7/28/2005

Joy Unspeakable: Jakob Boehme (1575-1624)

" There is a life, though the world comprehends it not. It has a body without defect, want, misery, anger, or death. The Holy Spirit is its air and spirit, and it is filled with love and joy. This life has been from eternity, rising up and blossoming. It is not of this earth, but of another substance-eternal life.

'' To all you who are in the process of birth: may each of you be strengthened and bud in the life of God, and grow, and bear fruit on the Tree of Paradise-may each branch and twig shelter all the others that this tree may become a great tree. Then shall we all be filled with joy unspeakable and glory."

Jakob Boehme, from "Morgenroete" ( "The Dawn")

7/17/2005

Ramana Maharshi

"The limited and multifarious thoughts having disappeared, there shines in the Heart a kind of wordless illumination,of 'I-I,' which is pure Consciousness.

"If one remains quiet without abandoning that understanding, then egoity-the individual sense of the form " I am the body"-will be totally destroyed. And ultimately, the final thought, the 'I' thought, will also be extinguished...

"The great sages and scriptures declare that this alone is Realization."

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace our steps to our Original Source. We need not acquire anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere. This is the mistake.

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Look. This little finger covers the eye and prevents the whole world from being seen. In the same way this small mind covers the whole universe and prevents Reality from being seen. See how powerful it is!

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Our real nature is Liberation, but we imagine that we are bound... we make strenuous efforts to become free, although all the while we are free.

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

The universe exists within the Self. Therefore, it is real, but only because it obtains its reality from the Self. We call it unreal, however, to indicate its changing appearance and transient form, whereas we call the Self real because it is changeless.

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

When your standpoint becomes one of wisdom,you will find the world to be God. The question is one of outlook.

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind.

Ramana Maharsi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Reality is simply loss of the ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because ego has no real existence, it will automatically vanish, and Reality will shine forth by itself in all its glory. This is the direct method.All other methods retain ego. In those paths so many doubts arise, and the eternal question remains to be tackled. But in this method the final question is the only one and is raised from the very beginning. Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Realization is nothing to be gained anew. You are the Self.

There is never a moment when the Self is not; it is ever-present, here and now.

If Realization were something to be gained hereafter, there would be an equal chance of its being lost; this cannot be Liberation, which is eternal.


Realization consists of getting rid of the false idea that one is not Realized.

Ramana Maharshi, The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

7/14/2005

Man's principle task today is to create a new self, adequate to command the forces that now operates so aimlessly and yet so compulsively. This self will necessarily take as its province the entire world, known and unknowable, and will seek, not to impose a mechanical uniformity, but to bring about an organic unity, based upon the fullest utilization of the varied resources that both nature and history have revealed to modern man... a new vision of self capable of understanding and cooperating with the whole.

Lewis Mumford, The Transformations of Man