We Do Not Arrive At Enlightenment …
… as we never left!

Enlightenment here means realising or acknowledging our true nature of pure consciousness, and that which obscures it; the ideas that we create about our self. Any other definition of enlightenment will be ‘extraordinary’ enlightenment, beyond ordinary realisation. And this creates a huge problem.

If we don’t accept ordinary enlightenment about our true reality, and instead long for something vague called ‘extraordinary’, omniscient enlightenment, then we are back in the realms of belief, ideas, projections, desires, and relative truth. We’re in the mental world again, and that is the precursor to unhappiness. Life is very short, and we have to be happy and confident with what we can realise now, and stop chasing.

All esoteric teachers and traditions say the same thing (more or less) about realisation; understanding non-duality – the inseparability of experiencing and realising. There is, however, a suggestion of something else, something extraordinary, something beyond. It’s someone else’s claim that someone else has extraordinary enlightenment. This keeps us in poverty, when in reality we are rich enough in ordinary enlightenment, where we can work and enjoy life, and die happy in realising what life is about, surrendering all pretensions.

If we met an ‘extraordinary’, enlightened person, would we recognise it? Being able to say extraordinary things in different ways isn’t difficult. A comedian who understands humour can come up with lots of jokes. A chef can design lots of recipes. A song writer does the same. We can all do this in our own way if we have confidence, and don’t limit ourselves with a feeling of unworthiness.

Once we realise our true nature, we can see and talk about all the nonsense that obscures it. If enlightenment is indeed extraordinary, then it has to be proven for us all to see. We can no longer rely on historical stories. The one truth is that we can all see and realise our true nature; pure consciousness. We don’t have to search for enlightenment: we can realise that it is here right now … we never left!

It’s like this. Do we believe that there are aliens here on earth? 98% of our mind may say no, but we could leave 2% as a possibility. We’ll not actually know until they reveal themselves to us – and the same goes for ‘extraordinary’ omniscient enlightenment. We could spend 98% of our lives believing, waiting and hoping, or we could spend 98% of our lives knowing our true nature – leaving 2% for further possibilities 😀

To an unskilled person,
a skilled person can seem magical.

Once we develop that skill,
we know it isn’t magic,
but just tenacity in letting go of limitations.

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Tsoknyi Rinpoche – The Pointing Out Instruction 2020
 Pundarika UK Easter Retreat. 30th March  – 5th April. 2020
Bruton School for Girls, Bruton, Somerset.

This will be an open retreat, by Tsoknyi Rinpoche on our ultimate reality,
where he will point out the nature of mind. (Trekcho)

Contact: info@pundarika.uk.net,  or carole@pundarika.uk.net

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Teaching Or Experience?

This is a strange dilemma.
We need both, but remember the meaning of those words,
“Don’t take my word for it.”

Anyone who ever realised something
has had to let go of whatever they were taught,
because the experience of realisation is beyond words
and the world isn’t that neat and tidy.

If we overlay experience with teaching,
the experience will be obscured.

Teachings are generalisations.
It is experience that leads to realisation.

Realisation is not adhering to a system or technique:
we are not robots.
It is seeing all the dots join up, while acknowledging
whatever is interfering with those dots.

We drop the guilt, pride, jealousy, fear, desire
and, most of all,
We do not ignore that which is experiencing experience!

Everyone has the potential to care.
We do not need to be learned to care.

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Is Our Intelligence Working Against Us?

Blinkered by futile diligence,
we don’t notice that we are the product.

Because we rely on outer knowledge and outer conditions to enhance our lives, we find ingenious ways – with the help of others – to engage our attention and our desires. But any satisfaction never lasts, and then we just want more of the same.

We are highly adaptable beings and can cope with anything, but we’ve become dependent to the extent that, in the future, we’ll no longer know how to drive a car, and the car or the road may even decide that it no longer needs us to be there. 😀

We can get off this ‘self’ made world.

It is within meditation that we will find perfect peace and perfect satisfaction, and that life is indeed fruitful. This peace, contentment and confidence is realised within the meditation. Peace is not the meditation; it is the result of meditation. The result of meditation is non-meditation. Just being. Just being anywhere, at any time. Inner wellbeing will have a great effect on outer wellbeing, whereas only being concerned with outer wellbeing, we become obsessively attached to everything.

The world around will always demand over-activity to promote its political agenda, wars, substance /food abuse and pharmaceutical treatments. In this way, commerce is shaping human consciousness.

The more we are aware, the more we wake up, stop believing and regain our consciousness. Are we the product of evil intent? No, that supposedly evil intent is just an illusion for the intellect to play with. Real intelligence rests in seeing, realising that our energy is better placed in enlightened, compassionate activities.

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Joyful Confusion?!

The moment that we recognise we are confused is very significant. That which recognises is not confused. If we don’t know something, that’s okay; we can find out – or not – but, either way, we can realise that there is knowingness already taking place. Without that, we wouldn’t know anything – or even exist.

Here, it is imperative to recognise the difference between absolute reality and conventional, relative reality. Absolute reality which never changes is pure consciousness. This is what we are, and it is that which just sees without comment. Always look up the original meaning of words:

Comment: from Latin commentum ‘contrivance’.

We dwell in conventional, relative reality when pure consciousness forgets that it is present, and relates to whatever is seen or experienced. Relating and clinging is the process that gives rise to our ego, our ‘I complex’. Seeing and experiencing isn’t the problem; clinging is, as this fixation imprisons us in ideas.

Our quality of life depends on the amount of time we spend considering what reality is, rather than just surviving. The time given to the insight of wisdom will influence and improve our daily life.

To think, ‘I know’, is limited as we have arrived at our conclusions and opinions and that’s it … until we die. If we think we don’t know, then we may seek to know, and realise that this longing is knowingness itself which wants to return home to its primary state of pure consciousness where there is a realisation of peace.

Anything we do not directly know, we have to believe. As long as we are with our own kind, we feel safe believing together, but outside this class or group, we feel uncomfortable. Human intelligence is at its best when it doesn’t know something, as it then becomes more aware and searches rather than following a routine.

When we want to know, we become more conscious and aware. If we identify ignorance, that is wisdom. The I-actor cannot know everything, but pure consciousness knows the nature of everything.

The first noble truth of the Buddha was to first admit that we are suffering and confused, and then we will look for the cause of that suffering. If, on the other hand, we think we are happy, we will not bother to go any further.

So the joy of recognising confusion is our path to enlightenment.

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Insight is Wisdom
Accurate and deep understanding

Insight: Awareness by a mentally ill* person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality.

The term ‘mentally ill’ is often used as a spurious or false statement in the popular media, suggesting a crazy or insane person, while the dictionary reveals a more accurate description of ordinary human existence. The medical profession has made inner dis-ease (unhappiness) into a disease for which treatment is necessary. In reality, until enlightenment, we will all be confused about our true nature, and a certain level of depression will result.

Wisdom insight is the realisation of our true nature, which is pure consciousness. Anything that obscures this perfect state causes confusion and inner conflict. We spend our entire life in distraction, so we are able to cover up our disappointments. When we strip away all the subtle suffering, dissatisfaction and wounds, we realise that it is the idea of a self – of me and mine – that interferes with clear seeing. We constantly refer to a memory or an idea when we experience something, and then apply that to the situation. From a spiritual point of view, these memories are due to collective fixations and collective mental disorders. Our true state has never ever been confused: we have merely learned to be unnatural in order to fit into others’ acquired ideas. We can play the game, but we don’t have to believe the game is real. As it states in the dictionary, insight is awareness, and there is nothing more aware than pure consciousness.

Insight isn’t a meditation technique. It is the result of looking within and realising our true reality and that which is obscuring it. This is not difficult – but what is difficult is dropping all those ideas that we’ve learned, which cause subtle trauma, guilt, pride, jealousy, fear and hope. Insight is seeing the games the mind plays, while pure consciousness (the grown up) merely watches with generosity, patience, discipline, morality and concentration as the child plays, thus sustaining transcendent wisdom.

Of course, in realising the insight of transcendent wisdom first, everything else arises naturally, manifesting in our conduct.

*A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioural or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode.

  • Feeling sad or down.

  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.

  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.

  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.

  • Withdrawal from friends and activities.

  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping.

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Belief Says

Belief says:
“I am the lord thy God.
Have no other gods before me.
Have no graven images or likenesses.
Do not take the lord’s name in vain…”
Duality is created.

Truth says:
Our being is pure consciousness.
Belief obscures pure consciousness.
Pure consciousness has no image.
Pure consciousness comes before name.
Original non-duality.

Someone says:
There is exoteric and esoteric knowledge.
The exoteric is intended for the general public.
The esoteric is intended for the few.
If we seek within, however, we find.

Believing in God and not believing in God
is the same dualistic reality.
Within consciousness is our true reality.

Dualistic mind is confused.
Non-dualistic mind is not.
Escape … now!


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What Is Pure Consciousness?

The one absolute truth about pure consciousness is that it is already pure; we do not have to make it pure. Without knowing this, we remain imprisoned in falsehoods, dullness and guilt. It is the fact that we don’t recognise or acknowledge this consciousness that keeps us from realising our true reality. We will forever think that we are unworthy, when the truth is that we are perfect beings caught in a web of inaccuracies. Tremendous efforts are taken to distract us in this world, which creates mental instabilities for which pills are produced on an industrial level. Depression is a modern creation.

World Health Organisation: “Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. It can cause suffering and we function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year.”

And this is only those whom the WHO has acknowledged: many of us just continue with life, thinking that this is normal.

Because of the subtle distractions in a confused world, our investigations into our true reality have to be more accurate. There are stages in these investigations: we first identify that we are consciousness of something – phenomena, thoughts, emotions and fixations.

Using this ability to be conscious of something, we deliberately focus our attention on an object, such as the breath. This is called mindfulness meditation, when we cut out the mental clutter and just watch our breath and relax.

Then we become aware that awareness or consciousness is present. This is known as awareness meditation, where we become aware of awareness.

Finally, while being aware of awareness – or conscious of consciousness – we realise that there is nothing other than consciousness. Simply resting there, realisation takes place that we are this consciousness and, when nothing other is interrupting this consciousness, that is pure consciousness. We do not actually have to do anything, but be aware and realise.

This is nothing highfalutin, grandiose or ornate. It is, in fact, ordinary. We only think it’s ‘special’ because of exotic stories created by religions, but these are merely compounded beliefs. Ornamentation may attract people initially, but therein lies the central problem, because we become addicted to belonging. That is self-perpetuating duality with no chance of freedom. We bind ourselves.

If I were a teacher (which I’m not), once a student had ‘got it’, I’d say go away and live life with all that it brings. That which is beneficial will be realised naturally, and that which is unnecessary will drop away naturally. I speak from experience. Life may not be a bed of roses, but there’s manure for cultivation.

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Give Up The Dharma To Realise The Dharma

We will never realise the Dharma by listening or reading about the Dharma. “But I want the original, authentic teaching!” This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself”. We are the original, authentic teaching: when we hear the teaching, we re-cognise, and it is this recognition that gives authority to the origin of the teaching.

We, as town yogis, live within a confused society. It is our relationship with and our reaction to this society that is our true teacher. Those reactions are our karma, our confusion, and these are the indicators on our path to attaining spiritual insight. That’s enlightenment. That’s it!

The purpose of this blog – which is freely available – is to enable people to see that the esoteric side of the Dharma, the Vedanta, Christianity, Judaism, Gnosticism, Agnosticism, Reasoning … is all about non-duality. The inseparability of experience and realisation.

Religions – the exoteric side of the original teaching – are beliefs.

Test it for yourself.
Esoteric is knowingness.

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The Planet Of The Mind Snatchers
We go to sleep, and become one of ‘them’!

We really do have to keep asking the question, “What is life about?” throughout our entire journey. Is it about being part of something? Or is it about being whole, being complete? We are under constant assault by nonsense that we then argue about. Our minds are being snatched away from natural clarity, and into a dull state, being occupied by alien ideas.

Alien: Latin alienus -‘belonging to another’.

This is why we meditate – to clear our minds by focusing on emptiness. The shock of realising what is happening to us wakes us up, and we stay awake as long as we continue to ask what life is about. Realisation is the path to enlightenment. We don’t belong to anything. In pure consciousness there is no duality. The light is on the path; this light is in the form of indicators, and we merely have to look and see.

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Treating The Symptoms And Not The Cause

If we use ‘treats’ as a treatment to make us feel better, rather than dealing with the cause of the symptom and thereby bring an end it, we will merely go round in circles. Our spiritual path to enlightenment is eliminating our confusion rather than acquiring the confusion of others: it is definitely not about joining an organisation and conforming to others’ standards.

No one – not even a Buddha – can heal our discomforts. We have to look at our own unhappiness honestly, rather than covering it up with platitudes.

The moment pure consciousness just sees is the moment of liberation. In that moment of just seeing, there is no ‘me’ involved. The self is put to one side – and then we realise that the problem was ‘me’ all along! 🙂

There is no guilt in just seeing. Pure consciousness does not judge; it merely notes. If we note that we are exaggerating our righteousness, for example, this noting is not a sin. It is merely non-conceptual perception, whereas fixation on others’ exaggerated righteousness would sentence us to more ‘treatment’, more judgement and more justification.

The real treat is realisation.

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The Four Compassionate Activities
(also known as the four enlightened activities)

Pacifying: There are no problems. There is nothing for ego to fight against, which brings inner peace to ego.
Enriching: Brings the light of knowledge, clarifying ego’s manipulations.

Magnetising: Bypasses conventional reality, and so attracts naturally. Ego re-cognises.

Destroying: Compassion cuts through ego’s manipulations. Ego has nothing to hold onto.

These activities can be transmitted either in silence or verbally.

Ego is consciousness clinging to concepts. This is what we think we are when, in reality, we are the lord of compassion – pure consciousness. The application of the four compassionate activities is applied to both one’s self and the self of others.

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Being Kind To Our Self

Our self is an immature infant, and likes nothing better than to grab hold and claim everything it sees. It has absolutely no reality, because it is merely a set of ideas. That’s okay, as this is all it has learnt; to play games. All the while, professor pure consciousness looks on kindly. The professor’s problem is that it had become attached to the infant.

Truth starts with seeing clearly, rather than seeing through a glass darkly. When we see clearly, we are happy because the clarity of immediate, pure perception is present, now. That is our first nature. When we see darkly, we are unhappy as we don’t get what we want. Wanting has become our second nature, and our journey into pure consciousness starts by seeing the darkness of our fixations. Actually, that is also the end of our journey!

Fixations are seen by virtue of the light of pure consciousness. That is the ultimate truth. It is the reason we meditate – to see directly. Practice doesn’t mean there is more light; the light is just more constant. When the light is on, we leave the switch alone. Meditation isn’t like a cat staring in hope at a mouse hole. Meditation is just recognising that seeing is present. Being hopeless. A cat’s nature is to hunt, but we don’t kick the cat for this behaviour … we stroke it. 😀 😀 😀

Kindness is seeing our self reacting, and not feeling guilty about this. We all have a shadowy self, which is confused about its reality because it has no reality. If we react, this shadow causes more darkness and creates more suffering. We know that this shadow isn’t our truly reality, and that there is more to us. Being kind is being aware of the cause of this shadow, which is merely a set of memories. Our self is our teacher. It is reminding pure consciousness of the light that is present.

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Realisation Is Hopeless!

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The Show Goes On

The word ‘entertainment’ originally meant ‘to maintain’; to maintain our attention. Entertainment has a long term effect on our memories and so, on consciousness, replaying in our mind and captivating us ever after. In this way, our persona – and everything to which we cling – is created. Years ago, our minds were filled with work and survival, and now it’s entertainment because our everyday needs are more easily met.

Food, clothing, film, art, ablutions, driving, shopping, news, music, internet, gaming, sport, wealth, power, religion, philosophy, spirituality … meditation … gurus … can now all be part of our entertainment. It’s like hidden sugar and salt in food; we no longer notice the effect they are having on our health. The devil makes entertainment for idle minds. We cannot be still. If, however, we lose interest in the list above and start to concern ourselves with actual reality, then we will no longer be confused about the meaning of life.

Who’s running the ‘show’? Whomever allows it. As long as there is an audience, the ‘show’ will go on. This attack on our minds will not stop, but we can be aware of its effect rather than being part of the glue, holding all together by our reactions. The show loses its power.

We are all running the show, but we can take back our power by realising that our show is the product of our karma, and all we have to do is clean it up. The moment we see our mind entertaining us is the moment of freedom! Appearances and recognition are simultaneous = non-duality.

There’s No Business Like Show Business
Irving Berlin

There’s no business like show business like no business I know
Everything about it is appealing, everything that traffic will allow
Nowhere could you get that happy feeling when you are stealing that extra bow

There’s no people like show people, they smile when they are low
Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold
Still you wouldn’t change it for a sack of gold, let’s go on with the show

The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Are secretly unhappy men because
The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Get paid for what they do but no applause.
They’d gladly bid their dreary jobs goodbye for anything theatrical and why?

There’s no business like show business and I tell you it’s so
Traveling through the country is so thrilling, standing out in front on opening nights
Smiling as you watch the theatre filling, and there’s your billing out there in lights

There’s no people like show people, they smile when they are low
Angels come from everywhere with lots of jack, and when you lose it, there’s no attack
Where could you get money that you don’t give back? Let’s go on with the show

You get word before the show has started that your favourite uncle died at dawn
Top of that, your pa and ma have parted, you’re broken-hearted, but you go on

Yesterday they told you you would not go far, that night you open and there you are
Next day on your dressing room they’ve hung a star, let’s go on with the show!! 

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We Don’t Have To Obsess About Dzogchen

I did …

We seek the truth because we aren’t satisfied with the world in which we live, so we join an organisation or become attached to set of ideas. Groups use different words about the same subject, and a particular word may attract us. There is nothing wrong with words, but they are just words. These words may be Dzogchen, Mahamudra, dharmakaya, shunyata, Dao, Zen, turiya, unity, not two, non-duality … the list is endless. There is no magic in the words or sounds themselves, save that they are a reminder or a symbol of something. But then again, groups cling to words, so we find that we still have to look further, and that is why the wise who know say, “Do not take my word for it.”

Our ultimate nature is pure, empty consciousness. We can call it what we want in our own language, but the realisation is beyond, in pure experience. The magic is in the realisation, in knowingness, and the world changes from darkness to light. We become more sensitive to the light! We see potential everywhere. This ‘I’ loves Dzogchen, but this ‘I’ has to go beyond the word to realise the non-duality of Dzogchen (or God).

We are told that Buddhism can only be destroyed from within. Now, this can be a either political statement or a wisdom statement. As a political statement, this may refer to internal struggles and the weakening of the teachings, but as a wisdom statement, it is that, in the ultimate reality of pure consciousness, there is no Buddha, no Buddhism, no me, no world, no other. The ultimate disappointment … and relief.

Neti, neti, not this, not this.”
All Buddhas know that which is not.

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We First Acknowledge Our Dark Side

What is our dark side? It is consciousness clinging to an acquired, imagined image of a ‘me’ – and that is the cause of all our troubles. “No, no, my troubles are caused by other people!” Yes, by other people’s ‘me’: for them, their troubles are caused by your ‘me’. This is living in the darkness.

We are free in the moment of seeing. We are pure consciousness; we are not our concepts. The moment that our clinging to an idea is perceived and acknowledged by pure consciousness is the moment when truth sees the untruth. Now, we can either cling to that seeing, which keeps us in the dark side, thinking how clever ‘me’ is, or we can be genuinely free, by the immediate recognition of the unity of appearances and recognition. Pure consciousness (the mirror) merely acknowledges the reflections. Pure consciousness takes note, and we can now address a situation, putting this ‘me’ to one side, and doing whatever is needed to bring about clarity and inner peace.

What is the difference between the clarity of pain and the darkness of suffering? We mustn’t be confused about how we are feeling, or there could be long-term consequences. Pain is what we feel when the body or mind is harmed or disturbed; it hurts, showing us something. Suffering is when we cling to that pain, and it is this that creates misery and trauma.

Trauma: emotional shock following a stressful event or a physical injury, which may lead to long-term neurosis.

By the way, pleasant things can also cause long-term trauma. We get solace and comfort, and develop attachment to the pleasant, refusing to give it up because we feel safe. In this way, we are relying on a condition. This is conditional happiness; conditions do not last, and so, we return for another fix. Fixation!

The truth is that our dark side does not exist. It has absolutely no reality. It is an image in the mind, or Plato’s cave wall. It appears real because this ‘me’ feels that it is a trapped victim, and so we’re always vulnerable and unsure. This is why we cling to beliefs, and become a victim for others to feed off. Humans conform and are easily addicted, because we have great endurance: even though we suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, we muddle through – which is, in fact, a wonderful quality.

Endurance is a special energy, the tenacity of a seeker after truth. We do not, however, have to seek the light of truth as we are that light! It is the light that acknowledges the dark, and in this way, we bring an end to suffering. That’s it! All we have to do now is the laundry …

This planet is full of light and full of enlightened potential, if we only recognised it. For the first time in human history, these teachings are freely available, and more people are asking questions and becoming seekers. If we accept reincarnation, this spark will be reborn in future generations, and cannot be stopped. 😀

Carl Jung knew!
Carl Jung stated that the shadow is the unknown, dark side of the personality. According to Jung, the shadow, in being instinctive and irrational, is prone to psychological projection, in which a perceived personal inferiority is recognised as a perceived moral deficiency in someone else.

Our ‘shadow’ self is the side of our personality that contains all the parts of ourself that we don’t want to admit having. It is, at first, an unconscious side, and only through effort to become self-aware, can we recognise our shadow.

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The Effect Of Feeling Unworthy And Inadequate

The effect of feeling unworthy and inadequate is that we become half hearted and disconnected, and may even give up. Many religious and spiritual set-ups are so theatrical in their appearance that students become just an audience. This may feel good for a while, but then we are bound to return for another performance. And what happens after going to a show or film? We return home believing we are the characters, and of course this charade does not last.

The story is all about our true reality. We are living Dharma, and know everything there is to know for enlightenment. Whatever we feel about our self and our life is part of the act; the show is actually taking place within consciousness. This self is an actor, a persona, a mask. Pure consciousness is the witness, the audience. Everyone is acting and reacting. All pure consciousness can do is be aware.

When we realise we are “that which is not”, liberation occurs. That which is not some thing is pure consciousness, beyond all ideas about a self.

When we realise that pure consciousness is worthy of recognition, we just get on with our lives – consciously. The fewer our needs, the richer we are. Our path is our confusion. A path should not add to our confusion: it should eliminate it. Never give up on your self as it tells you (pure consciousness) all you need to know. Our whole reality is the unity of self, playing to pure consciousness. When the actor (self) realises it is being watched, it upgrades its responsibility to act for the benefit of others.

The only thing that makes us feel unworthy
is forgetting our true nature.

We are the reality that we seek.
We are also the love that we seek.
We are the Dharma that we seek.

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Buddha and Shiva

Shiva means “that which is not”.
Buddha means awakened to “that which is not”.

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Why Are We Are So Busy?

It is not difficult to reason that we have consciousness, and to reason that consciousness has to be pure consciousness in order for us to see perfectly clearly. This consciousness is, in fact, our pure state of being. We don’t have to engage in complex methods to be conscious; we just have to be aware that awareness is always present.

It isn’t easy to remain in this pure state as there are many distractions that prevent us from seeing clearly – and because we don’t see clearly, we remain distracted 🙂

Why are we so busy, and so do not see clearly?
Because we conform to others’ standards of entertaining ourselves.

There is nothing religious, spiritual or poetic about our ultimate nature: it is unconditional love. We may make elaborate manifestations of expression, as long as these point to our ultimate nature directly, and do not confuse. Every realised person has their own expression which is helpful to others, but every realised person has had personal experience beyond elaborate names and elaborate forms.

We have to figure it out for ourselves.
Time and space allow the mind/consciousness to see.

“But I have no time to sit and practise!”
You have no time to be conscious?

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Wanting To Be On Top Of The Pile

“The pile of what?”
– Sadhguru

“If we want to be better than others,
then we want them to be worse.”
– Sadhguru

“What is the most sophisticated machine on the planet?
Have you read the users’ manual?”
– Sadhguru

“We consciously obliterate the boundaries of our individuality.
There is longer you versus the universe.”
– Sadhguru

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There Is No Need To Be Confused Ever Again!

There is no need to be confused ever again!
There are merely different names for the same non-thing.

Our interpretation of how we think others think may be biased: there is no right and wrong, but just different expressions.

The Vedic tradition is older than Buddhism. The Buddha must therefore have known about the Vedas and the Upanishads. It is suggested that the Vedic teachings came to northern India from the Aryans in Persia/Iran.

Whatever one’s opinion on the origin of teachings, there is the thread of one truth that has been handed down to us, and that is wisdom of our true nature, the purity of emptiness of consciousness, or ‘turiya’. Turiya is Sanskrit for pure consciousness.

Turiya is the fourth state of consciousness, in which the individual attains final liberation from ego consciousness and is united with infinite spirit, as all beings have the same pure consciousness.

Turiya refers to both Atman – the individual self – and Brahman – the infinite self – representing their spiritual union. The individual soul (consciousness) realises and transcends the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. We realise this true nature as pure knowledge and bliss and thus, we are freed from desire, delusion and duality in the external world.

Turiya is not a state separate from the more gross states; it pervades all levels of reality. Ramana Maharshi interprets turiya as the natural state (emptiness) that permeates the other states. That unity is our whole reality. The Mandukya Upanishad discusses turiya as pure consciousness, which is indescribable, incomprehensible and unthinkable by the mind, but is ultimately realised as the one true self (our true nature).

Turiya = pure consciousness = emptiness
= not two = non-duality = our true nature.

It’s nice to know we are not different in any way.
Now that is true liberation!

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If We Just Do What Is Needed

If we just do what is needed
rather than what we like,
our problems would diminish
and contentment increase.
Our likes and dislikes are
products of our past.

Assessment of what is needed
is down to the individual’s understanding.

Milarepa had to assess
whether to clear the nettles
in front of his cave every day,
or just go back inside and practise.

Of course, we are not Milarepa,
but we know when we are doing
the right thing.

A worldly person has many needs.
A practitioner of consciousness has few.
In the moment of realisation, there are none.

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Truth: Simple To Acknowledge, Easy To Forget

That which perceives through the senses is consciousness. That which perceives consciousness is consciousness itself. Finding nothing but consciousness, it is realised as being empty of other. It is pure consciousness. That is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The ‘me’ is a set ideas in consciousness that interferes with emptiness and thus, perception is diverted.

Focus on this screen, or the room you are in. Awareness is present, consciousness is present. Now slightly defocus the gaze so that you’re not looking at objects, but merely being aware of the gaze. That is pure awareness, pure consciousness. It’s always present. That is our first nature. Our second nature is whatever consciousness acquires; it’s a deeply ingrained habit of repeating something that makes it seem completely natural or inborn. For this reason, we forget simple truth.

In meditation, we focus on an object such as the breath, in order to calm consciousness. Then we defocus to become aware of consciousness itself, and to realise that we are pure consciousness. We do not have to keep defocused, as that is merely so that we are aware of consciousness. Consciousness is our reality. That is the reality of the universe. Matter changes, while pure consciousness does not. Anything we want to know about the infinite universe, consciousness must be present to see, and then we realise that consciousness is the source of every thing. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? It only seems mind-boggling because our conceptual mind cannot and will never understand its source, which is non-dual, pure consciousness.

In ordinary daily life, knowing that pure consciousness is always present and that that is our true reality, we are no longer fixated about the material world, and stop shouting at the radio 😀 We merely become mindful of whatever we are doing, thinking or saying, while maintaining the continuity of consciousness. Remembering is being mindful. Once we remember, we just acknowledge the situation that karma has dealt us, and sustain our composure. There are no mystical tricks: everything we need is at hand.

Just acknowledge contentment throughout life. We are dealt a hand and we play with that. After we are gone, the world will still be shouting at the radio. It is because the world does not acknowledge and remember its true nature of pure consciousness that it remains disturbed and unhappy and shouty.

Personal gain will continue to produce things that are detrimental to human and animal welfare, being mindless of consequences. We all have moments of pure consciousness as we are pure consciousness, but then we become lost in earnest distraction. There is no right and wrong, but just different beliefs.

We can either spend this precious life in simple truth,
diminishing the effects of karma,
or we can waste it by shouting at the radio.

Truth is in the steady gaze of pure awareness.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Confusion = Perfect Maths = Realisation

Confusion is beautiful: the geometry of mathematical properties and relations. An ice crystal is a unique, geometric design, but if we ignore this icy condition, we will slip in a certain way and break a certain bone. Perfect cause and effect. If we don’t take care, we become careless. If we ignore our true essence, we will fixate on other things. If we do not know, we will be confused, and a perfect sequence of events will ensue.

Confusion creates suffering. Because we are confused about our true nature of perfect consciousness, we are governed by our desires and fears. There are three constants – or three truths – in the universe. Space is infinite. Pure consciousness is infinite. Mathematics (cause and effect) is infinite. All we have to do is recognise our true nature and that which obscures this nature, and eureka … like magic, perfect wisdom from perfect confusion!

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First The Inspiration, And Then The Reality

When we first seek teachings on truth, we hear positive language to inspire us, offering things we like to hear and associate with. But then, there comes a moment when we realise that we have mental obstacles, in the form of things we don’t want to hear, as we would rather stay with theories and beliefs.

Facing the truth takes courage. The inability to put self aside stops us truly progressing and experiencing reality. Have confidence in our true nature, our self image isn’t needed anymore: when dealing with others, self is put aside. The work is dismantling subtler levels of attachment, resting in the pinpoint moment of now. Dealing with others is a tremendous opportunity to experience this reality.

Students of spirituality have an added problem, as there may be subtle clinging to the teachings. In pure awareness, there are no teachings. Reality is recognising the conflict between compassionate neutrality and habitual reactions. The main point is to recognise heightened awareness in conflict.

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What Matters Is What We Are, Not What We Know

Once we know what we are,
then what we know matters.

Once, we had bits of information that we believed in.
Now, we have bytes of information that we believe in.
Belief destroys the potential of knowing.

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Empathy Is Non-Duality

Empathy is yoga; yoga means union. Empathy is union with another. Empathy is the reason we have the ability to be compassionate. No knowledge is needed, other than pure awareness. Just being aware tells us everything we need to know about a person, as we have all experienced every emotion.

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Teachers Should Be Devoted To Their Students

Teachers should be devoted to their students,
rather than expecting students to be devoted to them.

Teach by example.

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Do We Know And Have Enough?

If we know we have enough, we are rich.
If we think we don’t have enough, we are poor.
This applies to both the material world and spirituality.

When we know we are pure consciousness within a limited body and mind, the value of conscious life goes up, and our material needs diminish. This clarity of being becomes obscured when we mimic, conform and are programmed, both in the material world and within spiritual circles. Acting in this way, we live like hungry ghosts or robots, in constant conflict.

Pure awareness knows enough; trust it.

Hungry ghosts: In Buddhism, this applies to those who have emotional wants but cannot digest or find satisfaction.
Robot: programmed to appear autonomous. From Czech robota; ‘forced labour’.

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How Do Demons Think?

How do demons think?
You know.
And you know you know 🙂

Demons aren’t something over there; they’re right here. Demons are our own desire, anger, fear, jealousy, pride.

Our demons are created the moment when we forget our true nature of pure awareness – and to realise that we have become demonic is a bit of a shock. We think that demons are outside our experience while we actually entertain them, as demons feed off emotions, opinions and gossip.

Demons aren’t scary as they don’t actually exist. It’s all in the mind.

We are free in the moment of just seeing.”
Tulku Urgyen

Recognise our true nature.
Decide on that one point.
Gain confidence in that point.”
Garab Dorje

Circumstances no longer overtake us;
they are now our teacher.
No challenge, no progress.

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Dear Oh Dear, Don’t They Make It Complicated?

Complication can hide the simple truth that
we are pure consciousness; the truth that we seek.
It is from that, that everything flows.
There is nothing in inner peace but inner peace.

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The Fun Of Realisation

Realisation is neither entertainment, and nor is it to be taken seriously.
Realisation increases life satisfaction and general happiness.
Realisation is being fully aware that only pure awareness is true.
Realisation is amusement about what obscures our reality.
Realisation of the nature of mind no longer needs elaborate teachings.
Realisation develops resilience and the ability to cope in hard times.
Realisation notes the residue of karma.
Realisation is understanding that are no obstacles on a non-existing path.

The challenging part of life is dealing with others’ entertainments, seriousness, lack of satisfaction, happiness and awareness, obscure beliefs, elaborate teachings, lack of resilience, karma, illusory obstacles and clinging to a path that isolates them from others.

We’ve all been there and done that. We know how it feels.

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From Absurdities To Atrocities To Realisation

It is truly amazing that we can all see things differently while ‘clear seeing’ itself remains the same. We are all the same Buddha nature, Christ consciousness, original consciousness of purity. Ignoring this pure view, we maintain our differences, believing these to be more interesting. Self belief adheres to other beliefs, which lead us away from the ultimate truth of oneness.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities
can make you commit atrocities”.

Although it may not seem like it, the world is changing for the better. There is so much more ‘special knowledge’ available and this cannot be stopped, but we first have to acknowledge that life is not fulfilling, even though we have more absurd ‘toys’. People are suffering mentally, and pills are not the answer; if we dull the rawness of life, we won’t ask the right questions.

Acknowledging this, we can then look for the original cause of this suffering. We need a method to bring an end to our uneasiness; only then can we resolve our heartache. There are always consequences to ouractions and inactions.

The cause of uneasiness is when the inner turns outward.
We pervert our minds because we invert being.
‘Invert’ from Latin invertere, to turn inside out. 

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Yes, it’s actually a word, so it must describe something that actually happens!

Obscurantism: the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known. From Latin obscurant – ‘making dark’.

The Dark Esoteric Forces

When we look at the world, we see chaos everywhere; deliberate chaos. If people are confused, they won’t know what has hit them. Humanity is kept in the dark through elaborate machinations, plots and ploys. There is something within politics and religion that does this very well, and the result is that humanity is occupied by idle chatter, futile diligence and obsequiousness (obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree). In other words, there is a lack of genuine freedom while, at the same time, we think that we are free. When asked, “What’s the meaning of life?” the reply will generally be, “I don’t know.” It is our birthright to always know the truth, rather than allow others to feed us their version of the truth.

The dark forces aren’t in it for the money, which only greases the wheels. They are in it for the chase (‘chase’: fromLatin captare, continue to take). The dark forces only want to maintain power and lack empathy – and there is a little of that within us all.

The Light Esoteric Forces

The opposite of obscurantism is enlightenment – to bring to light, to clarify. This special knowledge is that we are the truth: we are the original, pure consciousness. We are knowingness itself. We are the ‘second coming’.Once we have been given the knowledge and realised it, the teaching is perpetuated. We are all potential messiahs! 🙂

The Insight Into The Dark

To make something dark, there must be some light – some sort of knowledge – present. Both dark and light esoteric forces use the same principles of realising the effect of desire, aversion and ignorance. We are all tainted, and before we can acknowledge our light, we must acknowledge our dark.

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Where Do Our Thoughts Come From?
Or rather, where does our programming come from?

When we perceive anything, this perception takes place in the mind, and we end up with a reservoir of information, causing the brain to wire in a particular pattern. Gradually, whenever we then perceive anything, we refer to these memories, making judgements which affect our behaviour. The programme is now in full swing, and we relive the past, time and time again.

If we do not question our thoughts, we will remain unaware that we are being fed information that turns us away from even considering that we’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dogs. We mentally salivate at the latest ‘goodies’ and ‘news’.

Thoughts have no actual reality as they are merely ideas we have acquired and then hold on to. They express themselves in everything we say and do, down to our tiniest mannerisms, and can either bolster our ego or be used to clarify a situation. Due to our clinging to these thoughts, we lose control, and become indifferent to our true reality.

The good news that has been kept a secret is that we are the pure consciousness that sees all, but which goes unnoticed, or is covered up.

The positive aspect of this reservoir of information is that it offers us the facility to scan the mind for memories and, not being so quick to judge, we can stand back and investigate while reviewing a situation.It isn’t the perception that is the obstacle: the problem lies in our reactions, which reinforce a limited view and obscure our true potential of clarity.

Dinner table chatter merely regurgitates past projections into the present, whereas enlightened speech is directed to now, and serves only to enlighten the atmosphere.

We may worry about being targeted and profiled by technology, but first we should worry about our willingness to accept that these developments could be of benefit. We have already been programmed! The media wants us to react, and then we will thinkwe’re doing something. We thinkwe’re in charge.We thinkwe have choices.

Merely be aware of that which is aware of these thoughts. That awareness – that pure awareness – is what we actually are, rather than the thoughts we repeat again and again. In the presence of awareness, these thoughts gradually subside into emptiness of pure awareness.

As we reach the end of our lives, we know – as a practitioner – what is of value.

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Are We Ghosts In Human Forms?

A ghost is merely consciousness lost in not knowing its true nature; because of this, it drifts around due to karma. The realisation of our true nature is both the purpose of life and the source of our misunderstanding of life. ‘Ghost’ is another name for ‘spirit’. ‘Spirit’ is another name for consciousness. Pure consciousness is nothing other than the purity of being, and the full realisation of that is enlightenment. We ghosts have a huge potential!

Consciousness manifests in many forms. As humans, we can dance and sing eloquently about being in love; we can make money, procreate to produce more ghosts, study history, geography and science, rule over or be ruled by other ghosts, play games, entertain ourselves and even invent religions and rituals about holy ghosts. But none of these are our true reality.

Our true reality is realised the moment we awaken by recognising that we have been diligent duffers. Suddenly, this realisation releases us and illuminates years – if not lifetimes – of the ghostly darkness of desires.

All that pride defending our ghostly image now seems pointless, when the purity of consciousness sees through this transparent dream-being. When this ghost realises it is, in actuality, pure consciousness, then it is free of believing anything other.

Realisation is the true ghost-buster!


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We Are Never Separate From The Truth

Whether we are happy, sad, busy, dreamy … the truth – pure awareness – is always present. How can we deny that? Without this uncontaminated awareness, nothing would be known clearly. Truth is that simple. The essential nature of mind is this pure awareness; we are that essential nature.

It may be that simple, but we have been led to believe so many things about ‘truth’ that have actually taken us in the opposite direction. ‘They’ talk about truth and compassion, but it is not until we realise personally that we are the truth, that compassion can genuinely arise. Thinking that we are the truth and we are compassionate is not enough. We have to know that all beings are pure awareness, and we talk to that pure awareness, rather than to the ‘cover story’. That is the application of the four enlightened activities of pacifying, magnetising, enriching, and destroying ego’s games.

The cover story is whatever we project onto others. There is no point in talking to that as it is full of bias. Those biased projections are acquired ideas in the mind, and not the essence of mind itself. They are not the real being: those ideas are a straw man, without substance.

How amazing that we look for the truth, when we simply are the truth. Some will find this annoying because they want to work at truth, achieve it, belong to the group that has it. They want to become it, instead of simply recognising, experiencing and realising by resting in it.

If we are never separate from the truth, then we are never separate from one another. That is either enlightening or annoying 😀 Do we have a clear view or an acquired view?

Knowing that we are all the truth is challenging.
That is the work.
Compared to that, realisation is a piece of cake!

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Bored? Sad? Melancholic?

Look more closely; there is a longing there.
We all know something.

Our quality of progress in anything is due to the quality of awareness. This is why meditation is so important; to be able to concentrate and see what is, in fact, going on in our mind.

We can realise that sadness is observable, so the feeling of sadness is not us. It is a state of mind. We are the silent witness, the silent consciousness. Once we can see this, we can then empathise with others because we can re-cognise the signs within our own mind.

Being more aware makes life worthwhile, brighter and more intelligent on the compassionate, wisdom side rather than the what’s-in-it-for-me side. We are no longer weighed down by darkness. Seeing is now possible because the light is present, and we see the cycle of everything. It is understanding that the beauty of a rose is that it has to die, so we appreciate it while it lasts, like life itself. Nothing lasts. The elements re-form.Everything dwells within emptiness – the silent witness.

If we want to go the traditional way, then we are talking here about ‘Madhyamaka’; the usefulness of reason. In Madhyamaka, reason and debate are understood as a means to an end (liberation), and this method must be therefore founded on the wish to help oneself and others end suffering. Reason and logical arguments are seen as being ultimately empty of any true validity or reality: they only serve as conventional remedies for our delusions. The closer we look, the more we recognise the essence of everything. We know that everything arises within emptiness, dwells within emptiness and returns to emptiness.

Perfect peace is emptiness.
Emptiness is cognisant.
Cognisant emptiness is unconfined compassion.

There is no more joy than recognising the wish
that all beings realise happiness.

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Ultimate Nostalgia

Nostalgic for what?
We all have this longing
to be in the right place.
But what is this right place?

If we look, we will realise that
the right place is in that recognition.

The right place is not about a place or time;
it is about our being in place.

We are in the right place.
We have always been the right place.

It isn’t a matter of who we are but what we are.
Pure consciousness is the right place, here and now.

What else can it be?

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How We Sentence Ourselves

Whatever views, thoughts, concepts, opinions and fixations we hold on to at this moment will be the basis of our next moment and, for most of us, our entire lives, unfortunately. Holding on to thoughts that we have acquired from others is our sentence and imprisonment. None of our thoughts are original: we acquire and react … and repeat. Holding onto thoughts is not the same as having thoughts.

Having a thought and being able to analyse and question, means that we can discern what is beneficial and what is harmful. ‘Beneficial’ means leading to happiness, while ‘harmful’ means causing unhappiness. To be able to progress and refine understanding, we have to be prepared to drop and set free our fixations, our set ideas about the meaning of life. This is how move up the scale of evolution. 😀

“Oh! Oh! You just want us to have your ideas! Mmm?”
Not at all. Just be aware of the power that thoughts and emotions have over us.

Once the mind is free of fixations – or, at least, we are awareof fixations – then the pattern of our life can change. If we cannot or do not change our view, then we become stuck in a rut, a groove of our own making. We’re surrounded by groovers who are digging their own graves. 😀 😀 😀

Groove: Middle English (denoting a mine or shaft): from Dutch groeve ‘furrow, pit’; related to grave.

Life has a meaning and our mind has a function, which is to realise what we are, in reality. Life isn’t just maintenance and entertainment; that is the formula for the corporate coffers. Life it is about freedom to have time and space to get out of the mould and realise that we have the ultimate power of enlightenment.

Formula: from Latin, diminutive of forma; ‘shape, mould’.

Corporations, intellectuals and religions provide us with ideas so that we can be free. Really?! That is their trap, and we fall for it every time because we hope. The truth is that we are already free, but if we are told this, we think it’s something extraordinary.

Unfortunately, we have become so used to the prison that we hardly notice it anymore. The secret is that when we are fed up with this prison, we can just walk out. They don’t tell you that, do they? What is truly extraordinary is that we choose to stay locked up in a mould, in a groove. Amazing!

Once we realise that we are free, we then have to recognise that the situation we are in now is due to past fixations and grooves. As we recognise and stop reacting, these fixations and grooves – our karma – smooth out, no matter what occurs. We still have to maintain this body, but it is no longer a chore; it’s play. Once we can play nicely, we can play nicely with others, and life is full of meaning.

I used to wonder why people ran around doing and saying meaningless things as if these were important. Now I know. They cannot help their-self. ‘They’ are pure consciousness. Their ‘self’ is an addiction to fixated ideas to which pure consciousness sticks.

This feeling of imprisonment has no reality.






… this blog just hit the 2500tharticle, saying the same thing over and over! 😀

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Seeing, and Then See

Seeing, and then I see.
Perception, and then perceive.
There is an extremely subtle difference here.

When consciousness does not realise its own nature of purity and instead perceives something, consciousness starts to narrate about whatever is perceived. We (pure consciousness) miss the moment before, when there was just perception (pure perception) present. It is this relating and narrating that created a feeling of an imaginary I, the witness, the author of our creation of which we became proud.

I see therefore I am is the moment when ignorance is created. I think therefore I am is the moment when ignorance is created. We ignore the milli-moment of emptiness before the moment now. There is an extremely subtle difference between these two views, and meditation is a method to acknowledge this difference.

Whatever is seen is dropped, as there is the next moment of seeing. If we hold on to whatever is seen, we carry this over to the next moment, and our story becomes more complex and emotional. This habit now controls our life.

Satisfaction and realisation are in the seeing, rather than in the incomplete projections in the mind about whatever is seen. Meditation is about seeing and resting in the truth of our reality of pure consciousness. It is about not sitting in silent peacefulness: a cow can do that.

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The Dilemma Of Keeping Teachings Secret

Teachings can easily be misunderstood, misread and misused, which can then play on an individual’s mind. Due to human frailties and obsessions, these teaching may become a way of controlling others psychologically, using desire and fear, so teachings are a two-edged sword. Even receiving teachings can create pride if one has not established a degree of calmness and compassion within one’s own mind. This is why a good motivation is vital, so that we do not create bad karma.

There is a concern that saying too much can disturb people, and there can be a shock factor involved; for this reason, this blog is not publicised.

Still, people do need to know what is available, and then it’s their choice to pursue their inclinations … or not.

Goodness knows how you got here! 😀

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Tea, Not The Tea Cup

“When we want tea, we aren’t bothered about the cup it comes in. Likewise, the Dharma we want is the teaching on the nature of reality: the culture it comes with does not matter. We mustn’t confuse the teaching we want with the culture. We do not have to become Tibetan or adopt another culture to realise our true nature.”

Quote from Dzongzar Rinpoche

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Where Do I Find A True Guru?

What shows us our faults at every moment?

Having been shown,
what recognises those faults, those fixations,
thereby relieving us of suffering?

Is a guru someone who tells us stories
about their culture?

A. Karma.
A. Pure awareness.
A. That’s someone else’s karma.

We need critical thinking.

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Learning To Be Happy

Whatever happens, we always think,
“Well, it could be worse”,
and so, we are grateful.

Maybe happiness is just being grateful.

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OM MANI PEME HUM is a Mnemonic
Mnemonics are an aid to memory

The mantra, OM MANI PEME HUM, represents compassion within wisdom. This compassionate wisdom is directed towards what is happening in our own minds, and the minds of others. It is not a magical incantation.

OM MANI PEME HUM is Sanskrit for generosity, patience, morality, discipline, meditation and wisdom; these are known as the six perfections, which is the path to enlightenment.

OM MANI PEME HUM is apractical aid rather than a magical mystery. When dealing with others, it’s essential to remember the six perfections.

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Solving A Problem Is Also …

The solution to the problem is also
the knowledge to create the problem.

Humans have two potentials:
to be selfless, enlightened beings
or to remain narcissistics.

There are two forces of good and evil.
The good attracts compassion,
while the evil attracts selfishness.

If there is knowledge on how to heal something,
the same knowledge can also cause harm.

Most of us spin, confused, in the middle.
The good share knowledge.
The evil use it to their own ends.

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How Everything is Perfect

How is everything perfect, when the people are ignoring reality?
If we do not sharpen our tool, the cut will not be clean. We know that a blunt tool will produce a ragged edge: this is not a surprise so the outcome of our inattention is perfect cause and effect.

Likewise, when we ignore our true reality of perfect consciousness – which is perfect happiness, because we understand perfect gratitude – we will not fall prey to desire. If we fall prey to desire, we will not notice that we are already perfectly happy.

Everything comes into existence due to cause and effect, so everything is perfect. “But I don’t like the way the world is, and this makes me unhappy!” That is the perfect condition to realise the cause and condition of that unhappiness.

Perfect comes from perfect.
May we recognise perfection everywhere,
and remain at peace.

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Can’t Meditate?

Simply rest in whatever takes place in the mind, in whatever happens. In the very moment of recognition of being aware lies the moment of empty cognisance, pure awareness, Rigpa. Just note and realise that is one’s true nature. When awareness is solely aware of being aware and is not wandering, then everything is perfect. That is the point of meditation. This awareness resting in awareness. The emptiness of emptiness. As we practise, this experience becomes more familiar.

If we want something more, then there are those who will oblige and create elaborations. Or we can simply look into that which is not satisfied and rest in that recognition. There you are, you see.

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