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“We are already attached, absolutely attached,
fundamentally attached.
If you are willing to just dive into the attachment that is love, not the attachment that is control, you discover yourself.
The pain, the heartbreak of attachment is
actually the call home.
If you are willing to be completely slain in your attachment, wherever it may show up—with a person, with God, with nature, with your own self—just to let it have you, rather than to try have it and manipulate it, then you are free.”
Gangaji, Fallen Leaf Lake, 2011

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Amma:   Consciousness is always present in us— now, in the present moment—-but we may not be aware of it.  In fact, only the present moment is real.  But to experience this, we need a new vision, a new eye and even a new body. 

Questioner:   A new body?  What do You mean by that?

Amma:    It does not mean that the body that you have will disappear.  It will look the same, but it will undergo a subtle change, a transformation.  Because only then can it contain the ever-expanding consciousness.

Questioner:   What do you mean by expanding consciousness?  The Upanishads declare that the Absolute is purnam [ ever-full ].   the Upanishads sayd, ” purnamada purnamidam….” [ this is the whole, that is the whole…” ], so I don’t understand how the already-prefect consciousness can grow?

Amma:   That is very true.  However, on the individual or physical plane, the spiritual aspirant goes through an experience of expanding consciousness.  The total Shakti [ divine energy ], of course, is unchangeable. Though from the Vedantic [ pertaining to the Hindu spiritual journey, for  the individual there is one such so-called journey, for the individual there is one such so-called journey toward the state of perfection.  Once you attain the Goal, you will also realize that the whole process, including the journey, was unreal, because you were always there, in that state, never away from it.   Until the final realization occurs, there is an expansion of awareness and consciousness depending on the progress of the sadhak [spiritual aspirant ].

For example, what happens when you draw water from a well?  The well is immediately replenished by the water from the spring beneath it.  The spring will keep on filling the well.   The more water you draw, the more water comes from the spring.  so you could say that the water is the well keeps growing.  The spring is never-ending source.  The well is full, and it remains full because it is eternally connected to the spring.  So you could say that the water in the well keeps growing.  The spring is a never-ending source.   The well is full, and it remains full because it is eternally connected to the spring.   The well keeps on becoming perfect.  It keeps expanding.

Questioner:  (after a thoughtful silence)   It’s very vivid, but still sounds complicated.

Amma:  Yes, the mind will not understand it.  Amma knows that.  The easiest is the most difficult.  The simplest remains the most complex.  And the closest seems to be the farthest.  It will continue to be a puzzle until your realize the Self.  That is why the Rishis [ ancient Seers ] describe the Atman as “farther than the farthest and nearer than the nearest.”

Children, the human body is a very limited instrument.  However, like the well, once we are connected to the eternal source of the shakti, our consciousness will keep expanding within us.  Once the state of ultimate samadhi [ natural state of abidance ]  is reached, the connection between the body and the mind, between God and the world, will start functioning in perfect harmony.  Thus, there is no growth, nothing.  You remain one with the infinite ocean of consciousness. 

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The “Flower Garland Sutra” describes the  universe as a net of  diamonds that exists in three- dimensional space  and in the fourth  dimension of time. It goes backward and forward in  time. Every diamond  in this net is multifaceted and reflects every other diamond in the net.  When you see one diamond, you actually see every other diamond in the  net. You see the whole thing. Nothing is left out of the picture. When  you touch one diamond, you’ve touched every diamond in the net. It’s  incomprehensible that each thing contains every other thing, that  there’s a mutual identity and causality, that each thing contains the  totality of the universe. But that’s the nature of reality.

John Daido Loori, “Straight Ahead” (Winter 1999)

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ceiling of the Taj Maha

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Working with Oneness

“I am by nature a spiritual traditionalist. My journey has taken me down the ancient path of the mystic, and although it has been a solitary journey, from the alone the Alone, I have walked in the footsteps of those who have gone before. In the writing of the Sufi masters I have found guidance and reassurance, knowing that they have mapped out the stages of the heart, the mystery of the heart’s awakening to the divine presence. “New Age” spiritual teachings held little interest for me. Therefore, I was surprised to find in January 2000 a new energy arriving unannounced, an energy that carried with it promises and ideals that extended beyond my own spiritual horizons.

At first i thought that his energy was just the next step in my own journey. But it soon made known to me that it was not personal, but belonged to a whole new beginning. With power and speed it swept aways years of spiritual conditioning, and brought with it a quality of fun and pure joy that I knew I had always been waiting for. Mercilessly, laughingly, it began to change my life, my way of thinking, my way of relating. This energy is alive, demanding change and needing to be lived in the midst of life. And it has a quality of oneness that brings with it a stamp of divine presence.

A few months after this energy awoke me with it demanding intensity, I visited an old friend in London, a seventy year old woman whose clarity , humor and down to earth spiritual wisdom i have valued. I told her about this energy, and she said that she had also experienced it, and see the effect it had on people in her meditation group: how it brought things to the light which had long been kept hidden, ad had a clear personal quality. Then i began to see this energy arriving in the dreams and visions of other friends, expressing a new image of divine oneness that is now alive in the world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. One friend had a dream in which she was part of a membrane of light and love that covered the whole world. . .Another friend dreamed of the earth, “and around the earth is a beautiful web of light, and everything is in movement, like little stars and suns. I was fascinated by the harmony within everything–so few collisions.”

” One friend had a vision in which he saw “a gigantic golden grid composed of either circles or octagons, each circle perfectly melded into the next. I knew that this had just come into being, as a whole, or as a part of a whole. I had just been created, and was awesomely powerful.”

Another friend describes a similar picture she was shown in meditation: ” I saw a nearly round golden net against a total blackness. It was made of extremely fine gold wire, and the threads which went to the center where at some points folded or bent into Arabic writing which i could not read. But somehow I knew that i had to do with the aspects of God. The center was an empty circle or octagon. The threads that crossed the spokes where without writing. Only the spokes carried the aspects. . .

These dreams and visions all carry a quality of light and wholeness, and an energy that is alive with the oneness of divine presence. And they have the sense of something coming into being, arriving at the threshold of consciousness. Mystics have always worked at the threshold of consciousness, where new life comes from the unformed and uncreated into manifestation. Lovers are familiar with the unknowable vastness, the infinite ocean from where love flows into the world. It is here, at the borders of the beyond, that changes first take place, and it is here that this new energy is now dynamically alive, flowing down into creation.”

This energy brings with it the promise of a new future, a future born not from the past but from the eternal moment. And it carries the joy of life, unpolluted and unconditioned. It is impersonal and powerful, and needs to be lived. Only through being lived can it be brought into the world. It requires our full attention and participation; otherwise its promise will not come to fruition. It is very fluid and organic, and has the capacity to change very rapidly, to adapt itself while staying true to its essential nature. And yet because it has not yet reached the plane of manifestation, it has little form, is hardly visible.

Everything that is created comes from the inner worlds. The energy of life flows from the uncreated emptiness out into the planes of manifestation. This is why events first constellate on the inner planes. As the energy of life comes into manifestation, it becomes more visible. At first it takes form as a pattern of energy, a fluid, dynamically flowing reality out of which the primal oneness of creation begins to differentiated itself. This is the archetypal dimension where undifferentiated energy constellates into the forms behind the physical world. Finally the energy of creation enters the physical plane and becomes part of the world of the senses, at which time it becomes fixed into matter, into a physical form or event. Once energy become embodied, takes form on the physical plane, it is fixed and more difficult to work with; it requires more effort to change. On the inner planes one can move energy through conscious attention, while on the physical plane change often involves laborious effort. . .

The future is here and waiting to be lived, and it carries the stamp of divine oneness. The energy that is needed to change everything has arrived, and although it has not yet come into manifestation, we can work with it. The energy of divine oneness is not separate from us, and individual consciousness has the capacity to become directly attuned to it. Through conscious attention we can work with this energy as it comes into manifestation.”

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defining tantra

Defining Tantra is both indispensable & arduous allowing for the myriad of possible meanings, each with its own particular nuance. Depending on its context, Tantra means a shuttle (in weaving), the warp (of a fabric), even a mystical & magical doctrine. The best new translations from the original texts is ~ Tantra means a “loom” or “weaving” ~ Tantra offers a perception of the universe as a fabric where everything is, in one form or another, interconnected, woven together … If you connect the remnant remaining ~ “tra” = “weaving instrument” to “tan” = “to stretch, to expand” ~ you get tan-tra, literally, the instrument to expand ~ and now, in a spiritual context ~ a means to expand ordinary consciousness ~ to reach, awaken, and harness the wellspring of primal powers.

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