Wisdom of The Ages

Oh, how our ego loves to prattle about its supposed IMPORTANCE. It might be considered a mental faucet without an off position. When it isn’t squawking out loud, it’s most likely still chattering within. Given just a moment of our attention, it will unabashedly steal countless years of time. The majority of Beings may, in fact, sleepwalk through the mist of Maya for uncounted lifetimes before awakening to Truth. Such was certainly the case for “me.”

If “Art” were permitted to tell the story of his life, it’s a sure bet that he would inform us of his apparent birth in 1958 and that he was raised with two lovely sisters by loving parents. There’s a high probability, that he would then sprinkle his history with several “i-did-this” accounts of special events; followed by a pinch here about his status, accomplishments, travels, and education (which would, of course, be quite impressive) and a dash there about his failures (which most egos, quite naturally, prefer to list as few). The remaining hours of Art’s dissertation about himself would be filled with a whole lot of yada yada about nothing. We can be grateful that free packets of anti-nausea tablets, bowls of sedatives, and (for those experiencing more severe reactions) hang nooses would be available upon a nearby table.

To help us gain clarity about our essential nature (which is Spirit, aka Consciousness), I offer the following passage from a book entitled The Lankavatara Sutra. It reveals wisdom that was shared by the historical Buddha about the very nature of so-called “reality:”

All that is seen in the world is devoid of effort and action because all things in the world are like a dream, or like an image miraculously projected. This is not comprehended by the philosophers and the ignorant, but those who thus see things see them truthfully.”

To understand the full meaning of this passage requires that our ego be transcended by the knowing recognition of the Truth of our essential nature. No apparent “thing” (including our body-mind, aka the person) has existence independent of the mind that perceives it. What this basically means is that our body-mind and the apparent “world” arise together. From the spiritual classic entitled I Am That, I also offer the following wisdom as expressed by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

Realisation is but the opposite of ignorance. To take the world as real and one’s Self as unreal is ignorance, the cause of sorrow. To know the Self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace and joy. “

We are given another valuable pointer through the passage in John 10:30 of the Bible, which is attributed to Jesus:

I and my Father are one.”

How can this possibly be the case? Because the Consciousness that knows the finite experience of the “person” is actually Universal Consciousness (God)–not a limited consciousness, which is assumed to arise from neuronal processes of the body-mind.

Ramesh S. Balsekar also possessed a profound understanding of our essential nature and the apparent world. He expressed the following passage in The Final Truth, which is one of his many incredible books regarding the Truth of our Being:

The universe is a mere appearance and the ego-sense is a mere concept.”

Here’s the bottom line of this article: Our body-mind and the apparent world arise together, in much the same manner as the contents of dreams arise in the dream state. This cannot be experienced via the mind, but it can be known directly by our essence. Most Beings have been conditioned to believe that they are the ego, which is actually non-existent. It is, in fact, only a repetitive “i”-thought. I prefer to be as I Am, eternally here and now. One way liberates; the other way leads straight to the table mentioned above.

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2023 – R. Arthur Russell

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Song Of The Soul

The conditioning that is prevalent in the majority of western-type societies has created a mythological version of happiness that is highly conditional. It is founded upon ignorance of our essential nature and offers an empty promise that is dependent on one simple word–“when.”

Led by the relentless desires of our ego, we often conclude that life will be dandy: when I find the love of my life; when we move into our new home; when all of our bills are paid; when the dishes are done; when I complete my first marathon; when we have financed our children’s education; when I receive a pay raise; when I summit another mountain; when my book is published; when I buy another fifty pair of shoes; when I buy another motorcycle/boat/thing; when the economy improves; when so-and-so is elected; when our neighbours behave; when I receive an apology for what he/she did twenty-two years, three months, and two days ago; when it’s Friday; when the weather is just right; when the waiter arrives; when I lose/gain twenty pounds; when I’ve had another three (ten?) beers; when I’m living on the west coast (east coast); when he/she/ loves me; when my bank account reflects a certain amount of numbers; when my talent is recognized by “others;” when I can bench press a Buick; and last, but not least, when I’m perfect.

The voice of the ego temptingly assures us that when our desires are fulfilled, we will be happy; but here’s the catch–it’s LYING! The sad, and often overlooked, twist to this conditioning is that NOW is all there ever IS. When we attempt to acquire happiness by fulfilling the desires of the time-bound phantom “self,” we overlook the very non-thing whose nature is happiness Itself. Our BEing is not dependent upon anything to be happy. It rejoices in LIFE, as LIFE. It revels in Isness. Can you, here and now, become still and feel the delightful song of your soul?

Dare to dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

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Rumour Has It

Rumour has it, that the devil of the underworld is on a rampage. Apparently, it’s not the stereotypical beast that we’ve been warned about–you know, the red one that’s often imagined as holding a bident amidst the fires of hell. By some accounts, the beast is more devious and elusive than we may have believed. It lurks where we may least expect to find it.

No matter how detailed, all descriptions of the devil are useless. They can never be accurate. Just when we think we have captured its likeness, the devil–as though made of flowing mercury–is able to pour itself into a different shape and behaviour. Its hatred then seems to become love; its pride, then humility; its greed, then generosity; its deception, then honesty. Without hint of remorse, it’s capable of appearing angelic, after having performed the most horrendous crime. A recent “Look Out, Beware Bulletin,” listed below, may be of service to help us avoid the devil’s touch:

  • It proclaims itself separate and autonomous of the one-and-only Power.
  • Its nature is primarily greedy; its motives, self centered in varying degree.
  • It loves to boast without appearing boastful.
  • It prefers judgment over discernment.
  • Its nature is rooted in comparison to all apparent others. It competes to win, not for joy.
  • It haunts the past and the future, and shuns the ever-present NOW.
  • Its moods are subject to swings between good and bad.
  • It wouldn’t be caught dead reading David R. Hawkins’ Scale of Consciousness.

Throughout the centuries, the devil has been referred to by various names, including (but not limited to) the following: Satan, Prince of Darkness, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Mephistopheles. Such terms actually refer to a lower level of consciousness, which periodically presents itself in lesser or greater degrees. My personal devil is known as “Art.” What name does your devil go by? Collectively (when we assume the body-mind to be our actual identity), we are the devil mentioned above. In Oneness, as Consciousness Itself, we are spared the negative consequences related to egoic identity.

Dare to Dream (and care for one another).

With heartfelt regards,

Art

Copyright © – 2022 – R. Arthur Russell

P.S. Please share this article if you enjoyed it. If you’d like to view my latest book (This Taste of Flesh and Bones–released September 8, 2020), press here. My YouTube videos may be found through this link. May the content of either or both help you along your spiritual journey. 🙏🧡

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