“M: Keep quiet, undisturbed,
and the wisdom and the power
will come on their own.
You need not hanker.
Wait in silence of the heart and mind.
It is very easy to be quiet,
but willingness is rare.
You people want to become
Stay without ambition,
without the least desire, exposed,
vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain
and alone, completely open to
and welcoming life as it happens,
without the selfish conviction
that all must yield you pleasure or profit,
material or so-called spiritual.
Q: I respond to what you say,
but I just do not see how it is done.
M: If you know how to do it,
you will not do it.
Abandon every attempt, just be,
don’t strive, don’t struggle,
let go every support,
hold on to the blind sense of being,
brushing off all else. This is enough.
Q: How is this brushing off done?
The more I brush off,
the more it comes to the surface.
M: Refuse attention,
let things come and go.
Desires and thoughts are also things.
Since time immemorial the dust of events
was covering the clear mirror of your mind,
so that you could see only memories.
Brush off the dust
before it has time to settle;
this will lay bare the old layers
until the true nature of your mind
It is all very simple and comparatively easy;
be earnest and patient, that is all.
freedom from desire and fear,
from all self-concern, mere awareness
– free from memory and expectation –
this is the state of mind
to which discovery can happen.
After all, liberation is but the freedom to discover.”