LOVE IS RECOGNITION IN LIFE’S LONGING FOR ITSELF…

LOVE IS RECOGNITION IN LIFE’S LONGING FOR ITSELF

“You don’t have a life. You are life!” – Eckhart Tolle

Serendipity! Yesterday in our ‘One Garden’ group we discussed the area set out in the quote below and today this quote dropped into my inbox. It covers about every aspect of our discussion.

“Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you.
You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.

It is not dependent on some other body, some external form.

In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality
as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form.

You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature.

You look beyond the veil of form and separation.
This is the realization of oneness.
This is love.”

~Eckhart Tolle

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Be the silent watcher of your thoughts…

“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behaviour. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.” Eckhart Tolle

I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching…

“I sometimes think of spirituality as teaching us to forgive others and psychotherapy as a way of learning to forgive ourselves.”
–Frances Vaughan

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE One day…

WHICH KNOWLEDGE IS BETTER THAN IGNORANCE?

One day Ruknuddin, when conversing with Shams-i-Tabriz, had said to him,
“In the land of Roum is a Sufi who glows with divine love; thou must go
thither and fan this glow to a clear flame.” Shams-i-Tabriz immediately
went to Iconium. On his arrival he met Jalaluddin riding on a mule in
the midst of a throng of disciples who were escorting him from the
lecture hall to his house. He at once intuitively recognised that here
was the object of his search and his longing. He therefore went straight
up to him and asked, “What is the aim of all the teaching that you give,
and all the religious exercises which you practise?” “The aim of my
teaching,” answered Jalaluddin, “is the regulation of conduct as
prescribed by the traditions and the moral and religious law.” “All
this,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz, “is mere skimming the surface.” “But
what then is under the surface?” asked Jalaluddin. “Only complete union
of the knower with the known is knowledge,” answered Shams-i-Tabriz and
quoted the following verse of Hakim Sanai:–

Only when knowledge frees thee from thyself,
Is such knowledge better than ignorance.

These words made a most powerful impression on Jalaluddin, so that he
plied Shams-i-Tabriz with questions and resorted with him to lonely
desert places for uninterrupted converse.

Title: Mystics and Saints of Islam – Author: Claud Field – Gutenberg etext

“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.”

Great art grabs you against your will and…

Great art grabs you, against your will, and then suspends your will. You are ushered into a quiet clearing, free of desire, free of grasping, free of ego, free of the self-contraction. And through that opening or clearing in your own awareness may come flashing higher truths, subtler revelations, profound connections. For a moment you might even touch eternity; who can say otherwise, when time itself is supendend in the clearing that great art creates in your awareness?

Ken Wilber

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts I would…

Tolle says that emotion and thoughts (I would say heart-mind for these two are in reality a singleness) are not necessarily ego, but often are.

“They turn into ego only when you identify with them and they take you over completely, that is to say, when they become ‘I’.”

A New Earth pp131-132

We are knee deep in a river searching…

We are knee deep in a river, searching for water. We are part of an invisible river, but we are so distracted by outer things and what we imagine they could mean to us that we lose contact with the source of our own being.
Kabir Edmund Helminski, Living Presence (1992), p. 25

The state of compulsive living is so painful…

The state of compulsive living is so painful, and its loneliness is so great that we that we do everything we can to escape it through dreams of it being otherwise – through entertainments, through self-gratification, through seeking in spiritual circles the love that we do not feel for ourselves. If we could just be, we would be able to relax from the anxiety of becoming something that we are not, getting something we don’t have, and trying to shape reality according to our own desires.

Too often we do not want to change, but instead want the pain to go away and allow us to remain the same with all our desires and with our image of ourselves being intact. We will not be successful running to anything, because we cannot run away from ourselves. And yet what we most need is what we already are; our essential Self. There is no escape; there is only coming home.
-Kabir Helminski, The Living Presence.

Paramhansa Yogananda said “The path to the Divine…

Paramhansa Yogananda said: “The path to the Divine is not a circus.” Progress in meditation manifests as both the deepening and expansion of consciousness, as well as the purification and correction of the mind. Real meditation is basically the cultivation of spirit-consciousness, the knowledge of our true Self.

Requisites

Without devoting a great deal of time to meditation very little benefit can be obtained. Nor can anything be attained if the practice is not exactly correct.

Furthermore, unless a person observes purity in thought, action, and diet, nothing can be attained in any practice.

The Yoga Life is absolutely necessary for success in yoga. If you have not already done so, I urge you to carefully read How To Be A Yogi, paying special attention to chapter three: The Foundations of Yoga.