Monday, November 28, 2011

From ‘Remember. Be Here Now’ by Dr. Richard Alpert, Ph.d into Baba Ram Dass

If your vibrations are paranoid
That’s what’s being received
And when you’re around pets
(birds or cats particularly)
Or very young children
Or very flipped out psychotics
They will know you immediately.

You can come and say
“Hello dear, how are you?”
And the dog will growl …

You cant come on because they’re listening
To the vibrations that hand is reaching
Out and sending.
And you realize that every moment you are
A full statement of your being.
And you’re sending out vibrations that are
Affecting everything around you,
Which in turn is affecting
Everything that comes back
when you meet somebody who is
caught in the world of
We and Them and you are Him
To that person
And you get caught in his mind net
You are both
one another’s

Had ye but faith, you could
Move mountains, said Jesus
And that is literally true
The bible is not a metaphor

The way Bhakti works
You just love
And the

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

“WARNING: if you don’t have room in your livingroom for an elephant – don’t make friends with the elephant trainer ….” – Sufi mystic

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” – Ecclesiastes

“Dislodging a green nut from a shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.” – Ramakrishna

“I found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard ‘new things’: that is, things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new.” – Ouspensky

“I wish I could join the Solitaires instead of being Superior and having to write books. But I don’t wish to have what I wish, of course.” – Abbott John Chapman

“It can be said that there is one general rule for everybody. In order to approach this system seriously, people must be disappointed, first of al in themselves, that is to say, in their powers, and secondly in all the old ways …….. A man ……. If he is a scientist should be disappointed in his science. If he is a religious man, should be disappointed in his religion …….. And so on.” – Gurdjieff, by Ouspensky

“Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Jesus

“But I had seen myself, that is, I had seen things in myself that I had never seen before. There could be no doubt about it and although I afterwards became the same as I had been before, I could not help knowing that this had been and I could forget nothing.” – Ouspensky

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Jesus

“The influence of the Guru is obstructed by mental activity, by reliance on one’s own exertions and by every kind of self-consciousness and self-exertion.” – Sathya Sai Baba

“Rain water falling upon the roof of a house flows down to the ground through spouts shaped grotesquely like a tiger’s head. One gets the impression that the water comes from the tiger’s mouth, but in reality it descends from the sky. In the same way the holy teachings that come from the mouths of godly men seem to be uttered by those men themselves, while in reality they proceed from God.” – Ramakrishna

A sadhak (someone doing sadhana) sees clearly that his craving is creating his own veil of illusion. At this point desires start to fall away of themselves. This process is called the onset of vairag (the falling away of worldly desires). As each one falls away, more subtle forms of desire arise. These too must be given up. Eventually the only desire is for bliss. Then that one must be thrown away ………… you cant do away with desire or give it up or try to get rid of it. However, with increased wisdom and preoccupation with your sadhana, desires will just fall away.

“You can’t rip the skin from the snake. It will shed it's skin when it is ready.” – Hari Dass Baba

And as you extricate yourself from your attachments and become quiet, you will be able to know more and more clearly how it all is … The Way. And the more clearly you hear, the more your actions will be in harmony with the Way … with His Will. Then you will truly understand.

Not my but Thy will, O Lord.

“If a pickpocked meets a Holy Man, he will only see His pockets.” – Hari Dass Baba

“On the hat of poverty three renouncements are inscribed: Quit this world, quit the next world, quit quitting.” – Sufi poet

“The essence of civilization consists not in the multiplication of wants but in their deliberate and voluntary renunciation.” - Gandhi

Buddha and other high beings have noted that the best time of day to work on oneself is between 4 and 7.


“Those who know do not talk
And talkers do not know.” – Tao Te Ching

As you get further on the path you will need less and less sleep. ……. Go to bed early and get up early ……… It is good to sleep on your back or upon your side (The left side is often recommended for reasons concerning which nostril it is most useful to breathe through during the night.)

Don’t eat too much. The traditional way of saying this is that at the conclusion of a meal, a yogi’s stomach should be half full of food, one-quarter full of water and one-quarter full of air.

“When the mind perceives an object it is transformed into the shape of that object. So the mind which thinks of the Divinity which it worships (Ista-devata) is at length, through continued devotion, transformed into the likeness of that Devata. By allowing the Devata thus to occupy the mind for long it becomes as pure as the Devata. This is the fundamental principle of Tantric Sadhana or religious practice.” – Woodroffe

“By passion for the ‘pairs of opposites.’
By those twin snares of Like and Dislike, Prince,
All creatures live bewildered, save some few
Who, quit of sins, holy in act, informed,
Freed from the ‘opposites’ and fixed in faith
Cleave unto Me.” – Bhagavad Gita

“If you can serve a cup of tea right, you can do anything.” – Gurdjieff

The simplest instructions for mediation are given by Tilopa in the Song of Mahamudra:
“Do nought with the body but relax
Shut firm the mouth and silent remain
Empty your mind and think of nought
Like a hollow bamboo
Rest at ease your body
Giving not nor taking
Put your mind at rest
The great way is a mind that clings to nought
Thus practicing, in time you will reach Buddhahood.”

“A Zen student must learn to waste time conscientiously.” – Suzuki Roshi.

For some well advanced upon the path, the cave – the traditional haunt of yogis – is sought, for here the rock is insulation against many of the subtle vibrations which are distracting for those who have become sensitive.

“Where there is fire, or in water or on ground which is strewn with dry leaves, where there are many ant-hills, where there are wild animals, or danger, where four streets meet, where there is too much noise, where there are many wicked persons, Yoga must not be practiced.” – Vivekananda

Printed cakes do not satisfy hunger.

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