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The mind settles quietly in its source with joy-abundance, which is peace.


The mind settles quietly in its goal, the heart, when awareness glimpses the weakness of mind again and again.

What makes awareness, as attention, uphold the mind tenaciously as if it were a golden treasure?

I do not know. But through peeking with awareness-clear, mind is revealed as a defect, not a treasure. In this seeing, wisdom arises, and attention becomes interested in awareness, its source.


Dispassion is love of truth over love for the world.
It is love of Self over love of self.

Dispassion may be misunderstood as blocking love, if one looks at the word without heart-understanding.


Dis – passion

But this “dis” is not repression. It is turning around.

The passion that once led one to focus outward on the world, thoughts and emotions, is re-turned.

It turns around, toward the Self, and in that direction love pours forth with great passion.


Four qualities with which one will succeed in Self-realization: Discrimination, Dispassion, Peace and Desire for Liberation.

When I think of peace, I think of presence or being without the chatter of mind.

I long for peace.
My mind is too noisy. It is not a cruel mind that judges the world, self or others with negativity. But it is still a thinking mind, still trying to figure out and know.

Oh, how I long for a quiet mind, one that can linger in this moment like the tongue lingers with chocolate as it dissolves slowly in the mouth!

This longing is a part of my desire for liberation.

Although I suspect liberation may be more than a quiet mind, I am willing to long for and work for the quiet mind first.

When true peace has been attained, liberation prepares to capture one fully.


Four qualities with which one will succeed in Self-realization: Discrimination, Dispassion, Peace and Desire for Liberation.

The quote points to “dispassion for the enjoyment of the fruits of action both here and hereafter.”

This makes me think that although desire for liberation is a necessary motivator—or else I would spend my time differently and not in contemplation, meditation and with interest in Self-realization—I cannot meditate, contemplate or engage in other spiritual practices because I want to get something from it.

This process is not about gaining something.

It is about love.

My reason for contemplating is the love of seeing.

My reason for meditating is the love of being.

My reason for other spiritual practices is to support that which I love.


Four qualities with which one will succeed in Self-realization:
Discrimination, Dispassion, Peace and Desire for Liberation

Discrimination held to softly is a great benefit, discrimination being remaining aware of that which is changeless while noticing that the changing passes on.

In discrimination, “Nothing real can be threatened” is understood;
I am that.

In contemplative discrimination, “Nothing real can be threatened” and “Nothing unreal exists” penetrate beyond intellectual understanding, held in the breast as a peaceful realization beyond all words.

Therefore, one has/is peace.

The desire for liberation is the catalyst for consistent contemplative discrimination. Therefore, it is “of course” necessary.



My dictionary defines restraint as a type of prevention. For example, you may restrain/prevent yourself from shouting by making a decision not to shout. You may restrain a child in a car seat in the hopes of preventing injury.

In the context of this quote, what is there to prevent?

The quote says, “If you really have a desire for liberation, avoid the senses from a great distance, as you would poison …”

What is to be prevented? Seeing? Hearing? Touching? Tasting? Smelling?

No, as long as there is a human experience, these things cannot be prevented.

What is the wisdom of this quote?

The answer that continually comes to me is this: Going out.
Attention that is outward focused, absorbed in thought, is completely lost.
Habitual going out is to be prevented.

How does one prevent habitual going out?

One meditates, watching awareness, as much as possible.
One tunes into intuition instead of the mind.
One looks frequently at awareness during the day … many, many short glimpses.
One makes awareness her primary interest through her desire for awakening, through her curiosity about the Self, and through her love of eternal truth.


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