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More machine than Human?

More Machine than Human?

by Paul Lowe   http://www.paullowe.org

Let’s take another example: sexual education. As you grow up, you are conditioned not to be free with your feelings. You are taught not to express how you feel about the opposite (or same) sex until you are ‘old enough.’ Question: how come?

What is ‘wrong’ with this natural way of being? It is important to question it for yourself and not automatically accept what you have been told or what I suggest. The societies that do not restrict in this way are happier than we are. I have visited them; it is so. This sexual suppression – and that is what it is – is ridiculous.

Look for yourself: you can love two parents equally. You can love two children equally. You can have two cars and love them both. But you can’t love two partners. How come? Who said so? Who told you that? The people who told you that: are they happy and content with their lives? No! The whole system has been designed to leave you discontent.

Look for yourself? Well, that’s the trouble – you can’t look for yourself if you are conditioned. You think you can, but everything you think goes through your conditioning – so you cannot see objectively. A Catholic will see it one way, a Jew another, a Muslim another, a Hippie another. And each one is certain they are right. Can they all be equally ‘right?’ Their different beliefs are just conditioning. Are there any techniques to clear you of your conditioning? No. Forget it. The Hindus have been trying for eighty thousand years. Just look at the state of India! There are techniques to re-program you, but re-programming is programming (conditioning). So is there anything that ‘works?’

Meditation? The East says stop the mind. There are two difficulties to this simple solution. One is that the mind does not easily stop – even with many, many lifetimes (let alone years of devoted meditation). The other is that all ideas come from the mind, which is the source of the conditioning, and therefore any idea for going beyond the mind comes from the conditioning of the mind. It does not work. As I say, go to India and you will see for yourself.

So is there any hope? Yes! Absolutely. That is what I spend my life sharing. Is it simple? Yes! Absolutely. Is it easy? That is up to you. You see, most people would like to have happier lives, but they do not want to change the way they live. The difficulty is obvious, isn’t it? If you keep doing the same thing, in the same way, in the same situations, things are likely to stay the same. Human beings really don’t like change. That’s part of the conditioning of the mind. However you may not have to drastically change

your living conditions to change your life. It is not what you do; it is the way you do it. So, here is the way to set yourself free of the conditioning of the mind without needing to radically alter your normal living conditions.

In Each Moment (the title of one of my books), be unconditionally present. Simple. Of course the same thoughts will be there, but you do not have to listen to them. If the mind says something practical (avoid that on-coming vehicle), take action. Otherwise dare not to listen. Ignore what the mind says. It takes practice. The more you want it, the quicker and easier it becomes. For instance, if you have a terminal health condition,

you tend to be more motivated. Eventually the non-essential part of the thinking fades away. At fi rst nothing seems to change — except you will see situations more clearly, as though from a distance. You will watch the reactions of the body, mind and emotions, and instead of automatically reacting, you will fi nd space and time to respond

in a more human way. Your addictions to certain behaviors start to fade. As you devote yourself to this process, you will fi nd that life totally changes – without you having ‘done’ anything. I promise you this is so. You will be more aware. You will be more awake, sensitive, caring, loving to yourself and others. And the most important result is that you will feel more free, and you will delight in your own happiness.

http://www.paullowe.org

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The Great Way

see also shownotes from my blog talk radio show on April 14
on consciousness unlimited Blog talk radio

The Great Way, The book Hsin Hsin Ming
Sengstan (Third Zen Patriarch)
Translated from the Chinese by Richard Clarke

From: http://www.messagefrommasters.com/poetry/zen/sosan/when_all_things_are_seen_equally7.htm

Nothing much is known about the life of Zen Master Sosan
except His small book “Hsin Hsin Ming”.

The Great Way is not difficult

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.


If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

 The Way

The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity
your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
you will never know Oneness.

Those who do not live in the single Way
fail in both activity and passivity,
assertion and denial.

 The realtiy of things
To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality;
to assert the emptiness of things
is to miss their reality.
The more you talk and think about it,
the further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking,
and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

 

Cease to have opinions
To return to the root is to find the meaning,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
At the moment of inner enlightenment
there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.

The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
we call real only because of our ignorance.
Do not search for the truth;
only cease to cherish opinions.

Do not remain in the dualistic state;
avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is even a trace
of this and that, of right and wrong,
the Mind – essence will be lost in confusion.
Although all dualities come from the One,
do not be attached even to this One.
When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way,
nothing in the world can offend,
and when a thing can no longer offend,
it ceases to exist in the old way.

When no discriminating thoughts arise,
the old mind ceases to exist.

 The unity of emptiness
When thought objects vanish,
the thinking subject vanishes,
as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
Things are objects because of the subject (mind);
the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality:
the unity of emptiness.
In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable
and each contains in itself the whole world.
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine
you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.

 

 To live in the Great Way

To live in the Great Way
is neither easy nor difficult,
but those with limited views
are fearful and irresolute:
the faster they hurry, the slower they go,
and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited;
even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment
is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way
and there will be neither coming nor going.

Obey the nature of things (your own nature),
and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden,
for everything is murky and unclear,
and the burdensome practice of judging
brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefit can be derived
from distinctions and separations?

If you wish to move in the One Way
do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully
is identical with true Enlightenment.
The wise man strives to no goals
but the foolish man fetters himself.
There is one Dharma, not many;
distinctions arise
from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind
is the greatest of all mistakes.

 

When all things are an illusion
Rest and unrest derive from illusion;
with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
All dualities come from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams or flowers in air:
foolish to try to grasp them.
Gain and loss, right and wrong;
such thoughts most finally be abolished at once.

If the eye never sleeps,
all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no discriminations,
the ten thousand things
are as they are, of single essence.

To understand the mystery of this One-essence
is to be released from all entanglements.
When all things are seen equally
the timeless Self -essence is reached.
No comparisons or analogies are possible
in this causeless, relationless state.

 To this ultimate finality

Consider movement stationary
and the stationary in motion,
both movement and rest disappear.
When such dualities cease to exist
Oneness itself cannot exist.
To this ultimate finality
no law or description applies.

For the unified mind in accord with the Way
all self -centered striving ceases.
Doubts and irresolutions vanish
and life in true faith is possible.
With a single stroke we are freed from bondage;
nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
All is empty, clear, self -illuminating,
with no exertion of the mind’s power.
Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination
are of no value.

 In this world of Suchness
In this world of Suchness
there is neither self nor other- than-self.

To come directly into harmony with this reality
just simply say when doubts arise, “Not two.”
In this “not two” nothing is separate,
nothing is excluded.
No matter when or where,
enlightenment means entering this truth.
And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space;
in it a single thought is ten thousand years.

 

The way is beyond language

Emptiness here, Emptiness there,
but the infinite universe. stands
always before your eyes.
Infinitely large and infinitely small;
no difference, for definitions have vanished
and no boundaries are seen.
So too with Being and non-Being.
Don’t waste time in doubts and arguments
that have nothing to do with this.

One thing, all things:
move among and intermingle,
without distinction.
To live in this realization
is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
To live in this faith is the road to non-duality,
Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.

 words!
The Way is beyond language,
for in it there is
no yesterday
no tomorrow
no today.
 

END

April 14 Self enquiry

Excerpts of show notes from April 15 JUST BE IT SHOW at consciousness unlimited blog talk radio

Each Saturday I explore the Inner Being and ancient and modern ways to consciously connect to our Greater Self. Again you hear from writings of mystical poets and seekers from all cultures.

You can contact me today via my email for this show at justbeit13@googlemail.com. I love to hear your experiences, comments and questions.

There are really no accidents. So It caused you to be here and I suggest you open your heart and your mind and see what you can find.

My intention is to inspire you for your own a journey, to give you the wisdom of seekers who went before us and to give you insights which will support or spark you to move into closer connection.

We do not really have to make changes in our Life not in what we do  but how! we do, how! we go through our life. We all want to have happier lives, but most of us are not willing to make the changes necessary in our way of being.. So if we keep doing the same thing, nothing is changing for the better.

We humans  do not like change, that is also part of the conditioned mind…who hates change, due to his need for attachments and needs to be in control.

In this episode I will share  the teachings from the Indian Guru/menaing teacher on Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi . He was one of the prominent…Teachers , a famus saint and highly evolved human being who lived in India 1879 bis 1950 in South India. .

Ramamna Maharshi was a  jivan-mukta (liberated while living), being liberated from all false understanding, being free from all thoughts or emotional reaction.

Living inside of the Brahman, being consciously connected to the Greater self all the time, yet still living in this world..to help his fellow brothers and sisters.

I will also introduce you to  the well known writing called The Great Way..which was made known to the West by Ram Dass. This was written by Zen master called Sengstan .

And we will hear a profound texts from Rumi relating to the Essence of all.

Before we dive right into our topic of today, I like to return my suggested practice from last episode, and that was based on a suggestion of Paul Lowe, a wisdom teacher of our time.

We talked about it several times that only in the moment do we have the possibility to connect to our inner being, to our Inner Spirit. However it seems to be a challenge to do that, as the mind is chattering away often either thinking of the past or worrying about the future.  Paul Lowe suggested to come into the moment by simply refusing to listen to the stream of thoughts running in our mind. That was the practice I recommended last week.

Right now I hear birds chirping away in the bushes nearby…I hear them but I do not listen to them  (so sometimes its fun to listen so I can make that choice to listen to the birds, or the winds) so I hear the mind but I do not listen to it. ..Paul Lowe…on my website…Have you done that? How was it for you? Did you notice something happening? Let me know send me an email

What I can share whenever I did that, and I made the choice not to listen to the thoughts and emotions running by me, I noticed a certain distance from the attachments of my present situation, like I am shifting my attention to a more distanct view of my self and the world around me, I am connected to the Observer, that greater Self inside of me.

Yet it does not take long and the mind keeps making comments about that and I have to make that choice again and again. It is a moment by moment decision to make that choice yet the longer we practice the easier it seems to get to not listen to the chatter box.

Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha calls the mind, the mind child.

it is indeed  like a child, asking aquestions, wanting reassurance, complaining, wanting approval…yet how often do we let the mind child run the show, instead of the heart or the Inner Intelligence with its unmeasurable wisdom SLOW….Always we need to come back to the presence.

Paul Lowe says if we keep disconnecting from our mind life gets easier and better…we are more in sync with Life, as we allow our Inner Self to arise and guide us more consciously. Things simply fall in place more.

So let us hear from the beloved saint and teacher Ramana Maharshi. Who said

“When the mind, which is the cause of all cognition’s and of all actions, becomes still, quiescent, the world will disappear.”end of quote.

So the world will disappear, and behind that illusion that what is pure consciousness inside of  you and present behind the illusionary world will arise, you greater Self.

Ramana Maharshi also said: QUOTE

“When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains” .end quote

Who was this famous enlightened saint?
At the age of  17 he had a near death experiences, and he came to the realization that his True Higher Self the Atman was eternal. Moved to a sacred mountains in South India called  Arunachala. There he lived in a cave for a long time, alone and in deep submersion. Many seekers came, Ashram was built, but he did not speak much.

He rather wanted the people coming for guidance  to experience Atman, to experience his highly evolved state of consciousness. So many questions were answered in writing by him. He was worshipped as a saint, he lived a very simple life and owned nothing.

Ramama Maharshi teached in silence

QUOTE   “A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. We may listen to lectures upon truth and come away with hardly any grasp of the subject, but to come into contact with a realized one, though he speaks nothing, will give much more grasp of the subject. He never needs to go out among the public. If necessary he can use others as instruments.
The Guru is the bestower of silence who reveals the light of Self-knowledge which shines as the residual risischuell reality. Spoken words are of no use whatsoever if the eyes of the Guru meet the eyes of the disciple. END OF QUOTE

So in his understanding the meeting of the eyes with the student were not useful, and to be in the presence of an enlightened being was much more effective then all the words and teachings.

I think this is an interesting approach, which I have also found with other teachers.. like Grandmother Pa’RisHa, who says she can best teach in silence. Words are easy prey for our mind to agree or disagree with, but the energies

Sent out by an enlightened being are an experience which can cause a remembrance of one’s own divinity…in much more profound way undisputable by the discriminating mind. The heart, the spirit is touched.

Many of us have listened to lectures and workshops, yet we all know immediately when a teacher enters a room who simply touches us by his presence, his enlightened heart.

So most of his teachings where answers to questions and he wrote his answers on little pieces of paper.

Along with Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes

Ramama Maharshi ‘s main teachings:

The first speaks about that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry.

The particular mode in which the enquiry is to be made is given in the Who am I text.Both texts self enquiry and who am I are Q&A texts.

The mind consists of thoughts. The ‘I’ thought is the first to arise in the mind. When the enquiry ‘ Who am I?’ is persistently pursued, all other thoughts get destroyed, and finally the ‘I’ thought itself vanishes leaving the supreme non-dual Self the Atman alone.This process is of course, is not easy.. As one enquires ‘Who am I?’, other thoughts will arise; but as these thoughts  arise, one should  follow them  then with ‘To whom do they arise ?’ so mind is confused and stops and the Greater Self is brought into awareness.

 This might sound familiar to some discussion in a previous episode of the Just Be It show:When I suggested the practice: That whenever we are lost in the minds childs game of worry or judging, to ask ourselves Who is speaking? This seems to stop the mind in its constant chatting. In that moment the mind is interrupted, catched and stops for a moment.          Now the Greater Self can arise into your awareness.

Of course this practice must be done in a extremely vigilant way. Through constant

enquiry one should make the mind stay in its source, without allowing it to wander away and get lost in the mazes of thought created by itself.  All other disciplines such as breath-control and meditation should be regarded as supporting practices. They are useful in so far as they help the mind to become still and one-pointed.
For the mind that has gained skill in concentration, Self-enquiry becomes comparatively easy. It is by ceaseless enquiry that the thoughts are destroyed and the Self realized – the plenary Reality in which there is not even the ‘I’ thought, the experience which is referred to as “Silence”.

Quoting Ramana Maharshi says and I quote
“The reflection on the Self which is thus practiced constantly will destroy the mind, and thereafter will destroy itself like the stick that is used to kindle the fire wood to burn the corpse.. It is this state that is called release. END OF QUOTE

The Brahman real heart

In episode on March 17  I introduced the  famous saying You are That from the Vedic scriptures of  sages and seers 3000 years ago in India. They clearly say the innermost pure self called s Atman  is identical with the Ultimate reality, the sum of all that is existing – , the Absolute consciousness, the Brahman.

For Ramana Mahashi the Brahman is the real heart of our Inner Self. He says and I quote:
Self-light that is in it does not change in the least thereby, and like the ether it is the all-pervasive pure knowledge that is one, and it shines in the heart as Brahman.

He also spoke about the Idea of Being an instrument of Brahman, of the Greater All
He says

QUOTE By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all’ and `Thy will be done’.QUOTE
So the path to the realization of our Inner Being, to a conscious connection is …to acknowledge Thou art All, the Self is identical with the All That is, to acknowledge the pure consciousness same as the Absolute consciousness, The One. The Brahman and there is nothing else.

and to make oneself an instrument of the Greater Self and the Absolute consciousness, not my will but Thy will will be done. He suggests when we are in action, when we work for example to be present  without letting the thought ‘I do’ arise.  focusing on the Inner Being, the Real Self, being the instrument of the All That is .

 I have used these words several times in my Life in specific situation where I needed to perform or speak in front of many people, and noticed a decisive shift in my being, when I clearly moved in a state of surrender and said not my will but your will, not my words but your words through me .  Try it out for yourself. Let me know what it did for you…

I found again from  the master of the language of this realm Jalalludin Rumi a text translated by Coleman Barks which gives us a better sense of the One. I like to  read

You can find this and allother wuotes on my blog justbeittalk.wordpress.com.

And I quorte a poem from Rumi

Only Breath from Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

By Coleman Barks from The Essential Rumi

Not Christians, or Jews, or Muslims, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or Zen

Not any religion

Or cultural system I am not from the East

or the West, not out of the ocean Or up

from the ground, Not natural or ethereal, not

composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

Am not an entitiy In this world or  the next

did not descend from Adam & Eve Or any

origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace

of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds

as one And that one call to and know

first, last, outer, inner., Only that

breath breathing human being.

There is a way between voice and  presence

Where information flows

In disciplined silence it opens

With wandering talk it closes   pause END OF POEM

Yes indeed as the teaching of Ramana Maharshi says: in disciplined silence of the mind child IT!! Opens With wandering talk IT the awareness of our Greater self closes.

Whenever we allow mind to make distinction to judge we lost as Ramaman Maharshi says

No distinction….

Ramama Maharshi says:

QUOITE  “One should not give room in the mind for such thoughts as: “Is this good? Or, is that good? Can this be done? Or, can that be done?” One should be vigilant even before such thoughts arise and make the mind stay in its native state. If any little room is given, such a (disturbed) mind will do harm to us while posing as our friend; like the foe appearing to be a friend, it will topple us down.” end of quote

The moment we agree or disagree, the moment we say first or last  the moment we do allow a comment about something…just be , in acceptance and gratefulness….no complaints, no regrets

And I am quoting from Sengstan third Zen patriarch, Ram Dass, translated by Richard Clarke

QUOTE “Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.  

Do not remain in the dualistic state; avoid such pursuits carefully”. END OF QUOTE

These are the horses which we need to hold…we need to learn to not listen, to discipline ourself to shift the attention away from the chattering box, commenting, judging..fearing, worrying, …

This is from a book called The Great Way Hsin Hsin Ming….from Sengstan the 3rd Zen patriarchr in China…

 

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.


If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

If there is even a trace
of this and that, of right and wrong,
the Mind – essence will be lost in confusion.

If we allow the mind child to chatter away we are moving into the dualistic state…but we learned there is only one existence, not two…

Greatest benefit listening to the quotes without making disciriminating thoughts…t

How are we listening…to these wisdom shared, …? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you understand? It does not matter, because the moment you decide on something you are in your discriminating mind…nothing new can really happen inside of you, your awareness of your Inner being is closed.

The membrane is thinner, something is changing, I feel a distance to the ordinary life, the news on tv seems not real…I feel more andmore  changes are coming…and I don’t mean changes thru the mess we got us in…In the following I share from Paul Lowe a wisdom teacher and a talk he gave on  December 24th 2011 called Major shift on youtube

Paul Lowe recently shared that he senses something is coming into this dimensions,

Many of us have no facilities,  in us to connect with it to recognize it , elders of the indegenious people And  wise people, they know, they know its coming they are still in touch with the land, with mother earth, When this new energy comes you will slip into a whole new unexplainable thing, says Paul Lowe.

Not purified, not raised our frequency, very painful or we die

Yet many are in lower frequencies: complaint, ,

This energy amplifies everything, it will make everything stronger also the , old stuff resentment…regrets, complaints that’s where you go, some of us might die.
Many are on the cusp of it we are in between the lower frequencies and the higher frequencies around now, And many of us have moved on, have moved into the heart t…giving back to something Greater then themselves…our life becomes secondary. Some of us are still be looking at their own life…at their personal stuff, to see whats in the way.

And Paul Lowe says reassurangly QUOTE Whatever you need for your unfolding, will come to you know…be open”

NO HOLDING says Paul Lowe..To your people, to things, holding to riches, holding on to poverty, to misery, because our conditioned mind hates changes. We afraid to let go of people who are not supporting us anymore, we afraid we would be alone then, But we already are in these worn out realtionships…we willnot be alone if we let go…something greater will carry us.

I invite you again to Practicing in the moment who am I, who is talking   refuse to listen

Heed the call to changes in your life, be aware that it is the condisitoned mind who hates changes, spirit loves unpredictability, and the wide open spaces…

Remember: Always, yes always! Love your self

Sri Ramama Maharshi

http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org

He was one of the prominent…Teachers , a famus saint and highly evolved human being who lived in India 1879 bis 1950 in South India. .

Ramamna Maharshi was a  jivan-mukta (liberated while living), being liberated from all false understanding, being free from all thoughts or emotional reaction.

Living inside of the Brahman, being consciously connected to the Greater self all the time, yet still living in this world..to help his fellow brothers and sisters.

At the age of 17 he had a near death experiences, and he came to the realization that his True Higher Self the Atman was eternal. Moved to a sacred mountains in South India called  Arunachala. There he lived in a cave for a long time, alone and in deep submersion. Many seekers came, Ashram was built, but he did not speak much.

He rather wanted the people coming for guidance  to experience Atman, to experience his highly evolved state of consciousness. So many questions were answered in writing by him

He was worshipped as a saint, he lived a very simple life and owned nothing.

 Teached in silence

QUOTE “A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. We may listen to lectures upon truth and come away with hardly any grasp of the subject, but to come into contact with a realized one, though he speaks nothing, will give much more grasp of the subject. He never needs to go out among the public. If necessary he can use others as instruments.
The Guru is the bestower of silence who reveals the light of Self-knowledge which shines as the residual risischuell reality. Spoken words are of no use whatsoever if the eyes of the Guru meet the eyes of the disciple. END OF QUOTE

Along with Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes

Ramama Maharshi ‘s main teachings:

The first speaks about that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry.

The particular mode in which the enquiry is to be made is given in the Who am I text.Both texts self enquiry and who am I are Q&A texts.

The mind consists of thoughts. The ‘I’ thought is the first to arise in the mind. When the enquiry ‘ Who am I?’ is persistently pursued, all other thoughts get destroyed, and finally the ‘I’ thought itself vanishes leaving the supreme non-dual Self the Atman alone.This process is of course, is not easy.. As one enquires ‘Who am I?’, other thoughts will arise; but as these thoughts  arise, one should  follow them  then with ‘To whom do they arise ?’ so mind is confused and stops and the Greater Self is brought into awareness.  Of course this practice must be done in a extremely vigilant way. Through constant enquiry one should make the mind stay in its source, without allowing it to wander away and get lost in the mazes of thought created by itself. All other disciplines such as breath-control and meditation should be regarded as supporting practices. They are useful in so far as they help the mind to become still and one-pointed.

For the mind that has gained skill in concentration, Self-enquiry becomes comparatively easy.

Quoting Ramana Maharshi says and I quote

 The reflection on the Self which is thus practiced constantly will destroy the mind, and thereafter will destroy itself like the stick that is used to kindle the fire wood to burn the corpse.. It is this state that is called release. END OF QUOTE

For Ramana Mahashi the Brahman is the real heart of our Inner Self. He says and I quote:

Self-light that is in it does not change in the least thereby, and like the ether it is the all-pervasive pure knowledge that is one, and it shines in the heart as Brahman. 

He also spoke about the Idea of Being an instrument of Brahman, of the Greater All He says

By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all’ and `Thy will be done’.

 

Sri Ramama Maharshi passed over in 1950

The end came on the 14th of April 1950. That evening the sage gave darshan to the devotees that came. All that were present in the Ashram knew that the end was nearing. They sat singing Ramana’s hymn to Arunachala with the refrain ‘Arunachala-Siva’. The sage asked his attendants to make him sit up. He opened his luminous and gracious eyes for a brief while; there was a smile; a tear of bliss trickled down from the outer corners of his eyes; and at 8:47 the breathing stopped. There was no struggle, no gasping, none of the signs of death. At that very moment, a brilliant star-like object slowly moved across the sky, reached the summit of the holy hill, Arunachala, and disappeared behind it. It was seen in many parts of India, even as far as Bombay (Mumbai)

April 7 The Absolute consciousness

Excerpts of show notes from the JUST BE IT blog talk radio on consciousness unlimited blog talk radio

This show is like a spiral motion a circling around the age old questions, what is that Greater Self, what is the God inside of me and how can I connect to it?

And here is a poem of Rainer Maria Rilke speaking just about that, and it touches on, how I feel in my 30 year of quest exploring the many ways of humans  towards God, the Ultimate reality, the Brahman, the Absolute consciousness. Here is the poem, which I translated for you.

Rainer Maria Rilke:

I live my Life in growing circles

which cover things

perhaps the last one I will not be able to complete

But I will try him

I circle around God, the ancient tower

And I circle around it for centuries long

And I still do not know: am I falcon, a storm or a great song?

This is from the “Book of hours” published in 1905.

One of his early works, where he writes like a monk about his relationship to God.

Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. He wrote in both verse and a lyrical prose. He has developed a language about the inner realm, of what he called the room of the heart.  In the English language, he is widely known for the  “Letters to a Young poet” from which I quoted in our  episode on Feb 25.

O’ the wandering mind ~Kabir

Blind to Bounds

Kabir has hardly spared any animate and inanimate examples to ridicule the bigots who have great illusions about their self image and through their beliefs repeatedly,  make a fool of themselves.
In the same spirit, I came across yet another simple yet interest verses.

Poem 1: 

Apanpo aap hi bisaro.
Says Kabir, they  fall prey to their  own illusions and forget the essence of our existence.

Jaise sonha kaanch mandir me, bharamat bhunki paro.
Just as dog who enters the house of mirrors, goes crazy barking at the images, considering them different. This is a very curious satire on those bigots who bark at other bigots, thinking they are different, but in essence are reflections of each other.

Jyo kehari bapu nirakhi koop jal, pratima dekhi paro.
A lion looks deep into the well, and mistakes his own reflection as another lion, and jumps into it. This also satires on…

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