#1739 - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - Editor: Jerry
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You imagined that you would accomplish this task through
strength, activity, and effort. This is the wont
that I have established:
expend everything you have in
Our way. Then Our bounty will come to you. On
less road, We command you to travel with your own feeble
and feet. We know that you cannot traverse this
way with feet so
feeble. Indeed, in a hundred thousand
years you will not arrive at the first
way station. However,
when you travel this road until your legs are
you fall down flat, until you have no more strength to move
forward, then God's grace will take you in its
'Travelling the Path of Love'
Edited by Llewellyn
"Will not the ocean of joy
That shall exist when all beings are
Be sufficient for me?
What am I doing wishing for my liberation
Therefore, although working for the benefit of others,
not be conceited or consider myself wonderful.
And because of the joy there
is in solely doing this,
I should have no hope for any
Therefore just as I protect myself
things however small,
In the same way I should act towards others
compassionate and caring mind."
Who is the true guru?
We have all read that question, "Who is the
true guru?" Some days I think I know. I have been corresponding via
the internet with my friend, Peter, for over a year now. We sit by
the fire of our mutual sufferings and warm ourselves as they burn
Peter tosses in a log occasionally and so do I. The gist
of it is that when you are being broken and there is no fixing you, what is left
to do but be where you are? It is Peter who has been my guide to what
is. He always says "ho ho" after making a comment on his broken
body. He never speaks about the details of his illness; only saying that
he grows weaker and less able to write.
He knows me in a way that a
person meeting me face-to-face never can. I tell him about losing my
child, about going through chemo with my husband and he understands.
Last year when we had to put our dog down, I asked Peter how old his cat
was. "She is younger than springtime", was his reply. Actually she
is seventeen or eighteen, I forget.
We hit the send button on our little
fireside chats, knowing that one day a silence will arise and Peter will have
nothing left to say. In one sense, sorrow is the true guru, and when it
burns away the dross of the self, only holy ash remains. I would like to
think that someone would wander by our campfire and smear a bit on their
foreheads. Whether they do or don't will be of no concern to Peter.
Or he would just say, "ho ho."
I am Bertram W. Salzman and this letter will serve as an introduction.
I had the privelage of directing and editing" Abide As The Self" life
and teaching of Ramana Maharshi and "Awaken To The Eternal" life and
teaching Nisartgadatta Maharaj ;produced by Inner Directions
Recently Inner Directions published my book: "Being A
Buddha On Broadway"
dedicated to Ramana Maharshi among others. Ramana
has said that the only
freedom one has is to turn one's vision inwards
and my book is grounded in
this teaching. Excerpts of the book may be
acessed at my website www.subtlemind.com
I wish to thank you all for accepting me as a new member.
The only "who"exists in one's brain cells! So all questions concerning
the activity or non-activity of a "who" is a conditioned mental
of the brain cells. This would include the non existence of
appears to be writing this letter. Any activity of the
reader would be
included as well.To see the truth of this just unname
the world! Undefine
yourself right now and sit in silence.That which is
aware of the silence is
Consciousness and Consciousness is all.. and
are you different than that?
(Please don't attempt to answer this
question if you are patient and wait in
silence a wordless answer may
arise. Consciousness is all and as such are
you different than Ramana?
"When you are doing zazen, you are within the complete calmness of your
mind; you do not feel anything. You just sit. But the calmness of
your sitting will encourage you in your everyday life. So actually you
will find the value of Zen in your everyday life, rather than while you
sit. But this does not mean you should neglect zazen. Even though
you do not feel anything when you sit, if you do not have this zazen experience,
you cannot find anything; you just find weeds, or trees, or clouds in your daily
life; you do not see the moon. That is why you are always complaining
about something. But for Zen students a weed, which for most people is
worthless, is a treasure. With this attitude, whatever you do, life
becomes an art."
From the book, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind",
published by Weatherhill
Essence of Skillfulness - H.W.L Poonja
The Truth Is, Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Compiled and edited by
Prashanti de Jager, pages 455 - 460
Whatever comes let it come,
what stays let stay,
what goes let go,
always keep Quiet, and always adore Self:
this is the
essence of living skillfully
in the world of appearance.
activities of life
always know that you are the Self.
The way to live a
happy beautiful life
is to accept whatever comes
and not care about what
does not come.
Things will come so enjoy them and be happy.
play happen by the Supreme Power;
you will be taken care of.
Be free to be
happy, love has no traps.
If you are happy all will be happy,
suffer, all will suffer,
if your mind smells bad others will be
Keep yourself happy in Peace,
This is your responsibility.
Be happy and have
and live hand in hand with nature.
This makes birth
Start from Heart and see that all arises from Heart.
this, always be This.
You cannot be skillful and arrogant at the same
but without arrogance all will be skillful,
Face the One, seeing
everything as one is no-mind
and this is the pure state of Being, of
When you are one with all
do not hold onto the
because this makes them separations
and you will have divided
yourself by creating 'other.'
As the lotus does not touch the
so do not let the world enter your heart.
Being busy in the world
is no trouble
unless you are troubled by being busy.
Then the only trouble
is the trouble.
Let attention go to manifestation,
just know that
manifestation is Brahman.
Let there be creations and destructions,
Brahman and you are beyond even that always.
Your environment is very
so stay where there is no tension.
make sure that the
circumstances within and without
are not disturbing, so be with peaceful
beings in peaceful places.
You need a place of love and beauty and
even your own apartment and body must be peaceful.
Quietness is enough.
If you speak ill of anybody else, you speak ill of
if you speak good, you speak good about yourself.
great power so use only appropriate words.
Speaking from the head is pain and
from the heart is pleasure,
so shut your head and your heart is
Don't trouble any being and do not let any being trouble you.
Don't get angry with anyone:
the tongue doesn't get angry with the teeth
when the teeth bite it,
and this happens sometimes when the food is
Contentment is absolutely necessary
because whatever you will be
in the next state,
or in the next life is whatever unfulfilled desire
you have in the present state.
Therefore desire only the Infinite.
other desires arise and see that they arise from me,
from Emptiness, and then
let them fall, as waves must.
Don't run after projections on the screen,
be very wise.
Do not lose your peace at any cost.
Things will rise
and fall so do not be caught!
Peace is most important, you have to be happy
in the lila,
no-mind-limitless-happiness with Freedom in your mind,
problems. Here in this moment there is no problem
and daily life is within
this moment, you cannot walk out of it.
Just try to invite past and future
problems into this moment.
They cannot touch Here so do things of Now,
do not touch yesterday or tomorrow.
Remove all becoming, you are
Becoming is effort, Being is no effort.
You are always That so be
like the breeze
that is attached to neither the garbage nor the
that it blows over.
Do not run away from worldly
only always keep in the 'I am the Self,' stay as the screen
which all the projected activities take place.
In all activities simply keep
Quiet and know 'I am home.'
Your business is to keep Quiet!
say that it is a dream unless you are awake.
So in the true waking state, the
state of Wisdom,
it does not matter if there are dream objects or
Emptiness is not affected by any dream object, not even
Ocean does not complain about the dance of ten million waves!
don't be concerned about the rise and fall of thoughts.
To be nowhere is
home, not allowing thought to land is home.
Allow thoughts to arise, but do
not let them land
because thought landing is an object
which brings desire
for the object,
which brings possessing of an object, which brings
There are only two choices: Freedom or insanity.
Choose 'I am
free and happy.'
Bad moods are either past or imaginary future,
present there are no moods at all.
Moods belong to circumstances, to the
Face the sun and there will be no shadow of moods.
Give up all
concepts and remain what you are.
Identify yourself as Cosmic
don't accept name or a form.
Detachment is your own
so the wise are not attracted to the transient.
Only the foolish
cling to that which brings unhappiness
and are thus butchered by
This world is a garden, a game, play this divine game very
See things only as they are but do not posses them
or you will be in
trouble because even your body is transient.
The next breath is not
guaranteed so do what you have to do Now:
play well, play wisely, by first
finding out who you are.
Yoga only, no bhoga, first finish your work,
go to the world with a heart that is dancing.
Don't use words for this dance
because the game is tricky.
Just be silent.
The world is like a tail
of a dog, its nature is to curl.
The best you can do is to stay Quiet
not let anything bother you.
Visitors will come and go, don't interfere with
Be always empty and let desires dance.
Being asleep in the
waking state is
being asleep to desires and aversions.
which may happen as you approach the summit
intentions, and ideations.
With no intention, there is no summit and
Hidden tendencies arise to leave when you are Quiet,
so it is
a good sign when vasanas rise.
Do not be dismayed because they are
Let vasanas arise, they do not exist.
The world is a playground for
and a graveyard for the foolish.
Let the vasanas play, they are
and even the 'I' to which they occur is imagination
Abide as Substratum and allow circumstances to come and go.
Quiet with no intention, or notion,
not even to inquire for Freedom, and
don't utter the word 'I.'
Then the gods and demons of the vasanas will
Your true nature does not come and go.
Play with what comes
When they arise they will disappear.
Allow them to go
Let things happen through mind-ego
and just stay Quiet as they
with the firm conviction: I Am I Am.
This meditation is absolutely
necessary to clear tendencies.
Only in the dream do you see
Know that all objects are dream objects
and that the dream snakes
are not real.
You have been ignorant for years
so when you know the
you must focus on staying as such for some time.
What else is
If you find that you are still in the mind,
never mind! Don't
Then you will not forget.
Though name and form and place and
fields are different,
Consciousness is never different, so let there be these
but do not accept and reject anything or you divide
and there is no love in this division:
take a cent from a dollar
and you no longer have a dollar.
A fool doesn't look at foolishness and so is
The wise one looks at foolishness and so is wise.
Surrender to space or dissolve the ego with knowledge.
keep Quiet and watch the ego.
Keep vigilantly alert; aware but not
Doing is trouble.
Clinging to non-eternal things is
No clinging is loving all,
so don't cling and don't don't
because both conceal the Truth.
What you have, you have to
there is no water in the mirage, only dry sand.
Be attached only to
which is impossible to be separate from.
If you have to think,
think 'I am pure consciousness.'
If you have to speak, speak about the
If you have to read, read what the Enlightened have written.
advise you to keep good company, a pure sattvic diet,
attend satsang, and
live in harmony with nature.
Be as you Are and allow no concepts to trespass
in your peace.
Your foremost duty is to remove concepts and
Love all beings, love all beings, love all beings.
the ego and mind like shoes:
wear them when you need to go out
them off at the door when you are home.
Otherwise the seat in which knowledge
would sit is occupied.
The thought 'I am the body' is enough to occupy the
so keep the mind and the ego out with the shoes
until there is no
in and no out
and no one left to wear them.
Buddha nature flows from
Allow things to happen, you just
What has to happen is happening
Just remain here as Peace, just
remain as Peace,
just remain as Peace.