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Wednesday, July 2, 2003 - Editor: Joyce
Manuel Hernandez ~ ANetOfJewels
presents problems because we fight life; we don't accept
what-is in the
S. Balsekar ~
Amrita ~ DailyDharma
Go With The Flow
"Chuang-Tzu tells the story of seeing an old man falling over a large
waterfall and coming out safely downstream. Asked for an explanation,
the old man says: ''No,... I had no way of doing this. There was my
original nature to begin with; then habit growing into nature; and
lastly, acquiescence in destiny. Plunging into the whirl, I came out
with the swirl. I accommodate myself to the water, not the water to me.
And so I am able to deal with it after this fashion... I was born on dry
land... and accommodated myself to dry land. That was my original
condition. Growing up on the water, I accommodated myself to the water.
That was what I meant by nature. And doing as I did without being
conscious of any effort to do so, that was what was meant by destiny.'"
~ Alan Watts ~
Not conscious of any effort to do. Letting our life flow - without
interruption by our fearful mind that wants to steer the rudder, shout
at the oarsmen, navigate, ponder, and make sure the course is the
'right" one, make sure we do not drown, and if we do fall overboard, oh,
how we flail about.... all that let go of...
just floating down the stream.. merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily...
if life is a dream - who is it that steers in the first place?
~ dharma grandmother ~
Quote from his book, "Tao and The Watercourse Way," published by
Tykal ~ Being_One
|Stardust in the Palm
Desmond Chiong ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
The Outside World is Not What We Think It Is.
- Everything Comes From the Mind
- The outside world is not what we think it is.
- This is also a misconception: the strong impression that the world appears to truly exist outside of you is actually projected by your own mind.
- You'll see that the way you perceive me, the way you feel, is individual, and that at that level, you're all different. These various perceptions do not come from me but from your own minds.
- I'm saying that your everyday, superficial view of the sense world does not reflect its true reality.
- But we don't see totality; totality is too big for us.
- Everything comes from our own mind.
- Everything you experience feelings, sensations, shapes and colors comes from your mind.
- understand that these different impressions are coming from your own mind rather than from changes in the external environment.
- without mind, there is not a single manifest material existence in the entire sense world
- It's merely names.
- But 'satellite' is just a name, isn't it?
- People give things names and we grasp at the name, believing it to be the real thing. It's the same thing no matter what colors and forms we grasp at. You check up.
- It is the same for our emotions and their causes; but we ignore that.
- all your emotions, the way you live your life, the way you relate to others, all come from your own mind.
- Emotions, suffering
- If you have the misconception that your life will be perfect, its nature will be up and down.
- If you don't understand how your mind works, you're going to continue having negative experiences like anger and depression.
- A depressed mind doesn't understand how it works. A mind without understanding is negative. A negative mind brings you down because all its reactions are polluted.
- Any emotional problem you experience arises because of the way your mind functions; your basic problem lies in the way you misidentify yourself.
- Fundamentally, all the people's problems are the same.
- we're all basically the same
- Because the human mind is like an ocean and there's a great similarity in the way we've developed on this earth.
- fundamentally, people's problems are the same
- The solution:
- Instead of misinterpreting whatever you experience in life through wrong conceptions,
realize that it's not outer reality, but only mind.
- All you need to do is to
understand your true nature, the way you already are.
- All you have to do is observe how it functions and how you act,
and not obsess too much about the world around you.
- A mind with understanding functions clearly. A clear mind is a positive mind.
- (Buddha) he exhorted us to investigate and try to understand the reality of our own being. ... All he wanted was for us to understand our own nature. ... Simply by making the right effort, you understand things through your own experience, and gradually develop all realizations.
- The wise mind knowledge-wisdom, or universal consciousness is never fazed by small things. Seeing totality, it never pays attention to minutiae.
- If you expect your life to be up and down, your mind will be much more peaceful.
Diana Storms ~ OmniConscious
Are We Victims?
Dear Everyone, It is so hard to find words on this topic about whether we are victims ... yet I can remember few if any times when I've had a greater wish to say something useful, illuminating or comforting.
There is no blame, no fault, no guilt .. whether we 'create our reality' or
not. After all, this reality we create or don't -- is all an illusion ...
though it feels so poignantly painfully real ... or so joyously,
exhilaratingly real. Like good dreams. Like nightmares.
Whatever is being created is generally unconscious. How can we blame
ourselves, or anyone, for what is not conscious?
I've often thought, concerning nighttime nightmares: how are these really
any different from our supposed daytime lives? We wake up and think,
'Thank God! None of that really happened. It wasn't real.' Yet in the
dream, our heart pounded, we felt fear or terror or heartache. We still
experienced those events, and we had real feelings about them. We suffered because we believed the dream to be real. When a child or partner wakes up from a terrible nightmare, do we just brush off their feelings because those nightmare events never 'really' happened? Or do we reach out and comfort that person? How loving would it be to say, 'Get over it. It was only a dream, for crying out loud.'
I have moments of what I call 'seeing through the eyes of God'. I call this
seeing through the eyes of God because there is just no way my ordinary
human mind (ego mind?) could see in this way. It's completely beyond that
part of the mind, makes no sense whatsoever to that part. In those
moments, I can see all human suffering as somehow 'ok' -- though that is a
completely inadequate word. On the one hand, when I'm in that space it's as if I feel all human suffering for all time ... which should be overwhelming.
Yet on the other hand, while experiencing it, or somehow 'knowing' it from
within it ... I am at the same time NOT in it. I experience something vast
and inexplicable. Words that come to mind (as usual, none of them adequate, because they are only words) are compassion, love, peace ... AWE.
I don't know if we (who are 'we'?) create our reality or not. I don't know
if our reality is real or not. I don't know if this is a school of learning
or an accidental imaginary illusion, or both. I don't know who the 'I' is
who doesn't know ... though I suspect I know who the 'I' is who does know. From Dean Sluyter: "Gandhi said that no matter what we do, it will be completely unimportant, but it is vitally important that we do it. Absolutely, nothing matters: relatively, everything matters. The trick is to live both of those truths deeply, all the time. Life may be a dance that goes nowhere But it doesn't
need to go anywhere---here it is. And if we can dance impeccably, without
missing a step, yet with joyful abandon, it's a good dance."
I don't know what the 'impeccably' part means ... but the rest of that quote
really speaks to me.
Jim Cole & Spectral Voices
centuries people in many parts of the world have developed
harmonic singing traditions (overtone singing, overtoning,
toning, harmonic chant, subfundamental chant, multiphonic
singing, khoomei - throat singing, vocal fry, etc),
and nowhere has it reached greater refinement than in central
Asia. You may have heard the high whistling melodies,
expressive warbles, and intense low croaking tones of Tuvan
throat singers. A similar folk tradition occurs among the
herdsmen of Mongolia. Certain groups of Tibetan Buddhist
monks practice a deep subfundamental type of sacred harmonic
Joyce ~ TrueVision
| With Apologies to
for no reason
i inward turned
for no reason
i sought the Stillness there
for no reason
was i drawn deep within the Heart
by silken Truth-spun strands
for no reason
did i not resist
the golden glow of Grace
for every reason
did my Soul take flight
on Contentment's open wings
an Elevation of the Heart set Free
from Secret's earthly chains.
Tim Gerchmez ~ AdvaitaToZen
It's great to be unable to watch myself happen!
If I could, there would be two of me (the watcher, and the one being
watched). Something very fishy would be going on! :-).
Joyce ~ NDHighlights
Pete ~ AdvaitaToZen
Be truly attentive to that which pays attention. That points to the self
which is non-self.
By the wooden shack,
bursting with pink,
flecked with green,
cascading from a pot-
the unnamed flowers.
~ Pete ~
Viorica Weissman ~ Ramana_Maharshi
Maharshi - Men of Great Spirituality ?
What are the fundamental tests for discovering men of great
spirituality, since some are reported to behave like insane people ?
The jnani's mind is known only to the jnani . One must be
a jnani oneself in order to understand another jnani.
However the peace of mind which permeats the saint's atmosphere
is the only means by which the seeker understands
the greatness of the saint. His words or actions or appearance
are no indication of his greatness , for they are ordinarily beyond
the comprehension of common people.
"BE AS YOU ARE, The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi";
edited by David Godman
Desmond Chiong & Brigitte Mohr ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
|The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be
close to the land.
Panhala ~ Joe Riley A BLESSING
May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
~ John O'Donohue ~
Ed Jason ~
Manuel Hernandez ~ ANetOfJewels
"Love is will, the will to share your
happiness with all. Being happy,
making happy, this is the rhythm of love."
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~
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