There is a popular thought that the path of nature and the path of spirit are one and the same; that if we follow the natural ways of life, we will be on the right track towards the divine. I have also seen similar things mentioned in some ancient texts, though without clarification about its meaning, which probably contributed to how this is thought about today. Even though the way of nature is ‘overseen’ by the way of spirit, the way of spirit is different than the way of nature. Continue reading
“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.
Does any artist paint for the sake of the picture itself, without the hope of offering some good?
No, but for the sake of the viewers and the young who will be drawn by it and freed from cares.
Or does any potter hastily throw a pot or a bowl without any thought of what it will hold?
Does any calligrapher write for the script alone without any regard for the reader? Continue reading
Astral travel, the ability to travel outside of the physical body, is an amazing thing to experience and develop. It is said that every person experience this at least once in a lifetime. It seems it is very common for children to experience it, some of them even frequently. Unfortunately, this natural ability for children is lost as we get older. The reason for this is that as children we still do not have all the layers of psychological energies which develop and/or become active as we grow up. Those energies are the multiple inner subjective states, and also the formation of the personality with its conditioned behavioral patterns which then cloud our perception even more. I don’t remember having a conscious out of body experience as a child, but I do know that my dreams were extremely vivid and meaningful. Continue reading
Not long ago I found one of poem by Rumi which I found to be inspiring and insightful. It’s called The Water We Seek
The eye or the spirit that focuses on the transient
falls on its face wherever it goes.
Someone who focuses on the distance,
without knowledge, may see far,
but just as we do in a dream.
Asleep on the bank of a river, lips parched,
you dream you are running toward water.
In the distance you see the water of your desire
and, caught by your seeing, you run toward it.
In the dream you boast,
“I am the one whose heart can see through the veils.”
Yet every step carries you further away
toward the perilous mirage.
From the moment you dreamed you set out
you created the distance
from that which had been near to you.
Many set out on a journey
that leads them farther away from their goal.
The intuitive claims of the sleeper are a fantasy.
You, too, are sleepy; But for God’s sake,
if you must sleep, sleep on the Way of God,
and maybe some other seeker on the Way
will awaken you from your fantasies and slumber.
No matter how subtle the sleeper’s thought becomes,
his dreams will not guide him Home.
Whether the sleeper’s thought is twofold or threefold,
it is error multiplying error.
While he dreams of running through the wilderness,
the waves are lapping so near.
While he dreams of the pangs of thirst,
the water is nearer than his jugular vein.