Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Who is using the mind?

“Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking… Quit acting like the wolf and feel the shepard’s love filling you. Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought!” –Rumi

“Not one of us has to conceive himself. We have been perfectly conceived and are always held in the perfect mind of God as perfect beings. By having this realization brought to your consciousness, we can contact the divine mind and so re-conceive what God has already conceived for us. This is what Jesus called 'born again.' It is the great gift silence has to offer us; for by contacting the God Mind we can think with God Mind and know ourselves as we are in reality rather than as we have thought ourselves to be... How equally important is the silence or the stilling of the personal mind, that the God Mind in all its splendor may illumine the consciousness.”

“So long as mind is limited, the joy it can enjoy is limited; as soon as it merges itself into the Self, which is unlimited, the joy it can enjoy is unlimited... dissolve it [individual limited mind] in the universal unlimited mind; that solved, the problem of life is solved, the individual gets his freedom.”
-Yogasutras, Aphorisms of Yoga

“The activities of mind are known to the Self; for Self is the Lord, who remains unaffected... He who sees clearly, refuses to identify mind with Self.”
-Yogasutras, Aphorisms of Yoga

“Here we must realize that God is above the mortal, and the mortal cannot help in any way. In this way man would learn in a short time to express perfection. The one great thing man must learn is to get forever through and out of the psychic or mind forces and express directly from God, for all psychic forces are created wholly by man and they are likely to mislead.”

“Unless your mind is in the service of the heart it becomes a warped and twisted master.”
-Emmanuel’s Book

“If you do not believe in limitations, you are free. True love has no limits. When our minds are in control and not our hearts, we will almost always suffer.”
-Drunvalo Melchizedek

“When intellect becomes as pure as Self, liberation follows.”- Yogasutras, Aphorisms of Yoga

“When mind refuses to move, when it has nothing for discrimination, nothing to apportion between Self and non-self, when by concentration it loses itself into Self… the Self, the mind, the world become one; the world disappears, the mind disappears, only the Self remains.”
- Yogasutras, Aphorisms of Yoga

“‘I alone am this world! I am all! –this is the highest world. Now, this is the aspect of his that is beyond what appears to be good, freed from what is bad, and without fear. It’s like this. A man embraced by a woman he loves is oblivious to anything within and without, so this person embraced by the Self (atman) consisting of knowledge is oblivious to everything within or without. Clearly this is the aspect of his where all desires are fulfilled, where the Self is the only desire, and which is free from desires and far from sorrows. Here a father is not a father, a mother is not a mother, worlds are not worlds, gods are not gods, and Vedas are not Vedas… Now, he does not see here… there isn’t a second reality here that he could see as something distinct and separate from himself.”
-Upanishads, 4.3.25

“When a sensible man ceases to see different identities due to different material bodies and he sees how beings are expanded everywhere, he attains to the Brahman conception.”

“The seer and the seen are both reflected in the mind, hence it takes any conceivable form.”
-Yogasutras, Aphorisms of Yoga

“Therefore the sage tends to matters without conscious effort. . . . Because he acts without conscious effort nothing remains ungoverned.”

“One who can see that all activities are performed by the body, which is created of material nature, and sees that the self does nothing, actually sees.”

“Those with the vision of eternity can see that the imperishable soul is transcendental, eternal, and beyond the modes of nature. Despite contact with the material body, O Arjuna, the soul neither does anything nor is entangled.”

“Although I cannot seal an inactive mind in an experience that is inexpressible and inconceivable, I vow to never put faith in my minds conceptions -keep this vow in your hearts my friends.”
-Drungpa Kunley, The Divine Madman

“He who knows that all things are his mind, that all which he meets are friendly is ever joyful.”
-100 Thousand Songs of Milerpa

“You ask, how can we know the infinite? I answer, not by reason. It is the office of reason to distinguish and define. The infinite therefore cannot be ranked amoung its objects [sic]. You can only apprehend the infinite by a faculty superior to reason, by entering a state in which you are your finite self no longer –in which the divine essence is communicated to you. This is ecstasy. It is the liberation of your mind from its finite consciousness. Like only can apprehend like; when you thus cease to be finite, you become one with the infinite. In the reduction of your soul to its simplest self, its divine essence, you realize this union –this identity.”-Plotinus

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