in Honour of Rabelais and his vision of the Abbey of Theleme

“Grace, honour, praise, delight, here sojourn day and night. Sound bodies lined with a good mind, do here pursue with might, grace, honour, praise, delight.”

Do What Thou Wilt!

Because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour. Those same men, when by base subjection and constraint they are brought under and kept down, turn aside from that noble disposition by which they formerly were inclined to virtue, to shake off and break that bond of servitude wherein they are so tyrannously enslaved; for it is agreeable with the nature of man to long after things forbidden and to desire what is denied us.

Regarding the visionary “Abbey of Theleme”:

“All their life was spent not in laws, statutes, or rules, but according to their own free will and pleasure. They rose out of their beds when they thought good; they did eat, drink, labour, sleep, when they had a mind to it and were disposed for it. None did awake them, none did offer to constrain them to eat, drink, nor to do any other thing; for so had Gargantua established it. In all their rule and strictest tie of their order there was but this one clause to be observed,

Do What Thou Wilt!

Quote of the day…

Let go of what has passed, let go of what may come, let go of what is happening now, don’t try to figure anything out, don’t try to make anything happen, Relax, right now, and rest!

- Tilopa -

universal carbon filter..

…filter this, filter that, don’t use this, don’t use that, I wholeheartedly hope that this universe is biodegradeable! And doesn’t need to be disposed off as hazardous waste! If so, we would be in real trouble!

Remember: Nothing can be added, nothing can be taken…

yep, I really wonder these day’s, running many years ago a bio-farm myself, making sure not to produce any non-biodegradeable waste, leave wrappings and packages right there where they belonged to, if there was no other way possible, it had to be recycled in one way or the other.

But then if one follows up modern science findings, there is nothing that can be taken nor added, really, so they say, then what is the hype, what is the craze all about?

If there can nothing be taken, nothing be added, why did the buddha go on this strenuous quest of self realization, did nobody tell him or did honestly nobody know, or did nobody want to keep him from finding out himself that it was all more or less nonsense? Is this all just a giant comedy show? Much seems so nonsensical, like birth it’s the ultimate death sentence, no escape, no parole, no pardon! Then why there is still capital punishment? After all, it’s just making things easier for the perpetrator, it’s like taking a short cut, it doesn;t really seems much of a relief, but if one really thinks about all this nonesense, not much, if not all makes sense anymore!

Does it?

Ah’ it’s about balance, about equilibrium, about duality, we can’t consume crude oil, as much as we became dependend on it, as much we became frugal towards it’s use, as much as the use of these resources made humanity more mobile and represents a huge treasure chest of all sorts of chemicals, medicines, fertilizers, pestizides, fungizides and… yes, name it, also came with a very, very dark side, attached to the other side of the coin, poisoned rivers, poisoned seas, polluted cities…. shining cars, stainless steel, chrome and glass palaces, all iliuminated by the power of this sticky, stinky deadly mass, in the midst of it all we celebrate, live, dance, laugh, smile, cry, eat, breathe, think, create and destroy… after all it’s life itself and doesn’t make sense – or does it?

So, where is the filter?

Silence of the Mind

from the mat, one year and growing strong…

- Om gam, gam, gam  ganapati namo namaha -

The Universe and I are “One”
In the “now”, always.
The lived moment leaves,
The free mind is empty.
Neither past, nor future;
They cease moving arbitrarily.
The Aliveness of Life, in this moment,
Creates no reactions in me.
I see, listen, and live authentically
I become whole through love,
In this state,
The whole being is pure.

Ilie Cioara – “Silence of the Mind”

Namstasje!

one of these days…

The knots of the heart are untied and all doubts are resolved’”

-Mu.Up.II.ii.8-

“One who knows Brahman becomes Brahman”
-Mu.Up.III.ii.9-

The knowledge of Brahman is not dependent on human action. On what does it depend then? It is dependent on nothing but (Brahman) Itself, it expresses itself through it self!

Self-Realization depends on the Nature of Brahman Itself in which the knots of the heart are untied. Rise of knowledge cannot be described by any means whatsoever.

There are no doubts that the very Quintessence of Universe expressing itself through the Rishis, the Seers, the Yogis, the Sadhakas and Sanyassins, them trying to save these wonderful Insights, Revelations and enlightening Illuminations in Prayers, Chants, Praises, Poems and Sutras, in uncountable Volumes like the Vedas, Upanischads, the Puranas, the Geeta and the manifold of other scriptures, literature, poetry, music and art?

If one reflects on all these wonderful, magical workings of Quantum mechanics, Astrophysics, gravity, all that what matters and doesn’t matter in life, as with matter and antimatter, the various lifeforms, animate and all inanimate, our forefathers and today’s aboriginals, pagan people, the heathen, praying to and worshiping the sun, the fire, the moon the planets, the mother, to rocks, trees, rivers, springs, to snakes, elephants, bulls, tigers, eagles, cat’s, rat’s…..

The Brahman expresses itself in the inanimate as well as in the animate plans in such amazing ways that it is simply breathtaking… breathe in breathe out… is worhshiping only one aspekt of it all, or if wise enough all in this one aspect

- Om -

…AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT….

10 days passed, 80 more to go….

Time flies by, 10 days on the mat, the 11th will be completed this evening, getting into the mood, still adjusting to the heat. I am sweating profusely,the towel is wet after each session, wonder if this will ever stop?

Doing Vinayasa, downward Dog,little Cobra, flow, flow, flow awkward Pose (Utkatasana) into Tadasana, the Treepose ah’ well you know.. the whole nine yards of Ashtanga Poses.. Mon, the current teacher is doing a pretty good job leading the flock through the Poses..riding the bike back home is an experience by itself, as the studio is a bit “out in the bush”, lots of trees and greenery, give a very pleasant smell into the evening air, flowers, earth, this typical tropical scent of rich warm and moist air, above the stars, Venus very bright hanging above the Mountain, a moonless night.. I feel wonderful, enriched by all these pleasurable impressions, the smell, the warm air, gliding home, with big bright smile on my face…

…back on the mat..

Challenging, at  37 C and humidity at 88%, but still, after the 90 minutes have passed and one finds him/herself relaxing in Savansana, sinking into the floor like molten wax, flowing in and out with the breath, is extraordinarily rewarding, some 15 or 20 Minutes later under the shower… and it’s bliss!

Following some extracts from a book by Swami Rama i found very inspiring:

“will happen to us after death? Who experiences hell and heaven? It is that unique experience called the individual soul, the unconscious mind, that experiences them. The soul is pure; it is our essential nature; it is pure atman. You are inside a vehicle, the jiva that experiences pain and pleasure. The jiva is the union of atman and the unconscious mind. The jiva is a vehicle full of memories, desires, and wishes. Atman, when linked to the unconscious mind, is called the jiva. Without the unconscious mind, you are
pure atman. That is called moksha, or liberation. The moment you realize that this is your essential nature, that you are pure atman, you are free. When this occurs you have not lost your identity; you still have your individual identity. You are a nucleus and this universe is your expansion. You are not merely a part of the universe. Atman is not a mere part of Brahman. It is not just a small spark. Atman cannot be
diminished. You are essentially atman, but you need expansion into para-atman. You need to realize this, and not merely through mental analysis. To realize this you have to practice, and to practice you have to understand what creates problems for you and what becomes obstacles in your life. Suffering is a result of ignorance. To know your final goal is to finally leave behind the world of suffering.”

-Path of Fire and Light, Vol. II,
pp. 40-42-

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