Sunday, October 26, 2008

Difference Between Oneness & Enlightenment

Sharing Experinece Difference between Oneness and Enlightenment
Namaste and Healing Sunshine Day dear Ashram,

ONEness contains an illusive 'me' that experiences God-Connectedness.
All is interwoven and beautiful, but there remains a longing... an
emptiness that desires for Wholeness versus The Emptiness that
Overflows into Life.

In ONEness the SAMEness is Seen , but the diversity and uniqueness of
forms are still clung to... and clung with even more might, for there
remains the deep seated fear of Nothing-ness and the misconstrued
ideas of what That will Be. So there is love, but it is not Love from
which the World is born, but the love of the ONE in another. And this
love, though directed towards God in ALL, still clings, needs, wants
and seeks worth.

When Blown Out, there is Love, but not for 'another', for there is
no 'other' to Love. There is Only Love, Pure and without reason - -
the Heart reflecting the Heart.

In ONEness, there is a quieter 'me' having an experience of God in
ALL. Somehow, in this Samadhi, the 'me' is on the outside of ONEness
looking in.

When Blown Out, there is no outside, no inside and no in between.
There is no trace of 'me', 'you' or 'another'. There is Only
Consciousness - the Ocean of 0. No separation; like trying to cut
water with a knife, it can not be done.

Mind is present in ONEness, providing commentary and clinging to the
experiences. When Blown Out, Stillness Reigns and whether mind is
active or not is beside the Point. It has no pull... it has no
power... it holds no "me".

The words are never the meaning.

May ALL dis-cover the Truth in Still Silence - - without thought,
without description, without imagination, without speech.

OM Namo Shivaya
Blessed Day and Shanti Shanti OM,
Written by Ronald Fried

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?