whatever it is, don’t touch it

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I’ve heard this notion expressed precisely the same way by great souls from very different traditions. William Baker, a Dakota Sioux peyote roadman, and H.W.L. Poonja, an embodiment and teacher of Advaita from the western Punjab, both expressed it just this way: “Whatever it is, don’t touch it.”

It’s what Shunryu Suzuki meant when he taught his students to forget all gaining ideas, what the Treatise on Sitting and Forgetting instructs when it suggests extinguishing all but the shining mind, what the zen patriarch Yuanwu  is pointing to when he encourages us to forget thoughts, feelings, striving, and concern. This pure witnessing — without reaching, without engagement — is what led me into the awakening moment I experienced decades ago and described the other day.

Consciousness at rest in itself is divine. Silent, still, beyond time, unconfined by identity, one understands beyond all doubt that everything is already, always, perfect . Always has been, always will be.

 

When

you are at peace

and washed clean, it is like

the sun shining everywhere, like the

infinite expanse of space. How can you

confine yourself to your limited body

and mind and keep yourself

from being joyously

alive?

 

People

of olden times

would spend ten or twenty

years studying just to penetrate

through. And after they

penetrated through,

they knew how

to live. 

 

Are people

these days lacking anything

to keep them from proceeding along

the same path? Just don’t give rise to any feelings

of wanting or needing anything, or engender any

clingings or attachments. Then, according

to your power as you encounter

situations, you will not

fail to penetrate

through.

 

Yuanwu


make a radical change in your life

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Make

a radical change

in your lifestyle and begin

to boldly do things which you may

previously never have thought of doing,

or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people

live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the

initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned

 to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of

which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in

reality nothing is more damaging to the

adventurous spirit within a

man than a secure

future.

 

The

very basic core

of a man’s living spirit

is his passion for adventure.

The joy of life comes from our encounters

with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy

than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have

a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose

your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter

style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy.

But once you become accustomed to such

a life you will see its full meaning

and its incredible

beauty.

 

Jon Krakauer

 

want to be a harmonious oneness, like the universe?

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The

teaching of

the Integral Way

will go on as long as

there is a Tao and someone

who wishes to embody it; what

is painted in these scrolls today

will appear in different forms

in many generations

to come.

 

These

things, however,

will never change: Those

who wish to attain oneness must

practice undiscriminating virtue. They

must dissolve all ideas of duality: good and bad,

beautiful and ugly, high and low. They will be obliged

to abandon any mental bias born of cultural or religious

belief. Indeed, they should hold their minds free of

any thought which interferes with their

understanding of the universe

as a harmonious

oneness.

 

The

beginning

of these practices is

the beginning of

liberation.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 7


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killing belongs to the great executioner alone

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If people

don’t love life, they

won’t fear death, and

threatening them

with it won’t

work.

 

If

people have

lives worth living,

then the threat of death is

meaningful, and they’ll

do what is right

to avoid

it.

 

But

killing itself

should be the province

of the great executioner alone.

Trying to take his place and kill is like

cutting wood in the place of the

master carpenter: Chances

are you’ll hurt your

own hand.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 74


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Man

the tool-making animal,

whether in speech or in writing or in radio,

has long been engaged in extending one or another

of his sense organs in such a manner as to

disturb all of his other senses

and faculties.

 

Marshall McLuhan

 
 

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If you

permit your thoughts

to dwell on evil you yourself will

become ugly. Look only for the good

in everything so you absorb

the quality of

beauty.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda