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Issue #1285 - Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - Editor: Jerry
Sam (left) with typical online enlightened
guru. Photo by Sam Pasiencier
forwarded from Along the Way
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Sell cleverness and buy wonderment:
cleverness is opinion, wonder is vision.
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"Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi"
Sanyar Press - London, 1997
from his Newsletter
Never give up.
No matter what is going on,
Never give up.
Develop the heart.
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.
Develop the heart.
Not just to your friends
But to everyone.
Work for peace,
In your heart and in the world.
Work for peace.
And I say again:
Never give up.
No matter what is happening,
No matter what is going on around you:
Never give up. H. H. Dalai Lama ______________________________________________________________________
Being on the Advaitin list, I have become more
appreciative of the
role a powerful intellect plays in understanding subtle truths of
the Vedas through scholars such as Prof. Krishnamurthy and Sadaji
and Murthyji and many others.
Still Sri Bhagavan's words are crystal clear. It
seems to me that
no matter how brilliant the analysis, Bhagavan always comes back to
the root issue of who the analyzer is. No matter how brilliant the
vision, Sri Ramana points to understanding the nature of the seer
who has the vision.
In Sri Ramana, there is no compromise. The Sage
is always direct.
To those whose intellects have become subtle and can grasp firmly,
Sri Ramana points out that there is no end to experiences of
relative knowledge (of heavens, different bodies, different states,
bringing the force down, etc.).
Ultimately it is the sense of "I", in
which all attainments and
experiences have root, that is surrendered to the Lord of the
Heart. That Silence Knows It Self as Sat-Chit-Ananda.
Love to all
from Daily Dharma
Silence demands space, space in the whole
consciousness. There is no space in the structure of ones
consciousness as it is, because it is crowded with fears-crowded,
chattering, chattering. When there is silence, there is immense,
timeless space; then only is there a possibility of coming upon
that which is the eternal, sacred. ~J. Krishnamurti.
From the book, The Wholeness of Life,
published by the
Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd. ________________________________________________________________________
from their newsletter
Hi All, We have a great interview with
Laura Lee on her show Thursday,
December 12 at 9:00pm EST. Go to www.lauralee.com to listen on
line. For those of you who can't listen when the show is first
aired, don't worry, you can catch it on the archive at your
leisure. The Spiritual Chicks (
from NDS News
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Gambling Addictions Are A Form Of Spiritual Seeking
December 11, 2002 What the ancients in both hemispheres seem to be saying is that
gamblers, and especially gambling addicts, are, in a manner of
speaking, spiritual seekers. As Mooney said, gambling is rooted in
the "universal longing of mankind to know the cause of things and
how effects may be controlled."
In other words, the gambler, unbeknownst to him
or herself, is
looking for divinity. Sure, on the surface they are seeking
economic fortune, but they are also seeking a personal
transformation, for that feeling of invincibility and liberation,
even if for only in the moment of exhilaration.
The moment is indeed transitory, and the seeking
of further moments
is what can sometimes throw the individual out of integrity,
causing addictive cycles. Whatever the forces are that the gambler
believes is causing him or her to win or to lose, they can never
sustain or nurture the gambler.
Of course, these forces do not exist outside of
the self, but lie
within one's own actions. The Native myths show that the effects
can be cataclysmic. Gambling addictions should not be viewed as
inherently evil or immoral, but as a disease of the spirit that
uses pleasure to avoid pain.
It is not that they are weaker than most, for we
are all caught in
the cycle of pleasure and pain, but that their pain is more acute
and their search for spirituality more urgent. In many eastern
philosophies, this dilemma is known as divine discontent, and as
the native gambling myths show, such malaise is a necessary step in
the process of becoming spiritual.
Society can try to exile or reform addictive
ultimately, they must embark on their own vision quest that takes
them deeper into their traditional beliefs, and beyond. This is not
to say that gamblers should not suffer the consequences of their
actions for, afterall, these are part of the experiment to "know
the cause of things and how effects can be controlled." ________________________________________________________________________________
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