#4116 - Monday, December 27, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- The water of the mind, how clear it is!
Gazing at it, the boundaries are invisible.
But as soon as even a slight thought arises,
ten thousand images crowd it.
Attach to them, and they become real.
Be carried by them, and it will be difficult to return.
How painful to see a person trapped in the ten-fold delusions.~Ryokanposted to Facebook by Belle Heywood
Watch yourself closely and you will see that whatever be the content of
consciousness, the witnessing of it does not depend on the content. Awareness is
itself and does not change with the event. The event may be pleasant or
unpleasant, minor or important, awareness is the same. Take note of the peculiar
nature of pure awareness, its natural self-identity, without the least trace of
self-consciousness, and go to the root of it and you will soon realize that
awareness is your true nature, and nothing you may be aware of, you can call
your own.When the content is viewed without likes and dislikes, the consciousness of it is
awareness. But still there is a difference between awareness as reflected in
consciousness and pure awareness beyond consciousness. Reflected awareness,
the sense "I am aware" is the witness, while pure awareness is the essence of
reality. Reflection of the sun in a drop of water is a reflection of the sun, no
doubt, but not the sun itself. Between awareness reflected in consciousness as
the witness and pure awareness there is a gap, which the mind cannot cross.~Sri Nisargadattaposted to Daily Dharma by Dainen KelleyThe next time you feel extreme anger, anxiety, jealousy, or sadness, just notice
each thought that is feeding that state. Let each thought fall away quickly, one
after the other, like flashes of light. Then just rest with the full sensory and
emotional experience in the body, without placing any agenda on it, without
trying to think yourself out of it. In that moment, you stop mentally running
from suffering.~Scott Kiloby~ ~ ~Our personal viewpoints (self, other, world, duality) and impersonal viewpoints
(no self, no other, no world, nonduality), are equal in that they arise and fall,
leaving no trace. They only leave a trace if we follow one, thinking it is closer to
truth or closer to our present experience. But nothing can bring us closer to our
present experience. It's already here, appearing as the present viewpoint.~Scott Kilobyposted to FacebookBreath is TruthSome people practice throughout their entire lives just by paying attention to
breathing. Everything that is true about anything is true about breath: it's
impermanent; it arises and it passes away. Yet if you didn't breathe, you would
become uncomfortable; so then you would take in a big inhalation and feel
comfortable again. But if you hold onto the breath, it's no longer comfortable, so
you have to breathe out again. All the time shifting, shifting.Sylvia BoorsteinPOEMS by Alan LarusSuddenly
Woke up in a play,
on a crooked way
Comedy from start
Much too big, my part
And in awe I am too small
Got a little light, that's all
Life's impossible to swallow
Like a closed door,
what may follow?
A coming oh so handily,
transformation of the alchemy.
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
In life to realise
At the end of winding road,
such a gift you gave to me
Tumbling down the mighty load,
in a white house by the sea
But my maker saved this spark
It is shining in the dark
where no shelter is
To the rays of bliss.