Awakening to the Dream

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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 47    *     Sunday, January 02, 2005  *

    Table of contents.

    Q & A.
Question: I'd like to take this opportunity to comment on how almost all questions put to you concern the difficulties of grokking(understanding) that there is no separation of the "me" and the big IT (you also answered one of my questions awhile ago in which I referred to it as "wanting to have my mystic cake & eat(know) it too).
Answer: Yes, most ?if not all- questions I receive come from the sense of being a separate character. This phantom is mostly seen as a responsible agent with volition, able to manipulate its destiny in time and space.
Question: What do you think of the idea(?) that a person's mind is both the object & the instrument of change as far as achieving awareness is this perhaps a misconception?
Answer: Awareness is a word that points to the Presence-That-IS, not to something that has to be achieved. As for the person and her or his mind, I have to say once again that the person does not have an independent existence. There is only the One appearing AS the seeming person with a mind.
We talk/write about the mind here as if it is a thing, but when looked into it no such thing can be found. There is only the present thought. Even a changed mind is still an idea, which is itself nothing but mind. All the mind can ?do? here is to recognize its natural limitations.
We can also see the mind as the thinking process, which functions in the pairs of opposites. As such it is not the right tool to comprehend the One Context in which it appears. It can be understood that prior-to-the-mind is not some-thing that can be grasped by the mind and that anything that can be grasped, is itself mind. In this recognition the mind/thinking-process can be seen for what it is. Have a look and investigate who or what it is that sees the mind.
Question: Clearly the greatest challenge for all of us is to put into words - which necessitate the use of subject/object - these truths which are essentially non-dualistic. Perhaps we need a new language?
Answer: Or perhaps we need a clear understanding of what language is. As you say, it requires subject/object. A ?language? that does not have this division is Silence. The language of words (whether spoken, written or thought) is a conceptual representation based on past experience, and not the actuality it aims to point out, describe, or understand.
We will never capture the smell of a rose into words, but when we understand the function of words they can lead us to a flower bed. If language cannot capture the smell of a rose, how much more so does this apply to the One Source from which both (language and rose) are but an expression.
The ?answer? is not in the words one hears or reads, but in the Awareness of such hearing and reading. Whether ?we? read the Upanishads or a billboard, the Aware Presence that knows the reading right now, before it is conceptualized as ?I read,? is the true Mystery-I-AM.

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    The Central Teaching of the Ribhu Gita
The concept ?I-am-the-body? is the sentient inner organ, the mind. It is also the illusive bondage to identification with birth and death. It is the source of all groundless fears. If there is no trace of it at all everything will be found to be the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being.
The concept ?I-am-the-body? is the primal ignorance. It is known as the firm knot of the heart. It gives rise to the concepts of existence and non-existence. If there is no trace of it at all, everything will be found to be the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being.
The ego or separate soul is a concept. God, the world, the mind, desires, action, sorrow and all other things are all concepts. Abiding without concepts is the undifferentiated state. It is inherence in the Supreme Being. It is wisdom. It is Liberation. It is the natural and true state. It is the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being. It is the Supreme Formless God. If there is no concept at all, everything will be found to be the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being.
The body is a concept, and the various functions of manifest existence are only concepts. Hearing, reasoning and contemplating are concepts. Inquiry into the ultimate nature of one?s own existence is even a concept.
All other things are also concepts. Concepts give rise to the world, the separate souls, and God. There is nothing whatever except concepts. Everything is the Reality of the Supreme Absolute Being.
The mind is unreal. It is like a magic show. It is like the son of a barren woman. It is absolutely non-existent. Since there is no mind there are no concepts, no Master, no disciple, no world, no separate soul. All concepts are the Reality of the Supreme Absolutely Being.

From The Ribhu Gita (Six Verses Selected by Sri Ramana Maharshi)
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    Awakened Poetry

The Four Quartets

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always?
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

T. S. Eliot
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    Quote of the moment!

All beings are from the very beginning the Buddha;
It is like ice and water:
Apart from water no ice can exist,
Outside sentient beings, where do we seek the Buddha?

Hakuin Zenji (Hakuin Ekaku) 1689-1796

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