Gautam Buddha, the founder of Zen, the founder of all great meditative techniques in the world, defines it in one word. Somebody asked him one day, ‘Bhagwan, what is meditation? What is it all about?’ And Gautam Buddha said a single word, he said: Halt! That was his definition of meditation. He says, “If it halts, it is meditation.” The full…Continue reading We have to understand what meditation is
Sing a hymn to life. Sing “Thank you life. Thank you for your beauty, diversity, multiplicity, intelligence, richness, as well as for all your challenges and possibilities”. Sing and see while you sing whether you can begin to feel more of what you praise over time. You want to tell me that there are too many things in life that…Continue reading Make a difference in being here, singing your hymn to Life
Questioning is not an intellectual process that should encourage us to think more. It is also not about asking questions and finding answers with which we can agree or disagree. It is not about finding a pleasing answer, an answer that just suits us best in the current situation, allows us to feel at home in its false security, but…Continue reading We question in order to explore, look and discover the truth for ourselves
Life after spiritual awakening is an exciting journey, which requires total honesty with oneself as well as great love for and surrender to the truth about who and what we are, discovered due to awakening. Life after awakening requires willingness to rest in and as the awareness, alertness and attention one suddenly recognizes to be our shared, true nature. It…Continue reading Life After Awakening
In the past years and even decades I have been able to observe a growing interest in both meditation and spirituality in Europe. Terms like “Mindfulness”, “Being Present”, “Living in the Now”, “Conscious Living” became more and more popular slogans. Many schools for mindfulness, yoga and meditation techniques have been opened, and especially in my generation (I am 44 now)…Continue reading Being totally present both physically and mentally, without engaging in the psychological thought activity
Now, let us look at the way we live daily. On the one hand, we allow ourselves to be victimized by the past, and on the other hand, we go on creating conditionings. We go on conditioning ourselves. We go on limiting, conditioning, polluting ourselves, creating a new Prarabdham, a new destiny for ourselves. How do we do that? See…Continue reading How our own conditionings are created, and is there an alternative way of living?
So, the theme is sensitive, and for the next six days we will have to cultivate an austerity of not getting hurt or depressed when we will be exposed, in the dialogues, to certain truths of life. Truth is not a very smooth thing like velvet. Truth, like the rays of the sun, penetrates the darkness not only of ignorance,…Continue reading Need for Austerity
“It becomes rather a question of love seeking expression and meeting with obstacles. The inclusive mind is love in action, battling against circumstances, initially frustrated, ultimately victorious. Mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj – I am That – The process of maturing does not necessarily progress with age. You can be old and immature, as…Continue reading Do not let this freedom be taken away by trying to improve others…
To understand anything – not only what I am saying, but to understand anything – what is required? To understand yourself, to understand your husband, your wife, to understand a picture, to understand the scenery, the trees, what is required? Right attention, isn’t it? Because, to understand something, you must give your whole being to it, your undivided, full, deep…Continue reading The Art of Listening
What is it that most of us are seeking? What is it that each one of us wants? Especially in this restless world, where everybody is trying to find some kind of peace, some kind of happiness, a refuge, surely it is important to find out, isn’t it?, what it is that we are trying to seek, what it is…Continue reading We have so committed ourselves in different ways, that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study.
I wrote a lot about awareness/consciousness in my very first, still somewhat rebellious, contributions, but I am not sure if I have exhausted all aspects, and obviously there is still much more to write about. Not that this ensures understanding, but it is always worth trying. You will notice that the very first contributions are still very much in the…Continue reading We can do no evil if we act in full awareness
There are people in this world who have tremendous brain capacity. They can imagine things, analyze them and keep and pass on an incredible amount of information. There are also people with an average brain capacity, that might be the vast majority, and those who have just been given a little less brain power. However, this does not seem to…Continue reading From lack of attention to lack of fulfillment
There is nothing really mystical about knowing ourselves and the deeper dimensions of life. Awakening to life is not reserved for a spiritual or esoteric subculture. Anyone can experience clarity and insight unspoiled by thoughts, beliefs, fears, desires. Simply anyone. An intellectual, a yoga teacher, a thief, a murderer, an illiterate, a priest, a communist, a Muslim, a Hindu, a…Continue reading Awakening from the domain of psychological thinking, and storying, to the actual reality of being
Question: HOW MUCH OF WHAT OCCURS EXTERNALLY, SUCH AS DEATH, BETRAYAL, ET CETERA, IS MY MIND? HOW AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE THINGS? Answer: You are not responsible for these things. If somebody dies you are not responsible for his death, but the way you interpret the death, for that you are responsible. When somebody betrays you, you are not…Continue reading And the world goes on moving deeper and deeper into madness
Part of what meditation is, as we are sitting there, just being, literally just being. And when your mind is moving, you see how arbitrary the inner dialog is, how conditioned it is, that it is actually old, old, old. It’s almost automatic. And when you see it, then you see that it has run your life, it has defined…Continue reading You have an option, where do you put attention