To be awake. What does it mean to be awake? What does it mean to be here and now, to be completely and fully awake? Not to be awake is to be asleep, or half-awake. So much time of our daily life is spent in identification with thoughts and emotions, which inevitably bring about daydreaming. Considering all that, how much time of our lives are we truly awake? There are times when we can be, for our standards, very awake. In those moments it seems that time ceases – there is nothing else but the now, and the consciousness experiencing that eternal moment of life. When a person taps into that, they experience a true joy, possibly realizing that everything they considered happiness up until that moment is of a lesser quality, or not a true happiness at all. Continue reading
Who will transcend this world? Who will transcend the realm of the dead, and heaven, too, with all its gods? Who will find the true and shining way of the path?
Even as the gatherer of flowers discovers the finest and rarest, so you will gather the teachings and transcend this world.
When you know that the body is merely the foam on the crest of a wave, unreal as a mirage, you will break the flowery arrows of craving. Unseen, you will escape the king of death and travel onward.
The scent of sandalwood, lilies and jasmine cannot travel against the wind, but you will travel. The fragrance of good works travels in all directions.
How brightly the lotus grows in the rubbish by the wayside. Its sweet scent lightens the heart.
So you, the awakened, will shine in the darkness around you, spreading the sweet scent of your wisdom.
– Buddha (taken from the Dhammapada)
“Ananda said to the Buddha: “I think there has never been a teacher as great as you, nor will there ever be one as great in the future.”
The Buddha asked: “Have you known all the awakened ones, the buddhas of the past?”
“No, Honored One.”
“And are you able to know all the buddhas of the future?”
“No, Honored One.”
“Then I suppose you do know this awakened one’s mind completely?”
“No, Honored One, I do not even know your mind completely.”
“Then how can you make such a bold statement? It is better to talk what you know than to speculate foolishly.”
– Majjhima Nikaya
There are many such examples around the world. People seeing there guru/savior/god as the most developed person that ever existed. Usually, such blinding viewpoint can hinder a person to get to a knowledge of reality and truth, because they are locking themselves in a very limiting mindset that is ruled by illusion.
This exercise is a continuation of the awareness of the present moment exercise which you can find here. Once you are aware of your external world, you gently and in a relaxed way bring your attention to your internal world. You observe emotions, thoughts and any other sensations that manifest within you. If you do that consistently, you will not only notice that those thoughts, emotions, sensations etc. are separate energies from who you really are, but you will also see how they are affecting and controlling your life.
Those inner states are in esoteric terminology known as “egos” (and more and more contemporary psychologists are using this term too). Egos are the inferior part of us – energies such as anger, pride, fear, lust, greed, gluttony, jealousy etc. They manifest in what is known as the five inferior centers of the body – intellectual, emotional, motor, instinctual and sexual center. These energies are part of the subconscious, and the spiritual work deals with transforming the subconscious into consciousness. Continue reading