Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
–Deut 30: 11-14
To be pure and still means to be open to purity and stillness—
As a result you can intuit the truth. This means that the light can shine
Revealing the workings of cause and effect
And leading to the place of Peace and Happiness.
Simon, know this. I carry myself in strangeness
In words that can reach out north, south, east, and west.
And if I am everywhere in the world, then 1 don’t know how
If I am truly in my words, then I don’t know what I signify.
If a person has a made-up name, no one really knows who
Trying to know and to see are irrelevant. Why is this?
People struggle trying to figure it all out.
This struggle creates the desire to do something.
Doing creates movement which results in anxiety:
Then it is impossible to find Rest and Contentment.
This is why I teach no wanting and doing without doing
It stops you thinking about things which disturb you
Then you can enter into the source of pure empty being.
Detach yourself from what disturbs and distracts you,
And be as pure as one who breathes in purity and emptiness.
This state is the gateway to enlightenment—
It is the Way to Peace and Happiness.
–The Sutra of Returning to your original nature (Extract from The Jesus Sutras by Martin Palmer)
In Hebrew, a prophet is called a navi. Practioner Ayeh Kaplan pointed out that this word has three etymologies. One is navach (to cry out), another is nava (to gush, to flow forth) and the last is navuv (to be hollow). All three etymologies help us understand biblical meditation and its relationship to prophecy and enlightenment. For the prophet was as one hollow, his or her ego stripped away. The prophet was the flute through which flowed the Infinite One’s wind and melody.
–Avram Davis (The Way of Flame: A Guide to the Forgotten Mystical Tradition of Jewish Mysticism)