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Consciousness Without Self-What Are We Calling “I”?One thing each of us knows for certain is that reality vastly exceeds our awareness of it. I am, for instance, sitting at my desk, drinking coffee. Gravity is holding me in place, and the manner in which this is accomplished eludes us to this day. The integrity of my chair […]
Disrupting the Harmony-"WHAT IS MEANT BY DISRUPTING the harmony of the Monastic Order?"The Master said, "If you properly understand that the bonds and entanglements of earthly desires are so much emptiness with no place to lean on, this is disrupting the harmony of the Monastic Order." "What is meant by burning the sutras and images?"The Master said, […]
Finding the Truth Within the Dream-IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE LYING on your couch one lazy Sunday afternoon, relaxed and unworried. Your life isn’t perfect, but everything seems to be going fine lately. There are no oppressive thoughts in your mind demanding your attention. You surrender fully to the moment and find yourself closing your eyes, even though you aren’t tired. […]
Realization-IN THE SECOND VERSE of the Mandukya Upanishad we find one of the four great utterances (mahavakyas) of the Upanishads. This self is Brahman (ayam atma brahma). The realization of this statement is not an experience, but a metaphysical insight, falling outside the realm of duality. With this realization disappears our ignorance as to the […]
Still the Mind-Meditation Happens What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a […]
Who Am I?-WHO AM I? The greatest of rewards is "ipseity" and it overflows with wonderment.—Ibn Arabi Yesterday evening, you said live fully, simply, but I don’t get the impression you mean the same thing by these words that we do, we . . . Simply, before identifying with this ‘I am’, before identifying with being an […]