Saturday, April 18, 2015

real-ization






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I came to realize clearly that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and the stars.


Dogen

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Friday, April 17, 2015

merrily, merrily





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Atoms themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts. 

—Werner Heisenberg


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delicious trouble


Freckles by Krys Bailey

 
 

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This the spirit that Beauty must ever induce, wonderment and a delicious trouble, longing and love and a trembling that is all delight.

For the unseen all this may be felt as for the seen; and this is the Soul's feel for it, every Soul in some degree, but those the more deeply that are the more truly apt to this higher love – just as all take delight in the beauty of the body but all are not stung as sharply, and those only that feel the keener wound are known as Lovers.

These Lovers, then, lovers of the beauty outside of sense, must be made to declare themselves.


–Plotinus



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explain quantum mechanics in 5 words or less




Don’t look : waves.
Look : particles.

 
(an answer to a challenge asked by Sean Carroll on Twitter,
originally posed by physicist John Wheeler.)







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There is a lot to say about quantum mechanics, perhaps the most mysterious idea ever to be contemplated by human beings, but all we need is one simple (but hard to accept) fact: 

How the world appears when we look at it is very different from how it really is.


–Sean Carroll
The Particle at the End of the Universe -
The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New World



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all flows and connects





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For all is like an ocean, all flows and connects; touch it in one place and it echoes at the other end of the world.


–Fyodor Dostoyesvsky



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the biggest challenge






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We are all made of bits moving in complicated quantum motions, but when we look closely at those bits, we find that they are located out at the farthest boundaries of space
I don’t know anything less intuitive about the world than this.

Getting our collective head around the Holographic Principle is probably the biggest challenge that we physicists have had since the discovery of Quantum Mechanics.


–Leonard Susskind
The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to
Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics




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wakey wakey






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The world you can perceive is a very small world indeed.
And it is entirely private. 

Take it to be a dream and be done with it.


—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



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formless into form






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Only
That Illumined
One
Who keeps
Seducing the formless into form
Had the charm to win my
Heart.

Only a Perfect One
Who is always
Laughing at the word
Two
Can make you know
Of
Love.


–Hafiz



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not to worry





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God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.


–Plotinus


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(circus elephant, trainer’s daughter,
john drysdale, england, 1986)


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there is a(n energy) field






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Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.


–Rumi


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

the hero-path







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Looking back on how he arrived at this notion of finding one’s bliss, Campbell touches on the crucial difference between religious faith and secular spirituality:
I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.
[…]
The religious people tell us we really won’t experience bliss until we die and go to heaven. But I believe in having as much as you can of this experience while you are still alive.
[…]
If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

[…]
Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path.

And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

 

 

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from How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life, Maria Popova

more at
brainpickings

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on dragons and princesses







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We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the unheard-of, must be possible in it. That is at bottom the only courage which is demanded of us: to have courage for the most extraordinary, the most singular, and the most inexplicable that we may encounter.
Only he or she who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most inigmatical, will live the relation to another as something alive and will wholly expand his or her being.
For if we think of this existence of the individual as a larger or smaller room, it appears evident that most people learn to know only a corner of their room, a place by the window, a strip of floor on which they walk up and down.
Thus, they have a certain security.
And yet that dangerous insecurity is so much more human than that which drives the prisoners in Poe's stories to feel out the shapes of their horrible dungeons and not be strangers to the unspeakable terror of their abode.
We, however, are not prisoners. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us.
Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them.
And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.
How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses;
perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.


–Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet




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you are the proof


 




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Ultimately, you are the proof that God exists, not the other way around. For before any question about God can be put, you must be there to put it.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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everything needs its own absence






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By itself nothing has existence.
Everything needs its own absence.

To be is to be distinguishable, to be here and not there,
to be now and not then, to be thus and not otherwise.

Like water is shaped by the container, so is everything
determined by conditions (gunas).


–Nisargadatta Maharaj



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needful things





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By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. 

The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.


—Nikos Kazantzakis



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the gift






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When the ocean comes to you as a lover,
marry, at once, quickly,
for God’s sake!
Don’t postpone it!
Existence has no better gift.

No amount of searching
will find this.
A perfect falcon, for no reason,
has landed on your shoulder,
and become yours.

–Rumi



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the hard part






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Remember, you are entirely on your own.
You must realize first of all that you are the proof of everything, including yourself. 

None can prove your existence, because this existence must be confirmed by you first. 

Your being and knowing you owe nobody. 

You are entirely on your own.
You do not come from somewhere, you do not go anywhere.
You are timeless being and awareness.


–Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj




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not to worry






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Existence leans its mouth toward me,

because my love cares for it.


–Meister Eckhart



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Book of Hours, excerpt






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I live my life in growing orbits
which move out over the things of the world.
Perhaps I can never achieve the last,
but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower
and have been circling for a thousand years
and I still do not know if I am a falcon, a storm
or a great song.

 

–Rainer Maria Rilke
Robert Bly translation



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listen






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Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.

—Rumi
 


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O sweetest of songs






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How shall I hold on to my soul, so that
it does not touch yours? How shall I gently
lift it up over you on to other things?
I would so very much like to tuck it away
among long lost objects in the dark,
in some quiet, unknown place, somewhere
which remains motionless when your depths resound.

And yet everything which touches us, you and me,
takes us together like a single bow,
drawing out from two strings but one voice.

On which instrument are we strung?
And which violinist holds us in his hand?
O sweetest of songs.


–Rainer Maria Rilke




the singing cleaning lady






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A leaf says,

“Sweethearts—don’t pick me,
For I am busy doing
God’s work. 
I am lowering my veins and roots
Like ropes
With buckets tied to them
Into the earth’s deep
Lake. 
I am drawing water
That I offer like a rose to
The sky. 
I am a singing cleaning woman
Dusting all the shelves in
The air
With my elegant green
Rags. 
I have a heart.
I can know happiness like
You.

–Hafiz




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the laws of harmony







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So the subatomic particles we see in nature, the quartz, the electrons are nothing but musical notes on a tiny vibrating string.

What is physics? Physics is nothing but the laws of harmony that you can write on vibrating strings. 


What is chemistry? Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on interacting vibrating strings.

What is the universe?

The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings and then what is the mind of God? Its the cosmic music resonating through eleven dimensional hyperspace.



–Michio Kaku


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sing






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Your head is a living forest full of song birds.

 –E. E. Cummings



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from an untitled poem







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To sing is to begin a sentence
like “I want to get well."
I am not born for nothing
and neither are you:
Heaven never wept
over nothing.

–Thomas Merton



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, excerpt





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We do not “come into” this world;
we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.
As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” 
Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. 
This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. 

Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin.
You didn’t come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.

You are not a stranger here.

—Alan Watts



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how it works






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Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty — it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

—George Eliot


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look






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look at love...
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love

look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life

why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown
see how unknown merges into the known

why think separately
of this life and the next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb
the other speaks in words and signs

look at water and fire
earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once

the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane
sweet yet silent
don't get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows
right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be?


–Rumi
Nader Khalili translation





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