Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

“When you merge with the Universe,
the whole world is attracted to you,
discovering through you
its own security, peace and good health.”
—Tao Te Ching, v. 35

Silence

Silence

“Let me sit here,
on the threshold
of two worlds,
Lost in the eloquence 
of silence.”
—Rumi

The Field of Love

The Field of Love

“Out beyond ideas 
of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing,
there is a field. 
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down 
in that grass,
the world is too full 
to talk about.
Ideas, language, 
even the phrase 
“each other”
doesn’t make any sense.

The breeze at dawn 
has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what 
you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going 
back and forth 
across the doorsill
where the two worlds 
touch.

The door is round 
and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.”
— Rumi

The Thinker

The Thinker

The thinker is the psychological entity who has accumulated experience as knowledge; he is the time-bound centre that is the result of ever-changing environmental influence, and from this centre he looks, he listens, he experiences. As long as one does not understand the structure and the anatomy of this centre, there must always be conflict, and a mind in conflict cannot possibly understand the depth and the beauty of meditation.

In meditation there can be no thinker, which means that thought must come to an end—the thought which is urged forward by the desire to achieve a result. Meditation has nothing to do with achieving a result. It is not a matter of breathing in a particular way, or looking at your nose, or awakening the power to perform certain tricks, or any of the rest of that immature nonsense. … Meditation is not something apart from life. When you are driving a car or sitting in a bus, when you are chatting aimlessly, when you are walking by yourself in a wood or watching a butterfly being carried along by the wind—to be choicelessly aware of all that is part of meditation.

Krishnamurti