The Most Startling Idea of All

5 02 2013
The Buddha in Drag

The Buddha in Drag

There is a startling idea which once rightly comprehended, shatters all illusions. This one single idea is so Earth shattering, so extraordinary, so revolutionary,  that everything that comes after it represents a remarkably different phase of life to that which came before. This is so because in one sense it involves the disappearance of the universe. Just imagine, if gold from a safe were to disappear, well . . . that would be a mystery, but if the entire universe disappeared that would represent the greatest mystery of all. Of course this is the level of mystery we are talking about here.

It must be of such great interest at this time that the polar opposites of religion and science have now found an accord in this Earth shattering idea. A clue.  This indicates that the human story is about to reach, to break through to a very new and interesting place. For the human story will by definition require the creative tension of opposites to continue. And so does the mystery deepen. The new perspective; the new position that we are about to discover; into which our consciousness is about to emerge – will inevitably amaze us all. So what is this most startling idea?

The startling idea is that the universe is not of material origin at all, but a material construction whose origin is consciousness. And there it goes, it vanishes in a puff of smoke. This is the conclusion of both spiritual revelation and quantum theory. The revolutionary realization is that we are . . . simply our-SELF. Nothing more, nothing less. In the deeper sense we are simply pure consciousness, unburdened by all of the cultural and constructed meanings, beliefs, references and ideas. All of the constructions which purport to bring us closer to ourselves such as religion, politics, education and many subtle forms of social and psychic conditioning may bring us to look at aspects of self, however just at the point where we are ready to realize that we are simply ourselves, all these things just get in the way. Knowing this you may have concluded that you are close to experiencing directly that you are . . . simply yourself. Then experience away! FREE from the burden of the cosmic or psychic bureaucracy.

The sobering fact, is that there is always the final journey.  We must ever and always walk the last mile home on our own.  That is not to suggest that God-Goddess or the angels or the saints are not with us. It is rather to suggest that to enter the deeper truth of who we are – simply ourselves – we must ultimately abandon the hierarchical, bureaucratic and institutional frameworks which purport to represent the truth and become that truth. This is why the master Jesus was able to truthfully declare I am the way and the truth and the light. He had somehow managed to experience himself as simply (him) self. It is the point at which the bud of individuality upon the human tree of consciousness bursts forth as the flower. 

There is a paradox here because in order to get to that place generally we require some schooling, processes, the guidance that religions provide, lots of techniques . . . and so forth. But one day finally and at last we, each of us, must find our metaphorical Bodhi tree under which we shall sit, if not in open defiance of all institutionalized forms of learning, certainly in distinction to them and quite often in contradiction to them. The great paradox of liberated blasphemy. It is the intensely personal and revelatory journey represented so beautifully in the life story of St Francis of Assisi. He goes to Rome – the very symbol of institutional religion, as a bare footed beggar to present his revolutionarty and revelatory understanding to the Pope. If you have ever seen the beautiful film by Franco Zeferelli – Brother Sun Sister Moon, you will know well the outcome. Below are a few St Francis quotes that demonstrate his clear, present and radical consciousness. These are combined with statements attributed to some of our other great teachers. They stand in distinction to much of the old consciousness and constructions of the Kali Yuga, the Iron Age of ignorance. These words of wisdom point to new levels of consciousness and understanding which more people than ever are now demonstrating. The whole point is to get to that place where you can finally and at last speak this wisdom fresh with each breath of life within the living breathing cosmos. Here then is a sample from St Francis and others, remembering that one day you will make up your own in each moment of life.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St Francis

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. – Buddha

I am formless and everywhere – Shirdi Sai Baba

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible – Jesus

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection – Buddha

Get on with your worldly activities cheerfully, but do not forget God – Shirdi Sai Baba

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. St Francis

All that you see taken together is Myself – Shirdi Sai Baba

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart – Buddha

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. St Francis

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men – St Francis

God has agents everywhere and their powers are vast – Shirdi Sai Baba

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free – Jesus

God is not so far away. He is not in the heavens above, nor in hell below. He is always near you – Shirdi Sai Baba

You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy – Buddha

Hatred does not cease by hatred but only by love. This is the eternal rule – Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world – Buddha

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth

According to your faith be it unto you – Jesus


Seek ye first the essence of yoga

28 11 2012

Jesus the master of yoga

There is a magnificently wise statement attributed to Jesus that all those who follow the path can find inspiration in from time to time – seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6.33. A more popular translation has it as the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Without resorting to hair-splitting the meaning is quite clear either way. Seek ye first the kingdom of God. That’s what we are being given in this marvelous maxim. It can be a tough one to live up to at times without a doubt and yet as all those who have lived this truth will assure us, the results are incomparable.

Transposing this idea over to the concept of yoga is easy if you are that way inclined, for yoga is defined as meaning to link up with God.  The root word “yuj” means unity or yoke (as in join). Therefore the basic concept of yoga means to link up with or become unified with God. Yoga then is a system which is specifically designed to enable us to do what this teaching says. It is undoubtedly worth understanding that yoga is not limited to the physical exercises – what are called the asanas. The cultural yoga system is a whole framework for living a life where the seeking of the kingdom of God is put first. This includes Devotion (Bhakti yoga) Intellectual and philosophical pursuit (jnana yoga). Sitting meditation (Raja Yoga) and importantly for us humans – gifted as we are with a physical body – physical exercise (Hatha Yoga). A whole, rich and full life of seeking the kingdom of God can happily incorporate a sufficient amount of physical exercise; soul stirring devotion to the ideal of God; the intellectual discipline and abstractions of knowledge and philosophy and let us not forsake entering into the stillness, as an essential part of what we can do in our pursuit and seeking of the great and often mysterious kingdom . . .of God.

Of course the Lime Flavoured rEvolution would suggest that God is not limited to the masculine God but also importantly and essentially inclusive of the feminine Goddess. What is often referred to in this blog as The Quantum Goddess. Whatever you conceive God/Goddess to be, by all means, seek that kingdom, realm or dimension first. That means that there is an ideal that can indeed be brought into our lives for our ongoing benefit, profit, sustenance and sustainability. Believe it or not.

And here is a famous Muslim singing with Dido: Youssou N’Dour tends to see traditional religion as a restrictive, meaningless ritual with little to offer, and he is eager to experiment with other, alternative paths. Youssou has lots of creative, innovative ideas and he often feels that others are unwilling to take risks and venture out of their deeply ingrained perspectives and views. This description of Youssou N’Dour was copied from and linked at the start of the para.

Spiritual Mastery and Genius for Dummies

21 12 2011

Who Are You Really?

Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus

Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. What they wrote, collectively speaking could be called the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. Ideas are interesting things. A truly awesome and profound idea can change the world. It’s also interesting to consider that once a great idea changes the world, the world then changes the great idea as it plays in the world. But the great idea stands . . .like a rock or a statue.  Take the main ideas of Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus.  This is some revolutionary Gang of Four. If great ideas were pop songs these four would be bigger than the Beatles.

And doesn’t it seem so dreadfully simple when you reduce their message to its essence? Love one another. Do to others as you would have them do to yourself. Throw off the yoke of the oppressor and yet do it non-violently. Don’t get attached to the things of this world. They are after all temporary and such attachment will cause you suffering. Instead practice the right path and have compassion. And Marx . . .capitalism is a flawed system and will lead inevitably to violent revolution due to the inherently unbalanced nature of the attachment to power of the powerful. Everybody gets to be miserable in capitalism. Which is ironic since it is all about the unfettered pursuit of happiness. Or something.

Once you get down and dirty with the truth it certainly gets complex. Once the classic and immutable truth gets down into the painful cracks and crevices of our broken or coherent and multi-faceted lives . . .ah! What Comedy! What shadow play! What drama! What miracles!  Those patterns and love lights play and dance on the walls and in the catacombs of our convoluted illusion which we call our . . . reality. It is a terrible, marvelous and an often  awkward joke. And it is this perpetual paradox of daily life which the heroic unsung heroes of our lives make a meal of daily.

Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. They wrote the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. One can only have admiration for those amazing souls who continually demonstrate, whether quietly or not so quietly, the grounding of those great ideas in the noisy strife of day to day Terra firma; in the marketplace of our daily lives. They are the people who will nod in your direction, take the time to say G’day. Get on with what needs to be done and then somehow within themselves strive to do the right thing, the honourable thing, without ripping themselves or anyone else off. Emotionally spiritually  physically or mentally.   So here’s to them and here’s to Gandhi, The Buddha, Marx and Jesus – the revolutionary Gang of Four. What they wrote, collectively speaking could be called the book of Genius and Spiritual Mastery for Dummies. Thanks for dropping by the store.

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