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.
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.
The lone remaining wall Of a long-since fallen house, No more inside, no more outside, No more trespass for the mouse; Where a doorway and five windows Allow the winds to pass Unobstructed as they billow Through the woods, across the grass; Where sun and moon and starshine Illuminate the scene For all the folk that pass it by When wandering in the green. "I wonder who the person was Who built this mighty house, That's now a bramble garden And a home for grub and louse?" A broken ridge and rafters smashed Lie strewn across the floor And all that stands, quite ownerless, Five windows and a door.
– Chithurst, 1983 Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.