a jnani – he who knows

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A jnani can transcend consciousness and be the Absolute on demand; he can come into consciousness because that particular body is still available – through that body communication takes place with the beings in consciousness.

You have an ocean and the water from the ocean in a pot, now that pot is dipped into the ocean, the pot is still there, but the water in the pot merges with the ocean water, so that water does not feel any difference, but the water in the pot can also witness the pot. It has the advantage of being one with the Absolute and to use the body also. With this example I am able to understand what the state of a jnani could be.

source: Nisargadatta, Prior to Consciousness, November 23, 1980

My comment: We see ourselves as beings in consciousness. The jnani is in the Absolute state, sometimes called the ‘no-state-state’ because it is not a state with a subject and objects of perception as in the state of consciousness. According to the jnani, all of consciousness is a minuscule realm when seen from the platform of the Absolute. For those of us who identify ourselves as beings in consciousness, this realm is “All That Is” and the “I Am Presence” and it appears immense, infinite. The jnani  recognizes that all of consciousness is a kind of super-imposition, an overlay, if you so will, of the sense of “I am” on our original state, our true nature, as the Absolute. The jnani interfaces with us, as beings in consciousness, through the instrument of a mind-body complex without identification with this instrument. This communication from the Absolute can be seen as coming from the Ultimate Dimension into our limited and relative dimension of consciousness, much like we now feel we are receiving messages from beings in higher densities. Some of these beings (Blue Avians) tell us that they are able to create a physical form in our world in order to interface with us, after which they then recede from physicality and reside in their own density which we do not perceive.  The jnani tells us that the Absolute is the one natural state and thus each of us is the Absolute right now. Our focus on the super-imposition (the projection) of our phenomenal world, which includes all of the most subtle ‘energy’ realms, is what fills our organs of perception and thus there is ‘no room in the inn’ for the realization of us as the Absolute.

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I am this – Nisargadatta

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EXAMINE IT VERY THOROUGHLY

All hangs on the idea ‘I am so and so’. Examine it very thoroughly. It lies at
the root of every trouble. This ‘I am so and so’ idea was not born with you.
You could have lived very well without it.

It came later due to your self-identification with the body. It created an illusion of separation where there was none. It made you a stranger in your own world alien and inimical. Without the sense of ‘I am this’ life goes on. There are moments when we are without the sense of ‘I am this’, at peace and happy. With the return of ‘I am this ’, trouble starts.

It is because the ‘I am this’ is false that it wants to continue. Reality
need not continue – knowing itself indestructible, it is indifferent
to the destruction of forms and expressions. To strengthen and
stabilize the ‘I am this’ we do all sorts of things – all in vain –  for the ‘I
am this’ is being rebuilt from moment to moment. No ambition is
spiritual. All ambitions are for the sake of ‘I am this’. If you want to
make real progress you must give up all ideas of personal
attainment.

 

Nisargadatta

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the future of mankind – Krishnamurti

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Pine Cottage, Ojai California, March 18, 1983

Highlights in bold are mine.

One wonders what is the future of mankind, the future of all those children you see shouting, playing – such happy, gentle, nice faces – what is their future? The future is what we are now. This has been so historically for many thousands of years – the living and dying, and all the travail of our lives. We don’t seem to pay much attention to the future. You see on television endless entertainment from morning until late in the night, except for one or two channels, but they are very brief and not too serious. The children are entertained. The commercials all sustain the feeling that you are being entertained. And this is happening practically all over the world. What will be the future of these children? Continue reading

awareness

“Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginning-less, endless, un-caused, un-supported, without parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something.” —Nisargadatta Maharaj ..*

“Awareness is primordial; it is the original state,

beginning-less, endless, un-caused, un-supported,

without parts, without change.

Consciousness is on contact,

a reflection against a surface,

a state of duality.

There can be no consciousness without awareness,

but there can be awareness

without consciousness, as in deep sleep.

Awareness is absolute,

consciousness is relative to its content;

consciousness is always of something.”

~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Purusha – The Cosmic Witness

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Purusha is a Sanskrit word that is often translated as the Cosmic Witness (although it has other related meanings).

My comments on Nisargadatta’s statements below:

Basically when we can be aware of the fact that we are aware – then we are not just witnessing the content of consciousness, but we are That first principle quality which is untouched by all content. For me such contemplation is useful to “end” the involvement with or attachment to Consciousness even as the Witness. It is almost like all of Consciousness, starting with the sense “I am” entangles us within the web of manifestation of phenomena. Continue reading

Let’s have a cup of tea! – Zen

Chinese drinking tea
This post contains a bit over two pages from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” – the Chapter “Single Minded Way”  by Shunryu Suzuki.
At the bottom of this post please find the YouTube video of this chapter read by Peter Coyote.

 

SINGLE-MINDED WAY:“Even if the sun were to rise from the west, the Bodhisattva has only one way.”

The purpose of my talk is not to give you some intellectual understanding, but just to express my appreciation of our Zen practice. To be able to sit with you in zazen is very, very unusual. Of course, whatever we do is unusual, because our life itself is so unusual. Buddha said, “To appreciate your human life is as rare as soil on your fingernail.” You know, dirt hardly ever sticks on your nail. Our human life is rare and wonderful; when I sit I want to remain sitting forever, but I encourage myself to have another practice, for instance to recite the sutra, or to bow. And when I bow, I think, “This is wonderful.” But I have to change my practice again to recite the sutra. So the purpose of my talk is to express my appreciation, that is all. Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice. Continue reading

doors – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious.

If you have a deep scar,

that is a door,

if you have an old, old story,

that is a door.

If you love the sky and the water so much

you almost cannot bear it,

that is a door.

If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life,

that is a door.”

~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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