"You can do what you want, but you cannot will what you want. You are free to do whatever you desire. But you are not free to choose your desires."   ~Arthur Schopenhauer

"Most human stories are circular. Regardless of the path we choose, we somehow end up where we commenced - in part, I suspect, because the child who lives in us." 
~James Lee Burke

"Choice is illusory. The Unlimited is real. Be aware of your being. Stay with your experience. Reality will find you." ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a choice, vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding under-current of our natural state."
~David Whyte

"In this business, you recognise the great darkness within yourself, and you go inside it and die there, so you don't have to die again. By feeling and accepting your mortality you walk right through its shadow into the light on the other side."~James Lee Burke

"Beyond wanting and resisting, beyond desires and fears, beyond the entanglements and commotions of the world, there is the timeless, formless mystery of it all, the silence, the peace, the presence, the reality of your own being."

"No sound, no silence, no light, no darkness. Sages do not grieve for the living nor the dead. Never did I not exist, nor you, nor these rulers of men; nor will any one of us ever hereafter cease to be." ~Bhagavad Gita



"Age is a peculiar kind of thief. It slips up on you and steps inside your skin and is so quiet and methodical in its work that you never realize it has stolen your youth until you look into the mirror one morning and see a man you don't recognize."~James Lee Burke

"The liberation we seek is revealed not in victory, not when we prevail, but as we find ourselves defeated." 

"We cannot reach the goal by mere words alone. Without practice, nothing can be achieved. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown. Know yourself as you are."~Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Deep inside refuse to run. Refuse to turn away from the truth of your being, old age, sickness and death, from defeat and the loss of who you take yourself to be. The Unlimited is real. It is not separate from you. It is your home that you have never left. "


"Without the sense that life owes you anything; everything becomes an unexpected gift. Keep quiet and feel the mystery that remains." ~Mooji

"Being with what is happening. Fully. Completely. Totally.
We feel what we feel, not what we would like to feel.
There is no source of true identity. Only this. This is it.

We cling and resist, cling and resist, cling and resist.
What we call life is clinging and resisting. Pure intention is not attached to outcome." 

The Awakened One was once living at Savatthi in Jeta's Grove. A deity called Rohitassa came to him late in the night, paid homage to him and asked: "Lord, the world's end where one neither is born nor ages nor dies nor passes away nor reappears: is it possible to know or see or reach that by travelling there?"

"Friend, that there is a world's end where one neither is born nor ages nor dies nor passes away nor reappears, which is to be known or seen or reached by travelling there -- that I do not say. Yet I do not say that there is an end to dissatisfaction and sorrow without reaching the world's end.

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived - everyone except the Zen master.

Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn't treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger. "You fool," he shouted as he reached for his sword, "don't you realise you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!"

But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. "And do you realise," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"

Sitting quietly, being one with the knowledge 'I am', you will lose all concern with the world, then the 'I am' will also go, leaving you free as the Absolute.

To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things as imagined, learn to see them as they are.

When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is will also show you your own face. The thought ‘I am’ is the polishing cloth. Use it.   ~Nisargadatta Maharaj

I was entirely in the present. There was neither past nor future. No expectations, no judgments of my situation. No sense of regret, for there was no sense, as I said , of past (to regret) or future (to despair for).

I just existed, and it was beautiful. I was transcending eternity and in the void and I was the void and the void was me... and I would be in this place where I was forever... and if forever were to be an instant or a thousand years was immaterial and irrelevant.

I felt, "Abide with me, here, now, for I am at peace, and we are one". I felt a oneness with whoever was in the room with me, and whoever was unconscious with me, and it was good. It was just that -- good. Nothing fabulous, or miraculous, or brilliant. Just "good". Perfectly, clearly, good.

I could have spent a trillion years right there, with that presence, whatever it was. But the hard thing to explain is that there was no "trillion years". There was just NOW. I had no sense of future. At the time, any concept of "eternity" was beyond my experience, for "time" was beyond my experience.

The glorious euphoric peace, the presence, the empty, falling, now-ness with no past or future -- I can't recapture it, and it has changed my life, and I need to talk to others about it, and as a scientist I know that it was probably "just anoxia" -- but there is so much more to it that cannot be explained -- and yes, it has changed my life.

Not what I saw, or heard, but what I felt. My priorities lined up, my values came into focus, everything in that void where one would think "Nothing" existed - the only reason it is called "Nothing", I believe, is that there is no Time, and existence is purely Being.

That was my experience. Perhaps this is what the existentialist philosophers tried so hard to communicate, this "being-in-the moment", this awareness of self... what they stated was paltry compared to this. What I felt was powerful and intense and life-changing. It transcended any mere "moment".

But with this experience, I know (and I don't know how) that I can't force it, or rush it. This pure, perfect psychological state, that I achieved by accident and can only recapture in memory, is real, an a genuine capability of the human mind. I need to talk about it. I did a bad job, just now, of communicating what happened. I made it seem trivial.   ~Alison D's NDE

The Final Battle

Facing all fears and the loss of all, the illusory difference between life and death, between being and non-being dissolved, and I have emerged into the silent bliss of reality. Resting in the silent void of infinite beingness, free from desire and sorrow; I am eternal. 

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