Welcome The world is unreal Inner Strength Be the way you are Where is Shiva not? I am not this person What is real Talks with Bob Adamson Clarity talks with Nathan Gill An ancient story Certificate of Awakening The Mysterious Stranger Extracts from Tony Parsons Seeds for the Soul The Drama of it All Clarity talks with Nathan Gill The Self-Perfected State Amazing Grace The cage of self-centeredness Original mind You Are That All There Is The existence of consciousness A myriad bubbles Beyond the grasp Selling water by the river Awake In The Heartland What is wrong with Right Now? This First Instant Peace of Being Talks with Ramana Maharshi All That Jazz About Silence It is all The background Seeing it Simply The Dream of Space and Time Discovering Already Awake Reincarnation? IN MEMORIAM Basic Questions Integration Simplicity One Essence Thought The Central Teaching Unity Knowledge and Ignorance Inexpressible Door of Nonduality The real "I" Presence/Awareness Awakening to the Natural State Looking for God Life As It Is There is only Source appearing Yearning for otherness Dharmakaya The ever-present nature Getting rid of the ego To Hell with it All! You Are the Self The Search is the Trap The Obvious Are you awakened? The Supreme Self Naturally Timeless Awareness The Absolute Seekers of Enlightenment Presence of Awareness I am... This Amazing Realization I am Life itself Awareness is the Source The Golden Eternity Simple Beingness The Boundless Void Self-enquiry Who pays the bill? Changeless Reality The Precious Treasury Transparent Radiance You Are the Buddha Beyond Good and Evil The real does not die Memory Seeking I Am The Nature of Thinking The Great Way Beyond na?ve affirmation Ping-ting T'ung-tzu Free will versus determinism The End Of Seeking? A Sharing of Timeless Being Present and Obvious Blinded by the Light Hooked on Enlightenment It's marvelous All the world's diversity There is no oblivion Direct insight Remembering and forgetting Letting go Beingness That which appears Manifestation of the Absolute Nothing Being Everything Consciousness This Radiance Benedictory Verse to the Self
ATTD News Letter number 5
Q & A
If or when you have a question you'd like to see answered in this newsletter mail to: email@example.com Question: Just stumbled across your website tonight and read the excerpt from the last chapter of your book. Nicely done. Your description of this enlightened state is done with simple elegance.
Have you personally experienced this state? It's a state I yearn for.
Answer: That enlightenment would be an experience or a state for someone to be in, constitutes the enlightenment myth. Enlightenment is not so much an experience for someone as that it is freedom from being a someone. Yes there are wonderful experiences (peak experiences or mystical experiences), which often get confused with enlightenment. True enlightenment is already fully present, but as long as the mind thinks it's some kind of an experience it gets overlooked.
Your true identity is the ultimate subject and is effortlessly aware of everything. To this ultimate subject -this witnessing presence- everything that appears is an object; including thoughts, the ego and the mind. Seen from this angle the mind appears in awareness. Shift the attention from the experience to the experiencing itself, from the seen (the mind) to the seeing and from the known to the knowing and it will all be clear. Seeing can never be seen by the eye and this 'knowing' can never be an object to itself, which is the reason that it is -as so often said- beyond the mind.
I wish you the clarity you yearn for, but be careful as it will annihilate the 'you' that yearns for it.
Where is Shiva not? Somewhere I read a small anecdote about an Indian sage.
One day the sage was sitting in a temple and his foot was pointing to the statue of Shiva. Pointing one's foot to the temple deity seems to be a big no no in India. A priest, on entering the temple, discovered this unacceptable behavior and told the sage to not point his foot at Shiva. The sage answered: "I'll gladly point my foot away from Shiva, if you can point out to me where he is not."
Dreaming and awakening When we dream we do not know that we are dreaming. In our dreams we may even interpret our dreams. Only after we are awake do we know that we have dreamed.
But there comes a great awakening, and then we know that life is a great dream. But the stupid think they are awake all the time and believe they know it distinctly. Chuang Tzu (399 - 295 B.C.) Chinese philosopher.
I MIGHT ACT SERIOUS
If God would stop telling jokes
I might act
From: Love Poems From God Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky
The angels fly because they take themselves lightly
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Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
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