A good traveler has no fixed plansand is not intent upon arriving.A good artist lets his intuitionlead him wherever it wants.A good scientist has freed himself of conceptsand keeps his mind open to what is. Thus the Master is available to all peopleand doesn’t reject anyone.He is ready to use all situationsand doesn’t waste anything.This is called embodying the light.…Continue reading ZEN and the great difference between conscience and consciousness
Compassion is the ultimate flowering of consciousness. It is passion released of all darkness, it is passion freed from all bondage, it is passion purified of all poison. Passion becomes compassion. Passion is the seed; compassion is the flowering of it. But compassion is not kindness, kindness is not compassion. Kindness is an ego-attitude, it strengthens your ego. When you…Continue reading The differnece between the practice of “loving kindness” and true compassion
If you really wish to see clear, see yourself, see the world around you as it really is – not only through the filter of what you think – a kind of purification has to take place in you. I claim that you cannot really see clearly, live and love fully, if your view is blurred, and your view is…Continue reading Beliefs that blur clear seeing
As much as I am grateful to the popular, beloved spiritual teachers for their decisive, awakening words, as much as I admire the art of formulation some of them have, I do not see for myself the general and growing awakening of consciousness in humans of which Mooji, Leonard Jacobson and some others talk. I don’t believe in anything that…Continue reading The “bad man” stays the “good man’s” job
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?
“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…
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
It is not thinking that prevents discovering the deeper dimensions of ourselves and life, and certainly not a creative or practical thought that actually occurs much more often, when we consciously turn to observation and contemplation of life. What opposes and prevents the unfolding of experiential self-knowledge, what stands in the way of discovering life as constant mystery and marvel,…Continue reading There is much more to discover
There is peace only in freedom. One who lives in slavery knows no peace. Slavery stimulates restlessness, uneasiness, which is the essence of disharmony and disorder. The world we are living in today is full of suffering, misery, uneasiness; expressed in aggression, exploitation of one another, and violence. Individually and collectively, at home in the family, and there at the…Continue reading To be born in a human form is a great responsibility, because you have to be simultaneously in two fields: the man-made field, and that which is not touched by man
“You and I are not isolated pieces — we’re the happening of all that interconnectedness. That opens up an immense number of possibilities and ups the scale of responsibility immensely.” We have a certain idea of causality: “This happened because of that.” Or “I am the way I am because I was born in this particular family, in this particular…Continue reading The whole idea is to be unlimited. It means you can experience yourself as pure consciousness, and you can experience yourself to be an ordinary little sentient being
Life is where the spiritual rubber hits the road. Life will show us where we are not clear. Being in relationship with life and others shows us clearly where we can still get hung up. If we have true sincerity, we are not going to hide in the realization of the absolute. We are going to come out of hiding.…Continue reading We can have a very deep seeing of the true nature of things, while remaining, on the human level, very conflicted and deluded in certain areas of our lives
When we become still. When we sit down and become very present our awareness starts to move underneath the known self, underneath the ego. Not that you are trying to get rid of it or do anything with it. You are just noticing that the known self, the self that you think about is just a collection of thoughts and…Continue reading The awareness that is watching this moment is also the awareness that notices the self that you imagined yourself to be
This one question – “What do I know for certain?” – is tremendously powerful. When you look deeply into this question, it actually destroys your world. It destroys your whole sense of self, and it’s meant to. You come to see that everything you think and know about yourself, everything you think you know about the world, is based on…Continue reading What do I know for certain?
Failure is an opportunity.If you blame someone else,there is no end to the blame. Therefore the Masterfulfills her own obligationsand corrects her own mistakes.She does what she needs to doand demands nothing of others. ————————————————-When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.Having realized it, he admits it.Having admitted it, he corrects it.He considers those who point out his faultsas his…Continue reading No angels, but aware of their own faulty humanity. Willing to take responsibility and learn from it