The Nondual Highlights, Issue #1065
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
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from Nasrudin Study list
Two policemen were
tired of the routine of giving out
tickets to speeders, so they instead wanted to give
someone an award for safety. The Mullah's car passed by
and the policemen began to tail it. No problem with
excess speed, he used his signals. The policemen were so
happy to have found someone who was obeying all of the
laws to a tee. They pulled over the Mullah.
Policemen: Sir, we
are so happy to see that you are
obeying all the traffic laws! We wanted to stop you and
fell out of the car exclaiming....
"When you are this drunk, you have to drive careful!"
The mind in its use
of concepts, by discrimination,
hopes yet to find love, to satisfy the heart. But such
mentation only breeds more division, more of the 'how
things should be'.
Whereas the 'heart'
is total and not divided. It is mind
which would separate heart and mind, but heart knows no
problem, no obstruction, no fear. The mind has to be in
fear to choose one against the other.
The problem is in
using the mind to try and find love,
not that this is 'wrong' only that in so doing 'love' is
projected into the future made ideal. Meanwhile love, in
all its glorious imperfection is offered to us now. Thus
the imperfect is made perfect.
If we talk of
knowing the Self, there must be two
selves, one a knowing self, another the self which is
known, and the process of knowing. The state we call
realisation is simply being oneself, not knowing
anything or becoming anything. If one has realised, one
is that which alone is and which alone has always been.
One cannot describe that state. One can only be that. Of
course, we loosely talk of Self-realisation, for want of
a better term. How to 'real-ise' or make real that which
alone is real?
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
This quotation is
from "Be As You Are" The Teachings of
Sri Ramana Maharshi edited by David Godman Arkana, 1985
from Live Journal
Lost in the Moment
You are lost within
the moment. Allow yourself to awaken
and see the moment. Do not become buryed and smother.
You will miss it's message. There is a message in the
moment and all moments. You need each moment to have the
next make sense. You can not put one before another or
link a past to a future without the middle. It will not
be strong. It will not be the truth. You need all
moments to equal the moment. In order. One at a time. Do
not rest. Do not hurry. Just relax in this and you will
see the reality which is laid out before you. I AM the
creater of off things, alpha - omega, beginning and
end...and all things in between.
from Live Journal
if we come to rest
at the center of ourselves
at the core of existence
we understand what advaita vedanta calls
there is only one absolute being
nothing has ever come from it or out of it
there is no movement or change in pure existence
always immaculate, always exactly present.
we call it eternal, but there is no sense of time
we call it vast, but the concept of space never occurs
to live NO CREATION is to actually
just this perfect absolute BEING
these are just meaningless words
unless you dive within yourself
to know the truth
from Live Journal
How to live in the
now Actually, you're already living
in the now. Whatever you are doing at this moment, is
how you're living in the now. The now isn't anything
other than that which you are currently doing.
Therefore, the way
to be in the now is simply to
acknowledge that you are already there. Before planning
for what must come next, you must acknowledge where you
are right now.
That's not a
philosophy, that's just a technique. But
it's a good one, because it makes you focus your
awareness on whatever you have control over at this very
about anything else, world peace
follows soon thereafter.
from The Way Station
today i took a day
job as a model for an art class. yup.
naked like my momma made me.
after the lunch
break the teacher had me pose for a
facial portrait drawing that she did for the class.
during the setup for
the pose one of the students asked
me if so many people looking at me made me
i told her that it
wasn't about me. she paused a moment
and then nodded her head. i found myself repeating the
phrase - it isn't about me - several times during the
day. you see, i was able to walk about during breaks and
look at what the students had drawn. from time to time a
student would ask me if the drawing looked like me and i
found myself repeating the phrase - it isn't about me.
it (the class) was
about them. about learning how to see
as i listened to the
instructor address the class during
the portrait session i was struck at how like a zen
master she was. she spoke of seeing what was there, of
how it balanced, how lines and light interacted, and how
to grasp the beauty of what you want to put on the
during the next
break i mentioned to her how much she
put me in mind of zen mastery. she said, 'yes, it is
very zenlike in quality.'
all in all - a very pleasant day
How is it colors and
forms we were never meant to see
can strike us so?