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That is Love when it is all and that is nothing when it is understanding. That is not perceivable, not graspable, beyond intellect and knowledge. For it is not different from the perceiver, the perception and the perceived. It is beyond these and it is all. Knowledge can not understand it because it is not an object of understanding. The eyes cannot see it because it is not visible through the senses. And hence it is omnipresent and permeates all. It has no dimension because it is beyond dimensions. It has not been created because all creation happens through it. It is beginningless and endless. Realizing That is dying to the Self. That is revealed by Self-Knowledge although it cannot be known. If it is known, it is not That. If it is experienced, it is not That. If it is perceived, it is not That. If it is described, it is not That because it is beyond words, beyond perception, beyond experience and beyond intellectual knowledge. Being in the state of Self-Knowledge reveals that which is beyond all concepts, that which is beyond duality. Talking about Oneness is wrong, because the label is never That. Nobody can teach you That but it is understood through listening. It is understood by devotion. It is understood in Love because it is Love and it is all. That is all and That is nothing.

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        • Thanks a lot Jack! 🙂
          Indeed, That is called Tao, Brahman, God or the primordial essence and buddha nature. I used “That” to avoid names or concepts because it is beyond these. By using names we tend to associate qualities and concepts to That making it some-“thing” substential and graspable. Everything that has a name is by default within Duality and perceivable or subject to experience. That is not and it is difficult to associate some qualities or concepts to the word “That”.

          • Thank you for your reply it is good to be sure I am not misunderstanding your writing. ‘That’ is exactly how I think and sometimes I call nature ‘That’ or Toa and can think of Brahman as ‘That’ but I have some difficulty visualising the Abrahamic God.

          • It is all the same but some religions have created such a mess with their dogmas that the meaning of the word ‘God’ has been completely biased over many centuries. But there are still people that know the essence. These are f.ex. Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello or the Sufis. I have quoted some nice texts of these authors here.

          • Anthony de Mello he did a talk on ‘love’ that I was very impressed by. I will have to check up on the others, but I will give the other f.ex a miss. Thanks for the referals.

    • Hi Aalif,
      I am just back from Nepal. My intend was to go over Mumbai to Varanasi and head on to the Khumba Mela but it turned to be different. The price for the flight over Mumbai was nearly twice as expensive as going to Kathmandu. So I decided to go to Kathmandu and make a short trip to Allahabad. As it was impossible to find any accommodation I brought my tend with me but as I would have arrived in Allahabad during nighttime and there were 35 millions of people expected for the main bathing day I chose to cancel my short trip to India this year and I stayed in Nepal. I have missed the Maha Khumba Mela but there are many other occasions I will be able to attend to other festivals. So, unfortunately there were some obstacles this time and I hope that I can come to India after monsoon time to walk up to the Ganga source starting from Rishikesh.
      I was very inspired to write something as I am currently studying the Book Dasbodh. It is a real gem and available in English since 2010. 🙂
      JC

  1. Hi Shantideva! I remember the sadhus from the Pashupatina temple. I was in Nepal in 2011 and it was an experience I have yet to write about. Thanks for this post; it is worth reading over and over.

    • Hi Yaz,
      Thanks a lot. Unfortunately I missed the Shivaratri this year in Pashupatinath because it will be later, around march, but it was worth to go there. I love that place.
      Thanks 🙂
      JC

  2. You know it , but don’t know it. Me too. So I love to see you trying to work through it. I share it. And the photos are class. Glad to have found your offering; love to hear people suggesting what’s important to them. Sometimes I learn from their view. Sometimes they signpost someone I will learn from. I like what you do. It is with humility that`i say well done.

    • Hi Norman,
      Thank you very much for passing by and leaving this motivating comment. It is mainly for my self that I write these words and I am thankful if someone else can find them useful too. This is what motivates me to continue to keep up this blog.
      Metta,
      Jean-Claude

  3. I taste That which is beyond when reading your words, listening to your contemplations and seeing the world through your lens JC.

    Peace, my friend!

    • Hi Ben,
      I am very happy to read from you. You seem not to be very active these times too but I have great pleasure to read your works as I am following your blog by mail. Unfortunately I am not that often online but this is not preventing me to read the posts of those people I appreciate most, and you are one of those.
      Thanks for your visit,
      Metta
      JC

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