Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Illusion of the Knower

The Self never undergoes change; the intellect never possesses consciousness. But when one sees all this world, he is deluded into thinking, “ I am the seer, I am the knower.”
Mistaking one’s Self for the individual entity, one is overcome with fear. If one knows oneself not as the individual but as the supreme Self, one becomes free from fear.

The entire universe is truly the Self. There exists nothing at all other than the Self. The enlightened person sees everything in the world as his own Self, just as one views earthenware jars and pots as nothing but clay.
~Shri Shankaracharya (probably 788 CE - 820 CE).

The Illusion of the Doer

Events happen, deeds are done.
There is no individual doer of any deed.
~The Buddha

Monday, January 16, 2012

Greg Colbert

In his sepia images, the Canadian film-maker and photographer Greg Colbert depicts the sacred bond between the human and animal worlds, a connection in the realm of thoughtless awareness and meditation. 
I had assumed that these works were montages, but apparently they are not, which makes them even more wonderful.

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Boundless Self

"For that which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of night." 
 - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet