I was reading a selection of Adyashanti quotes, when I suddenly realised this. If you don’t live your life with passion what exactly is it worth. You might be a lawyer, an accountant or a pensions clerk. Those are very sensible professions, but if that’s what you spend all your time doing you will end up a dry and dusty bag of bones. It is the work of a lifetime, to bring those passions to maturity, and instead of spending them in a flash, to live by them.
The more I read of Adya’s teaching, the more I feel that they are powerful, clear, radical, fierce. It has the potential to truly bring you to the threshold of revolution. Respect to the people who have the guts to live by them.
“As soon as you break your fidelity to Truth, you kick yourself out of the freedom of Truth. As soon as anything—power, praise, person, place, thing, outward love, respect, acknowledgment—becomes more important than Truth, you will begin to suffer and feel separate. There is only room for Truth in the Truth. This means there is only room for seeing the Truth, choosing the Truth, and loving the Truth. A fierce commitment to Truth is a moment-to-moment choice.”
― Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing
“This one question -- "What do I know for certain?"-- is tremendously powerful. When you look deeply into this question, it actually destroys your world. It destroys your whole sense of self, and it's meant to. You come to see that everything you think you know about yourself, everything you think you know about the world, is based on assumptions, beliefs, and opinions-- things you believe because you were taught or told that they were true. Until we start to see these false perceptions for what they really are, consciousness will be imprisoned within the dream state.”
― Adyashanti, The End of Your World: Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment
It’s stuff that puts me in mind of a famous Hakim Sanai poem, this…
“Stop weaving a net about yourself:
burst like a lion from the cage.
Melt yourself down in his search:
venture your life and your soul
in the path of sincerity;
strive to pass from nothingness to being,
and make yourself drunk with the wine of God.”