The Great Doubt Beyond All Words

“Prajna [wisdom] is aroused awareness, but not of ‘something’:  something would imply content, something that the mind is resting upon.  Prajna is pure awareness, awareness seeing into itself.  There is no entity, however subtle, that is aware of being aware;  nor is there any being however attenuated, of which there is awareness.  It could be said that prajna is seeing into emptiness, or much better still, that it is seeing as emptiness.”

“Words cease to be opaque and are but windows onto the great doubt beyond all words.”

-Albert Low

“Listen, you say to the sound of philoso-phy, philoso-pher, education and custom dissolving to a roselit piece of shell.  That is all we get, a bit of a look into where there is no beginning, to what is always constantly starting out.  No belonging, only daring and courage, the beauty of those.”

“The willow shakes her head, and I have this to say to language, Leave me alone.  But language keeps chasing me, arguing.”

“Your fire wavers with the thought of death, but if it burned in eternity, it would not tremble.”

“The master who teaches us is absolute light, not this visibility.”

“Journeys bring power and love back into you.  If you cannot go somewhere, move in the passageways of the self.  They are like shafts of light, always changing, and you change when you explore them.”

“Live in the opening where there is no door to hide behind.  Be pure absence.  In that state everything is essential.  The rest of this must be said in silence because of the enormous difference between light and words that try to say light.”

-Rumi

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on February 29, 2012.

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