Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mom, Are we There Yet?


Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. 
Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go. 
Enlightenment is the understanding that this is all, that this is perfect, that this is it. 
Enlightenment is not an achievement, it is an understanding 
that there is nothing to achieve, nowhere to go. 
You are already there - you have never been away. 
You cannot be away from there. God has never been missed. 
Maybe you have forgotten, that's all. 
Maybe you have fallen asleep, that's all.

Maybe you have gotten lost in many, many dreams, that's all -- but you are there. 
God is your very being. 
So the first thing is, don't think about enlightenment as a goal, it is not. 
It is not a goal; it is not something that you can desire. 
And if you desire it you will not get it. 
In desiring a thousand and one things, by and by 
you come to understand that all desire is futile. 
Each desire lands you in frustration; 
each desire again and again throws you into a ditch. 
This has been happening for millions of years but again you start hoping, 
 again you start thinking that this new desire that is arising, sprouting in you, 
will maybe lead you to paradise.

That this will give you what you have longed for, that it will fulfill you. 
Again and again hope arises. 
Enlightenment is when all hope disappears.
 Enlightenment is disappearance of hope.
Vase with Sprig of Lemongrass - Light and Shadows

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