Awakening to the Dream

The Gift of Lucid Living

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 74    *     Sunday, February 19, 2006  *
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Question: I heard some scandal stories about Ramesh Balsekar, and I am confused. What I understand is that when a sage has no desire, so why does he manifest desires about sex and money?
Answer: Yes, I heard the stories too and was surprised by the indignant responses of some erstwhile Ramesh devotees. When writing this, a bible quote comes to mind: "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone."
What actually happened, I don't know. As far as I understand, the real trouble started about physical intimacy between consenting adults, which later on turned sour. It is not something that concerns me, nor something that I want to pass judgment on.
If there is one central point to Ramesh Balsekar's expression, it's got to be that of non-doership. Now, something seen by some as unbecoming of a Guru figure has occurred, and suddenly Ramesh is seen as the doer. Of course, Ramesh also said that although there is no doership, there are still consequences; and the truth of that can be clearly seen in this upheaval. The upshot of all this may be that many who proclaimed to accept non-doership as reality, will find out that it is just a concept to them.
Certainly, the ones 'throwing the first stones' are not the doer either. As Ramesh says; "Consciousness is all there is. All there is, is Consciousness." and this includes the appearance of Ramesh, of the ones that feel victimized, and of the ones responding to the apparent situation.
The body/mind Ramesh has its programming and this may include certain traits one is not comfortable with. However, fixed ideas about how a 'sage' should act or be, are a conceptual blindfold that continues the 'disciple-guru' duality.
This 'disciple-guru' duality is a myth. There is only the One, appearing as the 'teacher' and as the 'disciple'. Oneness is all there is... and all there is not. It is the Isness-That-Is; prior to the duality of is and is-not.
There's no need to concern yourself with judging Ramesh, and no need to accept the limiting concepts as to how a 'guru' should act. Look beyond the Ramesh character and find out if the pointers that come from 'there' resonate. That is all that counts. As Rumi said: "Do not look at my outward shape, but take what is in my hand."

In the book "Awakening to the Dream" I dedicated a chapter to the concepts that float around about 'gurus' and 'masters.' As an illustration I included the following quote from Nisargadatta Maharaj's book "I Am That":
Seeker: ?I was told that a realized person will never do anything unseemly. That they will behave in an exemplary way.?
Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj: ?Who sets the example? Why should a liberated one necessarily follow conventions? The moment one becomes predictable, one cannot be free.?

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    Awareness is the Source
Awareness is the source. The rest is fleeting. In the question "Who am I?" attention is aimed at the questioner.
What aims? What is attention? Awareness aims at awareness; wakefulness aims at wakefulness. But, whatever happens in this wakefulness is recognised as nothing more than fleeting shadows on a screen. You see that awareness has always been what it is even when you were a Baby, and nothing has changed since. It is the most intimate experience. It is the only thing you know. It is without condition. Everything else is conditioned.
Without awareness and that which is aware, (which can never be known), there would be nothing to be aware of. As awareness, you must always be there first. It is only afterwards, that situations and circumstances occur.
Awareness is equally complete in deep sleep: even when there's nothing to be aware of, and you realise that in this awareness your birth happened as well. In this awareness, your body came, and it will go again. Awareness was prior to this and will be there afterwards.
You realise that awareness is unborn and every idea of birth and death appears within it. Awareness itself was never born and will never die. You are the eternally unborn, the immortal, the source itself.

From: Karl Renz's book "The Myth of Enlightenment"
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    Awakened Poetry

Too Many Names
Mondays are meshed with Tuesdays
and the week with the whole year.
Time cannot be cut
with your weary scissors,
and all the names of the day
are washed out by the waters of night.

No one can claim the name of Pedro,
nobody is Rosa or Maria,
all of us are dust or sand,
all of us are rain under rain.
They have spoken to me of Venezuelas,
of Chiles and of Paraguays;
I have no idea what they are saying.
I know only the skin of the earth
and I know it is without a name.

When I lived amongst the roots
they pleased me more than flowers did,
and when I spoke to a stone
it rang like a bell.

It is so long, the spring
which goes on all winter.
Time lost its shoes.
A year is four centuries.

When I sleep every night,
what am I called or not called?
And when I wake, who am I
if I was not while I slept?

This means to say that scarcely
have we landed into life
than we come as if new-born;
let us not fill our mouths
with so many faltering names,
with so many sad formallities,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much of yours and mine,
with so much of signing of papers.

I have a mind to confuse things,
unite them, bring them to birth,
mix them up, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the oneness of the ocean,
a generous, vast wholeness,
a crepitant fragrance.

~ Pablo Neruda ~
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The whales do not sing because they have an answer.
They sing because they have a song.

~ Ashesh and Snow ~
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    Smile of the moment!

Of Mice, Man and other Animals
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured, you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house. It was the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
The wife's sickness continued and friends and neighbors came to sit with her. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife eventually died. So many people came to her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered for provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon this all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

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