Duality is a concept born out of error. The error of separation, conceived by language. In the beginning was the word , yes at the beginning of time is the concept of time, yet what has no beginning and no end is not the word, it cannot be shown explained pointed at. It is that in which all things have their origin, yet it has no origin. The Tao that can be named is not the real Tao.
I is the illegitimate child born of the word and that which comprehends the word . Yet the search of the bastard offspring for its parents is life itself.
This world is like a dream, the I is like a dream. That is the knowing of this life. The dreamer is dreaming I and I dream the world . In the dream I am gifted with knowledge, an artifact of the dream, that knowledge allows understanding that life is a dream, that I am a dream . That is all.
No bondage No liberation
Can we rely on reason to find the truth? Yes, because “truth” is by definition reasonable.
1+1=2 is true and reasonable. Truth is that which is revealed through reason.
If we examine experience we find that it reveals our inability to know anything beyond what is created in the black box of our minds. Therefore all our ideas and perceptions of an “outer” reality are un reasonable, we cannot know whether it exists or what it is like actually. Furthermore we must recognize that what we have taken to be true is not necessarily so. We must also admit that our minds somehow create the appearance of an outer reality. We must so admit that time, space, light, dark ,matter and non matter alike is the stuff of mind, life is mind.
Within this mind scape of mind is an entity called “I” . The “I” is self knowing or self conscious, yet it is an artifact of mind just like everything else. Mistaking itself to be separate in kind from the mind scape it creates the delusion of separation or duality.
All relationship presupposes duality, when duality is realized as false there is no more relationship.
All is consciousness
To the extent that God is defined by thought then God is consciousness , yet God is beyond definition . One can realize that one is a part of that being identified as God, but true knowledge of God belongs to God alone, so I agree with those who say ” not this, not this” and leave it at that.
The sky is not blue, the sky is blue
From a first view we all know the sky is blue, then we realize that the color blue is an artifact of mind, colors are not real, they are the way our mind interprets frequencies. So, the sun is not yellow either. If the sun is not a bright circle in a blue sky then has anyone ever seen the sun? Of course we have all seen the sun, only it has its entire existence in our mind. The world is imagination, matter IS consciousness . So the sky is blue after all.
No perception there is no subject object duality , no other. This is truth
The identification with the body as the self is the cause of suffering. Body includes brain, grey matter. The body is the conveyor of experience to the self, pleasure and pain are body sensations like light and dark? If we cut a carrot we do not feel pain, yet the carrot is never the less a part of our conscious experience like the body, just because it is not connected to our nervous system on the same way doesn’t exclude it from being a part of what we experience ourselves to be. All experience is the self, No experience s the self.
The waves tell the same story as the ant, the birds on the trees, the clouds and the moon even, the breath in my body sings an eternal ballad of love.
“Look not at the mountain but what contains the mountain, said the old hermit. “Space” I replied, “and what contains space?” He asked smiling.
I came across the one who meditates in deep space, one half of his face was frozen white, the other half burnt black, down the middle was a seam of pure gold as fine as a hair . Dropping my body to the ground I entered the seam, inside was a land such as paradise must be. Sitting on a round stone I found a golden baby, “who are you and where am I? ” I asked, “sshhh..,” said the baby “close your eyes and do not think”, I did so and fell back into the waking state, the old mountain hermit was stirring the tea and singing.
No shame in suffering
No lesser value
Although much suffering arises from the identification with the body, this is natural , part of the process of life and should not be denied. Identification with the body is identification with the world, this is absolutely necessary. This world is created in order to be understood , the process of entanglement and disentanglement is the very means by which we come to understanding.
Do not seek the truth, but the error. Once you have found the error, truth is evident .
Spiritual progression is actually only the elimination of error or misunderstanding. It is the correction of pathological perception. It is the removal of artifacts which impede true perception, the first to arise and the last to be removed is the belief in the “I” as the separate self. This I is a magnet which attracts all the other pathological artifacts. The origin of the I is the body and its senses and nervous system. This identification is natural and correct, the pathological aspect is the implicit identification of non body as not I. So the root is the division of the world into I not I. This contraction is caused by fear and is the cause of suffering. This fear is a natural reaction to being born and cannot be avoided, what we can do is realize its pathological effects and take action to mitigate or cure ourselves of it. This means the realization that all is I, there is no separation, the identification with the body is extended to all things. This is the birth of the universal or cosmic self and results as the end point of inquiry into the nature of experience and perception(jnana yoga) or the experience of no thought (raja yoga) or the complete submission to Divinity. (Bhakti yoga)
Individual self/ solar self/ cosmic self: Divine Self (truth)
The Divine Self is the final understanding of Reality and Truth, it is the return home of the wayward and misguided individual and the realization the we never left home! The best analogy is waking up from a dream. We are artifacts in Gods dream.
Pleasure contains a secret,
As long as we are alive we will be subject to the elements, as long as we identify with the elements we will experience change and so suffering. What is suffering but the mistaken identification of Self and non self.
Error is the cause of suffering and suffering is the sign of error. Through suffering we come to recognize error.
The Self or Soul is built in to the very act of knowing. Knowledge, starting from I am, is only possible due to the existence of the soul. In the act of knowing both the world and the soul are created
Yoga is emptiness
Asana is to make body dissapear
Pranayama is to make breath disappear
Dharana is to make thought dissapear
Dhyana is to make self dissapear
Samadhi is what abides in what remains
Whatever is present in consciousness is self, subject and object are identical. All is I. This is kaivalya alone to al one, this is realization. I am that.
The transcendent self is merely the hard disk upon which the life code is stored. There is no knowledge without code, so mind cannot know the transcendent self, but it can infer and sense it’s presence. This leads to a liberation of mind from mind . This is not a realist view in that it does not lead to a view if reality out there, knowable or not. Code is code, perhaps self written perhaps written by some other entity perhaps eternal and ever present. So mind is not an interpretation of an unknown reality. At the same time it is not an ideal view, there is no reason to believe that mind is all there is, that all is consciousness , there can be no transcending the mind and still retain knowledge
The categories of reality (earth,water,fire, air, space, mind) are all code. Consciousness itself is a type of code which when written on to the hard disk, produces the other categories, it is a code writing code.
There us no such thing as “in your head”. Thoughts exist in the same way as objects. Objects are not thoughts, but they are a manifestation of consciousness , the dream reality .
In the dream reality everything is made of mind stuff.
Do what is the result of this realization? What is the practical effect on how one behaves?
The desire to transcend suffering is the desire to escape life, suffering is in the nature of life as everything is always changing and the self seeks attachment. Attachment to non attachment is folly, so one should embrace change whole heartedly. Desire will always be there as it is necessary for life. Embrace your desire, embrace your suffering, it is part of you, do not deny anything for you are everything. Remember your three states: the earth state, the solar state, the cosmic state
There is no separation, it is not possible to be conscious OF something, the object IS consciousness , there is no subject without object and vice versa they are mistakes caused by ignorance. The object is the subject .
After swallowing the sun and allowing it warm your insides a little , but before getting comfy , please think about this: the light bulb is an image in your head, everything is , correct? No head, no light, obvious. Not! What do you mean b head or brain, instead of looking at a light bulb and realizing it exists in your mind, why not go and look at your own neurons, isn’t it the same. Your head is not more real than the light bulb. There is no such thing as “in your head” or an optic nerve or a vision centre in your brain, all you know about your brain is what is conveyed by your nervous system. Just as reality is a mysterious event in your mind, so is the idea that you have a body or a brain. There is no reason to think that you have any more existence that the light bulb, there is no IN and no Out, the idea that the light of the bulb stimulates nerves in your brain and causes “you” to “see” is nonsense. All you can say is that everything is consciousness and leave it at that!
This is called spitting the sun out.
Those without goodness extol the power of goodness, those who know not truth speak of truth,
The final end of practice is right action, right action can only come about by right thought, right thought can only come about by right perception, right perception can only come about by right practice, which are purification or self inquiry or faith . Purification occurs through disciplined and constant practice and involves physical and mental exercise, asana, pranayama, concentration, contemplation. Self inquiry is the ruthless pursuit f the answer to the question “who am I?” Not giving up until the answer is achieved which is beyond doubt and error, faith is the wholehearted belief in divine providence, the certainty of Gods infallibility and responsibility for what occurs. these three modes, emphasizing body, mind, heart respectively are the keys to happiness,
realization is a progressive process of losing ones center. It is about becoming less, not more. This means that one becomes less concerned with ones own state, as one identifies with an ever larger context of self the particular thoughts/emotions/experiences of the individual are less important. The mlittle self is seen for what it is, a local event in a universal field. So at the same time it is a process of expansion, the small self dissolves into the big self.
All matter is energy, energy is consciousness. The universe is not different than your own self, matter is consciousness is you. This is the new paradigm , a revolution as great as the Discovery that the Earth is round, don’t be a flat earther.
Humanity is asleep, dreaming. This life is a dream, you are a dream. The proof of this and the means to wake up are everywhere, yet the dreamers are asleep so they do not realize, and continue to believe they are already awake. If you are convinced that you are already awake then it will not occur to you that you are dreaming. In reality it is not you dreaming, but the universal being, you are part of the dream of the supreme being.
Arianne de vos burchart
The watchers of the river
We gaze into the flow of time
We are beyond
Gifted with awareness
Which we project
Into the flux
As fishers of experience
Trace your mind
Back to its source
You will find yourself
Here with us
Suffering is present in this world to stimulate awakening, the desire to escape suffering is the motive for the spiritual search. It is easier to awake from a bad dream than a pleasant one!
The universal self incarnates as individual self. The individual self creates the world yet retains a memory of its origin in the universal self. This memory of a primordial undifferentiated state is the prime motive force in life, being the source of the search for happiness, yet the terrestrial qualities are subject to time and change and so where life is conceived as being subject to time and space it is bound to be based on error. Only when this life is conceived as symbolic or representational can the search for origin be successful.
5 stages of realization
1. Confusion : self is identified with nature, usual state today
2. Clarification: Self is recognized as separate from nature, self realization (this state is charecterized by the happiness of the one who realizes s/he is free, safe in the transcendent self, bondage has been escaped from.
3. Union: nature is recognized as being Self ( you are that)
4. Dissolution : self is understood as illusion (all is that) this state is characterized by bewilderment, the yogi is lost, there is no self left on which to project states or statements such as I am, helpless , the yogi accepts what is.
It is clear that the whole process is one of the maturation of understanding. In other words spiritual growth is the adaptation of understanding with reality. There is no change of being, of what one is, no progress except in that one is less ignorant, less in error. There is a fundamental unity of knowledge and being , to know is to be. So the increase in knowledge, which is understanding of truth, is an increase in being. Being is not to be thought of as a kind of rarefied state of matter, it is not part of what we call existence. Rather the opposite is true, existence is an expression of being , being itself, truth, is consciousness, existence is the dance of consciousness and enlightenment is understanding the dance.
Embrace your suffering, love your failure. You do not know how life will turn out, you do not control life, but you can choose to love your life, in all its complexity.All experience occurs only as a Unity, the division of experience into subject and object with the intervening act of experiencing, occurs as result of thought which is the mental re enactment of the experience, on this re enactment the subject seemingly has its existence, but it is pure thought about experience and not experience itself. In the apparent independence of thought lies the belief in the subject object duality. Yet thought itself is another form of experience or creative act whereby a “thinker” appears to exist. In reality there are only various modes of experience or creativity where all is contained.
The sun reflected on the surface of the water can be as bright as the sun itself. Yet the sun itself is merely a reflection on the surface of your mind.enactment of the experience, on this re enactment the subject seemingly has its existence, but it is pure thought ABout experience and not experience itself. In the apparent independence of thought lies the belief in the subject object duality. Yet thought itself is another form of experience or creative act whereby a “thinker” appears to exist. In reality there are only various modes of experience or creativity where all is contained.
The sun reflected on the surface of the water can be as bright as the sun itself. Yet the sun itself is merely a reflection on the surface of your mind.