Nisargadatta Maharaj (via ashramof1)
The ultimate point is - this life, this particular experience isn’t WHAT you are. What is going on might be great or it might suck. If you’ve identified with it either way, you are in illusion.
Knowing that you are the essence, the substratum or root of all experience - whatever happens is like the daily episode of drama TV. We may love or hate the characters - but they are ultimately just actors. Those characters have no real existence.
The true actor is Life. Life is every character, every set, every episode. Identity with one particular character is illusion and suffering. Knowing that you are that essence, that IS-ness, that which IS - the play can go on but you never for one instant stop being WHAT you are.
So in the seeking process- don’t worry about your current state of expeirence but instead consider WHAT you are - beyond experiential states -beyond the ups and downs - beyond the “I had it and lost it”.
You cannot LOSE WHAT you are. If this happens it’s an indication that you are falsely identified with a transient state or experience. See through that experience and KNOW that you ARE.
This IS-ness is absolute and unchanging. It’s quite simple but until you are realize it, you will continue chasing experience.
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|—||Rumi (via myheartisonarunnawaytrain)|
What happens when you begin to feel uneasy, unsettled, queasy? Notice the panic where you instantly grab for something. That grabbing is based on hope. Not grabbing is called hopelessness.
So what does it mean to admit that we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about it? That’s the compassionate thing to do. We can actually know the nature of intense dislike, shame, and embarrassment without believing there is something wrong. We can drop the fundamental hope that there is a better “me” who will one day emerge. It’s better to look straight at our hopes and fears - then some kind of basic sanity arises.
Giving up hope is encouragement to stick with ourselves, to return to the bare bones no matter what’s going on. If we totally experience hopelessness, then we give up all alternatives to the present moment, and we can have a joyful, honest, direct relationship with our lives.
|—||Pema Chodron (via lazyyogi)|
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|—||Mooji (via victoriasunshrine)|
Ramana (Maharshi). (1984). Conscious immortality: Conversations with Ramana Maharshi. (P. Brunton, M. Venkataramiah, Eds.). Tiruvannamalai, India: Sri Ramanasramam.
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|—||Socrates (via samsaranmusing)|