#4688 - Thursday, August 23,
2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
An ancient name for God is
The parched know
from an empty sky.
via Kia Pierce
"We tend to associate love or loving-kindness
with a feeling or emotion, but I
don't think it's that. I think it's
something deeper, it's really about being
able to connect rather than
~ Sharon Salzberg
by Alan Larus
"Spiritual people can be some of the most
violent people you will ever meet.
Mostly, they are violent to
themselves. They violently try to control their
minds, their emotions,
and their bodies. They become upset with themselves
themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind's idea of
it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever became free through such
Why is it that so few people are truly free?
Because they try to conform to
ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their
heads. They try to concentrate their way
to heaven. But freedom is
about the natural state, the spontaneous and
expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the
idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept created by the mind.
Take one step backward into the unknown."
"It is a myth that [when Im truly enlightened]
I can rest in some assuredness
that I will never again feel insecure, or
feel fear, or feel doubt, or feel those
emotions that we don't want to feel.
That's the pipe dream.
That's the opium thats sold to
And they eat it up and they never get there, and they end up
That's not how it works. Freedom is never
If it's freedom "from" anything, it's not freedom at all.
It's freedom "to."
Are you free enough to be afraid?
Are you free
enough to feel insecure?
Are you free enough not to know?
Are you free
enough to know that you cant know?
Are you free enough to be totally
comfortable, to know that you can't know
what's around the next corner?
How you will feel about it?
How you will respond to it?
literally can't know?
Are you free enough to be totally at ease and comfort
with the way things actually are?
Nis. Maharaj: How did you get this "I Amness"?
Did it come spontaneously, or
did you try for it? As the Absolute, you were
free from all concepts,
including the primary concept "I Am"; suddenly you
were caught up in this "I
Amness". Who did it? Has it not happened
Questioner: Yes, that is true.
M: You did not have this concept "I Am" in the
course of the nine months in
the womb. Understand this state of affairs; the
concept "I Am" comes
spontaneously and goes spontaneously. Amazingly, when
it appears, it is
accepted as real. All subsequent misconceptions arise from
that feeling of
reality in the "I Amness." Try to stabilize in that primary
concept "I Am", in
order to lose that and with it all other concepts. Why am
I totally free?
Because I have understood the unreality of that "I Am". I
salutations to all the prophets, creeds, religions, etc. I know
they are not real,
they are only the play of this consciousness. The Truth,
the Eternal, cannot be
witnessed. It ever prevails. In your true state there
are no words, but you
think yourself important and you embrace many words.
Poor human beings are
caught between worldly life and spiritual life. One in
a million understands all
this play of consciousness, transcends it.
by Alan Larus