Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 24, 2017

Truly, I am Shiva, pure awareness

Nirvana Shatakam

By Shankara
(788 – 820)

English version by Ivan M. Granger


I am not mind, not intellect, not ego, not thought.
I am not the ears, the tongue, the nose or the eyes, or what they witness,
I am neither earth nor sky, not air nor light.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I am not the breath of prana, nor its five currents.
I am not the seven elements, nor the five organs,
Nor am I the voice or hands or anything that acts.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I have no hatred or preference, neither greed nor desire nor delusion.
Pride, conflict, jealousy — these have no part of me.
Nothing do I own, nothing do I seek, not even liberation itself.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I know neither virtue nor vice, neither pleasure nor pain.
I know no sacred chants, no holy places, no scriptures, no rituals.
I know neither the taste nor the taster.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

I fear not death. I doubt neither my being nor my place.
I have no father or mother; I am unborn.
I have no relatives, no friends. I have no guru and no devotees.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Free from doubt, I am formless.
With knowledge, in knowledge, I am everywhere, beyond perception.
I am always the same. Not free, not trapped — I am.

I am knowledge and bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!

Truly, I am Shiva, pure awareness.
Shivo Ham! Shivo Ham!

Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 21, 2017

Ignorance, arrogance, humility and grace

All beings are bitten by the serpent of ignorance.
But when ignorance combines with arrogance,
then we are really in a very bad state.
You have to come out of arrogance.
When arrogance goes, humility comes.
When humility comes, ignorance also will go.
When ignorance and arrogance are no more,
Grace will be recognised and experienced
as the pure presence of God.

~ Mooji


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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 19, 2017

When I am nothing and everything

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“When I see I am nothing that is wisdom.

When I see I am everything that is love.

And between those two my life moves.”

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 12, 2017

The greatest qualities

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The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways.
~ Atisha ~

Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 11, 2017

The only way you will ever awaken

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“The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analyzation of facts.

Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go.

Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts.

Letting go of these things daily.”

~ Robert Adams

Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 10, 2017

If you wish to know the Truth

“The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect as vast space is perfect, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we do not know the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with life and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.”

Third Zen Patriarch


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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 7, 2017

Big Mind–pure boundless awareness

The Essential Nature of Mind

“Buddhist teachings make a distinction between what is called Big Mind, or Natural Mind, and “small mind,” or ordinary, deluded mind. Small mind, or deluded mind, is the buzzing, unpredictable, frequently out-of-control ordinary mind.

This is our finite mind, our limited conceptual mind; our ordinary, rational, discursive, thinking mind. The deluded mind has so many impulses and needs; it wants so many things. It’s frequently confused; it’s subject to mood swings; it’s restless. It gets angry; it gets depressed; it becomes hyper.

Some ancient traditional texts refer to this small mind as “monkey mind,” where it is pictured as a chaotic little monkey jumping from tree to tree, looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.

What is meant by Big Mind is the essential nature of mind itself. This is what we call Buddha-nature, or natural mind. This is our true nature – the pure boundless awareness that is at the heart, and part, of us all. The Buddha described it as still, clear, lucid, empty, profound, simple (uncomplicated), and at peace.

It’s not really what we usually think of as our mind at all. It is the luminous, most fundamental clear light nature of our ground of being. This is Rigpa, the heart of enlightenment.

Dzogchen teaches that all we have to do to become enlightened is to recognize and rest in this natural state of mind. In Zen they call this original mind. This is raw, naked awareness, not something we’ve learned or fabricated.

This is the Buddha within – the perfect presence that we can all rely on. Waking up to this natural mind, this Buddha-nature, is what meditation is all about.”

~ Lama Surya Das ~
Awakening the Buddha Within

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 6, 2017

You are already inside the flow

“Let the world call you lazy for not running about like a frightened ghost. Just be quiet inside yourself. Don’t bother about knowing how things should be and simply begin observing without prejudice, projections or desires. Notice how life flows of its own accord. Nothing here is a chaos, but a harmony. You are already inside this flow…”

~ Mooji ~

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | February 3, 2017

Awareness is actually what you are

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 31, 2017

You are seeking God with His eyes


There is only one Truth
and as you go looking for it
through a forest of seeking
be careful lest you bump into a tree.
That lump on your head
may remind you that
everything is God.

You are like a forest dweller
looking for the forest.

What am I to do?

Listen friend
each crackling leaf beneath your feet
is a personal invitation
to come to your senses.

Has it ever occurred to you
that you are seeking God
with His eyes?

~ Adyashanti

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