Space Like Awareness (By John Greven)

Clouds in the Sky. (From space – what a miracle it is.

Sitting between every cell – the space is.

Floating between every blade of grass it is.

Filling the lungs of every creature,

untouched by the simple flow of a breeze

or massive collision of suns – the space is.

The planets, suns, and comets…

Creation and thoughts –

in all their forms dancing within simple space –

dependent on it – and yet, not touching it.

A fitting analogy –

but as beautiful as space could seem –

the mind would get tired to just looking at it.

Why? Because it is not the content

and the mind is designed for content.

Yet – if you were the space –

how easily the content could be enjoyed.

Rather than fearing the content

or that something would be missing, coming, or going –

the momentary appearances of content are effortlessly allowed to be,

seeing without condition or expectation.

You are not seeing the space –

you are the space –

the space like – presence – awareness.

(John Greven)


John GrevenJohn Greven is an advaita/non-duality author who wrote 'Oneness, the destination you never left'.

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Zen – The Great Way By Sengcan

TempleThe Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.

When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood,
the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

The Way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

When you try to stop activity by passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.

Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; To assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.

The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
To return to the root is to find meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.

Mystical TempleAt the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness. The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.

Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.
do not remain in the dualistic state.
Avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong,
the mind-essence will be lost in confusion.

Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One.
When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend.
And when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.

When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.
When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes:
As when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.

Things are objects because of the subject (mind): the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.

In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world.
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.

Zen garden landscape.To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor difficult.
But those with limited views are fearful and irresolute:
the faster they hurry, the slower they go.
And clinging (attachment) cannot be limited:
Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment
is to go astray.

Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming not going. Obey the nature of things (your own nature) and you will walk freely and undisturbed.

When the thought is in bondage the truth is hidden for everything is murky and unclear.
And the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?

If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with enlightenment.

The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself.
There is one Dharma, not many.
Distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind is the greatest of all mistakes.
Rest and unrest derive from illusion;
with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.

All dualities come from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams or flowers in air – foolish to try to grasp them.
Gain and loss, right and wrong, such thoughts must
finally be abolished at once.

StonesIf the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.
To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.

When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached,
No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relation-less state.

Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion, both movement and rest disappear. When such dualities cease to exist Oneness itself cannot exist.
To this ultimate finality no law or description applies.

For the unified mind in accord with the way all self-centered striving ceases.
Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible.
With a single stroke we are freed from bondage:
Nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.

All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind's power.
Here thought, feeling, knowledge and imagination are of no value.
In this world of such-ness there is neither self nor other-than-self.
To come directly into harmony with this reality just say when doubt rises "not two".

In this "not two" nothing is separate, nothing is excluded.
No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth.
And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time and space:
In it a single thought is ten thousand years.

Bamboo forest.Emptiness here, emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes. Infinitely large and infinitely small; no difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen. So too with Being and non-Being.

Don't waste time in doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.
One thing, all things, move among and intermingle without distinction.
To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection. To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.

The Way is beyond language,
for in it there is
no yesterday
no tomorrow
no today.

From the 'Xinxin Ming' (Hsin Hsin Ming) – Verses on the Faith-Mind.
by Seng Ts'an (Jianzhi Sengcan)
Seng Ts'an was the 3rd Chinese Patriarch of Chan (Zen) who died in 606.

Young Girl Asks Famous Guru “Why Do I Exist?”

Why do I exist?

This young girl asks the well-known advaita (non-duality) teacher and guru Mooji from Jamaica a very deep spiritual question.

This absorbing gathering took place at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, Southern India on 29th January 2010. At minute 6:40 she answers with "Arunachala", which is a holy mountain situated nearby. (Hinduists believe that Arunachala mountain is a manifestation of the god Shiva.)

Without her realising, the girl actually did 'self-enquiry', which is a practice designed to quickly bring about self-realization or spiritual liberation – also called enlightenment.

MoojiAnthony Paul Moo-Young was born on 29 January 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and he is presently living in Brixton, London. For many years Anthony worked in London's 'West end' as a street portrait artist. After that he was a painter and a stained glass artist, and later he worked as a teacher at Brixton College. He used to be well known as Tony Moo, but is now affectionately known as Mooji by the many seekers and friends who visit him.

Presently Mooji shares satsang (meetings where people discuss spiritual questions) in Brixton, London, where he lives. He also travels regularly to Ireland, Wales, Italy and India where he conducts satsangs and retreats.

More on this wonderful loving human being: loves to hear from you. Have you asked yourself why you do exist at all yet…? Namaste!