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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Beyond/Behind Mind - Nisargadatta & Wu Hsin

The mind must learn that beyond the moving mind there
is the background of awareness, which does not change.
The mind must come to know the true self and respect it and
cease covering it up, like the moon which obscures the sun
during solar eclipse.

What you need
is to be aware of being aware. Be aware deliberately and
consciously, broaden and deepen the field of awareness.

Look at it this way. The mind produces thoughts ceaselessly,
even when you do not look at them. When you know what is
going on in your mind, you call it consciousness. This is your
waking state—your consciousness shifts from sensation to
sensation, from perception to perception, from idea to
 idea, in endless succession. Then comes awareness,
the direct insight 
into the whole of consciousness,
 the totality of the mind. The 
mind is like a river,
 flowing ceaselessly
in the bed of the body;
you identify yourself for a moment with some
particular ripple 
and call it: 'my thought’. All you are conscious of is your mind;
awareness is the cognizance of
 as a whole.

Our minds are just waves on the ocean of consciousness.
 As waves 
they come and go.
 As ocean they are infinite and eternal.
 Know yourself as the Ocean of Being,
the womb of all existence.

are all metaphors of course;
 the reality is beyond description.
You can know it only by being it."


Awareness is primordial;
it is the original state of
Pure Potentiality.
It is beginningless and endless…

Go behind all perceptions, conceptions
and ideas to that which is aware…
Free your self from preoccupation
with names and forms
and see what remains...

No Source of illumination is
required in order to see the sun.
One simply turns toward it and
rests in the attention of it.
How can you expect to
see the sun if your
attention is

The peace you seek
is where you are.
Merely stop masking
it with thought.

Wu Hsin
Excerpts from
Behind the Mind:
The Short Discourses
f Wu Hsin

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