27 September 2009

Chapter 242 - The Stillness Before Time (Compendium)

CCXLII

We have gazed across the cosmos,
And into the very heart of the atom,
Yet are still bound by limited vision.

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Consciousness is a portal
Through which the oblivion of godness
May be witnessed by those
Given the eye
To see beyond the veil.
Totality is as infinite as the inner eye.

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The fog of history’s unfolding is an ever-present theater.
Consciousness is imploding upon its creation,
And the only question for the future is:
Will whatever remains be pathetic or profound?

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What would the so-called heroes of yesteryear
Do in this precipitous, unwieldy point in time?

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Who can account for any tomorrow
When it is this very today through which
We must somehow first manage to navigate.

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From a smattering
Of knowledge
Blooms an opinion,
From opinion, assertion.
From assertion, hypothesis
From hypothesis, theory.
From theory, truth,
Just smattering away.

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If you want to play up, behave up.

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Just remember, my unruly friends, the Grand Pooka
Is watching your every move, hearing your every thought.
He is keeping a list, and will be checking it thrice
When it is your time to come before Peter,
The Chief Pearly Gates Inquisitor.

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What is life but the consumption
Of one experience after another.

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Lao Tzu was not a Taoist,
Christ was not a Christian,
Buddha was not a Buddhist,
Nor was Krishna was a Hindu.
Why should you adhere to any -ism,
Or label yourself any -ist?

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The point of seeking is to discern
You are the only One.
Anything less
Is the fog of purgatory.

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Followers are an insipid lot.

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It is your attachment to sensation
And the thoughts it invokes
That binds your spirit.

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What in god’s name is there to prove?

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There’s nothing new under the sun,
Unless it is new to your translation.

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Be sure to give yourself some time each day
To let the attachments of the mind fall away.

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Another form dead, broken, destroyed,
Its brief purpose done, its hour in time complete.
Everything the same, the play churns on.

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To live for what any other thinks,
Is, indeed, the road to perdition.

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The mind is akin to an engine sustaining the movement.
The trick is discerning when to be in gear,
And when to disengage.

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Forget going out with a bang.
Already the whimper sounds.

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Every witness, every form
With any consciousness whatsoever.
Renders a universe scaled by the limits of imagination.
The true mystery, call it whatever you will,
Is prior to all perception.

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One must be fearless to doubt beyond all conclusions.

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Why in god’s name
Would you feel it necessary
To be a sheep in some charlatan’s flock?
How absurd to allow middlemen the pretense to your soul.

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Discern that place where no direction is known.

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Are the leaders who want to lead you
Really the leaders you want to follow?

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What carnival will be endured this day?

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Grasping infinity requires a capacity for stillness.

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Unwrap your head around it.

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Although the real you is ultimately, infinitely perfect,
Consciousness is obviously, absurdly rife
With imperfection and limitation.

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What hooks you in your version of the world?
To care, or not to care, that is the question.

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A universe spun of nothingness
That you might both enjoy and agonize
In nearly every way imaginable
Until death do you part.

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Infinity truly hath no bounds
But the limitations of conscious design.

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The entire universe is brewing
With the pulse of your heart’s every beat.
There is naught but you in each and every breath.

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To discern this ultimate view
Is to discover the source of all mysteries,
The taproot of all existence, the foundation of all rivers
Returning to the ocean of birth and death.

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Ultimately, the narrow vision of self-absorption
Closed in on humankind, and the remnants of the humbled species
Were left to struggle as their ancestors had
Before the rise.

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To which now were you referring?

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History continues to reiterate itself
Because patterns of limitation
Are not readily changed.

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Know thy Self, and discern
There is nothing at the core.

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A head crammed with imaginary concoctions
Cannot be relied upon to hear anything new.

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The gap between what you think and what you do
Is the make of your soul.

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The urge to be known
Is a pattern of consciousness
With which each of us must contend.

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Why drive when a walk will get you there less quickly.

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Another birth,
Another death.
Like drops flowing,
Inevitably evaporating
Again and again.

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You will find it where there is nothing to measure.

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Even nothing doesn’t matter.

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Why settle for a paltry empire among men,
When all creation is yours for the knowing.

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What is there to believe in
When you are that
From which all belief springs.

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When all creation is viewed as energy flowing,
Then all movements are but variations
Of earth, wind, water and fire
Playing to and fro throughout eternity.

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Errors of judgment, mistaken assumptions,
Will bring about grave, possibly fatal consequences
If impacted by masses ill-advisedly vectored.

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Born in obscurity, his chief aim became to partake
Many adventures and an inevitable number of follies,
And still manage to retain a relative level of anonymity,
Lest the endless temptations of vanity further entice him
To a more inflated level than he was already inclined.

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Just more crap that you’re going to forget anyway.

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The ignorance of so many others
Is most assuredly not your bliss.

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Is life any more than a whirlwind
Of nothing’s much ado.

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The countless lies of vanity
Are uttered in every way imaginable.
Humanity’s Tower of Babel has, indeed, bloated
To too lofty an arrogant height from which to gracefully fall.

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Both literally and figuratively,
You are herein offered nothing.

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Even da Buddha, in all his enlightened bowl-cleaning
Must have eyed a shapely form on occasion.
Else-wise, why would he make
Such a vain commotion about all of it?

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How precarious any conclusion.

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If you get the drift,
You glean that eternity
Yields to nothing.

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All life forms must endure a variety of calamities
On the winding journey up the steps of guillotine.

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Just another self-absorbed ego
Burdening as many as possible
With its megalomaniac obsession.

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If Jesus didn’t partake Mary Magdalene,
Or at least a randy disciple or two,
What manner of god was he?

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Death just sort of happens
When every last recourse
Is beyond any control.

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Be wary how much medicine you take, and when,
For not all prescriptions warrant the same dream.

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To wander, anonymous,
Without leaving a burdensome path,
Should be the freeing aim of the everyday philosopher.

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The fall is much greater from great heights.

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If words are true,
They will ring across
All time and circumstance.

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Even those who know it well
Must inevitably repeat the follies
Punctuating any given history.

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What is the body but a quagmire
Of chemically induced confusion.

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Turn your cheek too many times
And you’re going to get a broken jaw.

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The sword and the pen both have their days.

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Hobbies and interests
Keep you occupied
Until dust clouds the vision.

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Pathetically absurd.

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Sip of reality whenever possible
In the course of any given day.

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All the memories,
Where do they go?

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The dogs of war are a mangy lot.

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Megalomania is a common vice
Among those the ignorant masses
So loyally, so blindly, so foolishly follow.

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There is no superior culture,
Only what you are used to.

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How demented will it get?
Even god doesn’t know.

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The senses provide the data,
But it is the mind that imagines an order.

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Behind any given mask,
It is all very much the same.

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History is the flux of the moment’s unfolding,

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Each of us lives in a universe all our own,
And few will ever embrace, unconditionally,
Another’s peculiar, imaginary vision of reality.

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What have you ever really done?

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The desires of mind and body
Are a ceaseless flowing.

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To see, cease to be.

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Are you a body?
Are you what you do?
Are you what you believe?
Are you a soul?
Are you really anything
But a dream born of imagination?

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Born of nature’s spontaneity,
Consciousness fabricates an order
With which it can abide.

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Ultimate reality is what it is,
And no belief, no matter how profound,
Can touch, much less change it.

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Much ado about something
That was never really a question.

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How can you hold onto nothingness?

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Be wary of being reborn into yet another delusion.

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How infinite all possibility.

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To detach from that which is known,
Without compass, sail or rudder,
Is the final journey of choice.

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Discern behind the mask,
And it will be obvious
That it is true for all.

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Taking pride in being a follower,
Part of a flock regularly sheered by a middleman,
Is just another deluded excuse for lacking the courage and capacity
To own the infinite sovereignty inherent in all.

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Jesus or any other so-called savior
Will never be the answer
For those
With the aptitude for truth.


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The Stillness Before Time (Compendium)
© Michael J. Holshouser 2009
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