If you are truly innocent and perceptive (without motive), the mystery of the universe will come to you (and pursue you)… you won’t have to seek it. Many others, out of boredom, out of groping for more, come up with methodologies for coming to the sacred. Unfortunately, their mechanical blueprints, their dead systems, their fallacious fantasies, make an impression on others… and more and more mischief and nonsense ends up getting hammered into others.
Having a humble, quiet mind is beneficial, as it enables perception to occur without being jaded and tainted by the fabrications of others. However, unlike what many believe, a quiet mind does not bring about that which is sacred and illimitable. That illimitability is far too dynamic to merely be brought about by way of silence (or by way of anything else). A quiet mind is important, but no petty actions, inactions, reactions, methodologies, systems, absurd prayers or incantations, practices, or fabricated schemes can conjure it up. Yet, it may visit a mind that is orderly, sane, innocent, living, and whole.
Beware of those who tell you exactly how to find it or who write or talk about their struggle to come upon it. It may not be a product of any methodology; it may not involve struggle or effort whatsoever. Order of the mind is not a mere calculated product; it is a living, profound thing. An orderly, living mind is not the result of some concoction or blueprint. The result of some dead blueprint or mold is not living. Any purposeful meditation generated or fashioned intentionally by the mind… is not meditation whatsoever.
That, my friend, was exactly what I needed to read this morning. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. 🙂
Thank you so much, Lori! Your recent nature photos were stunning, by the way! 🙂
Thank you, Tom. 🙂
beautiful, inspiring the beauty and mystery of life.
Thank you, drncd! 🙂
I specially like that sentence: Beware of those who tell you exactly how to find it or who write or talk about their struggle to come upon it. A lot of people fall for some gurus who say a lot of humbug. It’s always good to live without such people. Do you know Zappa’s song “Cosmic debris”? He describes a “false guru” who wants to cheat him for money with some strange recipes. Very funny. Have a nice day, regards Mitza
I am not familiar with the Zappa Cosmic Debris song. I was never into Zappa that much in the past. When i was very young, away at college, there were so-called gurus from India around campus, offering so-called “special mantras” and techniques. I figured out right away that it was just a modified form of self-hypnosis that they were expounding. I realized, right away, that they were charlatans. Hoping you have a superb week, Mitza! 🙂
Fascinating reading Tom, I enjoyed it 🙂
Much appreciated, Beth! So glad that you may have gleaned something out of it! Hoping your week is great! 🙂
I love a good read worthy of my scarce time. Your blog is one that I truly enjoy reading. There are only a few like yours. I also love your fantastic photos. Thank you Tom.
I hope you’ll have a lovely new week.😊
Means a lot, Beth! 🙂
Love the ‘jumpin jack flash’ reference, too!
Thanks, Lindy! It’s a gas! 🙂
Very wise words.
We hope so! 🙂
“If you are truly innocent and perceptive (without motive), the mystery of the universe will come to you (and pursue you)… you won’t have to seek it.” I don’t know what you mean about being innocent but from my experience this is exactly how it works… Nature/Mystery is always read to communicate with us if only we allow Her to. Gorgeous photo as usual.
Thanks, Sara! Innocence, like real humility, is not something that one can merely know that one has. That’s part of the real beauty of innocence. 🙂
That’s a very striking bit of photo work Tom. Sharp stuff.
Thank you, Frank! 🙂 I wish i could show people the 3D holograms that i used to make!
They must have been something special Tom.
Well done with this, in any case.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom!
Thank you, Amy! Keep snappin’! 🙂
Signal of good luck Tom ! Beautiful shot! 🙂
Yes! Thank you, Marcela! 🙂