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The search for enlightenment

JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matterNetherlands Veteran

I came across this video on Youtube (thanks algorithm) which I wanted to share and discuss.

For those who cannot be bothered watching all 24 minutes (the intro question is rather long and somewhat rambling), Rupert Spira here teaches that we do not desire things and spiritual whatnots, but these are only placeholders for wanting happiness. He also teaches that our true nature is unchanging and contented, fulfilled. For more detail, watch the video.

Thought it was a pretty good teaching.



  • LionduckLionduck Veteran
    edited June 2022

    To "catch" a cat

    If you chase it - you will never catch it
    You seek it, you will see it
    Do not go to it for it wili stay away
    Be gentle - be patient
    Place near you what nourishes it
    When it approaches, be still
    Gently encourage it
    Coax it softly until it comes to you
    Caress it softly but do not grab it
    It will become yours and you it's
    Thus you catch the cat
    And the cat, still free, catches you

    If you wish to "Catch" enlightenment, think of the cat

    Peace to all

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    We can talk about depth of realisation or extent of settling.

    … So I AM or being happy-content or non-duality/distracted being is fine as a living. That too dies.

    The Cat Sat on the Mat!

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  • The search for enlightenment


  • Your four fine sessions of sadhana practice,
    So meticulously arranged —
    Forget about them.

    When you're in a good mood,
    Your practice seems to have lots of clarity —
    But you just can't relax into it.
    When you're depressed,
    Your practice is stable enough
    But there's no brilliance to it.
    As for awareness,
    You try to force yourself into a rigpa-like state,
    As if stabbing a stake into a target!

    When those yogic positions and gazes keep your mind stable
    Only by keeping mind tethered —
    Forget about them!

    When you're without any worldly
    or religious obligations,
    Don't keep on longing to acquire some!

    If you let go of everything —
    Everything, everything —
    That's the real point!

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Tee Hee!
    Patrul Rinpoche was a mahasiddhi. Outstanding. 🙏🏽

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