Our Ultimate Destiny is to
become aware of Our
Buddha Nature / Christ Consciousness / Goddess Within
Enlightenment is "a direct, dynamic spiritual experience brought about ....through the faculty of intuition....or more simply, 'seeing clearly'." It results in liberation and freedom, the "light" of information and understanding. Sri Rama
"All this search for a microchip to insert in the human brain to store loads of information and increase memory is ridiculous," Manek, a Shwetambar Jain, says. "We don't even use 10 per cent of it. But once charged, its capacity is increase manifold. In fact, enlightenment in spiritual terms is nothing but 100 per cent use of the brain!"
"Enlightenment is not that there is suddenly no more fear or no more feelings - that would mean to no longer be human. It simply means that we see feelings as they are but we don't react to them". Manuel Schoch
Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you're being right now. --Neale Donald Walsch
Enlightenment is when all the inherent enlightened qualities manifest and when all the obscurations which prevent our experience of them fall away. So it is not a goal we can strive for. The very act of striving will keep us trapped within the cycle of thinking.
Enlightenent is already there - like a diamond buried in the mud. It is not something we have to go and find an bring home. It is already there. Which is why, in our meditation, in the very beginning, we train ourselves in knowing that we have nothing to strive for. Nowhere to go, nothing new to create. It's all here already. The path of training is simply systematically to remove the obstacles. To free ourselves from the mind poisons. The route to that, inevitably, is mindfulness.
Quotes of Sri Rama:
"The yogi endowed with complete enlightenment, sees through the eye of knowledge the entire universe in his own and regards everything as the Self and nothing else."
"I clearly see that such men are rare who do not become dejected when faced with danger, or overcome by delusion, who do not become proud when their selfish end is attained and who are not perturbed by the glances of women. We can seldom find such men." Sri Ram
"The world is transitory, having not a grain of happiness in it. I do not desire death nor do I covet life; I have no eagerness for kingdom, wealth, enjoyments and desires, for I have relinquished egoism which is the root of all these."
"Neither should you find fault with any one. Control your mind, speech and body, and never be perturbed. Daily do service to your guru with devotion after purifying your body and mind. Do not be slack in doing good actions even for a single day."
"Do not be overjoyed if you get a fortune, neither should you be dejected if you lose it. Your mind should be well balanced."
"But if these good deeds are done with a sense of ego, they only bind you to this world. So to gain knowledge you should work without the least trace of pride."
"When the senses are well controlled and withdrawn from contact with the objects of the world, then sense perceptions no longer create images in the mind. The mind is then trained in one-pointedness. When the mind no longer recalls thought patterns from the unconscious, a balanced state of mind leads to a higher state of consciousness." Bal Bhagawan
"A perfect state of serenity established
in sattva is the highest state of enlightenment.
The practice of meditation and non -attachment are two keynotes. A very firm
conviction is essential for establishing a definite philosophy in life. Intellect
intervenes and blind emotion misguides. Though both are great powers, they
should be known first, analyzed, and then directed towards intuition. Intuition
is the only source of true knowledge. All this-whatever you see in the world-is
unreal because of its constantly changing nature. Reality is hidden beneath
all these changes." Bal Bhagawan
Above quotes from Living with the Himalayan Masters by Sri Rama
"Lazy Person's Guide to Enlightenment"
by Thaddeus Golas.
Since the book is out of print and difficult to obtain, I thought you would enjoy the summary below: The Lazy Person's Guide to Enlightenment [Golas] (from Sathya Mailing list)
Thank you, brothers and sisters, for letting my consciousness be in this place.
Dzog-Chen, or the great perfection, is the essence of all the spiritual traditions of Tibet. Although it is not a religious or philosophical system, it has been incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism and is considered to be a complete and realistic means of achieving "internal awakening".
Essence of the Mind
Discovering the Natural Freedom of the Mind
through the Practice of Dzogchen Rigpa
"Dzogchen is the primordial state, that state of total awakening that is the heart-essence of all the buddhas and all spiritual paths, and the summit of an individual's spiritual evolution. It is the final, ultimate and heart of the teaching of all the buddhas, and brings precise experiences of the awakened state." Sogyal Rinpoche
Profound and tranquil, free from
Uncompounded luminous clarity,
Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas;
This is the depth of the mind of the buddhas.
In this, there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor anything that needs to be added.
It is merely the immaculate,
Looking naturally at itself.
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
In his 'Guide to the Bodhisattvas' Way of Life', Shantideva wrote:
It is the supreme elixir
That overcomes the sovereignty of death.
It is the inexhaustible treasure
That eliminates poverty in the world.
It is the supreme medicine
That quells the world's disease.
It is the tree that shelters all beings
Wandering and tired on the path of conditioned existence.
It is the universal bridge
That leads to freedom from unhappy states of birth.
It is the dawning moon of the mind
That dispels the torment of disturbing conceptions.
It is the great sun that finally removes
The misty ignorance of the world.
The great Dzogchen master Patrul Rinpoche would explain the entire path of training in bodhicitta with this famous verse:
O sublime, precious bodhicitta,
May it arise in those in whom it has not arisen.
May it never decline where it has arisen,
But go on increasing further and further!
The Four Faults:
Why is it that people should find it so difficult even to conceive the depth and glory of the nature of mind? Why does it seem to many such an outlandish and improbable idea?
The teachings speak of four faults, which prevent us from realizing the nature of mind right now
1. The nature of minds is too close to be recognized. Just as we are unable to see our own face, mind finds it difficult to look into it's own nature.
2. It is too profound for us to fathom. We have no idea how deep it could be; if we did, we would have already, ta a certain extent, realized it.
3. It is too easy for us to believe. In reality all, we need do is simply to rest in the naked, pure awareness of the nature of mind, which is always present.
4. It is too wonderful for us to accomadate, The sheer immensity of it is too vast to fit into our narrow way of thinking. We just can't believe it. Nor can we possibly imagine that enlightenment is the real nature of our minds
The essence of meditation practice in Dzogchen is encapsualted by these four points:
- When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet arisen, in that gap, in between, isn't there a consciousness of the present moment; fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair's breadth of concept, a luminous, naked awareness? - Well that is what Rigpa is!
- Yet it doesn't stay in that state forever, because another thought suddenly arises, doesn't it? This is the self radiance of that Rigpa.
- However if you do not recognize this thought for what it really is, the very instant it arises, then it will turn into just another ordinary thought, as before. This is called the"chain of delusion," and is the root of samsara.
- If you are able to recognize the true nature of the thought as soon as it arises, and leave it alone without any followup, then whatever thoughts that arise all automatically dissolve back into the vast expanse of Rigpa and are liberated.
THE FOUR RELIANCES
In Buddhism we establish whether a teacher is authentic by whether or not the guidance he or she is giving accords with the teachings of the Buddha. It cannot be stressed too often that it is truth of the teaching which is all-important, and never the personality of the teacher. This is why Buddha reminded us in the "Four reliances":
Rely on the message of the teacher, not on his personality;
Rely on the meaning, not just on the words;
Rely on the real meaning, not just the provisional one;
rely on your wisdom mind, not on your ordianry, judgmental mind.
So it is important to remember that the true teacher, as we shall see, is the spokesman of the truth: its compassionate "wisdom display." All the buddhas, masters, and prophets, in fact are the emanation of this truth, appearing in countless skillful, compassionate guises in order to guide us through their teachin, back to our true nature. At first then, more important than finding the teacher is through making a connection with the truth of the teaching, for it is through making a connection with the truth of the teaching that you will discover your living connection with a master.
Quotes from Manuel Schoch
Enlightenment and daily life seem almost like a contradiction - how is it possible to have stillness in the midst of the chaotic activity of modern day life?
Like a tornado or whirlpool, it is not possible to have activity without a point of stillness. The challenge is to find the balance in being able to surf between the different worlds of body, mind, feelings and spirituality and not get stuck on any particular level. We all know and can easily relate to the buzz and activity of modern day life and lose the relationship to this centre or anchor that is equally a part of our nature and being. It is losing this balance, especially the relationship to that stillness (absence of fear and hence no reaction), which creates a lot of the tension and unhappiness that many people experience in modern day life.
"Enlightenment is not that there is suddenly no more fear or no more feelings - that would mean to no longer be human. It simply means that we see feelings as they are but we don't react to them".
Life is Like a mirror
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. - Ernest Holmes
The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile at it and it smiles to.- Herbert Samuels.
The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly to you, The world is what you are. - Thomas Dreier
Also see Thoughts Create Reality - on quotes-self knowledge page
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