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Magician
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Break the Spell and Be Free

YOU HAVE PROJECTED ONTO YOURSELF a world of your own imagination, based on memories, desires and fears; and you have imprisoned yourself in it. Break the spell and be free.

Once you realize that the world is your own projection, you are free of it. You need not free yourself of a world that does not exist, except in your own imagination! However is the picture, beautiful or ugly, you are painting it and you are not bound by it. Realize that there is nobody to force it on you, that it is due to the habit of taking the imaginary to be real. See the imaginary as imaginary and be free of fear.

Meditation will help you to find your bonds, loosen them, untie them and cast your moorings. When you are no longer attached to anything, you have done your share. The rest will be done for you.

In the mirror of your mind all kinds of pictures appear and disappear. Knowing that they are entirely your own creations, watch them silently come and go. Be alert, but not perturbed. This attitude of silent observation is the very foundation of Yoga. You see the picture, but you are not the picture.

Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into the higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond it. The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to ever subtler levels without losing one's grip on the levels left behind. The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond "I-am-so-and-so," beyond all ideas into the impersonally personal pure being. But you must be energetic when you take to meditation. Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind has built around you. Believe me, you will not regret it.

The value of regular meditation is that it takes you away from the humdrum of daily routine and reminds you that you are not what you believe yourself to be. Awareness is unattached and unshaken. It is lucid, silent, peaceful, alert and unafraid, without desire and fear. Meditate on it as your true being, and try to be it in your daily life, and you shall realize it in its fullness.

Whatever happens, happens to you, by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive. You are the maker of the world in which you live; you alone can change it, or unmake it. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become.

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Writing: I AM THAT, Nisargadatta Maharaj
Art: Goro Fujita

One to One

The Prince and the Magician

ONCE UPON A TIME there was a young Prince who believed in all things but three. He did not believe in Princesses, he did not believe in islands, he did not believe in God. His father, the King, told him that such things did not exist. As there were no Princesses or islands in his father's domains, and no sign of God, the young Prince believed his father.

But then, one day, the Prince ran away from his palace. He came to the next land. There, to his astonishment, from every coast he saw islands, and on these islands, strange and troubling creatures whom he dared not name. As he was searching for a boat, a man in full evening dress approached him along the shore.

"Are those real islands?" asked the young Prince.
"Of course they are real islands," said the man in evening dress.
"And those strange and troubling creatures?"
"They are all genuine and authentic Princesses!"
"Then God must also exist!" cried the Prince.
"I am God," replied the man in full evening dress, with a bow.

The young Prince returned home as quickly as he could.
"So you are back," said his father, the King.
"I have seen islands, I have seen Princesses, I have seen God," said the Prince reproachfully.
The King was unmoved. "Neither real islands, nor real Princesses, nor a real God exist!"
"I saw them!"
"Tell me how God was dressed."
"God was in full evening dress."
"Were the sleeves of his coat rolled back?"
The Prince remembered that they had been.
The King smiled. "That is the uniform of a magician. You have been deceived!"

At this, the Prince returned to the next land, and went to the same shore, where he once again came upon the man in full evening dress. "My father the King has told me who you are," said the young Prince indignantly. "You deceived me last time, but not again. Now I know that those are not real islands and real Princesses because you are a magician."

The man on the shore smiled. "It is you who are deceived, my boy. In your father's Kingdom there are many islands and many Princesses. But you are under your father's spell, so you cannot see them."

The Prince returned home pensively. When he saw his father, he looked him in the eyes. "Father, is it true that you are not a real King, but only a magician?"
The King smiled, and rolled back his sleeves. "Yes, my son, I am only a magician."
"Then the man on the shore was God!"
"The man on the shore was another magician!"
"I must know the real truth, the truth beyond magic."
"There is no truth beyond magic," said the King.

The Prince was full of sadness. He said, "I will kill myself!"

The King by magic caused death to appear. Death stood in the door and beckoned to the Prince.
The Prince shuddered. He remembered the beautiful but unreal islands and the unreal but beautiful Princesses. "Very well," he said. "I can bear it."

"You see, my son," said the King, "you too now begin to become a magician!"

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Dialogue: From "The Magus" by John Fowles
Art top image: National Galleries of Scotland
Art bottom image: Diana Archer
 

Beautiful Words



 

All These Forms

All these forms—appearance emptiness
Like a rainbow with its shining glow
In the reaches of appearance emptiness
Just let go and go where no mind goes

Every sound is sound and emptiness
Like the sound of an echo's roll
In the reaches of sound and emptiness
Just let go and nowhere no mind goes

Every feeling is bliss and emptiness
Way beyond what words can show
In the reaches of bliss and emptiness
Just let go and go where no mind goes

All awareness—awareness emptiness
Way beyond what thought can know
In the reaches of appearance emptiness
Let awareness go—oh, where no mind goes

—Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
Art by: Kandinsky

 

Sights & Sounds

Cognitive Neuroscience of
Mindfulness Meditation
Philippe Goldin
48:54 min
 

 

Funny One

The Yogi and the Dentist

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT the yogi who needed a filling for a tooth? When the dentist asked him if he wanted Novocain, the yogi said, "No, thank you. I can transcend dental medication!"

 

 

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