I Have No Purpose

To say that you have no purpose in life is just a thought, an activity of the mind. The next minute or day you will say, I know exactly what I want to do, which is also a thought. The activity of the mind is a complex web of endlessly shifting memories, images, moods, and ideas. To be confused with your direction in life is a symptom of taking your thoughts seriously. But how can you take them seriously when one minute they say one thing, and the next minute something else?

If you must have a purpose, why not make it to find your original nature, your essential being? What else could be more important? To become rich and famous? Riches and fame are fleeting. All achievements are fleeting.

If you must have a purpose, find out who you really are. Are you really a collection of short-lived thoughts, memories, moods, and sensations that experiences the world from a bag of perishable skin and bones? Or are you the unalterable aware presence that knows all of the comings and goings of the temporary body-mind and ever-changing world yet doesn’t come and go with them?

Your choice: rest in the eternal peace and understanding of your unborn being or suffer and die at the hands of an illusionary self.

Avadhuta Gita

I am beyond the distinctions of night and day

I cannot be split into parts

I never wake from within my self

I am never not awake

I am never moved by thought at all

I never try to be pure

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

I am neither the lord, nor am I not the lord

I am the formless self

I am beyond the presence or absence of the mind

I am the formless self

Know well that I am free of everything

I am the formless self

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

I am a house that is empty

What may I say of that

I do everything, yet I do nothing

What can I say of that

I am always in the even state

I am the formless self

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

I am beyond being a soul or not a soul

I am forever shining forth

I am beyond being a cause or not a cause

I am forever shining forth

I am beyond both nirvana and bondage

I am forever shining forth

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Unlimited by a beginning

I am forever shining forth

Unlimited by the continuing play

I am forever shining forth

Unlimited by the destruction of all

I am forever shining forth

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Though you may be spoken of

You have neither name or form

Whether you are divided or undivided

There is nothing here but you

Oh mind, Oh shameless wandering mind

Why do you weary yourself so

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Why do you weep and moan my friend

There is no old age or death for you

Why do you weep and moan my friend

There is no pain of birth for you

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You cannot be touched at all

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You have no form of your own

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You cannot be deformed

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You can never become old

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You can never lose your youth

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You can never lose your mind

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You have no organ of the senses

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You cannot be touched by lust

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You cannot be touched by greed

Why do you weep and moan my friend

You cannot be touched by infatuations

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

You and I are not attached to this world of ephemeral forms

It is only the shameless mind that divides the one into parts

Division and non-division are the same to you and to me

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

 

There’s no object of worship in your heart or in the state of Samadhi

There’s no object of worship in your heart or in the objective world

There’s no object of worship in your heart

I am beyond both place and time

I am nectarian knowledge, unchanging bliss,

I am everywhere like space

~*~

Avadhuta Gita is a Hindu text based on the principles of Advaita Vedanta (nondualism). It has been dated to approximately the 9th or 10th century. The singer of the Avadhuta Gita (gita = ‘song’) is Dattatreya, an Avadhuta.

Avadhuta is a Sanskrit term referring to a type of mystic or saint who is beyond egoic-consciousness. Such personalities ‘roam free like a child upon the face of the Earth’. An Avadhuta does not identify with their mind or body or ‘names and forms’. Such a person is held to be pure ‘consciousness’ in human form.

nectarian – ancient; sweet as nectar

(Notes taken from various sources on the Internet)

 

Everywhere, Like Space

‘I am everywhere, like space.’ ~ Avadhuta Gita

 I, Awareness, am everywhere, like space. ‘Like’ space. Not space. Space exists in me. I don’t exist in space. But, from a phenomenal standpoint, space is about as close as we can get to experiencing I, Awareness.

To uncover our true identity, we contemplate the nature of experience to discover what is real and what is not. We use metaphors to describe the indescribable. We point to the ultimate with words and gestures. Although the ultimate is unnamable and cannot be found, it contains all names and is everywhere.

Just as space appears to be everywhere, yet we can’t see it, touch it, feel it, hear it, or taste it, awareness, the knowing presence that is always with us, can’t be perceived by the senses.

Put your attention on this aware presence within you – that which knows the coming and going of thoughts and sensations, but doesn’t come and go with them. This ever-present knowing is what we call awareness. Now see if you can find an edge to this awareness, a place where awareness ends and something else begins.

No boundaries can be found. Awareness is infinite.

Now see if you can find a time when awareness is not present. Have you ever experienced the absence of awareness? Could you?

No. Impossible. You would have to be present to observe its absence. Awareness is eternal.

Go as far as you want, as long as you want, in any direction and you will find no beginning, no end, no time when awareness is not here. Infinite and eternal can only mean one thing . . . that there can be only one awareness.

Not two. Our experience that awareness is limitless shows this as fact. Therefore, space must exist in awareness. From a metaphorical point of view you, I, we, as awareness, are ‘like’ space – from a dualistic perspective, the qualities are similar – but you, I, we, awareness, exists with or without it.

Awareness is before anything else. Even prior to the idea that there is such a thing as awareness.

Unshakeable Inner Peace

When we peel away the layers of the temporary qualities of the body-mind – thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, and perceptions – at the center of our centerless being we find an unshakeable inner peace.

Do this now. Set aside your thoughts and images, memories of the past and dreams of the future. Set aside your feelings – your anger or happiness, your anxiety or depression. Set aside your gender, your age, your occupation. Set aside your beliefs, opinions, and positions. Set aside your prejudices, bigotry, and racism.

Anything you can conceive of, anything that you perceive yourself, others, or the world to be, set it all aside.

Now ask yourself, what is left?

What is left when you are void of all thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions?

A vast nothingness, quiet and still, infinite and eternal, undisturbed by any appearance or activity in the world, unaltered by any desire of the mind or body.

An unshakeable inner peace.

This is not to disparage thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, but to acknowledge the irrefutable fact that at their source is an unshakeable inner peace. When this is recognized, all action is based on spontaneous love.

A Drop Of Water

‘So the remembrance of our self is said to be

the direct path to peace and happiness.’

~ Rupert Spira

Talking about non-duality with my wife, Dana, she said, ‘This teaching, the direct path, is like a drop of water falling into the ocean instead of a river.’

A drop of water that falls into a river gradually meanders its way towards the ocean. It takes time.

A drop of water that falls into the ocean is immediately absorbed into its source. It takes no time.

For the spiritual seeker, the gradual path contains an endless array of enticing practices, rituals, and tools – meditation, shaktipat, reciting mantras, chakra alignment, yoga, spiritual texts – which all claim to lead, providing the seeker is dedicated and diligent, to the end goal known by many names – Awakening, Liberation, Enlightenment, the Ultimate Understanding, etc.

These practices and tools can give results, sometimes astounding, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes profound, but always temporary. And it is this temporary nature of all our seeming successes that keep us going on the path. We feel deep down that the end, the final understanding, is just around the next corner . . . or the next . . . or the next. Turns out, it’s always the ‘next.’

The spiritual seeker can travel the gradual path for many lifetimes, be enlightened thousands of times, but never be quite satisfied. All of the experiences that happen to the seeker happen to none other than a separate self, made up of the temporary qualities of an illusionary body-mind, and therefore happen to no one at all.

The direct path is an immediate recognition of our shared original nature as unchanging, unlimited, pure awareness. Just as a drop of water that falls into the ocean is immediately absorbed back into its source, so to, the individual self, when seen for the illusion that it is, disappears immediately back into its source of pure awareness, whose timeless qualities are that of peace, happiness, and love.

All Good Things

All good things must come to an end. So the old proverb tells us, and we appreciate its wisdom. What it doesn’t tell is us that all the bad, sublime, and ugly things must also come to an end.

All that we perceive, all that is experienced – thoughts, strong emotions, bodily sensations, or anything else that can be named – must come to an end. In other words, all ‘things’ come to an end. But that which is not a thing, that which knows all things, in fact, that from which all things arise, does not come to an end with them.

If you know the coming and going of all things, yet don’t come and go with them – for example, a thought comes and goes, yet you who are aware of the thought remains – who are you? What are you?

You can’t be a temporary body-mind made up of fleeting thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions, as these all come and go. If you look closely at your experience, there is something about you that is aware of the coming and going of all things, yet doesn’t come and go with them.

Become aware of the ‘you’ that exists prior to, during, and after a thought, feeling, sensation, or perception has come and gone. This knowing presence is unchanged by anything that comes and goes in its field of awareness, and its essence is that of peace, happiness, and love.

Understand that this knowing presence, the awareness with which you know any ‘thing’, is all that can be found when we look for the background of our experience. Then recognize its limitless, ageless nature – for no edge or boundary, beginning or end, can be found – and realize that there can be only one.

Therefore, we must conclude, and rightly so, that you, I, we, are each a unique manifestation of this one infinite and eternal source.

One source for all appearances, all things.

Not two.