Tuesday, October 27, 2015

spiritual attainment is greed or a form of ego desire

"The first thing to be understood is that the very word "attainment" 
 is nonspiritual. It is part of your greed. The idea to attain is very worldly. 
Whether you want to attain prestige, power, wealth, or God or nirvana 
does not make any difference. The desire to attain is worldly; it is materialistic.
The spiritual revolution happens only when you drop this greed,
when you drop the very idea of becoming. You are that. You are already that,
 so then don't hanker for attainment. You have never been anything else
 other than that which you are trying to attain.
God is within you this very moment - healthy and kicking.
Because God is not something separate from you or from life.
But your greed has been a problem; and because of your greed,
exploiters have existed who go on showing you ways how to attain."

Sunrise  9-15

Friday, October 16, 2015

pleasure vs delight

"Deva means divine, nirvesham means delight.... And all delight is divine. 
Pleasure is not divine - delight is always divine. 
And the distinction between pleasure and delight has to be under-stood.
Delight is always of the immediate. You see a bird on the wing - and suddenly
there is delight. You see a sunset and the clouds are luminous with the light -
and there is delight. You don't even become so conscious that you were filled with delight;
only later on when it has gone - when the sun has set, when the dark night has descended,
and the clouds are no more luminous - then retrospectively you will become aware
that there was a great moment, there was joy, and it is no more now.

Now you think about it... now you start bringing the mind into it.
Now it starts turning into pleasure. When the mind takes possession of a delight,
it turns into pleasure. So pleasure is of the past and of the future,
and delight is only of the present. In fact when it is there, you are not -
hence it is divine. It brings a moment of egolessness."
Hibiscus Blossom 
(from my back yard)

Monday, October 12, 2015

prayers that are made out of grass...

"Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight,
 that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. 
It was what I was born for - to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world - 
to instruct myself over and over in joy, and acclamation. 
Nor am I talking about the exceptional, the fearful, the dreadful, the very extravagant - 
but of the ordinary, the common, the very drab, the daily presentations. 
Oh, good scholar, I say to myself, 
how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these -
 the un-trimmable light of the world, 
the ocean’s shine, 
the prayers that are made out of grass?"
~ Mary Oliver,"Mindful"

Pink Muhly (Ornamental) Grass

 seeds available at CaribbeanGarden on etsy

Saturday, October 10, 2015

up or down - all same, at the end...

“You have been to hell, Ketut?"
He smiled. Of course he's been there.
“What's it like in hell?"
“Same like in heaven," he said.
He saw my confusion and tried to explain.
"Universe is a circle Liss."
He said. "To up, to down ~~ all same, at the end."
I remembered an old Christian mystic notion: As above, so below.
I asked. "Then how can you tell the difference between heaven and hell?"
“Because of how you go. 
Heaven, you go up, through seven happy places. 
 Hell, you go down, through seven sad places. 
This is why it better for you to go up, Liss." He laughed.
“Same-same," he said. "Same in end, so better to be happy in journey."
I said, "So, if heaven is love, then hell is… "
“Love, too," he said.
Ketut laughed again, 
"Always so difficult for young people to understand this!”
Elizabeth Gilbert {Eat, Pray, Love}

Friday, October 9, 2015

Don't save anything, including you.

"Don't save anything, including you.
This is the purpose of these conversations:
to flick out, to flush out, to scrape out
the last little bits of nonsense from inside.
Sometimes you think there is only a little thing to remove,
but it's all of you that needs to be scraped out!
This is the kind of emptiness I am talking about.
Here, you have already touched base;
you have no opinion,
no need for privacy or specialness.
The beautiful thing is that
the more you remove, the more you are.
This is the major scam you have to get out of.
The more you think you are losing,
the more in fact you are discovering
of your real Self, which is limitless.
You are exchanging this small ego-identity
for the immeasurable.
Otherwise, it's like you are hiding God...
but from whom?
God cannot be hidden.
All this is God's dream."
~ Mooji ॐBeloved Master

Friday, October 2, 2015

a new way of seeing...

"My destination is no longer a place,
 rather a new way of seeing."
~Marcel Proust
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