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#1473 - Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - Editor: Joyce (Know_Mystery)  

"Less is More"        

~ Robert Browning ~   "Andrea del Sarto"  (1855)  


Moongate 4


photo by Peter & Carol Bricel



Manuel Hernandez ~ ANetOfJewels

Silence doesn't mean not talking. Silence is silence of the mind. Silence is absence of questions, absence of thinking, true meditation.

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When the inquiring mind, intellectually creating problems, gradually comes to the understanding that the more problems it creates the more veils it creates between the Self and the understanding, then there is silence.

~ Ramesh S. Balsekar ~

  Tim Gerchmez ~ AdvaitaToZen 

Shunryu Suzuki - quotes from "Crooked Cucumber"
  "Our mind should be free from traces of the past, just like the flowers of spring."   "When my master and I were walking in the rain, he would say, 'Do not walk so fast, the rain is everywhere'."   "Our practice should be based on the idea of selflessness. Selflessness is very difficult to understand. If you try to be selfless, that is already a selfish idea. Selflessness will be there when you do not try anything. When you are practicing with a good teacher, you will naturally be not so selfish."   "Moment after moment, completely devote yourself to listening to your inner voice."   "When a tree stands up by itself, we call that tree a buddha."   "We should practice with a beginner's real innocence, devoid of ideas of good or bad, gain or loss."   "As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself."   "Just to be there in the corner of the garden is enough."   Bodhidharma said, 'I don't know.' 'I don't know' is the first principle. Do you understand? The first principle cannot be known in terms of good or bad, right or wrong, because it is both right and wrong."   "We get no letters from the world of emptiness, but when you see the plant flower, when you hear the sound of bamboo hit by the small stone, that is a letter from the world of emptiness."   "Buddhism is transmitted from warm hand to warm hand."   "There is no special path which is true."   "The ancient bodhisattvas were not afraid of, but found joy in failure, poverty and death -- and in doing small things."   "Nirvana is seeing one thing through to the end."

  Thich Nhat Hanh quoted by choo meh wah ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup



Photo by Bernie Ranson


You are me, and I am you.
Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy

~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

1989. Written during a retreat for psychotherapists held in Colorado in response to Fritz Perls' statement, "You are you, and I am me, and if by chance we meet, that's wonderful. If not, it couldn't be helped."

MJM Gilbert ~ AlongTheWay

Relinquishing your attachment to past and future

Enlightenment consciously chosen means
to relinquish your attachment to past and
future and to make the Now the main focus
of your life.

~ Eckhart Tolle ~

"The Power of Now"
Eckhart Tolle
New World Library, 1999

Ram Chandran ~ Advaitin  

The quotation from Rabindranath Tagore is quite useful for us to understand why we shouldn't base our inference purely on the basis of logic alone:

"A mind all logic is like a knife all blade; it makes the hand bleed that uses it."

~ Rabindranath Tagore ~

Mazie Lane ~ AdyashantiSatsang




photo by Alan Larus

And For No Reason  

For no reason
I start skipping like a child.  

For no reason
I turn into a leaf
That is carried so high
I kiss the sun's mouth
And dissolve.  

For no reason
A thousand birds
Choose my head for a conference table,
Start passing their
Cups of wine
And their wild songbooks all around.  

For every reason in existence
I begin to eternally,
To eternally laugh and love!  

When I turn into a leaf
And start dancing,
I run to kiss our beautiful Friend
And I dissolve in the Truth
That I Am.  

Hafiz/ Trans. Ladinsky

 Wu Nein ~ AdvaitaToZen 

When there is no inner noise,The experience is Silent, although there is talking everywhere.

Bill Rishel ~ AdvaitaToZen

RE: [AdvaitaToZen] What is Silence? What is Meditation? Who is spiritually advanced?

 > What is Silence?
This is a rather "advanced" question. See next question.

> What is Meditation?
Another *advanced* question! See next question!

> Who is spiritually advanced?
So glad you asked! Which seems the perfect opportunity to introduce my new website designed to answer this very question:

Register with Top10Avatars and be considered for recognition as one of the Top Ten Avatars on this Planet! All that is required is to register, provide a resume, a photo of yourself (in which an inner glow is clearly evident; independent verification of valid
photo required!), and you will be automatically set up with a Avatar Poll and a link you can send to all of your disciples, devotees, etc.

Don't be discouraged by the flood of submissions, as Runnerups will also be duly noted.

In the case of a very close result in the Poll any evidence of "physical plane miracles" will be considered to decide the outcome. Again, independent verification will be required. Be prepared to provide this information should the outcome be "close".

Finally, did I forget to mention that part of the registration process will require at least ten profound spritual statements by yourself. NOTE: any evidence of plagarism will be looked upon "most darkly" and could cause you to be cast into the Top10SpiritualScoundrels list.

Also note, and this is very important, no one can register on behalf of another person. I have received "flaming" objections to this limitation, but I must remain obdurate on this point. Sorry. No Exceptions!

Love and Lite,

 Dirk Kelder  ~ Spiritual Friends

The Ecology of Interaction

Dialogue is interchange. In dialogue, something transpasses between you and me. It confirms the interconnectedness that we as a culture are just starting to become aware of in our  world. Dialogue helps me to understand that I have to be who I am, and that who or whatever I am is dependent on my connection with everything and everyone else. Dialogue cuts through that mental confusion that emerges when according to our minds things have to be one way or the other, and yet to our experience there is no fine line between them. It is in action of dialogue that we resolve this conundrum of (mis)understanding. I like the title of the book The Cloud of Unknowing which tells me that it is when I let go of needing to know that I come to know. It is in dialogue that I come to understand who I am, who you are, and our relation to each other.

For me dialogue does not have to be based on words. It is often much more meaningful when it is experienced as an energy exchange between us. Being with another person in silence can be profoundly moving. In that experience something occurs which often causes discomfort. When that feeling is worked through, a gem can often be found below the rough exterior. There is dialogue in the most sublime and the most mundane aspects of life. The give and take of daily living and relationships, even in connection with buying and selling is an aspect of dialogue and represents an opportunity for profound spirituality. It can also provide the means to be a base person and unfortunately, many do not see other than this. As I wrote in the introduction, "Give and take has to do with an ecology that forms the invisible basis of all health and vitality, whether personal, social, political, economic, or otherwise." My hope and vision has to do with bringing that potential of dialogue to consciousness and working with it attain the promises it holds.

Norma ~ Nonduality Salon


Blue Blossoms


Photo by Bernie Ranson

The Gardener  

There was a gardener who got utterly tired of seeing a garden of contradiction. So the gardener uprooted everything and started all over again planting all the same seeds. "Now they shall grow without contradiction for they all require the same amount of sun, the same amount of water, the same amount of everything." I shall call this a low maintenance garden. And so it was.

And there not far away, was another gardener who cared not about contradiction. This one planted all the seeds that could be mustered in a variety of needs. For the little flower that required very little sun, was provided shade from a tree, and for the ones needing great amounts of water was provided the moisture from a stream which trickled its way beneath their soil. The gardener worked hard by day and rested well by night, for each morning upon arising, this gardener could see life's labor of love, where contradiction in need carved its way into design, and the gardener thanked the sun, the wind, the earth, and the rain for providing such variety.

Ed Jason

The Buddhist Garden

Gardening from the Higher Perspective

Panhala ~ Joe Riley

THAT LIVES IN US   If you put your hands on this oar with me,
they will never harm another, and they will come to find
they hold everything you want.
  If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
lift anything to your
mouth that might wound your precious land -
that sacred earth that is your body.   If you put your soul against this oar with me,
the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
that lives in us.
  Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.
  Why lay yourself on the torturer's rack of the past and the future?
The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.
  Be kind to yourself, dear - to our innocent follies.
Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
You will come to see that all evolves us.

~ Rumi ~  
(Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky)                

Found on a corporate intranet page

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."  

~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Manuel Hernandez ~ ANetOfJewels

The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 "What is the worth of a happiness for which you must strive and work? Real happiness is spontaneous and effortless."

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

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