More Contemplations On The Self

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There's a
revealing moment in the film "K-Pax" where the psychologist asks the
patient (who insists he is an extraterrestrial), "Hmm.. so, if there
are no rules on your planet, then how do you know the difference
between right and wrong?"

To which the "visitor" replies as if it's the most obvious thing
imaginable, "Everyone knows the difference between right and wrong."
But by god don't we argue about it - if for no other reason but to
convince ourselves otherwise when we make a wrong choice. I find
this to be fundamental. We all know the difference - it's making the
choice that's difficult, we sometimes turn into cowards when it
comes to that.


"The 97th Aphorism in the Codes I was taught," I said, "is in the
form of a riddle: "What is invisible but more beautiful than
diamonds?" "And the answer?" inquired Labienus. "That which is
silent but deafens thunder." The men regarded one another. "And what
is that?" asked Labienus. "The same," said I, "as that which
depresses no scale but is weightier than gold." "And what is that?"
asked Labienus. "Honor," I said.
Vagabonds of Gor, Book 24, Page 305.


According to an old story, a lord of ancient China once asked his
physician, a member of a family of healers, which of them was the
most skilled in the art.

The physician, whose reputation was such that his name became
synonymous with medical science in China, replied, "My eldest
brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes
shape, so his name does not get out of the house.

"My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute,
so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.

"As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin,
so from time to time my name gets out and is heard among the lords."


Don Juan, the Yaqui Shaman, speaks of a
method of self-Mastery. To quote:

There are four steps to learning the Warrior Code:
1. Ruthlessness.
2. Cunning.
3. Patience.
4. Sweetness.

Ruthlessness should not be harshness. Cunning should not be cruelty.
Patience should not be negligence. Sweetness should not be
foolishness. These four steps have to be practiced and perfected
until they are so smooth they are unnoticable.


I met a wise man once, and he summed for me the Bhagvad Geeta thusly:

In the first 6 cantos, krishna tells arjun:O parth , know thyself.
here arjun is body

In the next 6 cantos krsna tells arjun:O parth know myself.
here krishna is soul

And finally, in the last 6 cantos, krishna declares:Now, O parth, know both thyself and myself.
This, verily, is totality.
-Shail Gulhati


Your very nature is revealed in the stillness of silence. Yet that's just the start.

Mere suffering exists, no sufferer is found;
The deed is, but no doer of the deed is there;
Nirvana is, but not the man that enters it;
The Path is, but no traveller on it is seen.

"The student shall always overtake the Master. Unless... the Master is always a student."


"Look up" Shvetashvatara said, "Do you see the two large birds sitting in the tree?"
"Yes sir, we see them," the students said.
"Do you see how one of them eats the sweet pippala berry, while the other looks on without eating? You are like these two birds - one part dynamic, the other part silent. These are the two sides to your life. One part of you is active, and another part is a silent witness," Shvetashvatara said.
"Sir, which bird is Brahman?" one student asked.
"Brahman is both together," answered Shvetashvatara. "That is why Brahman is called the totality. No one reaches the highest tip of the tree without knowing Brahman.
"If you know only the silent bird, then you enter into darkness. If you know only the active bird, then you enter into a still greater darkness. But when you know both together, then you overcome death and obtain immortality."


by St John Of The Cross

1. On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy chance!—
I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.

2. In darkness and secure, By the secret ladder, disguised—oh, happy chance!—
In darkness and in concealment, My house being now at rest.

3. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me,
Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart.

4. This light guided me More surely than the light of noonday
To the place where he (well I knew who!) was awaiting me— A place where none appeared.

5. Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn,
Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!

6. Upon my flowery breast, Kept wholly for himself alone,
There he stayed sleeping, and I caressed him, And the fanning of the cedars made a breeze.

7. The breeze blew from the turret As I parted his locks;
With his gentle hand he wounded my neck And caused all my senses to be suspended.

8. I remained, lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved.
All ceased and I abandoned myself, Leaving my cares forgotten among the lilies.


Well, " you ask.
"How do I get rid of it?"
And my answer to that is:
That's the wrong question.
How does one get rid of what?
You can't get rid of your hallucination of being an ego by an activity of the ego.
Sorry, but it can't be done . . .
If you try to get rid of your ego with your ego you will just end up in a vicious circle.
You'd be like somebody who worries because they worry because they worry.
Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And the more you become aware of the unknown self -- if you become aware of it -- the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the Milky Way, and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. You look and look, and one day you are going to wake up and say, "Why, that's me!" And in knowing that, you know that you never die. You are the eternal thing that comes and goes that appears -- now as John Jones, now as Mary Smith, now as Betty Brown -- and so it goes, forever and ever and ever.