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Friday, August 30, 2002
Editor: Gloria Lee
Thought for the Day
The farther we follow the path the more powerful it becomes, the more
fearsome, more intense, until suddenly there is freedom, no responsibility at
all or whatsoever.
This keeps happening again and again.
It is a cycle, a pendulum, day, night, open, closed, fearful, brave,
desiring, free from desire.
Until both exist all the time in the most profound paradox of all eternity.
The master is a child before eternity.
And he is wise beyond the ages.
There was a flute that played only three tones.
Those three notes when played by the master shimmered into the darkness and
the light produced beautiful new shadows of new realities. New insights came
into sound and a carving was made.
The knife cut sharply into the poetry of something that had never been said.
His smile gathered slowly like the sunrise and rose, over the mountain he had
carved, into the heart he had loved.
As the flute played in the one endless moment, I became an etching.
The mountain stretched into me and I became the stillness of the mist.
I walked away changed forever, carrying nothing.
All is within me now, weighs less than nothing, and so I float.
The master sinks to the bottom, breathes deeply, exhales stars.
Copyright © 2002 by John MacEnulty
A friend sent me this poem this morning, and I thought I would pass
it along, it really touched me. Apparently, June Jordan died in June.
What Great Grief Has Made the Empress Mute
Because it was raining outside the palace
Because there was no rain in her vicinity
Because people kept asking her questions
Because nobody ever asked her anything
Because marriage robbed her of her mother
Because she lost her daughters to the same tradition
Because her son laughed when she opened her mouth
Because he never delighted in anything she said
Because romance carried the rose inside a fist
Because she hungered for the fragrance of the rose
Because the jewels of her life did not belong to her
Because the glow of gold and silk disguised her soul
Because nothing she could say could change the melted music of her space
Because the privilege of her misery was something she could not disgrace
Because no one could imagine reasons for her grief
Because her grief required no imagination
Because it was raining outside the palace
Because there was no rain in her vicinity
Dedicated to the Empress Michiko and to Janice Mirikitani
NDS Re: Satsang with Clara Llum = Bullshit
I don't know anything about her. I just post the URL as I receive it and
people can take it from there. Here's the home page and it leads to other
pages she has: http://clarallum.org/
She seems to dress up nonduality a bit, and maybe she doesn't seem to come
from the cold, bland nagual of nonduality. But who does, really?
I hear what she is saying a little differently
than some of you. I hear someone who
is saying she can go in and out of samadhi,
apparently at will,
as 'rare' as that may be. (And indeed,
it is.). And I hear her saying that when
you're in a room with her when this happens,
you....any 'you'.... will be affected.
I was particularly struck by her saying
elsewhere regarding her training:
"All these experiences converge
in what I am now and how I teach or coach.
Although I am just a walker of the Path,
I have always found people that come to me
in search of advice, love or instruction.
My feeling is that they get some benefit,
peace, clarity, confidence or resolution,
so I decided to continue my sharing,
not forgetting that -to me- all are mirrors of Wisdom."
And I really appreciated this:
"May the lineage of the Siddhas
reactivate in me for the benefit of beings.
This I say to clear all my faults
and strengthen my pure connections
with the Noble Congregation."
I hear the voice of someone who
strives to assist others with impeccability...
who is in attunement with Life, as it
lives thru her.
And I bow to that.
I'm sure she is of benefit to people. I don't know if any two teachers or
gurus give off the same vibe of personality. So she has her own thing going.
If you visit any guru, things other than drop dead enlightenment will occur.
All kinds of improvements in one's life could happen even while
self-realization hasn't. Clara recognizes that and makes her company
available. It seems simple and unoffensive to me.
also, where's the sense of celebration that once existed on this list, where
everyone was a guru, someone to be bowed to, to be celebrated for their
uniqueness and for what they offered, even if they were difficult personalities.
We busted our asses to keep the difficult ones here. Those days are gone, and
I'm not going to go out of my way to support difficult people anymore. I'm too
old for that. My tolerance is zero. But i'll try to keep things open and alive
here. I don't believe in supporting difficult people and I'm not going to uphold
a culture where there a small number of local heroes who figure they know it
Equal Bullshit for all!
Went to visit my parents way out in the country. Their neighbor runs
cattle... partly on my parents' property. One day, we caught a young
bull can't-be in their garden. He was a bit put out when we went out
to try to shoo him away; he let out a wonderfully deep belly moo.
Then he clomped away. Bulls are heavy. The earth shakes when they
run. Somewhere along the way, he dropped a cow poo. Nothing better
than cow poos for gardens. We might as well have left him standing in
the garden, if pooing was all he was doing. Would have saved us a poo
Maybe that's all Clara is up to. Fertilizing. Poo transmission.
This is not to poopoo anyone else's opinion of what kind or which way
the shit is flying from Clara or around here. Hope I haven't stepped
hi JP. We talked about Memento not long ago here. Which is okay, discussion
on a topic never ends. I'd like to see whatever you might write about the
movie. Some people in Hollywood are seriously into nondual teachings, but how
much can they talk about it? Yet they can't keep it out of their creative
work either, so we get movies like Memento, Jacob's Ladder, The Matrix, even
Endless Summer, which is on my mind because I just saw Blue Crush and loved
the wave and surfing scenes, and the simple but well told story, and many
other movies. Check out the list here:
After a series of transformative spiritual awakenings, Adyashanti
began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom
he had been studying for 14 years. Adya's teachings have been
compared to some of the early chan (zen) masters of China as well as
teachers of Advaita Vedanta in India.
However, Adya says, "If you filter my words through any tradition
or `-ism', you will miss altogether what I am saying. The liberating
truth is not static; it is alive. It can not be put into concepts and
be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of
conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond awake and
present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize
"Striding the path of Zen like a lion. Then one day, the lion dies."
"In truth, there is no birth, life, or death.
Only the unborn eternal Self"
Let Everything End
There is a great momentum of suffering and confusion that every
spiritual seeker encounters. It is the momentum of ignorance which
manifests as the experience of conflict and confusion and which
causes suffering. In order to discover the perspective of Liberation,
which alone transcends this entire movement of ignorance and
suffering, one needs to let everything end.
"Letting everything end" means to stand in the moment completely
naked of attachment to any and all ideas, concepts, hopes,
preferences, and experiences. Simply put, it means to stop
strategizing, controlling, manipulating, and running away from
yourself--and to simply be. Finally you must let everything end and
be still. In letting everything end, all seeking and striving stops.
All effort to be someone or to find some extraordinary state of being
ceases. This ceasing is essential. It is true spiritual maturity.
By ceasing to follow the mind's tendency to always
want 'more', 'different', or 'better', one encounters the opportunity
to be still. In being still, a perspective is revealed which is free
from all ignorance and bondage to suffering. From that perspective,
eternal Self is realized. The eternal Self, the Seer, is recognized
to be one's true nature, one's very own Self.
This is an invitation to let all seeking end, all striving end, all
efforting end, all past identity end, all hopes end, and to discover
That which has no beginning or end. This is an invitation to discover
eternal, unborn, undying Truth of Being. The Truth of your Being,
your own Self. Let the entire movement of becoming end, and discover
That which has always been present at the core of your Being.
Mazie & b
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