Do you know a proper source for this beautiful quotation?

Concerning nonduality and advaita vedanta please can someone give me a proper source for;

“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 Hindu Bhagavad Gita

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Set your Self free

I liked this picture set against the idea of ‘set your Self free’

Wheel of imprisonment set your Self free HoudiniWheel2

In fact it is Houdini.

Most of our psychological and spiritual imprisonment is self-imposed, self-generated.

Letting go our negatives and realizing Self is the spiritual journey.

Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

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Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

The one thing that unites so many mainstream religious adherents is the ‘disease of exclusivity’. The comment attributed to Gandhi; “God has no religion” has no currency for those who live with an identity formed via exclusive claims on Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Justice. For them God looks like the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Pope or an Ayatollah or the death-dealers of IS etc. The rest are apostates, infidels, inferiors…… So they must still be persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, have their characters assassinated or be put to death. Whoopee – today we killed an apostate – Truth, Beauty & Goodness are so much sweeter now, so much more life-enhancing, so much more beneficial for the jobless, homeless and starving.

Today in our town there is glorious sunshine – do you think it’s a different sun that illumines and warms the lives of Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Sufis & Taoists, Humanists and so?

In what are we truly united? The answer is in Mystery, the Mystery of the Whole, that is to say in our not knowing. So our unity lies in acknowledgment of our not knowing – coupled with our sharing of all the woes and joys of being human, together for a short time on the one planet we have.

Sometimes the disease of exclusivity shows in an otherwise fine article below as in this ‘ignatian spirituality’ by take on Eckhart Tolle by Andy Otto.

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The article starts by saying;
“What is the Self? In all our relationships we tend to unconsciously fill a role, such as subordinate before our boss, parent to our child, expert before someone seeking our advice, a strong person when being admonished. We notice that with different people we feel different.
Resting in nondual awareness of the Self isn’t role-playing and role-adjustment.

The article announces that Tolle is ‘a non-Christian spiritual writer’;
Eckhart Tolle, a non-Christian spiritual writer, says that in filling prescribed roles and the expectations that go along with them we put on a false self. Christian mystics like Thomas Merton would agree. “My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love,” Merton said. The false self feeds the ego’s need for survival, adapting to whatever it needs to be in the moment, even if the false self claims to need envy, apathy, or ill-temper.

Tolle isn’t a non-Christian – he is non-exclusivist. He has probably taught more true Christianity, cf Churchianity, in the last three decades than all Christians put together in the first two thousand years of Christianity.

He is also, in all the essential that really matter – the mystical core of all the Great Traditions – he just stays focused on the core and stays away from the millions of ways that religionists have devised for asserting their self-righteousness via the disease of exclusivity.

Having developed and got attached to our false self – how do we reclaim our true Self?

How do we reclaim our true Self? The answer is deep love. I realize that I am fully myself before my significant other and before God. These two relationships are different than any other relationships in that they strive continually for intimate, unconditional, transparent, and fully vulnerable love. The intimacy with a significant other matches no other human relationship. True deep love with that person can reveal nothing other than the most authentic you. That intimacy is magnified in the God-me relationship where God knows me unequivocally. There is nothing to hide. Therefore, instead of analogizing my relationship with God (father-son, friend-friend, master-servant) I can allow myself to just be. That being, Tolle might say, is authentic Selfhood, without labels or titles or self-judgements………”

Yes the concomitant to resting in awareness is the deepening of being and the space and support, including silence, that we provide for others.

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To read the rest of the article go HERE – http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/14801/the-self

The Self

“What is the reality of being human on the way to realizing enlightenment?

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We are using these quotations in our discussions at present;

TOPIC: The Reality of Being Human on the Way to Realizing Enlightenment

QUESTION: “What is the reality of being human on the way to realizing enlightenment?

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1 “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the
world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is

incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” …….“Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”― Abraham Joshua Heschel


2 “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the
individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the

selfsame tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the

tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

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“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.”

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3 Don’t contemplate
as mere activity

Be void contemplating void.      p221  365 Tao – Deng Ming-Dao

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4 After scaling the high summits of wonderment the wayfarer cometh to the Valley of True
Poverty and Absolute Nothingness.

This station is the dying from self and the living in God, the being poor in self and rich in the

Desired One.

From ‘The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness’ the 7th valley in Baha’u’llah’s 7 Valleys

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5 The experience of one’s own identity or “I”, is a source of great wonder……..Spiritual attainment
is a fundamental transformation of the “I” from a separate, limited, and contracted identity into a

rich and infinite one.  It is a movement from separation to union.

p85 Living Presence A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self – by Shaikh Kabir Helminski
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6 You say, “I want to know myself.”  You are the “I”.  You are the Knowing.  You are the
consciousness through which everything is known.  And that cannot know itself; it is itself.

p55/56 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

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About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows one, knows none.”

“…all parts of the creational world are of…

“…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364.

“God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27

“All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22)

At all times I am near unto thee, but thou art ever far from Me. (Baha’u’llah, The Persian Hidden Words 21)

Meditate on what the poet hath written: “Wonder not, if my Best-Beloved be closer to me than mine own self; wonder at this, that I, despite such nearness, should still be so far from Him.” (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, p. 185)

“This most great, this fathomless and surging Ocean is near, astonishingly near, unto you. Behold it is closer to you than your life-vein!” Gleanings – HERE