21 March 2009

All-Knowing Awareness

Why do people sometimes experience profound sudden epiphanies, ideas, insight, and intuition in moments of inner quietude? Because Silence,which has no shape or form whatsoever, is All-Knowing. And what would happen if we were to stop thinking and conceptualizing altogether, permanently? Pure Formless All-Knowing Awareness would shine forth, replacing what is currently thought to be "me".

But that would mean that the intellect is a huge limitation.
It would mean that all knowledge is redundant.
It would mean that all learning is non-essential.
It would mean that all words are worthless.
It would mean that all thought forms are needless.
It would mean that all concepts are irrelevant.
It would mean that all thinking is extraneous.
It would mean that the mind is unnecessary.
It would mean that all memories are inane.
It would mean that all mental associations are unimportant.
It would mean that all physical sense perceptions are irrelevant.
It would mean that all emotionalism is in vain.
It would mean that all wantingness and neediness is purposeless.
It would mean that all opinions are pointless.
It would mean that all beliefs are non-applicable.
It would mean that all views have no pertinence.
It would mean that all likes and dislikes are rendered obsolete.
It would mean that all thoughts are superfluous.
It would mean that the mind and body are not the real "me" at all.
It would mean that the physicality of this world has to be let go of.
It would mean that all other goals are a waste of time.

Are we able to accept that? For All-Knowing Awareness, one has to.


The Desire of I

The ego/mind always wants to change what currently is.
The ego/mind always wants to make things different from how they already are.
Look inside, watch the mind, and you'll see it's true.
Rehashing the past, looking forward to the non-existent future, incessant babbling.
Does this sound like peace (of mind)?
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

What creates suffering for every individual?
The inability to accept what currently is, no matter what that might be.
The neediness to change what is.
The neediness of thoughts, thinking, and emotions.
Desire, wantingness, craving, attachment, addiction, neediness, selfishness.
The little me, myself, and I.
The ego/mind.
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

There's no reason to control anything.
There's no reason to manipulate anything.
People confuse force as being power.
True power relies on nothing whatsoever.
True power is self-sustaining and needs nothing.
Only when we let things be will peace (of mind) be found.
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

The world does not need to be saved, for it is an illusion created by our collective and individual thoughts.
This world is a school for evolving one's own consciousness.
If all is connected, and All is One, then we change the world because of what we are, not just because of what we do.
We change the world in far greater unseen ways because of what we are, as opposed to what we do.
Do, but without doing.
Change yourself, and you change all.
Save the world by saving yourself.
Save yourself by losing the needy little self.
Lose the needy little self and realize the self-sustaining all-encompassing all-knowing Self. (Awareness)
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

Trying to control and manipulate things is giving more power to the ego/mind's neediness.
Our true nature has no wants, nor needs.
Our true nature is already utterly whole, complete, and perfect beyond description.
How can that which is already Infinitely Everything have any wants or needs?
How can something as simple as Pure Awareness have any wants or needs?
How can The Essence of all things have any wants or needs?
We only want or need anything because we identify the body and the ego/mind as being "me".
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

Our true nature never suffers for it is changeless, unmanifested, formless, and beyond physicality.
It is No-Thing, yet Infinitely Everything, yet beyond both because both are mere concepts.
Make the change from that which changes, to that which is changeless.
Those who are the same when faced with pleasure or pain will realize their true nature.
Those who accept what currently is have found the Peace of the Self.
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

So why are these words being written if it's not what we do that really makes the difference?
Because "others" can't find their true nature if they are not told how.
The desire to help and explain this to others isn't the same kind of desire.
This kind of desire isn't needy.
It is a desire without desire.
It is a desire of selflessness.
Help is offered but whether or not it's accepted is of no difference whatsoever.
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.

The I was let go of once, and the splendor of Truth in all its magnificent glory was revealed.
But it wasn't permanent.
The I didn't die because of its selfish neediness for self-existence.
Still working on letting go of the I, and this selfless writing helps with that.
But when individual will is surrendered there is no I to claim doership.
This writing is the consequence of waiting, listening, allowing, surrendering, silence, "receiving", being, and knowing.
Everything is happening spontaneously on its own as an automatic karmic consequence of what one is.
Let it go. Let it Be. Let the All Be.
And above all, let the I die.


Time - The Illusion

Time - The Illusion
Sometimes people experience so-called co-incidences.
Synchronicity, co-incidences, and miracles are able to happen because the "past" has not yet gone.
The present affects the "past", and plays out Now.
The "past" is still present in the form of karma.
The "future" comes into existence according to what has been chosen in the "past", or according to what is being chosen this very moment, right Now.
The "past" is still playing out.
The "future" has not yet come.
Just Be… Now

When thoughts arise, things manifest physically (karma), and the world arises.
When thoughts disappear, nothing is manifested physically, and the world disappears.
Perhaps psychic readings come into "reality" because of the "reading".
Don't worry about the "past".
Don't worry about the "future".
What's done is done, so let it go.
What's to come will come, as an automatic consequence.
Those who have complete and utmost trust and faith in God/Universe/Life worry about nothing.
Only those who have complete trust, and allow life to unfold naturally in the Now, can experience synchronicity and miracles.
Absolutely everything you need in life is already yours, but only if you stop worrying about such things.
Just Be... Now.

Only that which is relative is subject to change.
That which is Absolute can have no such limitations.
The Absolute is not subject to divisions and limitations of past, present, and future.
The ever-present Now is actually a Timeless Foreverness beyond form and physicality.
The senses cannot perceive this.
The ego/mind/intellect cannot comprehend it.
One must be It to know It.
Let go of the ego/mind/intellect. Let it fall away.
Just Be... Now.

There is nothing whatsoever to gain or realize, for The Absolute already Is.
There is only the letting go of that which stands in the way.
No time. No thoughts. No-Mind.
Just Be... Now.


Zen Brain Biology & Enlightenment

The heart pumps blood all by itself without you doing it.
The lungs breathe air all by themselves without you doing it.
The brain associates concepts with other concepts all by itself.

The mind is thinking (randomly babbling) completely on its own.

Let's look inside for just a brief minute...
How long can you keep the mind completely silent?
If you try to stop thinking, it just starts right back up again.
Words, verbalization, thoughts, thinking, and emotionalism are completely automatic.
You can't stop it by controlling it, but you can (eventually) stop it by non-judgmentally watching it.
The brain works completely by itself.
It has nothing to do with "you" doing it.
This means that you are not the doer of deeds, nor the thinker of thoughts.
The mind/body is an "it", not a "me".

The brain's thoughts and body's actions are just the result of cells doing work.

We are not the physical body/mind and its senses.
We are not the mind and its automatic rambling thoughts.

We are the still, conceptless, silent Awareness that is aware of them.
We are the Awareness that is watching the body/mind's automatic functioning.
We are the Silent Formless Observer.
We are the Life/Consciousness/Awareness that is simply aware of Itself as existing.

We have mistakenly identified ourselves as being the physical mind/body.
We have mistakenly identified ourselves with form.
It was an erroneous belief all along.

The real "you", the Silent Aware Mind, is not confined to a brain, or anything else.
It's Infinitely Everything beyond physicality.
It's the (formless) Allness of Existence.
It's No-Thing, yet Infinitely Everything.

But thinking about that won't help you realize/experience that.
You have to stop identifying with thoughts altogether to realize that.

Author: Unknown

06 March 2009


Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen. When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother.

Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when he visited monasteries he could not live with the monks. So he would built a little house and care for her there. He would copy sutras, Buddhist verses, and in this manner receive a few coins for food.

When Shoun bought fish for his mother, the people would scoff at him, a monk is not supposed to eat fish. But Shoun did not mind. His mother, however, was hurt to see others laugh at her son. Finally she told Shoun: "I think I will become a nun. I can be vegetarian too." She did, and they studied together.

Shoun was fond of music and was a master of the harp, which his mother also played. On full-moon nights they used to play together. One night a young lady passed by their house and heard music. Deeply touched, she invited Shoun to visit her the next evening and play. He accepted the invitation. A few days later he met the young lady on the street and thanked her for her hospitality. Others laughed at him. He had visited the house of a woman of the streets.

One day Shoun left for a distant temple to deliver a lecture. A few months afterwards he returned home to find his mother dead. Friends had not known where to reach him, so the funeral was in progress.

Shoun walked up and hit the coffin with his staff. "Mother, your son has returned," he said.

"I am glad to see you have returned, son," he answered for his mother.

"Yes, I am glad too," Shoun responded. Then he announced to the people about him: "The funeral ceremony is over. You may bury the body."

When Shoun was old he knew his end was approaching. He asked his disciples to gather around him in the morning, telling them he was going to pass on at noon. Burning incense before the picture of his mother and his old teacher, he wrote a poem:

For fifty-six years I lived as best I could, Making my way in this world. Now the rain has ended, the clouds are clearing, The blue sky has a full moon.

His disciples gathered around him, reciting sutra, and Shoun passed on during the invocation.

Zen Koan

The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras not indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of his listeners.

His large audience angered a priest of the Nichiren sect because the adherents had left to hear about Zen. The self-centered Nichiren priest came to the temple, determined to have a debate with Bankei.

"Hey, Zen teacher!" he called out. "Wait a minute. Whoever respects you will obey what you say, but a man like myself does not respect you. Can you make me obey you?"

"Come up beside me and I will show you," said Bankei.

Proudly the priest pushed his way through the crowd to the teacher.

Bankei smiled. "Come over to my left side."

The priest obeyed.

"No," said Bankei, "we may talk better if you are on the right side. Step over here."

The priest proudly stepped over to the right.

"You see," observed Bankei, "you are obeying me and I think you are a very gentle person. Now sit down and listen."