Sunday, July 29, 2012

Namaste

In India, many people greet each other with the words "Namaste" - this is joined usually by a slight bow and palms touching in front, sort of like a prayer gesture.

Namaste means - literally - I bow to you - but the way it's used - or the meaning behind it I suppose - is "I bow to God in you" or "I bow to that in you which is God".  

Many people in spiritual circles have adopted this expression and use it constantly - I would reckon many don't truly understand the significance.  IF they did, their search would be over instantaneously.  To most, especially in the West, it's just another thing, along with beads and chants, to feel more spiritual.

What are they really saying, when they are addressing someone with the expression "Namaste"?  Aren't they saying - there is some part of you that is God - there is some part of you that is Essence or Absolute or whatever word we want to use for that Divinity?  And if everyone can be addressed with "Namaste", aren't we really saying that everyone has that Divinity as part of what they are?

Now if everyone is part Divinity, what is the remainder?  Is it like a mixed drink - I'd like a whiskey and coke?  So I'm part Divinity and part an individual entity which was created and stand alone apart from everything else?  Wouldn't the Divine include everything else which might be included?  Is there a partial Divine?  A partial Wholeness?  Ha!  So sort of by definition, that Divinity INCLUDES that hint of the individual, the feeling of individuality or the mechanism BY WHICH the Divine is aware of this whole thing - the experience we call "world".

This expression "Namaste" honors the individual, which is an expression of the Divinity - and points to the fact that IN ESSENCE - you are that Divinity - that Divinity is addressing itself in this way, yes?

So this expression is a teaching - actually a potent pointer - when grasped it can eradicate the idea of the individuality as what-you-are and point towards the fact that you are THAT ESSENCE itself, that Divinity, that FROM WHICH the individual comes and goes.  So the Indians, even if they don't understand it, are pointing towards that simple recognition each time.

Namaste, my friends.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Life is happening

What else can we say but Life is happening.  All around us.  In every cloud that forms and passes, in every thought that forms and passes, in every person that forms and passes.  Life is happening.  Life is what-IS - if we must, if we CAN give what-IS a name. 

Can we truly separate the cloud and the thought and the body?  Can we find a different essence in each "thing", in each appearance, in each pattern?  If we can find a different essence - if there are two patterns with distinctly different essences, then we have debunked the spiritual search - we have found that the world truly IS two, or more.  However if we cannot find different essences, only differences in the patterns or manifestations OF that essence, then the world truly is not-TWO.

Many in appearance, one in essence.  

So where do you sit in all this?  Here you are, trying to make sense of it all, trying to figure it all out.  This body is just a pattern itself - these thoughts are simply patterns.  The essence remains the same.  Because of this intelligence there is the capacity to inquire into what I am.  In order to do that, I must first have assumed that I am something separate and other-than, yes?  So with that stake in the ground I must find something to change that basic fact.  But if it's true I can't change it.  IF I am truly something separate, no amount of spiritual seeking can change that.  No samadhi is going to make me one with the universe.  It is cool for a while but then I'm back to my plain old ordinary life.

So we're not trying to change our nature but understand what that nature IS.  And we may finally understand that we've always had an incorrect idea about the nature of reality, about the nature of Life.  We've taken the multitude of appearances, of different patterns, as different "things" - complete with their own independent essences.  When we really put down the spiritual games and dive into this idea itself, we find it to be false.  And because it's false, we realize that, although there are infinite appearances or patterns, there is truly only one essence - whatever we want to CALL it.

Therefore we realize that what-I-AM is not something OTHER THAN, not something different, not something independent - what-I-AM is THAT, that essence, THAT FROM WHICH all appears, expresses, patterns.  

There is nothing that I am not, nowhere that I am not.

So whether it's a bustling rush-hour, a stroll beside a peaceful lake, or the moment before the big bang, what IS is WHAT I AM.  That is the point of every single post on this blog.  There can be 5000 posts but they are all pointing to one basic thing - you ARE THAT already - don't try to GET THERE but realize you are already THAT, already THERE.