vulture-and-child None need live in want, none need die of want when all of us want nothing.


We seem possessed with wanting more when in reality we want nothing. The issue is not what are we to do but how are we to be. Wanting more means doing more, and doing more means consuming – using up, destroying – more of what lets us all live. So we have to focus less on doing, more on being. But how?

 
Practice nisarga yoga and do only what lets you be and let be; live and let live; love and let love.

See that only in the mind can there be an entity or a separate being; that beyond the mind nothing is an entity and no one is a separate being.

Open up to all that is – beyond the mind – and want nothing.
 


see also Advertising: Are We Happy Yet? – advertising exploits our avidya/ignorance, namely our not seeing that we are not who we are thought to be°
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our big mistake: mistaking what we know for reality

 
Anything we know, believe, or imagine is a mental construct. It’s in the mind.

Nothing is what it is thought to be. Nothing that is not an abstraction, a mental construct, that is.

Reality is not what we know. It’s beyond the mind.

Reality is beyond the mind. And so of course are you. You are not the individual – the entity with an identity – you are known as.
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Ouroboros [aw-ROB-awr-uhs] … the image of a serpent or dragon eating its own tail, echoed here in an ensō, signifies eternal renewal°

the signata of Buddhism – anicca, dukkha,* and anatta° – recast:

nothing is eternal; nothing is okay; nothing is itself


 

*dukkha arises from ignorance (avidya=not-seeing) of the other two signata (anicca=impermanence, anatta=not-self)

As it is with nothing, so it is with the whole – with all that is … in this moment. It’s eternal. It’s okay. It’s itself.

It’s beyond the mind.

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“It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.”

—Franz Kafka

see also: A Quiet Mind Is All You Need (Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj) 

Any permanence is in the mind. And any entity, with or without identity – a name° – is in the mind as well, as is every imagined aspect of reality.

In reality as a whole – Buddhists say – anicca, dukkha, and anatta signify all that is° … and dukkha arises with not seeing this is so.

Hidden in plain sight is the reality of all that is. It’s beyond the mind.

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Catnip for anyone into the singularity – or so-called progress in general

Given the dire state we are in, you may think our focus now has to be less on doing and having, more on being and loving: metta and the other three Viharas. Even so, for those irredeemably invested in doing, doing what Elon Musk is doing beats digging up and burning – spewing into the atmosphere – carbon that conveniently for us was sequestered 360–286 million years ago in the Alberta tar sands and elsewhere.

'Fermi Bubble Graphic' photo (c) 2010, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Beyond the mind, nothing is what we think it is.

Anything or anyone we care to name – anything or anyone at all – exists beyond the mind only by convention.

Convention is the shared reality we tell each other about.

Our shared reality is what we think and say about what is. It is not what is. That is beyond words, beyond labels, beyond names: nameless.

The nameless is beyond whatever we may think, beyond even whatever we can think.

The nameless is beyond the mind. And this is where to be.

So – with a bow to Baba Ram Dass° for the three words – be here now.
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A myth is a story that encodes but does not necessarily explain a universal human experience.”
Richard Holloway, former bishop (of Edinburgh)

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All we know is stories we think are true.

Mistaking all we know for all that is puts us somewhere east of Eden.

All we have to do is see that only in the mind is what we know what is.
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'Roshi Joan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama' photo (c) 2007, Joan Halifax - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Roshi Joan Halifax and His Holiness the Dalai Lama are thought of as entities, as entities with attributes.

You and I are thought of as entities, as entities with attributes.

We are thought of as characters in a mental movie.

The movie jumps from assumed reality to admitted fantasy. And back again. Over and over.

Reality – the absolute truth of what is, of what is really happening – is beyond the mind.

Reality is beyond what is thought, beyond even what can be thought.
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Questioner: “… Your words ‘beyond the mind’ give me no clue.”
Maharaj: “While looking with the mind, you cannot go beyond it. …”

the Q&A above is from A Quiet Mind Is All You Need

 


 
Reality isn’t what it’s thought to be. It’s beyond the mind. Beyond words.

In reality, what you are is beyond words. That you are is beyond doubt. Dwell on that, on being, on being aware of being. And on nothing more.°

Reality is what it always is. It’s all that is, all being. It is all that is happening in this moment, including you. And you’re aware of this.

Simply be aware of being. Be nothing but this being aware of being – extending loving kindness and other Viharas to any and all being.°

You aren’t the person you’re thought to be. You’re beyond the mind. Beyond words.

Beyond the mind there is no difference between nirvana and samsara.°

Enlightenment is a concept, a mental construct. It’s in the mind.

Beyond the mind is the miracle of what is, of being, of being aware of being; the miracle of what is … happening now.
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