Two realms; duality, nonduality – A J Heschel, R Spira and Baha’u’llah

1 The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
on the immense expanse beyond it
only the sense of the ineffable can glide.

It alone knows the route to that
which is remote from experience and understanding.
Neither is amphibious:
reason cannot go beyond the shore,
and the sense of the ineffable
is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
we sense the ineffable in one realm;
we name and exploit reality in another.

Between the two we set up a system of references,
but can never fill the gap. Abraham Joshua Heschel
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2 ‘Thought encloses Reality in names;
sensations and perceptions enclose it in forms.

Divested of these projections, Reality stands as the raw, unnameable, indivisible intimacy of
all experience.’ – The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 21st January 2016
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3 “Man is My mystery, and I am his mystery.” – http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/b/GWB/gwb-90.html
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Toni Packer, Joan Tollifson’s teacher – some short extracts, reviews and quotes

See HERE for excerpts & reviews re Toni Packer, Joan Tollifson’s teacher –

http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=toni+packer

Awareness cannot be taught, and when it is present it has no context. All contexts are created by thought and are therefore corruptible by thought. Awareness simply throws light on what is, without any separation whatsoever.

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Life is a vast, unknowable movement of wholeness with no one separate from it and nothing outside of it.

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Sitting quietly, doing nothing, not knowing what is next and not concerned with what was or what may be next, a new mind is operating that is not connected with the conditioned past and yet perceives and understands the whole mechanism of conditioning. It is the unmasking of the self that is nothing but masks – images, memories of past experiences, fears, hopes, and the ceaseless demand to be something or become somebody.

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The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love, and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive-it has nothing to do with time. It happens on its own when a human being questions, wonders, inquires, listens, and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure, and pain. When self-concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open.

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What are we when there is no one doing anything, no one attaining anything, no place to go? There is no place to go. The whole foundation is already here in each one of us. It is the same in all of us. There is only one foundation, which is presence, wholeness, boundless love.

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We are human beings, not ‘students’ and ‘teacher,’ coming together and questioning, looking together, not having made up our minds about what we’re looking at, but starting afresh.

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In truth we are not separate from each other or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars, not separate from the entire universe. Listening silently in quiet wonderment, without knowing anything, there is just one mysteriously palpitating aliveness.

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The solution of the problem lies in seeing it—in the seeing, without wanting a solution, or dissolution—just seeing what’s there. . . .

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When Oneness Becomes a Fundamentalist Belief

When Oneness Becomes a Fundamentalist Belief

The last few reflections have discussed how beliefs often fuel separation and conflict. These reflections are not meant to encourage you to suppress belief. Form is none other than formlessness.

To suppress belief is to deny the empty awareness from which it arises. Nothing is appearing as everything including every belief, idea, and view. What is being pointed to here is the seeing of how the dream self is born from identification with beliefs, creating illusory conflict and separation.

The view that “all is One” is a correct view relatively speaking. Stated another way, it is clearer to say “all is One” than to say “there are four.” But form is relative. Views are clear only in relation to other views. That is the nature of dualistic language.

The non-duality to which the word “Oneness” points cannot be expressed. In failing to realize the inexpressibility of non-duality, the mind can turn Oneness or any other spiritual conclusion (i.e., “no self”) into a fundamentalist belief.

How will you know your spiritual conclusion has become a fundamentalist belief? You will find yourself in conflict with all others who do not agree with your particular conception of Oneness. You will stop listening and learning, believing that you own the truth.

The pure seeing of identification with belief in Oneness allows identification with that belief to dissolve naturally. What is left is genuine Oneness, free from the “me” who would own it.

~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/

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From Peter’s Pearls

Web Site: http://www.peterspearls.com.au

Two teachings from Shri Ramana Maharshi + Poem by Li Po + Zen proverb – juxtapositions

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That in which all these worlds seem to exist steadily, that of which all these worlds are a possession, that from which all these worlds rise, that for which all these exist, that by which all these worlds come into existence and that which is indeed all these – that alone is the existing reality. Let us cherish that Self, which is the reality, in the Heart.

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Question
How can I attain Self-realisation?

Answer
Realisation is nothing to be gained afresh; it is already there. All that is necessary is to get rid of the thought ‘I have not realised’.


Stillness or peace is realisation. There is no moment when the Self is not. So long as there is doubt or the feeling of non-realisation, the attempt should be made to rid oneself of these thoughts. They are due to the identification of the Self with the not-Self.

When the not-Self disappears, the Self alone remains. To make room it is enough that objects be removed. Room is not brought in from elsewhere.

http://www.beshara.org/principles/selected-reading/ramana-maharshi.html

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Listen to the 8thC Chinese poet known as Li Po;

“The birds have vanished from the sky,
and now the last clouds slip away.
We sit alone, the mountain and I,
until only the mountain remains.”

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First there is a mountain,
then there is no mountain,
then there is.
~ Zen Proverb [19587]

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The words of impermanence and perception trace back to Zen scholar Qingyuan Weixin, who explained:

“Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and rivers as rivers. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and rivers are not rivers. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it’s just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and rivers once again as rivers.”

LONG LIVE DUALITY THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS AND…

LONG LIVE DUALITY, THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS AND CONCEPTS

I laughed with delight when I came across the quotation below said to be from Chuang Tzu – in Tales From the Tao by Solala Towler.

Why?

Because there are so many who teach nonduality and they seem negative or contemptuous of the glorious world of duality. For me the old master nails the fact that humans fly with two wings – one of duality, one of nonduality.

“Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?

I would like to have a word with him.” – Chuang Tzu

Two other masters have said something similar’

The great Master Dogen said
“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,
to study the self is to forget the self, and
to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”
To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things.

“Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” (A J Heschel)

Mindfulness allows us to spend more time…

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

Quietness and stillness are the arches of the gateway to at-one-ment.

At-one-ment depends on no-self-ment. No-self is heaven, bliss, Nirvana. No-self is helped by mindfulness, which is really mind-quiet-ness, self-emptiness.

Mindfulness uses prompts – prayers, mantras, bells, alarm clocks.

At-one-ment in Oneness. There we rest in eternity.

Time starts again with the dualities to which we return in this ‘world’.

At-one-ment and this world of dualities, the Ten Thousand Things, are gateways to heaven in both states, both worlds. The two states, are the wings with which we soar blissfully in both worlds. Each is complementary to the other.

The heaven of at-one-ment and this world of dualities resolve into One as in;

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the Self and the ten thousand things, the One and the many.

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

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What  is   arising   now is …

What  is   arising   now  is   not   a   new   belief   system,   a   new   religion,
spiritual ideology,  or mythology. We  are  coming to the  end  not  only  of
mythologies  but  also  of ideologies  and  belief  systems. The  change  goes
deeper than the content of your mind, deeper than your thoughts. In fact, at
the  heart  of the  new  consciousness is the transcendence  of thought, the
newfound ability of rising above thought, of realizing a dimension within
yourself that is infinitely more vast than thought. 

You then no longer derive your identity,  your  sense   of  who  you  are,  from  the  incessant  stream  of
thinking  that  in  the   old   consciousness   you  take  to   be   yourself.  What   a
liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I
then? The one who sees that. The awareness that is prior to thought, the
space in which the thought – or the emotion or sense perception – happens.

Ego is no more than this: identification with form, which primarily
means thought forms. If evil has any reality – and it has a relative, not an
absolute,  reality  – this is also its  definition: complete identification with
form – physical forms, thought forms, emotional forms. This results in a total
unawareness of my connectedness with the whole, my intrinsic oneness with
every “other” as well as with the Source. This forgetfulness is original sin,
suffering, delusion. When this delusion of utter separateness underlies and
governs whatever I think, say, and do, what kind of world do I create? T

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth