Knowledge?

“knowledge is not the things that are usually associated with it. It is not ideas. It is not a body of information. It is not a system of belief. It is not a process of self-evaluation. It is the great mystery of your life. Its outward manifestations are

profound intuition

great insight

inexplicable knowing

wise perception in the present and in the future

and wise understanding of the past

But despite these great achievements of mind, Knowledge is greater than this.

It is your True Self,

a Self that is not apart from life.”

Marshall Vian Summers

Today’s communion with nature provided some of the outward manifestations of this “knowledge”

The water, its mystery. It’s flowing nature, its sound and vibration over the earth’s rocks. How I’ve taken this magnificent element for granted.

How I don’t even know what water really is.

The trees. The moss. The soaring wings of the turkey buzzards high above the mountain tops. The white puffs of cloud against perfect blue space.

Tears barely expressed my joy. amazement and gratitude for being present as part of the magnificence of Life’s expression.

I thought to myself, I should be screaming and singing and jumping for joy. But no one would have understood. So just tears.

Today, in Nature’s beauty, I saw and felt and heard and embodied inexplicable knowing that is not apart from Life.

true teachers

The places we lease expect to find the truth. The eyes of a cow. I loved this excerpt from Mohanji’s recent post:

“Gurudeva asked me to observe cows and walked away. In the beginning, I saw only the bodies of cows. I saw only their activities. Every day, I did this one practice which Gurudeva had initiated me with. A few days later, I could recognize each and every cow that grazed in that field. Soon, I started seeing their character and the difference between them. I started noticing how they behaved. I saw their behavioral differences as well as their hierarchies and mannerisms.

They showed no hurry at any time.

They were peaceful always.

They ate only what they needed.

They were very patient.

They never complained or even made an unnecessary sound.

They accepted the surroundings and realities without any complaints.

They were tolerant.

They never complained of rain or sunshine.

They were consistent in what they did.

They never got bored with the environment.

I learned many things from them.

Concentration, Acceptance, Consistency, Commitment,

No anxiety or comparisons, No complaints, and more than anything stable mind, peaceful to the core.

I realized that samadhi states need these qualities. Samadhi itself is a stillness of mind. And these animals taught me that.

Day and night, I sat near that grazing ground and as these gentle beings wandered, I followed them. They became my gurus. I learned the great secrets of life from them.

Everything begins with acceptance. I understood why my Gurudeva always watched animals and sat in meditative state. He was witnessing the states of samadhi that nature displays through every plant, tree, leaves, and all beings of nature.

I also realized that they do not eat after sunset and will start eating only after sunrise.

They followed the sun. I also surrendered myself to the sun and the sun became my guru too.”

Excerpt from, Hotter Than The Raging Sun, Mohanji