#4083 - Monday, November 22, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
Your duty is to be and not to be this or
'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth. The
method is summed
up in the words 'Be still'.
What does stillness mean? It means
yourself. Because any form or shape is the
trouble. Give up the notion that 'I
am so and so'. All that is
required to realize
the Self is to be still. What can be easier
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
edited by David
posted to Along The
Writings of Scott Kiloby
See that the very ideas that you cling to keep
you trapped. And ultimately,
the idea that keeps you trapped the most is the
idea that there is a separate
you. When you see thoughts arise that tell you
“this is how life really is,” or
"this is how I really am," let them pass.
Just be for one moment without those
thoughts. That is where freedom lies.
It is our ideas about freedom, about
enlightenment, happiness, truth, and
spirituality, that keep us trapped.
They are just ideas. Ideas are great. But
when they are treated as truth, we
really live in delusion. When you see your
favorite ideas about
enlightenment, happiness, spirituality, and truth arise, let
them pass. Be
In just being without thought, you are stripped
naked. You have no
expectation, no hope, no past, no future, no story, no
other, and no object. It
takes thoughts to have all those things. In just
resting right there, you find
the doorway to freedom.
And when it dawns on you that freedom is here
and that it lies at the very
core of our existence, you are then free to
entertain thoughts, have
expectations, tell stories and even talk of objects
“out there” in the world.
But now you know what is really happening. Now you
will never take your
thoughts to be delivering reality.
Anyone can have this freedom. All it takes is
the desire to not emphasize the
past, the future, your hope, your beliefs,
your positions, and your
expectations. To just be in a state of not knowing
has a profound effect on us,
as humans. Take this leap into the unknown.
Find the freedom that is already
I prefer movies.
I prefer the oaks along the river.
I prefer Dickens to
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing
I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the
earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of
I prefer Grimms' fairy tales to the newspapers' front pages.
prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk
I prefer many things that I haven't mentioned here
to many things
I've also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up
behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason
~ Wislawa Szymborska
(Nothing Twice, trans. by
S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)