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issue #1269 - Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - editor - michael
[email protected], Mace Mealer wrote:
Reality escapes most of us
most of the time,
not because it's hiding,
but because we are.
The truth can be painful
when it doesn't feed
may provide comfortable
but they are like
a drop of rain
in a thunderstorm
we are is
--- In [email protected], Jan Sultan wrote:
You can perceive
an object, but how can you perceive nothing? The
question is very philosophical, but it is good to face it because some day it
may arise in you too, that when you are absolutely silent, just a mirror,
nothing to perceive, how do you know? Nothing to perceive -- can you
perceive nothing? You can perceive no-thing, and that perception of
no-thing, gives you the idea of nothingness. There is no-thingness
around you, no objects but just a pure space.
Have you ever thought about the word `object'? We call things
`objects'. `Object' simply means that which obstructs, hinders, prevents. It is
an objection; you cannot go. It is a barrier. Things are called objects
because they prevent you from moving beyond them. They are like
walls; they are not like doors. No object, or no thing simply means there is
nothing around to "object" you.
This is the perception that as far as you can see, there is no thing
left. The mirror is pure, unreflective, centered in itself in deep
Hyakujo replied: "THAT WHICH OCCURS WHEN WE ARE CONFRONTED BY ALL
SORTS OF SHAPES AND FORMS IS CALLED PERCEPTION. CAN WE SPEAK OF PERCEPTION TAKING
PLACE WHEN NOTHING CONFRONTS US?"
"YES," REPLIED HYAKUJO.
"WHEN SOMETHING CONFRONTS US, IT FOLLOWS THAT WE PERCEIVE IT."
If we can perceive something, it means that when something will be
removed, we will perceive nothing.
The question continues: "BUT HOW CAN THERE BE PERCEPTION WHEN WE ARE CONFRONTED BY
NOTHING AT ALL?"
HYAKUJO ANSWERED BY SAYING: "WE ARE NOT TALKING OF THAT PERCEPTION WHICH IS
INDEPENDENT OF THERE BEING AN OBJECT OR NOT. HOW CAN that BE?"
"THE TRUE NATURE OF PERCEPTION BEING ETERNAL, WE GO ON PERCEIVING, WHETHER OBJECTS
ARE PRESENT OR NOT."
A mirror can exist without reflecting. Just take that case, that a mirror can exist without any reflection. A consciousness can
exist without any perception. There is no need, no necessity. The mirror and its mirror quality is not dependent on anything
and its reflection. For example, the lake can go on existing whether the moon comes or not. If it comes, it will be reflected; if
it does not come, who cares? The lake is perfectly
satisfied unto itself, so is the case of the inner lake of consciousness.
"THEREBY WE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WHEREAS objects NATURALLY APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR,
THE NATURE OF PERCEPTION DOES neither OF THOSE THINGS."
The mirror remains; things come and go. Consciousness remains, awareness remains, witnessing remains; things come and
go. Life comes, death comes, your mirror-like witnessing remains eternally. It is the only thing in the whole of existence which
Liberated Upon Awakening
These words are of little consequence,
the moon is neither diminished
or upheld by them.
Everything one truly needs
resides in their own nature
from before the beginning.
Today is this one's birthday,
born dead so many years ago,
to come alive
no other reason
that to witness
each splendid moment
in reverent wonder.
and non-duality - http://fuelcells.si.edu/ this is the
Smithsonian link for fuel cell technologies. The exhaust is air -
clean air, and water - potable water! The down side may be what
to do with 'spent' fuel cells. At least they won't be
One reporter's opinion:
What I would like to see in the news today are stories where the people on the battle lines - officers and enlisted or drafted -
simply decide to lay down thier rifles and rocket lauchers, climb out their tanks and bombers, take off the high explosives and
refuse to fight and kill anymore. Front page - eh?
In the meantime, how about this little story?
This one happens to be 'one of those things' - non-sequiter fun-damental dealies.
Medieval Mickey Mouse?
Friday, November 15, 2002 Posted: 9:23 AM EST
-- CNN.de contributed to this report
The fresco uncovered in Austria (top) and Disney's Mickey Mouse
KLAGENFURT, Austria -- Restoration work on an Austrian church has uncovered a 700-year-old fresco that some say bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse.
The "medieval Mickey" is one of a group of animals and mythical creatures surrounding St Christopher on the exterior of a church in the village of Malta in the province of Carinthia.
Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is shown standing in a river.
Art historian Eduard Mahlknecht said the mouse-like creature could be beaver or a weasel.
The fresco dates from around 1300, Mahlknecht said.
Malta's mayor, Hans Peter Schaar, joked that "perhaps Hollywood could become our partner city."
* black buddha found at www.nyartguide.net/hoover/GALLERY.html
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