merge with the dust of the world

Taoteching – Lao Tzu

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Taoteching 4a

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make a nesting now: David Whyte

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David Whyte:

There’s an image at the beginning of this poem, which is an image of a contemporary of St. Colman, and his name was St. Kevin, and he was the kind of Irish St. Francis, because he had this remarkable experience with all the animals and birds. He was constantly losing his prayer book, and then an otter would bring it back; and then he’d lose it again, and a stork would bring it. You get the feeling he was just chucking it in the river in the end, and they were just bringing it back.

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the target

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Nisargadatta: That state is not to be experienced, about that you can’t speak. Just be that state, what is experienced is not truth. What is experienced is not truth that is the primary problem. I did not know that I was in that state, suddenly I knew, I am, thus all the trouble. In that state there was no knowingness, suddenly ‘I am’ and I caught hold of the body. My identity of ‘I amness’ is the entire manifestation, not individual body. All the trouble began with the ‘otherness’, a quality that came with ‘I amness’. Whenever there is a problem you ask: ‘let us find the state of affairs as they are’, don’t try to bluff, and then the solution comes. So in this fraudulent play of the manifest world I went on to find the actual position, the ‘I amness’ means world manifestation and it is a time bound state, so why should I bother?

Presently ‘I amness’ is bubbling and challenging, but all this is time bound, pride will go along with the ‘I am’ (So Hum), later on, no ‘I am’ (No Hum). Whatever you do is as per your concepts, nothing was, here or there. In the Brahman aperture there is sprouting of ‘I amness” and all manifestation too, but I am not that. Yogis after penetrating all the ‘chakras’, take up the breath in the Brahma Chakra and hibernate. If the body does not swell, his ‘I am’ is in the tranquil state in the aperture, but once the ‘I am’ is dissolved his body will swell. Any being when born with that ‘I am’ still inside, will have an outside manifest world; each being having its own inside and outside world. The one who has attained the target, he is no more an individual, thus he has no ego, when ego is gone, it will be realized that the ‘I amness’ is felt no more.

source: Nisargadatta,  I am Unborn, 30th January 1980, PDF p 102

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our subtle bodies

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Sivananda:

The Annamaya Kosha constitutes the gross physical body. The Pranamaya, the Manomaya and the Vijnanamaya Koshas constitute the Linga Sarira or subtle body (astral body). The Anandamaya Kosha constitutes the causal body (Karana Sarira).

The physical body is formed of the essence of food. The subtle body is formed of unquintuplicated, Apanchikrita or uncompounded elements. The casual body is formed of Samskaras or Moola Ajnana (primitive ignorance). The Anandamaya Kosha is the cause for the subtle and gross bodies or the remaining four sheaths.

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my discipline

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My Discipline:

They say that when I put my attention on the world the Self gets obliterated.

Obliterate the world and put your attention on Self.

Putting inert objects into an inert object – we call it ‘eating’.

The mouth is a chewing machine – it leads to the swallowing apparatus.

From there the chemical factory (our digestion) takes over distributing all the building material into this grand edifice made of food – we call it ‘my body’.

Now it appears alive, a Frankenstein plugged into the Current, the alive beingness fed by the ocean of the Unseen. Continue reading

awakening

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Sokei-an Shigetsu Sasaki:

THE SUTRA OF PERFECT AWAKENING
FIFTY SECOND LECTURE
Wednesday September 27th, 1939

“O Obedient One! All sentient beings will prove that innately they possess the nature of this Perfect Awakening. When they meet a good teacher, according to his method of practice, they will approach to the state of causal Dharma. When they practice, some of them will realize the result suddenly and some will realize the result little by little. If they encounter the highest Bodhi of Buddha and the path of their practice, without regard to the capacity of their natures be they great or small, they will attain the state of Buddha-knowledge. Even though sentient beings seek the good friend, if they meet one who has an erroneous View — they cannot attain the true apprehension of Awakening. Such sentient beings are called ‘those who possess the seed of a heretical birth.’ The erroneous teachings of a wrong master are not the errors committed by the sentient beings themselves. They are the result of the five varieties of sentient nature.” Continue reading

delusional condition

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Swami Krishnananda:

We have descended so low into the physical externality of our experience that the Atman, which is universal in its original status, has projected itself out of the senses and come out of the body, as it were; it is now looking back towards its own self as an object outside. It has completely lost itself in matter. To lose itself in matter is not so bad as to come out of it and then look upon it as an object of its own self. This is what the senses do. So in one sense we are far, far removed from reality, much more than even inorganic matter, because we have come out of the material body and then projected our consciousness backwards, as it were, looking to matter as an object of our own self.

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the power to breed illusion

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Krishnamurti:

Look beyond the mountain; in that look are the nearby houses, the meadows, the shapely hills and the mountains themselves; when you drive a car, you look well ahead, three hundred yards or more; that look takes in the side roads, that car that is parked, the boy that is crossing and the lorry that’s coming towards you, but if you merely watched the car ahead of you, you would have an accident. The distant look includes the near but looking at what is near does not include the distant.

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