All of the concepts about ‘my existence’ are based on assumptions.
The mind is ‘me’. The mind is memory. The mind, even though you cannot find anything that you can call mind, is a realm of many, unquestioned, believed in reference points, all being displayed as ‘a seeming field of cause and effect’.
It is all a fiction. A belief is not a fact.
Consciousness cannot be the result of its own content. Even the most (apparently) persuasive thought is spontaneous and without any ‘past’, without any cause or substance. Assumptions and belief go hand in hand with delusions of self.
Without a thought or belief what are you?
This is an excellent quote from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:
“The entire universe contributes incessantly to your existence.
Hence the entire universe is your body.
Coming back to the idea of having been born: You are stuck with what your parents told you, all about conception, pregnancy and birth, infant, child, youngster, teenager, and so on.
Now, divest yourself of the idea that you are the body with the help of the contrary idea that you are not the body. It is also an idea, no doubt; treat it like something to be abandoned when its work is done.
The idea that I am not the body gives reality to the body when in fact, there is no such thing as the body; it is but a state of mind.
But here and now, through all your bodies and souls shines awareness……..hold on to it unswervingly.
Without awareness, the body would not last a second.
There is in the body a current of energy, affection, and intelligence which guides, maintains, and energizes the body. Discover that current and stay with it.
Find the […]
All of the concepts about ‘my existence’ are based on assumptions.
The word, any word, is not what it re-presents.
The word water has how many features or properties of water?
Nothing that represents something else is what it re-presents. All concepts about consciousness are concepts. They are not the pure consciousness. They are content of consciousness – not separate from consciousness – they are expressions of consciousness.
Without any clear understanding of words, words cannot serve with clear communication all that well.
A lot of misunderstanding appears for someone attempting to assimilate into a new country (with a different language) as they struggle with learning the new language. Many oddities in one’s own language will reveal themselves if you are trying to help someone learn your language. You may notice many expressions, that you take for granted, that are not so clear. If your grasp of your own language is not well grounded, you may not be being as helpful as you might imagine. Just spending time with them may be more helpful than your efforts to teach the language.
No one can teach what they don’t know.
‘The Great Way’ is not difficult for those who have found their true nature. Your true nature is the light that shines upon all things revealing everything as it is. This is not belonging to any conceptual realm of mind. Most, it seems, do not understand this.
With regard to understanding the nature of things, if your understanding is limited you will probably like to read the words of others and that is most likely a subtle form of seeking.
Many ‘teachers’ love to read the words of other ‘teachers’. Some are like composers listening to the compositions of other composers, looking for inspiration. No harm done. If they are genuine, then they are genuine. […]
The display of consciousness is the fuel of consciousness. Consciousness is eternal.
The fuel is uniform and appears as equanimity. Undifferentiated fuel.
It all burns. Your experiencing right now is that fire.
The fire is eternal and the immediacy is consumed as the ‘display’ – which is fuel for the next moment.
The display is forever changing on all scales of being. The sun is self-shining. Awareness is self-aware – self-shining. The light by which you see and know is the fire of consciousness – commonly called ‘being’. It is not becoming anything. Spontaneously ever fresh and new.
This beginning-less and endless immediacy is LIFE – just as it is. You can’t alter it and the mind is slow – it can NEVER catch up.
Belief in ‘me’ is high maintenance for a believed in entity, which feels vulnerable – it needs support. It is NOT real.
The one who claims any state of being is only an appearance in the display of consciousness, which is completely consumed before the next moment.
Reality needs NO support.
It just IS.
For the intellectuals:
If everything is the content of consciousness, how can anything be the cause of consciousness?
What can be outside of consciousness?
Isn’t consciousness the eternal potentiality appearing as a spontaneous display with infinite variety? Can anyone get behind that? Can anyone go beyond that?
Pure Being: Timeless in nature, it appears ‘as time’ and yet no past is ever created.
Spiritual promises are empty and unreal. Service to the illusions of ‘becoming’ is the common obstacle that is not spoken of in ‘spiritual teachings’.
Wishing and hoping, hoping and praying. It is foolish to believe when the proof of direct knowing is self-evident. Belief is not reality. Round and round it goes, turning upon emptiness like a ring of wooden horses on a turnstile.
The true message is direct and uncompromising.
No one is asked to believe anything.
There is no one bound up in any phenomena of any kind.
What is not true requires a conceptual construct to make it appear to be true.
Innate knowing is uncomplicated like instinct. Call it a gut feeling (if you want).
Reality is ‘what is’, as is and totally self-evident. ‘Prior’ to conceptualising.
‘Know-ing’ is not separate from be-ing. Being is.
The believed in entity has no being. That is why you cannot ‘fix it’ with psychology or any methods or practices.
It is a fiction.
Innately we all know what is true despite how things might appear to be.
So Simple – yet overlooked most of the ‘time’.
Mind is time.
There is no ‘me’ in the immediacy of consciousness.
Don’t take my word for it!
Investigate and SEE for yourself.
Belief is not the way to ‘go’.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which was planted.” – Ecclesiastes 3 – King James Version
Reality is that which never changes, THAT which IS. IS-NESS. Undeniable is-ness, as is. Unaltered, unmodified (by mind) and uncorrected. THAT which IS.
That which changes is that which ‘appears to be’. Everything is appearance – appearance is everything. What the appearance appears upon is like space – no thing.
Fear of reality – being afraid of what is true can only ever be a transitory state of mind.
The nature of reality knows no fear. No transitory appearance can ever represent the Whole.
All things must pass. No transitory state of affairs can be lasting. It appears to have a beginning and an end.
What appears to have a beginning and and end cannot be reality. Reality is timeless – not subjected to time. Reality is eternal.
Because one believes that they were born, dying appears as its opposite (in dualistic mind). Fear of dying is imagination.
Fear of the future is ‘unreasonable’ and is based on belief. The fixation of ‘me’ can never be in the actual present. The ‘me’ is mind, the mind is memory, past.
No one knows first hand what death is. Life and death are two sides of the same coin. Without death, there can be no life.
Life lives on life.
No one has ever come back from ‘death’ to tell their story about what death is like.
In the scheme of things, in the appearance of what appears to be, existence appears as ‘things’, things upon a […]
What is most usually not recognized is that there is a bias to our ‘wanting to know’. The ‘me’ gets desperate, frustrated, secretly or openly blames the ‘other’, life or maybe the ‘teacher’, then it all comes back on the ‘me’. Depression sets in. The way out of it is clear and obvious but it is not recognized. Just as the sky is not recognized due to the attention being attracted to the content of the sky. Clouds, birds, planes, storms, blueness…. and then there is that gloomy grey-ness which appears to upset the self-image for so many. The clear open sky is simply not present, it would seem – or it appears to be obscured.
Through belief awareness is seemingly obscured. Belief is the obscuration.
Awareness or Knowing is not a result (of any ‘thing’). All is spontaneous and ever fresh, without any conditioning at all. Like the sky, present evidence is awareness itself, clear and empty of bias.
The bias that causes misunderstanding is ‘me’. What does ‘I want to know’ mean? The assumption is that the ‘I’ has some substance which can add to or subtracted from (itself). And the same assumption includes an idea that the ‘I’ has already accumulated lots of ‘knowledge’ which is being refined and added to…..and that it (me) is somehow evolving. It is all nothing but imagination.
As long as that me is not recognized for what it is, recognized from beyond the bias that it is, then nothing much can happen regarding any true understanding.
Knowing is instant, always instant. Mind is time (apparent process). It ‘appears’ that 99% of those interested in these ‘matters’ do not have a ‘clear capacity’ to acknowledge (their own) naked awareness because […]
The SAME activity of knowing runs right on back and prior to Adam and Eve. The activity of knowing has no parents. It is trans-parent. What you are is not the result of any cause – you are actually trans-parent. The body is animal and in the scheme of things the body has parents, in the appearance of things.
It seems that no matter how clearly it is pointed out, no one ‘gets it’. It is more simple than simple.
The basic problem is that everything is apparently automatically referred to the believed in entity (me, an image of self). You are probably ‘doing that’ right now.
The activity of seeing is happening right now – you are not ‘doing’ the seeing. The activity of knowing is happening right now – you are not ‘doing’ that.
The common belief seems to be that nothing is understood until it is composed of words or labels. When you look at a table it is understood instantly.
You do NOT have to see the table THROUGH the WORD or concept ‘table’. You KNOW what it is. You can walk through a busy city and you KNOW what everything is before you name any of it.
Some ‘teachers’ talk about the space between thoughts as if that space is something special and important. The WHOLE universe, every speck of it, appears in space. Look through a microscope at a small ‘thing’ and it is clearly obvious that, that ‘thing’ is suspended in space. It may be resting on a platform but that platform is suspended in space. The microscope is on a table, the table is on the floor, the floor is in a building. The building is on the planet. […]
If there was, is or ever will be a ‘knower’ then the knower could not possibly be content of the ‘known’. The ‘knower’ must be beyond the ‘known’. ‘Knower and known’ are conceptual reference points appearing in the ‘knowing’.
You can take a photo of something on the ground and you may not notice that your foot is in the ‘shot’. The foot is not the believed in entity that is ‘taking the shot’. You cannot take a photo of your self, the observer. You cannot see the ‘observer’ and no one else can see the ‘observer’. You may see a man on a hill with a pair of binoculars. You might say ‘I saw the observer on the hill’. Yes, you saw a man on the hill with a pair of binoculars but you did not see the (implied) observer. No word is ever what it re-presents!
Many say that they want with all their hearts to ‘awaken’ but the dream is nothing but ‘appearance’ and there is no actual ‘awakening’ (for anyone) from the dream of being separate. The dreamer cannot awaken. The dreamer disappears with the dream.
There is NO separation in reality.
It does not matter if you are as plain and ordinary as plain and ordinary can be – or you are a guru with ten thousand followers. Reality is reality. The differentiated nature of the appearance is nothing but appearance.
As an ancient Buddhist text says: ‘There is no difference between a Buddha and an ordinary being’.
When it is pointed out: ‘You are seeing from empty space’, you might reply “Woh! My mind worked hard on this one!” and then arrived at the conclusion: “Inconceivable is a good […]
The words belief, certainty and conviction refer to the acceptance of, or confidence in, an alleged fact (or body of facts) as being true or right without any positive knowledge of proof.
An apple is an apple. The apple does not require belief, certainty or conviction. It is an apple no matter what someone believes it is. If it is a pear that looks like an apple, then it is a pear that looks like an apple. It does not require words or belief from anyone to be what it is. Blind belief, including so-called certainty, indicates belief and positiveness in one’s own mind, that something is true.
What is, is what is. Concepts, labels and belief in concepts, labels and words are all secondary. Belief is never the actuality. To know is to know. To believe is to believe. Knowing and belief only ever mix in the knowing of a belief as being a belief.
A belief cannot be knowing.
If your attention is not stabilized and if the mind is not cleared of erroneous beliefs, then your life will have little meaning in any real sense. Observe the quality of your attention and watch the mind. In this way the mind can serve, instead of behaving like a dictator.
If you do not genuinely investigate the believed in entity and see it for what it is, life will just follow the habit patterns that have been established and the blind spot (belief in me) that prevents you from seeing anything clearly, for what it truly is, will stay as the constant obscuration.
Most usually no one truly wants this knowledge.
They worship gurus and teachers, as if that will save them. Ignorance is bliss. […]
Many divide the natural oneness of ‘what is’ in their own minds.
Oneness means oneness.
Non Duality cannot be divided, least of all by mere concepts or ideas, attitudes or opinions.
The terms commonly used today, ‘Neo Advaita’ and ‘Traditional Advaita’, belong to a dividing mind.
Any credence given to those divisive terms only keep the mind in servitude to belief in concepts.
Dvaita means Two. A-dvaita means Not Two.
Advaita is commonly translated as ‘One without a second’. Advaita means non duality in plain english.
Non Duality is not a religion.
Non Duality is not a belief system.
Non Duality is not any thing.
Non Duality simply means that existence is ‘not two’ – Two words pointing at ‘That-ness’, which is not even one.
(the number 1 implies 2)
Non Duality is Zero.
Non Duality – a simple description, in simple terms, pointing at the nature of reality.
There is only one reality which is all inclusive.
Non Duality is non conceptual. You cannot get to it because you are already that.
Trying to get to non duality via duality (mind) is a fiction.
No concept can encapsulate what Non Duality means or is.
Wordless, concept-less, Is-ness.
Every vibration of every seeming particle is THAT and can not ever be anything other that THAT.
The words ‘I am That’ is an expression from Zero degrees of separation.