All writings herein serve to open up the world towards knowledge that matters, to piece together the greatest philosophies of living, and to expound ways towards
the path of freedom, happiness & choice.
Anything that vibrates is an Illusion of Separation within Oneness. Oneness free from Illusion is the state of total balance and stillness. Once Oneness vibrates, it becomes an Expression of its own Self, unique in its own right within the Illusion of Separation but at the same time encompassing all of Oneness in its entirety.
The Separation perceived by an Expression of Oneness (and all that vibrates is an Expression of Oneness) only exists in Illusion, since energy that vibrates creates a parabolic oscillation of the One energy. This oscillation of energy is what creates the Illusion of Polarity/Duality (meaning, we can never be free from opposing forces unless we stop vibrating!), which in turn manifests into the Illusion of Karma, which in turn manifests into the Illusion of Motion, which in turn manifests into the Illusion of Time. It is from the Illusion of Time manifested by the Illusion of Separation (“Space”) within Oneness where we get the Illusion of the Unknown. Once an Expression of Oneness believes in the “reality” of the Unknown, it loses its awareness of its Self being Oneness, and that it is detached not only from Oneness but also from other Expressions of Oneness. This “densest” level of the Illusion of Separation is what we are experiencing now — Oneness forgetting it is Oneness, so to speak, within the Space/Time Illusion. When one perceives one’s self as a separate entity from All, it begins to Fear the Unknown, since it cannot perceive beyond its own limited physical senses. This Fear of the Unknown leads to Attachment to the Illusion of Separation, since the Illusion is all that the individual can perceive as “known”. Attachment to the Illusion of Separation is what causes the Illusion of Suffering. The Space/Time loop of “history repeating itself” is in fact our subconscious choice of revisiting instances and events where we have yet to realize that our self-induced Suffering is caused by our Attachment to the Illusion of Separation.
Any form of suffering that repeats itself, from war to abusive relationships, is caused by Attachment. Our Attachment to the Illusions of vanity, old age, weight gain, selfish love, possessions, fame, money, power, materialism, etc., is the source of our self-induced and self-perpetuating experiences of Suffering. Therefore, there is no way one can end Suffering unless one lets go of the Illusion of Separation. Letting go is the greatest challenge for an Expression of Oneness, because our Fear of the Unknown has made us latch onto anything that we “know” is certain… like money, our looks, power, fame and materialism. Ultimately, it will be our Egos — which thrive within the Illusion of Separation — that will stand in our way to fully realizing Oneness. When we turn around and face our fears, what we will see is a reflection of our Selves. All the suffering we see around us — and in fact all the people, places and instances we perceive around us — are reflections of our hopes, loves, desires and fears.
To begin to break free from the Illusion of Suffering is to realize that no matter how we try to change our reflection (ie., trying to change or impose our will or beliefs upon others), we can never change anything unless we change our Self. Letting go of our own Selves is the final frontier for an Expression of Oneness to finally realize Oneness free from Illusion. Until that time comes, we will all continue to partake in the Illusion of Separation for what its worth, make the most of the lives we so choose to live, and live them how we wish to live them according our beliefs and perceptions of Self in relation to All. Whether we choose to see the true Oneness beyond the Veil of Forgetfulness, and live in accordance to our realization and understanding what All Is One, is entirely up to us.
Just got back from watching a movie at a mega mall. It’s called “The Fourth Kind.” And I felt hysterical on my drive home because there is so much real information we don’t know that’s revealed in it.
It’s like these things have been put out in the open before our eyes all these while – we just somehow, didn’t pay attention to them.
I for one, am excited because who knows what these little pieces of truths will cause in the world.
Will they raise our consciousness? Will they take us out of our conditioned minds & lead us to see things as they are, from within, from our own Selves? Will they give us the courage to break free from ‘the usual grind,’ allowing us to take actions that matter – to work towards a much more open, liberating, greater, happier, expressively loving future for all?
It’s all just way too interesting.
This play of life, this game, this whole world.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the kind of wellbeing we can create together in the future.
P.S. Okay now, I have to say this is a really scary movie. I’m writing this from the standpoint of an ‘open-minded adult’ . If you’re planning to watch it, have a group of people preferably friends to watch it together so you can have a laugh or two about it afterwards (yeah btw, I’ve read review sites which said that skepticism kills the movie – and I think that could happen. I enjoyed it nonetheless, by simply being observant).
The movie’s about alien abduction. And the aliens certainly weren’t friendly – but remember, we should unconditionally love them regardless. I really adore Milla Jovovich (she played the main actress), her movie “The Fifth Element” with Bruce Willis is both funny & entertaining.
What is Project Camelot, and who is David Wilcock?
Well long story short, Project Camelot interviews people who know what we don’t know.
ETs, UFOs, advanced technologies not from earth, hidden civilization secrets, covert governmental projects etc.
David Wilcock is said to be the best of researchers in this field.
Regardless of whether you believe in these things, I recommend listening to what David says about 2012 in this video.
A lot of times, people’s eyes, speech tone & body language reveals a lot about whether they’re telling the truth or not.
I’m posting this here, so you can decide for yourself.
P.S. In summary, what David says in this video is: In 2012, people will change. Apparently the magnetic fields will affect our human construct, and our perception about the entire world will not be the same – hence, “the end of times” as predicted by the Mayans. It’s like a countdown now, only around 3 more years to the epic show.
P.P.S. This video is part 3 of a 4-part interview series. If you’re interested to know more, please feel free to click on the video – you’ll be directed to YouTube. At the “Related Videos” sidebar there, you’d get access to the other parts.
It’s time to define the new era. Our faith has been shaken. We’ve lost confidence in our leaders and in our institutions. Our beliefs have been tested. We’ve discredited the notion that the Internet would change everything (and the stock market would buy us an exit strategy from the grind). Our expectations have been dashed. We’ve abandoned the idea that work should be a 24-hour-
a-day rush and that careers should be a wild adventure. Yet we’re still
We’re seduced by the idea that picking up the pieces and simply tweaking the formula will get the party started again. In spite of our best thinking and most searing experience, our ideas about growth and success are mired in a boom-bust mentality. Just as we traded in the pinstripes and monster bonuses of the Wall Street era for T-shirts and a piece of the action during the startup revolution, we’re waiting to latch on to the new trappings of success. (I understand the inclination. I’ve surfed from one boom to the next for most of my working life — from my early days as a bond trader to my most recent career as a writer tracking the migration of my generation from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.)
There’s a way out. Instead of focusing on what’s next , let’s get back to what’s first . The previous era of business was defined by the question, Where’s the opportunity? I’m convinced that business success in the future starts with the question, “What should I do with my life?” Yes, that’s right. The most obvious and universal question on our plates as human beings is the most urgent and pragmatic approach to sustainable success in our organizations. People don’t succeed by migrating to a “hot” industry (one word: dotcom) or by adopting a particular career-guiding mantra (remember “horizontal careers”?). They thrive by focusing on the question of who they really are — and connecting that to work that they truly love (and, in so doing, unleashing a productive and creative power that they never imagined). Companies don’t grow because they represent a particular sector or adopt the latest management approach. They win because they engage the hearts and minds of individuals who are dedicated to answering that life question.
This is not a new idea. But it may be the most powerfully pressing one ever to be disrespected by the corporate world. There are far too many smart, educated, talented people operating at quarter speed, unsure of their place in the world, contributing far too little to the productive engine of modern civilization. There are far too many people who look like they have their act together but have yet to make an impact. You know who you are. It comes down to a simple gut check: You either love what you do or you don’t. Period.
Those who are lit by that passion are the object of envy among their peers and the subject of intense curiosity. They are the source of good ideas. They make the extra effort. They demonstrate the commitment. They are the ones who, day by day, will rescue this drifting ship. And they will be rewarded. With money, sure, and responsibility, undoubtedly. But with something even better too: the kind of satisfaction that comes with knowing your place in the world. We are sitting on a huge potential boom in productivity — if we could just get the square pegs out of the round holes.
Of course, addressing the question, What should I do with my life? isn’t just a productivity issue: It’s a moral imperative. It’s how we hold ourselves accountable to the opportunity we’re given. Most of us are blessed with the ultimate privilege: We get to be true to our individual nature. Our economy is so vast that we don’t have to grind it out forever at jobs we hate. For the most part, we get to choose. That choice isn’t about a career search so much as an identity quest. Asking The Question aspires to end the conflict between who you are and what you do. There is nothing more brave than filtering out the chatter that tells you to be someone you’re not. There is nothing more genuine than breaking away from the chorus to learn the sound of your own voice. Asking The Question is nothing short of an act of courage: It requires a level of commitment and clarity that is almost foreign to our working lives.
During the past two years, I have listened to the life stories of more than 900 people who have dared to be honest with themselves. Of those, I chose 70 to spend considerable time with in order to learn how they did it. Complete strangers opened their lives and their homes to me. I slept on their couches. We went running together. They cried in my arms. We traded secrets. I met their families. I went to one’s wedding. I witnessed many critical turning points.
Q: Today is Ramana’s birthday. I’d like to ask you to say something about Ramana.
Papaji: This is a long story so I will tell you in a short version about my contact with him, and something of what came before also.
Ramana was the son of a lawyer. He was studying in a mission school. In his boyhood, one day he was going to school on the day when the fees were due. He had taken money and was going to school to pay his fees. On the way he felt as though he were dying. He lay down on the road on the way to and began to inquire: ‘”Who is dead? Who is dead? The body is lying here, but I see I am not dead. This body is dead and I am conscious that I am not dead.” This was his experience. He found the Eternal Consciousness which never dies. The body may die, like clothes. Worn out clothes are thrown away and you get new ones to be worn again.
It started like this, but then he wanted to find out what it was. There was nobody to speak to him. After this experience he wanted to see what this experience was. He disappeared from the town of his parents. He had heard people speaking of a pilgrimage place called Mount Arunachala. He wanted to go there and he had the fees in his pocket. So he went to the railway station and the money did not cover the whole journey. He told the booking clerk, “Give me a ticket as far as my money goes.” He bought a ticket to a place called Tirkalur, 20 miles short of his destination. He was wearing gold earrings, so when he got down at the station he was able to sell them to someone and to complete his journey.
He started meditation to locate what the consciousness was. For years he was not heard of. Sometimes he was going to beg for bhiksha (food obtained by asking for alms). No one knew who this person is. After many years people started going to him. When the light shines everyone is attracted. People from all over the world went to him and stayed. There are still people there. It was a forest on the slopes of this hill, and now it has become an international centre.
Many people were seeing him, many people were going to him, kings and presidents of other countries were going to him. I never knew because he was in the South of India and I was in the North. I was searching for a guru but somehow I didn’t like any of them because I found only commercialization.
I went to the Himalayas. I went around to all the well known gurus. I went to Rishikesh, to Uttarpashi, to Tapawanum, to Haridwar. I also went to traditional gurus. I wandered by the bank of Ganga, to Kashipuri. I went down to the desert, down to the South – I went everywhere. Everywhere I went they wanted to initiate me and asked me to do sadhana (disciplined practice of meditation techniques).
When I had gone and sat with them my question was only, “Can you show me God? Have you seen Him? If you have seen Him, can you show me? What fees do I have to pay you? If you have not seen and you cannot show me, tell me straight forward that you have not seen Him and you cannot show me.” But this much nobody dared to tell. They would say, “You have to sit down and do sadhana.”
I said, “Why sadhana? When I go to a shop I have money in my pocket, he has the commodity I want. He will not tell me. ‘You first meditate in front of the shop then I will give it to you.” Nobody will say this. If you have something give it to me and ask me any price, I will pay the price. I will serve you all my life.”
But they would only say, “You have to go through a long sadhana.” In Rishikesh a man had been doing sadhana for 50 years. He was pointing at me saying, “Look at this man!” Everyone was laughing. “This man is standing in an army dress. ‘Show me God,’ he says.” They were mocking me. They were making a joke of me, standing asking them to show me God. “It’s not something to be shown. He doesn’t go through sadhana; he does not agree with sadhana.”
There was one swami (religious teacher) in Tapowan. He was very well known and very old, about 88 years old. But then I saw he was having a court case with one very poor sadhu (ascetic holy man) just occupying a thatch hut. He said, “He is occupying my place. He doesn’t vacate. I will get an advocate.” He had plenty of land and this was only one man not harming anyone, only mediating alone. He was living there in a place ten feet by ten feet in one corner of the land. The swami wanted to make a wall there. Somehow I didn’t like, he wanted to throw this sadhu out. When he has about ten acres of land why doesn’t he allow him a space ten feet by ten feet. After all, he is a sadhu. He was bringing an eviction order and all that. I didn’t like. I saw so many people like this and I returned back home. Very much disappointed and dejected I returned home. And the money that I had saved I spent already.
One day I was going to take lunch and I saw a man standing outside. I asked him, “If you want to take, come in and take food with me. And if you want monetary help I will help you. If you want food come in.” He came in. I asked my mother to bring another plate of food and gave it to him. And then I asked him, “Are you a sannyasin (hindhu religious mendicant)? You must have travelled throughout the country. Have you come across any person who is God-realized, who is enlightened and free? Have you seen anyone? If you have, give me the address; I will go to see him.” He gave me an address and I noted down for the first time the name of a town called Tiruvanamalai, and he told me how to get there. Then he went away.
I decided not to tell my wife or my parents what had happened. I went out to the town. I had no funds as I had spent everything in my search for a guru and my father would not give me any money. When I was walking in the town an old friend called out to me – we had done physical exercises together. “You have not been seen around here. I heard that you had joined the army and since then we have not seen you.” I sat down with him and saw an old Punjab newspaper lying in his shop on the table, the Old Tribune was the name. Immediately my eye went to the wanted advertisements. It was written, they required one ex-army officer to work in our CBI stores to supply army supplies to some British shipment. They were contractors in Pishawar and one unit was going to Madras. I saw a man was advertising for an ex-army officer to serve in Madras. So I applied and they sent me money to cover my first class ticket, and gave me one month’s time to report. I said to myself “I’ve got money now.” With that money I went straight in search of Ramana Maharshi’s ashram at Arunachala.
I got down at the railway station and booked a bullock cart, which was the local transportation. I went to the ashram, and left all my baggage outside. I was going to start my work in Madras so I had all my bedding with me. I left it outside and went into the hall where a man was sitting. As soon as I saw this man I recognized that it was the same man who had given me the address in Punjab. I became very angry with him. I didn’t go to see him. I didn’t even enter the hall. I just went to find another cart to go back to the railway station. There was a Parsi man there; his name was Thromji. Later on we became friends. He came to me and said, “You seem to be a North Indian.” “Yes, I am,” I replied. “Then how is it that you have just arrived and now you are going back?” I told him, “This man is a fraud! He met me just fifteen days ago in Punjab and he gave me his own address that he is a God-realized man.” “No, no,” he said. It’s not possible. You are making a mistake.” I said, “How can I make a mistake? I am not mad. He is the same man. I am quite fit, both in body and mind. I cannot make such a mistake. In only fifteen days I cannot forget. He is the same man.”
He said, “No. This man has not moved from this place in 50 years. You can ask anyone. Either you have seen someone else and you are mistaking the identity, or this man must have appeared to you through his own power to help you. We have heard of some three or four instances. So come with me, I will introduce you to the manager of this ashram and you can stay in the guest house.” So he took me and insisted that I went there, and they give me a place to stay.
Then I went inside. He was not speaking to anybody. Everybody was quiet, but something was going on in this silence. For the first time I saw this happening without talking. Something was there; some vibration was there which was entering into my heart. After about 10 minutes there was a bell for lunch. Maharishi got up, everybody got up – there were maybe 15 or 20 people there – and we all went in the hall to take lunch together. Then Maharshi went back to his hall alone; no one else followed him. After lunch Maharshi took rest, and then people came again in the hall at 2:30. I never knew this rule. So seeing him alone I went in straight away, but as I was going in the attendant stopped me. He said, “You come back at 2:30.” Maharshi was looking and he signaled me to come in.
I went inside and asked him, “It was you wasn’t it, who saw me and gave me your own address in Punjab?” He kept quiet. “If it was you why didn’t you tell me? I wanted to see God. Why you didn’t do it there, and why have you called me here? I have come here and you don’t speak with me. I do not understand.” Still he was silent. I said, “I do not understand your silence. Please speak to me.” Still he was silent. Still he was silent, so I was not very happy.
I was in love with Lord Krishna since my boyhood. It was a constant force in my life. So I said, “Ok, this place is very nice, I like this place. This mountain is very beautiful, there are forests, there are monkeys, there are peacocks. I will live here. I will go to the forest and stay there.” I went to the forest. I had a month before I had to join my duties and I had used up only five days. So I went to the other side of the hill for some time, knowing I could join my duties later on and knowing I was in a good place.
Then the time came for me to go, so I decided to go and prostrate before him and then to leave. I came to him. He was there again, and once again he was alone. Very few people went to see him, very few. He asked me, “Why didn’t you come for so many days?” I was very proud. I said, “I have been playing with my God.” “Very good, very well.” He said. “You have been playing with God?” “Yes, I was. I have always been.” “Do you see him now? Do you see him now?” “Not now,” I said. “Not now. When I have vision I see him, sometimes in the night also. When I have vision I see him, not always. That’s why I want to see him always.”
Then he said, “God does not appear and disappear.”
For the first time I heard this: “God is reality itself. God doesn’t disappear. He is appearance itself. So what appears and disappears is only mental, is only imagination.” I didn’t like this philosophy that I was hearing. “The god appeared and disappeared. And the seer is still here, he who has seen god is still here. Find out who the seer is.”
I had never been confronted at any time by anyone with this question before. Neither the living saints nor any of the past saints I had heard about could confront you like this, with this question: “Find out who the seer is. Find out who you are. That does not disappear. Always it is there, whether you are awake or dreaming or asleep. This seer is always there. Now you tell me who this seer is.”
No answer came for this question but I had an experience to find out the source of ‘I’. It worked it my case. On my first trip to the guru I found it. Actually the seer was always there; the source of ‘I’ was always there. He simply asked me to, “Find out who the seer is.” That’s what he said. In his presence I experienced the seer, what it was. It was so quick. My body was vibrating and became One. I did not understand this tremendous bliss, this tremendous happiness, this beauty, in just an instant.
This teaching is the ultimate teaching, which I try to present to you every day. I don’t think any other teaching is worth striving for except to discover your own Self. Later on, if you need anything else you may go in search of it. Here and now find out who you are. This is the ultimate Reality, this is the ultimate teaching. I don’t think any other teaching can surpass this teaching. Know your Self and then know the rest, if it is needed. This false appearance will disappear in the recognition of your own Self. This false appearance will not show up again when the Real is revealed to you. That has no form and no name; Thathas no geographical location anywhere, neither inside nor outside. This is Eternal Rest. Each of you is already in this. The only impediment is your preoccupation with something else, with something unreal. That is the only hindrance. Otherwise this Freedom, this Wisdom, this Beauty, this Love is always inviting you. You only have to turn your attention within your own Self and you see that you have always been free. This is your own nature.
There is no need to seek, no need to hunt it down anywhere else. It is already here. You only have to abandon the notion that, “I am bound. I am suffering. I am born. I have to die.” This is simply a notion that you have entertained somehow, due to your unmindfulness. This will disappear instantly when you want it to, when you need it to, when you desire it, instantly this is here. You do not need to go and search for it – it is not an object to search for. It is your very inner nature. It is very close, closer even than your breath. When something is closer and nearer than the breath what effort do you need to meet it? It is so near, so dear, so intimate to you, but you are lost in fulfilling your desires with those things or people which are not worth making friends with. They appear and disappear – they are not permanent, they are not real. So what is the use of that hunt which is not abiding, which is not living, which is not eternal, which is disturbing? It’s not wise to purchase disturbance for nothing. If you are a good buyer you will make a bargain for those things which do not disappear. That will be the real diamond, and having that you will not see your poverty.
I went away to Madras and joined my duty. They gave me a very good bungalow and a car. Every Saturday we had half day of work, and Sunday was a full day off. So I started coming every weekend for a day and a half. Whenever I got holidays I went there for some months. Then the partitioning of India was going to take place and some friends living permanently in the ashram asked me which part of Punjab I belonged to, to the West or East? I said: “West, other side of the river.” “Do you know that place is now Pakistan?” I was not reading any papers, nor interested in politics. I never knew anything. He asked me, “What about your family?” I said, “Everybody is in Punjab, in West Punjab. Nobody is in India except myself.” He said, “Why don’t you go and take care of them?” I said, “No, it’s over now; my connection with my family is over. After seeing this man, I have no connection whatsoever with anybody.”
He told Maharishi what I had said. So as I was going on my evening walk Maharishi was there with a few people. He asked Maharishi about my situation, that India was going to be partitioned and my family was in Pakistan. Maharishi asked me, “Why don’t you go?” And I said, “It was a dream. It was a dream; I had a wife, I had children and I had parents, I have relations. It was a dream. My dream is over now.” “Oh, very good if your dream is over. A dream is a dream, so why are you are afraid of a dream? If you know it is a dream go and see the dream then.”
I saw he was winning a point and I wouldn’t allow it. So I said, “No. Now I am physically attached to you, I have physical attachment. I cannot leave you. I want to stay with you. I’ll let anything happen, whatever it is. I can’t save anybody.”
Then he looked at me and said, “I am with you wherever you are.” These are the words in my mind. They helped me even when I left. There was no trouble for any of my family. I brought back them back to Lucknow in August of ’47. There was no trouble. There was trouble all around but it was very safe for us. The guru, the master helps everywhere.
Many of times, we didn’t listen to what Life is trying to tell us.
We didn’t allow time to stay for what it is, and instead let our minds continue running the show.
It’s perfectly fine to let yourself play out the show, for you’ll come to realize that’s what Life is. But problems arise as we identify ourselves with the mind all the time. When that happens, we tend to take things for granted, and miss out on the full colors, tastes, beauty, love & joy that Life offers.
However as we let go of the illusion of time – past & future, the present allows us to see things without the mind, as they are.
With this clarity, we have the ability to realize the beauty within things we’ve always had but never truly appreciated.
So I urge you, if you’re reading this, allow yourself the liberty to listen.
Listen to Now, for being here… you have everything you need.
That includes God.
Burt Harding, a spiritual teacher explains the Lord’s prayer (as adopted by Christians) in a way that’s free of judgment. Eventually, his explanations allowed me to ease in to the present moment. When this happens, I take it as God’s way of nodding to what is real through our hearts.
For as long as humanity decides to protect the notion of ‘separate identities,’ sufferings will continue.
But you know what the funny thing is?
‘Separate identities’ has always just been an illusion, as you’ll soon see.
Without further ado let’s begin, shall we?
So where does matter come from?
If you would do a quick research, you’d discover that it’s formed by tiny little round atoms sticking & condensed with each other to form a physical object.
That’s what we have learned in high school, at least.
What we didn’t particularly learn, is the curiosity to take all this knowledge we have, try to fill it in into the puzzle of Life and make the picture whole in order to see the world from ‘God’s perspective.’
Instead, we just take everything that people tell us, teach us, even brainwash us with and simply see the world from this ‘little aquarium’ we were put into.
Most people don’t bother to break out from this aquarium, for what’s the point?
Well for the ones who think the current world is great, there’s no point really. Because even though everything might be a lie, as long as things are going good for them they don’t have to bother. The selfish ‘me’ don’t mind.
Even if there are babies crying, kids being seriously injured, helpless women & children being paralyzed in other countries because of wars – nothing’s happening over here, so it doesn’t matter. Why should we? Life’s meant to be enjoyed after all and if we are enjoying it, there’s no reason to even want to know what’s happening on the other side of the earth.
That’s the ignorance that caused all of the pains, sufferings & sadness in the world.
It stems everything we despise in our daily lives.
And it starts, all from the protection of this ‘separate, me identity.’
I know, it doesn’t make sense.
If this is where all of our troubles stem from, why is it that nobody realizes it? Why is it that nothing big has been done? Why is it that we continue letting this ‘me’ take control of our reality and cause pains to our lives?
So we go back into what we’ve just talked about.
It is really just because of two reasons:
1.) We just straightly, simply choose to be IGNORANT
2.) This awareness of being concerned of the big picture of life, to see everything as whole, to view the world from the perspective of not just our lives, but outside of earth, from the universe, greater than the universe simply wasn’t introduced to us by our parents, the society, or the people who governed the places we live.
In a while, we’re about to see why this ‘separate me identity’ is an illusion after all, why it’s not real.
After you discover this, you’ll know so much you may feel the urge to laugh hard – well I assure you it’s not strange, so go ahead.
It may be a little ‘threatening’ to some of our egos, but this is ok. I have a little ‘trick’ for you to get over this – all you need to do is remember as much as you can all the sufferings, pains & sadness caused by mankind in our world, in other people whose lives you empathize, or just in your life. And compare that to this little ‘threat’ to the ego.
It won’t even weigh balancely on a scale, so naturally you’ll accept what matters more.
So first, let’s find out who we are.
Who is this person we care to defend so much about? This person whom we want to make attractive in the eyes of others? This person whom we want others to accept?
If you’ve read part 1 & watched the videos, you’ll learn of this term we call “pure awareness.”
And people say we are awareness, because we are aware we exist. We are not our minds, because we can be aware of it – to prove this, close your eyes for 10 seconds and notice how your thoughts move & chatter on its own despite your control, you are aware & can observe it. We are not our bodies, of course, since it’s you who controls the body, is it not? We’re not our feelings, because it’s too impermanent and like the mind, we can observe our own feelings.
Surely who we really are is higher than the mind, body, feelings. We can observe these things. We can be aware of them.
That’s how the notion that we are “pure awareness” came to be.
I’m going to connect this to science.
Back to what we were talking about ‘matter’ (think body, organs & brain) being formed by just atoms sticking & condensed with each other –
When you magnify deeper into an atom, you’ll discover that it’s formed by a nucleus & electrons (which are charges created by the nucleus).
Look deeper into a nucleus, and you’ll discover that it is formed by quarks that are like energy which appear out of nowhere, energy appearing out of nothingness.
If you’ve been reading this closely now…
You’d get to a realization of something rather peculiar.
If the source of matter, where matter comes from, how the atoms that make up matter is the SAME – from emptiness, how did we get this notion that we are separate?
Despite how different something looks…
If it is still formed out of a nucleus & its electrons, which existence appeared from nowhere, then what is this ‘separate me identity’ really?
We say it’s an illusion – but if you want a more down-to-earth description, I’d say it’s just a ‘story’ created by the ego, in the mind – like a game.
And such a story is shallow, meaningless, unproductive when clung onto.
For, does believing the story that you are ‘superman’ give you the power to fly?
If it is not who you are, it simply won’t affect your true nature.
It simply won’t change what is real.
Despite your conscious control as a human, the world continues functioning as it had always been. The sun continues shining, giving us warmth & bright light. The earth continues surrounding it, providing us with the right climate to live in. Trees, flowers & grasses continues to grow, giving us oxygen to survive. Our heart continues to beat, despite a conscious effort of intending it to.
It is amazing, this emptiness.
It allows Life to express itself beautifully despite the control of any ‘separate me identity.’
In quiescence, we can sense how true this is.
But as the mind comes into activity, it tries to convince you otherwise.
However, truths are unignorable.
So one day, we may just all come to acknowledge it.
Today, you’ve discovered the biggest reason to all of the sufferings that exist in our world – the protection & clinging of the ‘separate me identity’ – so ignore it until you’ve decided to see sufferings end.
On the other hand, if you have gained clarity of this understanding and want to breathe life into it – spread the word about this realization.
Let others know that the ‘separate me identity’ is of no valid nature after all.
The world could be filled with so much more happiness, satisfaction & joy without its illusionary dictation.
It could finally become a place we’d desire to wake up to each morning.
Let’s assume we’re starting this blog all over again.
How are we to piece the whole world together, use what we know to uncover the ultimate truth, and achieve happiness?
Before we get into the subject matter, of course we need to start from the bottom.
So here we go, let’s fall deep, deep to the lowest ground once more.
We’re there, now we can begin.
This existence we’re living today is called Life.
In life, we were born to believe that everything about us or specifically, “me” is this body we’re “controlling.”
As we grow up, we then learn (and is conditioned) that who we are is this identity that the mind contains, understands & maintains.
Everything about human life is determined up to the extent of the condition of your body, the knowledge in your mind & the experiences it generates.
We are taught that this is ‘real.’
I put the word real under inverted commas for a reason, you’ll learn why as we continue.
But little did we know that this picture is not complete.
Not complete yet, because we didn’t go into an honest enquiry to fill in the blanks of the questions we haven’t honestly ask.
It’s like a baby who had been born into New York City in a wealthy family, who had grown up to become a teenager in modern society, and who had always been surrounded by great care & love since he/she was young saying that the world is comfortable, because his/her life is abundantly nourished.
The missing link lies in that ‘unknowingness’ of a world outside of the comfort zone he/she enjoys in New York City.
Little did he/she know that actually someplace else other than this modern city, someplace where people actually don’t even have the ability to get themselves 3 meals a day, some other environments where there are no buildings but is filled with just nature & ‘the wild’ exists – these places had always been there, but were just simply ‘cut off’ or ‘ignored’ in his/her reality.
This explanation serves only to lead your mind to an understanding:
“That it’s important to enquire about the WHOLE picture of life, if we were to get what’s real, what’s the ultimate truth that countless before us have strived to discover.”
Why is this ‘truth’ important?
Because unless it’s the truth, it’s nature is ever-changing, uncertain, biased, separated, illusionary.
The only way we could all attain a genuine quality of happiness is if we’ve achieved what we’ve done based on what is true, what is real, what is authentic to our hearts.
After all, what we have all done in this life on earth, we’re just striving for this genuine quality of happiness, a good life aren’t we?
Well don’t just take these words written here as facts, listen quietly to your heart and inquire whether this is all true.
Once you’ve come to a peaceful understanding of everything we’ve just talked about, then I’m glad to announce this:
“Congratulations because you’ve just attained the most valuable ‘tool’ there is to opening your eyes towards real truth & discovering genuine happiness.”
In the rest of our journey, you’ll discover that there is nothing doubtful, uncertain or unsatisfying with ‘this way’.
You will know just exactly how, as we continue, you can truly, genuinely & wholly, experience happiness all the time.
One last thing before I finish writing for now – I’m going to write each post with the accompaniment of Burt Harding’s videos.
Burt Harding is a man whom I’ve ‘got’ the realization of the ultimate truth of life & happiness from.
And I believe, down this road, you would probably say the same too.
So what I’m going to do is, I’ll experiment the way of thinking as he’d described with what I know about life & our true nature, and update you in this same post whether it has proved itself to work in the future.
Thanks for reading.
Update 3rd November 2009:
From what I’ve eventually come to learn, referring to the title of this blog post the answer is no.
There’s a reason for this.
The quickest answer I can give you without using a whole book to describe is:
You are actually everything. Just temporarily expressed through a human being. The real you is consciousness, pure awareness, nothingness.
So you are not the body, per se (well you should’ve known why this is true for a while now if you’ve studied the previous blog posts). What you’re experiencing with your senses, what you’ve experienced with your senses, what you’ll experience with your senses is also you. ‘You’ are who’s writing this.
Everything – once again – everything is you. Hence there’s no reason to yearn for something – everything just is. With an understanding from quiescence (which means noticing without effort), this realization brings liberation! Attached labels to what the mind perceives or conceives shall fade for their impermanence.
Life is, nothing else. And since your true nature is peace, fullness & happiness – Love, there is nothing else to chase, no more cycles/loops to repeat. To you Love just happens, it’s as simple as that!
Staying as Being is probably the only answer.
To be a little bit more practical, here’s an explanation:
According to the big bang theory, a very, very hot atom appeared out of nowhere & caused the explosion which created the whole Universe and all that it contains, creating Time & Space.
Eventually, this explosion also allowed for the emergence of particles, which combined & formed atoms, which turned to matter and condensed into the stars, planets & everything that the planets eventually come to ‘produce’.
That’s how the world came to take the shape & form it has today.
The question is, where did this atom really, actually come from?
Where is nowhere?
I call it Emptiness.
This is the place where there’s no color, images, or anything that we can conceive/perceive.
And yet it is the source of everything, including time & space, matter, thoughts, the list continues ad infinitum.
Putting that aside for a moment, what I understand is that enlightenment comes from the understanding that we are This-One-Emptiness.
It is the pure awareness we refer to as who, we really are.
The one referred to when we ask, “Since you are not your thoughts or your mind… and you can stand as the observer looking at them, who are you?”
Who is this observer?
Let presence enter. Let go of all doership. Let everything stay as it Is.
Don’t let your mind interfere – just do it, it is that simple.
In this moment Now, without referring to what you’ve learned, seen, heard, experienced, tell me, who or what are you?
Simplicity is all we need.
Answer exactly as it comes from your heart.
Who, or what are you prior to everything including your physical body, your thoughts, your experiences if it all appears from
The hardest thing
for the human mind to accept
is the fact that not the personal I
but Oneness is the ‘doer.’
– Burt Harding
I found this while searching for videos about “Nothingness” a while ago:
Although I understand these teachings, my gut instinct still tells me that something’s missing. How should we actually live life after hearing we are emptiness? It’s as if I couldn’t understand the reason for why we’re learning about spirituality at all – what’s the purpose?
So is it all just ‘knowledge’ in the end? Something we can shrug off after finish hearing about it? The puzzle isn’t complete yet for me.
Well so far we know how to attain happiness. We know about how our experiences of the world actually come about. What is next?
I look forward to receiving guidance from the one who created us.