Whatever we need is what is given.
Whatever moment we
are in is the moment we need.
To the extent that the
fire of truth wipes out all fixated points of view, it wipes out inner
contradictions as well, and we begin to move in a whole different way. The Way
is the flow that comes from a place of non-contradiction - not from good and
bad. Much less damage tends to be done from that place. Once we have reached the
phase where there is no fixed self-concept, we tend to lead a selfless life. The
only way to be selfless is to be self less - without a self. No matter what it
does, a self isn't going to be selfless. It can pretend. It can approximate
selflessness, but a self is never going to be selfless because there is always
an identified personal self at the root of it.
Being selfless isn't a
good, holy, or noble activity. It's simply that when there is no self,
selflessness happens. This selflessness is very different from having a
moralistic standpoint. When action is selfless, it tends to do no harm. It tends
to be the salvation, the secret alchemy that awakens and removes conflict. It's
a byproduct of not having a self. It just so happens that reality is overflowing
with goodness and love.
This is radical emptiness - where everything is
arising spontaneously. There is no more need to discriminate with the mind
between what seems to be the right thing or the wrong thing to do. In ego-land
it's helpful to have an ego that can discriminate between right and wrong, but
at a certain point, that's not what you are operating by. You are operating by
the flow of the Tao, which is a higher order of intelligence. You don't need to
intellectually discriminate anymore because the Tao discriminates without
discriminating; it knows without knowing; it moves without moving. There is no
sense of being enlightened or unenlightened. Since there is no self, there is
nothing to be enlightened or unenlightened.
We can talk about
enlightened beings and non-enlightened beings, and conceptually that has a use.
But when there is no self, when there is radical emptiness, the whole
enlightenment thing is sort of irrelevant because reality has become conscious
of itself, which is enlightenment. That's what is often missed. People believe
that enlightenment is an improvement on reality, like becoming a super human
being or God-knows-what. But enlightenment is when reality is awake to itself as
itself within itself.
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photo by Alan Larus
Some quotes below from Adyashanti collected from
the Cafe Dharma website.
“Spirituality is not about coming up
with the means to manage a situation.
It’s about relinquishing one’s attempt
to control what’s happening.”
"The truth is you can’t try to let go.
Trying is the opposite of letting go.
To let go is to relinquish trying. To
let go is much more like to let be."
"All separation is literally
"Delusion hides itself in our most prized forms of
spirituality and religion."
"A great insight is only
as good as the surrender it engenders."
"We are but imperfect
manifestations of an absolute perfection. In an
absolute sense, no
manifestation can manifest the entirety of the
perfection. Yet each being has
an infinite capacity to embody what they
realize in their humanity. If our
awakening is genuine, we realize that what
we are is what everything is. It
is whole and absolutely complete, and in
that sense, it is perfect. And that
wholeness, that completion, that
perfection, has an infinite capacity to
manifest itself more clearly and
more abundantly through our humanity. When
the ultimate is realized in the
genuine spiritual awakening, that's the
ultimate, that's the end point. But
your humanity has no spiritual finish
line. It has an infinite capacity to
reflect absolute perfection. Always
being, always becoming -- at the same
time with no
"To forgive, you have to join with the
thing you're forgiving."
"The true silence isn't when your mind goes
quiet, but it is that which is
still and silent even when the world
"Our bodies and psyches are designed to purge themselves of
"The desire to get rid of desires maintains the entire game.
depends on seeing through it."
"There are different
streams of infinity, of emptiness. If you become very
aware, you can feel the
stream of emptiness that certain teachings embody."
"A mature healthy
relationship with a spiritual teacher requires mutual
respect. The teacher
needs to respect you as much as you respect them."
"What you run from
"The deeper a teaching is, the more you'll see in it, and
there's no end to
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