Monthly Archives: August 2016

Not This…Not That

  It is not just a matter of what we wake up from…it is also a matter of what we wake up to. Waking up from illusion in the world around us – the political, economic, historical farce – is

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Milarepa’s Cave of Demons

One evening Milarepa returned to his cave after gathering firewood, only to find it filled with demons. They were cooking his food, reading his books, sleeping in his bed. They had taken over the joint. He knew about nonduality of

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The Holy War ~ René Daumal

Extracts from The Holy War. Full piece available here ~ I am going to write a poem about war. Perhaps it will not be a real poem, but it will be about a real war. What I am going to make won’t

Posted in Uncategorized, Western Mysticism

Dzogchen ~ Extract from James Low Article

”Dzogchen means the great completion or the great perfection. It starts with the experience that from the beginning everything has been perfect just as it is, and so there is nothing to do. * The very doing, by which we

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Bholenath means the ”Innocent Lord” or ”kind hearted Lord”. We think of all aspects of Divinity as being sophisticated, as being akin to our crafty thinking minds, but the Bholenath archetype is that which is as unaffected as a child.

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Time in the Puranas

A poetic way of appreciating the vastness of time…. The Shiva Puranas were first written down in 4-6th century, but are said to have been orally transmitted since ancient times. (There are some references in older Upanishads from 5 th

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The Innermost Being of Man ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

”The earth supplies all the things that man’s nature demands except one, and that is his source; and therefore man remains dissatisfied all through life in spite of everything that he may obtain in answer to his desires: pleasure, comfort,

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Quote from Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish

Do not disregard small misdeeds, Thinking they are harmless, Because even tiny sparks of flame, Can set fire to a mountain of hay. * Do not disregard small positive acts, Thinking they are without benefit, Because even tiny drops of

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Ever Expanding God

‘‘The essence of philosophy is not the possession of truth but the search for truth.” ~ Karl Jaspers. The Perennial Philosophy is the reasonably modern term assigned to that unity of truth said to rest behind all spiritual traditions –

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Vishuddhi Chakra

The Throat Chakra. Vishuddhi includes the word shuddhi which means ”purification”. The Bija or seed mantra for Vishuddhi is HAM (the essential meaning of which is ”I Am”) (it is pronounced with a long drawl on the A, between awww and

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Purna is a Sanskrit word which means Wholeness, Complete, Full, Perfect. Fulfilled, Satisfied. INFINITE. There is a peace mantra – from the Isha Upanishad. (Isha is a lovely word, meaning Lord in the personal sense, a more intimate attitude than

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Poems of Izumi Shikibu (10th century)

Her poems and correspondence, part of a tradition of court love poetry, frequently combine erotic and romantic longing with Buddhist contemplation. In Love Poems from the Japanese (2003), poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth noted of Shikibu, “Of all the poets of the

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Alice Herz Sommer ~ Inspirational

I read this a few days ago, and found it awesome and useful. I cannot remember where I read it so I do not have the source. I had copied the article. I am putting her advice for living first,

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Don’t Search For Purpose – You will Fail

Article by Jonathan Malesic (Theology Professor at King’s College, Pennsylvania) ~ ”A Venn diagram about “purpose” made the rounds on Twitter recently, and it was filled with words that could have been pulled from a random TED Talk: The diagram failed

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Buddha as Reformer ~ Swami Yogeshwarananda Giri

Was He an Avatar? In the Indian Hindu system, He was not prophesised so. Rightly so. WHY? Because His Mission was different. It was to show mankind that Salvation or Liberation has to be ACHIEVED WITH DUE RIGHT EFFORT. Even

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Radiance Sutra 38

Cast aside the ten thousand things, And love only one. Don’t go on to another. Engage your lively awareness With this one focus– One object, one thought, one symbol. Now go inside. Find the center, The soul, the heart. Right

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Shams i Tabrizi ~ 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1 How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God

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Quotes From Amiel’s Journal

”Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve

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Radiant Is The World Soul ~ Rabbi Abram Isaac Kook

Radiant Is The World Soul Full of splendor and beauty, Full of life, Of souls hidden, Of treasures of the holy spirit, Of fountains of strength, Of greatness and beauty. Proudly I ascend Toward the heights of the world soul

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Bodhidharma (Short Biography)

Stories about Bodhidharma can be hard to pin down as he has become a legendary figure. He brought Ch’an to China – which later became known to us as Zen, coming there it is said in 526 AD. He had

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