Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You know, to perceive something is an astonishing experience. I don’t know if you have ever really perceived anything; if you have ever perceived a flower or a face or the sky, or the sea. You perceive something only when your mind is silent, when there is no chattering of any kind. But when the mind perceives without the slightest flutter, then it is capable of looking into the total depth of itself; and such perception is really timeless. You don’t have to do something to bring it about; there is no discipline, no practice, no method by which you can learn to perceive. - K

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Yaj├▒avalkya was asked how that Self is to be conceived, to which he responded: 
You cannot see the seer of seeing. You cannot hear the hearer of hearing. You cannot think the thinker of thinking.  He is your Self, which is in everything. Everything else is irrelevant. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

​W​hat w​e are dealing​ with​​, in our quest/search​, is the mind, which is alive and kicking, with us, all the time; our effort is to understand the mind; ​fortunately, it is available all the time with us to look-at, any effort to search outside is only an attempt to postpone, ​any book or a guru can only clarify or elaborate what we understood directly and at times, may point out a hint; only up to that their role is; as it is the living mind we are dealing with, directly looking at it, we need to unravel it​.

We need to understand the way the mind functions and the impact it has on us; we and the mind are not different; we are almost the mind; almost all our activities are directed by the mind:​ mind is constituted by not only the direct input of our thinking; it is hugely impacted and constructed by the society, it's propaganda​s​,​ ​messages, conventions, customs, practices,​ ​accepted norms​ and ways of life; (​As Ngugi wa Thiong’o​ puts it, "​​The oppressed and the exploited of the earth maintain their defiance: liberty from theft. But the biggest weapon wielded and actually daily unleashed by imperialism against that collective defiance is the cultural bomb. The effect of a cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. Amidst this wasteland which it has created, imperialism presents itself as the cure and demands that the dependent sing hymns of praise with the constant refrain: ‘Theft is holy’.​"​); we are told ​to value certain things​ and not-value certain things; based on mass, global propaganda, these values get accepted and direct our life; for example, money as money is valued, without taking in to account what does it do to us ultimately, the end-result;  we're told by the society to value and accumulate money, property, wealth. But, what after that? If good health, pain-free physical body, simple mind and limited wants are our priority, money and wealth most probably won't get us that; then, why do we waste our life on that? Once the mind sees itself as separate, it tries to establish itself as superior; there, it falls a prey to the value proposition. Thinking, thinker and the mind are inevitable part of separate nature. So, it is the separate nature that needs to be questioned?

Are we separate?; it is the mind which sees us as separate;  other than this seeing, is there any credence to this? I eat, I walk, I talk, hear, see; that way I'm an individual; but, I don't exist alone; I exist together with the Earth on which I stand, with the air I breathe, with the sun, with the space, with the society, with the planets, with the universe and its order; everything together exist; 'seeing' myself as a separate individual, the self has created all the havoc we are in; but, together we exist; this has to be seen; our 'seeing' has to reflect this. 

In seeing, listening and thinking, 'self' is present always, as seeing divides itself as seer and seeing; this appears to be the beginning of 'seer'; if it is, then it is gone, as and when it is seen that way.
 - Raj

Friday, April 6, 2018

In immediate contrast to the old feeling, there is indeed a certain passivity to the sensation, as if you were a leaf blown along by the wind, until you realize that you are both the leaf and the wind. The world outside your skin is just as much you as the world inside: they move together inseparably, and at first you feel a little out of control because the world outside is so much vaster than the world inside. Yet you soon discover that you are able to go ahead with ordinary activities—to work and make decisions as ever, though somehow this is less of a drag. Your body is no longer a corpse which the ego has to animate and lug around. There is a feeling of the ground holding you up, and of hills lifting you when you climb them. Air breathes itself in and out of your lungs, and instead of looking and listening, light and sound come to you on their own. Eyes see and ears hear as wind blows and water flows. All space becomes your mind. Time carries you along like a river, but never flows out of the present: the more it goes, the more it stays, and you no longer have to fight or kill it.

Once you have seen this you can return to the world of practical affairs with a new spirit. You have seen that the universe is at root a magical illusion and a fabulous game, and that there is no separate “you” to get something out of it, as if life were a bank to be robbed. The only real “you” is the one that comes and goes, manifests and withdraws itself eternally in and as every conscious being. For “you” is the universe looking at itself from billions of points of view, points that come and go so that the vision is forever new.

You do not ask what is the value, or what is the use, of this feeling. Of what use is the universe? What is the practical application of a million galaxies? - Alan Watts
Our practical projects have run into confusion again and again through failure to see that individual people, nations, animals, insects, and plants do not exist in or by themselves. This is not to say only that things exist in relation to one another, but that what we call “things” are no more than glimpses of a unified process. Certainly, this process has distinct features which catch our attention, but we must remember that distinction is not separation. Sharp and clear as the crest of the wave may be, it necessarily “goes with” the smooth and less featured curve of the trough. … In the Gestalt theory of perception this is known as the figure/ground relationship.

A still more cogent example of existence as relationship is the production of a rainbow. For a rainbow appears only when there is a certain triangular relationship between three components: the sun, moisture in the atmosphere, and an observer. If all three are present, and if the angular relationship between them is correct, then, and then only, will there be the phenomenon “rainbow.” Diaphanous as it may be, a rainbow is no subjective hallucination. It can be verified by any number of observers, though each will see it in a slightly different position.

The universe implies the organism, and each single organism implies the universe — only the “single glance” of our spotlight, narrowed attention, which has been taught to confuse its glimpses with separate “things,” must somehow be opened to the full vision - Alan Watts

Without birth and death, and without the poroblems of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing

Just because it is a hoax from the beginning, the personal ego can make only a phony response to life. For the world is an ever-elusive and ever-disappointing mirage only from the standpoint of someone standing aside from it — as if it were quite other than himself — and then trying to grasp it. Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.

But a third response is possible. Not withdrawal, not stewardship on the hypothesis of a future reward, but the fullest collaboration with the world as a harmonious system of contained conflicts — based on the realization that the only real “I” is the whole endless process. This realization is already in us in the sense that our bodies know it, our bones and nerves and sense-organs. We do not know it only in the sense that the thin ray of conscious attention has been taught to ignore it, and taught so thoroughly that we are very genuine fakes indeed. - Alan Watts
“Individual” is the Latin form of the Greek “atom” — that which cannot be cut or divided any further into separate parts. We cannot chop off a person’s head or remove his heart without killing him. But we can kill him just as effectively by separating him from his proper environment. This implies that the only true atom is the universe — that total system of interdependent “thing-events” which can be separated from each other only in name. For the human individual is not built as a car is built. He does not come into being by assembling parts, by screwing a head onto a neck, by wiring a brain to a set of lungs, or by welding veins to a heart. Head, neck, heart, lungs, brain, veins, muscles, and glands are separate names but not separate events, and these events grow into being simultaneously and interdependently. In precisely the same way, the individual is separate from his universal environment only in name. When this is not recognized, you have been fooled by your name. Confusing names with nature, you come to believe that having a separate name makes you a separate being. This is — rather literally — to be spellbound. - AlanWatts

The general conditioning of consciousness is to ignore intervals. (We’ve seen the everyday manifestation of this in Alexandra Horowitz’s fascinating exploration of what we don’t see.) We register the sound but not the silence that surrounds it. We think of space as nothingness in which certain somethings — objects, planetary bodies, our own bodies — hang. And yet:

Solids and spaces go together as inseparably as insides and outsides. Space is the relationship between bodies, and without it there can be neither energy nor motion.

What further fuels this half-sighted reliance on intervals is the way our attention — which has been aptly called “an intentional, unapologetic discriminator” — works by dividing the world up into processable parts, then stringing those together into a pixelated collage of separates which we then accept as a realistic representation of the whole that was there in the first place:

Attention is narrowed perception. It is a way of looking at life bit by bit, using memory to string the bits together — as when examining a dark room with a flashlight having a very narrow beam. Perception thus narrowed has the advantage of being sharp and bright, but it has to focus on one area of the world after another, and one feature after another. And where there are no features, only space or uniform surfaces, it somehow gets bored and searches about for more features. Attention is therefore something like a scanning mechanism in radar or television. . . . But a scanning process that observes the world bit by bit soon persuades its user that the world is a great collection of bits, and these he calls separate things or events. We often say that you can only think of one thing at a time. The truth is that in looking at the world bit by bit we convince ourselves that it consists of separate things, and so give ourselves the problem of how these things are connected and how they cause and effect each other. The problem would never have arisen if we had been aware that it was just our way of looking at the world which had chopped it up into separate bits, things, events, causes, and effects. - Alan Watts

Are the choices also part of the order?

​Do we agree on one fundamental truth?

There is this all-inclusive total energy, encompassing everything in the universe, leaving-out nothing. An active intelligent energy which is in order.

We get four seasons, light, air, space, earth, water, gravity(without which we'll be flying); without any of these, we can't be alive; if it is in order, our life which is part of this, is in tune with this fundamental truth, in sync with the total energy.

But, we are given a free-will, choice at every moment. Then, are the choices also part of the order?

To be in sync or out-of-sync with the total energy; that's the choice, the free-will; universe exists only in moments; choice is there every moment; universe is living and dying every moment; so is everything; looking at something without luggage, the innocent vacant look, at a plant, tree, a person, it is new, fresh; thought appears to be providing continuity.

We keep thinking; we don't know what is beyond thinking; mind operates in a particular way, it has it's own structure, it can act only in a certain way; it can't be different from that; when pointed out, nobody accepts or understands this, as even this is heard-out by the mind only; so, we are perennially caught-up in the mind.

Thinking appears to be out-of-sync with the total energy, but it is part of the total energy, in sync and is in order. Out-of-sync is only an appearance; it appears to be so, but not. It is part of order, as nothing is beyond. - Raj
We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe. This fact is rarely, if ever, experienced by most individuals. Even those who know it to be true in theory do not sense or feel it, but continue to be aware of themselves as isolated “egos” inside bags of skin. - Alan Watts

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Decolonizing the Mind by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The oppressed and the exploited of the earth maintain their defiance: liberty from theft. But the biggest weapon wielded and actually daily unleashed by imperialism against that collective defiance is the cultural bomb. The effect of a cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other peoples’ languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces which would stop their own springs of life. It even plants serious doubts about the moral rightness of struggle. Possibilities of triumph or victory are seen as remote, ridiculous dreams. The intended results are despair, despondency and a collective death-wish. Amidst this wasteland which it has created, imperialism presents itself as the cure and demands that the dependant sing hymns of praise with the constant refrain: ‘Theft is holy’. Indeed, this refrain sums up the new creed of the neo-colonial bourgeoisie in many ‘independent’ African states.
The classes fighting against imperialism even in its neo-colonial stage and form, have to confront this threat with the higher and more creative culture of resolute struggle. These classes have to wield even more firmly the weapons of the struggle contained in their cultures. They have to speak the united language of struggle contained in each of their languages. They must discover their various tongues to sing the song: ‘A people united can never be defeated’.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The words uttered, internally and externally, determine what we get in our life; that is destiny; affairs of mammoth proportion in the global context or an utterly insignificant occurrence, all are governed by this; however justifiable and compulsive, words are brought-forth only to serve destiny;   these apart, we don't ever know what lies beyond the words; it could be an universe of immensity, in depth, beauty, diversity, colours, silence, peace and the awareness of oneness.

One may ask, what about free-will? Of course, it is there; but not to think, say or do whatever one feels like; THE CHOICE is given to be in silence or in noise.

Monday, November 13, 2017

The urge is unimaginably powerful; particularly when it feels 'wronged', the urge to react is completely uncontrollable; being in retreat and silence is always a choice; but it is not in operation mostly. These are the two streams.

"He recognized nature's duality, its unrestrained, seemingly chaotic power in contrast to its subtle, ordered beauty. And he came to understand that it is the dichotomy in nature which accounts for its richness" - on Frank Lloyd Webber in Fallingwater.