A person has told you they have one week to live. They have asked you to read parts of the Bible to them. What parts do you choose to read?
Read the Bible this way for yourself. What you focus on, and what happens, may surprise you.
Your individual identity is like the breath. It arises and falls, and you will not be able to grasp anything.
Your thoughts, like breath, rise and fall. One we call breathing, another we call 'I".
Neither can be identified except as something we create as a stable thing.
They fall through the hands like grasping at water
Seek that within which breath arises
Seek that within which thought arises
This is Truth
This is the real You
Look at the picture, above, of the cloud breathing more cloud
You identify the image, the fleeting image
Do you see the blue sky?
We try to attach to the fleeting image, missing the sky that makes it possible
First we see the image
Then we see the sky
It is done
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Jesus does not identify himself with his birth, his body, his name, the world- all things which will be crucified, sacrificed, and things which Thomas shows concern for. Jesus corrects Thomas and properly identifies his Divine nature. Find the way, the truth, and the life and you will find Jesus. He is beyond limitation, concept, identification, death, crucifixion, and anything of which the mind can conceive.
We can neither stay on the surface and be battered by waves
nor remain in the depths where we can't breath
If the ocean is perfection, who are you?
Uncontrollable crying and uncontrollable laughter are two polar ends of the same instinct leading you toward salvation, awakening.
There is a sense of great 'release' in these states- what is being released?
Both are hints at your absolute lack of control, the ultimate illusion of the individual identity you cling to in the face of the unknown.
Letting go, stillness, is the only way to find what is beyond the crying and laughter.
Living in the moment. We hear a lot about doing it, but how is it done? What does it mean?
The past is a fabrication, a woven together group of memories, created by our present idea of who we are as individuals. Our memory of events, that we take as the past, are recalled from the current moment, are subjective and incomplete. Not only have we selectively constructed our memory, based on whatever we choose to focus on, but the "person" that was in the moment remembered is not the same as the one who remembers.
The whole process is fraudulent. A different version of "you" remembers a past "you" and constructs a memory made of only parts of the original, infinitely vast, moments.
In the same way, we also imagine a future based on our current idea of ourselves, influenced by our fabricated memories of the past. This future cannot become reality because as the idea of ourselves 'moves forward' toward the future we imagined, the individual that imagined it no longer exists. We will have changed before the future ever makes it to us. The present "you" is left always chasing a future that doesn't exist, while realizing "you" have disappeared into the next moment also. It's like a waterfall trying to grab hold of itself!
So, that leaves the present moment. But, there's a catch. We cannot live in the moment either. No one in history has ever lived in the moment- no one. We all live only in our memory of the past, and our imagination of the future(which is really also just a part of the past- headache yet?).
The reason we cannot live in the moment, the infinite present, is because we cannot experience what we are. You can only BE what you are. "You" don't live in the moment, you ARE the moment. Your "I", the witness, creates a past and future that robs you of the being-ness you really are.
To live in the moment, we need only to stop trying to experience and be still. Just BE.
Realizing your own divine nature is like staring at a perfectly still, placid lake
If you stare long enough, the pure stillness begins to merge with you
You begin to lose the idea of you and other
Being this stillness, and abiding there, is realization
Reaching out to stir the water, to restore contrast, redefine self and other,
is saving self, and sacrificing the divine
We come and go in a lifetime
We come and go in a year
We come and go in a day
We come and go in a minute
We come and go in a second
We come and go in a single thought
We find, between these thoughts, we have never come, and never gone
The world wants your attention. What will you do?
Matthew 6:33 New International Version (NIV)33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
From the Buddhist Canon:
"Consider, Malunkyaputta, this story of a man wounded by a poisoned arrow. His friends, relatives, and well-wishers gather around him and a surgeon is called. But the wounded man says, ‘Before he takes out this arrow, I want to know if the man who shot me was a Kshatriya, a Brahmin, a merchant, or an untouchable.’
"Or he says, ‘I won’t let this arrow be removed until I know the name and tribe of the man who shot me.’
"Or: ‘Was he tall, short, or of medium height?’
"Or: ‘Was he black, brown, or yellow-skinned?’
"What do you think would happen to such a man, Malunkyaputta? Let me tell you. He will
"And that is what happens when a man comes to me and says, ‘I will not follow the Dhamma
until the Buddha tells me whether the world is eternal or not eternal, whether the world is finite or infinite, whether the soul and the body are the same or different, whether the liberated person exists or does not exist after death, whether he neither exists nor does not exist after death.’ He will die, Malunkyaputta, before I get a chance to make everything clear to him."