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A bit of Philosophy

31 Oct

A bit of philosophy.

I had this wonderful book I originally bought when I was living in Japan – it is called Poems of The Enlightened Heart. I carried it with me everywhere but managed to lose it somewhere in Nepal. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology (even in India…) I was able to replace it via a 7 week postal service.
I am still amazed at how geniusful it is –  it is a compilation of enlightened or sacred writings from every time period, religion and philosophical school you can imagine. Basically it shows that throughout history people who have realized the truth have found the same thing. Irrelevant of time period or country the truth never changes. It transcends names given to it by religions or philosophers or scientists. It is what it is, irrelevant of definition. Its a comforting thought. So here are a couple:“We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows”  (Uknown Author)
(from: Upanishads)

Self is everywhere, shining forth from all beings,
vaster than the vast, subtler than the most subtle,
unreachable yet nearer than breath, than heartbeat.
Eye cannot see it, ear cannot hear it, nor tongue
utter it; only in deep absorption can the mind,
grown pure and silent, merge with the formless truth.
As soon as you find it, you are free; you have found yourself;
you have solved the great riddle; your heart forever is at peace.
Whole, you enter the whole. Your personal self
returns to its radiant, intimate, deathless source.

when we understand, we are at the centre of the  circle, and there we sit while Yes and No chase each other around the circumference”  Chuang-Tzu

 My personal favourite…..

(rumi 1207-1273)

I have lived on the lip
Of insanity; wanting to know reasons;
Knocking on a door. It opens.
I have been knocking from the inside