the core

An enlightened being,
does not entertain mental constructs of self,
of her/himself or other beings as separate persons,
of her/himself or other beings as individual souls,
of her/himself or other beings as mind driven beings.

– freely, humbly and probably not very correctly translated and interpreted by the author of this blog

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What can we know about something written thousand plus years ago. I see the words, I see they offer a road beyond separation, but everywhere I walk, hear, see, smell, feel, taste, think, desire …  I see nothing but separation.

I can deconstruct the concept I have of self in my head. But mind is doing that to itself. It could claim victory, but it knows it isn’t victorious at all. The deconstruction is just another mental construct, replacing self by not self.

I can remove the boundary between human and animal. I see how my dogs behave as humans do, walk, hear, see, smell, feel, taste, think, desire … I see a mental class, I am an animal.

I can remove the boundary between the kingdoms of biology. We are all cells. Even bacteria. We replicate. I see a mental class, I am life.

Virus and Cancer also belong here … The demarcation line between life and not life is impossible to draw. All life is matter …

Matter is aware of the forces of nature … me too, I am awareness … mentally, at least.

So I mentally constructed a concept of ‘no boundary’, creating yet another boundary by doing so ….

Positively cynical ??? (ty lb333)

Wilber talks about the hierarchies to get rid of the flatland I found myself in — back to zero … mind will never unlock the mystery.

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The core of the diamond sutra is to be found in the beginning of the text.

The last stanza of chapter 3 is often translated as follows:

“If, Subhuti, a bodhisattva holds on to
the idea that a self,
a person,
living being,
or a life span exists,
that person is not an authentic  bodhisattva.”

In sanskrit it sounds like this:

“Na sa Subhute bodhisattvo vaktavyo
yasya atma-samjna pravarteta,
va jiva-samjna
va pudgala-samjna
va pravarteta.”

where samnja translates as ‘a notion’,
atma(n) translates as ‘self’,
sattva as ‘a being, a creature’,
jiva as ‘a soul’,
pudgala as ‘an individual and its ego’ or as ‘a person who is a slave of his/her desire’

yasya can be translated as ‘of which’

pravarteta is a conditional conjugation of pravart
and could in this context be translated as ‘would be constructed’

(I used the following online dictionary

Thus I humbly interpret …

An enlightened (wise) being, (as bodhisattva translates), should not entertain mental constructs of self, of being a separate person, of being an individual soul, of being a person driven by mind …

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) august 2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_7795

the box

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a world that stops revolving around its axis


then unexpectedly retrogrades

I feel two sudden shocks
I nearly fall

the waters move
into the other direction

home’s not far
there’s a bus to the skyport
for about 50 euro

someone from home
is already on it.

I need to change
my intergalactic valuta

just before sunrise
a plane looks like a firebird
a boy’s desire to travel
a man’s mental restraint not to

still living in that box

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) january 2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_5956/5963

beyond a system …

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Diamond Sutra  (7):

Then Buddha asked Subhuti,

“What do you think, Subhuti,
has the Buddha arrived at the highest, most fulfilled,
most awakened and enlightened mind?
Does the Buddha teach any teaching?”

Subhuti replied,

“As far as I have understood the lord Buddha’s teachings,
there is no independently existing object of mind
called the highest, most fulfilled, awakened or enlightened mind.

Nor is there any independently existing teaching that the Buddha teaches.

Why? Because the teachings that the Buddha has realized and spoken of
cannot be conceived of as separate, independent things
and therefore cannot be described.
The truth in them is uncontainable and inexpressible.

It neither is,
nor is it not.

What does this mean?
What this means is that Buddhas and disciples
are not enlightened by a set method of teachings,
but by an internally intuitive process
which is spontaneous
and is part of their own inner nature.”

translation by Alex Johnson

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Nisargadatta on Silence


The tiniest details visualize on screen,
of what I just photographed.
I’m without words.

Several times …

First when I notice the miracle of nature,
Secondly when I’m eye to eye
A third time on the screen …
When framing the picture inside WP

Speechless all those times
And trying to share those moments …

This is the “distance between two thoughts” that Nisargadatta Maharaj talks about in these two quotes from “I am That”

    “It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it.”

“No particular thought can be mind’s natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience, or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.”

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) juni 2014 @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_7592


If anger gets re-blogged
and re-blogged

like if you’d re-blog this post
or re-“press this”or (re-)tweet it

would it

Does a tiny mushroom become nuclear,
or does it fade away?

To me it appears that when anger communicates, it multiplies.
However, if we could be open and vulnerable,
and as such communicate about the anger,
then it would probably soon dissipate.

Being open and vulnerable,
our inner love, it is, truly communicating.


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thinking about doing
a fleeting experience:
“this typing”

thinking about thought
a fleeting experience:
“this thought”

thinking about wanting
a fleeting experience:
“this desire”

repeated doing becomes a habit
repeated thinking becomes opinion
repeated desire becomes greed or addiction

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) august-2013/2014 may-2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_7699/7728/7714/7532/4484/3897


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The first picture was taken the 24th of July, in the bedroom.
Actually, there were two of them,
both climbing to find the highest place
to sing a summer song.

Personally, I prefer to listen to their music when they are outside;
I took some pictures, and brought them to the garden.

Just one week later, I thought I saw a dragonfly,
not far from where I had released both ‘bedroom’-individuals.
A closer look revealed a giant bush-cricket.
It had four wings, but it didn’t let me photograph its short flights.

After a close encounter (pic 7674), it decided to climb the century old brick wall of my neighbour’s house. The bricks give you an indication of the insect’s size.
One day later, my neighbour told me he had seen the giant insect too.

They are quite common, the internet says, but it was my first encounter in my own garden.

Actually, I think that both bedroom and garden varieties are the same species.
I suppose that the smaller ones are ‘wingless’ nymphs, or perhaps there is a lot of variety in size within their genus.

Wikipedia gives a lot more information:
tettogina viridissima / Great Green Bush-Cricket / katydids cricket
also the advise not to have a close encounter with their jaws.

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) july/august 2014 @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_7635/74/77/78/80