Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. -Marianne Williamson
According to Mandukya Upanisad, the fourth state of consciousness is the ultimate goal. It is also often called "Thoughtless Awareness", in Sanskrit "Turiya". Turiya is silence. Silence is not absence of sound. SILENCE IS THE AWARENESS OF THE CONTENT AND ILLUMINATOR OF THE ABSENCE OF SOUND.
Thoughtless awareness is paradoxical in the sense that how can one be aware without thoughts? Vedanta (Upanisad) says that thoughtless is to be understood as destruction of impurities of the mind and not total destruction of mind.
It is brought out lucidly in the Upanishads that neither absence of thoughts is liberation (freedom) nor presence of thoughts is bondage. One should aim for fearlessness, detachment and purity of mind for enjoying the fourth state of consciousness.
Fourth state is living in the present. When one is capable of dropping all projections, memories and experiences, one experiences the fourth state. Talking or writing about Turiya is simple, but to make sure no thought enters the mind without permission (!) is a monumental task. Do you agree?
The Net of Indra is
a profound and subtle metaphor for the structure of reality. Imagine a vast net; at each crossing point
there is a jewel; each jewel is perfectly clear and reflects all the other
jewels in the net, the way two mirrors placed opposite each other will reflect
an image ad infinitum.… Every jewel is intimately connected with all other
jewels in the universe, and a change in one jewel means a change, however
slight, in every other jewel…. Once, when someone praised Gandhi for his
compassionate politics, he answered, “I am here to serve no one else but
myself, to find my own self realization through the service of others.”
The Enlightened Mind: An
Anthology of Sacred Prose
Plato described our existential situation as being like people chained to our seats in a movie theater, facing the silver screen. Thus, we confuse images on the screen for reality. Suppose, one of us breaks loose of the chains that tie us to the screen. We turn around and for the first time see our situation for what it is? Would not our friends question our “new” view of reality?
How do you catch a moment? Can you put it in a glass bottle? How do you breathe life into an image? Can you look at it until it lives? What is life, anyway? Is it the eternal turning over of the Soul? Round and round we go.
Words are maps of reality and dreams Words are not reality, not dreams Better to stop now Sit, walk around and breathe Later, come back to the words For words are the work of the world Perhaps, the world would not exit without words For, indeed, the "world" is a story we tell each other Take away the story What do you have left over Just this, just that. Engaging directly what is Like a new born
Lost Generation "I am part of a lost generation and I refuse to believe that I can change the world I realize this may be a shock but “Happiness comes from within.” is a lie, and “Money will make me happy.” So in 30 years I will tell my children they are not the most important thing in my life My employer will know that I have my priorities straight because work is more important than family I tell you this Once upon a time Families stayed together but this will not be true in my era This is a quick fix society Experts tell me 30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce I do not concede that I will live in a country of my own making In the future Environmental destruction will be the norm No longer can it be said that My peers and I care about this earth It will be evident that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It is foolish to presume that There is hope."
Stillness is like an old friend who happens to be my own deep Self.
Deep stillness happened during childhood and adolescence. Such moments seem more important than the rest of life. Moments that felt the same despite differing circumstances. A touch of the timeless eternal.
Perhaps everyone encounters stillness but few talk about and share the power and beauty of stillness itself.
For me, still points mark the absence of mental chatter. Suddenly the ears are softly ringing with the white noise of air molecules beating against the ear drums.