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Rest and Be Taken

--by Adyashanti (Jun 28, 2011)


When there is deep abundance
there is nowhere to abide.
There is nowhere to rest
or grasp onto
and yet there is rest

The sky abides
yet it never rests.
Neither can we say that
the sky is not always at rest.
We talk about the sky
as if it were something
as if it actually exists -
and yet we cannot say that
the sky does not exist.
The sky is nothing but
coming and going.

Everything is perfectly spontaneous.
The coming and going arise mutually
instantaneously.
If the true I is asleep
you will miss the point entirely
and you will continue to dwell
in the world of opposites.

So see the two as one
and the one as empty
and be liberated
within the world of duality.

At first it seems
as if begoing follows becoming.
But look even closer
and you will see
that there are only
flashes of lightning
illuminating the empty sky.

Life and death
becoming and begoing
are only words.
In order to save your life
you must see that you die
instantaneously
moment to moment
instant to instant.

Now where are you going to abide?
And where are you not abiding already?


Indeed there is nowhere
to rest your head
and there is nothing but rest.
So let go of all ideas
about permanence and impermanence
about cause and effect
and about no cause and no effect.
All such notions are dualistic concepts.

The Truth of what you are
is completely beyond all duality
and all notions of non-duality,
and yet it includes duality
and non-duality alike.
Like an ocean
that is both waves and stillness
and yet un-definable
as waves or stillness.

The truth of being
cannot be grasped by ideas
or experiences.
Both waves and stillness
are the manifest activity
of your own self.
But self cannot be defined
by its activity
nor by its non-activity.
The truth is
all-transcendent
ungraspable, all-inclusive
and closer than your own skin.

A single thought about it
obscures its essence.
The perfume of true life
is right in your nose.
There is nothing you can do
to perceive it
and yet you must do something.
I say:
Rest and be taken.
Rest and be taken.

--Adyashanti, from "My Secret is Silence"

 


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On Aug 18, 2011 sekaran wrote:

Rest and be taken, one doing regular practice it , oneday he realise what he is



On Jul 5, 2011 K P Umesh wrote:

Frankly, I am literally challenged and find it difficult to catch a creative worker’s mind. However, following is my effort to decipher these stanzas. Excuse me for the naivety in understanding them.When there is deep abundance there is nowhere to abide. There is nowhere to rest or grasp onto and yet there is rest the sky abides yet it never rests.1. When there is a problem of abundance, I would choose the first opportunity that suits me. This may deny me the possibility of grasping even better opportunity and brand me a personality devoid of ambitions. I accept it and justify myself settling for concurrent safe and comfortable status rather than unknown and scary future glory.The Pigeon Hole Principle is what I am indicating. A pigeon selects first available whole for itself among the abundant holes available. It positions its face towards the opening to observe where its fellow pigeons are settling. It makes sounds to alert and direct them to settle around the holes immediately  See full.

Frankly, I am literally challenged and find it difficult to catch a creative worker’s mind. However, following is my effort to decipher these stanzas. Excuse me for the naivety in understanding them.
When there is deep abundance there is nowhere to abide. There is nowhere to rest or grasp onto and yet there is rest the sky abides yet it never rests.
1. When there is a problem of abundance, I would choose the first opportunity that suits me. This may deny me the possibility of grasping even better opportunity and brand me a personality devoid of ambitions. I accept it and justify myself settling for concurrent safe and comfortable status rather than unknown and scary future glory.
The Pigeon Hole Principle is what I am indicating. A pigeon selects first available whole for itself among the abundant holes available. It positions its face towards the opening to observe where its fellow pigeons are settling. It makes sounds to alert and direct them to settle around the holes immediately available for them. Pigeon goes out of the hole only to get its livelihood and procreation. On return, if it does not find its original hole, it selects the next available hole. It is happy.
Neither can we say that the sky is not always at rest. We talk about the sky as if it were something as if it actually exists - and yet we cannot say that the sky does not exist. The sky is nothing but coming and going.
2. I recognise and distinguish between Absoluteness and Relativity and Permanency and Ad Hoc-ness of events, matter and feelings. I don’t look for permanency in something which are perceivable as ad hoc and absoluteness in something which are relative in nature. A relative entity like sky is conceptualised to be in certain way by observations made by humans since they have started observing around and has become universally understandable concept. Why one should attempt a new definition for them by attributing abstract properties to them which are not perceivable for the user of the original concept?
Everything is perfectly spontaneous. The coming and going arise mutually instantaneously. If the true I am asleep you will miss the point entirely and you will continue to dwell in the world of opposites.
3. I believe there are non-spontaneous states, events and feelings in life. There are also the events which start spontaneously but undergo conscious stages as the time progresses. Love towards any entity may start spontaneously but nurturing it (like say marriage or seeking salvation) is a conscious decision. Humans have the unique capability of denying spontaneity and make conscious decisions.
If I miss something at a specific instant because I was not aware of such an event happening, so be it! I am not out here to enjoy everything in the universe happening at every instant. I should be satisfied with what I get. I get as much water from a pond as is the capacity of my vessel (I agree the choice of the vessel is mine and negotiable).
So see the two as one and the one as empty and be liberated within the world of duality.
4. I am not convinced the world is just dual (binary) in nature. It is multifaceted. No one knows the opposite ends are just opposites as a concept; especially most of the perceived opposites in the world are highly subjective and relative.
Also, why should one try to convert opposites as one and live even more artificially? What are the philosophical or material benefits in simulating a new amalgamation just because one wants to be creatively experimental? I want to accept things as it is rather than convert the whole universe to my liking and requirements. However, scientific discoveries and inventions are not converting concepts arbitrarily but are the real way of finding more and more hitherto unknown truths and utilising them preferably for the benefits thereon.
At first it seems as if be going follows becoming. But look even closer and you will see that there are only flashes of lightning illuminating the empty sky.
5. Why not give equal importance to “be going” as well as “becoming” rather than crib and shun be going while hoping and waiting endlessly for becoming? Why don’t enjoy the lightning as well as the darkness that immediately follows rather than waiting for a longer duration lightning that may or may not occur at all in near future?
Life and death becoming and be going are only words. In order to save your life you must see that you die instantaneously moment to moment instant to instant.
6. If life and death are mere words and if one wants to lead the precious little life between them, I suggest the opposite of what is suggested– “you live instantaneously moment to moment instant to instant”. If the idea is to simulate death instantaneously to understand how death and post death feels like, it eliminates the possibility of living concurrent life meaningfully and comfortably.
Now where are you going to abide? And where are you not abiding already?
7. If I resolve to live instantaneously rather than die (at every instant) I have effectively removed the scary insecurity of a need to be safely abided by. It confirms my objective of choosing first thing available for me to abide (Pigeon Hole). I don’t exist virtually. I am not already abided by anything else as I believe that there are non-spontaneous things in human life; I live with my consciousness and conscience.
Indeed there is nowhere to rest your head and there is nothing but rest. So let go of all ideas about permanence and impermanence about cause and effect and about no cause and no effect. All such notions are dualistic concepts.
8. The conclusion that nowhere to rest is unsubstantiated. Why any philosophical idea like “cause and effect” should be ignored unanalysed to find the truthfulness? Why one should assume advisory role and conclude (like “there is nowhere to rest your head”) one’s own perception is the actual reality?
If “All such notions are dualistic concepts”, so be it. So what? At the most, one should proceed to find whether it is actually so or not.
The earlier statement says “be liberated within the world of duality” suggesting acceptance of the concept that the world is dual (and with opposites) in nature and one should be liberated within it. Here the suggestion is that the “dual” as a concept is blasphemous!
My opinion is that the world is multi faceted, we don’t have generalised “liberated” or “abided” status for humans.
The Truth of what you are is completely beyond all duality and all notions of non-duality, and yet it includes duality and non-duality alike. Like an ocean that is both waves and stillness and yet un-definable as waves or stillness.
9. The ocean analogy to explain duality Vs Non duality is inappropriate! Waves and stillness are just two of its properties. The definition of a wave and stillness are independent of the definition of an ocean. An object can be conglomeration of many individual organic parts and may have even more attributes as a whole object. All the individual attributes are truths as well as the addition truth that the particular object is made of so many organic truths and has a true status of its own. Why should we assume that there is only one truth which is often said to be beyond other “worldly truths but actually myths” and spawn them? What is the logical contradiction in accepting multiple individual truths both absolute and relative, both elementary and molecular, both organic and composite. Why should we not accept things as it appears rather than attempting virtualisation of them in the quest of proving the “beyond the scene” truth?
More prudent would be to attempt defining ocean with more organic attributes and properties like it is a huge body of salty water, pulled towards earth by gravity and is a medium for marine life etc. etc. rather than declaring that because ocean is still and wavy at the same time it is not well defined.
The truth of being cannot be grasped by ideas or experiences. Both waves and stillness are the manifest activity of your own self. But self cannot be defined by its activity nor by its non-activity.
The truth is all-transcendent ungraspable, all-inclusive and closer than your own skin.
10. If truth is not graspable how one comes to know that it exists? How one understood that the “self” can not be defined by activity or its inactivity? How one realised that something called self existed without using logic or experience? If no logic and experience can reveal the truth then what compels one to believe in it? The statement that the “truth is not graspable” itself does become a truth – doesn’t it? Whatever events happening around and entities that appears to sensory organs are truths to that EXTANT and within its CONTEXT. Of course, if the extent and context of the truth is altered one would experience different truths. Therefore both are truths subject to their extent and context. Like any other concept, truth also can be relative and absolute, why can’t it be?
If some truth can not be experienced, can not be deduced, can not be perceived then with all the probability it does not exists. At the same time there are so many things which are perceivable, felt, enjoyable and above all, unavoidable, albeit within its extent and context, then go ahead, enjoy or endure it!
A single thought about it obscures its essence. The perfume of true life is right in your nose. There is nothing you can do to perceive it and yet you must do something. I say: Rest and be taken. Rest and be taken.
11. I don’t believe in some imaginary “true life” that I should seek to live disregarding everything happening all around me that I can perceive through my sensory organs and comprehend myself or with the help of existing scientific knowledge. Also, if, by chance, some “true life” that is not yet known to current science exists, I believe that the human sensory organs and science and technology could only detect them. Considering myself a rational thinker, I can NOT accept the contradictory suggestion like “Rest and be taken” simultaneously (assuming I understood the meaning of the phrase

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On Jul 5, 2011 Ganoba wrote:

What we think and feel and the way we behave, the kind of choices we make is largely governed by our basic equation with the environment.Most of us have one of two positions on this;1. we hold the environment as a threat.2. we hold the environment as a partner an ally, even as an extension of ourselves.There is always a third group which is neither here nor there, sometimes here and at other times there, always oscillating.If we hold the first position then our reaction to the environment is the fight-flight mode. If we can't do either we surrender or play the waiting game.. This leads to the fiercely active mode. We have to fight and work hard. We cannot afford to rest. We have to use all possible tricks to fool the enemy  to wil. So camoflague, subterfuge, masks, untruth, cover ups, masks are all accepted and recommended strategies. We have to keep pushing on relentlessly. We cannot give up.  The language will be loaded with superlatives. If we subscribe to the second  See full.

What we think and feel and the way we behave, the kind of choices we make is largely governed by our basic equation with the environment.

Most of us have one of two positions on this;

1. we hold the environment as a threat.

2. we hold the environment as a partner an ally, even as an extension of ourselves.

There is always a third group which is neither here nor there, sometimes here and at other times there, always oscillating.

If we hold the first position then our reaction to the environment is the fight-flight mode. If we can't do either we surrender or play the waiting game.. This leads to the fiercely active mode. We have to fight and work hard. We cannot afford to rest. We have to use all possible tricks to fool the enemy  to wil. So camoflague, subterfuge, masks, untruth, cover ups, masks are all accepted and recommended strategies. We have to keep pushing on relentlessly. We cannot give up.  The language will be loaded with superlatives. 

If we subscribe to the second position then we stay and play. we are watchful not out of fear but to respond with love. We are in no hurry as we see time as an abundant resource. In fact we live in abundance. There is a resource pool from which all of us draw freely. There is no need to hoard or accumulate. the mind is open and free.

This article and many such shared before in this space com from the second position. They use different words but refer to the same essence. Each of them provides us an opportunity to examine our position with reference to our environment and to change it if we feel so inclined.

Discussing them in an intellectual/philosophical way, to my mind is a waste of an opportunity.

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On Jun 30, 2011 Dinesh wrote:

Some audio clips from our circle of sharing last Wednesday ... 



On Jun 30, 2011 lilly wrote:

i love it but it was sad from lilly



On Jun 28, 2011 Nova Cynthia Barker wrote:

 thank you! lovely, these words well describe where i am re-finding my true i along my ijourney



On Jun 28, 2011 Rav wrote:

 I'm not going to lie I do not understand this thought at all.  I heard the thought once and read it again, but I'm still in the dark.  I did enjoy the insights of other people and they particularly made me reflect on the role of silence in my life.  Not so much silence of the mind as connected to meditation, but silence of the surroundings as it affects our experience in a particular moment.  



On Jun 27, 2011 Ricky wrote:

The Essence, the Light, the Fire that can be said to be Me, Self, Consciousness, is always watchful, always moving, always present, always everywhere or nowhere.  The vessel, the earth suit, that houses this Divine, needs rest, sustainance, stillness, and breath to fully appreciate the experience of being alive at this moment, and this moment, and this moment...



On Jun 26, 2011 smile wrote:

Silence opens up the world to me. I never practiced silence until about 2 years ago. Practice of silence since then has been a regular part of life since it makes me peaceful, gives space and opening for new beautiful thoughts and realisations. I know myself, my interactions and understand others much better now and am able to choose what is important to me and live in the moment many times now.

Being at rest gives strength and true happiness. The journey to be at rest always is an ultimate destination for the seeker.

 



On Jun 26, 2011 navin sata wrote:

Our true self spirit has no Boundries ,sky is infinite ;whats out there is also within us . by living in present moment  we can also rest whereever we are 2. we need to realise that this restlessmind       {a}Either dwells in past or [B] dreams about future in this mode mind is alway resless  going in many direction  3.Lovin caring sharing heart -mind enjoys built in fruits of peace ,joy ,harmony plus much more as we continue our spritual Journey  then we dont need words just one ness with whole creation  duality becomes oneness with one sprit  me and mine  are absorbs in sky , there was old song  goes like this I am hugging sky this moment and giving feast to sky.   hope we all can    exp.               spirtual  knowlge with quite mind and pure heart  in complete silence    from trees we can learn Tolerence , from broken leaf  See full.

Our true self spirit has no Boundries ,sky is infinite ;whats out there is also within us . by living in present moment  we can also rest whereever we are 2. we need to realise that this restlessmind       {a}Either dwells in past or [B] dreams about future in this mode mind is alway resless  going in many direction  3.Lovin caring sharing heart -mind enjoys built in fruits of peace ,joy ,harmony plus much more as we continue our spritual Journey  then we dont need words just one ness with whole creation  duality becomes oneness with one sprit  me and mine  are absorbs in sky , there was old song  goes like this I am hugging sky this moment and giving feast to sky.   hope we all can    exp.               spirtual  knowlge with quite mind and pure heart  in complete silence    from trees we can learn Tolerence , from broken leaf humility , etc,etc, good artical all the previou reflection are like a beautyful symphony with many instrument in Harmony  always love navin

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On Jun 26, 2011 Conrad wrote:

Thank you so much Somik for the opportunity to respond.  When I hear the word "rest" I think of peacefulness.  When one is peaceful, one has the right values.  When one has right values, one has right understanding, right thoughts, right speech, right action, right  livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.The above was written before I read the beautiful, "My Secret of Silence,"  After reading it I am pleased to say I do not know.  I am also pleased I  do not know.  I am reminded of the ancient sage who said something to the effect that if we are not enlightened, a thousand books will not be enough.  If we are wise and/or enlightened, one word is already too much.When I hear "be taken" I think of letting go.  We too, "are nothing but coming and going."   Letting go of desires and who I am and flow with living as a river flows tothe sea is the "  See full.

Thank you so much Somik for the opportunity to respond.  When I hear the word "rest" I think of peacefulness.  When one is peaceful, one has the right values.  When one has right values, one has right understanding, right thoughts, right speech, right action, right  livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

The above was written before I read the beautiful, "My Secret of Silence,"  After reading it I am pleased to say I do not know.  I am also pleased I  do not know.  I am reminded of the ancient sage who said something to the effect that if we are not enlightened, a thousand books will not be enough.  If we are wise and/or enlightened, one word is already too much.

When I hear "be taken" I think of letting go.  We too, "are nothing but coming and going."   Letting go of desires and who I am and flow with living as a river flows tothe sea is the "letting go" I seek.  Seeking too much can prevent the letting go from happening. Seligman's new book Flourish helps  do that. Paradoxically, it seems to take great effort to become effortless.

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On Jun 26, 2011 susan schaller wrote:

A single thought about it obscures its essence.
...      There is nothing you can do to perceive it and yet you must do something.

This morning while meditation, the above insight flashed through my mind as a picture while yearning to "see" the Self.  I sensed the above - that single thought - that yearning would "produce" nothing.  Instead, if I just would be with all in all, then I would not be staring at the heavens seeking stars, I would perceive them all around and catch an unexpected glimpse out of my peripheral vision. And, there was peace and rest as I floated, instead of working so hard to swim in the right direction.

"The Master does nothing, yet nothing is undone." Lao Tsu



On Jun 26, 2011 Edit Lak wrote:

Yes... This is thought provoking and opens up ‘mind thought’ on;‘Motionless silence is the stillness of immortality’ = ‘Universal Oneness’I lived through an illness not so long ago, and I didn’t accept death- I embraced death as a part of me, By doing this, my life, my world and my idea of intellect and humility changed, It changed from a perceived ways of someone else’s education, someone else’s expectations put onto a life...  None of those tags, attachments, or labels is a reality, or a duality. My lesson:The true ‘I’ is the ‘true self’ and that self is the ‘Journey’I see this;I can see the moon through the pollution, hazes and ozone layers very clearlyI can see the sun clearly through its blistering heat But, at times - I don’t see where I am right ‘now’ So, it’s very accurate and fair to say ‘Rest and Be Taken’ As we are comple  See full.

Yes... This is thought provoking and opens up ‘mind thought’ on;

‘Motionless silence is the stillness of immortality’ = ‘Universal Oneness’

I lived through an illness not so long ago, and I didn’t accept death- I embraced death as a part of me, By doing this, my life, my world and my idea of intellect and humility changed, It changed from a perceived ways of someone else’s education, someone else’s expectations put onto a life...  None of those tags, attachments, or labels is a reality, or a duality.
 
My lesson:
The true ‘I’ is the ‘true self’ and that self is the ‘Journey’
I see this;
I can see the moon through the pollution, hazes and ozone layers very clearly
I can see the sun clearly through its blistering heat
 
But, at times - I don’t see where I am right ‘now’
 
So, it’s very accurate and fair to say ‘Rest and Be Taken’ 
As we are completely beyond all duality, and that’s where the ‘journey’ of ‘open self’ starts
 
In thought, love and further learning -Thank You..
 

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On Jun 26, 2011 nisha wrote:

Beautiful..Many times, when I'm under open skies with plants and trees, the distinction between working and resting disappears for hours together. Also reminds me of a friend who used to say  with a wink "I don't want to rest and rust because I'm always at rest".