#1652 - Saturday, December 20, 2003
Nondual Highlights Issue #1646 Saturday, December 13, 2003 Editor: Mark
This present Moment is Light, is Self. This
Moment is not bondage or freedom. It is
most precious beyond ideation. This Moment
is the screen on which all projects. It is always
Still and Untouched and it is out of time.
There is no difference between the Ultimate
and this Presence. To be in this moment
abandon all desires, including the desire to
be in it.
~Papaji - quote and image contributed to
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us us a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."
-Anatole France - contributed to NDS by Mary Bianco
The Only Price
An excerpt from a talk given by Adyashanti
Life without a reason, a purpose, a position... the mind is frightened of this because then "my life" is over with, and life lives itself and moves from itself in a totally different dimension. This way of living is just life moving. That's all.
As soon as the mind pulls out an agenda and decides what needs to change, that's unreality. Life doesn't need to decide who's right and who's wrong. Life doesn't need to know the "right" way to go because it's going there anyway.
Then you start to get a hint of why the mind, in a deep sense of liberation, tends to get very quiet. It doesn't have its job anymore. It has its usefulness, but it doesn't have its full-time occupation of sustaining an intricately fabricated house of cards. This stillness of awareness is all there is. It's all one. This awareness and life are one thing, one movement, one happening, in this moment-unfolding without reason, without goal, without direction.
The ultimate state is ever present and always now. The only thing that makes it difficult to find that state and remain in that state is people wanting to retain their position in space and time. "I want to know where I'm going. I want to know if I've arrived. I want to know who to love and hate. I want to know. I don't really want to be; I want to know. Isn't enlightenment the ultimate state of knowing?" No. It's the ultimate state of being. The price is knowing. This is the beautiful thing about the truth, ever-present, always here, totally free, given freely: It's already there. That which is ever presently awake is free, free for the "being."
But the only way that there's total and final absolute homecoming is when the humanness presents itself with the same unconditionality. Every time a human being touches into that unconditionality, it's such peace and fulfillment. In your humanity, there's the natural expression of joy and love and compassion and caring and total unattachment. Those qualities instantly transmute into humanness when you touch into emptiness. Emptiness becomes love. That's the human experience of emptiness, that source, that ever-present awakeness.
For the humanness to lay itself down-your mind, your body, your hopes, your dreams, everything-to lay itself down in the same unconditional manner in which awareness is ever present, only then is there the direct experience of unity, that you and the highest truth are really one thing. It expresses itself through your humanity, through openness, through love. The divine becomes human and the human becomes divine-not in any "high and mighty" sense, but just in the sense of reality. That's the way it is. The only price is all of our positions. The only price is that you stop paying a price.
Photograph submitted to NDS by Al Larus
"Not that I'm going to do it, don Juan," I said, "but what would be
the criteria to know that I'm dead? - unless you want me to actually
"No, I don't want you to die physically. I want your person to die.
The two are very different affairs. In essence, your person has very
little to do with your body. Your person is your mind, and believe
you me, your mind is not yours."
- contributed to
Now I know fully that my own Soul is pervading everywhere as the universe. In fact, the cosmos does not exist; it never existed. For what we regard as the universe is only a conscious play of Chitshakti (the intelligent, conscious, Divine Energy that masquerades as the universe).
The Absolute bliss, attainable through the Vedantic contemplation; Thou art That, is in fact my own Self vibrating subtly within me.
The greatest fact is that this universe is a divine sport, a bursting forth of Chitshakti. It appears to be material owing to our ignorance of Chiti (the dynamic feminine aspect of Godhood). When the knowledge of Chiti is attained, matter will vanish and one will see only Chiti everywhere.
When mighty Shiva wishes to create, Chiti expands Herself of Her own accord, differentiates Her own Being and manifests into innumerable forms. Chiti expresses Her own creativity by unfolding as the external universe, which is Her immanent aspect. Despite appearing as the cosmos, She remains pure, self-illumined and untainted in her transcendent aspect. She projects Herself as happiness, sorrow, fear, disease, impurity, childhood, youth, heaven and hell. Yet her purity and transparency remain ever unsullied. Remaining unaltered, She revels in the external universe.
This entire world in which we live is a play of the self-luminous Universal Consciousness. To one with this vision, the universe is only an unfolding of divine Shakti. For him there is neither bondage nor salvation; neither means nor end; neither contraction nor expansion, for his eye of knowledge has been opened by the Guru's mercy.
The universe is nothing but a play of Universal Imagination. Chiti is absolutely free and self-effulgent. She holds the triple power of creation-sustenance-dissolution within Her. Though She is above space, time, and form, she voluntarily assumes these limitations. All spaces, times, and forms are Her expressions. Chiti maintains Her unity and identity in spite of Her manifesting as the universe. She is omnipresent, ever-full and ever-radiant.
Just as the numberless water drops, bubbles, waves and foam of an ocean are in no way different from it, similarly, the countless names, forms, and qualities of this universe are not at all different from Chiti.
Those who are ignorant of the divine play of consciousness, and consider the universe to be essentially different from Chiti, suffer in diverse ways because of this delusion. The entire universe is the field of the known, while the Universal Soul is the knower. The Supreme Lord is unity in diversity and diversity in unity.
The Absolute is real; the world is unreal.
Such is the truth.
But for Self-knowledge, suffering does not cease.
He who sees the One in all, alone attains peace.
The Absolute is the individual Soul -
Such is the Vedantic teaching.
He who continually contemplates his identity with the universe realizes that it is his own splendour. He will continue to dwell in his perfection.
O Siddha students! The universe belongs to you. You are its Soul. Different levels of manifestation arise from you. They are your own forms. You are perfect in your aspect as the Universal Spirit. Remain continuously aware that the universe is your own splendid glory. This is the Guru's command, the teaching of Parashiva, the Siddha mode of perception. This is the easy and natural means to liberation.
- From: Play of Consciousness by Baba Muktananda
Photograph submitted to NDS by Al Larus
"There comes a time in life when all things attempted, all experiences had, still do not satisfy a deep itch inside. Search as you may, a day comes when there is utter recognition of this human dilemma, this existential dissatisfaction. When the seeker finally surrenders to being teachable, the teacher appears, in form or from within. The experiment is to look into the searcher. Who is this one that is hungry ? Hungry for material and spiritual experience, the one that hungers again and again, yet is never ultimately satisfied? Who is the one that witnesses this endless hunger? The one unmoved and unaffected by the changing states of mind and body. Therein lies the diamond in the rough, the recognition of That which never participated in the game, That which is your own Being."
The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.