So much beauty and spiritual joy is breath-takingly simple

a hollyhock
shot up to meet
the summer solstice

Masaoka Shiki

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaoka_Shiki

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Rupert Spira weaving love, beauty and presence and other wonderful no-things

‘The Seamless Intimacy Of Experience’ – Interview by Renate McNay

The two books referred to are – ‘Presence: The Seamless Intimacy Of Experience’ and ‘Presence: The Art Of Peace And Happiness’

Rupert Spira: a beautiful, kind piece of teaching on awareness, presence and our true Self – and simplicity.

Tommy: Do you think that I should begin with a more concrete practice such as “following the breath” or yoga in order to develop more clarity and presence in order to carry out these more subtle practices/explorations?

Rupert No. You are already Presence. You cannot develop that. It is your birthright. It is You. As regards more clarity, what will help is simple looking and simple seeing.

If you are feeling depressed do whatever is necessary in your case to bring yourself to a more neutral place. Be gentle with yourself. Go for a walk. See a friend….whatever helps you.

When you are feeling stable enquire into your true nature and see that you are this Knowing Presence that is experiencing whatever appearances of the mind, body and world are present. Be that knowingly. Rest as that. Be very loving, as this Presence, with all appearances, especially your own feelings of resistance. Be yourself and allow them to be.

Beauty bestowed. It dawned on me. I forgot the words of my morning prayer

In looking East from our lounge the dawn sky was a joy of light between sculptured clouds.

Into the ‘cinema screen’, formed by the space between the flats and church opposite, two swooping gulls. They arose in flight and curving rightwards left the space in which I could see them.

So beautiful was the curve of their flight that I forgot the words of the morning prayer I had learned by heart decades ago. I was left silent and smiling in the resonance of beauty bestowed. It dawned on me.

The age of leaders has come and gone…

The age of leaders has come and gone. You must be your own leader now. You must contain the spirit of our time in your own life and your own nature. – Laurens van der Post – http://onespiritinterfaith.org/?s=laurens&x=0&y=0

juxtaposed with

2. O SON OF SPIRIT!

The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes. 2nd Arabic Hidden Word of Baha’u’llah

RP – Justice as an inner conditioner is what makes us authentic and autonomous in our caring, creativity & criticality – our goodness, our beauty and our truth.

~I bow to the Buddha in all beings~…

~I bow to the Buddha in all beings~

and

to the light in whatever lamp truth, beauty or goodness shine