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Monday, May 11, 2009

Are you experienced?

“Eye cannot see IT, tongue cannot utter IT, mind cannot grasp IT.
There is no way to learn or teach IT.
IT is different from the known, beyond the unknown.
In this all the ancient masters agree.

That which makes the tongue speak but which cannot be spoken by the tongue – that alone is God, not what people worship.
That which makes the mind think but which cannot be thought by the mind - that alone is God, not what people worship.
That which makes the eye see but which cannot be seen by the eye - that alone is God, not what people worship.
That which makes the ear hear but cannot be heard by the ear - that alone is God, not what people worship.

If you think that you know God, you know very little; all you can now are ideas and images of God.

I do not know God, nor can I say that I don’t know IT.
If you understand the meaning of “I neither know nor don’t know” you understand God.

Those who realize that God cannot be known, truly know; those who claim that they know, know nothing.
The ignorant think that God can be grasped by the mind; the wise know IT beyond knowledge.

When you see that God acts through you at every moment, in every movement of mind or body, you attain true freedom.
When you realize the truth, and cling to nothing in the world, you enter eternal life.”

The Upanishads

6 comments:

Ted Bagley said...

That pesky IT. :)

Aggie said...

I think that whilst in the flesh we only ever "partly" see. I can cope with that - all the angst of youth and the why, settles into, things beyond our seeing ... and you can let it go. Is that "experienced."

This Brazen Teacher said...

"The ignorant think that God can be grasped by the mind; the wise know IT beyond knowledge."

Well put dear Buddha. Not long ago I stumbled upon a criticum piece by a university biologist type dictating his feelings about the Art/Science cliche.

His feeling was that we are doing a great disservice to the Sciences by comparing the two. Being mainly that Art is subjective, rule-less, boundless and that anyone can do it with little or no specialized instruction. Prick.

Then he continued to say that anyone can not do science in the same way, that science has rules, objectivity, standards... yayaya... and I felt so deflated. Because at the time I knew he was full of bullshit. And yet I couldn't pinpoint how or why I knew this.

Until now. Because Art does what Science will never do. Science tries to understand God with the mind... and Art says- "ha! Good luck."

Joe Clement said...

Words can't describe

Talon said...

The only thing I'm sure of is that the longer I live the less I know.

Buddha said...

@ Ted – Yes it is :)

@ Aggie – Yes the mind can’t comprehend it, that’s why you have to go out of your mind – literally

@ The Brazen teacher – Do you know that under Communist rule Picasso’s paintings were taken out of museums – as anatomically incorrect?
That goes to show us how far scientific ignorance can go.

@ Joe – LOL! – That is very funny.

@ Talon – but look on the bright side:
The less you know the more you can experience :)