Listening to a short podcast by Gangaji, she talks about “the animating principle … that all bodies are in.” “The location in the body can never give you the freedom that you are really yearning for. It’s discovering yourself as what the body is in – as the animating principle itself – that all bodies are in, all form, all life. Then you discover true freedom.” Continue reading
Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation is what the dictionary says. Similar words are composure, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, coolheadedness and presence of mind. Han Shan, the poet-hermit from Cold Mountain, says:
If heaven and earth shift, let them shift.
I shall be sitting happy among the rocks.
Negating without resistance
this content of consciousness
is the beauty and compassion of intelligence.
It’s this intelligence that is in operation in the universe
if you leave it alone.
What does it mean to “negate this content of consciousness”? When Krishnamurti speaks of negating my understanding is that he means having the insight from moment to moment that all the content of our consciousness, our thoughts, opinions, fears, desires etc. have been created out of thin air. Our mind has conjured up the entire framework within which all of these concepts are couched. The very foundation of our worldview is something that is based on concepts, which are constructed of the past. Our past impressions serve as the reservoir for our so-called knowledge and on that foundation we build our world. Continue reading
What inspired me today:
… unless the belief that the world is real is removed…
Nan Yar Verse 6
“The mind,” I said, “is moon-clear, the world and its thousand shapes but dreams to shine upon.” Han Shan, Poet of Cold Mountain
Ramana Talks – Talk 41:
“We are in our Self. We are not in the world. … You carry heaven and hell with you. Your lust, anger, etc., produce these regions. They are like dreams. Continue reading
It is confusing to lump all activity of our brain under the term ‘thoughts’. I see my brain carrying out operations similar to a CPU on the computer: it operates according to a program and that program is called ‘survival’. Many physiological/psychological operations are governed by this program and rightly so. It allows our existence as physiological streams of consciousness to function smoothly. This program is fed by the entire pool of human experience from way back and also beyond the circles of cultures in the world – although they make up part of the pool of relevant experiences. Continue reading
“All you need to do is give up thoughts.”
You can give up chocolate, you can give up sugar, you can give up soft drinks, you can give up chips, you can give up cigarettes, beer, wine, texting, sitting in the cafe etc. etc. Anything you feel you are dependent on is something you might consider giving up. But all you need to do is give up thoughts. That takes care of all the rest. Continue reading
I know that it is nowadays a lot to ask you to listen carefully, watching the face and the expression in the eyes when you listen to someone talking. Please give it one more try – listen to this sweet old man, full of love and understanding as he talks about us, you and me, and the ‘book of life’ that each of us is. Enjoy! Continue reading