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Sunday, May 20, 2007

We are Pure Awareness

You are not your body.
Your body is not you.

You are not the doer.
You are not the enjoyer.

You are pure awareness,
The witness of all things.

You are without expectation,

Wherever you go,
Be happy!

-Ashtavakra Gita 15:4

James: I find so much deep wisdom in the Ashtavakra Gita--it is undoubtedly one of the most inspired teachings I've ever read and meditated upon. It blows me away how much of this wisdom is just as important (if not more so) now as it was way back then.

Being the witness allows objectivity--being apart of the experience without placing labels upon any of it and rejecting or taking anything. Pure Being. It is in this place where clarity ripens and opens us up to the state of deep and everlasting peace that was always there waiting patiently in our hearts. It is like remembering where we put that lost, irreplaceable family erloom that was passed down from generation to generation--just as the Buddha passed the Dharma down to us.

That is one of the great benefits of meditation--the more we do it the longer these moments of clarity and realizing Pure Peace remain in our Consciousness. Watering the seeds of mindfulness we allow the seeds of Buddhanature to dig deep, bloom and mature.

As Thich Nhat Hanh says this allows us to call each other by our True Names.

~Peace to all beings~

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Renée said...

Sublime post, James - and nothing more to add!

Tim said...

Brother James, I bow. Know that you are in my thoughts of lovingkindeness. Glad to have you as my friend.

tinythinker said...

No object. No subject. No action.

Kudos on the quote/source material...


Colin said...

What more can I say? *bows*

They call him James Ure said...


Thank-you but I'm simply a tool in the hands of the Higher Self.


I bow in return. I can feel your loving-kindness towards me and I offer you the same. I am glad to have you as a friend too. Thank-you for being you.


Indeed. All is One.

Yeah the Ashtavakra Gita is amazing and gorgeous in the words it sparingly uses. They are just the right words at the right moments. A truly inspired and Enlightened text.


Words just complicate things sometimes. *smiles* I bow to the Buddha within you dear one. _/I\_

Greenwoman said...

"one of the great benefits of meditation--the more we do it the longer these moments of clarity and realizing Pure Peace remain in our Consciousness."

I particularly liked this part of your post...but the whole thing was one that sinks deep and touches softly. Thank you dear friend....

Paul said...

We are not our bodies but are closely connected with them - degenerative disease, for example, teaches this.

An amazing thing to me is the preamble in the narrative of Buddha's enlightenment, where he witnesses the bodily affliction of another and is moved to a compassion that seals his destiny. It is more common, I've found, for people to distance themselves from the serious physical afflictions of others than for it to enlighten them!

They call him James Ure said...


Sinks deep and touches softly--that's what I strive for with all of my posts. I'm happy it had such an impact for you dear friend. I bow to you.


Yep. Once we grasp pain, suffering and death we are more capable of understanding serious illnesses.

Anonymous said...

Yes you are right.

You are not a doer - so who knows who wrote your bog

None of you are enjoyers but somehow you all experience bliss

For that matter who wrote the Gita? Obviously not pure awareness since that only watches the writing. So basically whoever/whatever wrote that is not the fountain of wisdom

People love mouthing off such concepts of not being the doer and all is a good state of mind to be in but maybe for a second you should jupp out of the self-hypnosis and take a second to absorb the absurdity of saying "I am not the speaker" or writing "I am not the writer"

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