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Issue #1261 - Monday, November 18, 2002 - Edited by Jerry

The reason we have to stop seeing each other, explained.

Pattycake and Mary Bianco at the Bronz Zoo.

excerpt from Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing

"I'm standing right on the edge, Marla. I'm in the
bubble, I'm out of the bubble, both, neither, but
whatever I am, I am not in the business of encouraging
peoople to leave the bubble. I don't proselytize. I'm
not selling anything. I'm not saying one thing is better
than another. I simply stand here, both in and out, and
try to aid those who come to see me. ...if you want to
know what I really think, I think the bubble is a
magnificent amusement park and leaving it is a damn silly
thing to do unless you absolutely must. And I would
advise anyone who didn't absolutely have to leave to just
head back in and enjoy it while it lasts."

submitted to NDS by J.P.

And I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
In the paper, the news everyday I am
Radio won't even play my jam
Cause I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
In the paper, the news everyday I am
I don't know it's just the way I am

from Ultimate Advaita

Nisargadatta- the courage to believe that you are free

When you desire and fear, and identify yourself with your
feelings, you create sorrow and bondage. When you
create, with love and wisdom, and remain unattached to
your creations, the result is harmony and peace. But
whatever be the condition of your mind, in what way does
it reflect on you? It is only your self-identification
with your mind that makes you happy or unhappy. Rebel
against your slavery to your mind, see your bonds as
self- created and break the chains of attachment and
revulsion. Keep in mind your goal of freedom, until it
dawns on you that you are already free, that freedom is
not something in the distant future to be earned with
painful efforts, but perennially one's own, to be used!
Liberation is not an acquisition but a matter of
courage, the courage to believe that you are free
already and to act on it.


"Subhuti, however many living things there are in all
those buddha-lands, though they have manifold modes of
mind, the Tathagata understands them all. Wherefore?
Because the Tathagata teaches that all these are not
mind; they are merely called mind. Subhuti, it is
impossible to retain past mind, impossible to hold on to
present mind, and impossible to grasp future mind."

from Alice's Restaurant

Well I just returned from St. Louis today where I gave a
talk on Japanese Incense and Incense Making at Three
Rivers Aikido.

Sensei Freeman was a wonderful host, and I especially
enjoyed his company and the company of his students and
friends who treated me with such kindness. I loved
walking the neighborhood and the fallen autmun leaves.
Sensei took me to see Mike Brewer from Brewer & Shipley.
Brewer comes from my home town so it was a real treat.
St. Louis has great food at reasonable prices :) It was
so nice to see fall in the Midwest again.

It will take me a while to catch up and continue about
aloeswood, but I haven't forgot.

Hope you are all well!


from Live Journal

Freddy the Pig. Meeting him again. And his Hymn to the

Just learned from (David Hodges) that virtually all the
Freddy the Pig books by Walter Brooks are back in print
and there is a "Friends of Freddy" website If Graham Greene is right
that the most important books of our life are those we
read as children and which teach us about life, as for
him the Alan Quartermain stories of adventures in Africa
did, then I must have learned something important from
Freddy and Mrs Wiggens the cow and Jinx the cat. I
approach the site with a little fear because I have
always thought that those books were probably very
poorly written, it was only later that I discovered Oz
and Narnia, and as a child went from Freddy and Robert
Heinlein to Dostoyevsky one day.

But here is something not bad...a poem by Freddy praising
the Universe! It is not Teilhard de Chardin but it is
not awful and perhaps I learned something from it.

While I croon a verse
In praise
Of the universe.
The universe is quite good-sized,
And is, I think, well organized,
Containing as it does, a slew
Of stars and planets. Comets too
Occasionally whiz about
And dodge and circle in and out
Among the clustered nebulae.
They scare the dickens out of me,
But I suppose they know their stuff
And are expert and quick enough
To keep from bumping or colliding
With other worlds. But I'm residing
At present on the planet, earth,
And it does not arouse my mirth
To see these reckless comets fly
Around as if they owned the sky.
It's much too dangerous in a crowd,
And really shouldn't be allowed.
Yet tho there's nothing to prevent
Bad manners in the firmament,
The heavenly bodies, generally,
Are well behaved and courteously
Avoid all quarrels and disputes-
Tho when they have them, they are beauts.
As to the universe's size,
It's rather large than otherwise,
Containing stars and galaxies
And satellites of all degrees.
And some are dim and some are bright,
But all are lighted up at night,-
Mostly along the Milky Way-
A quite remarkable display.
Some scientific fellows hope
By peering thru a telescope
To chart the heavens and name each star
Of all the billions that there are.
More sensible I think it is
Just to sit back and let them whiz
Along on their accustomed track
Around and round the zodiac.
For since they are not bothering me
I think it's best to let them be.
And that is all I have to say
About the universe today.
from Freddy and the Spaceship

It does not seem the work either of the pure scientist or
exactly of the mystic but somewhere in between which on
my better days may be where I might be. Freddy shows a
sense of a certain harmony of things rather like that of
a very literate but slightly neurasthenic and even
spacey Bishop I recall visiting Tokyo(no not me) and
saying "it is wonderful how all the cars do not run into
each other...Isaac of Syria spoke of wonder you makes one WONDER!" Perhaps I ought open those
books again, and perhaps you too reading this have some
books which were set aside and yet maybe important?

from NDS

dressed in evergreens
pointing to all depths of blue
stardust mountain hides

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