The sound is in the ears

The sound is in the ears

The sound is in the ears

Amongst our five senses, the hearing is the most important.
If the ear rebels, the other senses rebel…

All senses are equally important
Of course

It is only recently that the prevalence of hearing,
(when it comes to obedience for example) imposed to me

Most Holy Scriptures start with “listen” or “hear”

And the importance of the sound and word is stressed
Rather than the picture or vision

When you close your eyes, you activate alfa and beta sounds…
The sound of meditation…

Close your eyes and listen…

ear

– Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation –

Nanak, in the Jap Ji, has called it Hukam and describes Its working:
All things are manifestations of His Will,
But His Will is beyond description.
By His Will is matter quickened into life,
By His Will is greatness obtained.
By His Will some are born high and others low,
By His Will (the impious) wander in endless transmigration.
All exists under His Will,
And nothing stands outside.
One attuned with His Will, O Nanak, is wholly free from ego…

– Mesmerizing Divine Sound –

BG 17 : 23

Om is a single syllable word that denotes brahman.
It is the most sacred sound according to Hindu belief.

Tat means ‘that’ or ‘it’ and refers to brahman.
It serves as a reminder that ‘we are not doing the work’
and helps overcome our ego.

Sat means ‘real’ or ‘good’ and refers to brahman.
It inspires an overall attitude of goodness in action.

Om Tat-Sat : Om, the eternal transcendental sound vibration of Ultimate consciousness, the threefold representation known to indicate Ultimate Truth.
This is declared to be the threefold designation of the Absolute.

– Hear, o Israël, the sound of Shofar

The gathering of menkind in praise of the only One

Thank you all for making me wonder and find Beauty!
Namaskarams

Why do we have to suffer – meaning ?

Why do we have to suffer

Why do we have to suffer

A question
Hitting
And targetting all

Why does it happen
What for

Feelings of dispair
Rebellion and Anger
When it happens to us

There is no why
It just happens

Due to accidents of nature
Like birth and death

Due to our own mistakes
Like overeating or wrong food

Due to the mistakes of others
A drunken driver hitting you in the face

It happens
It is part of our earthly condition

What matters is
How we handle the suffering

Do we numb it
Or is it a way to enter in dialogue

What is the teaching in this
What do we learn?

Is it acceptance
forgiving

Or just knowing
we are not the end of story

Can we give it meaning?

 

The conscious deep sleep

Conscious deep sleep
smiling newborn baby

Conscious deep sleep

A state of consiousness
A deep sleep
awake and alert

Beyond relaxation
Beyond guided visualisation
Beyond music, sensorial hearing

It is beyond reverie, the half way world
(between waking and dreaming)
Beyond lucid dreaming
(Being aware of the dream in the dream)

Deep sleep is dreamless

Not invented
Not a brand
Not a trademark

No determinations, nor affirmations
No gain in the practice
Not done for … (fill in the blank)

A profound state of consciousness

Awakened, walking the beach
Dreaming, looking at the waves
Swimming into the deep

Where there is only stillness

The beauty of being
deeply silent and quiet
enjoying the still

Awakening to the true Self
The highest level of eternal consciousness
The center of eternal consciousness

Beyond deep sleep

 

Adi Shankara and Vivekachudamani

Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)
Adi Shankara with Disciples, by Raja Ravi Varma (1904)

Adi Shankara

“Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal, and there is ultimately no difference between Brahman and Atman, individual self”

Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah —

The Vivekachudamani (Sanskrit: विवेकचूडामणि)
is a famous Sanskrit poem
ascribed to Adi Shankara (8th century).

It is written in the form of 580 verses
in the Shardula Vikridita metre.

The poem exposes the Advaita Vedanta philosophy,
one of the classic Indian paths to spiritual realization.

“Do not be proud of wealth, people, relations and friends, or youth. All these are snatched by time in the blink of an eye. Give up this illusory world, know and attain the Supreme.”

text of the Vivekachudamani in pdf

The sound of divine

The sound of divine

The sound of divine

The song of Most High
Has no begin and no end

To the observer
To the listener
To the reflective
To the attentive

It becomes the tune of life

An enchanting flute
Inviting to the dance…

* * *

The first lesson to learn

The first lesson to learn
Swami Vivekanada Statue – Bombay, India

The first lesson to learn

“This is the first lesson to learn:
be determined not to curse anything outside,
not to lay the blame upon anyone outside,
but stand up,
lay the blame on yourself.
You will find that is always true.
Get hold of yourself.”

~ Swami Vivekananda ~

The great Chicago Speech by Vivekanda in September 1893 with his memorable speech: “Yes, we can and will do”. For the west, the first public encounter with the Eastern way of life and thinking.

His speech remains a milestone in the dialogue between men of different cultures in the search for peace and harmony.

However, to blame a crippled man with karma from a previous life is a terrible thought, which has always been refuted by Western tradition. No blame for others, no blame for self. Many are paying karma for others…

Text in pdf

WaRaTaTa… word and sounds

Word

Words, sounds and meanings

(Image: Arjuna and his conchshell in the MaHaBaRaTa)

Then, Lord Krsna blew His conchshell, called Pancajanya; Arjuna blew his, the Devadatta; and Bhima, the voracious eater and performer of Herculean tasks, blew his terrific conchshell called Paundram. – BG 1, 15

Words and sounds have lost their meanings.

So many sounds.
So many words.
Find the sounds behind the words
and you will find their meanings…

Understand!

WA is the sound of your throath – remember the barking dog
RA is the sound of Light – remember the pharao’s
TA is the sound of divine – remember the Greek
LA is the sound of praise – remember the soung of your soul
A is the sound of understanding

LA is the sound of praise 
Remember the soung of your soul

WaRaTaTa … WaRaTaLa … WaRaTaAh

A divine mantra for understanding the awe of Word – OH

Oh warata ta – Ah warata ta – Mmmm warata ta – AUM warata ta

So
Awe of Heart?
True!

Ta Ra U E
Union with Divine Light...

The voice within, the inner voice

The inner voice
The inner voice
A head full of sound, voices and noise

Inner voice

Is it a monologue ?
Internal speech ?
Or just

A verbal stream of consciousness ?

A subvocalization ?
Hallucination ?
A thinking process?

Or is it more

The sound of conscience ?
Bad inspiration ?
Or just Insights ?

the expression of our BEing?

An inner dialogue
Between ego, self
And Higher Self ?

Whatever the answer
There is an inner voice
That needs to be silenced

And One to be listened to

 

Madness | Definition of Madness by Merriam-Webster

Define madness: a state of severe mental illness — madness in a sentence.

Sanity – Wikipedia

Sanity (from Latin: sānitās) refers to the soundness, rationality and healthiness of the human mind, as opposed to insanity. A person is not considered sane …
A beautiful blog on fleeky.one

 

The matter of language and cult

Language, cult and culture do matter
The Sumerian king on the peace side of the Standard of Ur

The matter of language and cult

Sanskrit
The oldest sacred language
Of the Hindus

Zend = old Persian
The oldest sacred language
Of the Iranians

Greek and latin
Old sacred languages
Of the Europeans

All together the Indo-European languages

The Egyptian Hieroglyphic script
The Sumerian Cuneiform script
Copied by Babylonians

Old semitic and non-semitic languages

Comparative philology
(Science of language)

Comparative mythology
(Science of culture)

Two faces of the same coin

But … the comparative studies
Designate the Sumerian writings
As the oldest and often common source so far

Time to reflect on the Sumerians!

And before?

*

Image:
The Sumerian king on the peace side of the Standard of Ur

Weeping willow

Weeping willow

Weeping willow

To be present in the absence…
To be peacefull in the silence…

Like a mighty holy river
Flowing towards the ocean

Being

Drops of water
Washing our tears

I am the river
You are the river
We are the river
Flowing towards the ocean

But
The ocean is in us
And so is the river

And this knowledge
Unbounded
Becomes silent presence

mighty
holy

My silent prayers With you
With all those who share the loss of dear ones

© mlaure

The tree

The tree of life
The tree of life

The tree

The tree in many cultures
a place of gathering
a sacred, shaded place

A place where people share their goods and words
Questions, answers, statements, thoughts, ideas
Verse and Controverse

Where some agree and others disagree
Where people share their point of view
and viewpoints

A place where words become sacred
And sacred their expressions…

a place of bargain
and barter

Spiced with the emotions of our human condition
Colored with fate, faith, cult, culture,…
Multi verses and universe

And beyond the physical reality of the tree
The psychical and spiritual realm of so many
All around the globe

Banyan, the sacred tree of India

And amongst them
The sacred tree of India
And its delightful fruits

All those who have come
To gather and to share
Enlightments and doubt

And here, a small part of ST friends
Gathered to share
their wisdom, insights, experience

In a spirit of belonging
To the same heavens and earth
In respect of each expressions

I am aware with many others
that the task is beyond measure
May peace and wisdom be with us all

Let us keep up with the good word…

Namaste

Banyan, sacred tree of India
Banyan, sacred tree of India