LIFE – THE WAY – EASTERN APPROACHES
Life is like a dark river flowing very fast:
Its banks are very muddy but its middle bottomless: the problem is that most
limit themselves to their shallow lives on the muddy banks,
never daring the depths.
What about you?
Dive into your own inner depths.
To live naturally is to live as a mere witness,without control and therefore
without mentation,want or volition, uninvolved
Don’t be too much concerned with this shore; it is momentary.
Tomorrow you have to go.
Even seventy years is not a long time; compared to eternity it is just a moment. Your life lasts only as long as a soap bubble. You think it is long enough – seventy years – because you compare your life with the life of flies or mosquitoes; then it looks long enough.
This shore consists of momentary phenomena.
Don’t waste your total energy in that which is momentary.
Go on remembering the other shore.
In the path of life and of death we must walk alone; it is a journey
during which knowledge, experience and memory
cannot offer any comfort.
The mind must be cleaned of all that it has grasped in its need to find certainties: its gods and its virtues must be returned to the society that has generated them. What is needed is to reach a complete and uncontaminated aloneness.
Those who want to really live drop all fears,
all thinking, all security, all safety.
They risk everything, because life is so precious and so fleeting, so momentary that you cannot go on postponing. And thinking is a way of postponing, feeling is a way of postponing, desiring is a way of postponing.
What are you postponing?
If you want to have life, you have to die
every moment for it.
Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing
looked at from different standpoints;
they are the falling and the rising of the same wave,
and the two form one whole.
How do they form one whole?
When you get out of the driver’s seat, you find that life can drive itself, that actually life has always been driving itself.
When you get out of the driver’s seat, it can drive itself so much easier –
it can flow in ways you never imagined.
Life becomes almost magical.
Even without the almost!
The illusion of the “me” is no longer in the way.
Life begins to flow, and you never know
where it will take you.
Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.
Contemplate life as infinite, undivided, always present, always active,
until you will realize yourself as one with it.
It is not all that difficult, because you are returning to your natural condition.
Once you realize that everything comes from inside,
that the world in which you live was not projected on you
but by you, your fear is over.
Is your fear over?
If not, why not?
He then makes a personal example:
My life is a succession of events, just like yours. Only I am detached
and see the passing show as a passing show, while you stick
to the things and move along with them.
The same stream of life that runs through the world
runs through my veins night and day in rhythmic measure.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
into numberless waves of flowers.
As you begin to awaken to the Truth, you start noticing how well life flows
by itself and how well you are cared for.
Life supports the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the one who is open to self-discovery.
Trust opens your eyes to the recognition of this. Surrender allows you to merge in your own eternal being.
Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived
as a bird flies through the air,
or as a fish swims in the water.
Don’t worry that your life is turning upside down.How do you know that
the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
There is a life in you,
search that life,
search the secret jewel
in the mountain of your
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake means
to be continually thrown out of the nest.
To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment
As completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing
to die over and over again.
Of course this means dying over and over again to our past, not physically.
Are you willing to be continually thrown out of the nest?
What about dying over and over again to your past?
(Verses from different poems)
There is a birth,a life, and then a death.
Throughout this cycle from the Source – to the Source,
the Source remains ever as it was.
To know the Source is to transcend the cycle.
Why do you offer such resistance to life?
Has not Wu Hsin told you that resistance
only extends and intensifies your pain and discomfort ?
There is a secret word which,
when used with sincerity,
aligns you with all of life.
That word is Yes.
You came to this life with your own unique nature.
It was combined with the experiences you had
To forge who you are.You had no say in the matter.
You are a one-of-a-kind instrument
performing the work thatonly you cando
in the service ofThat which sent you.
Life is always in the process of awakening us. If we are not in harmony
with life, if we are working in opposition to it,
then it will be hard.
When we don’t want to see what life is trying to show us, it will keep increasing this intensity until we can see what we really need to see.
Thus, life is our greatest ally.
The whole life is a Yoga of Nature trying to manifest
God in itself.
Yoga indicates the point in which this effort can become conscious and consequently find the right result in the individual. It is like the sum and concentration of the dispersed and confused modes of the inferior evolution.
If men took life less seriously they could, very rapidly, make it more perfect.
God never takes His works seriously, that is why we have
the spectacle of this extraordinary universe.
Mère sums it all up thus:
The aim of life is to find the Divine’s Presence deep inside oneself
and to surrender to It so that It takes the lead of the life,
of the feelings and all the actions of the body.
This gives a true and luminous aim to existence.
Essentially there is but one single true reason for living:
it is to know oneself.
We are here to learn – to learn what we are, why we are here, and what we have to do. And if we don’t know that, our life is altogether empty – for ourselves and for others.