Rest, Between The Points

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Between the points, that’s the point….!!!

Most of life’s efforts seem to be to bridge the gap…
Between two points….

A game teenagers play…
Plucking the petals off a flower…
He loves me…..
He loves me not….

I realized, that when the mind is caught in the vice like grip, of two conflicting thoughts, the best thing to do is release them both.

The conflicted mind then sinks into a place of rest.

Into the gap, which is none other than pure consciousness, the whole mind, unified field of unlimited possibilities.

And out of this undivided state, whatever comes up spontaneously, is invariably beautifully aligned with the right response, in the moment.

Whether I think so or not…!!!

“As our minds begin to quiet down, we notice that the thoughts and feelings associated with meaninglessness come and go, and that there exists, in the space between these arisings, a way of being that is not affected by these mind-states. The Soul, we discover, seeks not meaning; its “meaning”, to borrow that Ego-concept, is self-evident.”

Without that deep, empty, place, full of an all inclusiveness, containing everything, where the split, the duality, does not pull in different directions, “we”, don’t give life a chance to flow, naturally.

Pushkin says, in his “Queen of Spades” :
“Two fixed ideas cannot co-exist in the mind,
Any more than two physical bodies can occupy the same space.”

This very vying for existence, this creating unneccesary pressure “to be”, or rather “to become”, to give reality to, various thoughts,
Is an exercise in futility.

The moment we let go this pressure to create,

To stop playing God,

Trying to usurp subjectivity,

Of trying to be That,

This phenomenal world subsides into noumenality* { explained at footnote }.


A few beautiful quotes to illustrate:

1. “The guru is the dispeller of illusions. The primary illusion is that of being a separate, independent, powerful entity. But there are many secondary illusions as well. For long time followers of Advaita THE MOST POWERFUL ILLUSION IS THAT OF BELIEVING YOU ARE SOURCE. This belief is particularly seductive when it masquerades as deep knowing. Here is where the guru is of greatest value. Unconcerned about matters of doctrine or personal popularity, the guru can see the seekers obstruction and point the way to clarity.”
~~Wayne Liquorman

Without consciousness, time and space do not exist; they appear within Consciousness but have no reality of their own.

It is like a screen on which all this is cast as pictures and move as in a cinema show.

The Absolute Consciousness alone is our real nature.
~~ Ramana Maharishi.

How many of the ways(disciplines, exercises, practices)recommended as helpful, or even necessary, for the attainment of SATORI are not in fact CONSEQUENCES of that state erroneously suggested as MEANS ?

From "Fingers Pointing Towards The Moon"

{ This last one is to illustrate that, the "Letting Go", is NOT a practice, but a consequence of a still mind.}


*{ noumenon, plural Noumena, in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, the thing-in-itself (das Ding an sich) as opposed to what Kant called the phenomenon—the thing as it appears to an observer. Though the noumenal holds the contents of the intelligible world, Kant claimed that man’s speculative reason can only know phenomena and can never penetrate to the noumenon. Man, however, is not altogether excluded from the noumenal because practical reason—i.e., the capacity for acting as a moral agent—makes no sense unless a noumenal world is postulated in which freedom, God, and immortality abide.

The relationship of noumenon to phenomenon in Kant’s philosophy has engaged philosophers for nearly two centuries, and some have judged his passages on these topics to be irreconcilable. Kant’s immediate successors in German Idealism in fact rejected the noumenal as having no existence for man’s intelligence. Kant, however, felt that he had precluded this rejection by his refutation of Idealism, and he persisted in defending the absolute reality of the noumenal, arguing that the phenomenal world is an expression of power and that the source from which this power comes can only be the noumenal world beyond.” }

~~Encyclopedia Britannica


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... so rich text..thank you

so rich text..thank you so much mam..
i got stuck at initial few lines only...

"that when the mind is caught in the vice like grip, of two conflicting thoughts, the best thing to do is release them both.

The conflicted mind then sinks into a place of rest."
this seems a process,

and i m more than convinced that is not the easy thing to do,..
read so much, but to no respite.. no relief..
.. tried to achieve it, many same result..

krishnad | Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:40
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Like a leaf falling from a tree

Dear Krishnad,
I guess, the truth of the matter is that the point of "letting go" happens spontaneously, like a leaf falling of a tree. The attachment to either/or isn't there.The action is natural and spontaneous.

It would be a process if you/I "tried, to let go". All preparedness,a certain understanding-yes,the futility of it all....all efforts can only take you upto a point...after which they drop off...and something mysterious happens, that really can't be explained.

On the topic of Letting Go, here's a beautiful piece of writing I came across.
It's gentleness is lovely, it says it all :

“She let go. She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go. She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go. No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…”

~~Ernest Holmes.


MAI | Fri, 04/19/2013 - 03:45
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No vested interest in the outcome

Adding a quote I had put up in the quotes section, to illustrate :

-You must first see that in all practice, you project the goal, a result. And in projecting a result, you remain constantly in the representation of what you project. What you are fundamentally, is a natural giving up. The mind becomes clear, there is a giving up, a stillness, fulfilled with a current of love. As long as there is a meditator, there is no meditation. When the meditator disappears, there is meditation.



MAI | Fri, 04/19/2013 - 04:20