Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 20, 2017

The whole of nature is life

“I like to experience the universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified. The tree outside is life… The whole of nature is life… The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation.”

Albert Einstein

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 16, 2017

Most auspicious advice

My most auspicious advice:
Remain empty.
Leave all that personal mind-stuff aside.
Stay as impersonal Awareness alone.
This is the highest way and choice.
Accept and follow this advice with all your heart.
You will find it sufficient to win you freedom.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 15, 2017

You are

You are the peace in silence.
You are the silence in peace.
You are the light of consciousness revealing all.
You are the perceiving love, devoid of personal identity.
You are the wisdom and love
that shines from the source of existence.
You are Unborn Awareness Self.

~ Mooji

(from ‘White Fire’)

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 14, 2017

Immersed in the wonder of the Tao

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

~ Lao Tzu

…from ‘Tao Te Ching’ (16), translation by S. Mitchell

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 12, 2017

A yogi simply renounces imagining things

A yogi has no particular path;
He simply renounces imagining things.
His mind then ceases of its own accord,
And the perfect state just naturally occurs.

~ Dattatreya’s Song of the Avadhut (2.28)

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 10, 2017

Really there’s nothing to do

Really there’s nothing to do, nothing to become, in order for you to find total happiness. It’s not finding something new to add on to yourself. It’s letting go of everything you’ve been holding onto, becoming virtually empty, total emptiness, becoming a no one, a nobody, a nothing. Allowing all of your preconceived ideas, your conceptual thinking, to dissolve. Letting go of everything that you’ve been holding onto, your desires, your emotions. Becoming a simple person. Not worrying about the future. Being your Self, absolute reality, the Self which is God, allowing that to take place. Forgetting about time and space. Not trying to change the world or anyone else, not even trying to change yourself, but rather going deep within yourself, diving deep within yourself, deeper than you’ve ever gone before. The deeper you dive, the more the ego disappears. Remember, the ego, the body, the mind are one. They never existed really.

~ Robert Adams

 

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | October 3, 2017

Being nothing, wanting nothing–everything!

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“By being nothing you are everything.
By wanting nothing you are eternally full of grace.”

~ Adyashanti

Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 28, 2017

By nature my mind is empty

By nature my mind is empty.
Even in sleep, I am awake.
I think of things without thinking.
All my impressions of the world
Have dissolved.

My desires have melted away.
So what do I care for money
Or the thieving senses,
For friends or knowledge or holy books?

Liberation,
Bondage,
What are they to me?
What do I care for freedom?
For I have known God,
The infinite Self,
The witness of all things.

Without, a fool.
Within, free of thought.
I do as I please,
And only those like me
Understand my ways.

~ Ashtavakra Gita (14.1-4; translation by Thomas Byrom)

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 17, 2017

Just because of our peaceful presence

Without doing anything, things can sometimes go more smoothly just because of our peaceful presence. In a small boat when a storm comes, if one person remains solid and calm, others will not panic and the boat is more like to stay afloat.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 12, 2017

What page of mind’s story are you on?

The mind is constantly trying to figure out
what page it’s on in the story of itself.

Close the book. Burn the bookmark.
End of story.

Now the dancing begins.

~ Ikko Narasaki Roshi

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