#3761 - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - Editor: Gloria
Truth has to appear only once in a single mind, for it to be impossible
ever to prevent it from spreading universally and setting everything ablaze.
- Pierre Teilard de Chardin
posted to Facebook by Susan Lucey
December 30 is Ramana Maharshi's birthday.
Q: By what indication are the learned able to recognize
the jnani ?
Ramana Maharshi: From the mark of equality towards all
beings one's (attainment of) jnana is inferred.
You have not to proceed anywhere or arrive anywhere. If you get rid or all
this proceeding and arriving, all of these notions and intentions, then what do
you see? Who are you? How do you feel? Even the intention "I have to stay in
silence" takes you out of silence. Give up all notions of staying
posted to Facebook by Michaela Friedrich
Open and Expansive
The Pali word for lovingkindness is metta. Sometimes, metta is translated
simply as love. In our culture, the notion of love has assumed a complexity
that obscures its true nature. Typically the word love conjures up thoughts of
passion or sentimentality. Metta is neither of these, and this distinction is
The practice of lovingkindness is, at a certain level, the fruition of
all we work toward in our meditation. It relies on our ability to open
continuously to the truth of our actual experience, not cutting off the painful
parts, and not trying to pretend things are other than they are. Just as
spiritual growth grinds to a halt when we indulge our tendency to grasp and
cling, metta cant thrive in an environment that is bound to desire or to
getting our expectations met.
In lovingkindness, our minds are open and expansivespacious enough to
contain all the pleasures and pains of a life fully lived. Pain, in this
context, doest feel like betrayal or an overwhelming force. It is part of the
reality of human experience, and an opportunity for us to practice maintaining
our authentic presence.
- Sharon Salzberg
Understanding/knowing is not something had by a mind.
contrasting enlightenment with nonenlightened states of mind is a
It is true that you can attain to different types of experience
and different states of mind through various versions of "spiritual
However, because undivided understanding/knowing/being is not
a state of mind, it cannot be produced - and therefore it is not the result of
It is not the result of fasting, ingesting a drug, doing a
spiritual practice, having the best teacher, being devoted, loving, sacrificing,
You cannot and will not produce what is never not the
And by its very nature, the never-divided, is
The fragmentation of knowing through identification
as a mind-body unit, as a center for knowing - is not actual.
So, how is
it that illusion and associated delusions dissolve away, as never having existed
in the first place? (And please note, the existence of any individual or
collective center or centers, is an aspect of illusion/delusion).
understands that there is nothing to dissolve away, as by its very nature,
illusion never was there, and delusions had no center to be held by, to be
This is why everyone is befuddled by their concepts of
enlightenment, and all the things they try to do and not to do to be
Deep down, what the person is, is a system of protection,
which is to say, a fear of loss.
Loss of control, loss of possessions,
loss of existence, loss of security, loss of love, loss of
Said in another way, it is a system of grasping, of trying to
hold, of trying to maintain.
Seeing through this attempt, seeing through
this activity - is understanding.
Nothing will lead you to understanding,
and nothing will produce understanding.
It is missed because it
cannot be had, and is the end of anything being held onto.
obstacle is the fear of releasing what is held, and thus understanding that it
was never held in the first place.
And what is released includes any
attachment to being spiritual, having a spiritual practice, having a spiritual
experience or a spiritual understanding.
So, understanding is, at the
same time, no understanding, nothing to understand, and no center from which to
This simply is.
- Dan -
posted to Open Awareness by Dan Berkow
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