Thursday, February 21, 2008

Notes from Kings Cross Saturday 29th Dec 07.

To know when enough is enough is contentment.
No millionaire can equal the deep peace and contentment that wisdom and genuine spiritual understanding brings.

The middle path or balance of equanimity between the opposite extremes of loving and hating is Yoga.

Yoga in Sanskrit means union or joining of the individual and supreme Soul.

However the true yoga or the Nisarga yoga, referred to by Nisargadatta Maharaj as your 'Natural State', is this awareness-knowing-ness which is ever-present - and to which everyone is - and always and already joined - never dis-joined.

This supreme yoga is always and already accomplished.

Hence true yoga is no-yoga.

True Self is no self or Anatman in Sanskrit.

To realize that there is no "me" apart from consciousness is real freedom.

If there is no separate "me' there can be no problem.

All problems are problems of relationship, me and the other.

If I can directly see that this empty essence from which everything springs is, as we say in Advaita, non dual, unicity, not two, then all so called problems can be resolved, not by any person, but simply by seeing the falseness of this me or person that, previous to this, I had taken to be myself.

If there is no separate "me", there can be no problem, and there is no relationship because everything is non dual - empty cognizance appearing as duality or multiplicity.

Even though it may appear as persons and things, it never changes it's true non-dual nature.

A quote - "In the experience of yogins who do not perceive things dualistically, the fact that things manifest without truly existing is so amazing they burst into laughter." - from ancient Dzogchen masters notes.

A day will dawn when you will laugh at your past efforts.

What you realize on the day you laugh is also present here and now - Omnipresent.

You can't get out of this awareness-knowingness, so what is the need to search for it?

This is the cosmic joke, that that awareness or oneness imagines itself as a separate person and then proceeds to find itself.

Oneness arises as two, duality or multiplicity, and then searches for it's own absence.

There is no reason for the arising of consciousness as "I am" - the manifested universe.

Life has no purpose, it needs no purpose it just "is".

Everything is causeless and un-originated.

It is simply in the nature of things that endless numbers os universes into being and then pass away. - No one created this world that we seemingly inhabit, everything happens spontaneously by itself.

Everything is appearing as a dynamic display of this limitless empty cognizance.

This cognizing emptiness is what everything is.

In this dynamic display of boundless, pure, self-shining intelligence, there is every possibility that one could conceive of , as well as possibilities that one is not even aware of.

Any and everything perceivable or conceivable is always already present in this dynamic display of awareness.

Awareness is nothing, no thing - not a vacuum or a void but the very animating essence or livingness of everlasting, ever-increasing life.

This Life cannot know death.

- Life lives on life and that is why it appears as ever-increasing –

The sword can't cut it, the fire can't burn it, the water can't drown it and the wind can’t dry it, simply because it contains all those things - those things do not contain it.

Impersonal space like empty cognizance, and no one, not Buddha, Krishna, Christ or anyone else has ever gone beyond this nothingness, simply because it has no dimensions, no center or circumference. - And any and every reference point like me, he, she, it is invalid, because it measures itself against some other reference point eg: here and there, us, them etc.

All these reference points are only seeming reference points, imaginary, mind made creations.

This being clearly seen by no one, the puppet dance of Shiva or manifestation can be enjoyed and seen for what it is - a passing show, glittering and empty of any ultimate substance - a phantom and a dream.

No longer a nightmare but simply a happy dream to be enjoyed while it lasts.

This doesn't diminish the uncaused joy of life, because as it is seen that there is no free will or doer-ship there is utter freedom and spontaneous relaxation into this boundless pure livingness.

One is not then living a separate life to defend or feel threatened by seeming others; there is direct realization that you as that seeming separate entity are spontaneously 'being lived' or 'dreamed of' in this limitless essence.

This is freedom from the known.

The known is the dead past, only dead memory and images - all your so called knowledge is only ignorance.

The mind is only memory and it is clearly seen that there is no mind at all, apart from thinking or thought.

Mind is time and time is an illusion, a mental concept, there is really no such thing.

Concepts and thoughts are useful in daily life, but they cannot conceive the inconceivable, they cannot grasp or understand this self-shining deathless essence that all things already are. - Knowing that, the mind gives up it's hold over us and then becomes our servant instead of our master as it had been up until this realization.

- End.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Notes from Kings Cross Wednesday 2nd Jan 08.

The corner stone of every religion or genuine spiritual teaching is this ordinary everyday naked non-conceptual awareness that is common to all.
However this ever-present knowingness, "isness", is always rejected by the conventional mind.
(It only appears to be rejected and that mind has no power of itself to reject or accept)
The mind as it is constituted cannot bear simplicity.
It hates this simple naked presence-awareness, because the mind as it is, is time - a bunch of dead memories and worn out concepts, and it seeks straight away to cover up this obvious awareness with a smoke screen or veil of ideas, dogmas, rules or admonitions, which it calls Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and a hundred other isms'.
You don't have to do anything to reach the Kingdom of Heaven of Christianity or the Pure Land of Buddhism.
How far do you have to go to reach space? You are already in it! - This is it right here and now - you've never left it, you only ' think' you have.
No one can say "I am not" because it's this naked awareness that is allowing you to say it.
Realize that this naked awareness that you already are is always present, unoriginated, un-ceasing.
This activity of knowing that you are didn't have any beginning, so it can have no ending.
Beginning and ending are in time, which doesn't exist.
There is only THIS Omnipresence.
Once the "I" thought comes over us around the age of 3 years there is from then onwards a sense of incompleteness, sin or separation.
I and the other.
As soon as the consciousness begins operating. separation becomes seemingly entrenched and an everlasting search for wholeness or completeness begins.
Everyone in the world is a seeker either consciously or un-consciously.
There is this continuous sense of lack or something missing.
This sense of lack is reinforced by everyone and everything in the world.
If you look at the world in general, it's whole purpose is to uphold and continue this restless becoming, and endless desire for even more - fame, success, money, sex, possessions etc.
However no matter how much one gains, amasses or accumulates, it will never be enough and can never make us whole or complete; because on earnest investigation you will find that you were never separate in the first place.
This Divine Spirit that is animating your body-mind "is" what you are seeking.
THIS is closer that hands and feet, nearer than breathing, but through the practiced habit of identifying with the body-mind organism, it is being ignored.
However it has to be realized that in liberation, there is no awareness of anything.
Awareness in the ordinary sense of the term, or even consciousness, does imply duality, because there is still awareness of someone or some thing.
Pure, impersonal awareness, unaware of itself is the Absolute.
Immortality is beyond time and space; in that timeless existence (SAT or pure BEING - beyond being and non being) there is no entry for the five elements, for light or darkness, for the Sun, Moon, or Planets.
Timeless spaceless existence doesn't know that it is.
THAT is reality, THAT is the truth.
If there is awareness of objects, perciever and percieved, people and animals that need to be converted or saved etc, this is duality, maya, delusion.
This is not liberation or true awakening.
This rare uncompromising pointing or message is pure Advaita and is radically different from what is put forward as Advaita at present in popular culture and most so called spiritual teachings.
This energetic shift from the contraction of being a separate "me" out into boundlessness is always a possibility when this genuine teaching or message is being expounded.
The realization or even the hint of the possibility that there is no one writing these words and that there is no person sitting in this room, or anywhere else for that matter, is utter freedom.
THIS is it, nothing has to be accomplished, there is nowhere to
Living just happens by itself, you as that entity don't need to make it happen.
Everything happens in spite of the illusory entity "me" who thinks mistakenly that he or she is running the show and has destiny and free will.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
No one has control over life and death, so called - the appearance and disappearance of objects and things in this changeless, deathless non dual Absolute.
This activity of knowing, this pure life force or infinite energy, is an endless movement without beginning or end.
The mind as such, is only a by product or reflection of this boundless everlasting life energy, and so can never know or capture it.
A reflection doesn't affect or contaminate the mirror it appears on.
A shadow can't know it's (own) substance.
Therefore it must be said by no one, that the answer or solution to this mystery of true identity is definitely not to be found in the mind.
This is all the truth that anyone needs to know.
If the incessant and constant looking and searching, seeking in the mind stops or ceases, then Reality or non duality is present here and now - Omnipresent - THIS is it.
It is so simple that it is constantly over-looked.
All this time, so called, that you were seeking God Truth or Reality in the mind
(time) you had never ever left it.
There was no fall from grace or expulsion from Paradise, from the Garden of Eden, after eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
This event never happened, it only appeared to.
Nothing ever happened at all - Reality never changed.
Reality is THAT which never changes.
Be assured that you are THAT.