Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?
Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you’ve never seen the face.
Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.
Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn’t wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.
My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?
We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn’t want a crown or robe from God’s grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.
Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.
Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.
There are many who would lead you astray. The image is from Blake’s Little Lost Boy series. You can explore as a child. It’s wonderful and all for you to touch and taste. For those who would seek to hold back the soaring hearts, do you not remember your childhood? That child is waiting for you.
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing inside myself, Love is knowing I am everything outside myself and between the two my life moves. – Nisargadatta Maharaj
Would you like total realization of Absolute reality? I’m selling a new program to show you the way, just kidding, it’s free.
I’m not talking about any religion or none, which are all fine. I’m talking about your own personal experience. I have been sharing mine out loud. The volume may be loud, but the Universe is singing to us!!! Truth is not in some books view or others’ ideology, your own messy experience is what I’m getting at. That is where it hides in plain sight. Where few ever look. Only cost you a conversation with yourself about what you already know is true! Have no more self-consciousness, there is only Consciousness.
Speak and live the Truth as it manifests in your heart moment to moment.
Another thing could help if you have any interest. It is a book that called to me ironically. I read a few books a week, pieces anyway, put em all down and pick up Ultimate Medicine. It says more in that little book I tell you than EVERYTHING I have ever read. I’m very weird, I and many know. I’ll tell you all very openly I am in some kind of deep conversation with the Universe and every moment I spend seeking the truth inside myself I found is an act of self love for All. I am not special, just clear. I mean that with no sense of achievement or authority. It is a simple admission of Truth.
My only Gospel is Love. Nisargadatta Maharaj said the most beautiful words in the quote above next to the J-man. Nis wrote the book above. It will be nonsense to most, it’s hard medicine. Distilled from direct experience of the Universe. You will see flashes of many traditions in his words. People living for things will not understand him now. I needed the hardest stuff myself and it’s not for everyone if you want to play happy conspicuous consumer in this circus of a dream we call the world. If no one ever told you, you are moving in a dream world asleep going nowhere fast. I know, hurts your head, but frees your soul to soar boundless.
Nis was a fully realized modern Human Being. I started with his strongest medicine. It went down like candy after I died of my ailment after ignoring the book for a year. Yeah, I died, but I’m doing fine.
If you are thinking New Age thinking, no, in the moment thinking is where it’s at and even better, no thinking and just being. The hippies were infected with the nonduality of Nis. I think they got this whole ball rolling along with Nis and Ram, who brought this awareness to the West. Accept its not our past I’m learning about from them, it’s our collective future. I am feeling their words as if they were in front of me. My desires ebb and fear is a memory, but fresh moments to choose The Way every moment. You need a spark gap. Like cupping for your soul. You need to feel the burn and just be love where you are in every moment.
EEK, what have I done?! What is to become of me? Those are funny questions I asked often. If you reach a summit, you will always find another waiting at the top of the last one.
Thank Absolute Reality for the crazy hippies. Unicorns and Rainbows folks. And if you think I’m full of it, nope, but I’m filled up with it, that I can say for sure now 😉 This moment in eternity was pretty good. The Ravens pointed The Way. The funniest thing, we talk to birds now and they talk back!
There is always some new theory or hypothesis to explain our observations about the exoteric outer universe and the esoteric inner biological one.
What is life?
Why do we exist?
What is existence?
Most people do not ask these questions on a daily basis. That’s good, there would be far less of us if we were all looking up at the sky wondering who we are and why we are here. The facts are these, we exist now here in some form. We are attracted to one another. We procreate. Evolutionarily speaking, that’s all you need to know and do. Whatever promotes the best chance for you to procreate is what you are wired to do in life. What’s the point of the big brain then? Hmm, why do we think about anything else besides procreating if evolution is all there is? Well, for some, evolution is the driver, for others we wonder who made the driver of the vehicle that is us?
What is the nature of this driver? It may be that consciousness is the fundamental aspect of reality.
Having context in life sometimes can be beneficial and sometimes not. We need context today. We have a skewed perspective about reality or the simulation we exist in. We are destroying ourselves. Ultimately, even if all around us is a simulation for consciousness, we exist in some bigger reality simulating us.
I can’t say or know 100% if I am as real as my senses make me feel. You can’t trust your senses is the speaker’s point, but you can’t ignore consciousness either. An MIT PhD Cognitive Scientist, Donald Hoffman, has some interesting ideas about the nature of our reality and how we simply can never know the true nature of reality using our perceptions and senses only.
I am continually amazed as I learn about how other cultures view themselves across time and how similar their hopes, fears and dreams are to my own and my generation’s. There is not much new under the sun it seems. Every generation grapples with its mortality and shares its hopes and fears to try to provide some illumination or warning perhaps to the generations to come.
I have hopes and fears too. I set them aside in my life and I have accepted my place in a world and reality much bigger than the one I can sense. Much bigger than myself. I know I am limited in my awareness, so I assume I know nothing fully. I accept and know that my awareness stretches beyond my senses in ways I can not consciously understand. That makes life mysterious and mystical for me, which I need. So I am not totally agnostic, nor do I totally believe or know anything. I am a swirling mix of sense, memory, emotion, mind, heart and something more I can’t put my finger on.
Across the eons I see a golden thread that binds our religions, myths and traditions together. It is a message of hope, love, acceptance and embracing of one another in our difference. It challenges you to look beneath the surface of things and to be ever mindful of the intention you use to manifest these hopes, dreams and fears that can overwhelm us. I have my experience from which to view all of this and I am compelled to seek others’ perspective as well. You can clearly see the forces that sought to separate and those that brought men together across history. I am throwing my lot in with the dreamers and the those that seek to remove the separations and walls between each other. This Dervish story speaks of much respect across religions and an appreciation for the common dreams we all share no matter our race or creed. I know in the end Love is the only thing that is real and the creeds of man will be shown to be the stepping stones that they are.
Imam el-Ghazali relates a tradition from the life of Isa ibn Maryam(Jesus).
Isa one day saw some people sitting miserably on a wall, by the roadside. He asked: ‘What is your affliction?’
They said: ‘We have become like this through our fear of hell.’
He went on his way, and saw a number of people grouped disconsolately in various postures by the wayside. He said: ‘What is your affliction?’
They said: ‘Desire for Paradise has made us like this.’
He went on his way, until he came to a third group of people. They looked like people who had endured much, but their faces shone with joy. Isa asked them: ‘What has made you like this?’
They answered: ‘The Spirit of Truth. We have seen Reality, and this has made us oblivious of lesser goals.’
Isa said: ‘These are the people who attain. On the Day of Accounting these are they who will be in the Presence of God.’
Those who believe that spiritual advancement depends upon the cultivation of reward and punishment themes alone have often been surprised by this Sufi tradition about Jesus.
Sufis say that only certain people benefit through powerful dwelling upon gain or loss; and that this, in turn, may constitute only a part of anyone’s experiences. Those who have studied the methods and effects of conditioning and indoctrination may feel themselves inclined to agree with them.