Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 21, 2017

The greatest man is nobody

The man of Tao acts without impediment,
He harms no other being by his actions,
Yet he does not know himself
to be kind and gentle.

He does not struggle to make money
And he does not make a virtue of poverty.

He goes without relying on others,
And does not pride himself
on walking alone.

The man of Tao remains unknown.
Perfect virtue produces nothing.
No Self is True Self.
And the greatest man is nobody.

~ Chung Tzu

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 20, 2017


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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 13, 2017

Stay in the panoramic expansiveness of Being

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Always come back to the place of being.
Just be in the being.
Rest in the being as being itself.
Avoid making premature conclusions
about what you’re experiencing.
All is a passing show—momentary.
Keep your mind and Self open and quiet.
Avoid locking yourself inside any room.
Stay in the open and panoramic expansiveness of Being.
Like this there will be ample love and peace and joy.
These will always flow.
You don’t have to go in pursuit of anything.

~ Mooji

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 11, 2017

Cultivating dog mind

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“Where are karmic debts other than in one’s mind? Hold to your mind, and sleep is endless whether you are kind or evil. Eastern fundamentalism is no truer than western fundamentalism, so leap beyond all ideas into the unknown.

Watch carefully what you believe for it will become your reality and thousands of lifetimes will pass in delusion. Push all ideas and imaginings aside and leap into this here and now free of knowing and believing. Such leaping into unknowing is an act of courage and faith beyond all ideas.

When you awaken from a dream at night do you awaken because you have cleansed all of your karma? More likely you awoke because something interrupted your dream. Consider me your interruption.

Pardon my directness but more is at stake than you can ever imagine.”

~ Adyashanti

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 6, 2017

Just be quiet and empty

Everything you perceive is coming and going.
This is a simple observation that no one can dispute.
You cannot bring into this present moment
a single thing from yesterday.
This is nothing to be sorry about at all,
because, as you pay attention,
you will see that what remains is greater
than everything that appears or disappears.
Nothing can compare to the unchanging space of Being.
Leaving all aside and staying empty
introduces you to the lightness, spaciousness,
joy and freedom of your true and natural existence,
which is already here—unmixed.

You must be already here
for the whole world to appear and be seen.
Remove everything perceivable
and there remains That which cannot be removed.
Be one with That.
When you genuinely discover this, you are home.
The mind will try and attack your efforts,
but don’t pay it any attention.
Initially, it will take some effort
not to follow the disbelief in the mind,
but try your best to stay quiet in this seeing.
Just be quiet and empty.
Nothing greater exists in this human kingdom
than the discovery of the Self.

~ Mooji

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 5, 2017

The art of peace

~ The Art of Peace ~

Morihei Ueshiba was the founder of Aikido, which can be translated as “The Art of Peace.” The following quotations come from his collected talks, poems, and calligraphy. There are 114 quotes, here are the first four.

ONE: The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter.

TWO: One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

THREE: All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.

FOUR: The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source. Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

Additional quotes can be found here:

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 4, 2017

Be a witness to life unfolding by itself

Don’t be a storehouse of memories.
Leave past, future and even present thoughts behind.
Be a witness to life unfolding by itself.
Be free of all attachments, fears and concerns
by keeping your mind inside your own heart.
Rest in being.
Like this, your life is always fresh and imbued
with pure joy and timeless presence.
Be happy, wise and free.

~ Mooji
(from ‘White Fire’)

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 28, 2017

The more you think and talk

The more you think and talk,
The more you lose the Way.
Cut off all thinking
And pass freely anywhere.

~ Jianzhi Sengcan

…from ‘Xinxin Ming’

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 27, 2017

Avoiding the truth

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“In the lives of most human beings, everything is about an avoidance of the truth. The truth that we are avoiding is the Truth of emptiness. We don’t want to see that we are nothing. We don’t want to see that everything we believe is wrong. We don’t want to see that our viewpoint is wrong and that there is no right viewpoint. We don’t want to see that everything we think about God is what God is not. We don’t want to see what the Buddha meant when he said there is no self. We would rather quickly insert a positive statement. So instead of seeing that there is no self and that everything the mind holds as true is ultimately empty, our minds will quickly insert something positive like, ‘I am consciousness,’ or ‘All is bliss,’ or ‘God is love.’ We do not want to see that there is a gaping void at the center of our existence.”


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