"For after all, if we get out of the superficial life-death-sleep classification to follow an essential classification of the universe, we see that from top to bottom (if there is such a thing as top and bottom) this universe is nothing else but a continuum of consciousness-force or, as Sri Aurobindo says, a gradation of PLANES OF CONSCIOUSNESS which range UNINTERUPTEDEDLY from pure MATTER to pure SPIRIT - subtle Physical, Vital, Mental, Supramental (we may use other words if we like, another terminology, but the fact remains the same) - and that everything takes place in the midst of these planes our life and our sleep and our death; there is nowhere to go outside this and not only is everything located there but everything coexists there, without separation."
"Life, death, sleep are simply different STATIONS of the consciousness amidst this same gradation. When we are awake, we receive mental or vital vibrations which are translated into certain symbols, other ways of seeing, understanding or living the same reality. In all these instances, the key of our existence, here or elsewhere, is always our capacity of consciousness; if we are unconscious in our life, we shall be unconscious in every other ways death will be truly a death and sleep truly a torpor.
"To become aware of these various degrees of reality is then our fundamental task; and we have done this work integrally, the lines of artificial demarcation which separate our diverse modes of living will crumble and we shall pass without break or without a gap in the consciousness from life to sleep to death; or, more precisely, there will not longer be death or sleep as we understand it but various ways of perceiving continuously the total Reality, and perhaps finally an integral consciousness which will perceive everything simultaneously. Our evolution is not over. Death is not a denial of Life but a process of Life." From "Adventure in Consciousness or Aurobindo" by Sat Prem
Saturday, September 23, 2017
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both." LP Jacks"
Friday, September 08, 2017
"Although the real man who has already acquired his own "I," and the man in quotation marks who has not, are equally slaves of the same "Greatness," the difference between them, as I have already said, consists in this, that since the attitude of the first toward his slavery is conscious, he acquires the possibility, even while serving the "all-universal actualizing," of applying a part of his manifestations, according to the providence of Great Nature, to the attainment of "Imperishable Being", whereas the second, not cognizing his slavery, serves during the entire process of his existence merely as a thing, which no longer needed, disappears forever." G. I. Gurdjieff