“When the controller is the controlled,
seen as an absolute fact, as truth,
then there comes about a totally different kind of energy
which transforms what is.”
The thought-form that most of us grew up with is that there exists an ‘outside agency’ that is on its own, completely independent of us. To state that ‘the controller is the controlled’ and ‘the experiencer is the experience’ turns our world literally on its head. Continue reading
In conversation with Krishnamurti in July of 1961, Laura Archera Huxley (Aldous Huxley’s wife) asked the following question:
“What is a religious man?”
An amazing poem about the agenda of light for Humanity in this time ~
“There are so many songs waiting in the garden of your belly for permission to grow…”
“There is a universe in my body…”
“but I am learning how to be a flower…”
An original poem written & performed by Dominque Ashaheed :: poet, teacher, mama, international women’s slam poetry champion 2012, national slam poetry champion 2012
How this poem came to be, in the words of Katie Hess:
“I first saw Dominique perform at the Lohas Conference in 2012. Seeing her in person you get a full-on dose of her power. She has an other-worldly gift: when she speaks, the sound of her voice reaches down and grabs something so deep in your heart, you come undone.
“The Self looks like the world.
But this is just an illusion.”
Eckhart Tolle introduced me to the Ashtavakra Geeta, (a Hindu scripture that dates from ca. 400 BCE) when he read some excerpts on Eckhart Tolle TV. He pointed out some of the basic concepts in this scripture that could be useful for those wanting to examine their conditioned way of thinking. I find it helps to align my own thoughts with those expressed in the Ashtavakra Geeta as a way of divorcing myself from the illusion created by our upbringing and the current dominant culture in the world.
When revisiting this text today I am struck especially by the line:
“The Self looks like the world.” The thought form that I am used to is ‘The world is actually the Self but we don’t recognize It because of the veils to our consciousness.’ To state that the Self looks like the world strikes me as much more direct. It says that I am actually always looking at the Self when I look at the world!
Here are a few verses from this scripture and a link at the bottom to access a PDF of the full text.
“Apart, from us where is time and where is space? If we are bodies, we are involved in time and space, but are we? We are one and identical now, then, and forever, here, and everywhere. Therefore we, timeless, and spaceless Being, alone are.”
Forty Verses on Reality – Ramana – Verse 16
We are so heavily addicted to rational thinking that it seems at times almost impossible to open up to a direct realization of what Ramana is talking about. Of course we should be able to get a felt sense of this Fact that is all around us, in our face and completely obvious – but that is not the case. Most of our waking hours and in our dream experiences we move through a card-house made of living images that are ephemeral, fleeting and passing.
What we call happiness are experiences within this card-house and they do not satisfy that deep longing inside for HOME that is the bed-rock of Existence rather than the shifting sands of the content of our consciousness.
The following statements express some views as to ‘how’ we can access our Natural State.
How easy it is to deceive oneself, to project desirable states which are actually experienced, especially when they are pleasure. There’s no illusion, no deception, when there’s no desire, conscious or unconscious, for any experience of any kind, when one’s wholly indifferent to the coming and going of all experience, when one’s not asking for anything.
Why be mean when there are soaring mountains and flashing streams?
Krishnamurti Notebook July 26, 1961
Here you will get to know what is, not what you expect to hear. Duality arises when consciousness arises. I am present and I know that I am present – that is duality. I am and I am not conscious of being present – that is unicity. There is only one, ‘but when this conscious presence is there, then there is a sense of duality.
Questioner: Is a Realized person aware of everything?
N. Actually no one is realized, there is only pure knowledge (the sense of I Am). It is only for reasons of communication that we say a person is realized. The knowledge has realized that it is knowledge; that is all that has happened. I am not the body, I am not the words; when knowledge recognizes this it is called Self-Realization.
Q: The knowledge Maharaj is giving is for jnanis (awakened ones). What happens to the very simple man who is not able to comprehend this?
N: Bhajans (devotional songs) and meditation. By meditation the knowledge which is immature will gradually grow into maturity.
Q. A thousand years ago people were primitive. They could not have understood this. It is only for developed minds.
N. Whether primitive or civilized, people can understand this. Even in those days there must have been some to whom this knowledge did appear and they instinctively understood.
This knowledge is not new; it has always been in existence. People came to know instinctively.
Q. Why is it that India seems to be the cradle of this knowledge? No other country seems to have this knowledge.
N: That is not so. This manifestation is the expression of the Absolute, and the manifestation may take various forms in various countries. Where it takes what kind of expression is immaterial; basically all is the manifestation of the Absolute. There is no cause and effect, no reason why one thing should be in one place and something else in another.
What is to be found out is what one is, by oneself.
Q. Can the Guru give a push toward that knowledge?
N. You think that you are one individual and the Guru is another individual but that is not so. Guru is the knower of this consciousness, which is temporary.
Understand this curious situation: while I am talking to you there is unbearable pain in the body (cancer).
I have understood firmly that there are no individuals separate from one another, no knowledge separate as worldly knowledge and spiritual knowledge. There is no Guru and no disciple, there is no God and no devotee. There are no opposites – they are a polaristic duality, not two separate parts, but two parts of the same one. I am convinced of that and yet I am talking to you. You accept it as knowledge and I give it as knowledge. Understand this amusing factor.
The talks emanate spontaneously out of me; prior to the emanation of the words there is no meaning fabricated inside. There is no part played by the mind. It is direct spontaneity.
Q. What is the definition of consciousness as used by Maharaj?
N. Consciousness, as it is used here, is this sense of being alive, of being present, the sense of existence. It is the love of being that is the source and cause of all desires.
source: Prior to Consciousness, December 9, 1980
When I become quiet and have let go of chasing my images and my desires for a short while I get a glimpse of what is meant by this statement:
“We move in the space we create as we move.” Continue reading
Charlie Chaplin – as I began to love myself
This poem, “As I Began to Love Myself”, was written by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday.
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.
“From the Absolute point of view the objective (world) is the subject (Self) itself. It is not separate from the Self.”
I have posted below two sections from Anandamayi’s MATRI VANI that verbalizes the attitude that is most suitable for us to embody in our daily life once we have realized what Ramana points to. Continue reading
“When the observer is the observed there is complete order.”
This statement stands out for me today: “What is the thing that is hurt? The image that each one has built about himself, that is what is hurt.” I was watching this ‘image builder’ yesterday in myself, just noticing how it seems to be incessantly creating image after image without respite. Included in this image about ‘myself’ are my reactions to those I meet, to my surroundings, to all situations I am in. The image builder says, for example: “I am not the kind of person who likes things this way, something is wrong. I am not the kind of person who agrees with what this person is saying, something is wrong. I am not the kind of person who can agree to things being done this way, something is wrong. ” Alternately “I am the kind of person who likes this kind of person, this situation, this food, this drink, this wording…” It’s a crazy world. Continue reading