Thank you for this….

For those who wish to climb the mountain of spiritual awareness, the path is selfless work. For those who have attained the summit of union with the Lord, the path is stillness and peace.
   – BHAGAVAD GITA

Receiving inspiring thoughts from a range of the world’s great wisdom traditions is a delight.  I received this teaching from the Eknath Easwaran centre – SOURCE

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Ken Wilber’s integral essay ‘A Revolutionary Spirituality’


My favourite 'God quotes'



I teach because it is the best way to learn – together the two are the in-breath & the out-breath of transformation.  I turn to many great teachers  for inspiration and healing, among them a giant of our time Ken Wilber.

Ken Wilber has written several pieces on spirituality as existing in two dimensions. The most recent is;

‘A REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITUALITY’ – SEE BELOW for Sources

The essay ends with;

So, the conclusion is clear: what we want from our overall development is to reach—to grow and develop to—both the highest state of Waking Up (which, at this time, is that of pure “ultimate Unity consciousness”—

the One of Plotinus, 

the 7th castle of St. Teresa, 

the 10th of the Zen Ox Herding pictures, 

the Great Perfection of Dzogchen, 

the cloud of unknowing of St. Dionysius, 

turiyatita of Vedanta, 

Ein Sof of Jewish Kabbalah, 

the Supreme Identity of the Sufi, 

and—what none of those traditions yet understand—we also want that nonverbal, nonconceptual, trans-rational state of Waking-Up Awareness to be 

interpreted by the highest level of Growing-Up consciousness that has evolved so far ………..

……..one or the other alone will not do at all, and, in fact, will perpetuate a fragmented, torn, and broken view of reality—exactly the cause of our major problems, not their cure.

UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED?

His essay is Wonderful – but is his argument unnecessarily complicated and esoteric?

IS THIS A SIMPLER SUMMARY

The stages in each case, each Tradition, are the way-points on our journey through the dual world toward realization of the nondual, after which we live in the dual world without the awareness of the nondual ever leaving us.

I will follow up the various traditions Wilber mentions .  Christianity is there twice but no mention of Baha’i – take a look at the seventh of Baha’u’llah’s Seven Valleys or the fourth of His Four Valleys

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Wilber introduces the post – a video and a transcript, thus;

“We now have compelling evidence, from around the world, that human beings have at least two very different types of spiritual engagement, two very different types of spirituality, if you will — and astonishingly, in all of history, these two types have never been brought together to produce a genuinely unified, comprehensive, whole, and authentic spirituality.  (And please note: these types of engagement actually apply across the board to all areas of your own life — your own being and awareness, whether in business, healthcare, relationships, parenting, work, and so on — so even if you’re not particularly spiritual or religious, please stay tuned, because I think you’ll find these absolutely fascinating.) 

But as they apply to spirituality, these two major types of engagement are, one, something that might be called spiritual intelligence, which is how we think about and picture or conceive Spirit or an ultimate Reality.  And the other might be called direct spiritual experience, or how we directly and immediately experience ultimate Reality.  Thus, we can think about it, or we can directly experience it.  Talk it, or walk it.  And my point is that both of these engagements actually turn out to be equally important, both of them bring something absolutely crucial to the table of what we call religion or spirituality — and in ways that are almost never realized.”

-Ken Wilber

SOURCES:

TRANSCRIPT: The transcript (pdf) is here: Transcript of Ken Wilber’s ‘A Revolutionary Spirituality’

VIDEO: The video is HERE

“Understanding is the booby prize.” – Werner Erhard

– or what do you experience.  How does this square up to Albert Einstein’s; “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience,”information-is-not-knowledge-einstein

I heard this yesterday; “Understanding is the booby prize.”  – EST founder Werner Erhard.

I thought it sound at first but then I pondered it bit further. Perhaps instead it should say; “Knowing as possession of only theory is the booby prize.”

What do you think – or what do you experience?

“The Soul doesn’t love….” Patanjali – Quoted by George Harrison on his final album

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The soul doesn’t love;

It is love itself.

 

The Soul doesn’t know.

It is Knowledge  itself;

 

The Soul doesn’t exist,

It is existence itself.

 

Patanjali – Quoted by George Harrison on his final album

Patanjali – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patanjali

Tina Turner – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo – Larry King

 

You can also find a 2 hour version by Tina

Out from the first ‘Beyond’ cd, Tina Turner chanting the buddhist mantra Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Original text with English signification:

Myoho renge kyo — The wonderful Law of the Lotus Sutra
Ho ben pon dai ni: Skillful Ways
Ni Ji Se Son — There the World Honored One
Ju San Mai — Quietly came up
An Jo Ni Ki — From his samadhi
Go Shari Hotsu — And said to Shariputra:
Sho Bu’ Chi E — The wisdom of the Buddhas
Jin Jin Mu Ryo — Is profound and cannot be measured
Go Chi E Mon — Its gate is hard to understand
Nange Nan Nyu — And difficult to enter.
Is Sai Sho Mon — No Shravaka-Disciple
Hyaku Shi Butsu — Or Self-taught buddha
Sho Fu No Chi — Can understand it.
Sho I Sha Ga — Why is that? (because!)
Butsu Zo Shin Gon —the [present] Buddhas attended on many
Hyaku Sen Man Noku — hundreds of thousands of billions
Mu Shu Sho Butsu — Of [past] Buddhas,
Jin Gyo Sho Butsu — And practiced the many teachings
Mu Ryo Do Ho — Of those Buddhas bravely and energetically
Yu Myo Sho Jin — To their far-flung fame till they attained
Myo Sho Fu Mon — The profound Law
Jo Ju Jin Jin — Which you’ve never heard before,
Mi Zo U Ho — And also because they are exposing
Zui Gi Sho Setsu — The Law according to the capacities
I Shu Nan Ge — Of all living beings a way that the intention is hard to understand
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Go Ju Jo Butsu I Rai — Since I became Buddha, I also
Shu Ju In Nen — Have been stating various teachings
Shu Ju Hi Yu — With different stories of previous lives,
Ko En Gon Kuyo — Various parables, and various similes.
Mu Shu Ho Ben — I have been leading all living beings
In Do Shu Jo — With countless expedients
Ryo Ri Sho Jaku — In order to save them from materialism,
Sho I Sha Ga — Because I have the power
Nyo Rai Ho Ben — To employ skills,
Chi Ken Hara Mitsu — And the power to perform
Kai I Gu Soku — The Paramita (reached goal of wisdom) of insight
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Chi Ken —The insight of the Tathagatas
Ko Dai Jin Non — Is wide and deep.
Mu Ryo Mu Ge — They have all the [states of mind
Riki Mu Sho I — Towards] countless [living beings],
Zen Jo Ge Da’s’ San Mai — unchecked [intelligence], powers,
Jin Nyu Mu Sai — Fearlessness, dhyana-concentrations,
Jo Ju Is Sai — Liberations and samadhis. They entered
Mi Zo U Ho — Deep into no limits, and attained the Law which you’ve never heard before
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Nyo Rai Nyo Shu Ju Fun Betsu —The Tathagatas divide the Law
Gyo Ses Sho Ho — Into various teachings, and state
Gon Ji Nyu Nan — Those teachings so gently and skillfully
Ek Ka Shu Shin — That living being are delighted.
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra!
Shu Yo Gon Shi — In short, the Buddhas attained
Mu Ryo Mu Hen — The countless teachings
Mi Zo U Ho — Which you’ve never heard before
Bus Shitsu Jo Ju — No more
Shi — Will I say
Shari Hotsu — Shariputra
Fu Shu Bu Setsu — Because the Law
Sho I Sha Ga — attained by the Buddhas
Bus Sho Jo Ju — Is the highest Truth.
Dai Ichi Ke U — Rare [to hear] and hard
Nan Ge Shi Ho —To understand.
Yui Butsu Yo Butsu — Only the Buddhas attained
Nai No Ku Jin — The highest Truth, that is
Sho Ho Jis So — The Reality of All Things
Sho I Sho Ho — In regards to:
Nyo Ze So — Their appearances (form? shape? size? ) as such,
Nyo Ze Sho — Thier natures (essence) as such,
Nyo Ze Tai — Their embodiments (present incarnation) as such,
Nyo Ze Riki — Their powers (potentiality also possibilities) as such,
Nyo Ze Sa — Their activities (function or role) as such,
Nyo Ze In — Their primary causes (obvious cause) as such,
Nyo Ze En — Their environmental causes (process) as such,
Nyo Ze Ka — Their effects (latent or hidden effect) as such,
Nyo Ze Ho — Their requital (final outcome or return) as such,
Nyo Ze Hon Ma’ Ku Kyo To — And the combination of these [factors] as such (over and over again)

 

 

Meditation frees us from our stuck-ness

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“In tonglen practice, when we see or feel suffering, we  breathe in with the notion of completely feeling it, accepting it, and owning it. Then we breathe out, radiating compassion, lovingkindness, freshness – anything that encourages relaxation and openness.  So you’re training in softening, rather than tightening, your heart. In this practice, it’s not uncommon to find yourself blocked, because you come face to face with your own fear, resistance, or whatever your personal “stuckness” happens to be at that moment.”

– Pema Chodron – for more related quotes see HERE
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rp-mug-shot In our One Garden; interfaith as inter-spirituality sessions we teach a form of meditation based on the gifts of wisdom from a range of wisdom teachers.

How many breaths do you have left?

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…..we only have a limited time here on earth (and therefore, a limited amount of breaths. A person who lives to 80 takes about 672 million breaths in their lifetime), why not pause now and ask yourself what you want to spend your breaths on. How do you want to live? How do you want to treat yourself and this one, gorgeous, precious life you have? –

Geneen Roth – www.GeneenRoth.com

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The much-loved Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh says;

“Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind.

We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life.

We may like to recite:

“Breathing in I know that I am breathing in.
Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”

We do not need to control our breath. Feel the breath as it actually is. It may be long or short, deep or shallow. With our awareness it will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.”

 

See HERE

ROGER’S COMMENT: Whether we have a 100 million breaths left or one the purpose is to bring us back to ‘whole-person oneness’ in the now – which is to bring us back to presence, Nirvana, Bliss, Heaven, Ultimate Reality, God.

 

 

 

 

On not serving tea – by a Zen master

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ON NOT SERVING TEA

Leave your front door and your back door open

Allow your thoughts to come and go.

Just don’t serve them tea.

Shunryu Suzuki

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More about Shunryu Suzuki – HERE