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HIGHLIGHTS #1280 - December 6, 2002 - Edited by Gloria
Solar Eclipse of December 4, 2002
"The mind must learn that beyond the moving mind there is a
background of awareness which does not change. The mind must come
to know the true self and respect it and cease covering it up, like
the moon which obscures the sun during a solar eclipse."
Gems from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's Conversations Manuel Hernandez
on A Net ofJewels
In a profile in The Sunday Times (October,
1998), Steve Farrar wrote:
"Barbour argues that we live in a universe which has neither past nor
future. A strange new world in which we are alive and dead in the same
instant. In this eternal present, our sense of the passage of time is
nothing more than a giant cosmic illusion. 'There is nothing modest
about my aspirations,' he said. 'This could herald a revolution in the
way we perceive the world.'" Cosmologist Lee Smolin notes that Barbour
has presented "the most interesting and provocative new idea about
time to be proposed in many years. If true, it will change the way we
see reality. Barbour is one of the few people who is truly both
a scientist and a philosopher."
Along the Way
Break the old pattern of present-moment denial
and present-moment resistance. Make it your
practice to withdraw attention from past and
future whenever they are not needed. Step out
of the time dimension as much as possible in
- Eckhart Tolle
Man who claimed responsibility for "Bigfoot" legend in America dies at 84
Thu Dec 5,10:18 PM ET
SEATTLE - The man who used 16-inch
(40-centimeter) feet-shaped carvings to create
tracks that ignited the "Bigfoot" legend has died. He was 84.
Ray L. Wallace's family admitted his role in the creature myth after his death Nov. 26
from heart failure.
Who's laughing "at" who anyway? We laugh "in" delight and joy or at the absurdity of
pain, not 'at' misfortune. It's not about laughing and feeling pleasure at another's
misfortune. We're all in this together, and i mean, all.
I do not enjoy seeing someone's joy squashed at every turn, no matter where it is
perceived to another that joy comes from. I believe in the displaying of joy as a gift to
the world, without being resented for it. There are those that like to judge this joy,
search for ulterior motives, etc. and for some reason they have to hurt this expression
of joy...the kind of joy coming from a benevolent sense of life....resting in the
innocence of all....but, what do they know? They cant see it themselves, so that
expression becomes suspect.
It's not like i don't see how this squashing could also facilitate the return to
innocence....by sacrifice. Is that how we want to do things? I don't.
But, you see, ultimately, i and everyone else was born innocent and that is how "I" will
People punish each other, they negate, they degrade, they ridicule, they insult, they
point out--unable to conceive that it is that person's best, their best in that moment.
Perhaps the people who degrade....i suppose this is their best in the moment as well.
People do things because of themselves, it has nothing to do with another. It does no
good to resent them they way they resent others.....it just perpetuates the cycle. But, if
there is an evil, then that is it.
Ayn Rand wrote:
"The evil of a cultural atmosphere is made by all those who share it. Anyone who has
ever felt resentment against the good being the good, and has given voice to it, is the
murderer of innocence."
A protester holds a dead oil-covered bird crucified on a cross in Santiago de
Compostela, northwestern Spain, on Dec. 1 during a demonstration to demand the
resignation of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and Galicia Province President
Manuel Fraga. The protesters accused the government of failing to handle the crisis
caused by the sinking of an oil tanker and the leaking of its cargo.
"When you think of the Buddha, his life and deeds, what comes to your
mind? Which among his many qualities do you find most inspiring and
worthy of respect? I asked this question recently to a group of
Polytechnic students who I have been teaching in Singapore, and nearly
every one of them answered, 'Compassion.' They were inspired by the way
the Buddha treated everyone with gentle, kind-hearted compassion; even
his rivals and detractors; even his cousin Devadatta who was fiercely
jealous of the Buddha and tried on several occasions to kill him.
Moreover, the Buddha's compassion extended beyond the human realm to
include animals and all other beings, and he taught his followers to
practice likewise. The first and most important precept in Buddhism is
to try as much as possible to refrain from killing or harming any living
being, even the tiniest of insects.
Compassion is a quality desperately needed in the world today. If there
could be more compassion in people's hearts and lives, if more people
could develop the awareness that: 'Just as I do not like being hurt,
others also do not like being hurt, so we should stop hurting each
other,' then there would be far fewer stories in the news about war,
terrorism and violent crimes. All the cruel things human beings do to
one another are due to a lack of compassion. It is compassion that keeps
us from harming others. My teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has pointed out
that if we can develop compassion for all beings, then all beings are
safe from being harmed by us. All beings, especially those around us,
have nothing to fear from us, so indirectly our development of
compassion brings peace to everyone. Imagine what the world would be
like if we were all to develop such compassion!" ~Ven. Sangye Khadro
From the explanations on the "Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,"
from the web site, "The Amitabha Center,"
Blessings to all. May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.
In the Zen garden at Three Wheels, London.
............is a hanging inscription on the viewing platform wall:
Here in the garden
do not ask who made it,
or why, or when.
The garden is
and you are
what they seem
and are not
what they seem
and neither is true
There are islands
if you see it so.
There are peaks
above rolling blankets
or grey cloud,
and Mount Hiei,
if you see it so.
And there is yourself.
If you see it so,
there are twelve small rocks
of no consequence
and spoil heaps
and river beds.
You can make of the garden
what you will.
But it may, perhaps,
make something of you
which you were not,
if you wait
and are still:
if you become one
with the garden
and move beyond thought
as the garden
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