Sunday, March 27, 2016

STILLNESS STRIKES ME ...


"[Stillness] strikes me. This bottle, this glass, a big stone on a deserted beach – these are motionless things, but they set loose great movements in my mind... People who go bathing on a beach and who move about, touch me much less than the [stillness] of a pebble. (Motionless things become grand, much grander than moving things.) [Stillness] makes me think of great spaces in which movements take place which do not stop at a given moment, movements which have no end. It is, as Kant said, the immediate irruption of the infinite in the finite. A pebble which is a finite and motionless object suggests to me not only movements, but movements without end."  

 -- Jean Miro 


Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words. 

Quote via Brain Pickings;  Photo collage by Eduwrite

ENLIGHTENMENT POEM


The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection, The water has no mind to receive their image.   

 -- Zen Poem 




Rememb
er, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

EVERY MOMENT WE RECOGNISE AWARENESS ...


Every moment we recognize awareness ― and really trust and learn to appreciate it ― joy comes, compassion comes, and love. But it isn’t personal; it isn’t based on liking, preferences, or kammic attachments. The dhamma is not the destruction of conditioned phenomena, but the container of it. All possibilities of conditioned phenomena arise and cease in the dhamma; and there is nothing that can bind us once we see that, because the reality of the dhamma is seen rather than the forms that arise and cease. Mindfulness reflections are skilful means the Buddha developed for investigating experience, for breaking down the illusions we hold, for breaking through the ignorance we grasp at, for freeing ourselves from form, the limited and the unsatisfactory. Rather than teaching too many techniques now, or giving too much structure, I prefer to encourage people just to trust themselves with mindfulness and awareness. Often meditation is taught with this sense that one has to get something or get rid of something. But that only increases the existing idea of ‘I am somebody who has to become something that I am not, and has to get rid of my bad traits, my faults, my defilements.’ If we never see through that, it will be a hopeless task. The best we will ever do under those circumstances is maybe modify our habit-tendencies, make ourselves nicer people and be happier in the world ― and that isn’t to be despised, either ― but the point of the Buddha’s teaching is liberation.  

 -- Ajahn Sumedho


Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

From: https://buddhismnow.com/2012/03/08/trust-in-your-awareness-by-ajahn-sumedho/

CHIYONO'S ENLIGHTENMENT POEM


In this way and that I have tried to save the old pail 
Since the bamboo strip was weak and about to break 
Until at last the bottom fell out. 
No more water in the pail! 
No more moon in the water!   

 -- Chiyono 

Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

Monday, March 2, 2015

THE EMPTINESS OF THE RED GERANIUM


Here – sitting outside with the laptop – there is the view of a natural wilderness – the huge oak tree, fields of nasturtium leaves, geraniums with deep pink flowers, a white butterfly, the smell of jasmine on the creeper nearby, two white arum lilies, overhead the blue sky and drifting white clouds, the sounds of unseen birds, wasps building nests in the eaves, a dog soaking up the sun, the call of the Egyptian geese. 

How is it possible to describe the inexplicable emptiness of this amazing array? Everything is simply this unfathomable emptiness – ONE – but expressed with this veneer of solidity that appears different – the red geranium, the brown dog. Ha! The gaze can look for hours on this scene marveling at this dance of nothing showing itself in a thousand different ways. What Am I? The question is answered in everything – the NOTHING or the emptiness that is recognized points directly to this unfathomable mystery. I am THAT; I AM. 

 Everything happens naturally here. The roots of the oak tree soak up water and nutrients, which flows through the xylem and phloem to nourish leaves, and twigs and branches. The butterfly – once a caterpillar – emerged from a cocoon. The dog breathes, absorbing the oxygen naturally and effortlessly. Everything happens by itself. There is no creator micromanaging this scene – with Gant Charts scheduling the minute movements of nature. Here on the couch is this human body. Blood is pumped by the heart and circulates through the veins and the arteries, oxygen is breathed, digestion occurs, the bladder and colon fill and are emptied – such complex life processes. Yet – here too, everything happens by itself. There is no conscious effort. Everything is just as it is. There is silence and stillness naturally present. Within this silence, birds occasionally chirp, a dog yelps, then again silence. Sound in silence. Leaves move imperceptibly in the breeze, an ant crawls up the wall – movement in stillness. … Emptiness in form … Being and non-being. What is this LOVE song that plays? Consciousness always in motion – always arising out of this Formless Unknowing. How to grasp what is Ungraspable in words? An orange butterfly lands on the dartboard. How extraordinary.  

 -- Louise Sterling 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

SELF-ENQUIRY AND EFFORT


Self-enquiry must be done continuously. It doesn't work if you regard it as a part-time activity. You must have a lifelong commitment to establish yourself in the Self. Your determination to succeed must be strong and firm, and it should manifest as continuous effort.


 –        Sri Annamalai Swami

Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

STEADY RESISTANCE AGAINST THE UNNECESSARY


Try to be, only to be. The all-important word is "try". Allot enough time daily for sitting quietly and trying, just trying, to go beyond the personality with its addictions and obsessions. Don't ask how, it cannot be explained. You just keep on trying until you succeed. If you persevere, there can be no failure. What matters supremely is sincerity, earnestness; you must really have had surfeit of being the person you are; now see the urgent need of being free of this unnecessary self-identification with a bundle of memories and habits. This steady resistance against the unnecessary is the secret of success. 

 -- Nisargadatta Maharaj 




Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.