Friday, March 17, 2017

Can the perceiver be perceived?



"The most direct way to find out who you are is to look in a mirror -- but you have to look in the right mirror. If you look in a mirror and you don't understand how to interpret, you don't understand what you are seeing, because you don't understand who you are -- the one who is looking in the mirror. Then, what you will see is only a phenomenal reflection. The truest reflection is a reflection of your own Being."


"The essential thing is to be clear about what you are...by being clear about what you are not...When this door of recognition opens, Grace enters." - Mooji

Monday, March 13, 2017

Connection

Wi-Fi makes our life easier. We can get online from a coffee shop or from our living room. We are not tethered to a big computer that is physically linked to the Internet. But that convenience comes at a price.

99 percent of the population continue to use Wi-Fi and other wireless devices without a second thought, but a growing number of people are becoming increasingly concerned with the health issues surrounding the use of these technologies.

There are an enormous number of studies showing RF radiofrequency microwave radiation to be harmful to human health.  Wi-Fi is affecting our environment in a negative way. Thousands of studies conducted over the last 80 years have found a wide variety of bioeffects, including permanent DNA damage.

Wi-Fi is not likely to be going anywhere anytime soon. A solution to our problem is to not use Wi-Fi when we can. By doing this we will reduce the amount of trees, people, animals, etc. being damaged yearly. 


When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money. - Native American saying


Friday, March 3, 2017

Śūnyatā

Those who are on the periphery exist in agony. For them, no ecstasy. For those who have come to their center no agony exists. For them, only ecstasy. When I say break the cup it is breaking the periphery. And when I say be totally empty it is coming back to the original source, because through emptiness we are born, and into emptiness we return. Emptiness is the word, really, which is better to use than God, because with God we start feeling there is some person. So Buddha never used `God` he always used sunyata -- emptiness, nothingness. In the center you are a nonbeing, nothingness, just a vast space, eternally cool, silent, blissful.

Buddha took a tremendous step in the world of consciousness when he said, "The self is only a stepping stone. Step beyond it! And going beyond it, you are just empty."

But this "empty" is not nothingness. The word that Buddha used has been translated either as "emptiness" or as "nothingness," but in English both words have a negative connotation. Buddha's word was shunyata. It is not a negative phenomenon.

Buddha says: You go into this state of nothingness, then nirvana is a natural outcome. In the end it comes on its own accord. You need not worry about it; you cannot do anything about it in the first place. You just go into this nothingness, and then nothingness starts growing, growing, becomes vaster and vaster, and one day becomes your whole existence. Then there is nirvana - you have ceased to be. You have disappeared into the universe.

Emptiness can only be full if it is there. If it is not full, that means something other than the emptiness is also there, and that something else will hamper, obstruct, and that something else will create a duality, and that something else will create a friction, and that something else will create tension, and that something else will create anxiety - you cannot be at ease with 'something else'.

Emptiness is there only when it is full, when all obstructions have been dropped, when you don't have anything inside, when nobody is there to be an observer to it.

Buddha says: This emptiness is not even an experience, because if you experience it that means you were there to experience it. It is you, so you cannot experience it. You can experience only something that is not you. Experience means duality - the observer and the observed, the knower and the known, the subject and the object, the seer and the seen. But there is only emptiness, nobody to see it, nobody to be seen, nothing as an object, nothing as a subject. This nondual emptiness is full. It is utterly full. Its fullness cannot be refined, its fullness cannot be added to. Nothing can be taken out of it because there is nothing, and nothing can be added to it; it is utterly full.
'Full emptiness' is not an experience, because there is no experiencer in it.

Nothingness brings freedom. Freedom from the self is the ultimate freedom. There is no freedom higher than that. Nothingness is freedom.

The only refuge is the perfection of wisdom, the perfection of meditation. In the past it has been so, in the present it is so, in the future it will be so. Anybody who becomes a Buddha becomes one through meditation. Take refuge in meditation. Take refuge in nothingness.

Meditation prepares you for that, because as you enter into meditation you find less and less of yourself every day. And the less you find yourself, in the same proportion grow your blessings, your benediction, your blissfulness. Slowly, slowly, you learn the mathematics of the inner world - that the more you are, the more in hell; the less you are, the more in heaven.

The day you are not, it is nirvana; the ultimate home has arrived. You have come full circle, you have become a child again. There is no self any more.

Remember, freedom does not mean the freedom of the self. Freedom means: freedom from the self. 

Osho

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Inner Strength

“Those who follow the crowd end up in crowded places. Our inner reality is crowded with people who we think we need to please. Those whose inner reality is filled with love have plenty of space and have found confirmation and pleasure by following their hearts.” 
In the book The Gift of Womanhood by Guru Rattana says that when a woman looks to others for approval, validation and recognition, she loses her power to create her own emotional well-being. She becomes emotionally dependent upon others, external forces and environments that are beyond her control. When a woman does not take responsibility for her own emotional state she creates insecurity in her psyche. Every woman must know that the basic cause of her defeat and trouble comes from feeling insecure. There is nothing blocking a woman but her own security. Once a woman creates security within herself she can feel satisfied and live without struggle.
She also says that the basic energy of a woman is flowing. When we “break our circle”, we drain our energy and end up feeling stressed and experiencing burnout. We break our circles by reaching outside of ourselves for answers or validation. 

“We can train ourselves to contain our energy by looking inside instead of to others for satisfaction, approval and guidance. Woman's power and happiness come from understanding and enjoying the beauty of her own containment: experiencing her ability to be in charge of her mental and emotional energy realizing she needs nothing from anyone.”