Talk to me about Courage

Lee's picture

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Fear is in our DNA. Biggest Veil.

Takes courage to walk this path.

How many have I counted on the way?

That self that wants to Be so badly- that phantom self-

I am weary of the yellowness and the ignornace of it.

But I hear clearly from all who have walked this way that this is a common complaint.

What of your courage?

madan_gautam's picture

What of your courage?

The courage is to jump in infinite and open sea, without fearing anything.

madan_gautam | Tue, 12/16/2008 - 18:50
Phroggy's picture


Courage is not fearlessness, it's being frightened but continuing on anyway instead of turning away. How many have turned away and how easy it is to do. The alternatives to seeing what is true are endless because mind makes them up as it goes along, and then labels it's own diversions as part of his noble spiritual path.

Something I learned early on is that playing spiritual games is fun and feels good and inspiring and there are enough things going on in the spiritual circus to keep us entertained for lifetimes, but truth seeking is a different thing all together. Nobody goes to the circus to learn the truth.

Before the truth can set you free, at any level, it's going to piss you off. It's going to tear down your walls, break through your defenses, rob you blind, kick your crutches out from underneath you, emasculate you, humble you, take away everything you thought was meaningful, everything you thought you needed, and leave you for dead. That sounds more serious than leaves blowing in the wind, but from the perspective of the leaf, it can be a scary ride.

If that's your 'spiritual path' then you're going in the right direction, which of course is nowhere. Ya, it can take a little courage.

Phroggy | Tue, 12/16/2008 - 20:24
Omkaradatta's picture

What if...

What if courage were not needed, but cessation was? Courage is the dualistic opposite of the coin of fear. We can have all the courage we want against fear; it merely shows that we fear. Or we can fully accept the fear, go into it. If you said that takes courage, well, fine... I'd call that a figure of speech, meself.

We do not get to choose whether we cease or not... it happens, or it doesn't. Accepting this is the beginning of cessation. But a true acceptance, from here, would be giving up all concern both with worldly life *and* with spirituality. All the latter offers us is a 'spiritual image', a notion that we've accomplished something -- i.e. our own continuance as spiritual egos. If you're wondering why there's been no "oneness event", please consider this carefully.

Nisargadatta: "Of course, when there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one's past, present and future, with one's physical and spiritual security and standing, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty; then the Guru is not important, for the disciple has broken the shell of self-defence."

If you left spirituality, you'd be a nothing and a nobody... not a crusader for truth at all, but nothing, lost in the vast ocean of life, unrecognized, unknown, ordinary. Why, you wouldn't be there at all!

Take it as ya will...

Omkaradatta | Wed, 12/17/2008 - 03:11
nancy pro's picture

fear ghost

Handle it short and efficient -

When you meet fear ghost on the path, do not ignore it right away and do not give it too much emphasis - both will delay you on the path.

Look at the fear in the eyes, accept the fact that you are not the fearless Popeye the sailor man - an image your ego has been cultivating for so long. And only then leave it aside and continue your walk on the path.

nancy pro | Wed, 12/17/2008 - 15:00
Lee's picture

good work

you are all right- of course!

and courageous.

"Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage."


"Perhaps more than any other guru, Nisargadatta seems to both value and personify sincerity and earnestness (maybe genuineness as well). One statement of his in particular is something that has stuck in memory here.

Nisargadatta: Your balance must be dynamic, based on doing just the right thing, from moment to moment. Don't be a child unwilling to grow up. Stereotyped gestures and postures will not help you. Rely entirely on your clarity of thought, purity of motive and integrity of action. You cannot possibly go wrong . Go beyond and leave all behind.

"Go beyond and leave all behind". This is a statement of courage - it means follow your own lights, be willing to literally go beyond everything you've ever known, everything mankind teaches and purports to take as true.
Follow your heart or inner Self (swarupa), no matter where it leads. Even if it leads over the edge of a precipice. This is the diametric opposite of the story of the lemmings following one another off the cliff, in a single file line.
There is no other way to the truth."

Lee | Wed, 12/17/2008 - 17:04
Lee's picture


There's courage involved
if you want to become truth

There is a broken-open place
in a lover

Where are those qualities
of bravery and sharp compassion?

What's the use
of old and frozen thought?

I want a howling hurt

This is not a treasury
where gold is stored;
this is for copper.

We alchemists look for talent
that can heat up and change.

Lukewarm won't do.

Half hearted holding back,
well-enough getting by?

Not here

Lee | Wed, 12/17/2008 - 17:42