existential anguish

 

 

 

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We are supposed to be upbeat and full of optimism about how wonderful this world can be once we are liberated from all outer and inner bondage. And it probably can indeed be wonderful, but is that the point? How can I be released from bondage if I am not ready to face reality?

So what is reality? First of all it is the fact of Eternity with a capital “E”. This has all been going on for millions and billions and quadrillions of time. It did not start and there is no way it can end.  Continue reading

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ordinary monk

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The everyday ordinary monk lives as a person

who always has nothing to do.

Linji

source: Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go, p. 56

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it is not so easy

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“Rarely will one understand this and,

transcend the domain of consciousness.”

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My Comment: What can this mean – to transcend the domain of consciousness? Isn’t everything we know, our entire existence the “domain of consciousness”? Also the statement “The Absolute… does not know Itself” presents us with a seemingly insurmountable riddle. In Zen this is termed a ‘koan’. Here we can ask ourselves: is my entire perception limited to what comes through my organs of sensory perception? Is there a very, very subtle realm that is not of the ‘objective’ world? Can I negate the entire world that I see as ‘objects’ to be known, not to escape the world into some romantic ‘nirvana’ state, but to examine my potential and possible scope of perception? Continue reading

be the fish, be the water

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The observer is the observed.

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I am alone. “I alone am.” These enigmatic words were the catalyst for Nisargadatta to awaken to his true state. What arises in me when I let them sink in?

All mirrors show me movements of my energy stream for the purpose of auto-correction because this existence strives continually for balance and the cancelling out of all imbalance. Continue reading

awake without any challenge

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“…knowing yourself so completely

that the mind is no longer seeking.”

My Comment: Krishnamurti enters here into an understanding that requires us to use our cognitive faculty of the mind to think logically, but also to allow our direct perception of life to be active at the same time. He explores here what it means to make demands on life and how this movement of ‘demand’ will create its own perception which is limited and tainted by the demand itself.

In the second part of this excerpt Krishnamurti speaks once again about meditation:
“Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life – perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody, that is the beauty of it.”  

So it is about the mind itself learning about its own movement and out of that learning it changes the way it moves.

These passages ask you to let them sink in beyond the surface which wants to know if something confirms its present view of things or contradicts them. Here the outcome is unknown and it is uncomfortable to not be given anything to ‘hold on to’. Krishnamurti asks us to be our own master.

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our toys absorb us

My Comment:

When Krishnamurti speaks of a mind that has no center and no periphery and therefore no space and no time I feel myself transported to an understanding of all of us, indeed all of existence, as one being. All of our concepts are false, are trickery of the mind. I am not ‘I’, you are not ‘you’, he/she is not… etc. I know that state in which all identities have been melted away by the vastness and power that is not of our language or our individual perception. Each of us knows of that power and yet we succumb to such trivial discrimination that creates this illusion of separation.Now could be the time when these illusions will no longer be able to propagate themselves through us. We are living right now in eternity and yet we persevere in distracting ourselves from this obvious fact. Perhaps, just perhaps, now is the time for us to finally ‘get real’. Why not? Continue reading

we are our own image

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Krishnamurti was once asked: “What is your secret?” His response was: “I don’t mind.” This is a rather cryptic answer in that it states so very simply a great truth. The following excerpt from Freedom from the Known sheds some light on this statement. I recommend brewing yourself a nice cup of your favorite drink and sitting back in order to read the following while in a quiet, contemplative state. Enjoy! Continue reading

no center and no circumference

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Our normal perception is one of continuity. We see our life as a movement of continuity. I have an image of myself now and this image changes very slightly from moment to moment. When a strong catalyst enters my life I may experience a more marked change in my image of myself. I may then say to myself “Now I am more generous, more trusting, more compassionate after this experience.” This is an expression of my changed image. And yet I experience myself as the same ‘me’ day after day after day. Continue reading

the question of death

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“live with delight, with enchantment, with beauty every day”

Krishnamurti

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Now take the question of death which is an immense problem to most people. You know death, there it is walking every day by your side. Is it possible to meet it so completely that you do not make a problem of it at all? In order to meet it in such a way all belief, all hope, all fear about it must come to an end, otherwise you are meeting this extraordinary thing with a conclusion, an image, with a premeditated anxiety, and therefore you are meeting it with time.

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