Focus on the split mind generates endless thoughts. Dis-ease.

Dualistic mind: Two mice chase each other, each one believing that the ‘other’ is an impostor. – The mind is dualistic. – Clinging to any dualistic notion will automatically generate endless thoughts. Stop thought and SEE that all thoughts are like leaves on a tree. – it seems that Equanimity hides behind the appearance of all things. – Yet there is no in front or behind, up or down, right or wrong in non conceptual awareness. Recognizing this activity clearly and instantly lifts the focus out of thoughts and a burden is released.  Conditioning is transcended and the mind is […]

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Crowning Glory is a man made myth.

We think we are so important and we feel guilty because as a group we do so much damage to the environment and consequentially to ourselves.  We blame each other and endless conflict happens.  Tribes form and tribes fight with other tribes over ownership and resources.  The stronger tribe wins, not because they are ‘right and good’ but because they are stronger.  Nations fight with nations over the same issues.  The ultimate prize ‘enlightenment’ is turned into a marketing ploy.  Clever teachers keep seekers in bondage because they either are ignorant themselves and only know the game of seeking well […]

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The mind says “Yes but………….”

According to a recent comment on the Urban Guru Cafe, “Ramana Maharshi has said that the mind (thoughts of self) never returns, perhaps he meant return with power…” Not only does it imply a ‘special state’ for the author, Ramana, but it keeps the mind (me) believing that it has not arrived at that state yet. On top of that ‘we’ have many teachers who have a photo of Ramana Maharshi next to them in their meetings and they ‘pretend’ to be in the same ‘state’ – and it is very good business for them. No one ever seems to […]

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The heart essence is ONE.

Those who imply that they are enlightened individuals and that a ’shift’ happened to them are doing you a dis-service. – Remembering some word or whatever may ‘appear’ to help.  – Belief in luck or in some god or in some fortuitous blessings bestowed by some guru or socialite will not truly ‘do anything’.  – It is the concept that I am separate that causes all the trouble. Investing energy into that ‘idea’ will just keep pumping up the self-image and then draining you of energy over and over. – Neurotic behavior is common because ‘we’ oscillate between hope and […]

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Clarity is.

Clarity is the prerequisite, upon which everything appears. Clarity does not belong to anyone or anything. A fog and the clearest crystal drop of water appear on or in the same clarity. Some point unrelentingly to that clarity. Recognition spontaneously happens. It is nothing other than seeing. Seeing is happening – why is clarity seemingly not here? It cannot not be here or anywhere else either. It is belief in concepts that seemingly cloud the mind. Yet they all appear in the same clarity. Trying to grasp it always fails. There is no success or failure in this. Success and […]

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Intellectuals object loudly – to fortify the subject.

There is nothing perceived and no perceiver without seeing (perceiv-ing).   The word ‘Perceiving’ is not the same as the word ‘seeing’. Whatever the functioning, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, thinking, it is just plain functioning without a ‘doer’.  – The walker, seer, the hearer, the breather or the thinker are conceptual add ons.  – Trying to grasp it with the mind is truly frustrating, simply because it just can’t be ‘done’ – and the ‘doer’ is just another thought. Intellectuals find this ‘subject’ exceedingly challenging and frustrating. – Usually ‘in life’ they can ‘stay on top’ via their honed ‘strategy’ mind […]

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This investigation does work and it is FREE

Yes, in the knowing that belief is merely belief, then it is pure knowing. Belief in erroneous concepts appears to distort the clear and obvious. In seeing, everything is what it is. Yet it appears that ‘we’ perceive things that do not exist – and that includes a reference point called ‘me’. It is simply a reference point, an image of self, believed in and never questioned. So, see if you can find it. That is a simple invitation and it seems odd that everyone is willing to talk about the ego forever – but no one wants to really […]

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I insist that it is like this.

Many teachers insist that their method works and that one must follow what they instruct ‘to the last letter’. A whole teaching is laid out for everyone to learn. Learning by rote all the passages and dictates of a teaching is little more than slavery to concepts. There are rare cases where chanting a mantra works. At least it takes the mind away from its disruptive habits. An insight into one’s true nature can happen anywhere and at any time.  In the midst of a martial arts exercise, singing, praying, riding a bike, driving a car, walking in nature or […]

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The heart essence of being.

The investigation of the ‘self-center’ reveals nothing, a clear and empty space, space-like awareness. This is the most intimate discovery and yet it can easily be overlooked simply because it is very subtle. That nothing, emptiness, no thing, is what the seeing is seeing out of.  In that everything is clear and obvious. Once this is truly recognized one knows what one is….and it is also known that it can never be explained adequately by whatever can be found in memory. It is known that this clear and present ‘knowing’ can never leave – and by that knowing, everything is […]

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Well, who am I?

Hello Gilbert, I believe I have listened to half – perhaps two-thirds – of UGC podcasts at this point and cannot speak highly enough of their quality and the joy they bring. I’ve also added more than a few songs to my playlist courtesy your eclectic taste in music. I find myself stuck on something and am hoping you’d be kind enough to consider the following. In a nutshell, it is seen (cognitively) that “I” have nothing to do with the body/mind and that, in fact, the “I” is nothing more than an aggregation of a lifetime’s conditioned thinking construed […]

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