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Man and thought


 Man and thought

When you say that Man(s) can and must "See", (Perceive) Reality Directly, in what is, what is happening, which means a Perception Without an Observer, a Perception of Oneness Including All Physical Events, that is, a Direct Contact with Reality... this is a result of Experience. It is something that has been Experienced, that has been tested, that is absolutely real and verifiable (by the one who is interested). It is neither a theory nor an arbitrary metaphysical statement. After all, intelligent people test everything and do not accept as Truth what is said.

In This State of Existence, Awareness, Space Is Limitless and Time Is The Eternally Flowing Moment Without Awareness Itself Changing, Only the "appearances" change.

It seems easier for humans (after hundreds of thousands of years of habit) to "perceive" through thought, through an "observer" (created by thought and identified with thought), through an "I"…

But from the moment an "observer" is posited (created), the concept of "space" within which the "observer" exists, which surrounds the "observer", which is "opposite" (the ego-world separation...) is automatically created)… the time, the development, the activities…

The "observer", the ego tries to approach the Truth, to expand (in knowledge), to become fully aware of the Reality, to realize the Truth... all this at the level of its perception, at the level of thought process, mental activity ...

But whatever effort is made by the "observer", the ego and all activity, is the activity of the "observer" and remains within its limits, within the limits of its perception, space, time, action, that is, thought, i.e. of the limited one.

Obviously, it is perceived that there is a State of Being-Awareness that is Beyond, beyond the "observer" and its activities, a State Authentic, Unadulterated, Unlimited, Free, Sacred, that cannot be violated, "experienced" by any "observer". It is the State that people Call Reality, God, or whatever.

For This State to Exist the "observer" must cease to exist. But how is this possible? Even if the "observer" wants to experience such a State it is impossible. Obviously it is a problem that is not solved through the activities of the "observer".

The "observer" must cease to exist in order for the Real, the True, to Manifest.

This is the one and only koan for Zen people... the only answer that every human being has to give. How?

Obviously a Real Action is needed here, an Action in the Physical field, not an action or activity at the level of thought, the activity of the "observer".

The Answer Lies within ourselves, not somewhere else, outside, in books, or information.

We just have to See, just see what it is, the very process of thinking, of the formation of the "observer", of its dissolution...

Thought itself is but a natural function, and we must learn to control it naturally, just like any other activity of ours...

When we simply enter the process of thinking, of creating the "observer", when we perceive and act through this perspective... we simply enter a virtual dead-end world. It is purely our matter.

Ο Άνθρωπος κι η σκέψη

Όταν λες ότι ο Άνθρωπος (οι άνθρωποι) μπορεί και πρέπει να «Βλέπει», (να Αντιλαμβάνεται) την Πραγματικότητα Άμεσα, σε αυτό που υπάρχει, που συμβαίνει, που σημαίνει μια Αντίληψη Χωρίς Παρατηρητή, μια Αντίληψη Ενότητας που Περιλαμβάνει Όλα τα Φυσικά Περιστατικά, δηλαδή μια Άμεση Επαφή με την Πραγματικότητα… αυτό είναι αποτέλεσμα Εμπειρίας. Είναι κάτι που έχει Βιωθεί, που έχει δοκιμασθεί, που είναι απολύτως πραγματικό και επαληθεύσιμο ( από αυτόν που ενδιαφέρεται). Δεν είναι ούτε μια θεωρία, ούτε μια αυθαίρετη μεταφυσική δήλωση. Άλλωστε οι νοήμονες άνθρωποι δοκιμάζουν τα πάντα και δεν εκλαμβάνουν σαν Αλήθεια ό,τι λέγεται.

Σε Αυτή την Κατάσταση Ύπαρξης, Επίγνωσης, ο Χώρος Είναι Απεριόριστος κι ο Χρόνος Είναι η Στιγμή που Ρέει Αιώνια Χωρίς να Αλλάζει η Ίδια η Επίγνωση, μόνο τα «φαινόμενα» αλλάζουν.

Φαίνεται πιο εύκολο στους ανθρώπους (μετά από εκατοντάδων χιλιάδων χρόνων συνήθειας) να «αντιλαμβάνονται» μέσα από την σκέψη, μέσα από ένα «παρατηρητή» (που δημιουργείται από την σκέψη και ταυτίζεται με την σκέψη), μέσα από ένα «εγώ»…

Από την στιγμή όμως που τίθεται (δημιουργείται) ένας «παρατηρητής», αυτόματα δημιουργείται η έννοια του «χώρου» εντός του οποίου υπάρχει ο «παρατηρητής», που περιβάλλει τον «παρατηρητή», που είναι «απέναντι» (ο διαχωρισμός εγώ-κόσμος…)… ο χρόνος, η εξέλιξη, οι δραστηριότητες…

Ο «παρατηρητής», το εγώ προσπαθεί να προσεγγίσει την Αλήθεια, να διευρυνθεί (σε γνώση), να αποκτήσει πλήρη επίγνωση της Πραγματικότητας, να πραγματώσει την Αλήθεια… όλα αυτά στο επίπεδο της αντίληψής του, στο επίπεδο της σκεπτοδιαδικασίας, της νοητικής δραστηριότητας…

Αλλά όποια προσπάθεια κι αν γίνεται από τον «παρατηρητή», το εγώ και κάθε δραστηριότητα, είναι δραστηριότητα του «παρατηρητή» και παραμένει μέσα στα όριά του, μέσα στα όρια της αντίληψής του, του χώρου, του χρόνου, της δράσης, δηλαδή της σκέψης, δηλαδή του περιορισμένου.

Προφανώς, γίνεται Αντιληπτό ότι Υπάρχει Μια Κατάσταση Ύπαρξης-Επίγνωσης που είναι Πέραν, πέραν του «παρατηρητή» και των δραστηριοτήτων του, Μια Κατάσταση Αυθεντική, Ανόθευτη, Απεριόριστη, Ελεύθερη, Ιερή, που δεν μπορεί να παραβιασθεί, να «βιωθεί» από κάποιο «παρατηρητή». Είναι η Κατάσταση που οι άνθρωποι Ονομάζουν Πραγματικότητα, Θεό, ή οτιδήποτε άλλο.

Για να Υπάρξει Αυτή η Κατάσταση πρέπει να σταματήσει να υπάρχει ο «παρατηρητής». Πως όμως είναι δυνατόν να γίνει αυτό; Ακόμα κι αν ο «παρατηρητής» θέλει να βιώσει μια Τέτοια Κατάσταση είναι αδύνατο. Προφανώς είναι ένα πρόβλημα που δεν λύνεται μέσα από τις δραστηριότητες του «παρατηρητή».

Ο «παρατηρητής» πρέπει να πάψει να υπάρχει για να Φανερωθεί το Πραγματικό, το Αληθινό.

Αυτό είναι το ένα και μοναδικό κοάν για τους ανθρώπους του Ζεν… η μόνη απάντηση που πρέπει να δώσει ο κάθε άνθρωπος. Πως;

Προφανώς εδώ χρειάζεται μια Πραγματική Δράση, μια Δράση στο Φυσικό πεδίο, όχι μια δράση ή δραστηριότητα στο επίπεδο της σκέψης, της δραστηριότητας του «παρατηρητή».

Η Απάντηση Βρίσκεται σε μας τους ίδιους, όχι κάπου αλλού, έξω, σε βιβλία, ή πληροφορίες.

Απλά πρέπει να Δούμε, απλά να δούμε αυτό που είναι, την ίδια την διαδικασία της σκέψης, του σχηματισμού του «παρατηρητή», της διάλυσής του…

Η ίδια η σκέψη δεν είναι παρά μια φυσική λειτουργία και πρέπει να μάθουμε να την ελέγχουμε φυσικά, όπως και κάθε άλλη δραστηριότητά μας…

Όταν απλά εισερχόμαστε στην διαδικασία της σκέψης, της δημιουργίας του «παρατηρητή», όταν αντιλαμβανόμαστε κι ενεργούμε μέσα από αυτή την οπτική… απλά μπαίνουμε σε ένα εικονικό αδιέξοδο κόσμο. Είναι καθαρά δικό μας θέμα.

 

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Our Prayer

The Path Within

 

O Cosmos, we stand at the precipice of the Absolute, gazing into the void of the Unknown. We search for a way to transcend the bounds of thought and ego, to experience the essence of our deepest being.

The Buddha, the Masters of the East Upanishads, Orpheus, Jesus – all these wise beings have pointed us towards the Path. But it is not a path that is external, not a journey that can be traversed by the feet. It is a path that lies within, a journey that must be undertaken by the heart and the mind.

We must let go of the external orientations that nurture and educate us, that direct us towards other goals. We must look inward, to the stillness and silence that resides within. We must listen to the whispers of our soul, to the voice that speaks of the Absolute.

Krishnamurti and other modern Sages have shown us that it is possible to experience the Absolute, to transcend the limitations of thought and ego. They have shown us that it is not a mystery, not a miracle, but a possibility that lies within our human nature.

So let us embark on this journey, this Path that few follow. Let us let go of the burdens that weigh us down, the attachments that bind us. Let us embrace the unknown, the uncertainty, the chaos that lies within.

For in the depths of the Absolute, we will find the stillness and peace that we seek. We will find the answers to the questions that have plagued us for centuries. We will find the Truth that lies within.

Let us be brave, let us be bold, let us be fearless. Let us take the step into the void, into the unknown. For it is there that we will find the Absolute, the essence of our being. It is there that we will find our true nature, our true self.

May we be guided on this journey by the wise words of the Sages, by the light of the Absolute that shines within us. May we find the strength and courage to let go of the old, to embrace the new. May we find the peace and stillness that we seek, the Truth that lies within.

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Glimpses of the Absolute

 

Within each of us lies the potential to transcend the limitations of ordinary mind and experience a deeper reality - what some traditions call the Absolute, the Ground of Being, or God. While this state of unity or peak experience has often been considered the domain solely of mystics and saints, the truth is that the capacity dwells dormant in every human soul. It is our essential nature, awaiting discovery through disciplined inner work.

All genuine spiritual paths point to the same destination, though using different languages and methods. At their core, they offer a process of liberation from identification with separate ego and gradual awakening to our intrinsic divine essence. This involves cultivating noble virtues, practicing presence of mind through meditation, and cultivating wisdom through inquiry into the nature of reality and self.

Over time, such disciplines help peel away layers of superficial conditioning to reveal our true blissful and peaceful self - one with the fundamental pure consciousness that underlies all forms. In that state of inward stillness and clarity, the usual boundaries between subject and object fall away. One perceives directly that all is contained within the one infinite life and knows directly one's identity with the eternal. Though ineffable, this realization brings transcendent peace, love, creativity and compassion.

While glimpses of the Absolute may come through grace to anyone at any time, consistent experience depends on committed effort. The seeker must firmly resolve to strip away all that obscures their true nature like the proverbial onion, layer by layer. With patient practice of presence and purification, the trappings of small self dissolve, and one may abide as peaceful, blissful awareness itself - fully awake in every moment to life's deepest meaning. Then daily living becomes worship, and ordinary reality is transfigured by love, joy, wisdom and service. This is the fruit of following the perennial path with heart and will - a taste of our shared spiritual potential.

 

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Quotes

Constantinos’s quotes


"A "Soul" that out of ignorance keeps making mistakes is like a wounded bird with helpless wings that cannot fly high in the sky."— Constantinos Prokopiou

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CHAPTER III

 

QUIETING PEOPLE

Neglecting to praise the worthy deters people from emulating them; just as not prizing rare treasures deters a man from becoming a thief; or ignoring the things which awaken desire keeps the heart at rest.

Therefore, the wise ruler does not suggest unnecessary things, but seeks to satisfy the minds of his people. He seeks to allay appetites but strengthen bones. He ever tries by keeping people in ignorance to keep them satisfied and those who have knowledge he restrains from evil. If he, himself, practices restraint then everything is in quietness.

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Quieting People

Neglecting to praise the worthy:

Neglecting to acknowledge and praise individuals who deserve recognition can discourage others from emulating their positive qualities.

Just as not appreciating rare treasures deters a person from engaging in theft, the absence of recognition can hinder the development of desirable traits in others.

By recognizing and praising the worthy, we can inspire others to strive for excellence.

Ignoring the things that awaken desire:

When we disregard or ignore the things that evoke desire, we can maintain a sense of contentment and inner peace.

By not constantly seeking external stimuli, we can cultivate a state of tranquility within ourselves.

This approach allows us to find satisfaction in what we already have, rather than constantly chasing after new desires.

The wise ruler's approach:

A wise ruler understands the importance of satisfying the minds of the people they govern.

They do not unnecessarily burden their subjects with irrelevant information or demands.

Instead, they focus on allaying appetites and reinforcing the overall well-being of their people.

The wise ruler restrains those with knowledge from engaging in harmful actions and promotes a culture of restraint and tranquility.

The benefits of quietness:

When individuals practice restraint and embrace a state of quietness, harmony and peace prevail.

By prioritizing calmness and self-control, both on an individual and societal level, conflicts can be minimized.

The pursuit of quietness allows for personal growth, contentment, and a more harmonious coexistence.

Embracing quietness

Quieting people involves recognizing the worthy, ignoring unnecessary desires, and fostering a state of tranquility. The wise ruler seeks to satisfy the minds of their people by allaying appetites and promoting restraint. By embracing quietness, individuals can experience personal growth and contribute to a more peaceful society. Remember to appreciate the positive qualities in others, find contentment in the present, and practice self-restraint for a harmonious existence.

 

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