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 92   Sunday, October 29, 2006   *
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    Q & A.
Hi Leo, after reading every conceivable book on Advaita, I feel I keep running into a wall, or it feels like I am trying to catch my shadow. Something just does not give way.
Question 1: Since the moment I wake up and till I go to sleep (and if I get up in the middle of the night), thoughts are constantly there - thoughts centered around "me". Self is often compared to Sun and thoughts to clouds. If clouds are constantly there, how can Sun manifest itself even though it is always there?
Answer: It is the sun that makes the clouds visible. Even when they obscure the sun, seeing them is evidence for the presence of this unseen light source in which the clouds are lit up. And is it not the sun who heats the waters and causes the clouds to form?
All thoughts, including the 'me thought' is self arising thought 'stirred up' by the One only. The idea that there is a you that wakes and goes to sleep, a you that is plagued by thought, or a 'me' around which thoughts center, is only thought. Here is another thought appearing out of no-thing: "Don't worry, be happy, and let it be."
Question 2: It is often said by most Advaita teachers that things are going to happen the way they are supposed to happen, there is nothing you can do about it. What causes things to happen in a particular way -- is it many factors that contribute to it? Is it a pre-determination caused by karma if there is such a thing? Why one person's child gets killed, another one's goes to jail, a third one's ends up being a successful entrepreneur, to give an example?
Answer: Things are not really going to happen the way they're supposed to happen; they are simply happening -as-they-do presently. No need to bring in 'supposed' or 'going to.' All apparent 'reasons' for the way things happen, are themselves part of what is happening right now.
Question 3: Reading "I am That", Maharaj often proclaims that he is "Parabrahman" or the Absolute, or the Supreme Self. We often associate Supreme Self with the power that is running the show in the universe. But you don't see any such power in someone who has become Self-realized. Is there something I am missing here. Please clarify.
Answer: Such power does not reside IN anybody or anything, There is only One/Power appearing AS everything and everyone, and no one is more IT than anyone else. We could indeed say that, when Maharaj says such things, he speaks as "Parabrahman." We could compare this to 'speaking as' the invisible electricity -made visible as light- rather than as the lamp. But whether there is the appearance of 'self realization' or not makes no difference to THAT what appears as both.
What seems to be happening here is that -as part of this manifestation- you believe yourself to be a temporal 'light bulb.' Around you, you may see brighter (more enlightened) as well as more subdued lights. From this you may conclude that the 'brighter ones' have something 'special', but the smallest light bulb runs on exactly the same power as the strongest search light. You are the single electricity beyond all differences. It is the Livingness of 'your own' undeniable Being, which expresses via the mind as the thought 'I AM.' Closer than close you ARE THAT what enlivens all temporal occurrences.
Like the light that cannot shine upon itself 'you' will never know this, as this Knowing-Livingness is what YOU ARE.
Question 4: So many people are running after self-realization, including myself. I think they are all unhappy people or are troubled by a mind which is not healthy, or are introverted people. At least this is my case. I don't see practical people well-adjusted in society having their aim as making money running after Advaita stuff. At the most they may see it as an opportunity to become self-styled gurus making a quick buck. What I am trying to ask is -- Is there any benefit in pursuing this path - not a material benefit but some sort of intangible benefit? Or to put it another way, were people like Ramana Maharshi and others were somehow better off being these sages? Or, is it just human nature that we are programmed like this that we end up showing reverence to the people whom we call sages just because we think they have realized the self or may be we are afraid, or may be we think some kind of benefit/blessing will come to us if we bow to them?
Answer: How would you know that someone is a sage unless 'his/her wisdom' is 'your own?' I mean, if there is an expression recognized as 'wisdom', you must 'know' it as wisdom, to be able to recognize it as such.
Both, the ones chasing after money and the ones chasing after enlightenment, are chasing fulfillment in different guises. To see that You ARE the Ever-Fulfilled-One is neither a benefit nor is it a detriment, because You ARE Fulfillment ItSelf right now.
Already being Complete Fulfillment itself, what benefit could there be needed? What benefit could there be to the Single Source of all that is seen as benefit? You ARE Source right now, appearing as 'sages' and 'fulfillment seekers' and no realization will make this more or less so.

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    Ping-ting T'ung-tzu comes for fire!

Fa-yen asked the monk Hs?an-tzu why he had never asked him any questions about Zen. The monk explained that he had already attained his understanding from another master. Pressed by Fa-yen for an explanation, the monk said that when he had asked his teacher, "What is the Buddha?" he had received the answer, "Ping-ting T'ung-tzu comes for fire!"
"A good answer!" said Fa-yen. "But I'm sure you don't understand it."
"Ping-ting," explained the monk, "is the god of fire. For him to be seeking for fire is like myself, seeking the Buddha. I'm the Buddha already, and no asking is needed."
"Just as I thought!" laughed Fa-yen. "You didn't get it."
The monk was so offended that he left the monastery, but later repented of himself an returned, humbly requesting instruction.
"You ask me," said Fa-yen.
"What is the Buddha?" inquired the monk.
"Ping-ting T'ung-tzu comes for fire!"

    Awakened Poetry

A Dream Within a Dream
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

~ Edgar Allan Poe ~

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Art by: Susi Galloway Title: 'A Dream Within a Dream'
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    Quote of the Moment!

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself,
and all the while
a great wind is bearing me across the sky.

~ Ojibwa Saying ~
Photo of Ojibwa (1907), Minnesota by: Roland W. Reed
Title: 'Enemy Wind'
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    Smile of the Moment!

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