Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 18, 2014

Finding delight

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Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight.

Rumi

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 15, 2014

A bursting of joy

Spring is rolling out

in tiny unfurling leaves,

green green grasses,

delicate cheery flowers,

clouds of fragrant scents,

new songs and buzzings,

all an excitement of life,

an absolute bursting of joy.

 

 

 

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 14, 2014

You and your mind

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 13, 2014

I am all of these and I am none

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By Nicky Hamid

 

I chant “Om Shanti” and greet you with “Namaste” and love and honour the wisdom of Krishna, am I Hindu?

I know Inner Peace and venerate compassion and have no singular vision of God, am I a Buddhist?

I follow the values and example of Jesus and adore him and Mary with all my heart, am I Christian?

I love the words of Rumi and Omar Khayyam, the Sufi stories and the Legends of Arabia, am I Muslim?

I have embraced the Tao and the depth of silence and Flow in the natural order of things from the master Lao Tse, am I Taoist?

I am all of these and I am none of them.
I am indescribable, unfathomable., immutable and eternal.
I am a point of Light within the mind of God .
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Light.

And if you know that, Thou Art That, then you will know you and I as One.
To know you is to know me.

I Love You
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PS
And so if you would know another, “walk a mile in their shoes”. And as all of you have had many many embodied experiences it is not at all difficult to walk in their shoes and know that we are indeed One.
If you love You, in your (W)Holiness it will be impossible for you not to love all.

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 10, 2014

Amazing words of wisdom

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 7, 2014

Six verses for liberation

Adi Shankaracharya

 

NIRVANA SATAKAM (six verses for nirvana or liberation)

I am neither the mind, nor the intellect,
nor the ego, nor the mind stuff.
I am neither the body, nor the changes of the body.
I am neither the senses of hearing, taste, smell or sight.
Nor am i ether, the earth, the fire, the air.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute, bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

I am neither the Prana, nor the five vital airs.
I am neither the materials of the body, nor the five sheaths.
Neither am I the organs of action nor objects of the senses.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

I have neither aversion nor attachment, neither greed nor delusion,
neither egotism nor envy. neither Dharma nor Moksha.
I have neither desire nor object of desire.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute, bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

I am neither sin nor virtue, neither pleasure nor pain,
nor temple, nor worship, nor pilgrimage, nor scriptures.
And I am neither the act of enjoying, the enjoyable nor the enjoyer.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute, bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

I have neither death, nor fear of death, nor caste nor was I ever born,
nor had i parents, friends and relations.
I have neither Guru nor disciple.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute, bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

I am untouched by the senses.
I am neither Mukti nor knowable, I am without form,
without limit, beyond space, beyond time.
I am in everything, I am the basis of the universe, everywhere am I.
I am existence absolute, knowledge absolute, bliss absolute. I am Shiva, I am Shiva.

 

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 3, 2014

Free yourself of attachment and see how you feel

 

 

Free your mind of all attachment, and you are God itself. Free of desire, you are absolute.

There is no doubt about it. Just get rid of desire for one second, and see how you feel.

In this instant, you fall in love with your own Self.

 

~ Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji)

…from the book “Wake Up and Roar”

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 29, 2014

Like a church to me

The Moor

By R. S. Thomas

It was like a church to me.
I entered it on soft foot,
Breath held like a cap in the hand.
It was quiet.
What God was there made himself felt,
Not listened to, in clean colours
That brought a moistening of the eye,
In movement of the wind over grass.

There were no prayers said. But stillness
Of the heart’s passions — that was praise
Enough; and the mind’s cession
Of its kingdom. I walked on,
Simple and poor, while the air crumbled
And broke on me generously as bread.

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 27, 2014

The flow of life

Seated on a sun-warmed stone

on the sandy bank of a tumbling river,

encircled by jagged redrock cliffs

and a spring-green leafy canapy,

beauty, stillness, and the flow of life

embrace me, bathe me, soothe me,

inviting me to release my weariness,

and relax into the harmony of Being.

 

 

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 23, 2014

I Am All of This

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I Am All Of This
by Dana Faulds
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There are as many paths
to truth as there are
heartbeats, leaves, fireflies
in summer twilight.
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Let me tell you of the path that’s
chosen me, the road that has
drawn my feet forward,
the way of my awakening.
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Defying easy definition, it
unfolds, and I follow. With
each step I let in more of life.
I expand into vastness. My
reach exceeds my grasp
until I hold to nothing solid.
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I include, widen, grow deeper.
This too, is me, and this, and
yes, even this. There is more
emptiness than substance here,
and not a single rule to live by.
In place of form there is
an ecstatic dance with the
boundless infinity of truth.
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There is freedom, stillness,
song and silence, sustenance
and the end of supplication.
In place of seeking there is
finding without loss, and love
without boundaries. There
are no walls in this existence.
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Here is no difference, out or
in. All That Is radiates,
quickens, awakens, fills and
empties in the same breath,
and I know beyond doubt
or any hesitation, that I am
all of this.

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