Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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 The whole of life lies in the verb seeing.

—Teilhard de Chardin


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We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.


—Alan Watts

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Name and form are past bondages. The fact is, that which IS, is only one. It is omnipresent and universal. We say ‘here is a table’, ‘there is a bird’, or ‘there is a man’.
There is thus a difference in name and form only, but That which IS, is present everywhere and at all times. That is what is known as asti - Existence, omnipresent.
To say that a thing is existent, there must be someone to see — a Seer. That intelligence to see is known as bhati - Consciousness. There must be someone to say, ‘I see it, I hear it, I want it’. That is priyam - Love. All these three are the attributes of nature — the natural Self. They are also called Existence Consciousness, Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda).

 
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When you look at anything, it is the ultimate you see, but you imagine that you see a cloud or a tree.

Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.

Even the sense of ‘I am’ is composed of the pure light and the sense of being. The ‘I’ is there even without the ‘am’. So is the pure light there whether you say ‘I’ or not. Become aware of that pure light and you will never lose it. The beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, the interest in every experience — that is not describable, yet perfectly accessible, for there is nothing else.


—Ramana Maharshi 


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