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Adyashanti Poetry

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:04 pm
by Elise

There is only one Truth
and as you go looking for it
through a forest of seeking
be careful lest you bump into a tree.
That lump on your head
may remind you that
everything is God.

You are like a forest dweller
looking for the forest.
What am I to do?

Listen friend
each crackling leaf beneath your feet
is a personal invitation
to come to your senses.

Has it ever occurred to you
that you are seeking God
with His eyes?



Save your mentally manufactured tales of
enlightenment-to-come for someone else's ears.
The price to enter this love
is your hope for a better future.

We are not a crowd of beggars here.
You and I have been down that long, twisted road
all the way to its end.
Here we do not ask God for favors
but instead celebrate the light in each other's eyes.

So if you are ready to stop denying yourself
your own beauty
you have come to the right place.
Wake up now and praise this day
when you realize that God's eyes
are the ones you are looking out of, and into.

Praise this day--
and with each breath you take
be filled with the golden arc of love
which announces the ending of your argument with God.

Praise this day
simply because it exists
and sit down now in the warm skin
of your own lap;
for you are home
and it is time to rest
in the merciful light
of your own eyes.


Time to cash in your chips
put your ideas and beliefs on the table.
See who has the bigger hand
you or the Mystery that pervades you.

Time to scrape the mind's shit
off you shoes
undo the laces
that hold your prison together
and dangle your toes into emptiness.

Once you've put everything
on the table
once all of your currency is gone
and your pockets are full of air
all you've got left to gamble with
is yourself.

Go ahead, climb up onto the velvet top
of the highest stakes table.
Place yourself as the bet.
Look God in the eyes
and finally
for once in you life

.........Adyashanti from MY SECRET IS SILENCE

Re: Adyashanti Poetry

Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 11:04 pm
by Elise

If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind's clothing
with more sooty knowledge.
No, I have something else in mind.

Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.
For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

So don't just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.

from MY SECRET IS SILENCE..........Adyashanti

Re: Adyashanti Poetry

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 9:20 pm
by Elise
There is a saying in Zen, "When the realization is deep, your whole being is dancing."
For realization to be complete is has to hit on three levels - head, heart and gut.
You can have a very clear enlightened mind, but your being won't be dancing.
Then, when the heart starts to open along with the mind, your being starts to dance. Then everything comes alive.
And when your gut opens up, there is that deep, deep, unfathomable stability where that opening, who is you, just died into transparency.
You are dancing - the emptiness is dancing

- Adyashanti