Friday, September 22, 2017

When the seeing ego ceased to exist, the mind did not rise to say ‘I saw’. (Ramana Maharshi quote).





Śrī Aruṇācala Aṣṭakam verses 1 and 2: when the seeing ego ceased to exist, the mind did not rise to say ‘I saw’.


(Michael James translation)



When [the seer] investigated within the mind who the seer is, I saw what remained when the seer [thereby] became non-existent. The mind did not rise to say ‘I saw’, [so] in what way could the mind rise to say ‘I did not see’?

Who has the power to elucidate this [by] speaking, when in ancient times [even] you [as Dakshinamurti] elucidated [it] without speaking? Only to elucidate your state without speaking, you stood as a hill [or motionlessly] shining [from] earth [to] sky.





Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jesus and the Vine - abidance in the Self.



A reference from the Bible / NT. Make of it what you will, however, read in the light of self-inquiry, self-abidance, stabilising in the "I am" etc., -- it makes perfect sense and perfect instruction.




Jesus the True Vine (John 15)


1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard.

2 He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful.

3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

4 Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

5 I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.

6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches are gathered up, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Practice of Forgiveness 1

Forgiveness (practice notes - 1)



"I have invented the world I see." (Lesson 32)
"There is another way of looking at the world." (Lesson 33)
"I could see peace instead of this." (Lesson 34)
"Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world." (Lesson 62)



  • One of the main pillars of spiritual practice.
  • Synonymous with releasing, undoing, non-doing, acceptance, love, openness.
  • Negates and undoes the past in the present.
  • Gentler approach with same goal as Neti-neti

When to use:
  • When striving, self-effort, struggle, stress become obvious.
  • Over-effort or over-practice, trying
  • Stuckness
  • Lack of love & connection
  • Attacking others and self

How:
  • Sit quietly as per meditation instructions or contemplation as usually done
  • "I forgive myself" becomes the verbal object - silent or aloud
  • Hold oneself in loving-kindness, embrace, blanket
  • Await blessings beyond the self - "The peace that passeth understanding"
  • Non-doing
  • Just come back to the open aware feeling of forgiveness and expansive self-love
  • Release, relax as needed or when tension is noticed
  • Short practice reminders can also be used for a whole day of forgiveness

Related:
  • ACIM
  • Nondoing Wu wei
  • Nisargadatta Nisarga Yoga or effortlessness
  • Metta and loving kindness practice (as found in Buddhism)
  • The "Loving-All" method of ML

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The mirror and its reflection.







After a certain time, one has the feeling that life, existence and one's sense of beingness is rather like the reflection in a mirror.


Abiding as the "I am"-ness, or beingness is key. We need to start from where we find ourselves in life. For most, this is in total identification with the body-mind complex. We have been conditioned to believe and know ourselves only as this body-mind. Conditioning that has happened over the long course of our entire life (from around age 2), and over the course of the collective human existence as a whole. We cannot think or analyze our way out of this situation, any more than we can think our way out of eating lunch today.
 
By abiding as the "I am" for as much as possible, and whenever possible, we slowly come to know the situation as it really is. A subtle sense of being more than just the body-mind complex becomes apparent or intuited.


The life that we thought we 'owned' starts to reveal itself as merely the play of forces, conditions, and factors, which themselves are reflections in the 'mirror' of being. But this has to be experienced directly, rather than thought about or believed.. lest this too become another belief system parking-spot.


The mirror, its light and the play of the light (appearing as the dancing reflection) is just one wholeness- hence the term 'nonduality'. Any duality appearing in the whole, such as the reflection and its seeming parts, can't be outside or separate from the whole- any more than waves could be separate from the ocean (to coin a commonly used metaphor).







Sunday, August 6, 2017

Attention to living feeling thinking

"You live, you feel, you think. By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them. Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains. Then you go beyond the witness. Do not ask how it happens. Just search within yourself."

Nisargadatta


This is a result of abiding in the I-am, instead of being absorbed in living, feeling and thinking objects.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ego preservation strategies (1)



Saw this conversation recently online in a 'nonduality' forum:


Questioner: What do people think about the ego? It's hard to find when it is looked for. Maybe these practices are just engaging the ego itself?


Respondent 1: Well I've never found the ego.. I don't know what people are talking about when they talk about 'ego'.


Respondent 2: Who's asking??


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Are these sorts of question / answer sessions really helpful?


No. Neither for the questioner who is none the wiser, nor for the respondent.


What are these sorts of responses, actually?


Ego preservation strategies.


Ego preservation strategy 1) Blatant denial of the ego by the ego-- "It doesn't exist!", "What? There's no such thing as an ego.. find me one!", "I can't find any ego here!"


Ego preservation strategy 2) Over-exertion or over-effort in trying to extinguish the ego by the ego-- "Kill the ego!", "I need to fight the ego, suppress it, and conquer it!", "I need to detach from the ego!"




Stay calm. Keep practicing.