as the world turns

“If you live for the things of this world, that’s all you’re gunna get”

Lavette Hawkins

sitting in padmasana, while floating in my aerial hammock

My morning meditation ensues

intuitive sense of being inwardly stable at the core

while my physical energy form is spinning around a quiet and still inner axis

I can intuit feeling how the earth must feel wobbling on its axis

I ask myself, what is true?

I sit in Silence

no audible answer arrives

just an awareness that I exist in this moment

is that not enough?

with clarity that the awareness of this moment is beyond my understanding

I remind myself that I can’t see anything for what it really is

but there is a strong pull to look deeply at ALL relationships today (after all, it’s 12/12)

the One and the Other, the circle and the diameter, the Self and God

and I practice the last four stages of Patanjali’s 8-fold path:

Pratyahara, withdrawal of the senses

Dharana, fixing the mind to a single point

Dhyana, focused meditation where the subject and object are fully aware of each other

Samadhi, subject and object recognize each other as the same, and become One

I rest with an inner knowing that there is nothing more valuable than this thing we call Life,

even in our misunderstandings, our seeming errors, our untrue beliefs, and our non-life-enhancing actions

even these mistakes are of value although we can’t comprehend it from this perspective

I remember and re-cognize that it’s the only thing that Exists (this thing we call Life),

and that it is without beginning and without end

because the only REAL relationship is Life eternally experiencing itself as Life

“Live your life. If you have a gospel of truth, share it. And if it is true others will hear it. Be the good shepherd, and those that are supposed to hear your voice will hear it.”

Derrick, global witness

 

 

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