20 May 2011

From an awakened friend of mine:

Reading your blog post, I think what some people don't understand is that love is not way to peace -- it is the only way. Through intense, loving devotion, you either surrender to an object outside of yourself or to the mystery within yourself. The end result is the same. Surrender is not easy -- it means your life is over. It takes extreme passion for your Beloved, for the Self, to do this. This is why so many people spend years on the path of jnana and never get anywhere. All they do is play mind games. Likewise, many bhakti types never move from dogma to true devotion.

It takes a burning desire to be free . . . the pain, the yearning, the longing has to be so unbearably intense that you can't focus on anything other than freedom. You feel you'll die if you have to live in delusion for another instant. You have to be insanely in love. Ramakrishna felt this way. Janet felt this way. Most don't. They want to read a book or go to a yoga class in their "free" time, and seek material fulfillment the other 23 hours of the day. This doesn't work. They will experience the pale light of a glowworm instead of the brilliance of a supernova explosion . . . then maybe start giving satsang (for money).

Love is the only way. Love is the only way. Love is the only way.



  1. That's it. Very clear, very true and very strong. I love it. I love it very much and it's burning me away in a very sweet fire. Thank you very, very much :-).

  2. unrelated to this post, but since you love cats so much:


  3. And where does that leave the rest of us who feel nothing?

  4. Dear, "And where does that leave the rest of us who feel nothing?"

    Rest assured all is not lost.

    Begin by cultivating and building a relationship with the one you are most drawn towards.

    Accept and foster whatever arises when you sit with them or listen to them.

    Tend to the relationship, and, like a garden, you will see it grow and change and develop over time.

    The feeling of Love will bud like a little rose, and with the heat of the Sun and the nourishment of the communication, it will begin to swell.

    When the weather is right, the unfolding of petals will begin ...

    Eventually the rose will blossom into a flower of Divine fragrance.

    TRUST. Love is what you ARE.

  5. Edji,
    Here is a sutra for those stuck between self-enquiry and bakti, it’s Middle Way Jnana and is especially for anonymous who feels nothing.

    While in dream character of Taoist Warrior Monk My Awakened friend Kung Fu Tzu said to me When I asked about love and the bakti Path

    Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.

    Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.

    Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.

    Squirrel who runs up woman's leg will not find nuts.

    Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.

    Man who runs in front of car gets tired, man who runs behind car gets

    Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.

    War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.

    Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.

    It takes many nails to build a crib, but one screw to fill it.

    Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.

    Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

    Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

    Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.

    "A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood".

    Anonymous when bakti and self-enquiry with all their serious ideas fail, go for the middle way, laughter, it’s the best medicine and perfectly single-pointed; there are no mistakes, one listens to joke; mind follows pattern and is then flipped into a completely new dimension of consciousness and energy. Remain there and all will be well.

    If you still feel nothing you’re Enlightened and don’t know it.

    So celebrate, have a laugh and you will fall in love and find out who you are simultaneously.

    Yu Jin (Sam)Wise Wan

  6. Someone may feel an unbearable longing for freedom and they surrender and never awaken ... while others don't feel like that and suddenly they awaken instantly and they have never heard about awakening.

    Is there a set of prerequisites for awakening ?

  7. Dear one,

    You are so beautiful, so gentle and so humble - so loving. How I love you, how I long for your presence and your words. How I came to think we are apart? But what joy and ecstasy to find out we were never separate but one and only - Love.

  8. Thank you all for your wise words.

    I'll cultivate the love and laughter.

  9. Can this object of devotion be someone who has left the body? Ramana brought me on this path and I feel a heart connection to his form. I believe it can take me out. How about a child who is very young 2 or 3? I have a heart connection there as well.

  10. Yes it can be someone who left the body--to a point. But someone who is alive brings far more intensity and depth eventually. Well, if you want to worship a child, that's ok, but not very good for the child.

  11. To surrender to the mystery within yourself, do you just stop searching and just immerse yourself in your own love for yourself? Chanting, going deep, not asking questions but surrendering them to a higher power within yourself. Burning up with love for the truth. Is this the way to surrender to oneself?

  12. Look, this blog has over a half million words all about getting beyond, and you want a yes no answer? In your question you mixed four different methods and called them identical. immerse in yourself, love for yourself, chanting, going deep, surrendering to a higher power within yourself, burning with love to the truth, then you asked is this the way to surrender to oneself.

    You have to become much clearer about what you are doing. Even chanting, going deep and not asking questions is really three things.

    Pick one thing. One method. One love. One point. To do all of the above will leave you very confused.

    I have suggested self-inquiry, or immersing in the I Am, or loving someone. But if you break any of these simple ways into a dozen sub ways, you will get confused.