“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 us to forgive others and psychotherapy as a way of learning to forgive ourselves.”
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
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?
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.
“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.”
3 Don’t contemplate
as mere activity
Be void contemplating void. p221 365 Tao – Deng Ming-Dao
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
From ‘The Valley of True Poverty and Absolute Nothingness’ the 7th valley in Baha’u’llah’s 7 Valleys
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
consciousness through which everything is known. And that cannot know itself; it is itself.
p55/56 Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle
About religion Max Muller said, ““He who knows one, knows none.”
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?
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 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