All are blessed; all are blessed. Is this one? Is this two?

If you don’t know the wonderful Poetry Chaikhana Blog here is one of their posts;

Wu Men Hui-k’ai – Moon and clouds are the same

Moon and clouds are the same
by Wu Men Hui-k’ai – 
English version by Stephen Mitchell

Published by under Poetry

Moon and clouds are the same;
mountain and valley are different.
All are blessed; all are blessed.
Is this one? Is this two?

— from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell


/ Image by mikelehen /

The world, all of life, is like one of those games of visual perspective. Do we see mountains and a valley, or do we see mountains-and-valley? It is all one continuity, but with our mind we separate them into distinct objects of perception. Where is the point of separation? We become so convinced by our own mental concepts of distinction that we hardly ever think to search for the borderline that separates things. Put on your hiking boots and go find the exact point at which mountain becomes valley, always asking yourself, “Is this one? Is this two?”

It is both one and two. In two there is identity and capacity, but in one there is unity and rest.

All are blessed; all are blessed.

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What can help you to be aware that you are aware? The cobra-like Rupert Spira

Rupert Spira is a master in several ways e.g. he is a master potter/ceramicist. We often evade simplicity – and throw dust up in our own heart-minds that prevents us from the simplicity of Being and life as-it-is. In several of his videos in answering questions from students he exercises cobra-like focus on not letting the student evade her/his struggle to (not) come to ‘rest as Awareness’.  The potter shapes the pot with hands. The outstanding spiritual teacher shapes his/her students by being what they are, and by their judicious questioning.

The three powers of the human spirit & sublime approaches to the Nondual.

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The light of the soul can be experienced as white light.  Its three primary powers are Caring, Creativity & Criticality.  They are what distinguish us human.

In the traditional sections of learning, these inner powers correspond to the Humanities, the Arts & the Sciences (and other Criticality areas e.g. Critical Studies in Literature)

The three powers correspond to threes forms of knowledge and truth-telling; the skills of the carers, the skills of the Arts creators, the skills of the Scientists & other Critique-ers.

Mis-applying the skills relevant to one of the three powers can lead to major problems -when someone falls down they need picking up, they don’t need a picture of the event or a critical analysis of the main causes of injuries in street falls!

All the above however belong to one of the two realms of which we are citizens.  They belong to the dual world which generates our consciousness.  Our consciousness in turn enables us to surrender to the Nondual in which we have no-self. Our drop of individual disappears as we disappear into the infinite Ocean.

The Infinite Ocean of the Whole is limitless and cannot adequately be described or re-presented by any of or knowledge skills.  However some sublime pointers, often from the Arts &/or SCriptures can get close.   The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, for me, is one such sublime pointing.

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I love street photography passionately.  For me it is the supreme form of photography.  It has so many parallels with spirituality.  Gifts of photographs come unbidden, unarranged, unconstructed, as does Grace to the humble devotee.

You need to be ready – especially in street photography – because the photograph takes form in a fraction of a second and has moved on in the next fraction.

It is closer to stage design than most other photographic genres – except all component parts flow into place without your say so. Truth, and its capture, is not 24 frames a second – it is much faster than that and it is one shot or none.  You receive, you don’t take or prey.

 

 

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