The louder our world today is, the deeper God
seems to remain in silence.
Silence is the language of eternity; noise
~Gertrud von Le Fort
"All too often people come to meditation in
the hope of extraordinary results,
like visions, lights, or some
supernatural miracle. When no such thing occurs,
they feel extremely
disappointed. But the real miracle of meditation is more
ordinary and much
more useful....When you realize the nature of mind, layers
of confusion peel
away. You don't actually 'become' a buddha, you simply
cease, slowly, to be
deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent
but becoming at last a true human being."
"When one realizes oneself, one realizes the essential nature of the
The existence of duality is only an illusion and when the illusion
is undone, the
primordial unity of one's own nature and the nature of the
realized, or made real."
"...At a certain point, when I realized
that 99 percent of what people are
doing to wake up is actually reinforcing
the dream state. It’s shocking!
You know that all the things we tell each
other to calm ourselves into a totally
deluded oblivion like, “All roads
lead to God.” No, they don’t. Or “all paths
lead to the top of the
mountain.” All paths lead nowhere near the top of the
mountain. The good
ones, even the half-way decent ones, are only circling the
bottom of the
mountain. All the rest are usually going in the opposite direction
quickly as possible.
Actually, all paths lead away from the
truth. How’s that? There is no such
thing as a path to the truth.
The Truth is already here. Where are you
Meditation Masters on
life is a garden,
not a road
we enter and exit
through the same
where we go matters less
what we notice
(The Lost Book)
S:Does 'enlightenment' come all at once or in stages?
R: It appears to come in stages, but in truth it happens all at once
happens. Awakening happens suddenly, like when you turn on a
light bulb in
the darkness. The darkness immediately disappears. When
you turn on your
own light, maya, ignorance, disappears. You are home.
It happens when you
don't want it to happen. As long as you want it to
happen there is somebody
who wants it to happen. That somebody has to
disappear. The person that
wants it to happen is keeping you back.
That is the personal I. Silence is the
best way to wake up.