We hear and read that we should look inside. We suffer, we are stuck in some kind of pain, mostly mental — mental torment, mental pain — and the dharma, the wisdom-path emphasises how necessary, how crucial, it is to look inside. And that is different from always looking outside which is much more common. We tend to find faults here and there but not look at the roots inside. So we like this idea, after some hesitation maybe, ‘Ah looking inside, yeah!’ After some enthusiasm, however, we might find that it’s not that easy. We might still be convinced that we should look inside, but we keep looking outside.
Now, a simple reflection can help, at least it did in my case. And very simply it’s this: all the causes of suffering — mental causes with their vast ramifications — are inevitably impinging upon our relationship to meditation. It is not that there is ambivalence, mistrust…
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In my first conversation with Bob Adamson, the very first thing he asked me was (as I recall it), “Well, do you know what it is? Do you know what Nisargadatta Maharaj understood and what he was pointing to? Is it absolutely clear yet?” I remained silent. All my former concepts and acquired knowledge were … Continue reading John Wheeler – You Are Awareness
A human being is a composite of disparate strands.
From these disparate strands the mind creates the illusion of persistence by constantly moving from one strand to another.
For example the mind may follow a chain of arising thoughts. It may then move from the thoughts to an itch on the foot. Then it will be distracted by the sound of a buzzing fly. Then an emotion of irritation will arise.
All these are ways in which the ego convinces itself of its perpetual existence.
But the truth is there is no perpetual existence for the human being. There is constant change. Constant arising, falling and rearranging the strands that comprise the being.
All this plays out in the persistent and eternal light of consciousness.
This is the element without which the idea of a human being collapses.
If there is one error in our understanding of reality is that…
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