infinite peace

 

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Q: When a man comes to you for advice and you give him advice, wherefrom does it come and by what power does it help?

Nisargadatta: His own being affects his mind and induces a response.

Q: And what is your role?

N: In me the man and his self come together.

Q: Why does not the self help the man without you?

N: But I am the self! You imagine me as separate, hence your question. There is no ‘my self’ and ‘his self’. There is the Self, the only Self of all. Misled by the diversity of names and shapes, minds and bodies, you imagine multiple selves. We both are the self, but you seem to be unconvinced.

This talk of personal self and universal self is the learner’s stage; go beyond, don’t be stuck in duality. Continue reading

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negligence

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Pramada in Sanskrit variously means – negligence, inertia, inadvertence, indolence, idleness, sluggishness, inattentiveness. Pramada produces forgetfulness. It is the root cause of all pains and problems afflicting human-beings.

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tenderness

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There was a warm fire in the stove, some candles in the center of the yurt and we sat on cushions in a circle. It was blustery and raining outside. It was a sharing circle with talking-stick and each of the eight men present shared what was on their hearts at the moment. Most spoke of their difficulties with their partners or with women they wanted to connect with. It was heart-wrenching for me to hear the deep yearning that each of these men expressed to have simple relationships with someone of the opposite sex and to hear of all the complexities that arose for them in these relationships. There was not much I could say beyond encouraging each of us to find the simplicity in ourselves first. The base-line of this evening was that each of us is asking for tenderness and peace. May we remain tender and vulnerable and may we offer tenderness and deep understanding, deep listening to all others in our life.

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the koan

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the visible and the invisible

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“A phrase that brings the mind to its limits

and can be an opening for awareness of what is before words”

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EXPERIENCE HAS TO BECOME INVISIBLE

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We cling to experience as the real reason for living. It has to become invisible? Why? How? What else is there? Yes, I ‘know’ what else is there. Yes, when my attention clings to experiences and they are in the foreground of my awareness, THAT is not visible. So: EXPERIENCE HAS TO BECOME INVISIBLE. I cannot focus directly on THAT as it is not an object. All I can do is realize, while experiencing, that experience is NOT THAT.

Koans become like a living entity and begin to take over your perception of everything, shifting that perception just a tiny bit…

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a timeless occurrence

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Krishnamurti from his notebook:

It had been a beautiful morning, full of sunshine and shadows; the garden in the nearby hotel was full of colours, all colours and they were so bright and the grass so green that the hurt the eye and the heart. And the mountains beyond were glistening with a freshness and a sharpness, washed by the morning dew. It was an enchanting morning and there was beauty everywhere; over the narrow bridge, across the stream, up a path into the wood, where the sunshine was playing with the leaves; they were trembling and their shadows moved; they were common plants but they outdid in their greenness and freshness all the trees that soared up to the blue skies.  You could only wonder at all this delight, at the extravagance, at the trembling; you could not but be amazed at the quiet dignity of every tree and plant and at the endless joy of those black squirrels, with long, bushy tails. The waters of the stream were clear and sparkling in the sun that came through the leaves. It was damp in the wood and pleasant. Continue reading