duality – unicity


Duality arises when consciousness arises. I am present and I know that I am present – that is duality. I am and I am not conscious of being present – that is unicity. There is only one, but when this conscious presence is there, then there is a sense of duality.

source: PDF Nisargadatta, Prior to Consciousness, December 9, 1980


My Comment:

Consciousness emerges and a sense of duality is there. Can I recede in consciousness to the point of emergence, which is the emergence of the sense of “I” or “me”? Continue reading

what is time?

Yes, we DO create our world. How would you like it?

New Year’s Resolution:

Peaceful, Please!


“Whatever you think it is, it looks like that.”


Q: Which time is most suitable for meditation?

Ramana: What is time?

Q: Tell me what it is!

Ramana: Time is only an idea.

There is only the Reality.

Whatever you think it is, it looks like that.

If you call it time, it is time.

If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on.

After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc.

Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge.

source PDF file p. 21




time to relax


All the news that we take in over one single day in these times….

It must be digested and then released.

I find that mindful breathing is still the best way to be with my deeper being.

It is such a delicious sensation to feel the breath

when it flows in a relaxed way on its own.

cat studying

Look at something peaceful and just let all thoughts go, all ambitions, concerns – Continue reading

stop the sound – zen

“step by step

I stop the sound

of the murmuring brook.”

Shunryu Suzuki

How can I stop the sound of the tumultuous river we are now immersed in and find Peace, if I cannot stop the sound of the murmuring brook of my own thoughts? Peace is the key to freedom.

In my experience I don’t so much “stop” my thoughts as that I step out of the stream of conditioned consciousness, of the dualistic perspective as me and objects that surround me. Stepping out of this “murmuring brook” I simply release my interest in any thoughts and where they might lead me. Any “problems” to solve are left for later, and soon I find myself in a space of peace. This space is always available and it is for me always a new experience to find myself in it. I do know that I am never in that space when there is much tension built up in my mind-body-spirit complex, so to relax is always good.


We say, “Step by step I stop the sound of the murmuring brook.” When you walk along the brook you will hear the water running. The sound is continuous, but you must be able to stop it if you want to stop it. This is freedom; this is renunciation. One after another you will have various thoughts in your mind, but if you want to stop your thinking you can. So when you are able to stop the sound of the murmuring brook, you will appreciate the feeling of your work. But as long as you have some fixed idea or are caught by some habitual way of doing things, you cannot appreciate things in their true sense.

source: Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, p. 112