JUXTAPOSITION The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira 28th…


The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 28th September 2013

Just as a moth never touches the flame that it seeks but rather dies in it, so the apparently separate self never finds the peace or happiness for which it longs, but rather dissolves in it. This dissolution is the experience of peace and happiness.


“The birds have vanished from the sky,
and now the last clouds slip away.
We sit alone, the mountain and I,
until only the mountain remains.”

8thC Chinese poet known as Li Po

OUSTING THE STRANGER Am I right in thinking…


Am I right in thinking that the first two lines I quoted in a recent post are incredibly profound?

‘You control anything conscious.
Anything unconscious controls you.’

They seem to me to contain the essence of so much including;

1) the nature of self-knowledge
2) the need to accept (but control) our animal nature – the first step to controlling is admitting!
3) the need to strengthen the witness in unitive meditation
4) the need to not fight the ‘shadow side’ but to welcome it as part of the whole of God’s teaching package, and to offer it up – not chase it or resist it or fight with it or use it as evidence of our wretchedness with which to beat ourselves up. This technique allows us to hoover the basement, & thereby transcend the lower self. This is what enables us to ‘oust the stranger’ as in the Baha’i Hidden Word;

All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory; yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me; and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved. Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.

Also from Baha’i writings there this; the heart is ‘the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God’,

For many breath is the key support in the overall meditative cleansing process – as Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Breath is my anchor.”


‘You control anything conscious.

Anything unconscious controls you.’

For me we take rest in at-one-ment but we are intended to enjoy life via the Ten Thousand Things ,
as well in

The two, for us are equally important – like two wings for a bird to fly – the one wing that keeps the mindfulness, the repeated touching base with the Whole, in which our assertive lower self is quietened. The other wing is the unending g
of the world of duality, The Kingdom of Names, the ‘Ten Thousand things’. The two are the yin and yang that enable us to grow in consciousness. Both are indispensable.

Language, thought, concepts dialogue are the yang without which there would be no development of our consciousness.

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”
To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

Resolve to be tender with the young compassionate…

Resolve to be tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and
tolerant with the weak and wrong.
Sometime in your life,
you will have been all of these.

  • Buddha (I hope)

In our One Garden groups interfaith as interspirituality…

In our One Garden groups – interfaith as interspirituality – we present our ‘purpose and ‘practice’
in its simplest form as –

Our One Garden a) PURPOSE =Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully

Today I received The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira. His teaching it seems is very similar;

There are three essential steps in the spiritual path: the first is to notice that one is not a body or a mind, but rather the Awareness in which these appear, and with which they are known; the second is to explore the nature of Awareness and discover that it doesn’t share the destiny or the limits of the body and mind – that is, to discover its eternal, infinite nature; and the third is to live a life that is consistent with this understanding.

I like the clarity of expression found in…

I like the clarity of expression found in the spiritual teacher Rupert Spira;

I get his daily quotes and the one for 24th September 2013 says;

From the point of view of a finite self, experience consists of a multiplicity and diversity of finite objects and selves, some of which are conceived as ‘me’, others as ‘not me’. From the point of view of experience itself, there is just the seamless intimacy of itself, one indivisible, unnameable whole, always changing in name and form but never changing in essence.

RP Recognizing that no analogies are perfect my favourite for what Spira is speaking about is the lava lamp – one in which the wax is infinitely the Whole and the forms endlessly changing.

Time and space are thought’s way of conceptualizing…

Time and space are thought’s way of conceptualizing the eternal and infinite nature of Awareness. –
Robert Spira

YOU ARE THE AWARENESS When you recognize that…


When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking.

When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice — the thinker — but the one who is aware of it.

Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom.

The egoic self is always engaged in seeking. It is seeking more of this or that to add to itself, to make itself feel more complete. This explains the ego’s compulsive preoccupation with future.

~ From: Stillness Speaks, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com



Someone asked Eckhart Tolle if he could recommend one or two courses. His reply, “Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able… Do that for one year, and it will be more powerfully transformative than attending any course.” A New Earth p244

“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”
― Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. He also says; “Breath is my anchor.”

PS Breath is also the number 1 nutrient!

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How many words the world contains But all…

How many words the world contains! But all have
one meaning. When you smash the jugs,
the water is one.
Rumi quoted in Chittick (1989 p. 8)
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect.
The judgement of the intellect is only part of the truth.
— Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
A fact only becomes knowledge when it has meaning, when a student can see where it fits into the world in general.
(First line of description of the curriculum at the Heschel-inspired Columbus Jewish Day School.)
We have kept the ‘geo’ and forgotten the ‘ology’. We have kept the ‘bio’ and forgotten the ‘ology’. We have kept the ‘zoo’ and forgotten the ‘ology’. In other words we no longer have any sense of how each part is an emanation of the Whole. (RP)