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Issue #1394 - Friday, April 4, 2003 - Editor: Gloria Lee


A New Form of Matter

Scientists have created a new kind of matter: It comes in waves and bridges the gap between the everyday world of humans and the micro-domain of quantum physics.

Quantum mechanics describes the bizarre rules of light and matter on atomic scales. In that realm, matter can be in two places at once; objects behave as both particles and waves (a strange duality described by Schrodinger's wave equation); and nothing is certain: the quantum world runs on probability.

Although quantum rules are counter-intuitive, they underlie the macroscopic reality we experience day-to-day. Bose-Einstein condensates are curious objects that bridge the gap between those two realms. They obey the laws of the small even as they intrude on the big.   =========================================================  

Ed Note: Issue #1393 from Saturday was truncated by Outlook Express, so you may have missed the last half. The entire message is on yahoo at:

This following article is repeated from Saturday's highlight.  

Christiana, thank-you for sending this piece.   


(All of us are affected by the war in Iraq. Many are for it, many are against it.
Many think all war is wrong, others speak of there being ‘just’ wars, war
that, while still being regrettable, is necessary for the greater good.
Whatever your perspective, I think it is important to remember that world
peace is never going to exist in a sustained way on this  planet until a critical
mass of us finds true inner peace. With that in mind, I offer the following…) 

The quest for enlightenment, for true inner freedom, involves a deep  inquiry
into who and what you really are, beyond all ideas about who  you are. It
involves a deep inquiry into the nature of reality itself. If you  are able to put
whatever religious beliefs and concepts you currently  hold aside, and look
closely at the way physical reality is put together, you come to a remarkable
discovery. You come to the same insights  arrived at by quantum physics in
our own time, by Jesus 2,000 years  ago, and by the Buddha 2,500 years

This discovery is that reality is a unified field of energy and consciousness.
It is not the universe of separate objects and things, of  "us" in here, and the
rest of the world out there, as Newton believed, but is a participatory
universe, where every particle, every atom is  profoundly interconnected.
Reality is so interconnected that just by observing, looking into a system,
you affect and change the  system—and are, in turn, affected and changed by

This quantum perspective brings an entirely new, and astonishingly 
contemporary—indeed, timeless—kind of meaning to the Buddha’s 
statements that, "Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form," and "All the
ten thousand things are created by a single thought." It allows us to hear
Jesus’ words, "I and the Father are One" in a new way, especially if we see
the word "Father" as a metaphor for consciousness itself. It makes it easier
for us to understand Jesus when he said to his  disciples, "This applies to
you, too. You are just as much a part of the Oneness as I am." 

We are not separate from the rest of creation, but are one with it.  Ramesh
Balsekar, a contemporary Indian teacher of self-realization,  reminds us that
in Hindu mythology, the universe was perceived  thousands of years ago as
a multi-dimensional net of jewels, each one  a reflection of, and profoundly
related to, the other. He quotes an  ancient Chinese saying: "Pick a blade of
grass and you shake the universe." 

And the fundamental quality that connects everything, as modern quantum
physics is discovering, is consciousness itself. In fact, the quantum
scientists have come to the startling conclusion that  consciousness is a
permanent and inherent property of the universe, and that conscious
awareness, or observership, is a mandatory requirement for making reality
tangible. We, as observers, participants, are creating the whole thing.
Perception, in other words,  is reality. 

One thinks of Shakespeare, the brilliant playwright and—in his own  way,
metaphysician—writing over five hundred years ago: "All the world’s a
stage, and all the people many players." What becomes clear with the
universal, quantum, or holographic perspective is that we are scripting the
whole thing. It doesn’t happen without our thinking, or dreaming it, into

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Nagual Series II - Free Will? We Create Our Own Reality? - NOT 
"Our nagual creates the major themes in our  life. It is up to us to fill in the details."  

The subject of free will has come up recently on the forum. It's time to look at it 
and some other baby metaphysical concepts such as 'we create our own reality'.   

We have no free will, nor do we create our own reality. These were concepts that 
became popular during the 70's and 80's among 'new agers' and they now have 
become beliefs established in the dream of mass consciousness. They were 
necessary to bring about the realization that we are responsible for our thoughts, 
feelings, and actions. It is not a savior outside of ourselves that will absolve us of 
all of our sins. We alone are responsible for our own salvation.   

But it is time to graduate from baby metaphysics and realize that we do not 
create our reality, nor do we really have free will. Many on this board have come 
to this realization already, or have sincerely questioned these new age beliefs.   

On the other hand it is equally incorrect to say that all of our life is predetermined, 
that we have no choice in life, or that we are chosen for a pre-determined destiny 
that we will fulfill whether we like it or not. It is incorrect to say that all of what 
happens in our life happens for a reason. This is more baby metaphysics. The 
fact is that most of the events in an average man's life occur accidentally.   

Philosophers would call this a paradox. But a Toltec sees no contradiction here. 
Paradoxes are for the mental body. When one begins to 'see', paradoxes fall 
away into knowingness.   

Our nagual aspect is the unstructured part of ourselves. It is UNLIMITED. Our 
destiny and major themes of our life are set up by our nagual. Our tonal is our 
personality aspect, which consists of our mental, emotional and physical bodies, 
is our structured aspect. Our personality contains our POTENTIAL. If we fully align
 our tonal to our nagual we have UNLIMITED POTENTIAL.   

We have absolutely no control over our nagual. Our nagual is much, much bigger 
and many times more powerful than we are. As organic beings we identify with 
our tonal, our personality self (mental, emotional and physical bodies). The 
average human has no awareness at all of their nagual. They only know their 
tonal, and actually know very little about that.   

Mexican Spanish has a word, mitote, which was originally a Toltec word meaning
 chaos and disorder. It was originally used to describe a market place where you 
have a thousand people talking to each other at the same time and nobody 
understands each other. The Toltecs use the word mitote to describe the 
average person's mind. Our tonal actually consists of a thousand different I's 
each contradicting each other. We have many buffers in our personality that blind 
us to our contradictions. Each of these I's have different desires, different wills 
and depending on which particular I we are identified with in the moment, we will 
make decisions and take actions that may be totally contradictory to another 
moment when another one of the I's in our chaotic market place.   

This is the average state of the human. It is a very difficult place to be in. From 
this state it is impossible to sense or to be aware of our nagual aspect. It vibrates
 way too high. The only way out is to muster up as much intent as we can to begin
 to get some of our thousands of I's to align up.   

Ultimately we want all of these subpersonalities to align to our nagual. But as it is 
near impossible to know our nagual when living in Chaos we must first align them
to something outside of ourselves. We may align them to a teacher or nagual. Or
we may begin to align our-selves to books and other teachings that ring true to 
us. One by one we must rigorously stalk the I's in our tonal, processing them while
bringing down our buffers. This is very difficult as it requires brute honesty with 
our-selves, all aspects of our-selves.   

This can take a lifetime for some. But until we are able to process and heal our 
personality selves to a degree where we have a sufficient 'mass' of 
subpersonalities in alignment, we do not have enough personal power to access 
our nagual. And true growth only begins when we are working directly with our 

Returning to free will and creating our reality, we can see that in a state of chaos 
with so many contractions in ourselves we are virtually powerless. In this state 
there is no way we can truly create our reality. We only fool ourselves into 
believing we can. It is very easy to fool ourselves when we have so many buffers 
in ourselves that blind us from ourselves. In this state of chaos what we choose 
and what we will is solely dependent on what particular subpersonality we are 
identifying with in the moment. More often than not, which subpersonality is 
manifesting through ourselves is determined by some thing or event outside of 
ourselves. This is not free will. The average man lives by the law of accident, not 
the law of destiny.   

When we align ourselves to our nagual we are then able to manifest the nagual in
our lives. We are aligned to and fulfill our destiny. Living naguals are very 
powerful as they are in alignment with their nagual aspect. Their tonal is aligned 
to their nagual. In some paths this state is called self-realization. The personality 
self is fully realized (aligned to) the higher self.   

Many want to skip dealing with their personality selves and go directly to the 
nagual. They want to believe that a warrior's life is something different than their 
own. I personally am guilty of this. I wanted to have out of bodies, run energy, 
dream and have all the oohs and ahs. I got to be pretty efficient at doing these 
things. I didn't want to deal with my personality self and had convinced myself that
'only other people have problems, I was above that stuff'. But you can only go so 
far running high frequencies of energy without working on your tonal. Power will 
eventually come and knock you on your ass. It knocked me down so low that I 
was suicidal for over a year. For more than 3 years I was in more pain than I 
could have ever imagined was possible, and I was totally powerless. It was a very
ugly place to be in.   

But now my life is very different. I still remember those painful years. And I can 
recall my life prior to that. But when I finally made it out the other side I stepped 
into a new probability that I could have never imagined existed. This evening 
when running my nagual opened and spoke to me the entire time I was running. 
Normally, when running I open to my nagual and I get glimpses and flashes of 
knowingness on how to live my life. But tonight, my nagual opened to me and was
in a very talkative mood ;-)   

To finish three quickies .. . .   

* Eventually you will get to the place where your teacher is your own nagual 
aspect. It is not a book or someone outside of you. Then when you speak to 
others of your path you will have true origin-ality. The origin of your knowledge 
comes from your origin, your nagual.   

* The word impeccable means 'without sin'. Sin is defined as a 'transgression 
against God.' As God is unknowable we are left with our nagual aspect. I would 
define sin as a 'transgression against our nagual aspect.' To be impeccable 
means to be without sin or to be in alignment with our nagual.   

* For humans truth is not absolute. It is relative to our level of growth. Truth has a 
purpose for that particular level of growth. Often the purpose behind the truth is 
more important than the truth itself. Example - the purpose of instilling the 
belief/truth that 'we create our own reality' was to make people aware that they 
are responsible for their growth and their lives(not a savior or God outside of 
themselves). A more accurate truth is that we don't create our own reality, our 
destiny has already been created by our nagual. But, to realise our destiny we 
must align our tonal to our nagual. Only we can do this. Our nagual will not do it for
us. Again, the purpose of this truth is the same as the first truth - we are 
responsible for our growth, no one else, no other entity outside of ourself, we are 
responsible. Whichever 'truth' you believe, the purpose is the same, only you are 
responsible for your growth, your life. Eventually you will get to the point where 
you have no beliefs/truths. You will not need them. For you will know your 

Thanks to Karta for posting this on several lists.



image of "interference patterns" from  


I have not kept up with this thread on Advaitin but here are some thoughts and
comments on the "Fate" V. "Free Will" debate. Will pass this on to NDS and HS
for those interested.
  Inquiry about Fate and Free Will is important but there should be no
compromises. It should be taken to the limit (within one's own mind). What does it
mean? It is the intensity of the inquiry that is needed not the evaluation of "truth"
or "falsity" of the doctrine of predetermination (or free will). 

You can rest assured that from the perspective of the Self, both doctrines, "free
will" and "predetermination", are equally unreal and have no standing what so
  People have pointed out that Ramesh Baleskar states that everything is
predetermined. So what? On an issue of this subtle nature, relying on authority is
not the best strategy, especially if the goal is that of Self Knowledge.

It seems to me that what Baleskar or anyone else says on the matter is quite
irrelevant. What do you say? That is important.

The actual inquiry on this matter, in order to be fruitful, must take place in one's
own consciousness with focus and intensity. 

Sri Ramana once indicated to a devotee that all was predetermined. At other
times the Sage pointed out that reading of scriptures and spiritual practice are
premised on Free Will. Both statements have their uses in particular times and
places. A devotee may find either philosophy useful.

The inquiry about "Fate" and "Free Will" is a device only to open up within to the
Self- Knowledge, the Heart, that is untouched by either fate or free will. The
constructs of "fate" and "free will" depend on each for meaning and can have no
independent existence.

It is only minor teachers who are obsessed with "Fate" and the "deterministic"
nature of the world who attempt to maintain consistency in their responses.
Baleskar certainly fits that category. 

A true master is not interested in logic or consistency for their own sake. S/He
has no investment in "free will" or "determinism." These are mere tools that
maybe useful for inquiry. Once the inquiry into the nature of consciousness starts,
that itself becomes the tool. 

The main thing is consciousness, not the constructs that have consciousness as
their source. If you follow the constructs outwards, you see the world and are
bound. If you follow the constructs inwards through inquiry, you see that You
Yourself Are the Consciousness untouched by fate or free will. 

Love to all Harsha  


From the little I have read by Ramesh Balsekar, it seems he aims to
use the notion of predestination to counter the "I am the doer"
belief: if it's predestined, what can anyone do.

However, for what it's worth, here is a quote from The Teachings of
Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words
about the question of

"It is as though a group of people who had never heard of radio were
to stand around one, arguing whether the man in it has to sing what
the transmitting station tells him to or whether he can change parts
of the songs.  The answer is that there is no man in the equipment,
and therefore the question does not arise."

Thanks to AdvaitGirl on NDS


After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the
inexpressible, is music. ~ Aldous Huxley ~

The art of music is endowed with a supernatural origin and a divine
purpose, more so than any other art. ~ Liebniz ~

Which of these two powers, love or music, can elevate man to the
sublimest heights? Why separate them? They are the two wings of the
soul. ~ Hector Berlioz ~

What is best in music is not to be found in the notes. ~ Gustav
Mahler ~

Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the
mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness and life to
everything. Fine music is the essence of order and leads to all that
is just and good, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless
dazzling, passionate and eternal form. ~ Plato ~

Don't play the notes. Play the meaning of the notes. ~ Pablo Casals ~

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the
agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and
delightful presents God has given us. ~ Martin Luther ~

Only the flint of man's soul can strike fire in music. ~ Ludwig von
Beethoven ~

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. ~ Miles Davis ~

Thanks to Joyce on Allspirit  


"If you could get rid
Of yourself just once,
The secret of secrets
Would open to you.
The face of the unknown,
Hidden beyond the universe
Would appear on the
Mirror of your perception."

~ Rumi ~

From "Crazy as We Are"; Translated by Nevit O Ergin

Thanks to Gill Eardly on RumiHafiz


"It is easier to get enlightened than to stay enlightened. More  people have
profound spiritual experiences than most realize. Having  momentarily intuited or
recognized who and what one truly is  (Reality itself, things as they are,
unmediated by thought),  habitual dualistic propensities do tend to resurface,
obscuring that  fundamental existential insight and openness. One's intrinsic 
clarity and innate wakefulness is again shrouded by, and prey to,  the winds of
karma, the storm of emotionality and delusion. As a  catalyzing agent, deep
continuous meditation and uncompromising self- inquiry is the great highway to
wisdom and transcendence.  Wonderment -- wondering about everything -- is the
key. The Buddha  himself reached perfect awakened enlightenment through such
a  practice-path; we are fortunate to be heirs to his legacy." ~Lama Surya Das

From the website
Thanks to Daily Dharma  


Patterns of Destiny

"The apparent is from the created and the Inward is from the Truth" -Bahauddin Naqshband.  

"The Sufis quite openly assert that they sense, and work together with, patterns
of life and of the environment which are imperceptible to others. Indeed, for this
reason, the Naqshbandi Sufis are called The Designers (Naqshband) and in Sufi
poetic and other literature it is stated not only that there is a design in the world,
but that man is part of it. Omar Khayyam, in one of his poems, says 'Without any
doubt we are the design on the bezel of a ring'. I asked Hakim Jan one day if he
could expand on the Design idea. As is quite usual, he chose to answer by
means of a story. It suggested the unfamiliar idea that the Design may be
sustained by the presence of a particular individual and may relapse into an
'imperfection' when his presence is withdrawn.

'All things on this world are connected', said Hakim 'and if an imbalance occurs in
 one part, it will cause upheaval in another. Thus, people(for instance in the West)
 say to people in the East, "' If you have such great knowledge, why are your
 affairs in such a state?" They do not realise that it is people who have caused
 the disorder, and that Sufi intervention represents the maximum which can be
 effected within the Design. The rest of the balancing of the world must come
 when other, very big elements are righted.

'Almost fourteen hundred years ago, there was a man who lived in an oasis in the
 Arabian desert. His peculiarity was that he kept, as pets, both a goat and a wolf,
 which lived with him in harmony.

'A traveller whose journeys periodically took him past the oasis, got to know him.
 He asked how and why he kept these two such ill-assorted animals.

'The man said, "The goat provides milk, and the wolf gives us both protection.
 One works with the other, because there is a certain harmony in the world, in
 certain parts." Then, one day, the traveller was again approaching the Arab's hut
 when he was horrified to see the wolf leap upon the goat and devour it. 'As he
 reached the spot the bedouin came running out, and exclaimed. "A saint has
 died, and the world is dislocated. There are people on the earth whose
 presence has a certain effect. Now we shall see upsets and disasters, and
 things will not be the same until matters are set to rights."

from: Travels with a Sufi Master. by H.B.M.Dervish  

Thanks to Marcos Lacerda on SufiMystic  

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