Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cool Fire



The Lord of the Universe lives in a house that is smaller than a mustard seed.
This is a secret cave in the Heart where a cool fire burns eternally.
All Gods are but shadows of this flame, all the worlds but pictures on this screen.
From that absolute emptiness arises absolute fullness-  all that exists.
Infinite bliss blossoms unceasingly from that perfect stillness.
The darkness of suffering vanishes before the radiance of such transcendent peace.
The gifts of immortality and divinity are bestowed here.
Find this: it is your true home.
Gladly offer yourself as food to that fire and dance forever in that joy!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Saranagathi



O compassionate One, shining forever in the Heart, grant me your grace!
I am lost in this wilderness; help me return home.
Teach me the power of humility and surrender, the magic of turning within.
Grant me the bliss of emptiness, the harmony of Om.
I am drowning in this cunning illusion, o Lord,
Tangled up in time and space, struggling to find the way.
Do not leave me begging at your feet:
Swallow me whole like a python devouring its prey!
Destroy the false form of this insane ego-mind,
Let me die before I die!
Burn me up in your merciful fire- leave no traces behind;
May only you remain- no more “I”!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

There and Not There.


“ Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;  It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there; Usefulness comes from what is NOT there.”
Tao te Ching, Lao Tsu, circa 600 BC

Eliminate that which you are NOT; this enables you to be that which you always ARE.
Space is the source and the substance of all creation, allowing all that exists to be.
Silence is the womb and the body of all sound; it contains ,and is interwoven with, thunder and birdsong and music.
Being is the foundation of life : first you must BE, before you can know or do.
The background is more important than the foreground.
Turn your attention away from the contents: focus on the container that is being-space-silence.
It gives birth to everything, contains everything, yet remains pristine, perfect, untouched and unattached to anything.
Stainless and unchanging as the sky, this is the foundation of all , the Tao, the mother of “the ten thousand things”.
Stillness. Emptiness. Silence. Existence.
You cannot  know it, you can only BE it.
Timeless presence.
Infinite and eternal perfection.
Conscious, blissful, peace.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Let it shine!

O child of grace, how can you ever be lost!!
Somehow, you fell into this bag of dreams and forgot your own true face.
The lie cannot stand against the sharp perfection
of that which is true.
This cunning illusion is but a mirage born of your own frantic mind:
This is not you!
The flame of truth burns always steady in the Heart and its light is love and joy.
Let the wind of your awakening blow away the fog of unknowing
that has hidden this Light for so long!
How can rage or sorrow survive in a heart filled with joyous peace?
Listen, dear one! You are the power and the glory, you are the radiance and the love.
You are infinite bliss, endless space,  inside and outside, below and above.
Your true nature is now and forever divine.
Darkness flees before the light: so let it shine!
So let go of your fear, your worry and all your misery: dive deep within  to truly BE !
 Discover the wonder of who you really are;
 rejoice, shine on and be free!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Pathless Path


“ Empty yourself of everything; let the mind rest at peace.
  The ten thousand things rise and fall and then return to the Source.
Returning to the Source is stillness, which is the Way of Nature.”
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tsu.

Does the bird need a path to fly  across the open sky?
Does the fish need a track to swim through the open sea?
Does the Atman need a path to Brahman so that the jiva becomes the Jnani?
What path can be found, who tries to reach, what is there to be reached, when only the Self exists?
The trackless transformation is just a removal of illusion: the perfect Self shines always!
So throw away all your cleverness, your so-called knowledge, your pride in your virtue and spiritual progress: all just mind-clouds.
Die before you die.
Burn yourself on the pyre of total loving surrender.
Just as the sun is revealed when the wind blows the clouds away,
when this ego-mind dissolves in its own source,
the flame of the Self reveals its eternal and infinite glory.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Be Still


No name, no face,
No time, no space,
No thought or deed,
No fruit or seed,
No body, no mind,
No forward or behind,
No dream or desire,
No smoke or fire,
No you or me
In stillness, just be:
Perfect peace and clarity.



Thursday, May 11, 2017

One Syllable


“One Syllable shines forever in the Heart as Self; who can write it down? “ Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi

Luminous perfection at the heart of all beings,
conscious energy pervading all that exists,
O Brahman, who can describe your infinite radiance, your intoxicating beauty and irresistible power?
You who are the source and the substance of everything,
Who are ever- shining peace and truth and bliss,
Can anything in all the worlds exist without your grace?
Attaining whom all is attained,
 becoming whom all is illuminated,
how can I dare to attempt to speak of your mystery?
Your very presence creates, sustains and destroys all worlds and creatures,
And yet you have no motive or intent, no action or thought,
Just shine in the unchanging, eternal, perfection of your being.
You who humbled all the Gods and dissolved all the illusions of knowledge,
Who is beyond all knowing, all description, all concepts,
How can any human tongue even try to sing your praise?
Can the reflection of the moon in a pail of water claim the splendour of the moon?
Can the ray of sunlight be the mighty sun?
Can the foam on the surface of the ocean know its vast depths?
O Lord of Love,
I fell deep into your bliss and disappeared – no more I.
The flame of Jnana consumed all the worlds - and me.
All that is
Is Thee.

“At last, life has a meaning and a purpose. It is tremendously exhilarating to realize the truth of the one Self.” Arthur Osborne, devotee of Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi