Monday, May 18, 2020

What is the Self?

“I am that which knows or is aware of all experience, but I am not myself an experience. I am aware of thoughts but am not myself a thought; I am aware of feelings and sensations but am not myself a feeling or sensation; I am aware of perceptions but am not myself a perception. Whatever the content of experience, I know or am aware of it. Thus, knowing or being aware is the essential element in all knowledge, the common factor in all experience.”

― Rupert Spira

Monday, May 11, 2020

Time to Be Silent

"The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance with their prarabdha karma. Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent."

-Ramana Maharshi

Read more about Ramana-ashram and containment/sheltering as ways to get quiet and go within here.


Monday, May 04, 2020

Abiding in the Self

"Normally, knowledge is not something to practice. Your mind is open, you perceive something and the knowledge arises in the mind effortlessly. It is object-dependent, assuming your senses are working properly. Self-knowledge, however, is unique because self-ignorance is famously stubborn. It not only persists, it resists. Self-Ignorance -- 'I am small, inadequate and incomplete' -- has been masquerading as self-knowledge for one's whole lifetime and is not usually removed permanently the first time you hear Vedanta. After the initial euphoria the ignorance returns. You hear the truth 'I am whole and completely adequate to deal with anything life has to offer' -- and you recognize it and are uplifted by it. If you want the knowledge to stick you need to practice it. Practicing it means continuously keeping it in mind and applying it diligently to every self-ignorance-inspired projection that arises until all the projections have been negated."

-James Swartz


Monday, April 20, 2020

Valuing the Present Situation

From How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships
By HH the Dalai Lama

"By being born a human, you have taken on a physical support system through which you can easily achieve both your temporary and your larger aims. Now that you have attained this auspicious life form so unique among the myriad forms born into this world, it is important that you do not waste it. If in this situation you practice merely to attain a good life in future rebirths for yourself, you would not be using your potential fully. Or, if you merely aim to liberate yourself from the tangles of suffering, this would also fall short of your inherent potential. With your humanity you should do whatever you can to attain perfect, complete spiritual development."