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
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 demands courage.
September 24, 2015
23 - FOUNDERS AND FOLLOWERS
Do founders of religions
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
So fewer and fewer Individuals ascend
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
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;
Vermin; Filthy People with evil glints
"They want what We have!"
"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
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
* 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