One of the funniest
things in these forums has been that no one
asked for the "why" of the label
"enlightened" - would you know?
(you may speculate too!)
mechanism of intense suffering is that it paints all experience with the color
Only when that remains as irrefutable in the mind and the
consequences taken, that inevitably
leads to what is termed "enlightenment".
This description doesn't take away the mystery but
moves it to "how could
"it" have been overlooked??" Having been through it, i could easily write
lengthy commentary on the Kathopanishad, in English, without "funnies" like
The "marriage" between mysticism and QM is too obvious
to be overlooked: for instance,
applying the required amount of energy to an
electron encircling a nucleus, brings it to an
orbit of higher energy and
when the electron "falls back" it transmits a discrete amount of
(specific color), a property used in fireworks before the mechanics were known.
With the human mind the same applies: emptiness the "ground state", all
encircling it. Applying the required amount of (psychic/life)
energy and as a figure of speech,
a specific issue goes into a higher orbit
and only then, can be fully known. When unfamiliar
with the mechanism,
resistance shows as pain.The analogy then is like trying to heat water
kettle that hasn't been put on the furnace: the house could burn down
The basic issue is "emptiness" which invariably shows up when
convinced, manifested life
when taken as "the only reality" cannot truly
satisfy and hence, is but a reminder of deep
unhappiness. For males, the
issue "lives" in the mind as arguments causing pain (emotion)
females, "lives" in the mind as emotions, causing arguments. (Another take
at the "Krishna/Radha" archetype)
Conceptuality involves seemingly adding
removing, or making
background, what that something is
Conceptuality, which includes perception
and time, involves a
The idea of absolute truth is merely
aspect of conceptuality, being an aspect
with relative truth.
formulated an idea of absolute truth,
and then propose that you can't know
idea. But you yourself invented it.
In truth, you can't know
you can't know yourself.
Yet, you know yourself
fully, by simply being
You are totally unknown, knowing
nothing as object,
and thus having no knowledge that pertains, to
knowing could be attached.
So this not-knowing is perfect knowing,
Ten women went on a hike. Coming to a wide river
they all had to ford their way across. When they got to the other side they
counted to see if everyone was there. Each of them counted and each of them came
up with only nine. Everyone was sad because they had lost one woman. A wise
woman came along and saw their dilemma. She counted each woman giving them each
a big hug-- one, two, three, ... all the way to ten. Alas all were safe and
sound. Each woman realized her mistake. She had forgotten to count herself!
This is a new rendition of an old Vedantic story. It is a story for
those who want enlightenment. The purpose of the story is to turn our attention
inward. We normally go about our everyday lives assuming we are some person with
a history in a solid world. We react and respond to everything around us and
forget to bring awareness to ourselves. In fact most of us live our whole lives
without ever knowing who we really are! Like the women in the story we tend to
see everything else except our own existence. And that existence is actually the
key to permanent peace and happiness.
Unlike what you may think or have
been told, enlightenment is completely possible in this lifetime for any woman
who has a keen desire for it. It is a matter of finding out who we REALLY are.
Our existence is much vaster than being a mere woman in a world. Our existence
is Absolute. When we clearly see all the forms of ourselves that are fleeting
and temporary we come to rest as who we truly are. Who we truly are is undying
and ever ever free. May all come to this Understanding.
Dave Mason livejournal
a man is walking down a dusty road
he keeps looking over his shoulder,
suddenly, we know why he does
he is looking for the leader!
we want to say to him
why do you
look back there?
and he seems to answer,
that's the only place a leader
come from, it's the only place I know.
and we find ourselves saying,
but you are the leader, there is
no one else in front of you.
if from nowhere
a voice says
turn your face into the wind,
I imagine a lot of people on the list have seen
Ladder. The guy who wrote the screenplay is Bruce Joel
studied with Rudi in the Nityananda lineage. His
website is at <http://www.brucerubin-class.com/index.htm>.
Rubin is a teacher himself and he sounds as nondual as
in the documentary available on the Jacob's Ladder
dvd. One of Rubin's
students, you'll discover on the
website, is visual effects producer on
Matrix 2 and 3.
Jacob's Ladder is very intense and violent in parts, but
has lightness as well, and was inspired by the common human
the key to understanding the journey, and the role
of Kundalini (symbolized
by the chiropractor).
It's been recommended many times on this and other
and I can recommend it too, now that I've seen
A Net of Jewels
is a curious fact that one's chances of survival are best when there is no
anxiety to survive. There is a special effectiveness or power of
virtuality that is available to those who do not exhaust and dissipate
themselves with anxiety. The subtlety, however, is that anxiety also
includes any positive effort to eliminate anxiety--and this is precisely where
true understanding comes into its own by accepting wholeheartedly whatever life
brings without resistance or recoil.