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Issue #1129 - Monday, July 8, 2002 - Editor: Jerry

from I AM list

The 9 affirmations about God and His unfailing
protection to us, may be repeated thrice in the morning,
noon and evening, of the 9 successive working days of
each week:

1 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana), who sings
that one must throw even the (whole) burden (of one's
outer life) on Ishwara (the Personal Lord).

2 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana) who abides
(without effort, on the ground) that the (Personal) Lord
will take up any (amount and degree of) burden.

3 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana) who
'sounds' that all is of the Form of the Work of God.

4 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana) who utters,
" Without the Grace of (the Personal) God, not one thing
will truly succeed. Because of that alone, abide without
thinking anything. "

5 Long Live the Feet of the Lord (Sri Ramana) who says,
"There is no deficiency in the Great Grace (of God)."

6 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana) who
assertively utters, "Don't leave the Lord who exists
within you, even if the outer (existence of the world)
comes (into your perception) like (being) separate (from

7 Long Live the Feet of the the Siddha (one who is
well-accomplished in Self-Abidance, Sri Ramana) who
says, "By muttering the mantra, the mind-stuff will
subside. And, Japa 'is merger in' (Self-) Enquiry."

8 Long Live the Feet of the Lord (Sri Ramana) who utters
the Satguru advice, "If the 'other' dies, the mind will
merge in the 'here' (the Self). (And,) That(!) is giving
(over one's) life to Isvara (the Personal God)."

9 Long Live the Feet of the One (Sri Ramana) who utters,
'Keeping all the burdens (duties and responsibilities)
upon the (Fullness of the)Lord, at all times abide
thinking of His Lustrous Feet with devotion'.


from NDS

If the bird is seen by the eye then the eye is subject
and the bird is object.

If the mind knows this then the eye is object and the
mind subject.

It cannot be known that the mind knows this unless lit
by the consciousness. Thus the consciousness is the
subject and the mind the object.

The consciousness not being perceived is silent. It
cannot be said to be ceaseless because it is not active.
It is alone and therefore One.


from The Other Syntax list

"The sorcerers of ancient Mexico used to say that the
glowing coat of awareness is like a tree. If it is not
pruned, it grows to its natural size and volume. As
awareness reaches levels higher than the toes,
tremendous maneuvers of perception become a matter of

"The grand trick of those sorcerers of ancient
times," don Juan continued, "was to burden the flyers'
mind with discipline. They found out that if they taxed
the flyers' mind with inner silence, the foreign
installation would flee, giving to any one of the
practitioners involved in this maneuver the total
certainty of the mind's foreign origin. The foreign
installation comes back, I assure you, but not as
strong, and the process begins in which the fleeing of
the flyers' mind becomes routine until one day it flees
permanently. A sad day indeed! That's the day when you
have to rely on your own devices, which are nearly
zero. There's no one to tell you what to do. There's no
mind of foreign origin to dictate the imbecilities
you're accustomed to."

Mud Shadows
Carlos Castaneda


from Shaivayoga list

Every person experiences the Self
consciously or unconsciously.
The ajnani's experience is
clouded by his latencies
wheras the jnani's is not so.
The jnani's experience of the Self is
therefore distinct and permanent.

Sri Ramana, from Talk 562


from Petros Truth list

"I am asking: Why is it that though you listen to all
this logically, and I hope with a healthy mind, this
does not light a fire so that you burn with it? Please
ask yourselves, find out why you agree logically,
verbally, superficiallly, yet it does not touch you
deeply. If your money or your sex is taken away, it will
touch you. If your sense of importance is taken away,
then you will struggle. . . . What changes man is to
face all this, to look at it and not always live on that
very superficial level."

-- from The Awakening of Intelligence (340)


from NDS

This entry describes the difference between being
Fill-in-the-Blank (a name, a description, etc.) and
simply being. The word "bad" is used in this scenario,
but I see now that any word with its matching
experiential description can be used.

Lately I have become aware of a sense that I am bad. It
makes me feel much like a sad dog who has been beaten,
walking around listlessly with its head down and its
tail between its legs. This sense is so ingrained,
actually, that sometimes I don't even notice it right
away. I can still, half-heartedly, go about my tasks of
the day but anything I think or perceive looks dark and
gloomy, and at some point, if my kid doesn't alert me to
it first, I notice that I am not feeling quite myself. I
also realize (from past experience) that when I am not
being myself, I most definitely cannot trust who I am

That's the big crack in the imaginary shell.

After that, there is awareness of the "I am bad" current
that had previously been underlying my negative,
distorted perceptions.

The awareness makes it obvious that of course while I am
being bad it is no wonder that all of my thinking (and
consequently my actions) would be dark! But because I
see now that I am the one who is Aware of the "I am bad"
current, then (also, of course) I cannot possibly be
that! In FACT, while "the one who is bad" is seen to
exist only in my imagination, the Reality is seen too:
that in Truth I am Alive, I am fully Here, and I am
Free. Or, put in even better words, I simply AM.

Often I am able to recall the trigger for the
misidentification. However, if I try to track down this
trigger from the eyes of "I am bad" in order to make the
uneasiness go away, it is never any use because those
eyes can only see distortions.

Being free of the misidentification, it no longer
matters to me what triggered it...but I think I can
safely assume that it was something very old and is
completely useless to me now.

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