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#1458 - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - Editor: Joyce (Know_Mystery)
Up from behind the green slope of heaven
children are appearing
singing a Golden Buddha-Land song.
I am washing my hands
in the happy music -
just a stone buddha
melting into Spring water.
Hazrat Inayat Khan quoted by Gloria Lee ~ AllSpirit (forwarded from AlongTheWay - MJM Gilbert)
"The end and the sum total of all mysticism,
philosophy, and meditation, of everything one
learns and develops, is to be a better servant
to humanity. Everything from the beginning to
the end in the spiritual path is a training to be
able to serve mankind better, and if one does
not do it with that intention, one will find in the
end that one has accomplished nothing."
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan ~
"Mastery Through Accomplishment";Omega Press
Kabir Helminski quoted by Gill Eardley ~ AllSpirit
THE DIVINE REALITY HOLDS US ALL IN ITS MERCY,
AND yet the needs of humanity at this unprecedented time
are very great. Our humanness is more challenged than ever
before. We are swimming in a tide of unconsciousness,
consumerism, mindnumbing distraction, aimless subjectivity,
neurotic individualism, and philosophical fragmentation. The
artificial conditions of modern industrial and postindustrial
societies are accelerating time, increasing stress, isolating
individuals, reducing our human interactions, corroding our
hearts, and fragmenting every aspect of our existence. We
have lost the sense and purpose of life. As we have lost our
wholeness, we have fashioned a world that is not a garden
but a place where people are enslaved, where the beauties
of nature are pillaged, and where unjust and unnecessary
wars destroy what the human heart would create.
The fragmentation that we see on the level of society is, of
course, only mirroring what we are inside. The compulsive
ego is not a unified tyranny but a many-headed monster, a
shape-shifting phantom. The fragmentation of the self is
the fundamental cause of all our problems, and this
fragmentation is the direct result of our loss of an objective
knowledge of the self and Reality.
We are living in a time when the knowledge of all the world's
spiritual traditions is available to more and more human beings.
We can no longer easily maintain the kind of blind faith and
insularity than suited human beings of former times.
For many people this is an experience of the relativity of all
approaches to the Divine. Many people are struggling with the
question from where will we draw our certainty, our faith, our
commitment to spiritual discipline? One of the most pressing
questions of our time is: Do we live in a postreligious,
postdenominational era? And if we do, from where will we
draw our discipline and practice?
From: 'The Knowing Heart' ~ Kabir Helminski
Benny ~ NDS
Yosy Flug ~ SufiMystic
my friends, the poets....
the poet is
like a flute
shaping the breath
into a melody
shapes his life
into a breath
of the divine. . .
hollow from self
touched by intuition
life breath becomes a tune
in the symphony of being
ps: when you read/hear a poem
and it touches your heart
it is because
are the endless
Sri Ramana Maharshi quoted by Jan Sultan ~ SufiMystic
Questioner: I find surrender is easier. I want to adopt that path.
Sri Ramana Maharshi: By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage '`Thou art all' and `Thy will be done'.
The state is not different from Jnana (knowledge). In Soham (the affirmation of `I am He') there is Dvaita (dualism). In surrender there is Advaita (non-dualism). In the Reality there is neither Dvaita nor Advaita, but that which is. Surrender appears easy because people
imagine that, once they say with their lips '` surrender'' and put their burdens on their Lord, they can be free and do what they like. But the fact is that you can have no likes or dislikes after your surrender; your will should
become completely non-existent, the Lord's will taking its place. The death of the ego in this way brings about a state, which is not different from Jnana (knowledge). So by whatever path you may go, you must come to Jnana or oneness.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~
Balkesar quoted by Jan Sultan ~ SufiMystic
The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about progress. There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness and
involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.
~ Balsekar ~
Nisargadatta quoted by Jan Sultan ~ SufiMystic
Suffering is due to non-acceptance
Whatever may be the situation, if it is acceptable, it is pleasant. If it is not acceptable, it is painful. What makes it acceptable is not important; the cause may be physical, or psychological, or untraceable; acceptance is the decisive factor. Obversely, suffering is due to non-acceptance. Why [shouldn't pain be acceptable]? Did you ever try? Do try and you will find in pain a joy which pleasure cannot yield, for the simple reason that acceptance of pain takes you much deeper than pleasure does.
~ Nisargadatta ~
Jerry Katz ~ NDS
who wrote a message on the back of a sheet of paper
containing my private notes
how did they get hold of my page of private notes
i was so careful
i locked my room and hid the key
but now this
these were private notations about things I think about
about plans, schemes and dreams
about money, people, places and things
about what could be and how it could be
who would steal my notes and write a stupid message on the back of it
it just occurred to me
the message was written a couple of weeks ago
they wrote the message on a blank sheet of paper
there was nothing written on the reverse side when the
message was written
blank, pure, new
it has only been since the message was written
that i used its reverse side to write my private notes
Tim Gerchmez ~ NDS
Which OS (Operating System) Are You?
fewtch is: Apple DOS 3.1
(BS... give me a good Commodore 64 and
programmer's reference guide anytime, and stand back! ;-)
To identify is to define.
To define is to distinguish.
To distinguish is to sense a this and a that.
To sense a this and a that is to sense
a here and a there.
To sense a here and a there is to be
absorbed now here, now there.
To be absorbed now here, now there,
is to be broken into portions,
to move in cycles,
to be not still,
to know restlessness.
To identify this is to identity self.
To identify that is to identify thing.
How does this all begin?
In the separation of things a sense of
When the bubble pops
We are again in the
Art by Bill Rishel
Yosy Flug ~ Chishtiyya
Remember, there is only one way to meet real friends, wherever you go: be a true friend.
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