Last week, Adyashanti gave a talk in a nearby town. Hearing
him speak is so profoundly better than any short quote or brief Youtube can
possibly convey. He is so direct and at times quite funny. If you resonate
at all with his teachings, I would highly recommend going in person or getting
the DVD version of his talks over just reading his books.
Ego is basically the movement of the
toward objects of perception in the form of grasping
and away from
objects in the form of aversion.
This fundamentally is all the ego
This movement of grasping and aversion gives rise to a
sense of a
separate "me," and in turn the sense of "me"
strengthens itself this
It is this continuous loop of causation
that tricks consciousness
a trance of identification.
the continuous loop of
who is suffering?
The "me" is
And "who" is this me?
It is nothing more than a sense
caused by identification with
grasping and aversion.
it's all a creation of the mind,
an endless movie,
Don't try to change the dream --
trying to change it is
another movement in the dream.
Look at the dream.
Be aware of
That awareness is It.
Become more interested in
awareness of the dream
than in the dream itself.
What is that
Who is that awareness?
Don't go spouting out an
just be the answer.
One of the most beautiful inquiries is, “What
does my life serve?”
This is a big question. It’s not asking, “What
form is my service taking?”
It doesn’t particularly matter what form our
when we are serving the silence of the heart.
The only thing that’s important is, “What is my
life really serving?
"If you are a
true seeker of liberation you've got to be willing to
stand alone. At the
moment of Liberation everything falls
away...everything. Suddenly the ground
beneath your feet is gone, and
you are alone. You are alone because you have
directly realized that
there is no other, there is no separation. There is
only you, only
Self, only limitless emptiness, pure
To the mind, the ego, this appears terrifying.
When the mind looks at
limitlessness and infinity, it projects
meaninglessness and despair.
To the ego Absolute Freedom can look terrifying.
But when the mind is
let go of, the view changes from meaningless despair and
fear to the
unending joy and wonder of Liberation.
In Liberation, you stand alone. You stand alone
because you need no
supports of any kind. You need no supports because you
that the very notion of a separate you no longer exists; that
is nothing to support; that the whole ego experience was a
illusion. So you stand alone but never, never lonely
everywhere you look, all you see is That, and You are That."
This innocence waking up, realizing that
everything is itself,
even all the confusion and all the ignorance and
this is the dissolving of confusion, of ignorance, of
Enlightenment is perceiving not through the lens
It is not an unending satori experience, unending
experience. This misunderstanding will create
more tail chasing than it is
It is not the quality of "aha" that will sustain
will not sustain itself. Next week you may be going to
another "aha" that is bigger.
True practices or useful spiritual disciplines,
if there is
any, is a way not fueling the egoic consciousness.
The liberating truth is not static; it is alive.
It cannot be
put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The
lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism.
What you are is the
beyond—awake and present, here
and now already.
To be here, all you have to do is let go of who
you are. That’s all! And then you realize, "I’m here."
where thoughts aren’t believed. Every time you
come here, you are nothing.
Radiantly nothing. Absolutely
and eternally zero. Emptiness that is awake.
that is full. Emptiness that is everything.