Sunday, October 08, 2006

Everything is SEEN without a seer + New Note

I highly recommend a 3 CD set called "Music of the Search" Gurdjieff/ De Hartmann - Music for piano. - These wonderfully expressive musical pieces are played with an equisit sensitivity by one of my first teachers Helen Adie. - Helen was my 'Movements' teacher. - It may be of some interest, to my regular readers, that it was I, myself, who made most of the recordings on these CD’s over a period of many years. - It may sound exaggerated when I say that Helen's playing of Gurdieff's music is by far the best I have ever heard - but I am not exaggerating at all - just spoilt from years of hearing her play live. - When she played everyone stopped whatever they were doing and their attention was drawn to the music in all its details.
- Helen’s playing is unsurpassed and carries with it a depth of feeling one does not meet often in musicians. - You can read some further information about Helen at the website, which takes orders of the CD set.
- Do a g/search for Tomfolio - Helen Adie.

New book (A6 size) by Robin Dale is a gem. - It is called "Empty Thoughts".
Some years ago, Robin and I (and others) used to sit in Bob's meetings as we threw questions at Bob and had our doubts cleared away.
Now, it is known that there are no grounds for any questions left. - Nothing sticks.
Robin has a gift for prose and his expressions in this small book are potent little pills. - Give yourself a gift - get it. - You will find a link to him on my recommended reading page.

Email from Mark West, living disciple of Nisargadatta Maharaj:
"Dear G,
In regard to your first book The First Instant , in your crystal clear seeing, you declare that “everything IS this first instant of knowing”. I now share with you a quote that resonates perfectly with your most profound insight.
It is from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: "Understand this first moment, when we understood "we are"- the first moment of the body, when it understood "it is".
Recognize that very first moment.
Once you grasp this, then you are the highest of the gods, the point at which everything arises.
At that very point, everything also sets: the source and the end are the same point.
Nobody tries to understand this happening of the self, the happening of this "I am-ness.
"Once it is understood - I, the Absolute, am not this "I am-ness".

- Mark West

Today's Note:
Everything is clear and obvious.
'Who' is it that can't see that?
My first teacher, George Adie (who had been a pupil of G.I. Gurdjieff), said on one occasion, many years ago, that “everything is seen”.
The manner in which he made this singular announcement was a shock to hear and stimulated the consciousness.
It was meant to be a shock. - Gurdjieff was a master at delivering 'shocks'.
His teaching contains 'shocks' as in integral part of 'the system'.
In this particular case it stripped the mind stuff back, giving an opportunity to see from a new perspective, if only briefly.
At the time, for myself, I remember that it revealed for me some mind games that were going on.
Spiritual mind games: Who do we think we are fooling?
Decades can be wasted on spiritual games and self-image nonsense. - Self-indulgent mind games and erroneous feelings of superiority.
In our ignorance, we imagine that we hide behind a projected façade or image that we intentionally put up for others to see.
It is a foolish game.
We can cut it all away instantly and free the mind from such games.
Most do not have that inclination - better to keep the dream alive.
- Unfortunately for many, that is all they appear to possess – Spiritual games and dreams.
Egoistic and conceited teachers attract the same elements in their followers and so it all goes round and round like a pathetic donkey on a treadmill.
For the clear sighted, nothing of it is obscuring the pure seeing at all and the apparent 'seer' is known to be nothing other than the pure function of Seeing.

Siddharameshwar said: “Do not try to look through someone else’s eyes”.
All of our complications in mind stuff, are mostly based on ‘things’ that ‘are not’.
Woven stories around images and they, themselves, are more or less totally imaginary.
If any facts are in them, they are usually grossly exaggerated or distorted with biased self-centered notions.
They are all flimsy and elusive when inquired into. - They reveal their nature via pure seeing.
Yet these things are what bring us so much trouble and (seemingly) cut us off from what is real. - We are never truly any of these 'things' that appear in our notions and beliefs.
This ‘teaching’, if we can call it by that name, is nothing other than the pure functions of seeing-knowing.
It is so direct, it needs no support from concepts at all – yet it appears that we need clear and precise concepts to eliminate less clear and precise concepts.
This apparent 'process' of elimination goes on until the natural clarity of our pure functions have eliminated the minds indulgences in, or identification with, concepts.
Why am I telling you all this?

– It is a mystery.

Dear G,
I am very grateful to you for writing this fabulous book:
“Everything Is Clear and Obvious”.
I have just completed an order for three further copies, for my many "seeking" friends.
I would like to help pass your "clear pointers" on to others. - D.

NEWS: - We have streamlined the ordering process and have added new ways to purchase the books and CD's etc, other than through paypal. - This is good news for some who avoid p/p. - Paypal still opperates of course for those who wish to use it. - It works fine for most.
Due to repeated requests, the CD “Shining through the mind” will be re-released in a couple of weeks or so.