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 22 * Sunday, January 11, 2004 *
Table of contents.
Q & A.Question: Your book is a consolation as well as a provocation. Nobody can be enlightened, nor be awakened. A mask or role can be awake or not in the dream, but that is not relevant, I understand.
But tell me please, IT being the actor, is it of any relevance to strive? For "I" am not striving, but the One Self acting as me. Is being good or bad of any relevance? If the One Self plays all the roles, Ghandi but Saddam too, are its acts, puppets so to say?
Answer: Relevance is a relative term within the game of life. Apparent events, actions, thoughts and deeds certainly have their value, just like pawns have relevance within the confines of the game of Chess.
The word relevance has the same basis as the words 'relative' and 'relating.' Relating is from this to that, between such and so, but totality cannot relate to anything, because there is nothing outside IT to relate to.
Totality has no relevance, but it includes it as part of the game and within this game striving may appear; there is just no separate self that can choose to either strive or not strive.
Any move, each decision, every thought, all action or inaction, is a modifications in the way Awareness appears to ItSelf.
To say that Gandhi and Saddam are puppets is one way of putting it, but in truth, there are no individuals either used as puppets, or independently controlling their life; there is only life living life as the apparent individuals.
Seeing that IT is One Substance, we cannot find a difference between the form and the substance. Just like it is not possible to separate the form of the statue from the stone out of which it has been crafted. The form is the substance, the substance is the form.
All this is IT. IT is all this.
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All There Is
What we are really talking about here is something totally simple. It is what is in this room right now. It's what you are. It is all there is. What you are is this presence in which this arises. There is something seeing this. Something knows you are sitting here. Something knows that the body/mind is sitting here.
If you close your eyes, you can feel there is an energy there which you could interpret as into the words 'I exist'. Don't name it - don't say , 'Oh, this is an energy in the body!' There is simply an energy, 'I exist'. Change that into 'presence' and that is what you are - stillness, the energy of presence... It is utterly impersonal and still, and it sees what arrises. It is very simple and very immediate, and it has walked around with you all your life and watched you doing this and doing that, looking for this and looking for that... And in this very looking is this presence, that which already is.
From Tony Parsons' new book All There Is.
A collection of recent dialogues from meetings in the UK, Holland, Germany and the USA. Buy it online at: http://www.theopensecret.com
Among a thousand clouds and ten thousand streams,
Here lives an idle man,
In the day time wandering over green mountains,
At night coming home to sleep by the cliff.
Swiftly the springs and autumns pass,
But my mind is at peace, free from dust or delusion.
How pleasant. to know I need nothing to lean on,
To be still as the waters of the autumn river.
From: Cold Mountain. 100 poems by the T'ang poet Han-shan. ISBN 0-231-03450-4
Quote of the moment!Self is what you are.
You are That Fathomlessness
in which experience and concepts appear.
Self is the Moment that has no coming or going.
It is the Heart, Atman, Emptiness.
It shines to Itself, by Itself, in Itself.
Self is what gives breath to Life.
You need not search for It, It is Here.
You are That through which you would search.
You are what you are looking for!
And That is All it is.
Only Self is.
Smile of the moment!
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