“You’ve got to be awake, alert, and ready for anything. If you live in your mind, you will always seek safety and security, finding it in beliefs and dogma, but all the while you will be hiding from life.”  ~ Robert Rabbin, from his  book The Explosive Silence of Meditation

Awake, alert

Contemporary mystic Robert Rabbin speaks with intimate authority about the fundamental nature of being, reality, essence. Glory is a poem from Robert’s book, The Explosive Silence of Meditation, a collection of sutras reflecting deep reality: the place of Being itself. Visit Robert’s Teacher’s Page and his website for more insight into this remarkable man’s wisdom and life.

 

Glory

Meditation is not a means to realize our desires,
to become more effective, or to develop psychic abilities.

Meditation is not a means to anything.

It is the end of all such becoming
as our simple-minded flesh and bones could want.

meditation

When we reach this end that is meditation, a new life begins.

It is not our life,
not the life we used to name with our name
and carry around like a trophy of rare achievement

but life itself, flashing through what used to be us.

Meditation is life without name,
without form.

meditation, empty

Meditation comes first and last.

Meditation bookends all becoming
with its fiery finality.

We can’t understand this;
we can only burn the trophy case

and then live gloriously in the new life that is meditation.

 


Images: 1 and featured) Hot air balloons by PIRO4D 2) Landscape by Torstensimon 3) Andean Desert by Sebadelva, All are CCO Public Domain.
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