awaken to this wondrous being

 

shin ku myo u pin

Lying on the roof in the evening close to dusk and looking up into the now pale blue sky, myriad infinitesimal light particles were raining down. As a child, and even as a young man, I sometimes looked up like this and was mesmerized by the spectacle of these energy particles that seemed to only be visible when looking straight up into the sky with a soft gaze. The intensity I was perceiving now was a thousand-fold stronger than I remembered having seen it years ago. I could not keep my eyes open to it for long, only for 6 or 7 seconds at a time. My inner sense of these particles corresponds to what is described as adamantine particles in the following article: Continue reading

the grand scheme of things

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When we ‘zoom out’ for a quick moment, things look different. In the grand scheme of things all looks more harmonious than when we are caught up in the nitty-gritty of it. Sometimes I am drawn to look at things through Nisargadatta’s eyes as he transmits such a view of the ‘grand scheme’. Here is one such passage from his talks to visitors in Mumbai, India on November 29, 1980: Continue reading

listen to the whole murmur of it

This is a short statement by Krishnamurti on the ending of sorrow from his book The Only Revolution:

“See the map of sorrow not with the eyes of memory. Listen to the whole murmur of it; be of it, for you are both the observer and the observed. Then only can sorrow end.”

Krishnamurti, The only Revolution, p. 100

Krishnamurti states that sorrow will only end when we there is no resistance to it and when we do not create any escape from it. Much can be spoken about this, however it is something that each of us must experiment with. Then we may come upon the particular balance of left and and right brain activity that allows the clear observation of the whole scenario inside of us when we are in sorrow of any kind. Then, if we are not distracted and our mind is not fragmented, sorrow ends.

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Clarity of Observation

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The following is my transcript of the last few minutes of a public talk that Krishnamurti gave in Ojai, California in the year 1982. He was 87 years old at the time. I encourage you to watch at least this portion of the YouTube clip below (minute 35:55 to 38:50) and feel Krishnamurti’s intensity as he transmits this understanding. Continue reading

the symbol has taken the place of reality

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We are caught in a network of words, which are symbols. We live in a mental-emotional world of images – images about ourselves, about what is going on in the world, about my wife, my friends and about my living situation. This network of symbols and images has become so second-nature that we are no longer consciously aware of it dominating our perception. When someone says “look at the tree without the word, directly”, we have a very hard time and it seems almost impossible. When we are asked to be mindful when eating a meal, it is very difficult to recognize what is on our plate and then on our fork as we take it into our mouth. Yes, we can see it is a piece of pizza, but to consciously connect with all of the elements that went into that pizza is quite another thing: the wheat of the dough; the process that resulted in the salt and the seasonings; the farmer and the land that yielded the tomatoes; the dairy farm – the cows and the grass, rain and earth that produced the cheese. Continue reading

the jade thread enters the golden needle

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Shikantaza and Silent Illumination

I have chosen some passages from master Sheng-yen’s lecture, which is in full below. These passages are the ones that are most relevant for me in my practice at present. You will find the entire lecture under these excerpts.

 

You are very clear about the state of your body and mind.

You reach a point where the mind does not move and yet is very clear. That unmoving mind is “silent,” and that clarity of mind is “illumination.” This is the meaning of “silent illumination.”

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The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

 

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Normal is coming unhinged. For the last eight years it has been possible for most people (at least in the relatively privileged classes) to believe that society is sound, that the system, though creaky, basically works, and that the progressive deterioration of everything from ecology to economy is a temporary deviation from the evolutionary imperative of progress.

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helping another to ‘get it’

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(Thanks to Vashta for this.)

Here is a good excerpt from the Law of One material (Ra material) on the subject of helping another entity to raise their vibration:

Ra (Law of One) on “Teaching Enlightenment”

QUESTIONER: Is it possible by the use of some technique or other to help an entity to reach fourth-density level in these last days?

RA: I am Ra. It is impossible to help another being directly. It is only possible to make catalyst available in whatever form, the most important being the radiation of realization of oneness with the Creator from the self, less important being information such as we share with you.

We, ourselves, do not feel an urgency for this information to be widely disseminated. It is enough that we have made it available to three, four, or five. This is extremely ample reward, for if one of these obtains fourth-density understanding due to this catalyst then we shall have fulfilled the Law of One in the distortion of service.

We encourage a dispassionate attempt to share information without concern for numbers or quick growth among others. That you attempt to make this information available is, in your terms, your service. The attempt, if it reaches one, reaches all.

We cannot offer shortcuts to enlightenment. Enlightenment is, of the moment, an opening to intelligent infinity. It can only be accomplished by the self, for the self. Another self cannot teach/learn enlightenment, but only teach/learn information, inspiration, or a sharing of love, of mystery, of the unknown that makes the other-self reach out and begin the seeking process that ends in a moment, but who can know when an entity will open the gate to the present?

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the question of death

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“live with delight, with enchantment, with beauty every day”

Krishnamurti

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Now take the question of death which is an immense problem to most people. You know death, there it is walking every day by your side. Is it possible to meet it so completely that you do not make a problem of it at all? In order to meet it in such a way all belief, all hope, all fear about it must come to an end, otherwise you are meeting this extraordinary thing with a conclusion, an image, with a premeditated anxiety, and therefore you are meeting it with time.

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