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+

Juxtaposition-ing: Teachings from Baha’i and Zen Buddhism

FROM BAHA’I TEACHINGS:
This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein! Swift as the twinkling of an eye ye can, if ye but wish it, reach and partake of this imperishable favor, this God-given grace, this incorruptible gift, this most potent and unspeakably glorious bounty………. by Baha’u’llah – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-153.html

FROM BUDDHIST TEACHINGS:
Not knowing how near the truth is,
People seek it far away, what a pity!
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries in thirst so imploringly.

Zen master Hakuin – (January 19, 1686 – January 18, 1768)

`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’

CHANGE and CHANGELESSNESS Bahá’u’lláh, Abdu’l-Baha and John Greven

“Remember, what does not change is real. What changes is only appearance.”

Supplementary Text WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Pages from John Greven’s book, “Oneness, the destination that you never left.” – SEE http://infiniteaffinity.com/onenesstext.php

JUXTAPOSED with

We should earnestly seek and thoroughly investigate realities, recognizing that the purpose of the religion of God is the education of humanity and the unity and fellowship of mankind. Furthermore we will establish the point that the foundations of the religions of God are one foundation. This foundation is not multiple for it is reality itself. Reality does not admit of multiplicity although each of the divine religions is separable into two divisions. One concerns the world of morality and the ethical training of human nature. It is directed to the advancement of the world of humanity in general; it reveals and inculcates the knowledge of God and makes possible the discovery of the verities of life. This is ideal and spiritual teaching, the essential quality of divine religion and not subject to change or transformation. It is the one foundation of all the religions of God. Therefore the religions are essentially one and the same.

The second classification or division comprises social laws and regulations applicable to human conduct. This is not the essential spiritual quality of religion. It is subject to change and transformation according to the exigencies and requirements of time and place. …………………

Time changes conditions, and laws change to suit conditions. We must remember that these changing laws are not the essentials; they are the accidentals of religion. The essential ordinances established by a Manifestation of God are spiritual; they concern moralities, the ethical development of man and faith in God. They are ideal and necessarily permanent; expressions of the one foundation and not amenable to change or transformation. Therefore the fundamental basis of the revealed religion of God is immutable, unchanging throughout the centuries, not subject to the varying conditions of the human world. Source HERE http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-17.html

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“This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.” Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/PB/pb-63.html

Christ, Baha’u’llah & Krishna as birds singing from the tree of eternity

Juxtaposition-ings

CHRISTIAN
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” – Luke 13:18-19 New International Version (NIV) – The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

BAHA’I
He is the King, the All-Knowing, the Wise! Lo, the Nightingale of Paradise singeth upon the twigs of the Tree of Eternity, with holy and sweet melodies, proclaiming to the sincere ones the glad tidings of the nearness of God, calling the believers in the Divine Unity to the court of the Presence of the Generous One, informing the severed ones of the message which hath been revealed by God, the King, the Glorious, the Peerless, guiding the lovers to the seat of sanctity and to this resplendent Beauty. First section of the Baha’i Prayer ‘The Tablet of Ahmad’ – http://www.bahaiprayers.org/ahmad.htm

HINDU
“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the
self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the
tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the
divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he
recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his
glory, he grieves no more.” from the Bhagavad Gita.

Baha’u’llah and Doubting Thomas

A statement by Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith, always reminds me of ‘doubting Thomas’;

Say: The first and foremost testimony establishing His truth is His own Self.
Next to this testimony is His Revelation.
For whoso faileth to recognize either the one or the other He hath established the
words He hath revealed as proof of His reality and truth. – Gleanings LII / pp 104/107

“But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”” – (John 20:24–25 NRSV)

One for Baha'is – and inter-spiritualists

One for Baha’is – and inter-spiritualists

‘Abdu’l-Vahhab: A shopkeeper from Shiraz who embraced the Babi Cause and was imprisoned with Baha’u’llah in the Black Pit of Tehran.

Baha’u’llah gave him His own shoes to wear on the way to his execution.

From a great looking blog http://bahaibiographicalnotes.blogspot.co.uk/