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 100   Sunday, February 18, 2007  *
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    Q & A.
Question: According to most scientists, matter can neither be created nor destroyed. If this is so, then matter has neither a beginning nor an end. How then, can awareness/consciousness be said to be prior to matter/appearances?
Answer: When zooming in on a presumably solid object, all we find is empty space and energy, and its firmness turns out to be an illusion, or a 'relative truth' at best. Look, where does matter - or anything else- manifest? Is it not in consciousness? Does IT really 'matter' (solidify into matter) and what is 'matter' anyway?
Here matter is only known/experienced as sensory input . In other words, matter-itself is never really known, only various sensations in consciousness; and like ripples in water are nothing but water 'sensations in consciousness' are consciousness itself. In that sense we could indeed say that matter -or consciousness appearing AS matter- has no beginning or end. We could also say that consciousness is prior to matter in the same way that gold is prior to golden ornaments. Actually there is no difference between the ornament and its 'sub-stance' just like there is no difference between Consciousness and the way IT appears as matter: All there is, is Consciousness.
'Objective appearances' are also available in dreams where it is perhaps easier to see that solidity and fluidity manifest in -and out of- consciousness only.
Question: Also, how does matter/appearances/things manifest from awareness/no-thing? In other words, how does something arise from no-thing? Does 'ex nihilo nihil' not apply? Or is no-thing actually "something" but only no-thing to the "mind"?
Answer: On the one hand this nothingness is but a concept and utterly simple but, on the other hand, no-thing-ness is an unimaginable mystery. Just try to imagine absolute nothingness, this would include the absence of the one trying to imagine this, as well as the absence of total blackness, absolute blankness or space. It turns out to be an impossible assignment, as every-thing we think or say about IT is again 'some-thing.' Here the meaning of the word 'thing' is expanded to include all objects; including subtle objects such as space, time, thoughts and feelings. All so-called objects appear in, to, and from 'the Ultimate Subject' which cannot be made into an object and therefore is indeed 'something' that is 'no-thing' to the mind..
This 'Ultimate Subject' -prior to all coming and going- may be pointed to with concepts such as Consciousness, Awareness, The Void, Tao or no-thing-ness, and from 'this' all arises, just like in a dream. No 'matter' how we call it, there is this undeniable Presence; And -mystery of mysteries- even though it is clear that nothing can come from nothing, Here It Is.
Plop, there it is!
Nothing else than that, which is empty of matter, fills all corners of the universe!
Mountains, rivers, the entire world, you and all, they manifest the body of the One.
(Buddhist verse)


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Benedictory Verse Addressed to the Self

1 May the unique Self, which appears as various objects in the same way that gold takes the shape of the mould into which it is cast, be our support and guide for composing this work, Sorupa Saram, which proclaims that the nature of the world is only consciousness.
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2 Since the three kinds of differences do not exist, everything is only consciousness. The certainty of the existence of consciousness is stated in this way.
Since there is nothing at all that is different from consciousness, the five elements, along with the five senses and the five organs of sense, all these are consciousness only. Whatever is in the beginning, in the middle and in the end - all these are also consciousness. The indescribable illusion is also consciousness. The one who perceives everything and the act of perceiving are also consciousness.
3 Question: Is there a logical way of concluding that everything is consciousness alone?
Answer: Yes, there is.
All the world's diversity, which derives from the misperceptions of the mind and which appears to be real - is it not the witnessing consciousness alone? Hence, everything - beginning with liberation and including purity and impurity, joy and misery, that which is and that which is not - is only being.


From: Sorupa Saram
(The Essence of One?s Own True Nature
by Sorupananda
Sorupa Saram (also known as Swarupa Saram when it is spelt in the Sanskrit way) is a Tamil advaitic work that was composed by Sorupananda, a distinguished Tamil saint and Guru who lived near Virai, a Tamil town, probably around the end of the sixteenth century.
Art by: Jack Haas Title: 'The Splendor Kingdom of Harmony and Oneness'
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From: An Adamantine Song
on the Ever-Present

Rootless and baseless are appearance
and void, in the self-arisen rikpa
of every perception.
Vivid is the sense of noncessation:
luminous, the absence of object perception.

Within the voidness free of class distinction
all appearances dissolve, for their ground is lost;
The rikpa of liberation is spread evenly.
Subject and object are both void,
for their roots are lost.

The essence of self-arisen wisdom
and all duality are cleansed like the sky;
subjects and objects arise as free from bounds,
as naked dharmakaya!
This is the Great Perfection, free of cognition!

The self-arisen ground primordially pure,
the ultraversed path supremely swift,
the unsought fruit spontaneously savored,
such is the Great Perfection,
in the radiant dharmakaya.





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... the beginningless Brahman, ...
can be called neither being nor nonbeing.
It is both near and far, both within and without every creature;
it moves and is unmoving. In its subtlety it is beyond comprehension.
It is indivisible, yet appears divided in separate creatures.
Know it to be the creator, the preserver, and the destroyer.
Dwelling in every heart, it is beyond darkness.
It is called the light of lights,
the object and goal of knowledge,
and knowledge itself.


From: 'The Bhagavad Gita'
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Older but Wiser
A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles along for the company.
One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and, before long, Cuddles discovers that he's lost.
Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in real deep doo-doo now!"
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap the old poodle exclaims loudly:
"Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
"Whew!", says the leopard, "That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!"
Meanwhile a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says:
"Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!
Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but, instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says.
"Where's that damn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"



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