Why do you run?
January 31, 2012, 9:50 am
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Neither birth nor death pertain to you;
You have never been merely a body.
It is well known that “All is Brahman,” The Absolute;
The scriptures have stated this in various ways.

You are That which is both inside and out;
You are Shiva; you are everything, everywhere.
Why, then, are you so deluded?
Why do you run about like a frightened ghost?

There’s no such thing as union or separation,
for me or for you.
There is no me, no you, no manifold world;
All is the Self, and the Self alone.

You cannot be heard, or smelled, or tasted;
You cannot be seen, or sensed by touch.
Truly, you are the ultimate Reality;
Why, then, should you be so troubled?

Neither birth, nor death, nor the active mind,
Nor bondage, nor liberation, affects you at all.
Why then, my dear, do you grieve in this way?
You and I have no name or form.

O my mind, why are you so deluded?
Why do you run about like a frightened ghost?
Become aware of the indivisible Self!
Be rid of attachment; be happy and free!

Truly, you are the unchanging Essence of everything;
You are the unmoving Unity; you’re boundless Freedom.
You have neither attachment nor aversion;
Why, then, do you worry and succumb to desires?

All the scriptures unanimously declare
That the pure, formless, undifferentiated Reality
Is the Essence of all forms.
There is absolutely no doubt about this.

All forms, please understand, are only temporary manifestations;
Only the formless Essence eternally exists.
Once this truth is realized,
There’s no more necessity to be reborn.

The one Reality is ever the same;
This is what all the wise say.
Whether you embrace or renounce desires,
The One Consciousness remains unaffected.

If you see the world as other than the Self,
can that be the experience of Unity?
If you see it as the Self, can that be the experience of Unity?
If it is seen as both the Self and not the Self,
can that be the experience of Unity?
The true state of freedom is to see everything as One.

You are the pure Reality, always the same;
You have no body, no birth and no death.
How, then, can you say, “I know the Self”?
Or how can you say, “I don’t know the Self”?

The saying, “That thou art,”
Affirms the reality of your own true Self.

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Happy Birthday, Mooji
January 29, 2012, 7:40 pm
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Happy Birthday, Mooji!

Neti Neti
Whatever I see, [I am] not this.
Whatever I think, it’s not this.
Whatever I feel, it’s not this.
Then comes the one who is feeling, also…
finally [he] looks and says, “Also [I am] not this.”
Whatever you can perceive, you are not that.
When all that can be seen phenomenally is dismissed, then intuitively a non-phenomenal, non-conceptual recognition takes place, of that which cannot be pointed to and touched by any finger. It is only the awareness of the Self. Stop looking for what the mind produces… everything the mind produces is only just a phenomenon. That which watches all of this–impartially… YOU ARE THAT.

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What wisdom means
January 26, 2012, 4:17 pm
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“This is what Wisdom means: To be changed without the slightest effort on your part, to be transformed, believe it or not, merely by waking to the reality that is not words, that lies beyond the reach of words. If you are fortunate enough to be Awakened thus, you will know why the finest language is the one that is not spoken, the finest action is the one that is not done and the finest change is the one that is not willed.”

~Anthony de Mello

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Life is a movement between these two
January 24, 2012, 11:31 am
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“When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two.”

~Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Just as dew forms…
January 22, 2012, 5:57 pm
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That You are aware and have always been aware can slowly dawn in the heart, just as dew forms on blades of grass at night. Dry at day’s end, with not a drop of moisture to be seen, each individual blade glistens in the early morning’s light. A precise moment of moistening cannot be found, but the grass–could it speak–would not deny its obvious dampness.

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This Is It!
January 3, 2012, 9:48 pm
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I love the writing of Stephan Bodian (pictured below), author of Wake Up Now. He writes about awakening with such clarity! When I finished the book, I signed up for his newsletter. The following short piece is from his January 2012 issue. As I read it I felt myself smiling and could feel the words, “Yes! This Is It!” dancing through the open chambers of my heart. Aaaahhhh.

Stephan Bodian

“Just had a lovely session with a woman this morning who said she longed to awaken to the truth because she felt strongly motivated to put an end to her anxiety and depression. I invited her to rest here, in this moment, and welcome whatever arises. Right now, I said, without consulting your mind, does anything need to be different from the way it is? Is anything missing, even enlightenment? No, no…t at all, she said, after a pause. Now ask yourself, who is experiencing this moment right now? Anything you experience is just an object of experience–but who is the experiencer? She sat with this question in silence for a long time, then finally said, I don’t know. Then rest in this not knowing, I offered. What is it like? Again, after a long pause, she said, it’s limitless and silent; it has no edges. Then she started to cry, with tears of gratitude and wonder. I can’t believe it, she said. I can’t believe this is what I am–this vast mystery. Yes, I said, this is it. Just rest as you are, and let everything arise in you. This is the enlightenment you’ve been seeking.”

~Stephan Bodian
www.stephanbodian.org.

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