“They pass over themselves and all that is created, God and the Godhead, and they say that God is nothing and that they are nothing as well. Nothing is neither blissful nor damned, neither working nor idle, neither God nor creature, neither good nor evil. See, in this way they have forfeited their created being and have become nothing, just as, in their imagination, God is nothing. Heaven and earth and all that God has made have being and existence. These unbelievers say ‘We are nothing and our God is nothing.”
– Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec (John of) … Continue Reading…
Today I saw an article on Slate about the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Mexico in April, 1991. Near the end of the article, a waitress asks him “What is the meaning of life?”
“In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one. People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question. There was a brief, stunned silence at the table.
The Dalai Lama answered immediately. “The meaning of life is happiness.” He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the … Continue Reading…
A very old text on Sanskrit grammar was found by accident, unlabelled and mis-catalogued in a university library in Mysore. Named the Varna Shiksha, it describes a number of qualities of the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet previously lost. This includes gender, guna, deva, colour, and associated special ability.
The text does not name the author or title and there is no closing statement. It was thus thought to be incomplete. But it does complete the entire alphabet so seems intact.
The significance of the text is in the mechanics of name and form … Continue Reading…
When I went live, 2 short articles that were published prior did not go out to all subscribers – just some. The links to recent articles were in the newsletter but that too depends on how you get new articles. For those who didn’t see them, they are:
Welcome! – a short welcome to the new site.
Oprah meets with Deepak Chopra in India – an insightful interview I ran into in an old post that hadn’t been finished.
I have a backlog of articles in the pipe. The first I was going to … Continue Reading…
I’m back from a double-header: 2 retreats with Lorne and Lucia and a short holiday in between. Hanging out with the awake on a kiwi farm by the ocean. Wonderful food, weather, and company. Deep progress.
There’s 9 articles in the pipe that should start appearing in the next few days.
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Robert Fulghum is a former minister and school teacher best known as an author. He uses stories to illustrate principles of life and living. His first and most famous book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” was subtitled “Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things.” I’ve quite enjoyed several of his books over the years. (more quotes)
In his book Uh-Oh, he’s asked by a reporter if he believes in God. He tells the story of his childhood learning of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, which art in … Continue Reading…
One man devotes his life to the world as real and solid, worthy of his confidence.
Another man devotes his life to the world as illusion, a mirage or waking dream.
Yet another man devotes his life to God, and the world as an outpouring of love.
Yet another man devotes himself to the world as himself, intimate with all that is.
The last man knows there is no world or illusion. He devotes himself to reality.
Who are these men? They are the same man at different points on the journey home.
I do almost no publicity or networking for this blog. It has grown by word of mouth and happenstance. Until recently, I blogged under an alias.
A few months back, I was invited to contribute an article to Science to Sage on-line magazine in an issue themed on consciousness. This issue was delayed a couple of times but has finally been published.
As a benefit to readers, the editor has invited me to send a link to the magazine issue for my readers for free. The issue is normally $8.
The issue is a wide-ranging smorgasbord and … Continue Reading…
Ran into a small stash of good quotes today
“Even after seeing the pain and sorrow of people, merely saying, “I am the Self. I am beyond all this,” instead of trying to console and help them, is not Advaita. Such people are neither Vedantins nor religious. Any Vedantic study or religious belief is meaningless unless it moves one to console the distressed, to wipe away their tears, and, forgetting oneself, to offer oneself as their support and shelter.” ~ Amma
“Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of their heart, and that depends upon how much they … Continue Reading…
This is a clip from a few years back but I’ve frequently sent the link to writers and other creatives and it came up again today. I thought it was time to share it here. I originally mentioned it back at the time, when it was not available on Youtube and thus for posting here.
In this TED talk, “”Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” … Continue Reading…
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The next stage is a recognition by the intellect. That pure consciousness I am is directly cognized to be the same as what underlies the world. We don’t just experience the two are the same – we become both as one. We step beneath the waves and recognize the common ocean. The intellect turns from looking out and dividing to looking in and joining. As the Upanishads put it, “I am That, Thou art That, all this is That, That alone Is.” This stage is known as … Continue Reading…
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Going beyond the individual ego-sense moves us into several stages of development of consciousness itself. First as the observer, then with the observation of the world becoming, and then united as oneness. Then we move into stages beyond consciousness.
These stages of consciousness may be a new field in the west but it’s one with a rich history in the east. However, history is full of lost understanding. A great teacher or revivalist comes along with not only the understanding but also the means for people to have the direct experience themselves. … Continue Reading…