But Buddha has not talked about joy either, because there is still one thing that goes beyond joy. He calls it bliss. Bliss is total. It is neither physiological nor psychological nor spiritual. It knows no division, it is indivisible. It is total in one sense and transcendental in another sense. Buddha only talks about two words. The first is pleasure; it includes happiness. The second is bliss; it includes joy.
You are out of jail, out of the cage; you can open your wings and the whole sky is yours. All the stars and the moon and the sun belong to you. You can disappear into the blueness of the beyond….Just drop clinging to this cage, move out of the cage and the whole sky is yours. Open your wings and fly across the sun like an eagle.
In the inner sky, in the inner world, freedom is the highest value – everything else is secondary, even blissfulness, ecstasy. There are thousands of flowers, uncountable, but they all become possible in the climate of freedom.
The bird pictured on this card is looking out from what seems to be a cage. There is no door, and actually the bars are disappearing. The bars were an illusion, and this small bird is being summoned by the grace and freedom and encouragement of the others. It is spreading its wings, ready to take flight for the very first time.
The dawn of a new understanding – that the cage has always been open, and the sky has always been there for us to explore – can make us feel a little shaky at first. It’s fine, and natural to be shaky, but don’t let it overshadow the opportunity to experience the lightheartedness and adventure on offer, right there alongside the shakiness.
Move with the sweetness and gentleness of this time. Feel the fluttering within. Spread your wings and be free.
The Philosophical Frog and the Centipede – YouTube.
This man makes me SMILE 🙂
Death has been on my mind.
Not a fear of it;but more of an interest in the effect someone’s death has on us.
I was not present when my father died.
My thoughts tend to wonder and reflect on what his last thoughts were and if he felt pain.
I have been listening to my album “The Essence” by Deva Premal and doing research on ZEN.
Below are excerpts from the book “No Water_No Moon by OSHO
THIS WAY AND THAT WAY,
I TRIED TO KEEP THE PAIL TOGETHER,
HOPING THE WEAK BAMBOO
WOULD NEVER BREAK.
SUDDENLY THE BOTTOM FELL OUT.
NO MORE WATER;
NO MORE REFLECTION OF THE FULL MOON
IN THE WATER –EMPTINESS IN MY HAND.
Go with emptiness in your hand, because that’s all… that’s all I can offer to you, and nothing is greater than that. This is my gift: go with emptiness in your hand.
If you can carry emptiness in your hand, then everything becomes possible. Don’t carry possessions, don’t carry knowledge, don’t carry anything that fills the pot and becomes the water, because then you will be seeing only the reflection.
In wealth, in possessions, in houses, in cars, in prestige, you will see only the reflection
of the full moon.
And the full moon is there waiting for you.
Let the bottom drop! Don’t try this way and that way to protect the old pail.
It is not worth it.
Don’t protect yourself, it is not worth it.
Let the pail break down, let the water flow, let the moon in the water disappear, because only then will you be able to raise your eyes towards the real moon.
It is always there in the sky – but emptiness in the hand is needed.
Remain more and more empty, think yourself more and more empty, behave more and more as if you are empty.
By and by, by and by,you will have the taste of it. And once the taste comes, it is so beautiful.
Once you know the taste of emptiness, you have known the very meaning of life.
Carry emptiness,drop the pail of water which is your ego, your mind and your thoughts, and remember: no water, no moon – emptiness in the hand.
No Water No Moon
You are unique – remember. And something unique is going to happen to you which has never happened before, which will never happen again.
Not only your fingerprints are unique, your soul is unique.
Everybody is born alone, goes alone; and in the middle of these two, coming and going, you may delude yourself that you are with somebody, but you still remain alone.
Because if you are in the beginning alone and in the end alone, how in the middle can you be with somebody?
The wife, the husband, the friend, the society, are all illusions.
You remain alone, aloneness is your nature.
You can be deluded, that’s all.
You can have dreams, that’s all, but the other remains always the other and there is no meeting point.
If you have come to know that, ”I come alone, and I go alone,” then there is no coming and no going,because the soul is never born, never dies.
Life is an eternal continuum.
It never comes, never goes.
This body may have been born, this body may die – but that life, the energy,the self, the soul, or whatsoever you call the consciousness that exists in this body, has never been born and will not die.
That consciousness is continuous.
There has never been any break in it.