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when during night do
soft skins unfurl to cool breezes?
does the morning glory dread
the coming of the sun?
from Daily Dharma
" Sunshine is green leaves
Green leaves are sunshine
Sunshine is not different from green leaves
Green leaves are not different from sunshine
The same is true of all forms and colors. "
~Thich Nhat Hanh
From the book," The Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh," published by One
No effort can take you there - Nisargadatta
Nothing you do will change you, for you need no change.
You may change your mind or your body, but it is always
something external to you that has changed, not
yourself. Why bother at all to change? Realize once for
all that neither your body nor your mind, nor even your
consciousness is yourself and stand alone in your true
nature beyond consciousness and unconsciousness. No
effort can take you there, only the clarity of
Dear Fellow Reader:
The latest issue of the TAT Forum is now available on
the TAT web site, at http://www.tatfoundation.org/forum.htm
This month's contents include:
Memories of Past and Future: Alfred D'Aliberti by
Richard Rose | Compromise by Shawn Nevins |
Self-Enquiry: Some Objections Answered by Douglas
Harding | Poems by Shawn Nevins | Still Point of the
Turning World (part 2 of 2) by Bob Cergol | Save it for
Later by Bob Fergeson | Humor
We hope that it will provide you with inspiration.
Sincerely, The Forum staff
PS: We also thought you might be interested in a new
page that's been added to the Spiritual Teachers web
site on guidelines for evaluating groups and teachers.
A guy born with 10 fingers, who heard about the finger
pointing to moon, and not mistaking them, and realizing
his 10 fingers were inevitably always pointing 10
different places, cut off all but one, thinking that
then, everywhere he pointed, would have to be the truth.
When it was (unnecessarily) pointed out to him, that now
he only had 1 finger, and no more dextrousness, he
replied: "Well, now I live in a world where my brain
moves everything, I only need this one." In other words,
it worked - all he could do was point to his own brain,
and that was it all along.
If you actually believe you're about to 'wake up!', cut
yourself off from all external input, tv, radio, phones,
etc. Abstain from any negative thoughts/feelings as much
as possible, and write down your own list of proverbs,
aphorisms, pithy distilled words to live by, even if you
just remember them but liked them, even if you have to
write them yourself. Also, DON'T put off some 'thing to
do' that you recently decided you will do - just do it.
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