My old colleague and friend whom I regarded as a person with a sharp intellect, and a mind that has been burdened by a lot of cultural conditioned knowledge, causing him a lot of satisfaction as well as dissatisfaction and suffering, started to listen more intensely to the song of a raven. All nature lovers have an increased chance to…Continue reading Life in simplicity and joy
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
If one really wants to know oneself, wants to find the inner peace and fulfillment, then one has to go all the way, and not be deceived by these apparent obstacles, temptations of the outer world, or by bad conscience because of allowing onself too much silence and rest. One has to seek the solitude of one’s inner being, where…Continue reading Resting in our inner Being
“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…
It started with observation since early childhood. Self-observation and observation of the world around me. And wondering, that so many apparently held onto so much nonsense. That so many preferred to walk around in masks rather than show themselves, that they rather followed their dramas than just to be here. That people didn’t know how to appreciate life. That loving…Continue reading If you too are tired, allow yourself to be, and rest in this aware presence that is your nature.
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
I do not know if it has always been this way and when it happened that we started to live disconnected from our bodies, our senses, feelings, and from the stillness of our inner being, our quiet and powerful center. It must be somehow possible that not everyone is born with the same degree of disconnection, because I could observe…Continue reading But who was it that told us this story about ourselves, in which we believe so fanatically, so desperately?
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
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
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
A friend who, like myself, deals with the nature of consciousness and spirituality, and who has written several books on this subject, wrote to me yesterday. As part of his new book, which deals with the topic of love and awareness, he wanted to publish one of my old posts on Facebook. When he asked me for permission, he also…Continue reading What is love?
There is no self to be liberated. There is only the Self, which is beyond liberation and can never be bound. But your ideas of yourself can be liberated, and they are naturally set free when they are met in stillness, in silence, in the heart. – Gangaji –
Toni Packer – April 1990 – Day · Questioning of the subtle ways of how the self operates · Self-concern and the corresponding emotions · Insight and intelligent action · Are the sense of self and self esteem necessary? · Negative and positive self-image · From questioning to listening, insight and change · Silent retreat and its effect
What matters profoundly is that a human being discovers directly, clearly, the enormous depth and weight of psychological conditioning that shapes and controls every move of the mind and body, keeping it divided and in conflict with itself, with other people, and with the natural environment. Not just to discover this conditioning, to become aware of it from moment to…Continue reading Having profound insight into the infinite disguises of the idea and sense of a separate self
What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. In this lies its power of transformation. It is a present actual fact. Looking to become something is completely conceptual, merely an idea. The seeker will discover that he is what he…Continue reading The seeker will discover that he is what he seeks and that what he seeks is the source of the inquiry