AWARENESS: inspirations from Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, Ken Wilber and Rupert Spira

Earlier today I posted a piece about Deikman’s ‘I = awareness’.

Here are four other teachers on the nature of awareness;

1a) “…..according to the great sages, there is something in us that is “always conscious” that is literally conscious or aware at all times through all states, waking, dreaming, sleeping. And that “ever present awareness is Spirit in us”. That underlying current of constant consciousness (or non-dual awareness) is a direct and unbroken ray of pure Spirit itself. It is our connection with the Goddess, our pipeline straight to God.” — Ken Wilber in One Taste p. 64 – -0-

1b) The one thing that we always are already aware of is….awareness itself. We already have basic awareness in the form of the capacity to witness whatever arises. As an old Zen master used to say, “you hear the birds? You see the sun? Who is not enlightened? None of us can even imagine a state where basic awareness is not because we would still be aware of the imagining. Even in dreams we are aware. Moreover, these traditions maintain, there are not two different types of awareness, enlightened versus ignorant. There is only awareness. And this awareness, exactly & precisely as it is, without correction or modification at all, is itself Spirit, since there is nowhere that Spirit is not. The instructions then are to recognize awareness, recognize the Witness, recognize the Self, & abide as that. Any attempt to get awareness is totally beside the point. “But I still don’t see the Spirit!” “You are aware of your not seeing Spirit, and that awareness is itself Spirit!” You can practice mindfulness, because there is forgetfulness; but you cannot practice awareness, because there is only awareness. Ken Wilber in One Taste: p130

2a) BAHA’I INSPIRATIONS: “Earth & heaven cannot contain Me; what can alone contain Me is the heart of him that believeth in Me, and is faithful to My Cause.” How often hath the human heart, which is the recipient of the light of God and the seat of the revelation of the All-Merciful, erred from Him Who is the Source of that light and the Well Spring of that revelation. …..Those hearts, …. that are aware of His Presence, are close to Him, and are to be regarded as having drawn nigh unto His throne. SOURCE – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-93.html

2b)…..the Essence of God is incomprehensible to the human mind, for the finite understanding cannot be applied to this infinite Mystery. God contains all: He cannot be contained. ….. The whole is greater than its parts. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – SOURCE – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/PT/pt-5.html

3) Rupert Spira inspirations: Awareness cannot be found by the mind, in most cases it is deemed missing. And as a result of that, the peace and the happiness that are inherent in it are also considered missing. And hence the imaginary self goes off into the world in search of the missing peace and happiness. And as we all know, it doesn’t live there. Where does it live? In the simple knowing of our own being. It’s knowing of itself, that is, awareness’s awareness of awareness. And it is your innermost experience at all times. It’s not a new experience. It’s not something that has been lost and has to be found. At worst, we could say it has been overlooked, apparently. The screen has been overlooked due to our exclusive fascination with the body, the mind, and the world.
…….. just relax the focus of your attention from the body, mind and the world. You don’t have to get rid of them, just cease being exclusively focused on anything. It’s like withdrawing your attention, it’s like putting the camera slightly out of focus. Your attention flows back to its source which is your self. You just stand as this space of awareness. You just let the body, the mind and the world do whatever they’ve been conditioned to do. Just let them flow by. NB Rupert’s YouTube videos are here – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rupert+spira+

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`Abdu’l-Bahá’: As you have faith so shall your powers be

`Abdu’l-Bahá’ (23 May 1844 – 28 November 1921) was a prisoner for 40 years. One reason he was the “Master’ was because he coped with all of the cruelty heaped upon his father Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Baha’i Faith and on their family and followers during their four decades of variously severe imprisonment.

You can read a book about the teachings of `Abdu’l-Bahá’ free online here – http://bahai-library.org/books/quest/

This video is set to words of `Abdu’l-Bahá’

PRAYER: ‘Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self hath been blown’

‘Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which
the pith of self hath been blown so that
I may become as a clear channel through which
Thy Love may flow to others.’

A commentary on the uncertain origins of this prayer is here – http://bahai-library.com/uhj_hollow_reed_prayers

One of the most interesting comments is;

COMMENTARY ON THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN
This reed is a Perfect Man Who is likened to a reed, and the manner of its likeness is this: when the interior of a reed is empty and free from all matter, it will produce beautiful melodies; and as the sound and melodies do not come from the reed, but from the flute player who blows upon it, so the sanctified heart of that blessed Being is free and emptied from all save God, pure and exempt from the attachments of all human conditions, and is the companion of the Divine Spirit.

Whatever He utters is not from Himself, but from the real flute player, and it is a divine inspiration. – Some Answered Questions, by `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 45:

Another interesting comment is the possibility that the prayer may be in Rumi’s ‘Mathnavi’.

Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into the human spirit! – Abdu’l-Baha

‘Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into the human spirit!’

This piece seems to be another version of the better known one that is HERE http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAB/sab-13.html

“All blessings are divine in origin

“All blessings are divine in origin, but none can be compared with this power of intellectual investigation and research, which is an eternal gift producing fruits of unending delight.”
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 49)

A JUXTAPOSITION THE ETERNAL COVENANT &amp THE MYSTERY…

A JUXTAPOSITION

THE ETERNAL COVENANT & THE MYSTERY OF OUR PURPOSE – Abdu’l-Baha & Cardinal Newman

1 A Meditation by Cardinal Newman

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work, I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it ­if I do but keep His Commandments.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.

He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me ­still He knows what He is about.

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2 If it is considered with insight, it will be seen that all the forces of the universe, in the last analysis serve the Covenant. – Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, p 228

Angels aren’t fairies!

Angels aren’t fairies – at least for the Baha’is;

`. . . angels are blessed beings who have severed all ties with this nether world, have been released from the chains of self and the desires of the flesh, and anchored their hearts to the heavenly realms of the Lord. These are of the Kingdom, heavenly; these are of God, spiritual; these are revealers of God’s abounding grace; these are dawning-points of His spiritual bestowals.’ (Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 81)