JUXTAPOSITION The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira 28th…

JUXTAPOSITION

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.

and

“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

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OUSTING THE STRANGER Am I right in thinking…

OUSTING THE STRANGER

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;

27. O SON OF DUST!
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.”

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‘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
at-one-ment.

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
lories
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