self-identity

April 18, 2019

Until you are free of the drug of self-identification, all your religions and sciences, prayers and yogas are of no use to you, for, based on a mistake, they strengthen it.

– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

grandeur integrated

March 9, 2019

Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance.

If we were capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us.

One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur.

And two, we would provide ourselves with enough energy to catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the Universe.

~ Carlos Castaneda

one-and-the-same

February 23, 2019

Turned inward, the mind (Ātman) can eventually see its own source and once again remember it IS the Universal Self. (Brahman)

At that point, one realizes Ātman is Brahman and Brahman is Ātman. There is no separation or ‘difference.’

This is the state in which our *identification with thoughts or ideas* has definitively ended.

The mind is no longer the subject perceiving an object. The perceiver and the object are one-and-the-same.

The gap is closed. Suffering dissipates.

Expectation and reality become one.

Many will claim to despise hypocrisy, yet will be unable to digest unabashed authenticity, thereby revealing their own hypocrisy.

So don’t worry too much about all this. Reveal your inner experience as much as required, when required, without worrying about the confusing and convoluted standards of others.

Be at ease in the full spectrum of pretense and presence in this game of life. Just be honest with yourself. With your innermost spirit. That’s all that counts.

~ Nithya Shanti

underneath it all

November 3, 2018

The mystical experience is nothing other than becoming aware of your true physical relationship to the universe.

And, you are amazed, thunderstruck by the feeling that underneath everything that goes on in this world, the fundamental thing – is the state of unbelievable bliss.

~ Alan Watts

the breathing of eternity

October 26, 2018

Although the rhythm of the waves beats a kind of time, it is not clock or calendar time. It has no urgency. It happens to be timeless time. I know that I am listening to a rhythm which has been just the same for millions of years, and it takes me out of a world of relentlessly ticking clocks. Clocks for some reason or other always seem to be marching, and, as with armies, marching is never to anything but doom.

But in the motion of waves there is no marching rhythm. It harmonizes with our very breathing. It does not count our days. Its pulse is not in the stingy spirit of measuring, of marking out how much still remains. It is the breathing of eternity, like the God Brahma of Indian mythology inhaling and exhaling, manifesting and dissolving the worlds, forever.

As a mere conception this might sound appallingly monotonous, until you come to listen to the breaking and washing of waves.

~ Alan Watts

silence

October 13, 2018

In his 2002 commencement address at Dartmouth, Fred Rogers stopped his speech halfway through to let everyone spend a full minute in silence, with this invitation.

“I’d like to give you all an invisible gift. A gift of a silent minute to think about those who have helped you become who you are today. Some of them may be here right now. Some may be far away. Some may even be in Heaven. But wherever they are, if they’ve loved you, and encouraged you, and wanted what was best in life for you, they’re right inside your self. And I feel that you deserve quiet time, on this special occasion, to devote some thought to them. So, let’s just take a minute, in honor of those that have cared about us all along the way. One silent minute.”