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Highlights Issue #1054
Saturday, April 27, 2002
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This issue sent with healthy loving thoughts to our friend Jan Barendrecht who has badly broken his ankle.
Quotient of One:
For us physicists, the
distinction between past, present, and future is only an
I ain't no physicist but I
knows what matters.
Popeye the Sailor
Hold on to the things that
matter; let go of the things that keep you tethered."
just an extreme form of high fashion.
david bozzi (nudist)
the drag Brahman wears to become Shakti.
jody radzik (xdresser) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ david david bozzi NDS and Harshasatsangh
about Her cream.
Of all the countless tries
how many make it?
She is so selective,
tolerates nothing less
than sweet perfection,
(`cept ambrosia dew)
Oh human race
you're just a sperm
that's made it only so far.
Odds are against you
whether you have the right stuff
(do you have the code to see?)
Will you be flushed
down the drain
of Her holiness,
like odds suggest
(no matter how unlikely)
from zombie sleep
When I see a trillions to one
I look for fruit on trees.
Can you see what I do not?
(nbe: painting by Agnes Pelton "Star Gazer")
First there was the Great Cosmic Egg. Inside the egg was chaos.
Floating in the chaos was P'an Ku, the undeveloped divine embryo.
Huai-nan Tzu, China 100 BC
To someone who could grasp the Universe from a unified standpoint
the entire creation would appear as a unique truth and necessity.
Jean Le Rond d'Alembert
The Earth can be thought of as a niche in the Solar System, a
niche in the Milky Way -- like a flower finding the right place to
sprout its seeds. But, how did life find out that this planet was a
proper niche? How did the seeds of life get here, and what are
the "seeds" of life?
Energy and matter, the seeds of life, are everywhere. They have
been here all along. The Earth abides in a region of space
where the stars are not packed too densely so that there is the
danger of stars colliding. Many safe regions such as this can be
found throughout space. Why do such niches exist at all? If stars
were more densely packed everywhere throughout the
Universe, life would not exist.
The characteristic size of galaxies allows for such roominess,
had the stars been greater in number the Universe would be
uninhabitable. A guiding mechanism, such as a system of
fields, and fine tuned constants are essential. It is a symbiotic
Universe -- a Universe of, by and for life. One scientist
"A major revolution in thought is in the offing. Whatever the
explanation turns out to be for that massive series of
coincidences whereby life arose in the Universe, it is not going
to be simple. Each and every one of them flows from the laws of
Nature, and it is to these principles themselves that our thinking
must turn. Life obeys the laws of physics -- this much is a truism.
What is new and incomprehensible here is that in some
extraordinary way the reverse seems also to be true -- that the
laws of physics conform themselves to life."
Here we are literally the self-consciousness of the Universe,
and able to marvel at our own existence. Life itself is the highest
Martha Ramsey on NDS
The following were (amongst) my favorite passages.
. . . As I asked the Light to keep explaining, I understood
what the Higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around the
planet where all the Higher Selves are connected. This is
like a great company, a next subtle level of energy around
us, the spirit level, you might say.
Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have
ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. Now I
came to this with my negative view of what has happen on
the planet. So as I asked the light to keep clarifying for me,
I saw in this magnificent mandala how beautiful we all are in our
essence, our core. We are the most beautiful creations. The
human soul, the human matrix that we all make together is
absolutely fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. . . .
The Void is inside and outside everything. You, right now
even while you live, are always inside and outside the Void
simultaneously. You don't have to go anywhere or die to get
there. The Void is the vacuum or nothingness between all
physical manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and
their components. Modern science has begun to study this
space between everything. They call it Zero-point. Whenever
they try to measure it, their instruments go off the scale, or to
infinity, so to speak. They have no way, as of yet, to measure
infinity accurately. There is more of the zero space in your
own body and the Universe than anything else!
From an abstraction nothing can be known as nothing occurs
Gary Merrill with Dan Berkow snips from [email protected]
Gary: The question arises 'To what extent is it necessary to know
anything?' Given that knowing is a fix of reality, a fix of truth.
That to know implies also not to know. The answer gives rise
to what is beyond the answer, so answers, being limited are
Dan: Nothing can occur out of place, because past, present,
future are abstractions of one event.
Gary: The bigger picture would suggest that. If abstracting
ourself as actors, as causal agents, is an illusion then it
couldn't be said that there is a choice or alternative.
There would be no one to blame or no one to forgive. The
question here arises 'is a culture which sees identity as real,
intelligent?' If there are individual causal agents, actors,
doers then there would be the possibility of a threat of
inappropriate action. So there would need to be control, self
control and control of others. But all this would be valueless
outside of imagination.
On Gurus and transmission
Matthew and Jody [email protected]
matthew: is there really any other kind of guru? transmission
is what the guru/devotee relationship is about. it is a human to
human transmission. it is something that cannot be gotten
from books, nature, or oneself. all gurus transmit what it is
they "have". some may give students lots of things to do,
practices and such, some may give nothing to do, it makes
no difference. the nature of the relationship is about being in
the company (though that doesnt necessarily mean physical
presence of) of the guru and absorbing the transmission.
Jody: Not in my experience. "Teaching" realization is about the
pointing out of the already there.
There is nothing to transmit. We already are the Self. The
presence of pure being is a constant, ongoing reality in
everyone's life. The guru isn't giving you pure being, or the
ability to "see" it. All a guru can do is point at the Self when
s/he can see that you are looking at it.
The guru knows what it "looks" like, the student doesn't. It's
like a camouflaged moth against tree bark. The student
doesn't know what to look for. All s/he sees is bark. The guru
waits for the moth to "move". The student has to see the
move for the guru to point out the moth. Then the student
understands that they've been seeing the moth all along, they
just didn't know what they were looking at.
A guru can provide various transformative exercises and
experiences, but the student still has to notice the moth's
movement. That's the real value of the guru, being around to
point out what's sitting right in front of our face, closer than
our own breath. Letting people believe that you are giving
them something they already are may get you lots of fans,
but it doesn't get them any closer to the truth.
Awake, fragrant, empty field
Jerry Katz offered this beautiful link. Kiran was a new gift. The 'fragrance' of
his writing and this music has graced this weekend. Thanks Jerry.
http://meditation.to/kiran/kiran-discourses/Kiran-text2.htm (link may no longer be working)
"Just relax and don't expect anything."
There is No Sat-There is No Sang: There is Nothing to Do
Kiran: The more I understood, the more ordinary I became,
because I came to understand that I know nothing at all. I am just
stunned by this mystery. I am not exerting any effort in order to
know or understand something. I have it because of the "tuning"
which is part of existence itself.
Kiran: When a flower blooms, it is in its natural state. In this
natural state its fragrance starts flowing. The flower experiences
being in the state of flowering. That flowering is the flowering of
the human consciousness. Then the fragrance of existence starts
flowing through you. The fragrance is not of the flower. The joy
which flows from existence is expressed as fragrance. This
fragrance starts coming up and this joy starts bubbling up in a
totally silent space. Silence-the quality of existence-starts coming
up in you.
Kiran: When you are totally awake and conscious to listening, is
there any thought? No, because the mind is thinking neither of the
past nor of the future. At that level of consciousness, you have a
feel of what is conveyed. Somewhere, in between the words, you
have a feel and a knowing of what is meant by the words. After
knowing them, you just drop the words. You are not gathering,
storing, and comparing the words. You are gathering the
essence, which is conveyed in and between the words.
The mind remains only as an instrument providing information in
and for the here-now. It is a quiet mind now.. It has become a
beautiful servant. Knowing and understanding occur in another
dimension. Knowing occurs in consciousness which has no
movement at all.
I am suggesting you stay aware and conscious in whatever you
do, because in the dimension of consciousness and awareness
you are thoughtless and effortless. Life occurs now in this
moment. In total listening, there is no mind, no thought, no "you".
Just listening remains. This effortless and thoughtless space is
(nbe: painting by Arthur Douet
Cultivating the Empty Field:
The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
translated by Taigen Daniel Leighton with Yi Wu
A person of the Way fundamentally does not dwell anywhere. The
white clouds are fascinated with the green mountain's foundation. The
bright moon cherishes being carried along with the flowing water. The
clouds part and the mountain appears. The moon sets and the water
is cool. Each bit of autumn contains vast interpenetration without
bounds. Every dust is whole without reaching me; the ten thousand
changes are stilled without shaking me. If you can sit here with
stability, then you can freely step across and engage the world with
energy. There is an excellent saying that the six sense doors are not
veiled, the highways in all directions have no footprints. Always
arriving everywhere without being confused, gentle without hesitation,
the perfected person knows where to go.
Examples of true friends
Kiran: Because you cry in your dream, I shake you and try to
wake you up. You may ask someone in your dream, "Please give
me some method or some technique which will awaken me!" If
that someone answers you and gives you some techniques, he
and his methods are also part of the same dream. In fact, he only
can shake you and wake you up. What technique can be applied
in a dream?
Are you tired of all those mushy "friendship" poems that always
sound good but never actually come close to reality? Well, here
is a "friendship" poem that really speaks true friendship and
Friend, When you are sad, ...I will get you drunk and help you
plot revenge against the bastard who made you sad.
When you are blue, ...I'll try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
When you smile, ...I'll know you finally got some.
When you are scared, ...I will tease you about it every chance I
When you are worried, ...I will tell you horrible stories about how
much worse it could be and to quit whining.
When you are confused, ...I will use little words to explain it to
your dumb ass.
When you are sick, ...stay away from me until you're well again. I
don't want what you've got.
When you fall, ...I will try to keep from laughing.
This is my oath, I pledge 'til the end. Why you ask? Because
you're my friend.
Send this to 10 of your closest friends, then get depressed
because you realize you only have 2, and one of them is not
speaking to you right now. And always remember: A friend will
help you move. A really good friend will help you move a body.
And finally Mark's unique take on a fragrant empty field
'm deeply concerned about this.
I noticed during the "buns" portion of the workout that there
was a bit of a sound... How shall I describe it? LIKE AN
ALASKAN PIPELINE EXPLOSION!!!!!!! Oh wait, Congress
voted that one down? what a gas, huh?