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
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
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
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
If it is about us, nobody is closer to us than we are right now. We ourselves are the greatest object of direct investigation. If it is about observation of human nature in action, observation of how human mind works, how thoughts come and go, how thoughts build association network, and are linked to feelings, emotions, further thoughts etc., nobody…Continue reading On this field called you, you are the only authority and the only expert
Fear is one of the greatest obstacles to a fulfilled life. By fear I mean mainly the psychological fear that hinders each creativity, development, joy, observation, reflection, contemplation and discovery. Psychological fear and anxiety may have many apparent causes. It can be deeply rooted in the subconscious, it can come from earlier experiences or from fixed, ingrown beliefs. Psychological fear…Continue reading Psychological Fear
Before we plunge into the inquiry of what is dying while living, would you please look with me at the phenomenon of life and living? Would you accompany me? Let us see what we imply by the words life and living. Is the earth living? Has the earth life? Do the rivers live? The oceans, the mountains, the trees, do…Continue reading In spite of you it goes on and not because of you
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.
There is the possibility to fall in love with life itself. Not only with some aspects of the lived story, which are linked to conditions, but with life itself as it unfolds moment to moment. When you can fall in love with every movement of your hand, in every gesture, with the breath in your chest, with the sounds, fragrances,…Continue reading When you can fall in love with the crumbs on the table, you will no longer be interested in spinning stories
It is actually quite simple. You have already arrived here and now while reading these words. You are already in the state of freedom, in the fulfilled, joyful state of being without adding anything to it. You are life. You are here exactly where you should be and that is your reality here and now. The question is whether you…Continue reading You are here exactly where you should be, and that is your reality here and now.
Coming in touch with deeper dimensions of life brings a shift in perception with. That shift mostly allows us to live with more ease, more openness, less self-centered, more relaxed, serene and fulfilled. From my own experience, I can say that silent observation and contemplation of myself and life has brought many positive changes, and that this can actually be…Continue reading It is possible to live life in abundance, freedom and peace that is accessible to everyone who is ready for it
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
Most of us are brought up and accustomed to absorb and process the knowledge we are presented to, only intellectually and mentally, without bothering about experiential verification. At an early age we were conditioned to accept certain things as truths, and the rest we simply have learned through imitation and through the building up of association network. Especially if the…Continue reading The sunny basement and the power of unexamined beliefs
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