Flashes, Maxims, Aphorisms and Soliloquies

1 - TRUTHFUL WORLD

The Materialist's World uses Mind to serve Body...But overlooks Spirit.
The Traditionalist's World uses Mind to serve Spirit; But overlooks Body.
The Hedonist's World uses Spirit and Mind to serve Body.
But in the Truthful Person's World.
Mind and Body Serve Spirit; Because there is only Spirit.

August 18, 2015

2 - PROFUNDITIES

Do not search for profundities to dazzle others; While you are blind to the profundities that surround you.

August 19, 2015

3 - FAITH

Faith is the leap of Imagination with Reason towards the Transcendent.

August 21, 2015

4 - STRANGERS

The seeker is a stranger in the world.
But the gnostic is a stranger in the hereafter.

August 22, 2015

5 - STILLNESS

The Agitation of the Mind.
Can only be quietened.
By the Stillness of the Heart.

August 23, 2015

6 - SOLITUDE

Loneliness is when the self seeks contentment through companionship of others.
Solitude is when the self is satisfied with its own companionship.

August 24, 2015

7 - POWER

Power is restless.
It inevitably seeps away from whosoever appears to wield it.
For its repose is not with man, but beyond; with the All-Powerful.

August 26, 2015

8 - DIVINE JUSTICE

People ask: With so much misery and desolation in this world,
Where is Divine Justice?
The simple consciousness of good and evil is Divine Favour.
The very asking is Divine Justice.

August 30, 2015

9 - THE LIFE OF A RAINDROP

The raindrop falls towards the Ocean.
Cocooned by the membrane that enfolds it.
Secure in the illusion of its self-containment.

But soon the Ocean comes into view.
Perplexity grips the raindrop.
Then Wonder; Or Terror.

Its autonomy will vanish; it never existed.
Its essence will meld into the Ocean.
That is where it came from anyway.
But the raindrop had forgotten its origins.

August 31, 2015

10 - FREED OR SHACKLED

If Religion does not liberate:
It will surely imprison.
There is no in-between.

September 12, 2015

11 - VISIONS

Some say: "God is a vision in the mind of Man."
The gnostic says: "Man is a vision in the mind of God."
But Truth proclaims:
"All constructs, subjects, objects, acts vanish in the Light of One."

September 13, 2015

12 - ENVY

Envy is the driver of the modern world.
Envy of those with more possessions.
Envy of those with more power.
Envy reigns supreme over a world which has discarded the virtues.

September 14, 2015

13 - INFINITE TRUTH

There is no religious truth.
Only Truth expressed in religious forms.
As there is no philosophical, political, or poetical truth.
And certainly not scientific truth.
Only Truth expressed in infinite forms.

September 15, 2015

14 - PROGRESS

Humans have installed a god called Progress.
It promises limitless increase, boundless expansion.
But what kind of god degrades and debases humans.
Instead of elevating and ennobling them?

September 16, 2015

15 - THE MEASURE

The god of religion mingles.
Truth with Inanities.
Visions with baseless promises.
Profundities with absurdities.
What is Divine?
What is human?
Above all; What is the measure?

September 17, 2015

16 - IRON FILINGS

Like iron filings.
Human beings sort themselves.
By what attracts them most.
Their illusion of autonomy.
Is belied by their rank conformity.

September 18, 2015

17 - LIES

Lies become established truths.
If they are elaborated and repeated.
Then safeguarded and defended.
An entire industry - of scholars and politicians.
Historians and philosophers.
Pundits and spin doctors.
Parents and schools and governments.
Arises to proclaim The Lie as truth.
Woe betide the one who denies or disputes this.

September 19, 2015

18 - THE VANISHING

How does Truth emerge from under the rubble of lies?
It doesn't...It doesn't need to.
Lies will vanish because they have no reality.
But the trick is to see their nothingness.
Only then do they vanish into nothingness.

September 20, 2015

19 - MORE OR LESS

Those with a lot despise those with little.
Those with a little despise those without.
Those without despise themselves.
A hierarchy of scorn, bound by Fear.

September 21, 2015

20 - CHANGE

Leaves Rustle.
Seasons Do Not Change.
They only repeat.

September 22, 2015

21 - DARWIN'S DAYDREAM

Species struggle to survive.
To perpetuate themselves.
Life is to survive.
To Survive is Life.
What an absurd tautology!

September 23, 2015

22 - WHY

What replaces Why?
How replaces Why?
Whom replaces Why?
When replaces Why?
Why?
Why demands courage.

September 24, 2015

23 - FOUNDERS AND FOLLOWERS

Do founders of religions
Abide.
What happened to their religions?
Unless of course
They never intended
To establish them in the first place.

September 25, 2015

24 - DECAY AND CORRUPTION

The saddest of things
Is to see Nobility in People
And Nobility of Ideas
Decay into Corruption

September 26, 2015

25 - ASCENT AND DESCENT

As more and more humans descend
Into Grossness
So fewer and fewer Individuals ascend
Towards Luminosity
How can it be otherwise?

September 27, 2015

26 - TWINS

Insecurity and Meanness of Spirit
Are the inner twins
Of Pomposity and Arrogance.

September 28, 2015

27 - FADED DREAMS

Humans cling to faded dreams
Of what was or could have been
Instead of what is
And ought to be.

September 29, 2015

28 - THE DERVISH

I came across a Dervish once
In patched robes carrying a pike
"It all belongs to Him" he said.
I fed him
And he went on his way
I never saw the like of him again.

September 30, 2015

29 - A GREAT MAN

Today, a Great Man died.
I have nothing to say.
His traces are seared on my being.
Until both his traces and my being vanish.

November 3, 2015

30 - REMEMBRANCE DAY

Human beings slaughter each other.
Then observe silence in remembrance of their slaughters.
Then crank up, suitably purified.
For more slaughter.

November 11, 2015

31 - ATTACKS and attacks

PARIS WAS ATTACKED TODAY
MONSTROUS TERRORISTS TARGET INNOCENTS
HORROR. RIGHTEOUS ANGER. RESOLVE. DEFIANCE
NO QUARTER FOR BARBARIANS
CIVILISATION IS AT STAKE


beirut was attacked yesterday
militants target hizbollah suburb.
must be in retaliation for syrian intervention
you know beirut is always in turmoil. sad.
Violence is endemic there...isn't it?


But I thought they were the same people
I mean...These TERRORISTS
or is it militants?

November 13, 2015

32 - SERENITY

"Know Yourself" said the Oracle of Delphi
"Whoever Knows Himself Knows His Lord" said the Prophet of Islam
"Lord of Thyself Thou art Lord of All" said William Blake
A staged journey towards wisdom and serenity.
But Truth only emerges when Lordship, Knowledge, Wisdom and Serenity
Dissolve their boundaries into
One.

November 26, 2015

33 - GOOD AND EVIL

Evil is a condition that permeates creation and the cosmos.
Good is a principle that enfolds creation and the cosmos.
Good must therefore prevail.
No reason or convention can be made for this claim.
Only experience and insight.

December 17, 2015

34 - IMPERCEPTIBILITY

The essence of Imperceptibility
declares Its Presence.

The imperceptibility of Essence
declares Its Unknowability.

January 5, 2016

35 - ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS

"We come from a void
Pass through a world of experience
And return to a void"

"We come from the Unseen
Pass through a world of physicality
And return to the Unseen"

"We come from luminosity
Pass through a world of denseness
And return to luminosity"

"We come by Divine Dispensation
Pass through a world of trials
And return by Divine Dispensation"

"We come by randomness
Pass through a world of no meaning
And return to nothingness"

Humans make all sorts of assertions.
The Truth lies elsewhere.

January 6, 2016

36 - THE POWER OF THE UNSEEN IS UNFATHOMABLE (A SOLILOQUY)

In realms and universes away from reason and causality, analyses and theories, systems and religions, there is a Field that unifies and separates; divides, multiplies and then draws together; grows and shrinks; expands and contracts. Absolute Truth nullifies relative truth; Being overwhelms existence. There, possibilities are infinite and permutations and outcomes even more so. There, the Laws that Humanity sets up for itself are rendered meaningless.

It is in these worlds that Man becomes bereft of the possibility of action and the illusion of control.

But we persist in our arrogations, attributing to ourselves powers and qualities that are not, and cannot be rightly ours.

How greater are those who see and yield to the Power, even as they know they are entrapped in a world where the illusion of otherness creates the mirage of strength and will.

It is then that an inner voice cries out, "Leave all behind and marvel at the Power that only reveals itself when you admit of your despair, helplessness and emptiness."

January 30, 2017

37 - THE ABSOLUTE IS NOT

The Absolute is in no realm

It neither ascends nor descends

Nor Reveals Itself

Nor Hides Itself

For no-one and no-thing can be alongside It

It Is- and all else is Not

January 31, 2017

38 - THE SPIRES OF NA-KUJA ABAD*

So much ink is wasted describing the condition of exile.

Cynical, sour writers build fleeting careers on it.

Malevolent scoundrels harangue the gullible

Or simply the fearful and anxious multitude.

Aliens, Drifters, Strangers;

Or worse

Vermin; Filthy People with evil glints

"They want what We have!"

No!

"They hate what We are!"

Which one is it?

The exiles look at themselves and see

Yearning, Pining, Wistfulness, Loss

They wear their lot as ill-fitting suits

But!

You are neither of here nor there.

No boundary or culture

No landscape or neighbour

No language or flag

Can ever reduce you to how mortals define you

Do not waste a lifetime trying to reverse a decree

It is Done!

We are all Wanderers. We are all exiles.

From a Munificent Reality

From an Immeasurable Presence

We stole away at night from that blissful realm of

No-Place and No-Thing

A miserable and losing bargain

But it has never left us.

Seared in our being are

The Soaring Spires of Na-Kuja Abad

The Land of Nowhere

Where only Reality dwells

Where we can gaze at Eternity

And smile the Smile of the Ever-Contented

Na-Kuja Abad!

* Literally, in Farsi, The City of Nowhere

February 1, 2017

39 - DISSOLUTION

Does selfhood dissolve or disappear?

Or transmogrifies and mutates?

Or leaps into another arena of self-perceived consciousness?

Or perhaps it disintegrates into scattered tiny globs of something or another?

Or is it gathered into some universal wholeness?

Where it merges and fuses with who knows What?

And Why? And How?

Eternal paradoxes emanating from the Unique One

The I of Command

Be!..and it is

Which emerges and vanishes

Unfolds and Rolls up

Moves near then draws afar

At insensible speeds or none

To challenge all that is not/He

About Purpose, Direction and Meaning

February 2, 2017