Yes. It is really like gazing into vacancy
or a dazzling crystal or light.
Question: Can a line of thought or a series of questions induce self-hypnotism?
Should it not be reduced to a single point analyzing the unanalyzable, elementary and vaguely perceived and elusive ‘I’?
Ramana: Yes. It is really like gazing into vacancy or a dazzling crystal or light.
Krishnamurti was once asked: “What is your secret?” His response was: “I don’t mind.” This is a rather cryptic answer in that it states so very simply a great truth. The following excerpt from Freedom from the Known sheds some light on this statement. I recommend brewing yourself a nice cup of your favorite drink and sitting back in order to read the following while in a quiet, contemplative state. Enjoy! Continue reading
NVC stand for Non-Violent Communication. It is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg and labeled by him “A Language of Life”. I see it as a new way of perceiving and thinking.
This is the Essence of NVC as it presents itself to me today, after my first seven weeks of living in the Lost Valley Community in Oregon near Eugene:
How can we live together peacefully and orderly while we strive to get our needs met and support others to get their needs met? Continue reading
I awoke from dream-filled sleep with the following feeling:
“What am I doing here? This makes no sense to me.”
It is very uncomfortable. But since it doesn’t seem to be going away I’ll just have to move with it to the best of my ability.
Remember: stay with what is right in front of you, right now. Put all of your attention on seeing, observing and feeling. Thoughts about any larger scenario – like the rest of the day, the year, the rest of my life and places other than where I am at this moment – are distractions born of fear and are escapes from this simple NOW – HERE.
Remember: there is a state free of thoughts and that is the only true state: sthiti – the standstill state. Cease to feed thoughts of any kind, they are generally insanity. Continue reading
We we use the term “standstill” we usually think of stagnation and the need to move forward. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras the term “standstill state” has another meaning. The Yoga Sutras’ objective is to lead us to an understanding of the dynamic of conditioned consciousness so as to then allow this dynamic to subside of its own accord.
The key technical term around which all of the Sutras circle is the term >>vrtti<<, and it basically means the form which conditioned consciousness takes as it acts itself out through the individual small self (ego). Continue reading
Purusha is a Sanskrit word that is often translated as Cosmic Witness
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