“This consciousness is extinguishing, knowingness is disappearing, but nothing affects you, the Absolute – that is the moment of death, but what matters? The vital breath is leaving the body, the “I Amness” receding, but the “I Amness” is going to the Absolute.”
My Comment: Words can have various functions. Sometimes they are like life-jackets that we can slip into and help keep us afloat in the high seas of confusion. They can also be building blocks with which we can construct complex thought structures. Some words take us for a wild ride, one leading to the next and the next and the next, higher and higher, like the mind flying a kite. Of course we all know how words can be used as weapons to hurt, or as medicine to heal and soothe. Continue reading
This translation from Chinese of a poem by Han Shan, the Hermit-Sage of Cold Mountain, is by the Buddhist Yogi C. M. Chen. He translated Han Shan’s verses without worrying about perfect English syntax, but rather left the language closer to the original Chinese in which each ideogram must be placed by the reader into the context in order to complete the meaning. Therefore, when reading this poem just continue on if you stumble on a word and you will get the spirit of Han Shan transmitted to you. Enjoy!
Han Shan – the Poet of Cold Mountain:
Since I have escaped to Cold Mountain,
Eat the wild fruits I obtain.
In my life to worry nothing, Continue reading
Once consciousness (birth and the resulting subject-object perception) arises, we are a mess. Not, “we are in a mess”, no, we ARE a mess. We are fragmentation and experience ourself as the controller and the world is to be controlled. Continue reading
“Before birth we were not conscious of ourself; only when a foreign element, the birth, was introduced, did we become conscious of ourself. Apprehending this is awakening and for this there is no path or technique. Continue reading
“…worshiping the formless reality by unthought thought…”
The “me” creates the “not-me”. When the feeling of “I-ness” arises, it almost instantaneously turns into the “me-thought” due to its identification with the body. When this happens a center is created and with it a periphery, which is the “not-me-thought”. Continue reading
This following text of Krishnamurti is a chapter from one of my favorite books of his:This Light In Oneself
The selections in this book present the core of Krishnamurti’s teaching on meditation, taken from discussions with small groups, as well as from public talks to large audiences. His main theme is the essential need to look inward, to know ourselves, in order really to understand our own—and the world’s—conflicts. We are the world, says Krishnamurti, and it is our individual chaos that creates social disorder. He offers timeless insights into the source of true freedom and wisdom.
Pistol River – Photo Tomas
“…he never has a single thought
of seeking buddhahood.”
If he allows his mind to stray from ‘what is’ right here, right now, he slips back into the dusty world. Once he is in the stream of being ordinary, of simply not striving and of conforming with circumstances from that place of equanimity, he is like a gyroscope: keeping alignment with Big Mind. Any thought of attaining anything or achieving anything causes that gyroscope to wobble. He avoids that.
“After all, you have a father and a mother—
what more do you seek?”
If you have a father and a mother you are in this life and therefore you have all you need to realize who and what you are right now.
“Conforming with circumstances as they are he exhausts his past karma; accepting things as they are he puts on his clothes; when he wants to walk he walks, when he wants to sit he sits; he never has a single thought of seeking buddhahood. Why is this so? Continue reading