Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

undoing


Meditation unlike almost every human activity does not necessitate more doing.  It is at the root an undoing; it is unlearning - a letting go of "how you think it ought to be".

Where has all your striving to be 'spiritual' or to achieve some 'enlightenment' lead you? All those books and all those 'teachers'!  Why not try something different?

Take refuge in Silence; let go.  If you become silent enough there is nothing that you will not know.

Empty yourself utterly … or stated another way:

Say, 'I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn, From the evil of what He has created, And from the evil of the utterly dark night when it comes, And from the evil of those who blow on knots, And from the evil of the envious when he envies. (Quran 113)

peace,
bob

Monday, October 22, 2012

striving


Is it not the case that the one characteristic that all of us humans share is the desire to be happy?

We are taught, especially in western societies, that if we get something or achieve something or become something we will be happy.

Not that there is anything wrong with getting or becoming but don't we find that they do not bring lasting happiness?  In fact, it can become a tiresome treadmill  … all this striving.

Meditation is emptying.  Perhaps it is the case that when the striving ends immutable happiness arises naturally.  

Give it a try - empty yourself utterly,

bob

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Who are you?


Who are you that is doing all this emptying, surrendering, and detaching.  Who are you?

Think about it -  When we say "This car is MINE".  Is the car really MINE?  The company that built the car at one time said it was THEIRS.  When you sell the car the next person will say that the car is HIS or HERS, the junk yard proprietor will say that it is HIS … and so it goes on and on … this business of me-ing and mine-ing. 


To remember our essential nature is the ultimate purpose of practice. Here are a couple of pointers to That.


To Him [God] belongs everything in the heavens, and the earth, and everything between them, and everything beneath the ground.  - Quran 20:6


“When you forget the self you become one with the ten thousand things” – Dogen 


"The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,

And if ever there was it led forward life" - Walt Whitman

peace on you,

bob

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

meditation's goal


If we can even talk about a 'goal' for meditation practice it would be to discover that we have always been where we ought to be and that it could not have possibly been otherwise.

realizing this, meditation becomes effortless.

Peace upon you,
bob