotten" or sole reflection of the
Uncreated Infinite. Its outward manifestation or "witness" is Aum or
Holy Ghost, the divine, creative, invisible power which structures
all creation through vibration. Aum the blissful Comforter is heard
in meditation and reveals to the devotee the ultimate Truth."
-- Yogananda, _Autobiography of a Yogi_
worship is of a very strange kind. In this, Ganga water is
required. No special utensils are necessary. Even flowers are
redundant. In this puja all gods have disappeared. And emptiness has
emerged with euphoria."
-- Lahiri Mahasaya
ignorance as condition, volitional activities come to
be; with volitional activities as condition, consciousness comes to
be; with consciousness as condition, name-and-form come to be; with
name-and-form as condition, the sixfold base comes to be; with the
sixfold base as condition, contact comes to be; with contact as
condition, feeling comes to be; with feeling as condition, craving
comes to be; with craving as condition, grasping comes to be; with
grasping as condition, being comes to be; with being as condition,
birth comes to be; with birth as condition, aging, death, sorrow, and
pain come to be. This is the origin of the whole mass of suffering.
Thus: When things become manifest to the ardent meditating disciple,
all his doubts then vanish since he understands each thing along with
-- from the Udana Sutta
"We think we die. We think we live. We think we exist. All this
thinking is nonfundamental truth. Learn to exist in the state of
nonexistence. That is reality."
-- Yogi Bhajan
"There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their
ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as
though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that
all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting; that there
is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify
themselves with the ego, by realising its unreality, and by becoming
aware of their eternal identity with pure being."
-- Wei Wu Wei
"You are not asked in the midst of one functional activity to have your
attention on another in the mechanical and ritualistic manner of the seeker.
You are asked to make the function that is given to you at that moment,
which you are fulfilling as a responsibility, an expression of Satsang, a
fulfillment of the Guru's will. That very function itself can become
meditation on the Divine."
-- Bubba Free John
"The manifested world is the reflection of one's restless breath;
since the realized person has already eaten his restless breath by
practicing Pranayam [Life-force Expansion] or Kriya [Inward Action],
he does not see any restlessness outside. His inner peace is
reflected in the world. As a result, he appears to be tranquil to the
onlookers even in situations which would normally find the average
person seriously disturbed."
-- Swami Satyeswarananda Giri, _Kriya: Finding the True Path_
"When superconsciousness is established, meditation practice is naturally
spontaneous. Then, even when one is not formally meditating, the benefits
are still enjoyed."
-- Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895)
Everything exists only because it has a purpose. The moment that purpose
has been accomplished, everything disappears and existence is manifested as
-- Meher Baba (1894-1969)
One who is not credulous,
who realizes the Non-conditioned,
who has sundered the links of materiality,
who has blown out the fires of good and of evil,
who has transcended base attachements:
That one is an Arhat, an Attainer.
(Verse 97 of the Dhammapada, version by Petros)
A Baul is ready to die any moment
because he has not wasted a single moment of life.
He has lived it as deeply as it was possible to live.
He has no complaint,
he has no grudge against life,
and he has nothing to wait for.
So if death comes, he is ready to live death also.
He embraces death.
He says: "Come in."
He becomes a host to death also. (Osho)
"The Self is the primary guru; the secondary guru is only the one who
initiates. To do and to teach is the secondary guru; to realize is the
primary. The secondary guru brings you to the well of Truth, and the primary
guru is the one who drinks therefrom."
-- attributed to Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
"Knowledge of evolution [of the universe], life, and dissolution thus leads
to complete emancipation from the bonds of maya. Beholding the self in the
supreme Self, one gains eternal freedom."
-- Sri Yukteswar (1894-1936), Kaivalya Darsana IV:12
"The teachings exist as an energy. And the energy, this abstract quality, is
what we are really after. People always think they can gain learning,
knowledge, and wisdom by taking a teaching in words. Words only represent
the shell or the crust of knowledge."
-- Swami Rudrananda (Albert Rudolph, 1928-1973)
Reality itself is everlasting,
Reality shall not fall ill,
Nor shall it get old, nor pass away;
To realize this truth is nothing but to know the Way.
Reality we call the Way, or Truth, as it permeates through the universe.
The Way or Truth is always with God,
And God is the Way and or the Truth itself.
-- from The Holy Sutra by Masaharu Taniguchi (founder of Seicho-No-Ie)
"I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference in my case. I am
timeless being. I am free of desire or fear, because I do not remember the
past, or imagine the future. Where there are no names and shapes, how can
there be desires and fear? With desirelessness comes timelessness. I am
safe, because what is not cannot touch what is. You feel unsafe, because you
imagine danger. Of course, your body as such is complex and vulnerable and
needs protection. But not you. Once you realize your own unassailable being,
you will be at peace."
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj, _I Am That_ (p. 260)
Lineage vs. Univserality:"A true master, in the perfected sense, is someone who is a statement of the culmination of all ways, even though the form in which he or she manifests may be a vehicle for the transmission of a certain lineage. Ramakrishna, ultimately, was a vehicle for the path of devotion to the Mother. But when he had completed his work, though he remained in the path of devotion to the Mother, he was totally in the advait, non-dual state, way beyond the Mother. So at the beginning is eclecticism, at the end is universality, and in the
middle is the lineage."
-- Ram Dass _Grist for the Mill_ p. 83
"Only a very few people who have the samskara [inclinations] inherited from
previous births can follow the Path of Knowledge. But if a true guru is
guiding you, you will have no problem on any path."
Superconscious Ecstasy: "Ecstasy, or true trance, is not an unconscious state, nor a kind of mental chloroform or catalepsy. Nor is it pathological in any sense. Indeed, unconsciousness would be no difficult achievement, and certainly would not warrant years of painstaking self-discipline to attain it. . . . Superconsciousness, on the other hand, can be achieved only in the rapture of divine love."
-- Yogananda, comment on The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (q. 35) (Crystal Clarity ed.)
"How can a mirror see itself? Why would one cover gold with gold plate? When a flame is already burning, a second flame cannot illumine it. In the same way, whatever a Siddha may do can never be considered action. To his vision, everything is That, neither good nor bad. This is the nature of perfect Siddhahood."
-- Muktananda _Secret of the Siddhas_ 50
Possesses us which yet we know is ours:
Or we adore the Master of our souls.
Then the small bodily ego thins and falls;
No more insisting on its separate self,
Losing the punctilio of its separate birth,
It leaves us one with nature and with God.
In moments when the inner lamps are lit
And the life's cherished guests are left outside,
Our spirit sits alone and speaks to its gulfs.
A wider consciousness opens then its doors;
Invading from spiritual silences
A ray of the timeless Glory stoops awhile
To commune with our seized illumined clay
And leaves its huge white stamp upon our lives.
-- Aurobindo, "Savitri" (Book I Canto IV)
"When you are determined to find it the right path comes from inside. First
thing is firm determination. No one can learn from others if he has no
ability to learn. What we are learning is already inside of us; we are not
getting it from outside."
-- Baba Hari Dass, 'Silence Speaks'
Self, the Ultimate Reality, cannot be known merely through study
scriptures, nor through the activities of the intellect, nor through hearing
lectures and discussions. It can be known only by those whom it appears to
select -- through what mysterious process none can say."
-- Katha Upanishad
is the reality of our existence. It is what is really real. It
reality. Space, Being, Consciousness, you can put different names on it.
For some reason we tend to identify ourselves as something else, some kind
of experience, physical, mental, or emotional. In reality we are just a
function of space, that is all we are. Nothing more, nothing less.
Space functioning through us."
In the city of daily concerns of our circle of life
Scurry the wicked cadavers of eight worldly thoughts.
This is where you can find the most frightening cemetary of all;
This is where you lamas should keep your midnight vigil among the dead.
-- Lingrepa (12th cent. Tibet)
"To live in the Self is not to dwell for oneself alone in the Infinite,
immersed and oblivious of all things in that ocean of impersonal self-delight;
but it is to live as the Self and in the Self equal in this embodiment and all
embodiments and beyond all embodiments. This is the integral knowledge."
-- Aurobindo, Synthesis of Yoga 317
"The Divine Love which is at the heart of all creation and the most powerful
of all redeeming and creative forces has yet been the least frontally
present in earthly life, the least successfully redemptive, the least
creative. Human nature has been unable to bear it in its purity for the very
reason that it is the most powerful, pure, rare and intense of all the
Comment by Petros: Aurobindo's observation is true in regards to the mass of
humanity, including the religions, which purport to touch the source of
Divine Love but actually struggle most often to rise above merely social
considerations. In regards to the practitioner of yoga -- the meditator or
the sadhak -- the goal is precisely to become able to bear greater and
greater potency of Divine Love, via the purification of the gross and then
the subtle self.
"If a man were deprived of his illusions and all that prevents him from
seeing reality -- if he were deprived of his interests, his cares, his
expectations and hopes -- all his strivings would collapse, everything would
become empty and there would remain an empty being, an empty body, only
physiologically alive. This would be the death of 'I,' the death of
everything it consisted of, the destruction of everything false collected
through ignorance or inexperience. All this will remain in him merely as
material, but subject to selection. Then a man will be able to choose for
himself and not have imposed on him what others like."
-- Gurdjieff, from Views from the Real World
"The individual is a part of the cosmos. This body, this 'I,' is nothing but
a microcosm of that macrocosmic universe. When we understand the micro
level, we are bound to understand the macro universe. Anyone who seeks here
is bound to reach there because this individuality is a part of that. . . .
Through the study of the individual -- or even the atom -- the basis of the
whole universe can be understood."
-- Ajja (b. 1916)
"I am asking: Why is it that though you listen to all this logically, and I
hope with a healthy mind, this does not light a fire so that you burn with
it? Please ask yourselves, find out why you agree logically, verbally,
superficiallly, yet it does not touch you deeply. If your money or your sex
is taken away, it will touch you. If your sense of importance is taken away,
then you will struggle. . . . What changes man is to face all this, to look
at it and not always live on that very superficial level."
-- Krishnamurti, from The Awakening of Intelligence (340)
"The highest teaching is that even the desire for liberation with all its
mental concomitants must be surpassed before the soul can be entirely free.
Therefore not only must the mind be able to rise in abnormal states out of
itself into a higher consciousness, but its waking mentality also must be
-- Aurobindo, from Synthesis of Yoga p. 380
It is foolish to carry one's burdens upon one's shoulders, like the man who
carried his suitcase upon his head while riding in the train. Whether he set
his burden down or carried it himself, the train actually was carrying it
all the same."
-- Ammachi (Smithfield R.I. 7-13-02)
"In meditation we are in the state -- or moving toward it -- of sending only
one set of signals at a time. The effect of this on our physiology is positive
and there is a strong tendency to normalize reactions, to behave
physiologically in a more relaxed and healthy manner. Tension and anxiety
indicators are reduced and our metabolic rate and heartbeat slow. There is an
increase in mental awareness and alertness and a decrease in physiological
-- Lawrence LeShan, _How to Meditate_.
"Everybody has enough personal power for something. The trick for the warrior
is to pull his personal power away from his weaknesses to his strengths."
-- Castaneda, _The Second Ring of Power_
"He who is the high and the low, the saint and the sinner, the god and the
worm, Him worship; the visible, the knowable, the real, the omnipresent;
break all other idols. In whom there is neither past life nor future birth,
nor death nor going nor coming, in whom we always have been and always will
be one, Him worship; break all other idols."
-- Swami Vivekananda
"Most people think that an enlightened Buddhist teacher is a fireman; his
job is to put the fire out so that you can live in your home safely. But
seeker beware! A fully enlightened Buddhist teacher is an arsonist! His job
is to set your spirit on fire -- by feeding the flames of your soul with
-- Zen Master Rama (1950-1998)
"Some say self-nature is one, and other-nature is a second; others say
self-nature and other-nature are but two aspects of the same thing. Look
deeply! Learn that self-nature and other-nature are but two names for
One must restrain oneself from expressing energy that in no way fulfills the
capacity for growth. This requires us to raise the level of energy above the
situation and then allow the situation to disappear. Energy rising
continually to a higher plane must attract an outside force. Each time we
raise our consciousness through our will, it is like creating a ladder that
can be used to climb to any height. If there is no immediate situation to
transcend, it can be created through the capacity of a human being to suffer
consciously; that is, he can remove something from his ordinary life in
order to create a void, which allows higher energy to enter him and raise
the level of his situation. It is like removing less productive plants from
a garden to allow more profitable ones to grow.
-- from _Behind the Cosmic Curtain_ (Swami Rudrananda, 1928-1973)
"One day, as I was answering a question on the subject of death, the
following words came to me: 'You are not afraid of death, you are afraid of
life.' Thinking over that response, I realized how true it was. Our fear of
death is all the greater when we have not dared to live. In fact, if you
stop fearing life, you can no longer fear death because you will have
discovered within yourself what Life really is. (Not your own life, but the
unique and universal Life that nourishes us.) And it becomes obvious that
such life is independent of birth and death."
-- Arnaud Desjardins
"Some people take in outside impressions very easily but just as quickly
pass them out again -- in talking, laughing, all the contacts of life. So
nothing can accumulate within. They need inner impressions to fix a point of
growth. Other people's centre of gravity is much more on inner impressions,
perceptions, understandings. But unless these inner impressions are
constantly aerated with outer impressions, they begin to ferment, turn to
dreams and fumes. For such people a constant flow of outer impressions is
absolutely necessary. . . . The whole thing is that the inner and outer
shall balance, harmonize."
-- Rodney Collin, _The Theory of Conscious Harmony_
"We're not going to get to heaven by transcending the body, but through the
body. The job is to cease defining the body the way it has been defined by
the illusions of ego and allow the body its organically innocent instinct."
-- Lee Lozowick, _The Alchemy of Love and Sex_
"We have to live our life in the world and be occupied with worldly affairs,
and reach the highest stage in spite, or rather, because of it. For the
greater is the limitation, the greater will be the ultimate perfection by
-- Bhai Sahib on limitation and overcoming
"The soul comes into this world to gain experiences. So we are greedy to
experience; and now I am greedy and selfish again: greedy after Truth. But
this kind of selfishness is a good kind of selfishness. As long as we are in
the physical body and there is the sense of the 'I,' selfishness will always
be -- it cannot be avoided. At least there should be a good kind of
selfishness leading us towards the goal."
-- Bhai Sahib
"It is so much easier to throw oneself into social and political activity
than to understand life as a whole; to be associated with any organized
thought, with political or religious activity, offers a respectable escape
from the pettiness and drudgery of everyday life. With a small heart you can
talk of big things and of the popular leaders; you can hide your shallowness
with the easy phrases of world affairs; your restless mind can happily and
with popular encouragement settle down to propagate the ideology of a new or
of an old religion. . . . There is hope only in the integration of the
several processes of which we are made up. This integration does not come
into being through any ideology, or through following any particular
authority, religious or political; it comes into being only through
extensive and deep awareness. This awareness must go into the deeper layers
of consciousness and not be content with surface responses."
-- Krishnamurti (from Commentaries on Living I)
"It is said that Truth is nearer to us than even our own heart. In spite of
this nearness, few know what is really within them, their eyes being turned
to outward things; but only turn inward, and one sees the Truth revealed
instant by instant."
-- Ibn Arabi
"The Buddha spoke: 'Often, always unclean, ultimately putrid: look, Nanda,
at this physical heap you call the body. Through contemplation of that which
is foul, you develop your mind of awareness, making it one-pointed,
ultimately whole and free.' Considering things thus, not tiring, for many a
day and many a night, I, Nanda, with my own discernment analyzing this body,
saw the truth of what was spoken. And as I examined it, this body, as it
actually is, was seen within and without. Then was I disenchanted with my
old fascination with the body; mindful, detached, calmed was I. Unbound."
-- Buddhist Sutra Therigatha Ch. 5
"We should be willing to test our so-called or assumed accomplishment if our
context is self-awareness. The very willingness to intentionally test our
revelations is itself proof of our growth or lack of it. Real knowledge
holds up under the most exhaustive analysis or examination, while
presumptions that are founded on mere idle gossip or illusory principles of
Ego crumble into angry defensiveness or violence upon the lightest
-- Lee Lozowick, from Zen Gamesmanship: The Art of Bridge (1980)
Many teachers are there, well-read in the Vedas and in the texts of wise
ones, who become well known through their words; not so many teachers are
there who have truly attained for themselves, and become known for deeds as
well as words; rarest of all and hard to find is one who in fact lives the
highest Truth, and can transmit this to others with or without words as he
-- Kula Arnava Tantra 13.105
"A man who lives from moment to moment will have many contradictions. He
cannot be very consistent; only dead people can be consistent. A man who is
really alive each moment goes on changing; because life changes, so he
changes. He is never out of tune with life; he is always in tune with it.
And of course life is inconsistent, so he is inconsistent. A truly free
person is so vast, he is bound to have contadictions."
-- Osho Rajneesh, _I Say Unto You_ Vol I.
"We give too much importance to individuality. This consciousness in the body
remains only so long as the body lasts. We think that when the body is
destroyed the consciousness is also destroyed. It is not destroyed; it becomes
one with the universal consciousness. This beingness, which is our most prized
possession and which we want to retain at all costs, is dependent on the body
and will only last as long as the time limit for each individual existence."
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj, _Seeds of Consciousness_
"If you yearn for the eight worldly concerns, you are a worldly person; if
you ignore this life you are a Dharma practitioner. Geshe Potowa asked
Dromtoenpa, 'What is the fine dividing line between Dharma and non-Dharma?'
Drom replied, 'It is Dharma if it becomes an antidote to delusions; it is
not Dharma if it does not. If all worldly people do not agree with it, it is
Dharma; if they do, it is not Dharma.'"
-- Pabongka Rinpoche, _Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand_
"You might have such concentration that you cannot hear a drum beaten right
beside your ear, but it will be useless if you do not have this mind [the
mind of bodhichitta, awakened compassion]. . . . . Seeing visions of
tutelary deities, achieving clairvoyance and miraculous powers, or having
mountain-range-firm concentration are useless on their own; meditate on love
-- quoted by Pabongka Rinpoche in _Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand_
"He who has found the bliss of the eternal is no more afflicted by the
thought, 'Why have I not done this good? Why have I done this non-good?'
They who have found the self are afflicted no more by such thoughts of good
and non-good, self and other."
-- Taitiriya Upanishad
"Some people are now engrossed in this life and feel, 'I should practice';
many people have already reached the time when they regret not having
practiced Dharma. When we see these people we should see the damage their
actions did them; we should have the courage not to attach any importance to
the meaningless actions that, every day, leave us no time for Dharma
practice. We must practice as much Dharma as we can before Yama, the Lord of
-- Pabongka Rinpoche
"These demons of one's own tendencies -- desires, hatreds, attachments --
arise from one's mind; not recognizing the nature of your own mind, not
recognizing the mind as void, not recognizing the mind as the result of the
conditions that arose to generate it, and thus prone to vanish someday, many
inner demons will come to disturb your serenity. Once seen as what it is,
the mere result of conditioning, these inner demons no longer have power to
distract you from seeing into your true nature: unconditioned freedom."
-- Vajrayana teaching on mind
"Each practice is also a complete path in itself in which . . . all the others
are included. Even the preliminaries, and indeed the individual elements of
the preliminaries, can in themselves constitute a complete path to
enlightenment. In particular, the Guru Yoga is the essence of all paths. The
teachers of the lineage often say that all practices should be done in the
manner of Guru Yoga. Total openness and devotion to a realized teacher is the
most sure and rapid way to progress."
-- Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, xxxvii
is no mystery whatever - only the inability to perceive
obvious....The supposed or apparent 'mystery' is due to the objective
inexistence of pure non-objectivity - which is the Buddha-nature, because
objectivity is only conceptual, and non-objectivity is incompatible with any
degree of positivity. Huang Po said it categorically, 'Our original
Buddha-nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity.'"
-- Wei Wu Wei, "All Else Is Bondage"
self is put together, made up, and the self is _not_ when the parts
dissolved. But in illusion the self separates itself from its qualities in
order to protect itself, to give itself continuity, permanency. It takes
refuge in its qualities through separating itself from them. The self
asserts that it is this and it is that; the self, the I, modifies, changes,
transforms its thoughts, its qualities, but this change only gives strength
to the self, to its protective walls. But if you are aware deeply you will
perceive that the thinker and his thoughts are one; the observer is the
-- J. Krishmamurti (qtd in Weeraperuma, _Sayings of J. Krishnamurti_)
'me' cannot give itself up. All that it can do is be quiet; and
cannot be quiet without understanding the whole structure and the meaning of
the 'me.' Either that structure and the meaning can be understood totally,
immediately, or not at all; and that's the only way; there is no other way.
If you say, 'I will practice, I will gradually work at it till the me dies,'
then you have fallen into a different kind of trap, which is the same 'me.'"
-- J. Krishnamurti
means: always choose the company of the superior. The mind will
lead you to choose the company of the inferior. Be alert and avoid this,
because with the inferior you will become inferior. More and more the ray of
consciousness will be lost into darkness. . . . The ego has to be left.
Satsang means living against the ego, transcending the ego, always seeking
the superior." -- Osho, from The Mustard Seed
visitor said to Sri Bhagavan, 'You are Bhagavan. So you would know
shall get jnana [enlightenment.] Tell me when I shall be a jnani. Sri
Bhagavan replied, 'If I am Bhagavan there is no one besides the Self --
therefore no jnani or ajnani [unenlightened ones.] If otherwise, I am as
good as you are and know as much as yourself. Either way I cannot answer
-- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, 54.
to a visitor's question about using the affirmation, "I
Brahman" as a method of meditation. Brahman is here taken as a word-symbol
of Ultimate Reality or God.
"'I am Brahman' is only a thought. Who says it? Brahman itself does not say
so. What need is there for it to say it? Nor can the real 'I' say so. For
'I' always abides as Brahman. To be saying it is only a thought. Whose
thought is it? All thoughts are from the unreal 'I.' Remain without
thinking. So long as there is thought there will be fear. . . . 'I am
Brahman' is only an aid to concentration. It keeps off other thoughts, then
one thought alone persists. See whose is that thought. It will be found to
be from 'I.' Wherefrom is the 'I'-thought? Probe into it. The 'I'-thought
will vanish. The Supreme Self will shine forth of itself. No further effort
-- Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi, p 169 (15 June 1936)
of thoughts does not mean a blank. There must be one to know
blank. Knowledge and ignorance are of the mind. They are born of duality.
But the Self is beyond knowledge and ignorance. It is light itself. There is
no necessity to see the Self with another Self. There are no two Selves.
What is not Self is non-self. The non-self cannot see the Self. The Self has
no sight or hearing. It lies beyond these -- all alone, as pure
-- Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi, 200 (8 Sept 1936)
can exist in two ways only: there is no evolution. Either you exist
an ignorant man, unaware, in deep sleep -- then greed, anger, ambition, ego
will follow you -- or you become awake. Awakening is a jump. Then the second
category of man arises; then love, compassion follows you. Then there is no
greed, no anger."
-- Osho in _The True Sage_
if you sit in the posture of a Buddha and if your body is exactly
the same condition, you will find it easier to enter the mental state of
Buddha. This is because mental states are related to bodily states. If you
walk as a Buddha walked, if you breathe as a Buddha breathed, if you lie
down as Buddha did, it will be easier for you to attain the mental state of
Buddha. Conversely, if you attain the mental state of Buddha, your walking,
your sitting and your various body postures will resemble those of Buddha.
Both of these, mind and body, are parallel."
-- Osho in The Mystic Experience
that we can dialectically conclude is that for anything to
comprehended, there must necessarily be a comprehender, and it is this
comprehender that is 'bound' because he is caught in a perpetual regression;
that is to say, the comprehending subject would, in the duality of the
split-mind in phenomenality, again become the object of another
comprehender. The 'who' can never be eliminated. . . . And this abandonment
of the search (which includes the abandonment of the seeker too) is itself
the finding; the finding that the seeker is the sought; they are not
-- Ramesh Balsekar, _Experience of Immortality_ (Trans. and Commentary on
experiences can help in dealing with facts by showing you that
you are a completely flexible whatever-it-is, capable of existing on many
different vibration levels, both within and above the physical plane. Once
you know that the facts will be different on every level, you are less
likely to fight the facts of any particular plane. As your awareness opens
up, you will be able to choose the level you want, and you will have more
enjoyable facts to deal with. There is no being in the universe more
powerful than you, but there are also none less powerful than you. This
should be the starting point of all your behavior towards other people. I
often say to myself: Let my intentions not attempt to contradict the
necessary laws of our relations as equal beings."
-- Thaddeus Golas, "The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment"
"It is always of value to experience the presence of a man of attainment. In
this, the 'feeling response' is truly of greater significance than the
response to the literal truth or falsity of anything he says. He is true,
even if his statements may be only relatively true. If one feels that such a
one is true in himself, then anything he says must be taken seriously, if
not necessarily literally."
-- Sri Madhava Ashish (qtd. in In Search of the Unitive Vision)
external and the mind are one. Shatter then your theory of
duality and plurality. Since birth and death are themselves pairs of natural
illusory opposites, mere phenomenal appearances -- becoming and 'begoing'
cast upon the screen of time -- they too are the voidness, 'sunyata.'"
-- from Dancing with the Void (Sunyata)
is the ultimate expression of the inner conflict. There is war going
all the time, in the business world, in the political world, in the world of
the religious people, between the various gurus, the various sects, the
various dogmas. Where there is inner conflict, there cannot but be outward
is a state of being in which all conflicts and all problems
ceased; it is not a theory, not an ideal to be achieved after ten
incarnations, ten years or ten days. As long as the mind has not understood
its own activity, it will create more misery; and the understanding of the
mind is the beginning of peace."
-- from Sayings of J. Krishnamurti
virtue of a house is to be well-placed; of the mind, to be at ease,
silence like that of Space; of societies, to be well-disposed and just; of
governments, to maintain quietude and stability; of work, to be skillfully
and efficiently performed; and of all motion, to be made at the right time,
in the right manner, and for the right ends."
-- Tao Te Ching 8
you want to be expert in religious teaching, submit yourself to
teaching of your self; The one who hears the teaching of self, hears the
teaching of the Prophet. You are the greatest book of God and the most
eloquent word of God; If you want to be the foremost interpreter, be aware
of that nature of yours. . . . Do you understand, you are the talking book
of God? The One who cannot get into the whole of earth and sky made your
heart Its home. The qualities of Mankind are the qualities of God; only the
bearer of Truth knows it; In fact, you know that that's what is timeless and
-- Gaibi (17th cent. Turkish sufi)
these ideas of yours are binding you. Once you understand that
there is no knowledge, that it is all ignorance, you are on your
proper level. You have the idea that I have the knowledge; this is
only an idea. Honestly speaking, there is no knowledge whatsoever. It
is beyond all imagination, it has no attributes. It cannot be
imagined at all."
-- Nisargadatta Maharaj, _Seeds of Consciousness_
is, in fact, no I. There is a multitude. He who knows this
even to think of himself as I. He speaks of 'it,' or 'this.' Meanwhile he
observes how different I's come and go -- actors in his personal theater.
Something new develops in him. One who observes. In one part of his being,
this man is becoming objective toward himself. In one part of his being he
has ceased to lie. Insofar as he as ceased to lie, he is becoming liberated.
The Observer combines objectivity with discrimination. . . . the Observer is
the forerunner of the Master."
-- Robert S. deRopp, The Church of the Earth
(Summarizing Gurdjieffian concepts)
the journey begin from any way. Whether you go from the Absolute
God) to the Void (or complete non-existence), or from the Void to the
Absolute, either way, the end of the journey is silence, the end of the
journey cannot truly be spoken of; for words are of the path, not the goal."
-- Osho Rajneesh
"Being spiritual does not mean to become as esoteric and as different as you
possibly can, but to become like a solvent that can melt away the
differences between people until only the essential thing is left. If we
really understand what we're doing, we ought to get it on and find essential
agreement with anybody."
-- Stephen Gaskin, _This Season's People_
task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of
barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary
to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false."
-- A Course in Miracles, text, Ch. 16
can have no 'free-will': they can have no 'will' of any kind,
they are only an aspect of Subject, but the energy which constitutes their
appearance may be misapplied and be expended ineffectually and in opposition
to the inevitable sequence of events in time and space. This inconsequent
struggling may be misconstrued as 'will'. Subject, as pure reality, is free
from constraint, but as one element of a dualism it is conditioned by the
other element thereof, which is its object. Dualistically, therefore, it is
not 'free'. There is no 'free-will' in duality. There is no 'predestination'
-- Wei Wu Wei
do false Gurus exist? It is our own fault. We choose our Gurus just
we choose our politicians. The false Guru market is growing because the
false disciple market is growing. Because of his blind selfishness, a false
Guru drowns people, and because of his blind selfishness and wrong
understanding, a false disciple gets trapped."
-- Swami Muktananda
studying Will are learning to contain an immense amount of
with their egos. The most energy that you can possibly contain with your ego
is less than not having ego and being open to everybody else, because then
you have access to everybody's energy -- the Universe's energy -- and it is
so much more than anybody can possibly contain."
-- Stephen Gaskin, _This Season's People_
one is deducted from one, nothing remains and that nothing is
by a zero. And that zero has no value. Similarly when the perceiver and the
perceived both are negated conceptualization is absent."
-- Jnaneshwar, "Amritanubhava" (Experience of Immortality) v. 177 trans.
"That that we cannot talk about, we cannot talk about. That that we are,
that we cannot explain, cannot be discussed. That that we are that has no
beginning and no end cannot be discussed. That that we are that has no
beginning and no end can't be classified. We say things like that because we
don't even know what to say, because we try to search for something to say
that you cannot even say. But it gives me pleasure to try to search for
something to say about That that I can't say anything about."
(an enlightened student of Sri Poonjaji)
at once a passive and perfectly pure mirror, turned
without and within, to the results of the manifestation and the sources of
this manifestation, so that the consequences may be placed before the
guiding will; and to be also the realizing activity of that will: this more
or less is what a human being ought to be. To combine these two attitudes of
passive receptivity and realizing activity is precisely the most difficult
of all things."
-- The Mother (Mira Alfassa), letter 21 Jun 1914
from Hakuin's Song of Zazen
version by Petros
All beings are by nature the Buddha,
just as ice is by nature only water --
apart from water there is no ice,
apart from beings no Buddha!
It's sad that beings ignore what is near
in their 'search' for truth seemingly far --
like one standing in a pool of fresh water,
crying out in thirst!
Lost in such self-imposed ignorance
we wander through the cosmos --
when will we be freed of rebirth and seeking?
It is clear that cause and effect are one --
this is the truth of the non-dual path:
knowing form and formless as one --
knowing movement and stillness as one --
knowing thought and no-thought as one --
knowing worldly pleasures as the dharma.
Boundless is the sky of samadhi,
bright is the moon of wisdom.
Knowing all this, nirvana is here:
this place is the Pure Land,
this body is the Buddha.
-- Hakuin (1685-1768).
attributed to Ch'an Master Yongjia Xuanjue (7th cent.)
When the Dharma body awakens completely,
There is nothing at all.
The source of our self-nature
Is the Buddha of innocent truth.
Mental and physical reactions come and go
Like clouds in the empty sky;
Greed, hatred, and ignorance appear and disappear
Like bubbles on the surface of the sea.
When we realize actuality,
There is no distinction between mind and thing
And the path to hell instantly vanishes.
Once we awaken to the Tathagata-Zen,
The six noble deeds and the ten thousand good actions
Are already complete within us.
In our dream we see the six levels of illusion clearly;
After we awaken the whole universe is empty.
No bad fortune, no good fortune, no loss, no gain;
Never seek such things in eternal serenity.
For years the dusty mirror has gone uncleaned,
Now let us polish it completely, once and for all.
way to an eternal and an immortal body is to know God aright. How
you do that? By discovering your true identity and learning who 'I' is."
-- Joel Goldsmith, Infinite Way Letters 1959
Petros comments: Knowing the "I" is to know that "I" is not the body,
although a body may appear to the "I" from time to time. It is to know that
the cosmos, including the body of course, inheres within the consciousness
that manifests as "I." As the consciousness is immortal -- being the origin
of the sense of time -- so is the body immortal, though it gives the
appearance of going through changes and suffering entropy. (See also
Petros' essay, "The Metaphysical Doctrine of Immortality," at
have learned what I have learned only after my teachers had freed me
the habit of attaching myself to what I regarded as teachers and teachings.
Sometimes I had to do nothing at all for long periods. Sometimes I had to
study things which I could not link in my mind, no matter how I tried, with
-- Zikira ibn Al-Yusufi
"Unlike the parable, the the meaning of the teaching story cannot be
unravelled by ordinary intellectual methods alone. Its action is direct and
certain, upon the innermost part of the human being, an action incapable of
manifestation by means of the emotional or intellectual apparatus. The
closest we can come to describing its effect is to say that it connects with
a part of the individual which cannot be reached by any other convention."
-- Idries Shah, from "Caravan of Dreams."
gifts of Rabi'a to Hasan of Basra
One time the great woman Sufi adept Rabi`a al-Adawiyya sent Hasan of Basra
three things -- a piece of wax, a needle, and a hair.
"Be like the wax," she said. "Illumine the world, and yourself burn."
"Be like the needle, always be working naked, and with one pointedness,
piercing any obstacle."
"When you have done these first two things, only a hair's breadth separates
you from final Truth."
Hasan asked Rabi`a, "Do you desire for us to get married?"
"The tie of marriage applies to those who have being," Rabi`a replied. "Here
being has disappeared, for I have become naughted to self and exist only
through Him. I belong wholly to Him. I live in the shadow of His control.
You must ask my hand of Him, not of me."
"How did you find this secret, Rabi`a?" Hasan asked.
"I lost all `found' things in Him," Rabi`a answered.
"How do you know Him?" Hasan inquired.
"You know the `how'; I know the `howless'," Rabi`a said.
-- From Attar's "Memorial of the Saints."
so it is in the usual person's case, it is impossible
for someone to see that they are not fully awake, until they
actually awaken. Then it is obvious. People believe their ideas
are true and that they ARE those ideas. But like a dream, upon
awakening, they discover they are only ideas."
-- Sri Donji
candle illumines not for itself. The eye sees not itself, yet with
aid of the candle may see much. In the same way, the wise teacher is wise
not for himself, but for those who need to see. Yet even a wise teacher,
though helpful, cannot help the unwise see themselves unless he learns to be
a mirror as well as a candle!"
-- Ancient Sufi saying
"When we commit ourselves to the Work, we commit ourselves, once and
for all, to change. There is no way out. There is no back door
through which we can escape. We have made our commitment outside of
time, and thus have set out on what is called 'the path of service.'
We have truly become channels for necessary change -- but change when
the time is right, when everything is properly prepared."
-- Reshad Feild, from Steps to Freedom
real Master is one who kindles and sustains the Light of Knowledge
spirituality in the disciple, destroying ignorance. Such a Master is a
Self-Realized Soul. One can see and experience all the eternal virtues like
universal love, renunciation, patience, forbearance, endurance, etc., in him. He
will have equal vision and perfect balance of mind in all circumstances. There
will not be even an iota of selfishness in him. He will have no desires except
the good and well-being of the entire creation."
-- Sri Amritanandamayi Ma
the brief nature of mortality, one must seek the shortest way and
fastest means to get back home; that is, through devotion and meditation, to
turn the spark within you into a raging blaze; to be merged with and to identify
with that greater fire which originally ignited that spark."
-- Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
philosophers call man the microcosm,
Wise ones call him the macrocosm.
In outward form you are the microcosm,
But in reality you are the macrocosm.
Seemingly the branch is the cause of the fruit,
But really the branch exists because of the fruit --
For were he not impelled by desire of fruit,
The gardener would never have planted the tree."
-- from The Masnavi of Rumi, Book IV
he has renounced the world so that he does not take to it on
of his own desires, nor in compliance with the urges of his own ego, but
merely to fulfill the commandment of God, he is then driven to speak to the
world and establish contact with it because now there is a portion for him
in it which cannot be discarded and which has not been created for any other
-- Abdul Qadir Gilani (11th century Persian Sufi, founded of Qadiriya order)
you say, 'Whatever I do is Buddha nature, so it doesn't matter what
do, and there is no need to practice zazen,' that is already a dualistic
understanding of our everyday life. If it really does not matter, there is
no need for you even to say so. As long as you are concerned about what you
do, that is dualistic. If you are not concerned about what you do, you will
not say so. If you sit, you will sit. When you eat, you will eat. That is
-- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shunryo Suzuki)
who can sit perfectly physically usually take more time to attain
true way of Zen, the actual feeling of Zen, the marrow of Zen. But those who
find great difficulties in practicing Zen will find more meaning in it. So I
think that sometimes the best horse may be the worst horse, and the worst
horse can be the best one."
-- from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Creative Stress as a Transformative Agent
In the 'mundane' world, stress is almost universally viewed as something to
be avoided at all costs. Those of us on the Path of Transcendence, however,
cannot afford to assume this as our view. We find that once we have gone any
distance in our path, the need to actively and consciously create a certain
amount of stress for ourselves is a necessity for further growth and
awareness. Naturally, the amount of stress that we can handle will vary from
individual to individual -- a level that might go unnoticed in one person
might prove intolerably distracting for another. The idea is to know
ourselves and to keep pushing the limits for ourselves. Then, we find that
our awareness becomes more refined, our mindfulness operates more
consistently, and our practice gets deeper. As with any part of our
practice, it's important to keep our inner workings to ourselves, or between
ourselves and our teacher -- making a 'scene' of our practice is just
another form of negative reactivity and only squanders energy.
dogmatic opinions as a young person puts one in the position
having receptors for certain ideas. When such persons go into the world, the
world that they encounter is pre-conditioned by the idea receptors. The
dogmatic opinions are the other end of the receptors. Some young people go
into the world bristling with opinions like a porcupine and promptly get
something stuck on each quill. At this point all learning stops unless there
is some great cleansing of mind. All the opinions having met their mate, the
young mind's learning receptors are stuffed with things which are after all
only extentions of opinions already held."
-- Stephen Gaskin
asked, 'What is the path of true practice?'
Master Joshu replied, 'If you know how to practice, do it. If you do not
know how to practice, you'll probably fall into the concept of
-- from Sayings of Ch'an Master Joshu
'The entire universe is doing zazen in the same way that your body is doing
zazen. When all parts of your body are practicing zazen, then that is how
the whole universe practices zazen. Each mountain is standing and each river
is flowing independently. All parts of the universe are participating in
-- Shunryu Suzuki
from 'Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai'
vain for an object to seek the subject which it is -- for only
subject could seek, and it cannot find itself by seeking -- for the sought
is necessarily elsewhere than that which seeks it, is in a different moment
of time and in a different area of space from those of that which is
seeking. The apparent seeker, however, is what time is and what space is,
that is, inferential concepts, and the sought is just another. . . . In the
total absence of all such concepts there is nothing to seek, nothing to
find, and no entity to do either."
-- Wei Wu Wei, "Open Secret," Ch. 66 (The Quest)
A monk asked, "What about it when I seek to be Buddha?"
The master said, "What a tremendous waste of energy!"
The monk said, "What about it when I'm not wasting any energy?"
The master said, "In that case, you are Buddha."
The master was leaving the main hall when he saw a monk bowing to him. The
master struck him with his stick. The monk said, "But bowing is a good
thing!" The master said, "A good thing is not as good as nothing."
-- from The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu
(Ch'an Master Chao-Chou, 9th cent. Chinese)
take life as a whole and I am incapable of viewing it in bits and
it is already the whole, but because it has been viewed in fragments for so
long it has become perverted. There is no politics, no morality, no
religion; there is life, there is God, whole and unfragmented. It has to be
sought, recognized and lived in all its forms, therefore I shall continue to
speak on all its forms."
-- Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), from A Cup of Tea
"The saints look very calm and peaceful, not because they aren't suffering,
but because they're not reacting. It is reactivity that creates tension and
anxiousness or uptightness." (557)
"To begin practice with some very high and refined esoteric technology is
useless because all refined esoteric technology is designed to be applied
after we have dealt with the grip of neurosis." (594)
-- from As It Is: A Year on the Road with a Tantric Teacher by M. Young
(The quotes are from American spiritual teacher Lee Lozowick)
"This word 'bhagwan' [lord] has been of immense use to me. I saw many godmen
in India: Satya Sai Baba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Muktananda, and many
'etceteranandas.' I tried to fight them from the outside but it was
difficult. Then I thought it is better to be an insider and then fight, so I
declared myself a Bhagwan, I became an insider -- and now I am giving them a
hard time! It is as simple as that."
"I never had a Master in all my past lives, but I have been with many
enlightened people. That has made my vision rich. I can understand Jesus as
easily as Krishna, I can penetrate the very heart of Mahavira as easily as
Buddha, because I have accompanied many enlightened people down the ages.
And I have never been a follower to anybody, otherwise I would have become
obsessed with tunnel vision."
-- from The Wild Geese and the Water (Discourses given in Pune, 1981)
process of the Self's involution and evolution is viewed as a
drama of the eternal play of hide-and-seek, of creation and redemption, of
manifestation and dissolution, of anabolism and catabolism, but the sole
actor in this drama is the one and only Self, playing an infinite number of
roles (such as you and me) without ceasing in the least to completely remain
itself, spaceless and timeless, whole and undivided."
-- Ken Wilber, from The Spectrum of Consciousness (p 153)
the opportune moment comes, there is no time for reasoning. If you
not done your inquiring beforehand, there is most often shame. Reading books and
listening to talks are merely for the purpose of prior resolution. Above all,
the Way of the Samurai should be in being aware that you do not know what is
going to happen next, and in querying every item day and night. Victory and
defeat are matters of the temporary force of circumstances."
-- from the 'Hagakure' of Yamamoto Tsunemoto (18th cent.)
"The spirit listens only when the speaker speaks in gestures. And gestures
do not mean signs or body movements, but acts of true abandon, acts of
largesse, of humor. As a gesture for the spirit, warriors bring out the best
of themselves and silently offer it to the abstract."
-- Castaneda, from The Power of Silence
Void (sunyata) is called emptiness because it cannot be an object
knowledge (or consciousness). That is, it is only empty to us as subject for
whom every percept is object. This rendering as 'emptiness' has caused
endless confusion -- for 'Void' is not that at all, but, on the contrary,
-- Wei Wu Wei, from 'Why Lazarus Laughed,' Ch. 62
the modifications of the mind, and an infinite power will
unleashed in you."
less effort you consciously make, the faster and more powerful you
-- Bruce Lee
"I am reminded again of the small village where I was born on 11 December of
1931. Why existence should have chosen that small village in the first place
is unexplainable. It is as it should be. . . .There was no school in the
village. That is of great importance, because I remained uneducated for
almost nine years, and those are the most formative years. After that, even
if you try, you cannot be educated. So in a way I am still uneducated,
although I hold many degrees. Any uneducated man could have done it. And not
any degree, but a first-class master's degree; that too can be done by any
fool. So many fools do it every year that it has no significance. What is
significant is that for my first years I remained without education. There
was no school, no road, no railway, no post office. What a blessing!"
-- Osho Rajneesh
are at a phase, a stage of your development. We are in a state
becoming and as we go along, our consciousness actually can expand and we
potentially could experience more, so even that which you experience with
your senses is not absolutely true. This may not seem possible to many
reading this, but I am speaking literally, not just metaphorically. But in
order for you to awaken to this truth, you have to see your own
conditioning and make thinking a conscious process. Some Buddhists call this
-- Don James.
a being becomes Truth, he reads into the hearts of all beings like
open book. Then a person begins to communicate with all things and all
beings. . . . While an ordinary person can see the action of another, the
seer can see the reason of the action also, and if his sight is still
keener, he can see the reason of the person. He knows why an event comes,
whence it comes, what is behind it, what is the cause of it, and behind the
seeming cause what is the hidden cause; and if he wished to trace the cause
behind the cause he could trace back to the primal cause, for the inner life
is lived by living with the primal cause, by being in unity with the primal
-- Hazrat Inayat Khan
moment you try to become intelligent, you cease to be
-- J. Krishnamurti (from Think on These Things)
not giving you any secret formula of how to succeed. If I am giving
anything, it is a key of how not to succeed, of how to be a failure and
unworried; how to move nameless, homeless, without any goal; how to be a beggar
-- what Jesus calls poor in spirit. A man who is poor in spirit is egoless -- he
is the empty boat."
-- Osho Rajneesh (from The Empty Boat: Talks on the Stories of Chuang Tzu)
eyes of a saint are always concentrated on the supreme self. The
is aware of himself, sainthood is lost."
-- Neem Karoli Baba
"The energy which is expended in mere thinking, talking or writing is like the
steam which escapes through the whistle of the railway engine. The whistle makes
a noise, and is even interesting, but it cannot drive the engine. No amount of
whistling can move the engine forward. The steam has to be harnessed and used
intelligently in order that it may actually take the engine to its destination.
That is why the sages have always insisted on practice rather than theory. This
applies particularly to those who want to know and realize God."
-- Meher Baba from Life At Its Best
things are necessary for a bird to fly: the two wings and the tail
a rudder for steering. Jnana (Knowledge) is the one wing, Bhakti (Love) is
the other, and Yoga is the tail that keeps up the balance. For those who
cannot pursue all these three forms of worship together in harmony and take
up, therefore, Bhakti alone as their way, it is necessary always to remember
that forms and ceremonials, though absolutely necessary for the progressive
soul, have no other value than taking us on to that state in which we feel
the most intense love to God."
-- Swami Vivekananda, "Bhakti Yoga"
The Self is said to be covered by five sheaths or koshas. A
has to surpass these one after the other.
Papa: Who has got these sheaths you speak of? Atman? Jiva, they say, is
Brahman, and who has got then these sheaths? Ramdas does not see any sheaths
anywhere. Only Atman is there, and Atman is everything. Tattvas, koshas,
bhumikas: these have no meaning if you look at them in the light of the
Atman. They seem to have no existence except in the imagination of man.
Atman alone exists, and everything is Atman. The koshas also must be Atman,
if there are any koshas at all. Everything that is and is not is Atman.
Then, where does this question lead us to? It leads us to Him who alone
exists. Otherwise it is only a talk about the stages of spiritual progress.
But there are no stages. Why should you go astray from that centre and
wander about wool-gathering? Go to the centre, get fixed up there. Why
should you go around on the circumference? The centre is the Truth or
-- from God Experience Vol II by Swami Ramdas
saints are different forms of the Guru. Guru is Nirguna --
formless, attributeless. He assumes forms to come and save us. He may come
in any form."
"Guru is one. There are not many Gurus. He is the impersonal Reality or God
assuming forms for guiding humanity towards the goal."
"Guru and disciple are one. This is the first lesson that Guru gives to the
-- Swami Ramdas, "God-Experience"
absurd to say that the world is unreal so long as we
believe that we (as the ego) are real. Only one who has seen the unreality
of the ego can see the unreality of the world."
have now come to a stage of realization in which I see that God
walking in every human form and manifesting Himself alike through the
sage and the sinner, the virtuous and the vicious. Therefore when I
meet different people I say to myself, 'God in the form of the saint,
God in the form of the sinner, God in the form of the righteous, God
in the form of the unrighteous.'"
"The Teacher is only the instrument of the Infinite. He is a channel for the
energies of the Divine, like a riverbed that allows water to flow
uninterruptedly to the ocean. The river brings water to the land but is not
the source of the water, which is from elsewhere."
-- Rama (Frederick Lenz)
everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance
openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing
everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one
never withdraws or centralizes into oneself. This produces a tremendous
energy which usually is locked up in the process of mental evasion and a
general running away from life experiences. . . . All aspects of every
phenomenon are completely clear and lucid. The whole universe is open and
unobstructed, everything mutually interpenetrating. Seeing all things
nakedly, clear and free from obscurations, there is nothing to attain or
realize. The nature of things naturally appears and is naturally present in
time-transcending awareness; this is complete openness."
-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910 - 1991), Introduction to Dzogchen
Q. How many
of the thousands of Papa's devotees have attained
God-realization in this birth?
R. So far as Ramdas is concerned, all of them are manifestations of his
eternal Beloved. . . . If Ramdas sees imperfection in anybody, this means he
is not seeing Ram at all in them. If he sees Ram in them, there is nothing
like realization or non-realization. If he sees or feels himself one with
all, then again that question does not arise.
-- Swami Ramdas, from God Experience
the rays of the sun are made to pass through a prism, they
dispersed and become separate owing to refraction. If each of these rays had
consciousness, it would consider itself as being separate from the other
rays, forgetting entirely that at source and on the other side of the prism
it had no separate existence. In the same way, the One Being descends into
the domain of maya and assumes a multiplicity which does not in fact exist.
The separateness of individuals does not exist in reality but only in
-- Meher Baba, from Discourses
is not only physical space but the psychological dimension in
thought covers itself -- as yesterday, today and tomorrow. So long as there
is an observer, space is the narrow yard of the prison in which there is no
freedom at all. . . . Freedom demands that you break the prison walls,
though you may enjoy the limited disorder, the limited slavery, the toil
within this boundary."
-- J. Krishnamurti, The Only Revolution
one who tunes himself not only to the external but to the inner
and to the essence of all things gets an insight into the essence of the
whole being, and therefore he can to the same extent find and enjoy even in
the seed the fragrance and beauty which delight him in a rose. He so to
speak touches the soul of the thought. It is just as by seeing the plant one
may get an idea of the root. And in this way things unknown are known and
things unseen are perceived by the mystic, and he calls it revelation."
-- Hazrat Inayat Khan
is no answer to the why -- the whys keep going. It doesn't mean
you lose interest in the whys. Often the more spiritual you get and the more
you love all these things, part of you always wants to know why. It's
impossible not to want to know more whys because this is the dearest thing
to your heart and you want to know more about it. This was also true for my
teacher Poonjaji, even until he passed away. On the one hand he would say
these things and then at the same time he would investigate a little further
and further into his heart to try to find out a little bit more about the
mystery. Every time he found out a little bit more, he'd get happier -- but
he always knew there was no end to it."
-- Yudhishtara 7.31.02
"The main obstacles to your success in your sadhana [practice] are your feelings
of 'I' and 'mine.' "
-- Sai Baba of Shirdi
who have realized God are aware that free will is a mere appearance.
reality man is a machine and God its Operator; man is the carriage and God its
-- from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Ch. 18
true teacher will constantly destroy the idols of him that students
to manufacture in their minds."
seeking goes on until there is the realization by the
that what is being sought is impossible for the mind-intellect to
understand. And then the mind-intellect surrenders."
-- Ramesh Balsekar, from Your Head in the Tiger's Mouth
agreement [with existence] alone is your spiritual discipline."
-- Osho, from The Voice of Silence
the arising of the ego is a natural process. And when you even
the ego, that is a very big step. When you do not consider it necessary to
fight it, it is a big step forward in the understanding."
-- Ramesh Balsekar, from Your Head in the Tiger's Mouth, p 102
expressions of the mind are all fragments of the mind. Each
expresses itself in its own way and contradicts other fragments. . . .The
mind lives in this confusion. A part of the mind says it must understand
another part, such as a dream, an action or a desire. So each fragment has
its own observer, its own activity; then a super-observer tries to bring
them all into harmony. The super-observer is also a fragment of the mind."
brain is the result of time; it is conditioned to protect
physically, but when it tries to protect itself psychologically then the
'me' begins, and all our misery starts. It is the effort to protect itself
psychologically that is the affirmation of the 'me.' "
-- J. Krishnamurti, from The Urgency of Change
greed that asks the question, 'How can I be attentive all the
One gets lost in the practice of being attentive. The practice of being
attentive is inattention. . . . The hearing [of the teaching] is of the
greatest imortance, not what you practice afterwards. The hearing is the
instantaneous action. The practice gives duration to problems. Practice is
total inattention. Never practice: you can only practice mistakes. Learning
is always new."
-- J. Krishnamurti, from The Urgency of Change
will you know when you're enlightened? You won't care. It won't
any difference. There won't be any sense of having to go anyplace or do
anything. All there will be is emptiness. There will be no one home at your
address. When you sit by yourself, there'll be no feeling of accomplishment
or loss. There will be no fear of dying or of living. You will resolutely
have accepted your destiny no matter what it is. You will no longer have a
personal choice in any matter whatsoever. At times you will observe as a
witness. At other times you will dissolve in nirvana and you will go beyond
both voidness and samsara, the world appearance. There will be no illusions.
And yet at times there will be a personality structure which you will use as
we use clothing, to wear -- no more and no less."
-- Rama, from "Insights: Talks on the Nature of Existence"
you are interested in real spirituality, and not in a caricature,
must first dare to fully recognize the enormous life force that exists in a
child, and realize that this life force is divided against itself in you. It
is true that a child's effervescence decreases as he grows older. . . . But
I am convinced that a large part of what is attributed to the natural aging
process actually springs from the suffocation of our life force - first by
teachers, then by life in general, and finally by ourselves. And I am
convinced that no one can become a spiritual seeker or a yogi by suffocating
his or her own life force."
-- Arnaud Dejardins, from The Jump into Life
beings are not other than Buddha, and Buddha is not other
sentient beings. When mind unmanifest takes on the form of sentient beings,
it has experienced no limitation. When mind again becomes Buddha, it has not
-- Huang Po
reason is petty and it is frequently at odds with our body. This,
course, is only a way of talking, but the triumph of a man of knowledge is
that he has joined the two together."
-- Castaneda, from Tales of Power (Ch. 3)
course of a warrior's destiny is unalterable. The challenge is how
he can go within those rigid bounds . . . . If there are obstacles on his
path, the warrior strives impeccably to overcome them. If he finds
unbearable hardship and pain on his path, he weeps, but all his tears put
together could not move the line of his destiny the breadth of one hair."
-- Castaneda, from The Eagle's Gift (Ch. 5)
first hallmark of enlightenment is being compassionate. I've seen
kinds of psychedelic displays, of folks that could show me colors and
things, and folks that were very telepathic and could make lots of stuff
happen around them, visually and like that, and some of them have not been
cool. The only thing I recognize as being cool is being compassionate and
doing your best to help out."
-- Stephen Gaskin, from The Caravan
is not complicated. Everybody really knows where it's at. The
only reason that all of us don't do it all of the time is because it's hard
and you have to try. But you can, and everybody knows how. All you have to
do is come up on top and tell the truth all the time. There's only the
sudden school. If you spend twenty years trying to get enlightened, then
you've been slow in the sudden school. It ain't the gradual school."
-- Stephen Gaskin, from The Caravan
away with the I-notion is the same as not desiring the
attainment of enlightenment. Not desiring that (the 'last desire', the 'last
barrier') is 'having it', for 'having it' is in any case merely being rid of
that which concealed what is forever that which alone we are. Therefore not
desiring personal attainment of that is at the same time the elimination of
the I-notion which constitutes its concealment. The idea of liberation
automatically inhibits the simple realisation that we are free."
-- Wei Wu Wei, from "All Else is Bondage" (1964)
an individual and to be yourself you don't have to do a thing.
demands that you should be something other than what you are. What a tremendous
amount of energy -- the will, the effort -- we waste trying to become that! If
that energy is released, what is it that we can't do? How simple it would be for
everyone of us to live in this world!"
-- U.G. Krishnamurti, from Thought is Your Enemy
the concepts of imperfection and of perfection both, for both
products of the mind. You are only Self, and ego is only an idea, nonexistent.
Continue to practice self-inquiry, and this will become clear to you. You will
find that there is no ego, no mind, to control or to be realized."
-- Ramana Maharshi
Sambhava, the supreme Master, said 'There are no two such things
sought and seeker (also practice and practiser, thought and thinker, action
and actor); when fully comprehended, the sought (practice, etc.) is found to
be one with the seeker (practiser, etc.). If the seeker himself, when
sought, cannot be found, thereupon is attained the goal of the seeking
(practising, etc.) and also the end of the search itself. Then nothing more
is there to be sought, nor is there any need to seek anything.' He adds
'Inasmuch as from eternity there is nothing whatsoever to be practised,
there is no need to fall under the sway of erroneous methods.' "
-- Wei Wu Wei
enthroned in the castle of goodness! If you continuously add to the
things that you can remember, there is no doubt that you will in time
remember the greatest good, and that is God."
-- Paramhansa Yogananda
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
-- Yogi Berra, from "Berra's Law
normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is
one special type of consciousness, while all about it, parted from it by the
filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely
different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply
the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their
-- William James
to the extent that man exposes himself over and over to annihilation
that which is indestructible arise within him. Only if we repeatedly venture
through zones of annihilation can our contact which Divine Being become firm and
-- Von Durkheim, from "The Way of Transformation"
'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up
There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is."
-- Lenny Bruce
asked Nansen, "Is there a teaching no master ever
Nansen said, "Yes."
"What is it?" asked the monk.
Nansen replied, "It is not mind, it is not Buddha, it is not things."
don't touch and understand relative truth, we can never touch
truth. With relative truth we can get to absolute truth. What this means is that
we have a life to live here. And when we are suffering, statements about
absolute truth often don't make too much sense. if somebody talks about our
lives in absolute terms when we are not ready to hear things in absolute terms,
we look at what they are saying as unbelievable, or as useless, because it
doesn't help us in our daily lives. That's the dilemma with these things."
-- Yudhishtara (5/23/00)
can't have a clear mind. If you have clarity, you cannot have the
you have the mind, you can't have clarity. The mind is always divided against
itself, it lives in conflict. Divisibility is its nature."
-- Osho, from The Book of Wisdom
have only one test for ego: to us ego is that which disturbs our own
somebody hurts our ego, he is an egoist, and if he placates our ego, he is a
saint, a humble man. But it is always our ego which serves as the measure. It is
our own ego with which we judge if the other is an egoist or otherwise."
is our very nature. Not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To
ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic; it needs
great effort to be miserable."
-- Osho, from The Book of Wisdom, Vol I
have been comfortable in limitation, so we don't touch limitlessness.
someone imposes limitedness on us, we readily agree. Anything you desire to
achieve is a limitation. And you don't have to desire limitlessness, because
that you already are. You make frontiers. The idea, 'I need freedom,' constructs
a wall between you and freedom. Remove the concept that there is a wall between
you and freedom and what happens? This wall is imagination. You don't have to
remove the rubbish of the wall."
-- H.W.L. Poonja, from Wake Up and Roar Vol. I
there must be nothing else on your mind. You must have no other
fascination that hinders your desire for freedom. Other desires compel you to
again return to the cycle of birth and death. Finally, you decide to return with
no hindrances, no preoccupations. Your decision is very strong. You are
conscious of your decision, of where you are going. You are very conscious of
what you have selected. . . . . Facing towards That, this desire, this seeker
of truth meets consciousness, satguru, face to face. Consciousness is now
reflecting itself. Reflection of consciousness on this seeker, face to face. .
. . . With this reflection, the desire is burned. Desire is gone. You have come
with a desire for freedom. When you arrive at the goal, the desire is gone. So
who is left? Consciousness reflecting on its own consciousness."
-- H.W.L. Poonja, from Wake Up and Roar Vol. 2
the watcher disappears, the notion of higher and lower levels does
apply, so there is no longer any inclination to struggle, attempting to get
higher. Then you are just where you are."
-- Chogyam Trungpa, from Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
in nature is consistent. Plants take in only poison and give
oxygen. They are in the process of refining energy. A human being is exactly the
same, and you must realize this. Everything you are involved in on the outside
requires that you take in a lesser and lower form of energy, and refine it by
the consciousness of your connection to the Self. Feel your connection to the
Self and feel this energy coming down in to you every minute of your day."
-- Swami Rudrananda
bring your creative energy under control, bring awareness to the
Samadhi is the upward breath, the God within. With the upward breath
established, one will find the entire universe inside. In all creatures the
upward breath is the same. The raja yogi is at one with this infinite movement
whether sitting, talking, standing, or walking. Raja yoga is the highest yoga.
It is like climbing to the roof of a building and looking down. When mind and
wisdom are united, then will peace be known, formless and without qualities.
This state is called self-realization."
visible institution of teachership exists in our dimension not
the needs of the enlightened. It is there, on the contrary, because of the
insensitivity of the ordinary person, who will not perceive what is there until
this has been magnified into an external shape."
-- qtd. in "A Perfumed Scorpion" by Idries Shah
"The question of divine knowledge is so deep that it is truly known only to
those who possess it. A child has no knowledge of the attainments of an adult.
An ordinary adult cannot understand the attainments of a learned man. In the
same way, a learned man cannot understand the experiences of enlightened saints
-- Al-Ghazali (12th century Sufi master of Persia)
Awakening is de-hypnosis, a way out of rigid rules, feelings,
constrictions: being tightly bound. An active meditation: experiments,
exercises, and games designed to quiet the overdominant verbal preoccupation of
the mind, to let go of chronic excessive muscular tension and focus
consciousness on direct sensory experience in the here and now."
-- Bernard Gunther, "Sense Relaxation" (1968)
the seeker understood the meaning of the saying 'the color of water
the color of the receptacle', he would admit the validity of all beliefs, and
would recognize the Real in every manifest form and every object of faith."
-- from the Fusus al-Hikam (Settings of Wisdom) of Sufi master Ibn Arabi
most energy that you can possibly contain with your ego is less than
having ego and being open to everybody else, because then you have access to
everybody's energy -- the Universe's energy -- and it is so much more than
anybody can possibly contain."
-- Stephen Gaskin
"A sorcerer is not only aware of different realities, but he uses that knowledge
in practicalities. Sorcerers know -- not only intellectually but also
practically -- that reality, or the world as we know it, consists only of an
agreement extracted out of every one of us. That agreement could be made to
collapse, since it's only a social phenomenon. And when it collapses, the whole
world collapses with it."
-- Florinda Donner, "Being-in-Dreaming"
have a spiritual life, all you do is become more and more of a
it is important to understand the concept of work: you work deeper, you grow
more. All you get by working better and deeper is the capacity to work still
better and still deeper."
-- Swami Rudrananda (1928-1973)
the force works through you, you can begin to understand the relation
that flow of energy to Creation. It is Creation. When you begin to touch
Creation and see life come through you and touch other people, you understand
that you in no way have any right to think of it as yourself, no more than any
parent has the right to feel that a child is theirs. It is their responsibility,
it is not their creation."
"Most of the propositions and questions to be found in philosophical works are
not false but nonsensical. As a result, we cannot give any answers to questions
of this kind, but can only establish that they are in fact nonsensical."
-- Wittgenstein, from Tractatus Logico-Philosophus
is, as I have often noted, a widespread and wrong impression that
who sees through the illusions of the ego must become a self-effacing and
anonymous personality, whereas my own feeling has always been that in order to
be a real person you must know how to be a genuine fake. In other words, only
those who can accept their own annihilation can have the courage to be true
individuals. The rest are too tender with themselves, too scared of losing
-- Alan Watts, 'In My Own Way: An Autobiography'
"The meaning of freedom can never be grasped by the divided mind. If I feel
separate from my experience, and from the world, freedom will seem to be the
extent to which I can push the world around, and fate the extent to which the
world pushes me around. But to the whole mind there is no contrast of 'I' and
the world. There is just one process acting, and it does everything that
-- Alan Watts, _The Wisdom of Insecurity_
"We often find, as we go merrily on our spiritual way, that we have to reverse
ourselves if we want to stay with our truth. Finding our dharma is a little like
finding a floating crap game; it doesn't stay in one place, it's always changing
its location. You think you know what your route is. You've just gotten all your
new outfits and beads and brownie badges, all the things that go with your new
schtick -- and then suddenly, the whole thing turns dead and empty and horrible.
What are you going to do? My commitment must be to truth, not to consistency.
Give the outfits to the nearest Salvation Army thrift store, and go on."
-- Ram Dass, from "Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita"
To be called a 'remover of darkness' ('guru')
One must completely relinquish the idea 'I am the body.'
There is no understanding higher than this;
Even 'God,' an ideal only, is not higher than
One who has relinquished this false idea,
And become a remover of darkness.
Such a one is a manifestation of
The bliss of universal consciousness.
Such a one is the ideal of Truth made manifest.
-- Nityananda of Ganeshpuri
from the Chidakash Gita, Sutra 113 (interpretive trans. by Petros)
"Meditative prayer is a stern discipline and one which cannot be learned by
force. It requires unending courage and perseverance, and those who are not
willing to work at it patiently will finally end in compromise. Here, as
elsewhere, compromise is only another name for failure."
-- Thomas Merton, from 'Thoughts in Solitude'
"The old nagual told us that, as a general rule, we human beings were never
taught to love. We were taught only to feel gratifying emotions, pertinent
exclusively to the personal Me. Infinity is sublime and without pity, he said,
and there's no room for fallacious concepts, no matter how pleasant they may
seem to us." -- Taisha Abelar
Why does one hold an umbrella? For protection from rain. The appearance of
duality is the rain, Maya; knowledge of truth is the umbrella, and a one-pointed
mind is the handle. Truth is all, but few realize it. Maya, the eternal
appearance of duality, is from the Self, not the other way around. The mind is
not the Self, it is only a reflection of the Self. It ends when recognized as
such, but the Self has no ending. The mind is subject to delusions, but the Self
is neither deluded nor subject to delusions. The mind is to the Self as the
river is to the sea. The Self is the sea, its waters without limit to the eye.
-- Nityananda, from the Chidakash Sutras
The hunger for the devotion that leads to peace
must be intense and consistent.
The larger the fire, the sooner the water boils.
Focused meditation is the heat,
peace is the water which boils and rises
as vapor to the higher planes.
Fully calmed, the mind becomes pure.
This peace costs nothing but the sacrifice of the ego.
When one is filled with this peace,
those around one also benefit.
When it begins in one, it transmits to others.
Even among thousands, if one has this peace,
others also enjoy a part of it.
When moving among a crowd of people,
as in this world is ever the case,
a meditative one has the peace of the hunter approaching a tiger.
-- Nityananda, from the Chidakash Sutras, verse 183
translation by Petros)
This is the 500th Petros-Truth message.
"Thoughts, good or bad, take you farther from the Self and not nearer, because
the Self is more intimate than thoughts. You are Self, whereas the thoughts are
alien to the Self."
-- from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi p. 309
"The body being insentient cannot say 'I'. The Self being infinite cannot say
'I' either. Who then says 'I'? Find out from where this 'I' arises. Then this
'I' will disappear and the infinite Self will remain. This 'I' is only the knot
between the sentient and the insentient. The body is not 'I', the Self is not
'I'. Who, then, is the 'I' -- From where does it arise?"
-- from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, p 303
"If he is a witness to his walking, if he really does not walk while walking, it
is only he who actually sees it so; it will be difficult even for others to
understand it. If he is a witness to his talking, he will not talk while
talking, he will remain a witness alone."
-- Bhagwan Rajneesh, "In Search of the Miraculous" Vol I (Discourses & Meditations
given at Meditation Camp in Nargol and in Bombay, May-July 1970) p. 323
"The true master does not answer a disciple's question; he answers the
questioner. He turns the question into a quest."
-- Osho, from the book 'Ta Hui: The Great Zen Master'
"Love demands the impossible. It says: On the first step you have to drop the
ego. There is no need to refine it and there is no need to work on it."
-- Osho; from The Beloved: Talks on the Bauls, Vol. I (1978) p. 23
"The limited mind is the soil in which the ego is rooted; and the ego
perpetuates ignorance through the many illusions in which it is caught. The ego
prevents the manifestation of infinite knowledge already latent in the soul, and
is the most formidable obstacle in the attainment of God. A Persian poem says,
'It is extremely difficult to pierce through the veil of ignorance; for there is
a rock on fire'. As the flame of fire cannot rise very high if a rock is placed
upon it, a desire to know one's own true nature cannot lead to the truth as long
as the burden of the ego lies upon consciousness. Success in finding oneself is
rendered impossible by the ego, which persists throughout the journey of the
soul. Though more and more detached as the soul advances on the Path, it remains
until the last stage of the seventh plane."
-- Meher Baba, from "God to Man and Man to God" Ch. 3
Meditation associated with structural changes in brain
Courtesy Massachusetts General Hospital
and World Science staff
Regular meditation appears to produce structural changes in areas of the brain
associated with attention and sensory processing, a study has found.
The imaging study, led by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers, showed
that particular areas of the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain, were
thicker in participants who were experienced practitioners of a type of
meditation commonly practiced in the U.S. and other Western countries.
The article appears in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal NeuroReport, and the
research also is being presented Nov. 14 at the Society for Neuroscience meeting
in Washington, DC.
Our results suggest that meditation can produce experience-based structural
alterations in the brain,Â" said Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric
Neuroimaging Research Program, the study's lead author. "We also found
evidence that mediation may slow down the aging-related atrophy of certain areas
of the brain."
Studies have shown that mediation can produce alterations in brain activity, and
meditation practitioners have described changes in mental function that last
long after actual meditation ceases, implying long-term effects. However, those
studies usually examined Buddhist monks who practiced mediation as a central
focus of their lives.
To investigate whether meditation as typically practiced in the U.S. could
change the brain's structure, the current study enrolled 20 practitioners of
Buddhist insight meditation - which focuses on "mindfulness," a specific,
nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings and state of mind. They averaged
nine years of mediation experience and practiced about six hours per week. For
comparison, 15 people with no experience of meditation or yoga were enrolled as
Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the researchers found that regions
involved in the mental activities that characterize insight meditation were
thicker in the meditators than in the controls, the first evidence that
alterations in brain structure may be associated with meditation. They also
found that, in an area associated with the integration of emotional and
cognitive processes, differences in cortical thickness were more pronounced in
older participants, suggesting that meditation could reduce the thinning of the
cortex that typically occurs with aging.
listen to a master is one thing, and to read the same words is
different, because the living presence of the master is no more behind the
words. You can not see those eyes, you can not see those gestures, you can not
see in those words the same authority -- you can not feel those same silent
gaps. The presence of the master, his charisma, his energy is missing in the
written word. The presence is absolutely necessary."
-- Osho (from "Ta Hui")
one who desires to study human mechanicality in general and to make
clear to himself, the very best object of study is he himself with his own
mechanicality; and to study this practically and to understand it sensibly, with
all one's being, and not 'psychopathically,' that is, with only one part of
one's entire presence, is possible only as a result of correctly conducted
self-observation. And as regards this possibility of correctly conducting
self-observation and conducting it without the risk of incurring the maleficent
consequences which have more than once been observed from people's attempts to
do this without proper knowledge, it is necessary that the warning must be given
-- in order to avoid the possibility of excessive zeal -- that our experience,
based on the vast exact information we have, has shown that this is not so
simple a thing as at first glance it may appear. This is why we make the study
of the mechanicality of contemporary man the groundwork of a correctly conducted
-- Gurdjieff, from: All and Everything, First Series: An Objectively Impartial Criticism of
the Life of Man p.1209
Such is the ordinary average man -- an unconscious slave entirely at the
service of all-universal purposes, which are alien to his own personal
individuality. He may live through all his years as he is, and as such be
destroyed for ever. But at the same time Great Nature has given him the
possibility of being not merely a blind tool entirely at the service of these
all-universal objective purposes but, while serving Her and actualizing what is
foreordained for him -- which is the lot of every breathing creature -- of
working at the same time also for himself, for his own egoistic individuality.
This possibility was given also for service to the common purpose, owing to the
fact that, for the equilibrium of these objective laws, such relatively
liberated people are necessary. Although the said liberation is possible,
nevertheless whether any particular man has the chance to attain it -- that is
difficult to say."
-- Gurdjieff, from All and Everything, First Series: An Objectively Impartial
Criticism of the Life of Man, p. 1219
"There can be no artificial escape from this problem which has always troubled
humanity and from which it has found no satisfying issue. The tree of the
knowledge of good and evil with its sweet and bitter fruits is secretly rooted
in the very nature of the Inconscience from which our being has emerged and on
which it still stands as a nether soil and basis of our physical existence; it
has grown visibly on the surface in the manifold branchings of the Ignorance
which is still the main bulk and condition of our consciousness in its difficult
evolution towards a supreme consciousness and an integral awareness. As long as
there is this soil with the unfound roots in it and this nourishing air and
climate of Ignorance, the tree will grow and flourish and put forth its dual
blossoms and its fruit of mixed nature. It would follow that there can be no
final solution until we have turned out inconscience into the greater
consciousness, made the truth of self and spirit our life-basis and transformed
our ignorance into a higher knowledge. All other expedients will only be
makeshifts or blind issues; a complete and radical transformation of our nature
is the only true solution."
-- From Aurobindo's THE LIFE DIVINE p. 627
"Much energy is wasted in fighting with oneself, in rejecting, condemning . . .
If you start accepting yourself you become a reservoir of energy, because then
the conflict ceases, then there is no civil war, then you are one piece. Much
energy is preserved, and that overflowing energy is creativity."
-- Osho, from Hammer on the Rock: A Darshan Diary (Dec. 1975), p 20
"The buddha in the mind is like the fragrance in a tree. Buddha comes from a
mind free of suffering, as a fragrance comes from a tree free of decay. No
fragrance without a tree -- no buddha without a mind!"
(5th century Indian master; brought Buddhism to China and established what would
become the tradition of Ch'an / Zen.)
"Life is a ripoff when you expect to get what you want. Life works when you
choose what you got. Actually what you got is what you chose. To move on, choose
-- Werner Erhard
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