Archive for June, 2008

Authorship of Action

Posted in Uncategorized on June 30, 2008 by ewakening

The authorship of action does not in reality belong to the ‘I’.  It is a mistake to understand that ‘I’ do this, ‘I’ experience this and ‘I’ know this.  All this is basically untrue.  The ‘I’ in its essential nature, is uncreated; it belongs to the field of the Absolute; whereas action, its fruits and the relationship between the doer and his action, belong to the relative field, to the field of the three gunas.  Therefore all action is performed by the three gunas born of Nature.  The attribution of authorship to the ‘I’ is only due to ignorance of the real nature of the ‘I’ and of action.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, On the Bhagavad Gita

Gaining transcendent awareness

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2008 by ewakening

The first step is to bring the mind to the Transcendent. Through transcendent meditation, the attention is brought from gross experience to subtler fields of experience until the subtlest experience is transcended and the state of transcendental consciousness is gained. The march of the mind in this direction is so simple as to be automatic; as it enters into experience of a subtler nature, the mind feels increased charm because it is proceeding towards absolute bliss. Once the mind reaches transcendent consciousness, it no longer remains a conscious mind; it gains the status of absolute Being.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, On The Bhagavad Gita

Rejection and Acceptance

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2008 by ewakening

To reject the unreal is ordinary wisdom, but to be open to accepting what is truly real requires more than ordinary wisdom.

— Anon.

Shams-i Tabriz I

Posted in Uncategorized on June 9, 2008 by ewakening

One can postpone the obligatory ritual prayer but one cannot postpone the company of the dervish.

— Shams-i Tabriz (1184-1248), Persian Sufi mystic and master of Rumi

Philokalia I

Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2008 by ewakening

The limit or the acme of faith is purely immersion of one’s mind in God.

— Diadochus of Photiki (5th cent.), On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination

Renunciation of the Saints

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2008 by ewakening

To be a saint means to renounce not only everything earthly but also everything divine.

— Nikos Kazantzakis, from God’s Pauper: St. Francis of Assisi