RETURNED TO SOULAND*
ALL OF LIFE IS A GENTLE DÉJÀ VU
AS FULL-BLOWN GRACE
ANIMATES THE IMPERSONAL LIFE
Category RAM DASS on OceanSpeak
with being the witness to the story,
instead of the actor in it.
it is one’s own readiness
that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric.
The secret isn’t that you’re not being told.
The secret is that you’re not able to hear.
all those you meet
will have their spiritual hearts resuscitated.
but where we meet is the silence behind them.
First, become aware of your body –
walking, chopping wood
or carrying water from the well.
Don’t go on doing things like a zombie,
like a somnambulist,
then move deeper –
to your mind and its activity,
thoughts, imagination, projections.
When you have become deeply aware of the mind,
you will be surprised.
you will be surprised there too.
I can move my hand mechanically,
I can move it with full awareness.
When I move it with full awareness,
there is grace,
there is beauty.
There are orators, speakers…. I don’t know any oratory;
I have never learned the art of speaking,
because to me it looks foolish.
If I have something to say,
that is enough.
each word, each pause…
I am not an orator, not a speaker.
it starts becoming art.
It takes on the nuances of poetry and music.
you are in for a greater surprise.
The more you become aware,
the less thoughts move on the track.
there is no awareness.
If you have one percent awareness,
there are only ninety-nine percent thoughts –
in exact proportion.
there is only one percent thought,
because it is the same energy.
there is no energy available for thoughts;
they die out.
When you are one hundred percent aware,
the mind becomes absolutely silent.
That is the time to move still deeper.
to become aware of feelings, moods, emotions.
In other words,
first the body – its action;
second, the mind – its activity;
third, the heart and its functions.
and bring your awareness there,
again a new surprise.
and all that is bad starts disappearing.
Love grows, hate disappears.
Compassion grows, anger disappears.
Sharing grows, greed disappears.
the last surprise, and the greatest surprise:
you don’t have to take any step.
A quantum leap happens on its own accord.
From the heart,
you suddenly find yourself in your being,
at the very center.
conscious only of consciousness.
There is nothing else to be aware of,
or to be conscious of.
And this is the ultimate purity.
This is what I call enlightenment.
And this is your birthright!
You cannot dump the responsibility on anybody else.
And it is so simple and natural,
that you just have to begin.
The whole journey is simple.
There is a saying that the first step
is almost the whole journey.
All quotes above in this font from:
From From Bondage to Freedom, Chapter Three