View from the school yard
View from the school yard

Hold The Jewel in Your Heart

To see rightly , one does indeed have to turn life inside out and upside down.


And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. – The Little Prince

Remain steadfast in one’s knowledge – the knowledge that happiness is not found where most think it is. But instead of focusing on others, on people, or convincing anyone — the “anyone” that is jus a thought, a mentation now anyway — focus (if one must focus) on the Truth (of real happiness).

To put it crudely (since there are no separate people, only apparent ones): why are human beings so in love with unhappiness? Why do they fight for their version of life, even though it’s unsatisfying, not peaceful? Even though it is agitated, restless, conflicted? Why are they so attached? Why so fully identified?

It’s (also) a very sticky illusion (or seems to be) that it’s not chosen; one forgets making the choice or decision – in other words, forgetting one’s freedom, power; identifying with limitation.

This could be put as: the choice to live as a time-bound entity; be dishonest (starting in families) to live with lies, as lies, hide from truth, attacking Truth.

This is why (I find) The Gospel of Thomas is so bracingly  beautiful…


(6) His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?"
Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."

Here the speaker went right past the form of the question and went straight to what was behind it, to the truth of the matter. Were they ready for it? Did they understand it? Who knows….

From a student asking about “worship”, and Francis Lucille responds talking about what it means to be a true “devotee” (to truth):

“If you identify your self with the body-mind complex, your longing for the object of your love is tainted by a secret demand, the desire to be loved, to be happy. When you seek truth itself, you aren't projecting any anticipated outcome. Your desire remains innocent, devoid of any personal and emotional flaws. You aren't seeking understanding for yourself as a person. You are seeking intelligence for the sake of intelligence, love for the sake of love. You are in love with love. There is no room for an ego, for attachment, or any other negative emotion.” – Eternity Now, 143

Finally, opening Lao Tzu:

My words are easy to understand and easy to perform,
Yet no man under heaven knows them or practices them.
My words have ancient beginnings.
My actions are disciplined.
Because men do not understand, they have no knowledge of me.
Those that know me are few; Those that abuse me are honored.
Therefore the sage wears rough clothing and holds the jewel in his heart.

Eric Platt

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