The Life and Understanding
Copyright 1971 By Franklin Jones
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Prologue – The Heart of Understanding
Death is utterly acceptable to consciousness and life. There has been endless time of numberless deaths, but neither consciousness nor life has ceased to arise. The felt quality and cycle to death has not modified the fragility of flowers, even the flowers within the human body. Therefore, one’s understanding of consciousness and life must be turned to that utter, inclusive quality, that clarity and wisdom, that power and untouchable gracefulness this evidence suggests. We must cease to live in our superficial and divided way, seeking and demanding only consciousness and life in the present form we grasp, avoiding and resisting what appears to be the end of consciousness and life in death.
The Heart is that understanding, that true consciousness, that true life that is under the extreme conditions of life and death. Therefore, it is said, that One that is is neither born nor come to death, not alive as the limitation of form, not rendered in what appears, and it is the living One, than which there is no other, appearing as all of this, but eternally the same.
There is only the constant knowledge and enjoyment of the Heart, moment to moment, through the instant of all conditions of appearance and disappearance. Of this I am perfectly certain. I am That.
“The One Contemplated is the same, regardless of the level or degree or kind of Realization. It is the one who Contemplates who makes the difference”
misunderstanding the Prologue
“The seeker is violent. At first he
approaches the man of understanding humbly, self-effacing,
with great need. But his questions find no ultimate
solution. He becomes frustrated and angry, and he leaves. He
criticizes the man of understanding. He asserts the forms of
his own seeking. He says the man of understanding is a
seeker like himself.”
Chapter 20 – Knee of Listening