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“Q: Is there any way to stop this chatter?

Bob: No. Do you chatter? Understand and watch it. If you haven’t got a vested interest in it, what is going to happen? It is going to die down. You see, when the chatter starts and I attribute it to ‘me’ and ‘I want this’ or ‘I don’t like that’ or ‘He said so and so’ and ‘blah, blah, blah, blah’ – I have a vested interest in it. Now, in that vested interest what is happening? The energy of ‘I’ and ‘this’. The ‘I’ is a thought, and the ‘this’ is a thought. But that energy is opposed to itself. It is a dissipating energy. It is in conflict with itself. But if I understand that there is no centre here and that it is just chatter and I am aware of it, then there is no ‘me’ that wants anything out of it. There is nothing resisting it. It is just what is. Then there is no energy going into it.

Now can a thing live without energy? No! So, in the watching of it, in the awareness of it without bothering about it, in seeing it for what it is, that is false, it is going to die down of its own accord. So, there is no need to try and stop it. In trying to stop it, the mind will be in conflict with the mind. That will get you into all sorts of trouble, which it has done until now.

Q: How do we stop? I see that chatter but I am still giving it value?

Bob: Well, keep watching it and ask yourself who is this ‘me’ that is giving it value? Until it comes up that you see that this ‘me’ is only an idea. Where is this centre? Where does this so-called me start? Look and try and find a centre or a spot in your body which you believe is ‘me’, or in your mind which you believe is ‘me’. Look as hard as you like. If you can find it, you come and tell me! I know for certain that there is no particular place in this body or this mind of which I can say ‘This is where I begin’, ‘This is where it all starts’.

In your own looking you will find that the false cannot stand up to investigation. You are not the hand; you are not your ear; you are not your nose. There is no particular spot where you can say ‘This is where I began’. Have a look at the body. It started off as a single sperm and a single ovum, which were the essences of the food that you mother and father ate. Where is that cell? That would be the centre, that would be the start of it all, but that cell has doubled and redoubled and it is long gone.

From another angle, am I this mind? the mind is just composed of thought. Which particular thought am I? Am I this ‘I’ thought, but where is that ‘I’ thought if I am deeply asleep or unconscious? It is not there! That would be the finish of me if I was that ‘I’ thought. But the breathing is still happening; the functioning is still happening; there is  not centre there.

So when the chatter goes on and you see that there is no centre to attribute it to, then it must lose its hold. It becomes laughable!”

What’s wrong with right now, unless you think about it?  Talks with Sailor Bob Adamson

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buddha_smile” The hearing is happening through the ear. The ear is not telling me, I hear. Again it’s translated by thought, I hear. So the eye is not telling me I see and the ear is not telling me I hear, but the thought comes up and translates it. Now ask yourself this: Can the thought, I see, actually see? Look closely and you’ll realise that the thought is not seeing. Can the thought, I hear, actually do the hearing? All the thought is doing is translating. This ego is thought up and has no power to see, to hear or to be aware. The thought, I choose, can’t choose. The thought, I’m aware, is not your awareness.

So this fictitious ego is an idea to which we have been in bondage for all these years. The belief that it is an entity that can choose has self-will, self-awareness,  is having bad luck, etc, is just a thought. In the seeing that it’s a fiction, what’s going to happen then? Isn’t the natural livingness going to carry on the way it’s been carrying on anyway? It’s breathing you, it’s beating your heart, it’s growing your hair and fingernails, digesting your food, replacing cells, causing the thinking, feelings, emotions and everything to happen quite effortlessly.

If all the functioning is not being related to a me, then what’s the problem? Is good or bad a problem unless it’s related to an entity that thinks it should be some other way? It doesn’t mean to say problems won’t come up. They’ll come up, sure, because as in natures the pair of opposites are constantly functioning, but when they are coming up, they are seen for what they are. With un-fixated awareness,they move on. When we’re fixating on something, clinging to something, attaching to something, it keeps it there. There’s a resistance going on and it’s not free to move.

That’s why we say that all our problems come from the belief in a separate entity. See that it was never real and  you realise things have just happened that way.”

 

“Sailor” Bob Adamson simplifies it once again.

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“The waves are always washing against the shore. This is their movement and their noise. One day a little wave saw a large, old wave come rolling in from far away. The little wave asked the old wave, “Have you heard of the ocean? Is there really such a thing?”

The old wave replied with a crashing roar, “I, too, have heard talk of the ocean, but I have never seen it with my own eyes”.

The waves, their movement and sound – this is called samsara. This is the illusory separateness that causes suffering.”

HWL Poonja (Papaji) – Wake Up and Roar

“…For Consciousness is the common principle of all experience, present at all times and everywhere, no matter what experience is known, no matter when or where.

So Consciousness cannot appear or disappear. Its appearance would require a previous experience where consciousness was absent. Similarly, its disappearance would require a subsequent experience without consciousness. Such an ‘experience without consciousness’ is a contradiction in terms – falsity of fiction that has been misleading constructed by the mind. So while appearance are perceived by body, sense and mind, their seemingly limitations don’t apply to consciousness, their one reality.

The limitations are a misperception, seen through the inadequate and partial reporting of body, sense and mind. The unreal limitations make it seem that there are appearances which disappear. But while they seem to come and go, what they are is consciousness itself. It is their unlimited reality, remaining fully present through each one of their appearances and disappearances.

That is a classical Advaita position, which his unequivocally taken by modern interpreters like Ramana Maharshi and Shri Atmananda. From that position, deep sleep is interpreted as an experience where consciousness is shown as its own content. Deep sleep shows consciousness identical with what it contains, with what is known in it. What’s there revealed is not contentless consciousness, but consciousness itself.”

 

Excerpt from Some Teachings from Shri Atmananda (Krishna Melon) as reported by Sadhaka Disciple.

He, whose mind is captivated by the beauty of a figure sculptured in a piece of rock, forgets even the fact of the rock being its background.

When he rises above this captivation and looks at the figure, he sees the background, rock, which supports the figure.

When the rock thus receives attention, rock is seen also in the figure, and later on the figure is seen as nothing other than rock.

Enlightenment of truth also comes in this manner. Consciousness becomes dimmed chiefly through one’s captivation and abiding interest in external objects.

When one outgrows this interest and looks at the objects it will be found that they rise and abide in Consciousness alone.

When consciousness thus begins to received due attention, it becomes revealed in the objects as well, and they themselves will in due course become transformed into Consciousness.

It is the realisation of oneself and the entire world as one Consciousness that is known as realisation of Truth.

Excerpt from Atma Darshan by Sri Atmananda – Sri Krishna Melon

“Bliss is not added to your nature it is merely revealed as your true and natural state, eternal and imperishable. The only way to be rid of your grief is to know and be the self.”

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi- Maharshi’s Gospels

“The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry ‘Who am I?’.  The thought ‘Who am I?’, destroying all other thoughts will itself be finally destroyed like the stick used to stoke the fire…..When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all the thoughts the thought ‘I’ is the root. Therefore the mind is only the thought ‘I’.  From where does the is ‘I’ arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes.  This if the pursuit of wisdom.” p88

Exert from No Mind, I am the Self by David Godman.

Feel the Presence within yourself.
Feel the happiness and the joy that you really are.
Feel it! You can feel it.

No matter how many so-called problems
you may appear to have,
no matter what is going on in your life, good or bad,
forget about that. It doesn’t matter.
Feel the Presence. Do not think about it – just feel it.
When you begin to think about it, you spoil it.

Allow the mind to rave on.
Do not pay a bit of attention to the mind,
whatever thoughts it brings you, whatever it tells you.
Pay no attention whatsoever to the mind.
Feel the bliss. You ARE the bliss.
There is absolutely nothing that you need
or have to become.

Do not search for enlightenment or liberation.
You’ll never find it.  There’s nowhere to look for it.
When you look with your senses, where is liberation?
Where’s freedom?
It doesn’t exist.
When you go beyond the senses,
when you pay no attention to the senses
and you go beyond them
by observing them, looking at them,
and not reacting to them,
then you find that you’ve always been in bliss.

Bliss happiness is your very nature.
You are That.

Words of Robert Adams, Silence of the Heart

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives  you courage.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.
The words of truth are always paradoxical.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

Thank you to the dear friend whom shared this with me. xo

There is really nothing to say. Words are superfluous.
The only reason I use words is so you can detect
the silence in the words.
Silence is truth. You cannot explain truth in words.
The words become meaningless, redundant.

The truth comes to you of its own free will
when you prepare yourself through deep surrender
to your Self,
giving up all attachment, giving up your body, your mind,
and everything that’s important to you,
to the Self.
As long as you’re holding on to anything,
the Reality only comes when you give up yourself,
when you give up your ego,
when you give up your needs, your wants,
trying to make something happen, desires.
When you give up trying to become Self-realized.
When you just give up.

Then something wonderful happens.
You begin to expand.
Not your body, but the Consciousness which you are.
You become all pervading. Absolute Reality.
It happens by itself.

Words from Robert Adams, Silence of the Heart.