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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy new year!

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* be my babyyyyy ..kisses:)..and happy new year...LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!
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Monday, December 22, 2008

For my beloved

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

* I am expert in clasical music...I can refrain something from anyone...but I dedicate this to my beloved..for Elize,from Beethoven....yes, Ludwig Van Beethoven....I post also Mozard's Piano Concerto number 21(or 22?..not sure) ... now,one of this 2 guys was realized..you guess whom...kisses(I know whom)=added by danny-
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Cotton eyed Danny:)

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note....the cotton eyed joe dance.....lol

If it had't been for Cotton Eye Danny
I'd been married long time ago

Where did you come from where did you go
Where did you come from Cotton Eye Danny

He came to town like a midwinter storm
he rode through the fields so handsome and strong
his eyes was his tools and his smile was a gun
but all he had come for was having some fun....

He brought disaster wherever he went
the hearts of the girls was to hell broken sent
they all ran away so nobody would know
and left only men cause of Cotton Eyed Danny

-added by danny-

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Celtic harp

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* This is a poem from Anna Ruiz...it's beautiful.
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http://kriptodanny.blogspot.com/2008/12/arrival.html#links
A Celtic harp
Played
I never said goodbye
You never said hello

We were pages,
Torn and yellowing,
Wild and broken-hearted
Gorillas dancing in the mist

Violet and lotus blossoms,
Opening,
You never said goodbye
I never said hello ...
http://kriptodanny.blogspot.com/2008/12/arrival.html#links

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Arrival

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* this is the only song of ABBA with no words...listen to it..it's called .arrival.
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Enjoy yourself to the fullest, wherever you are;)

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* interesting story from Nasruddin about how to enjoy yourself...wherever you are,that's it.
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Good day! My name is Nasruddin. I was born in Amritsar in the Punjab, in India. Or...it was so long ago... it may have been in Cairo, in Egypt. In fact, I think it was Newark, New Jersey, though my uncle claims it was Turkey, and my birth certificate says Balkh, in what is now Afghanistan.


Anyway, I was born, and I stand here as proof. I would like to tell you about the time I went to see my friend Tekka. I met Tekka when he was a young man, but that is another story altogether. So I was here, and Tekka was in his home village, and all that lay between us was a desert and a jungle.


The desert was easy. Twelve days under the burning sun...no sweat. Well, not exactly, but to return to the story, I came to the jungle. If you have ever seen a jungle, you know that it is big, and dark, and very green. The trees are tall, the bushes are thick, and there are lots of little animals moving about, making you think they are big animals!


Well, the path was narrow, and the jungle on either side was thick and noisy, and closed over the path in a way that made me a little nervous. But I love my friend Tekka, so I said to myself, "Nasruddin, you are a stalwart soul, and you must go through this jungle in order to see Tekka. Just think of it as taking a walk through the jungle!" I tried to argue with myself, but it was no use. I had to go.


So I started off through the jungle, and the path was not so bad when my eyes got used to the gloom. I was walking happily along, when I heard a noise behind me: "hhahh... hhahh... hhahh." I looked over my shoulder, and saw, to my surprise, a tiger was also taking a walk through the jungle!


"Ah," I said to myself, which was the best I could do in the circumstances. Then I had a thought, which was fortunate. "It is never too late to begin an exercise regimen. Why not start with jogging, for your health, that is." I agreed, and began at once. There I was, jogging through the jungle, enjoying what remained to me of my health, when I heard a sound behind me: "hhahh...hhahh...hhahh." I looked over my shoulder, and – what do you know!– the tiger had also taken up jogging! Although I think the tiger was less interested in excersise, and more interested in nutrition!


Due to the beneficial effects of exercise, my brain was functioning more efficiently. "If you can jog, surely you can run," I told myself. "Why not try for a world record?" It's amazing how quickly you can come to an agreement with yourself. I began immediately to see if I could set a new world record for land speed running. I tore through that jungle as if the path were a highway.


I am certain a world record was within my grasp, if only a judge with a stopwatch had been there. And when I heard a familiar sound behind me, which I probably don't have to explain sounded like "hhahh-hhahh-hhahh," I didn't even have to stop and look to know the tiger was also bent on setting a world record.


So there we were, the two athletes running like the wind through the jungle! It was thrilling! It was exciting! It was terrifying! Suddenly, there was no jungle!


There was no path either, only the blue sky, and a cliff, and me, Nasruddin, falling down it. I said to myself, "Aaauughh!!" but it did no good. So I grabbed onto a bush.


(Did you ever notice, every single time you fall down a cliff, there's a bush to grab onto. Check it out for yourself!)


So I grabbed this bush, and held on for dear life. I clung to it with all my strength, which I needed, because there was the tiger looking down at me, saying "hhahh...hhahh...hhahh." "Don't you know any other words?" I said. Apparently not, because the tiger continued to say the same thing over and over. I looked desperately about me for a way out, and could find none. Then I noticed the roots of the bush begin to pull out of the cliff, one by one.


"Nasruddin," I said, and I have a little song I sing to myself when I am in trouble, which seems to be more and more often these days, "Nasruddin, you have been/ in better sit-u-a-tions." It's a nice little song, very comforting. It certainly helped at that moment.


Then I heard a sound behind and below me that sounded strangely familiar: "hhahh...hhahh...hhahh."


"Wait!" I said to myself, "I thought I left that sound safely up above!" I looked down, and saw that the bad always comes with the good. Why is that, do you think? The good was that the cliff was not very high, and I would not be hurt if I fell. The bad was the other tiger standing below me, looking up!


There I was, hanging on the face of a cliff from a bush whose roots were pulling out, with a tiger above me and a tiger below me. I thought it was a good moment for my little song, so I sang again, "Nasruddin, you have been/ in better sit-u-a-tions." It had its effect – my head was clear, and I cast about desperately for a way out of my predicament. I assure you I didn't think of the word predicament at the time.


I looked on both sides, and suddenly spied a little green bush, with a single red berry. It was a wild strawberry! Now, my philosophy is always to enjoy yourself to the fullest, wherever you are. So I got a good grip with my toes, which are considerable, and held the bush with one hand, and reached out, risking all, and picked that strawberry.


And did I eat it? Oh, yes, my beloveds, I did. And I am here to tell you that if you are hanging on a cliff from a bush that is pulling out by the roots, and there is a tiger above you and a tiger below you, and you find a strawberry and you eat it, that will be the sweetest strawberry the world has ever known!


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But wait...what about the tigers, and the cliff? How am I here to tell the tale? Well, here it is: they were nearsighted tigers, and when they got a close look at me, they lost their appetites.

Funny karate

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* funny karate clips...hahahaha!!!!..reminds me of the ego trying hard to get enlightened...haahahaha
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Monday, December 15, 2008

Dream,dream...

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* beautiful song from Everly Brothers...read again the words,,I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away
,,

Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream

When I feel blue in the night
And I need you to hold me tight
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine
Anytime night or day
Only trouble is, gee whiz
I'm dreamin' my life away

I need you so that I could die
I love you so and that is why
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
Drea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are you completely out of your mind?

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*nice essay about the problem with ,,using the mind to get over the mind,,...this is an organic process,folks..this enlightenment stuff...same applies to asking,,whom I am,,..see if it gets you somewhere.The author on the link above (Daniel Ingram)explains well.Read it and let those wisdom muscles grow.!!!
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There was a guy on a blogsite to which I sometimes post who kept inserting comments in our discussion such as you can not become what you already are, awakening is not about more knowledge but instead about less knowledge, and that awakening happens regardless of study and meditation. I have encountered this vile point of view and its variants before, and so replied as follows, in slightly edited form:

Dear [delusional view-poster],

Somehow I just cannot resist countering your point of view with every bit of rhetorical force I have despite the fact that I am afraid the number who listen will be few.

Here is a detailed analysis of what is wrong with that perspective on a number of fronts:

The notion that you cannot become what you already are implies a whole host of conceptual problems that I will claim do not lead to much that is good that cannot be attained by conceptual frameworks that are not so problematic. Here is a list of the problems:

1) This notion encourages people to not practice. You can say what you like, but again and again I see people who subscribe to this and similar notions resting on their cleverness and grand posteriors and not actually getting it in the same way that my accomplished meditator friends get it. It seems so comforting, this notion that you are already something that you, in fact, are not. This brings us to the question of what you are and are not.

2) This notion solidifies a True Self teaching almost by definition. From any cursory analysis, what we are from an insight point of view is an extrapolation of continuity from a pattern of utterly fresh, transient, ephemeral, causal sensations. Anything added to this is extraneous from an insight point of view. Try as people might, a True Self in an experiential sense cannot be found. Thus, the notion that people already are something begs the question: What are they? It tends to imply that they are already something such as perfect, enlightened, realized, awakened, or something even worse such as Awareness, Cosmic Consciousness, The Atman, an aspect of The Divine, etc. all of which cannot actually be found. While Buddhism does sometimes go there, such as using terms such as Dharmakaya and Buddha Nature, these are very slippery, high concepts that were added later and require a ton of explanation and practice experience to keep them from becoming the monsters they nearly always become in less experienced hands.

3) Awakening involves clearly perceiving universal characteristics of phenomena. While one can attempt to rest comfortably in the notion that as these universal characteristics are there anyway, the whole, core, essential, root point of all this is that there is something to be gained by becoming one of the people that can actually directly perceive this clearly enough to fundamentally change the way reality is perceived in real-time. The straight truth is that the vast majority of people do not start out being able to do this at all. The notion that everyone already is someone who can perceive reality this way without effort in real-time is a fantastic falsehood, lie, untruth, and in short, one great load of apathy-creating bullshit. Said another say, your notion, namely that one cannot become one of the people who can perceive this because everyone already is a clear perceiver of highest caliber, is a profound delusion and simply does not hold up to reality testing.

If one goes around asking people without very good insight into these things, i.e. the unenlightened, about basic dharma points, points that are obvious to those who have learned to pay attention well, one does not find that everyone already is a person who is perceiving things at the level that makes the difference the dharma promises. Further, even those of lower levels of enlightenment generally have a hard time saying they really are able to perceive the emptiness, luminosity, selflessness, causality, transience, ephemerality, etc. of reality in real-time at all times without having to really do anything. In short, your notion that this is as easy as just being what you already are is wildly off the mark, as the vast majority of people are woefully underdeveloped on the perceptual front in question.

Thus, all reality testing reveals that your notion is missing a very fundamental point: while the universal characteristics are always manifesting in all things and at all times, there are those that can perceive this well and those that cannot, and meditative training, conceptual frameworks, techniques, teachers, texts, discussions and the like can all contribute to developing the internal skills and wiring to be able to fully realize what is possible, as thousands of practitioners throughout the ages have noticed.

I have no idea where you are getting this bizarre notion, except that perhaps you are reading The Power of Now, following Adiashanti, or some other tradition that for reasons completely beyond me assumes that everyone already has the powers of perception of the rarest perceptual superstars.

I myself have known before and after, meaning that I know what I was capable of perceiving and understanding before I underwent meditative training and after, and no amount of being fed the concept that I was already as developed as I could be, was already enlightened, was already there, had nothing to do, nothing to develop, was already as clear as I could be, was already perfectly awake, etc. was going to make the difference that the thousands of hours over years of increasing my ability to perceive things clearly did.

It would be like saying: you are already a concert pianist, you just have to realize it, or you already are a nuclear physicist, you just have to realize it, or you already speak every language, you just have to realize it.

It would be like saying to a two-year old: you already understand everything you need to know so stop learning new things now, or to a severe paranoid schizophrenic: you already are as sane as anyone and do not need to take your meds and should just follow the voices that tell you to kill people, or to a person with heart disease: just keep smoking and eating twinkies and you will be healthy, or to an illiterate person with no math skills who keeps having a hard time navigating in the modern world and is constantly disempowered and ripped off: no need to learn to read and do math, as you are just fine as you are, or saying to a greedy, corrupt, corporate-raiding, white-collar criminal, Fascist, alcoholic wife-beater: hey, Dude, you are a like, beautiful perfect flower of the Now Moment, already enlightened [insert toke here], you are doing and not-doing just fine, like wow, so keep up the good work, Man.

Would you let a blind and partially paralyzed untrained stroke victim perform open-heart surgery on your child based on the notion that they already are an accomplished surgeon but just have to realize it? Would you follow the dharma teachings of people who feed other people this kind of crap? In short, are you completely out of your mind?

Those who imagine that everyone somehow in their development already became as clear and perceptive as they could be just by being alive is missing something very profound. Do you imagine that you can just remind people of these things and suddenly all wisdom and clarity will suddenly just appear? This mind-bogglingly naive. I simply have to ask: from where did you attain this fantastic fixed delusion?

I have gained so much that is good and lost so much that is bad by learning to practice well, learning to concentrate, learning the theory, learning insight practices, going through the organic process of the stages over decades, reading the stories, reading about the lives of the great practitioners, having dharma conversations with dharma friends, debating points, wrestling with difficult concepts and how to apply them to my actual life, teaching, learning, studying, playing with the powers, writing, realizing how things are, and delving deeply into the sensate world that I am astounded that anyone would want to try to reduce something so grand, wonderful, deep, rich, amazing and profound to such a paltry, ridiculous concept as the notion that all that is already in place in everyone regardless of what they have done or not done. All those benefits, skills, abilities, powers, states, stages, experiences, insights, and fundamental perceptual changes simply were not available until I did the work, took the time, participated in the process, and no amount of anyone telling me it was otherwise would have helped or made it so.

This is an organic, causal process. I know of no examples where the necessary and sufficient causes did not involve some kind of work rather than a mere concept that somehow all those benefits and abilities have magically appeared already and they somehow just did not notice until you told them they had.

In short: STOP IT! You are spreading craziness, and this is craziness that many people will not be able to tell is craziness, including, it seems, yourself. While I usually do not go so far as to tell people that there is something so deeply wrong with what they think and how they communicate it that they should stop it immediately and forever, this particular point is a great example of something I consider abhorrent and worthy of profound revision.

Regardless of any kind intentions, the teachings that you perpetuate take a half-truth that seems so very nice and seductive to us neurotic Americans who just can barely stand another achievement trip and have such a hard time with self-acceptance and turn it into sugary poison.

There is no need to tie the three useful concepts of 1) no-self, 2) self-acceptance in the ordinary sense, and 3) the notion that the sensations that lead to understanding if clearly perceived over and over again are manifesting right here, right now, to such a perversely twisted yet seemingly benign and similar concept as the one you unfortunately promote. While they look the same, careful examination will reveal why your way of stating things is so deeply flawed.

P.S. For those not used to this sort of hard-hitting rhetoric, check out texts where the Buddha took on some dogmas he considered useless or harmful and see if he wasn*t even more forceful than me at points.


Friday, December 12, 2008

The smoking Sufi

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* nice sufi story ..
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It happened like this, there was a Sufi saint called Ibrahim. You have heard of Ibrahim? In his ashram or his center, two disciples were sitting very morose in the garden one evening and one said to the other, “I want to smoke but we are on a spiritual path, how to smoke?” The other one said “Even I want to smoke; I don’t know what to do”.

Then they decided, “Let us go and ask the master whether we can smoke or not”, because in the past, there have been many Sufi saints who were continuously smoking. So next day evening, one disciple was sitting in the same spot in the garden, totally miserable, the other disciple came smoking. He said, “Hey! Why are you smoking? Master told me not to smoke” So the other disciple asked, “What did you ask him?” “I asked him if I can smoke when I am meditating”. He said “No”. “That’s your problem”, said the second monk. I asked him whether I can meditate when I am smoking, and he told me go ahead!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Happy Virus

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* a poem from Hafiz c. 1320 to 1389, a beautiful, mystic, Sufi poet from Persia...Enjoy!Translated beautifully and with verve by Daniel Ladinsky,on the site above.
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The Happy Virus


I caught the happy virus last night


When I was out singing beneath the stars.


It is remarkably contagious -


So kiss me.


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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Illusion

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* a poem from Ella Wheeler Wilcox...to ponder about.
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Illusion

God and I in space alone and nobody else in view.
"And where are the people o Lord", I said,
"the earth below, and the sky o'erhead
and the dead whom once I knew?"

"That was a dream," God smiled and said -
"A dream that seemed to be true.
There were no people, living or dead,
There was no earth, and no sky o'erhead:
There was only myself - in you."

"Why do I feel no fear," I asked,
"meeting you here in this way?
For I have sinned I know full well?
And is there heaven, and is there hell,
and is this the judgement day?"

"Say, those were but dreams," the great God said,
"dreams that have ceased to be.
There are no such things as fear or sin,
there is no you - you never have been -
there is nothing at all but me."


by -
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunday, December 07, 2008

All the gods that you've heard of, the Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, they're all You

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* since we are talking about ,,gods,,..let's make a point straight..Robert says,,All the gods that you've heard of, the Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, they're all You. You are that. You are nothing else but that. You have always been that. Tat-Twam-Asi...but you have to REALIZE it,..(by the way..Robert was no,,guru,,..he was a jhani...means a man whom knew the truth...a guru is transforming others,not talk about it.ponder)
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Turning Away from the World

Towards the Self

Robert talks about two realities: The world of our everyday world and the Self. But there is only one reality. The world is a reflection of our own Self, and therefore it is not really there separate from me. That is why Robert calls the world illusory, that it does not exist, only the Self exists. The Self is the source from which the reflected world comes. Robert urges us to find this Self consciously. Normally we are unaware of the self and are aware of the world. When we are unaware of the world, we are in the self. In sleep, we are in the Self only, but are not consciously aware that we are the Self.

To become aware of the Self, you need to let go of the world, and, so to speak, let God do it. This gives us leave to relax and look within; we are no longer obligated to worry about the world. When somewhat freed of our worldliness, we can look within for who we really are.

Letting go of the world—that is our work. Then, Robert, the guru, does his work, which is to take you consciously to the place of no objects, doing or existence, to pure awareness, the Self. This is who you are always, but you are not now aware of that. Robert leads you there consciously, to Self-realization, and with it comes liberation from the waking dream.

Or, so he says…

Robert: Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, Om,

Peace. Good afternoon. I welcome you with all my heart. It is good to be with you once again on this hot Sunday afternoon.

Most of you have come here for one reason: to find freedom from your everyday experiences, to be liberated, to be self-realized, to attain Nirvana, Satori, to become enlightened. Yet, does the Sun have to be enlightened? Your real nature is Moksha, liberation. You have always been that and nothing else.

But some of you do not believe this, do not feel this, have had no experience of this. For this reason it is my responsibility to see that you awaken. That's why I'm here. I'm responsible for you. If you realize this, if you understand what I'm talking about, you will let go of everything else. All of your attachments, all of your fears, all of your frustrations, all of the things that you have been holding onto for years, will be given up. When you give up these things, divine grace flows by itself, and you will be where you are now: awakened, only you don't know that now.

One of the things you have to work on in yourself is passion. You must give up all passion for this world and the things in it. You must develop dispassion. Now to some of you this sounds terrible, not to have passion for the things of this world. Never to be passionately in love?

What I'm referring to is having dispassion for the world of Maya, and having total passion for the Self. As an example, if you are intimate with a boy friend or a girl friend, or a husband or a wife, or a camel or a yak (laughter), whatever turns you on, you no longer think you're with that kind of a being, whatever it may be. You are loving your Self. The camel is your Self. Your partner, your lover, is your Self. It is your Self that you are in love with. Not the self called Robert or Mary or Jane or Joe, but the Self as consciousness. You have total passion for your Self.

As you love the trees, the sky, the world, you no longer think it's a world of Maya, a world of illusion, but an extension of your Self, the absolute reality, the effortless, choiceless, pure awareness. It is your Self you're making love to. When you think it's another human being, this spoils it. When you think it's a person, place or thing, this spoils it. It is always only the Self. There is only the Self and nothing else.

When you begin to understand this, you begin to move in the right direction. Otherwise if you're looking at people as a person, place or thing, you're making a terrible mistake. That brings sorrow. It brings unhappiness, jealousy, fear, frustration. The way you know when you are with the Self, is when there is freedom. No restrictions. No laws. No rules. No regulations. You're always with the Self. You have always been the Self.

So there are two ways of seeing this world. One is Maya, the grand illusion. You want nothing to do with this. This is what creates problems. This appears to create animosity, sorrow. But then there is the real world: The world of the Self. The world of bliss. The world of total joy, unalloyed peace and happiness. This is what you really are. This is your real nature, your Swarupa. You have always been this and you will always be this.

Forget about the past. Do not worry about the future. Have total faith, total joy in yourself. Only when you can understand yourself as all-pervading consciousness, can you possibly understand that the universe is an emanation of your mind.

Everything that you see comes out of you. You are the creator. You are the God. You are the Avatar, the Atman. All the gods that you've heard of, the Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah, Allah, they're all You. You are that. You are nothing else but that. You have always been that. Tat-Twam-Asi.

Why do you look at yourself as a simple mortal being with problems, always thinking about the future, thinking about your pride and your ego. Drop that. Give it up.

The two things to understand is that self-realization is not your responsibility, it's mine. For you sought me out. I'm here for you, not for me. But you also have to give up the rest. It's up to you to diligently work on yourself to remove all these false concepts that you've had for years, for centuries, for many lives.

It means you have to be totally honest with yourself. Totally honest. Completely honest with yourself to see the way you've been carrying on. To see how your thoughts have been ruling you. Your mind has been telling you, "This is like this and this is like that. This is good, this is bad. This is right, this is wrong.” Being judgmental all the time, this is what has to be given up, totally and completely.

Do not concern yourself about this world. For mortal man can never understand this world at all. This world appears very confusing, very chaotic. There seems to be so many wonderful things in this world, and yet, there seems to be so much destruction, man's inhumanity to man. Dastardly things are going on everywhere, intermingled with the beauty and joy of this world. It becomes very confusing to the mortal man.

Then you see yourself getting older and older. All of your material plans have gone by the wayside. And even if you have accomplished great things, you have to leave them when it's time to go. You start to think to yourself, what is life all about? Who am I? What am I really? What is the source of everything?

No one has ever explained these things to you. So you believe life is just chance. By chance you've been born, you’ve gone through prevailing conditions, you get old and you die. You have no idea what's going on. Therefore I say to you, leave the world alone. Do not believe you have to bring peace to this world. There is a greater power that knows the way that takes care of this world, this universe, and needs no help from you.

The only way you can help this world, is by awakening, by becoming self-realized. How do you help this world by becoming self-realized? When you become self-realized, you are no longer a body. You are all-pervading consciousness, the absolute reality. You are boundless space. You become the trees, the mountains, the rivers, the animals, the insects, the birds. You have become everything. You are the Self, the imperishable immutable Self.

But when you can't see this, you act as an independent agent. Thinking, you're going to make this a better world in which to live. Sticking up for your rights. Trying to change people's opinions. Protesting about this and about that. I admit all these things are necessary in this world, but this is what Maya is all about. Maya is a wonderful illusion. It makes you believe you've got to do something to change things in this world. But I can assure you, nothing will ever change. It will appear to change for a while. Things will appear slightly better at times, and they'll be slightly worse at times. There will be cataclysms, destructions, all sorts of things happening to this world. This is the nature of this world. It has absolutely nothing to do with you. Yet at the same time you are the world. I always contradict myself, this is the teaching. It's a total contradiction. But the ultimate reality is, let go of everything. Know your Self as omniscient and you'll be total happiness and total freedom.

As you try to understand these things, as you begin to ponder what I'm talking about, you look for a way to remove everything from your mind, to empty the mind. You begin to enquire: To whom do all these thoughts come? To whom does the feeling of humanity come? To whom does this universe come? To whom does the ego come?

And smile to yourself. You keep still. You will soon realize that everything comes to you. It comes to you. I think these things. I believe this and I believe that. I feel hurt. I feel this way, I feel that way.

A new revelation comes to you. You begin to see that the I-thought is the culprit. From the moment you get out of bed in the morning, you begin with the I, and it never ends till you fall asleep. Therefore the only peace you ever get is when you are in deep sleep. When you are in deep sleep, the I returns to the heart, to the source. There is nothing going on. Nothing is happening.

At the time you are unconsciously self-realized. This is why when you get up in the morning and you say to yourself "I slept well.” You are talking about I. "I" slept well.

What you really mean to say is the I wasn't interfering with your life. But as soon as you begin to think, you say "I am late for work. I have to catch the bus. I have a headache. I have to eat breakfast." And you go on and on and on with this I, and it never stops. All day long it's I,I,I,I. think about this. Am I not telling you the truth? You're always thinking about "I this" and "I that". Till the night time comes again, you go to sleep.

And again the I goes back into the source, into the heart, and you're at peace once more. Until you wake up and it starts all over again. After doing this for a million years, you get to the stage when you'll ask yourself "Who am I? What is this I? How did it arise? From whence did it come?" This is the beginning of wisdom, when you inquire for the source of the I. You ultimately begin to trace the I to the source. When you do this finally, when the I is in the source, it is just like when you're in deep sleep, except that you're conscious.

Think about this for a moment. In deep sleep you have no I, for it has returned to the source. You're totally happy, but you're unconscious of it.

When you attain what we call self-realization. It means that the I has returned to the source while you're awake. There's nobody left to think. There's no one left to worry, or to fret, or to be unhappy. You have merged with the infinite, with the all-pervading Brahman. If you understand this and you practice this, you will become the happiest person in the world. On the way to finding the I-source, you begin to feel happier and happier every day. The old thoughts melt away. The old you dissolves. You become free.

Of course you've got a choice. And this is your choice. Whom shall I follow this day, God or Mammon? Which simply means, following Mammon is following the world, the world of illusion, which keeps tricking you, making you believe you should do this and do that and to go here and to go there.

When you follow God, you're following yourself. You're following the Dharma, Swarupa. You no longer feel sorry for yourself. You no longer feel guilty about the sins of commission/omission of the past. Your mind becomes clear, peaceful. Your mind becomes like a mirror. And since the mirror is unable to see itself, it sees its reflection in the world, as peace, love, harmony, joy. As you continue to work on yourself this way, the day comes when all this is gone, and you are gone. You become nothing. A good for nothing. You go beyond nothingness, which is ineffable, something that can't be explained. There are no words or thoughts to understand this, yet, you have it all within you.

Everything you need is within you. You are the one.

All the tools that you need are within yourself, but you have to make the move to do something. As I said, leave the realization to me. Work on yourself. Get rid of all the stuff that's kept you bound for so many years. You know what it is. The fears, preconceived ideas, all these things that have kept you in bondage all these years. Let go of them. Give them up. Surrender everything. Which means you really have a job on your hands! Yet I tell you all of the time, everything is preordained. Everything is karmic. This is true for the average person who does nothing to find realization for themselves. Then your entire life appears to be karmic.

Yet when you begin to work on yourself, when you begin to see the truth, when you begin to enquire all day long "Who am I?”, wherever you are, whatever you do. And you go deeper and deeper within, all of karma is transcended. Everything is transcended. You become a totally free being.

The question arises, if everyone becomes free in this world, how will the world function? People always ask me this. I have told you, do not concern yourself with this world. There is one who takes care of this world. When you merge with the one, you will understand this. So you do not have to keep running around, trying to improve world conditions any longer. Everything is as it should be. This is something you have to comprehend totally. Everything is in its right place. Everyone is where they belong, karmically speaking. There are no mistakes. None have been made, none are being made, none will ever be made. There is no past, there is no future. There is only this moment in which you live.

In this moment ask yourself, "Who am I?" and see where you go. Remind yourself everyday that you are not the doer. You are not the body nor the mind. Keep reminding yourself daily that you are Parabrahman, beyond Brahman. You are the choiceless, effortless, pure awareness. You are Nirvana, ultimate reality, the ultimate oneness.

Stand up tall. Do not be afraid any longer. There is nothing that can hurt you. There is nothing in this world that can actually do anything to you. You are free. You are the substratum of all existence. Everything is an image on consciousness. The whole universe, all the planets, all the galaxies, are all images on consciousness. Know yourself and be free.

It is now time again to play stump the Guru. Did we pass the basket around to get all the ridiculous questions? (laughter).

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Question: Robert, when you see someone that you love very much going down a very destructive path, how can you become detached?

Robert: You realize that that person does not belong to you, he or she belongs to God. Therefore if you have the right wisdom, you'll do something to try to help that person. But then again, karmically, that person has been given to you for you to go through this experience. So the correct answer for this of course is to know yourself. If you know yourself it will take care of the person. For your Self is that person. The greater you know yourself, the greater help the person will receive. For there is only one, and you are that. But when you separate yourself by saying this person is doing this and I'm trying to stop this person, there is duality.

Then things will get progressively worse. But if you know who you are, then what will happen to this person is what is supposed to happen. I know that's hard. Sometimes you want to grab the person and shake them. And you want to interfere and do something for them. Yet if we could only remember that everything is in its right place and see who we are, that would take care of everything.

We've never done things like this before. We've always taken action. And sometimes the action seems to work. For we've halted a certain situation that appears to be terrible, going in terrible directions. And we've put a stop to it. This is only temporary. Whatever the person has to go through, they will go through, one way or the other. The only relief is to awaken. Consequently when you awaken, you will see things differently. And this is how you help the person.

Question: Robert, what causes a person to display self-righteous anger to defend another person or a cause? Can you explain?

Robert: It's all ego. What else? Only the ego is self-righteous. Only the ego goes for causes. But if you understand what I was talking about today, if you understand slightly how this universe works, you will see that going for causes is not the solution. It appears to be a solution, but it is a temporary solution. Go back in retrospect and see how many justifiable causes there have been in this world since the beginning of time. There have always been causes. Righteous causes. Causes for peace and justice. Has the world become any better? Take a look at this world.

And yet, the people who are fighting for these causes are necessary. This is their Dharma, to do what they're doing, I suppose.

But for the people who come to meetings like this, you have been in this type of teaching for many incarnations. This is why you are able to comprehend something of what I'm talking to you about. The average person in the street has no interest in anything like this. The average activist has nothing to do with things like this. They would have no interest. But you are here. Therefore there is something in your heart that wants to unfold and become self-realized and become free.

Question: If I think it enables me to sit in silence before going to work in the morning, should I actively seek to be transferred closer to home? Or, should I just work on "Who am I?" and trust that right action will take place and my job will be where it's supposed to be, and I should just meekly go where I'm told.

Robert: We don't want to be meek, and we don't want to be self righteous. We want to be the Self, period. Therefore if you can, slow down your mind by allowing it to rest in the Self to an extent, by removing thoughts, feelings, attitudes and going to a higher plateau. By enquiring "Who am I? To whom do these things come?" Then you'll be safe.

But, if you see that you cannot do this yet, if you're afraid you'll get fired from your job, you won't have any money, or go to the poorhouse, you'll become a homeless person, then by all means you have to do what you have to do.

So you have two choices. Either discover who you are, what your true nature is by understanding that there is a power that takes care of you, the power that knows the way, that will always love you and put you in the right place. Or, you go where you have to go, and do what you have to do.

The choice is always yours. There is not one answer or one choice to this question. It depends on the person where they are, where you're at. If I took on a person from the street and told her "everything will go well with you, don't worry. You don't have to beg, you don't have to steal", that person may starve to death. For that person's karma is to steal and to beg. And we have no right to tell a person how to live.

But if that person was able to see the light, so to speak, where the truth is. That they are not the doer, they are not the body, they are not the mind. Then they will be lifted up from where they are into a higher state of consciousness, and will be taken care of.

You know where you are by the type of thoughts that come into your head, by the type of feelings and emotions that come to you, by how you feel everyday. Take the right action.

Question: "Robert, what about sleep with dreams? There are spiritual traditions and religions say that you learn by your dreams, that they guide you. What about this?

Robert: There are three states of Consciousness, so to speak. The waking, the sleeping, and the dreaming. The deep sleep is when you are self-realized. There are no thoughts, but you are unconscious of this fact.

The dream state is like this. When you are dreaming you are simply in another state of consciousness that appears very real to you. And, it is real as long as you are dreaming. When you awaken from the dream you are in this state of consciousness, which is also a dream. Therefore what you want to do is to remove all of the dreaming completely and totally, and become absolutely free.

So when you wake up in the morning and you remember your dream, ask yourself, “Who dreamt?" And you'll say "I dreamt.” Then you'll realize the dream is part of the I again. So enquire "Who am I?" Or, "Where did this I come from?"

Then follow the I-thread to the source by repeating again and again to yourself , “Who am I?,” which really means, "What is the source of the I, who has these dreams?” One day the I will go back into the heart, into the heart center which is consciousness, and you'll be free of all dreams. But your dreams should not be taken too seriously. It is like this life.

You're dreaming right now that you are a mortal being. You go through many experiences. You have fears. You have happiness. You have all sorts of emotions. If I tell you you're dreaming this, you won't believe me. You tell me "Robert, how can I be dreaming? I'm living it." I tell you, you are dreaming. If you listen to me you will do what you have to do to get out of the dream by enquiring "Who am I? Where did the I come from?" So when you're having a dream at night, it is the same thing. It's merely another dream. But you awaken faster. And then you're in this dream. So stop dreaming completely and awaken and be free.

Question: When you come in contact with the homelessness that you mentioned before, perhaps caused by natural disaster or difficulties that people are going through in different parts of the world or in front of you, sometimes because of their own self centeredness and sometimes because of the natural situation. What reaction do you have in your state? Does compassion arise in you? Or, is it arbitrary to you? Meaningless to you? Other people suffering? How do you relate to that, to suffering?

Robert: Both are correct. I have a great compassion even though it's meaningless. So I get in there and help. I will give $10 to a homeless person. I'll help people in the city. If I'm there I will be part of it. But realize it's meaningless. I'm not the doer. That what appears as a body will do what has to be done.

But there is no thought behind it. I do not consider I'm doing something good, I'm doing something bad, I'm helping someone, I'm not helping someone. In reality, no one is doing anything.

Friday, December 05, 2008

So, who is depressed?

Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity.
Lead me from the complicated to the simple.
Lead me from the obscure to the obvious.
Lead me from intention to attention.
Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am.
Lead me from confrontation to wide openness.
Lead me to the place I never left,
Where there is peace, and peace
- The Upanishads

*note* interesting insight in the nature of reality this guy(Jim Dreaver ) had...using the mind to get beyond the mind?..some people love it the hard way,it seems.Actually,most of them love it the hard way,so they can then congratulate themselves,I reckon...
-added by danny-
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The following article is excerpted with permission from the book The Way of Harmony.


FOR MANY YEARS I fluctuated between feeling somewhat contracted and out-of-balance, and feeling expanded and really in sync with the universe. All my spiritual techniques and practices were focused on doing whatever it took to move from the experience of conflict into a state of ease.


Yet, even as my overall feeling of well-being and confidence improved and became more stable, there was still the feeling that something -- the true freedom I sought -- was eluding me. I was still stuck at the first and second levels of enlightenment. There was still a "me" holding on to something. I'd still have periods of dissatisfaction, yearning, of something missing. I still hadn't quite "got" it. I went back and forth between feeling spiritually tuned in and on top of things, and feeling like a victim. I was still holding on to an image of myself as a "seeker," as someone who was still looking for something.


Then, a few years ago, during a time when I was going through some particularly challenging personal circumstances, I woke up one spring morning feeling depressed. My normal pattern would have been to get out of bed feeling somewhat low, and then go and sit on my meditation cushion and just breathe, center myself, open to spirit, and wait for the negative energy to clear.

But this morning I lay in bed and faced myself in a way I never quite had before. I was sick of saying "I feel this" or "I feel that" and remaining trapped in some cycle, however minor, of conflict and unfulfillment. I had been listening to my spiritual guide, Jean Klein, say for years that I was not the person I took myself to be. His teaching had taken root in me. Perhaps it was just that I was now ready to face whatever this last vestige of "me" was.


As I lay in bed I got really present, and put the question to myself, "So, who is depressed?" and probed deep into the interior of my own consciousness to find this "me" who insisted he felt depressed.


Of course, I couldn't find it. "I" and "me" don't exist, except as concepts, appearances, in the mind. As my awareness opened and expanded, the three thought-forms -- "I-feel-depressed" --dissolved, and "I" (as awareness, as consciousness) felt perfectly okay! I got out of bed, sat for a while in meditation, and reflected upon this sense of ease and expansion I now felt, and the process of self-inquiry that had led me to it. Then I went happily about my day.


The same thing happened the next two mornings in a row. I woke, felt depressed, and lay there with the same deep inquiry into "who" was depressed. Each time, the self-concept of "I" or "me" dissolved, the energy in my body and mind reharmonized itself, and "I" felt fine.


In the months following that third morning, it became increasingly evident that I was no longer seeking anything spiritually. I was no longer able to take my personal sense of "self" seriously. Indeed, whenever I stopped to look inside my own consciousness, I couldn't find that old, solid sense of "me" -- the person I'd believed myself to be for the previous forty plus years -- anywhere. It had evaporated like the illusion it always was. In its place there was just a feeling of inner clarity and freedom that was constant and stable, and that nothing seemed to shake.


Occasionally something would happen to cause upset (and, once in a while --inevitably -- still does). But then I, as awareness, the consciousness that expresses through this body/mind/ego, would quickly remember that I was neither the circumstance nor the story about it, and the sense of being a "somebody" with a problem would dissolve, to be replaced by a feeling of openness, relaxation, well-being.


About a year after that spring morning, I wrote in my journal, "I've found the way Home, now I'm learning to find my way in the world." Once we have seen that we are not the "person," the psychological/emotional entity we used to think we were, all seeking falls away (who is there to seek?) and there is no going back. This is the core insight in a nutshell.


Residues of the past, the old ego patterns, will arise from time-to-time -- especially during periods of stress or illness -- but they are quickly seen through and released. You still have an identity at a personal level, and you still play certain roles in life, but you know now that these are not who you really are. This knowing is accompanied by a profound feeling of inner joy, gratitude, and humility.


What a gift it is to be born as this consciousness, this awareness, manifesting through this particular body/mind!