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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yesterday--poem by Dorothy 


you were with me
for many hours.

I swooned into
a lake of joy,
thought I would drown
in such fervent passion.

Today, it is desert weather.
No real sun,
just bitter dust
swirling everywhere,
covering me
like a statue
made of earth.

Dorothy Walters
February 23, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Neil Douglas-Klotz--"Lay Yourself Open"--poem 

Lay Yourself Open

When you want to lay yourself open for the divine,
like a snare that is hollowed out to its depth,
like a canopy that projects a shadow
from the divine heat and light
into your soul,
then go into your inner place physically,
or to that story or symbol that reminds you of the sacred.

Close the door of your awareness to
the public person you think yourself to be.
Pray to the parent of creation, with your inner sense,
the outer senses turned within.
Veiling yourself, the mystery may be unveiled through you.

By opening yourself to the flow of the sacred,
somewhere, resounding in some inner form,
the swell of the divine ocean can move through you.

The breathing life of all reveals itself
in the way you live your life.

~ Neil Douglas-Klotz ~

(Interpretive version of Matthew 6:6 in The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus)

(picture from internet--Bernini, Teresa in Ecstasy)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Workshop with Andrew Harvey and Terry patten in Berkeley, March 4-8 

Workshop with Andrew Harvey and Terry Patten in Berkeley

(from Andrew):

Join me for a special event

Friends, in less than two weeks, I’ll be co-teaching Radiant Embodiment: An Initiatory Journey with my friend and brother in sacred activism, Terry Patten. During the 4 day workshop, we’ll guide participants on an initiatory journey of sacred rites and rituals inspired by the ancient mystery schools of India, Egypt, and Greece. Together we will convene a sacred community of practice, anchored in the awareness that profoundly liberating transformation is not merely subjective; it is enacted in relationship, and ceremonially “made real” in community. I invite you to join us on this hero's journey, March 5-8 with an introductory evening March 4 in Berkeley, Ca. http://landing.terrypatten.com/


Monday, February 23, 2015

Terry Patton--webcast today and upcoming webinar 

Terry Patton is, to my mind, one of the most outstanding and inspiring wisdom teachers of our time.  What he says in this most recent video is a preview of his upcoming webinar, which covers ground that is basic to all who follow the "direct path" to union with the Beloved, especially those of us devoted to the kundalini experience.  Here is a poem I wrote which expresses the essence of his (and my) message:

Don’t Make Lists 

Every day a new flower rises
from your body’s fresh soil.
Don’t go around looking
for fallen petals
in a fairy tale, when you’ve
got the golden plant
right here, now,
shooting forth in light from your eyes,
your awakening crown.

Don’t make lists, or explore ancient accounts.
Forget everything you know
and open.

(From Marrow of Flame)

Dear Dorothy Walters,

I'm delighted to share the following short video with you from integral visionary Terry Patten, which packs a lot of wisdom in a small package. It will give you a clear and concise glimpse into the simplicity, aliveness and art of living the integral heart life.

Watch 1 ½-minute video: "The Secret to Authentic Spiritual Living" with Terry Patten

Terry's Living the Integral Heart training starts this week, and although the key to this heart-awakened approach to living ultimately requires giving up all methods and techniques -- as Terry shares in the above video -- you will need some guidance and practices on the way. And Terry is the perfect mentor for this profound journey.

His own four-decade quest to learn about and experience the higher reaches of the heart's intelligence -- and its capacity for love -- found him working with the Institute of HeartMath, leading the team that developed their first heart-rate variability device; working with philosopher Ken Wilber, translating his brilliant integral theory into a truly Integral Life Practice; and diving into his own committed spiritual practice and experiential studies of mysticism.

The core of integral heart living is to let go of all the striving and "approaches" and to simply SHOW UP. And Terry's course will help you to get to this easy-sounding, yet deeply challenging, place of true, soulful surrender.

In the first session of his training, you will discover the importance of "showing up" 100%... in every moment, beyond physical, emotional and spiritual contractions. This will include taking 100% responsibility for your own experience during the 7-week journey with Terry.

By taking this stand, we clearly discover what is in our way of this commitment, and ultimately, of being fully alive, conscious and powerful.

Living the Integral Heart will take you through a series of experiential processes and epiphanies with Terry's expert guidance and the course community's compassionate support.

These processes will gently invite your deepest integral heart forward... allowing its intelligence (informed by your whole-body intelligence, including mind, body and soul) to become not just the power source of your inspiration, but also the creative author of your most important life choices.

Showing up -- for this moment, for all of life's challenges and joys -- is the path to discovering, embracing and embodying our sacred self... the one we need to truly befriend so that we can then more fully open our hearts to others and all of life.

Living the integral heart is where the performance art of spiritual living comes alive. It's what makes the fully intelligent and compassionate heart beat, and it's at the core of authentic spirituality. Vibrant. Beautiful. Naked. Alive.

You can find out more and register for this truly groundbreaking new training -- which gives you a time-tested foundation for living life heartfully and as your wisest spiritual self -- here.

  in spirit,
Stephen Dinan
PS- Remember that you can also find out more about this profound course -- and ask your big questions about powering up your own integral heart -- TOMORROW, Monday, February 23, at 5:00pm Pacific during Terry's special Q&A session.

Here's how you can access this free event:

Connect to the webcast at
Or dial (425) 440-5100 and enter the PIN 498523#


Friday, February 20, 2015

The World is not a Courtroom 

The world is not a courtroom,
there is no judge, no jury, no plaintiff.

This is a carvan,
filled with eccentric beings
telling wondrous stories about God.

~ Saadi ~

(picture and poem found on Panhala site)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Geting There-––David Wagoner––poem 

Getting There

You take a final step and, look, suddenly
You're there. You've arrived
At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for:
This common ground
Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone.
What did you want
To be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder
Under a burning glass,
A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing
Against the cracked horizon,
Holding it firm till the arrival of stars
In time with your heartbeats.
Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression
On the self you were
By having come all this way through all this welter
Under your own power
Though your traces on a map would make an unpromising
Meandering lifeline.
What have you learned so far? You'll find out later,
Telling it haltingly
Like a dream, that lost traveller's dream
Under the last bill
Where through the night you'll take your time out of mind
To unburden yourself
Of elements along elementary paths
By the break of morning.
You've earned this worn-down, hard, incredible sight
Called Here and Now.
Now, what you make of it means everything,
Means starting over:
The life in your hands is neither here nor there
But getting there,
So you're standing again and breathing, beginning another journey without
Forever, being your own unpeaceable kingdom,
The end of endings.

- David Wagoner

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When the Earth Opened 

When the Earth Opened

All those things
you thought you would never survive
but you did.
When the ground crumbled under
your feet
and the earth opened
and you fell
into the dark chasm
where nothing was.

you made it
back to the light,
and knew that whatever
came next,
this too you would survive,
for now you knew where
the soft places were,
the ones waiting to
give way and
swallow you again,
but now they had shrunken
to invisibility,
road signs that said,
Danger up Ahead.

Dorothy Walters
February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Who Would You Be" ––poem by Jan Elvee 

Who would you be if you had no plan,
not even a grand spiritual plan;
for instance, to walk the labyrinth at Chartres,
or the Camino in northern Spain,
to show up at a silent retreat in the mountains.
or to read a book, to write a poem,
or face the creatures within that have kept you from Love?

You might experience a curious emptiness,
a pulsing vibrating aliveness in your solar plexus,
a pure void that doesn't need to be filled, that just is.
Who are you now?

You might then embrace your mind,
stunned, and yet willing, even eager
to surrender to this other sort of plan;
paradoxical, compelling, devotional.

Who would you be then?

Jan, February 14

Monday, February 16, 2015

Online Kamakha Sadhana––formal worship of the goddess 

Here is a notice of a formal devotional online series beginning February 23.  It requires a very serious commitment of time, for it is based on the repetition of a special mantra for many thousands of times.  However, even the description is interesting as a representation of the kind of devotion practiced in India and nearby regions for many centuries.  It also represents the highest exaltation of the divine feminine in all of her aspects.  (A Sadhana is simply a spiritual practice.)
As the description below explains, during the monsoon season in India, the river that runs through Kamakya's temple runs red, as the goddess menstruates.  Her sculpted images portray her with her menstrual blood running down her thighs.  Many many gather to witness this phenomenon.
Aditi Devi is an authentic priestess of this order.  She is also a profound scholar in this and related traditions, and in addition is a wonderful friend whose presence I love  (though I am not a practitioner in this (or any) lineage.)

Jai Ma! This is a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in Aditi Devi Ma. Don't forget to add info@aditidevi.com to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!

Announcing a new online sadhana

Kamakhya and the Worship of Women

 Through Mantra Accumulation
and the Celebration of Spring Navaratri

 An Advanced Online 64 Night Sadhana for Returning Yoginis

Monday, February 23 ~ Friday, May 1, 2015


Aditi Devi Ma

kaamaruupam deviksetram kutraapi tatsamam na ca |
anyatra viralaa devii kaamaruupe grhe grhe | |

Kamarupa is a field of the goddess
and there is none other equal to it.
In other places, Devi is rarely present,
but in Kamarupa,
She is in each and every house.                                                            
~ Yogini Tantra

Dear Yoginis of the Womb,

In our recent online sadhanas, we have moved from the outer edges of the mandala into the bindu and back out to the edges again. It is time for us to take what we have learned and enliven the inner landscapes through feminine embodiment sadhana with our great mother, Kamakhya Ma, an ancient Shakta yoni Goddess whose temple is in Assam, India.

This online sadhana is open to any female practitioner who has sat with Aditi Devi Ma in person or participated with her in any of the previous online sadhanas.

At the beginning of the monsoon season in northeast India, the Shakta mother Goddess Kamakhya menstruates, and the river that flows through her temple runs red. To mark this auspicious event, tens of thousands of devotees celebrate the Ambuvaci festival, during which the earth, the body of the Goddess, women, and communities are all regenerated. Based on my participation in community and ritual life at this temple over many years, focusing on this rare yoni Goddess, we will learn about what are known as the Kali Practices: contemporary worship of women as embodiments of the Goddess across a woman's life cycle (young women, married women, and widows) and how this expresses itself in the richness of feminine embodiment sadhana focusing on non-dual ultimate reality Kali-Brahman. Along the way, we will deepen in our sadhana abilities (and link ourselves to the Goddess Kamakhya) by accumulating, or perfecting, one of Kamakhya's mantras during our night-time practice sessions. There are three options for accumulating the mantra depending on your time commitment (see below). In addition, we will celebrate the spring Navaratri festival in the unique style of the northern Kalikula.

What You Will Receive
* Ten live group telephone calls led by Aditi Devi lasting approximately one hour;
* Recordings of all calls to download and listen to later, should you be unable to attend the live calls;
* Membership in a private online community of women to connect with during this online sadhana;
* At minimum, you will receive one weekly content-rich emails from Aditi Devi. Emails will include an introduction to the online sadhana, shrine set-up, stories, myths, sadhana suggestions, poetry, images, and other musings;
* An exploration of the yoni Goddess Kamakhya from living Tantric lineages in the northern Kalikula including history, cultural background and more;
* A chance to deepen into your personal feminine embodiment sadhana with Kamakhya including material from the northern Kalikula lineages; this includes our ongoing focus on Yoni Crucible Sadhana (kalasa, ghata);
* An opportunity to accumulate, and thus perfect, one of Kamakhya's mantras (108,000 recitations if you choose the fullest sadhana option);
* An opportunity to sit with Kamakhya-Kali during the spring Navaratri festival and celebrate using the unique northern Kali-Kula style;
* We will also continue our focus on Tantric Offerings from the yogini's point of view.

Important Kamakhya Sadhana Dates
First email: Monday, February 23, 2015
First phone call: Tuesday, February 24, 7pm MST
First day of sadhana recitation: Friday, February 27
Second phone call: Tuesday, March 3, 7pm MST
Full Moon ~ Purnima: Thursday, March 5
Second email: Friday, March 6
Third phone call: Tuesday, March 10, 7pm MDT
Third email: Friday, March 13
Fourth phone call: Tuesday, March 17, 7pm MDT
Fourth email: Friday, March 20
Spring Navaratri begins and Amavasya ~ Dark Moon: Friday, March 20
Fifth phone call: Tuesday, March 24, 7pm MDT
Fifth email: Friday, March 27
Spring Navaratri ends: Saturday, March 28
Sixth phone call: Tuesday, March 31, 7pm MDT
Sixth email: Friday, April 3
Purnima ~ Full Moon Eclipse: Saturday, April 4
Seventh phone call: Tuesday, April 7, 7pm MDT
Seventh email: Friday, April 10
Eighth phone call: Tuesday, April 14, 7pm MDT
Eighth email: Friday, April 17
Amavasya ~ Dark Moon: Saturday, April 18
Ninth phone call: Tuesday, April 21, 7pm MDT
Ninth email: Friday, April 24
Final phone call: Tuesday, April 28, 7pm MDT
Final email and final sadhana recitation: Friday, May 1

For Traveling Yoginis
It is not necessary to be online or have computer access for the entire sadhana; I know that some of you will be traveling, offline, or entering into silent retreat with these practices. I will also be traveling during a portion of our sadhana. As you travel, or practice in retreat, you will be asked to keep up your daily Kamakhya Sadhana, even if you are not able to receive the emails for some period of time or come onto the live calls. Instructions for traveling shrines will be offered as well.

Your Commitments
This will be a deep, intimate, and intense sadhana that will require each of us to take a great deal of personal responsibility for our practice as well as for the community. We will need to resource the mature practitioner in ourselves as we make and hold a serious practice commitment in deep spiritual community.

Because of the depth of the Kamakhya Sadhana and the time commitment it requires, there are three options that you may choose from:

Option A: This is the fullest and most intense sadhana option. Here we recite one of Kamakhya's mantras 108,000 times during the 64 nights of our online sadhana commitment. This works out to approximately two hours of formal sadhana, at our shrines, each night. If you prefer two practice sessions a day, this would be an hour in the morning and an hour at night to recite about 17-18 malas of mantra per day. Along the way, we also will find time for rest during the first three days each month of our moontime (or three days at the dark moon if we are not menstruating) and thus you could have either six or nine days of moontime rest depending on your cycle. The missed accumulations from these rest days are spread across the entire sadhana (this has already been accounted for in the time calculations).

Option B: This option is for those who can commit to one hour of formal Kamakhya sadhana per day. In this option, we will do a half-perfection of 54,000 mantras of about nine malas of mantra per day. You will also find time for rest during the first three days each month during our moontime (or three days at the dark moon if we are not menstruating) and thus you could have either six or nine days of moontime rest depending on your cycle. The missed accumulations from the rest days are spread across the entire sadhana (this has already been accounted for in the time calculations). This option is useful for those who also have other Kalikula sadhana commitments or other spiritual practices. If you are engaged in other spiritual practices, your Kamakhya sadhana would be one session at night and your other sadhana would be a separate daytime sadhana.

Option C: This option is for those of you who are still new to these practices or are unable to commit to perfecting the Kamakhya mantra. In this option, you will do only one mala of Kamakhya's mantra per day accumulating between 6000-7000 recitations of the mantra. You will also take the moontime or dark moon rest days each month.

We will discuss all the complexities of the mantra accumulation inside the formal sadhana container.

Your commitment to this Kamakhya Sadhana also includes being entirely drug and intoxicant free for the week before the sadhana begins, during the entire sadhana, and for the week afterwards. This includes all social and recreational use of wine, spirits, drugs, and other herbal intoxicants including most medicinal uses of plant medicine (the use of flower essences, essential oils, and plant based non-intoxicating tinctures is fine). Please communicate with Aditi directly about all prescription drugs. This sadhana commitment offers us the potential to access the more subtle realms of our relationship to Kamakhya and her blessing power as well as to help us find our way more completely into our own depth relationship with the Divine Mother at the bindu, Kamakhya-Kali.

Suggested Offering
This is a donation-based sadhana. The offering bowl is out smeared with sindur and sandalwood paste, and fragrant with the night-blooming flowers offered at the feet of the menstruating Goddess.

The suggested offering, at full price, is $254 USD. Sliding Scale and Name Your Offering are available in consideration of those outside the US economy and for those yoginis who remain on the edge of the traditional markets. Payment plans are welcome. Trades may be welcome.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please be in touch with Aditi Devi to discuss arrangements.

Please know that as part of your commitment to this sadhana, it will be up to each of you to make your offerings without promptings or reminders once arrangements have been made.

We are also accepting scholarship funding to support this offering structure. If you are able and want to make additional offerings, this would be most welcome and supportive.

Registration, Information, and Questions
Please email Aditi at puja@aditidevi.com with questions or to register. If registering, please note which of the options you are committing to.

I am looking forward to falling into Kamakhya's blood red love with you during this sadhana.
Jai Kamakhysha Ma Jai!

Lineage and the Sanctity of Teachings
Because we will be moving into the more inner forms of Tantric practice and knowledge as it has been taught and transmitted to me, and which I am authorized to teach and transmit, it is important to be clear with all of you. These teachings are based in lineage, and there is much study and embodied practice for each of us as we travel this path. I have brought together this material through my own devotion, dedication, study, and practice over the past 25 years. You may use what is offered during this online Kamakhya Sadhana course (emails, photos, online material) for your own personal practice, but I ask that you not share it with others. This helps create the container for us to do this work as well as maintains the flow of connection among us, and through lineage.

Participating in this course in no way implies that you are qualified to teach this material or offer it to others. In addition, it is important not to talk about the content with those not participating in this sadhana.

By participating in this online sadhana in any way, you are actively agreeing that you will hold this material as most sacred and secret and will act in accordance with the details shared in the above paragraphs.

 About Aditi Devi Ma
Aditi Devi began the study and practice of South Asia Tantric traditions almost 25 years ago. As an initiated yogini, pujarini (ritualist, priestess), lineage holder, and authorized teacher, she has lived and practiced her sadhana with adepts in Nepal, India, and Tibet. Aditi Devi Ma's practice, teaching, research and writing focus on the embodiment of the divine feminine in the Shakta Tantric traditions of India and Nepal. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Asian Studies, and was a Fulbright Scholar and college professor before turning fulltime to the path of the Yogini.

Aditi Devi is authorized to teach what are called the Kali Practices focusing on the reverence of women as embodiments of the divine and nondual awakening in the body, in deep relationality. These practices have their fullest expression in Assam, at the Temple of the Tantric Goddess Kamakhya, a yoni Goddess who is revered throughout South Asia (and indeed the world); this is one of Aditi's spiritual homes and practice seats.

 When not wandering, Aditi Devi Ma's teaching home is in Boulder, Colorado. Here, in the midst of a deep yogic community, she teaches privately, offers regular Kali Puja, yoga, and meditation. She is also a faculty member at the Integral Center. Her first book,  In Praise of Adya Kali: Approaching the Primordial Dark Goddess Through the Song of Her Hundred Names was released earlier this year (Hohm Press, 2014).

Aditi Devi | A remote yogini mandir | Boulder | CO | 00000

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mary Oliver––I Happened to be Standing (poem) 

I Happened To Be Standing

I don't know where prayers go,
     or what they do.
Do cats pray, while they sleep
     half-asleep in the sun?
Does the opossum pray as it
     crosses the street?
The sunflowers? The old black oak
     growing older every year?
I know I can walk through the world,
     along the shore or under the trees,
with my mind filled with things
     of little importance, in full
self-attendance. A condition I can't really
     call being alive
Is a prayer a gift, or a petition,
     or does it matter?
The sunflowers blaze, maybe that's their way.
Maybe the cats are sound asleep. Maybe not.
While I was thinking this I happened to be standing
just outside my door, with my notebook open,
which is the way I begin every morning.
Then a wren in the privet began to sing.
He was positively drenched in enthusiasm,
I don't know why. And yet, why not.
I wouldn't persuade you from whatever you believe
or whatever you don't. That's your business.
But I thought, of the wren's singing, what could this be
     if it isn't a prayer?
So I just listened, my pen in the air.

- Mary Oliver

(picture from internet)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Terry Patton––free webinar––Activating the Integral Heart 

Dear Dorothy Walters,

This is a quick reminder that integral visionary Terry Patten's LIVE virtual event, Activating the Integral Heart: 4 Keys to Unlocking the Hidden Powers of Your Heart Intelligence, is TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 11, at 5:30pm Pacific.

In our corner of the world, here in the US, many of us are gearing up for Valentine's Day this Saturday. In my book, any holiday that promotes love is a worthy tradition, yet what Terry is offering us is an opportunity to journey far beyond romantic love to activate a more expansive love that arises from your heart's intelligence -- what he calls the "integral heart."

Simply put, this involves an integration of your body, mind, heart, and soul. It's being mindful about what your heart is feeling and how your body is reacting -- taking you beyond sentimentality to access a heart sense that is also in tune with the thinking and sensory parts of you.

This allows for more clarity and an authentic sense of Truth that you can feel in a whole-bodied visceral way.

Ultimately, this greater clarity and sensitivity allows you to navigate complex situations with more ease, and you start to feel an ecstatic current of divine presence pouring through your body and mind, making you magnetic to what you most want to create in your life and what "It" wants to create with you.

How do you access this kind of spiritually mature love -- this feeling of oneness with Spirit and genuinely loving all and all of life?

That's what Terry is going to share with you tomorrow. So if you're even mildly intrigued and would like to learn to open your heart wider (and smarter), you won't want to miss this free event.

Here are your access details: Listen in on our free webcast at http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=65489412

You can also join us by phone:
Dial +1-425-440-5100 and enter the PIN 498523#

  in spirit,
Stephen Dinan
PS-Terry Patten is one of the foremost teachers in the Integral movement. He has four decades of experience in advanced mystical, intellectual and embodied investigation into the higher reaches of the heart's intelligence and capacity for love.

The Shift Network 101 San Antonio Rd Petaluma, California 94952 United States

Monday, February 09, 2015

Radiance Sutras––11-14––Lorin Roche 


Inside the skull there is a place
where the essences of creation play and mingle -
the ecstatic light of awareness
and the awareness of that light.
The divine feminine and masculine
sport with one another in that place.
The light of their love-play illumines all space.

Rest in that light
ever present,
and gradually awaken into the steady joy of
that which is always everywhere.


There is a current of love-energy that flows
between Earth below and the Sun above.

The central channel of the spine is the riverbed.
The streaming is as delicate and powerful
as the tingling touch of lovers.

Entering there,
radiance arches between the above and the below.

The whole attention resting in the nerve,
tingling delicately in the center of the spinal column,
tracing that current between earth and sun,
become magnetism relating all the worlds.


Lift your hands, and with a thought, let the hands become
magical weapons, divine shields
that turn aside all the energies of the outer world.

Spread the fingers over the eyes,
covering the ears
the nostrils, the mouth,
and abandon yourself to the space inside you.
Enter the vital energies thus contained within.
As the charge builds,
lovingly and fiercely
plunge into the inner centers.

As the surge of light-substance rises
follow it up into the space between the eyebrows
where it breaks out as an orgasm of light.


The light that sparks into being when the eyes blink
is witnessed by the single eye between the brows.
That eye is the place where the elements merge -
all the elements of your being.

Consider how lightly the eyelids touch the eyes
with each blink.
That lightly, place the fingers over the eyelids,
and become aware of the space between these two exquisite centers of seeing.
There is the singular eye, which sees into a different world.

With this eye, you can see very well
by the light of the inner fire.
The fire that is always flowing up the channel,
the medial channel of the spine.
Enter the core of any spark of that fire.

Be rooted in your heart, connect even to the tips of your hairs,
and attend the birthing of the light within you.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Amy Edelstein seminar on evolutionary mysticism and the new ecoloty 


Here is the link to the wonderful teleseminar that Amy Edelson gave recently on evolutionary mysticism and the new ecology.  It is well worth your time.

Evolution of consciousness is a topic that interests most of us, especially those who have experienced Kundalini awakening, for many of us (including me) feel that Kundalini is itself the main engine for the spiritual revolution we are now experiencing.  Any offers a clear and compelling account of such early evolutionaries as Teihard de Chardin and Shri Aurobindo.  Teilhard felt strongly that there was a clear direction of ascent in the evolutionary process, and that ultimately we would reach the "Omega Point" where the human would encounter the divine.

Sri Aurobindo likewise envisioned a thrust toward the divinization of the human.  Here is what has been said of this idea:

 The central theme of his vision was the evolution of human life into a life divine. He believed in a spiritual realisation that not only liberated man but transformed his nature, enabling a divine life on earth. In 1926, with the help of his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa ("The Mother"), he founded the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. He died on 5 December 1950 in Pondicherry. (from Wikipedia)

Amy also presents a most thoughtful description of the new ideas on the evolution of nature as a potent and extremely sacred element of our existence.

I was struck in particular with her account of a coffee table that sat in her house when she was a child.  Amy loved this table and used to  play on it and in fact felt a bond with it as if it were a living friend.  Indeed, this table had been crafted by a very gifted Japanese artisan/wood carver, whose works  were later displayed in the Metropolitan Museum.  I am especially interested in the experience she describes because I likewise have felt the very special energies emanating from certain works of art, such as paintings, vases, and wooden sculptures.  For example, once when I visited the Asian Museum in San Francisco, the energies flowing from a large Chinese vase were so strong I had to step back and move away from it.  When I went back to read its description, I discovered that this was a very special vase, fired in the emperor's kiln many years ago to celebrate his inauguration and the beginning of a new era.

Another time, I was contemplating a painting by Rothko in the Detroit Institute of Art when I again felt such strong vibrations coming from the piece that I had to step back.  Rothko is famous for his use of wide bands of color in and as his paintings.  I had always wondered why he did this and why others liked them.  But––until then––I had only seen reproductions of his work.  Now I was standing before the original painting and it appeared to retain and emanate the energies of the artist himself infused in the course of his creation.  It was extremely powerful and my friend felt them also.

These experiences confirm my belief that we exist in vast field of energy that connects us all and that certain beings (especially artist and poets and composers) are able to tap into and transmit this field in a special way.

Amy also discusses the sacred quality of nature, an aspect which we can each connect with as a feeling of oneness and joy.  I fully believe in this notion, since I have been a nature mystic since childhood.  When I was young, children could roam the woods and fields freely, and each time I entered such places, I felt instant connection and indeed went into what I now recognize as an altered state of consciousness.  I was elated to be in what was to me the terrestrial paradise.  I was very surprised later when I discovered that not everyone had such transcendent experiences in the natural world.  Such writers as Emerson, Thoreau, and certain romantics of the nineteenth century all shared this sense of deep connection with the mysterious and often magical powers of earth itself.  Today Mary Oliver carries on this same veneration for the amazing frequencies of our natural surroundings.

When I was in Ireland, I sensed the astonishing vibrations coming up from the earth at certain sacred places, always as bliss.  At Tara, I thought I might faint from the radiant energies rising from the ground to the surface and up through my body.  I experienced this same effect several times as I toured the country, especially at such sites as sacred wells and monastic ruins and I understood much about the response of earlier peoples to certain places in the countryside.

Who can explain this phenomenon to someone who has not experienced it?  What does it signify, other than manifest proof of our deep connection to the the sacred energies of earth as an expression of the divine essence?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Terry Patton––Awakening the Integral Heart--free teleseminar 

Terry Patton is one of the best!  Listen to this if you can.  It is a rare opportunity––and it is free!

Awakened Heart News

February 5, 2015

Dear Dorothy Walters,

I want to let you know about a free seminar that my friend Terry Patten, one of the leading teachers in the Integral movement, will be offering next week. Terry has been investigating the feeling intelligence of the heart -- a capacity that many of you have studied with me, and explored in your own meditation. Terry's class uncovers some of the research on heart intelligence, as well as offering practices for igniting it.

Terry will share the fruits of three decades of advanced mystical, intellectual, and embodied investigation into the upper reaches of the heart's intelligence on Wednesday, February 11 in a FREE teleseminar called, Activating the Integral Heart: 3 Keys to Unlocking the Hidden Powers of Your Heart Intelligence.

You can reserve your free space here: https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/atihSK/sallykempton/

Terry has not only collaborated on a book of Integral practice with Ken Wilber, he also worked closely with the Institute of HeartMath, leading the team that developed their first heart-rate variability device. More importantly, he draws from decades as a student and teacher of esoteric spiritual practice.

During this free teleseminar, he'll share with you:

How to cultivate a daily Integral Heart Practice.
The keys to activating your Integral Heart bringing clarity, luminosity, and love to your relationships.
How you can contribute to the larger "revolution of love" by infusing your work with greater feeling-intelligence.
How to access the energies of different archetypes to "power up" areas of your life -- from business to the bedroom.
Please join Terry for an illuminating hour that will help you open the door to an entirely new relationship with your most powerful creative center -- your Integral Heart! https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/atihSK/sallykempton/


P.S. Even if you can't make the live call, I encourage you to register, so you can download it later. Everyone who registers for this free tele-seminar will also receive a downloadable replay of the call after it airs. RSVP here: https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/atihSK/sallykempton/

Sally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of ancient and contemporary wisdom, unfolding the energetic practices of the tantrikas in an atmosphere that creates space for real inner change. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has been teaching for nearly 40 years and is known for her powerful transmissions of meditative states. Sally is the author of the recently released Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and the best-selling book Meditation for the Love of It. She also writes a popular column, Wisdom, for Yoga Journal.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Rumi poem––Community of Spirit 

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.

Drink all your passion
and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,
if you want to be held.

Sit down in this circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd's love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.
Don't accept consolations.

Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover's mouth in yours.

You moan, "She left me."   "He left me."
Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.
Think who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.

- Jelalludin Rumi

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Jan Elvee––Ah yes––poem 

"The more protection,
the less God."
           Michael Regan

Ah yes,
the via negativa,
the emptying of self
in order to be filled with God:
excruciatingly difficult,
although it's only your mind that says so,
and thrillingly joyful when you finally let go, however briefly.
My dear, you are not
the first or special,
it's an ancient tradition;
it's time to acknowledge you are being called
to listen, to hear, to sense
how this truth burrows into your solar plexus
and resonates in your throat.
Can you simply say yes?

Jan Elvee, January 26, 2015

Monday, February 02, 2015

Advent, Day 14––Cynthea Bourgeault––External Practice vs. Internal Observanc 

They said to him,
"Come and let us pray today,
and let us fast."
Jesus said, "Which, then,
is the sin I have committed,
or in what have I been vanquished?
But when the bridegroom
leaves the bridal chamber,
then let them fast and pray."
(Logion 104)

Commentary by Cynthia Bourgeault

If you took my other e-course on The Gospel of Thomas, you're already well aware of Jesus' wariness of external spiritual observances. In his famous Logion 6, when his disciples batter him about what particular practices he recommends -- fasting, prayer, tithing, abstinence from particular foods -- he responds by dismissing the whole program and offering in its place only two sweeping inner commands: "Stop lying and do not do what you hate."

So too, in our logion for today, his response to the pious request to pray and fast is simply "Why?" Has he committed a specific sin, hamartia or "missing the mark?" Has he wandered off-course and lost touch with the power of wholeness that comes from staying in alignment with his essential being? Clearly his understanding of ascetical observance is remediative, not preventative. Its purpose is to repair specific breaches and course cavitations, not to furnish the means to stay on course in the first place. That power comes from deeper within.

This unconventional attitude toward traditional spiritual disciplines certainly landed him in trouble with the religious professionals of his days. He was constantly at war with the Pharisees for their prioritizing of external observances over purity of heart. But his casual approach to the traditional Jewish purity codes was equally a stumbling block to the most earnest and devout seekers of his time. As we will see next week, his behavior seems to have posed a real conundrum for the disciples of Jesus' one-time mentor John the Baptist, who were sincerely confused about how a spiritual teacher who drank, danced, dined with tax collectors and sinners, and counted women among his closest friends and followers, could possibly be the "One to come" whom the prophets had foretold.

But for Jesus, the celebration was real. He knew only too well that "the bridegroom was in the bridal chamber." Now -- right now -- was the time that the prophecy was being fulfilled, that the marriage vow between heaven and earth was being consummated in the hidden garden of the human heart. In him, and through him, God was bringing to pass the great promise made to the prophet Ezekiel: "A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you." (Ezekiel 36:26). The task before his followers was not to store up merit for some future day of reckoning, but to open their hearts to see what was actually taking place right before them.

Advent is traditionally understood as a time of fasting and inner preparation -- admittedly a custom "more honored in the breach than in the observance." And this understanding is correct as long as we keep in mind what Jesus' core notion of spiritual preparation is all about. Fundamentally, it's not about external observances, but about a deeper, more alive way of being. It's about removing the veils that harden and scar the heart, so that we can at last see the divine radiance dancing in all things, inviting us to the dance . . . waiting patiently for us to find the courage to say "yes."

Friday, January 30, 2015

Non-Dual Christianity––Peter Fenner 

"Western Judeo-Christians are often uncomfortable with the word "nonduality." They often associate it (negatively) with Eastern religions. I am convinced, however, that Jesus was the first nondual religious teacher of the West, and one reason we have failed to understand so much of his teaching, much less follow it, is because we tried to understand it with a dualistic mind."
~ by Fr. Richard Rohr, in The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

I think it is important to stress the fact that the saints and sages of India have no title-deed to the Truth over and above the devotees of other lands and religious traditions. Every religious tradition worth its salt recognizes the same eternal Truth; and all great religious teachers have taught according to their own intimate experience of God, their “mystical vision” -- whether it is called “samadhi,” “nirvana,” “fana,” or “union with God.”

Since there is but one ultimate Reality, which all share, each one who has experienced the Truth has experienced that same ultimate Reality. Naturally, therefore, their teachings about it, and about how one can experience It for oneself, are bound to be identical.

The languages and cultures of the various teachers who have lived throughout history are, no doubt, different from one another. Their personalities and life-styles are different. But their vision is one, and the path they teach to it is one. In the mystical experience, which transcends all religious traditions and cultures and languages, the Christian and the Vedantist alike come to the same realization: They realize the oneness of their own soul and God, the Soul of the universe. It is this very experience, which prompted Jesus, the originator of Christianity, to explain at various times to his disciples that he had known the great Unity in which he and the Father of the universe were one:

“If you knew who I am,” he said, "you would also know the Father. Knowing me, you know Him; seeing me, you see Him. Do you not understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? It is the Father who dwells in me doing His own work. Understand me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me." 1

This is the truth that Vedanta speaks of as “Non-Dualism.” The term, “Unity,” is, of course, the same in meaning; but it seems that the declaration, “not-two” is more powerfully emphatic than a mere assertion of oneness. Indeed, the word, “Unity” is often used by religionists who apply it to God, but who have not even considered the thought that they themselves are logically included in an absolute Unity.

Non-Dualism, the philosophy of absolute Unity, is the central teaching, not only of Vedanta, but of all genuine seers of Truth. This position is embodied in the Vedantic assertion, tat twam asi, “That thou art.”

Once we begin to look at the teachings of Jesus in the light of his “mystical” experience of Unity, we begin to have a much clearer perspective on all the aspects of the life and teaching of the man. His teachings, like those of the various Vedantic sages who’ve taught throughout the ages, is that the soul of man is none other than the one Divinity, none other than God; and that this Divine Identity can be experienced and known through the revelation that occurs inwardly, by the grace of God, to those who prepare and purify their minds and hearts to receive it.

The words of Jesus are so well known to us from our childhood that, perhaps, they have lost their meaning through our over-familiarity with them. He attempted to explain to us, with the words, “I and the Father are one,” that the “I,” our own inner awareness of self, is none other than the one Self, the one Awareness, the Lord and Father of us all.

Why, then, are we so unable to see it? Why should it be so hard for us to attain to that purity of heart, which Jesus declared so essential to Its vision? Probably because we have not really tried -- not the way Jesus did, going off into the wilderness, jeopardizing everything else in his life for this one aim, focusing completely and entirely on attaining the vision of God. Not the way the Buddha did. Not the way all those who have experienced God have done.

Perhaps we’re not ready for such a concentrated effort just yet. Perhaps we have other desires yet to dispense with before we will be free enough to seek so high a goal. For us, perhaps, there is yet much to be done to soften the heart, so that we are pure enough to hear the call of Divine Grace. It is to such as us, for whom much yet needs to be accomplished toward the attainment of a “pure heart,” that Jesus spoke.

All of what Jesus taught to his disciples was by way of explaining to them that his real nature, and that of all men, is Divine; and that the reality of this could be realized directly. Furthermore, he taught them the path, or method, to follow in order to attain this direct realization. Let us look to his own words to corroborate this: In the Gospel book of John, he laments to God, “O righteous Father, the world has not known Thee, but I have known Thee.” 2

And, as he sat among the orthodox religionists in the Jewish temple, he said, “You say that He is your God, yet you have not known Him. But I have known Him.” 3 Jesus had “known” God directly during a time of deep prayer, following his initiation by his “satguru,” probably during his time in the wilderness; and that experience had separated him and effectively isolated him from his brothers, because he alone among his contemporaries seemed to possess this rare knowledge of the truth of all existence.

This is the difficult plight of all those who have been graced with “the vision of God.” It is the greatest of gifts, it is the greatest of all possible visions; and yet, because the knowledge so received is completely contrary to what all men believe regarding God and the soul, it is a terribly alienating knowledge, which brings upon its possessor the scorn and derision of all mankind.

History is replete with examples of others who, having attained this saving knowledge, found the world unwilling to accept it, and ready to defend its ignorance aggressively. This circumstance is little changed today.

Because the “vision” of God is so difficult to convey to those who had not experienced it, Jesus spoke often by way of analogy or metaphor in order to make his meaning clear. He spoke of the experience of seeing God as entering into a realm beyond this world, a realm where only God is. In his own Aramaic language, he called this realm malkutha. In the Greek translation, it is basileia. In English, it is usually rendered as the kingdom of God.

His disciples asked him, “When will the kingdom come?” Jesus said, “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ Rather, the kingdom of the Father is [already] spread out upon the earth, and [yet] men do not see it." 4

"... Indeed, what you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it." 5

The Pharisees asked him, “When will the kingdom of God come?” He said, “You cannot tell by signs [i.e., by observations] when the kingdom of God will come. There will be no saying, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is [experienced] within you.” 6

Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will have preceded you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you [as well]. When you come to know your Self, then you [i.e., your true nature] will be known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know your Self, you live in poverty [i.e., you live in the illusion that you are a pitiful creature far from God].” 7

Another of Jesus’ metaphors utilized the terms, “Light” and “darkness” to represent the Divinity and the inherent delusion of humankind, respectively:

Jesus said, “The world’s images are manifest to man, but the Light in them remains concealed; within the image is the Light of the Father. He becomes manifest as the images, but, as the Light, He is concealed.” 8

He said to them, “There is a Light within a man of Light, and It lights up the whole world. If it does not shine, he is in darkness.” 9

These are terms, which have been used since time immemorial to represent the Divine Consciousness in humankind and the hazy ignorance, which obscures It. In the very first paragraph of the Gospel of John, we find an excellent explanation of these two principles, and their Greek synonyms, Theos and Logos;

"In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God. He [or It] was with God in the beginning. All things were made by Him; without Him nothing was made. Within Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of man. And the Light shone in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended It not." 10

A word of explanation is necessary: These two terms, "Light" and "darkness," are also indicative of the cosmic aspects of Reality; in other words, they are not only the Divine Consciousness in humankind and the darkness of unknowing, but they are, at a higher level, the very Godhead and Its Power of manifestation.

They are those same two principles we have so often run into, called “Brahman" and "Maya,” “Purusha" and "Prakrti,” “Shiva" and "Shakti.” It is the Godhead in us, which provides the Light in us; it is the manifestory principle, which, in the process of creating an individual soul-mind-body, provides us with all the obscuration necessary to keep us in the dark as to our infinite and eternal Identity.

Jesus said, “If they ask you, ‘Where did you come from?’ say to them, ‘We came from the Light, the place where the Light came into being of Its own accord and established Itself and became manifest through our image.’ If they ask you, ‘Are you It?’ say, ‘We are Its children, and we are the elect of the living Father.’ If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your Father in you?’ say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.’” 11

Jesus said, “I am the Light; I am above all that is manifest. Everything came forth from me, and everything returns to me. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there.” 12

Here, Jesus identifies with the Eternal Light; but he seems never to have intended to imply that he was uniquely and exclusively identical with It; it should be clear that his intention was always to convey the truth that all men are, in essence, the transcendent Consciousness, manifest in form:

"Ye are the Light of the world. Let your Light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 13

Frequently he declared to his followers that they too would come to the same realization that he had experienced:

“I tell you this,” he said to them; “there are some of those standing here who will not taste death before they have seen the kingdom of God already come in full power.” 14

“The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living ONE will not see death. Have I not said: ‘whoever finds his Self is superior to the world?’” 15

“Take heed of the living ONE while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see Him and be unable to do so.” 16

“That which you have will save you if you bring It forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will destroy you.” 17

“That which you have” is, of course, the Truth, the Light, the Divinity who manifests as you. “That which you do not have” refers to the false identity of separate individuality, which is simply a lie. It is the wrong understanding of who you are that limits you, and which prevents you from experiencing the Eternal.

The teaching, common to all true “mystics” who have realized the Highest, is “You are the Light of the world!" You are That! Identify with the Light, the Truth, for That is who you really are!” And yet Jesus did not wish that this should remain a mere matter of faith with his disciples; he wished them to realize this truth for themselves.

And he taught them the method by which he had come to know God. Like all great seers, he knew both the means and the end, he knew both the One and the many. Thus we hear in the message of Jesus an apparent ambiguity, which is necessitated by the paradoxical nature of the Reality.

In the One, the two -- soul and God -- play their love-game of devotion. At one moment, the soul speaks of God, its “Father”; at another moment, it is identified with God, and speaks of “I.” Likewise, in the words of Jesus to his disciples, we see this same complementarity: At one moment, he speaks of dualistic devotion in the form of prayer (“Our Father, who art in heaven”); and at another moment he asserts his oneness, his identity, with God (“Lift the stone and I am there . . .”).

But he cautioned his disciples against offending others with this attitude (“If they ask you, ‘Are you It?’ say, ‘We are Its children ...’”).

At times, identifying with the One, he asserts that he has the power to grant the experience of Unity (“I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind”). 18 And at other times, identifying with the human soul, he gives all credit to God, the Father (“Why do you call me good? There is no one good but the ONE, that is God.”). 19

There is an interesting story that appears in both Matthew and Luke which illustrates the knowledge, from the standpoint of the individual soul, that the realization of God comes, not by any deed of one’s own, but solely by the grace of God:

Jesus had just commented upon how difficult it would be for a young man, otherwise spiritually inclined, who was attached to his worldly wealth and occupations, to realize God; and his disciples, who were gathered around, were somewhat disturbed by this, and asked,“Then, who can attain salvation?” And Jesus answered, “For man it is impossible; but for God it is possible.”

And Peter, understanding that Jesus is denying that any man, by his own efforts, can bring about that experience, but only God, by His grace, gives this enlightenment, objected: “But we here have left our belongings to become your followers!” And Jesus, wishing to assure them that any effort toward God-realization will bear its fruits in this life and in lives to come, said to them: “I tell you this; there is no one who has given up home, or wife, brothers, parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not be repaid many times over in this time, and in the time to come [will] know eternal Life.” 20

He could guarantee to no one that knowledge of God; that was in the hands of God. But Jesus knew that whatever efforts one makes toward God must bear their fruits in this life, and in the lives to come.

And so, throughout the teachings of Jesus, one finds these two, apparently contradictory, attitudes intermingled: the attitude of the jnani(“I am the Light; I am above all that is manifest”); and the attitude of the bhakta (“Father, father, why hast Thou forsaken me?”). They are the two voices of the illumined man, for he is both, the transcendent Unity and the imaged soul; he has “seen” this unity in the “mystical experience.”

Jesus had experienced the ultimate Truth; he had clearly seen and known It beyond any doubt; and he knew that the consciousness that lived as him was the one Consciousness of all. He knew that he was the living Awareness from which this entire universe is born. This was the certain, indubitable, truth; and yet Jesus found but few who could even comprehend it. For the most part, those to whom he spoke were well-meaning religionists who were incapable of accepting the profound meaning of his words.

The religious orthodoxy of his time, like all such orthodoxies, fostered a self-serving lip-service to spiritual ideals, and observed all sorts of symbolic rituals, but was entirely ignorant of the fact that the ultimate reality could be directly known by a pure and devout soul, and that this was the real purpose of all religious practice.

Jesus realized, of course, that despite the overwhelming influence of the orthodox religionists, still, in his own Judaic tradition, there had been other seers of God, who had known and taught this truth. “I come,” said Jesus, “not to destroy the law [of the Prophets], but to fulfill it.” 21

He knew also that any person who announced the fact that they had seen and known God would be persecuted and belittled, and regarded as an infidel and a liar. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is reported to have said, “He who knows the Father (the transcendent Absolute) and the Mother (the creative Principle -- the Christ) will be called a son-of-a-bitch!” 22

It seems he was making a pun on the fact that one who does not know his father and mother is usually referred to in this fashion; but, in his case, he had known the Father of the universe, and knew the Power (of Mother Nature) behind the entire creation, and still he was called this derisive name.

It is the common experience of all the great seers, from Lao Tze to Socrates and Heraclitus, from Plotinus and al-Hallaj to Meister Eckhart and St. John of the Cross. All were cruelly tortured and persecuted for their goodness and wisdom. Jesus too found the world of humankind wanting in understanding; he said:

"I took my place in the midst of the world, and I went among the people. I found all of them intoxicated [with pride and ignorance]; I found none of them thirsty [for Truth]. And my soul became sorrowful for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have vision. Empty they came into the world, and empty they wish to leave the world. But, for the moment, they are intoxicated; when they shake off their wine, then they will repent." 23

(found under name of Peter on internet)


1. John, Gospel Of, 13:40. back
2. Ibid., 17:25. back
3. Ibid., 8:54. back
4. Thomas, Gospel Of, 114; Robinson (trans. by Thomas O. Lambdin), pp. 138. back
5. Ibid.,51, p. 132. back
6. Luke, Gospel Of, 17:20. back
7. Thomas, Gospel Of,3; Robinson, 1977, p. 126. back
8. Ibid., 83, p. 135. back
9. Ibid., 24, p. 129. back
10. John, Gospel Of, 1:1. back
11. Thomas, Gospel Of, 50, p. 132. back
12. Ibid., 77, p. 135. back
13. Matthew, Gospel Of, 5:14-16. back
14. Mark, Gospel Of, 9:1. back
15. Thomas Gospel Of, 111; Robinson, 1977, p. 138. back
16. Ibid., 59, p. 132. back
17. Ibid., 70, p. 134. back
18. Ibid., 17, p. 128. back
19. Luke, Gospel Of, 18:18. back
20. Ibid., 18:18-30; Matthew, Gospel Of, 19:16. back
21. Matthew, Gospel Of, 5:17. back
22. Thomas, Gospel Of, 105, p. 137. back
23. Ibid., 28, p. 130. back

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is Enlightenment? 

Recently, while reading various authors, I came across this notion, one that I have often sensed as true, but never seen so well expressed.

Here is the core of this perspective:

Enlightenment is generally presented as a permanent state to be attained at the end of the spiritual journey.  Actually, for many of us, it is rather a temporary condition that can be experienced now and again in an unpredictable manifestation.  We can enter this transcendent realm from time to time and thus we are aware of the true nature of Enlightenment, but this is not the same as "being enlightened."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015



How foolishly you try, O mind,
to know the nature of Reality.
You are searching in vain,
as a mad person seeks treasure
in a pitch-black, empty room.
God is known by ecstatic love,
there is no other adequate mode.
Truth is only experienced
by recognizing all as God,
never by discriminating neti, neti:
“This is not God. That is not God.”
Nor is God encountered
through Vedas, Tanstras,
or any system of philosophy.
The elixir of pure love
delights Divine Reality,
who dwells secretly and joyously
in this chamber of the human body.
For a single drop of pure love,
yogis meditate for ages.
When ecstatic love awakes,
Reality absorbs the soul.

~ Ramakrishna (1836 – 1886) (from Great Swan, Lex Hixon)

(Ramakrishna was a revered mystic,/ecstatic in nineteenth century India.  His main attribute was his tendency to fall into ecstasy easily.  He often had to rely on his disciples to support him even to cross the room.)

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