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Wednesday, July 9, 2003 - Editor: Joyce
Viorica Weissman ~ MillionPaths Remembering Nisargadatta Maharaj David Godman
Ultimate of All Teachings
Scott Reeves ~ AwarenessTheWayToLove
"Where shall I look for Enlightenment?"
" When will it happen?"
"It is happening right now."
"Then why don't I experience it?"
"Because you do not look."
"What should I look for?"
"Nothing, just look."
"Anything your eyes alight upon."
"Must I look in a special kind of way?"
"No. The ordinary way will do."
"But don't I always look the ordinary way?"
"Why ever not?"
"Because to look you must be here. You're mostly somewhere else."
Anthony de Mello, S.J.
MORSEL: The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to
comprehend. --Henri L. Bergson
Connie ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
"If you know about the power of a generous heart, you will not let a single meal pass without giving to others"
~ Jack Kornfeld ~
Buddha's Little Instruction Book
Tim Gerchmez ~ NondualitySalon
Are You Enlightened?
The ocean asks the fish, "Have you been to the well, and tasted
water? I have not."
And the fish can only reply: "What is water?"
Replies the ocean, "Water is enlightenment. I am parched dry."
Sez the fish, "I know of no such thing. There is no such thing as
water -- you have imagined it."
And so the ocean goes on wondering about the fish -- has it tasted
water, and if so where to get some of this precious stuff?
Finally, the ocean could not rest. Great waves appeared upon its
surface, waves large enough to capsize a small boat, as it
contemplated the joy and bliss of finding water. The fish just swam
deeper, wondering what the ocean meant by "water," and what all the
fuss was about.
By and by, a bucket came bobbing along the surface of the ocean, over
half full by now.
Says the ocean: "Sri Bucket-datta, you are a great sage. Clearly
there's something in you I'm looking for. Could there be a direct
Says the bucket: "Just BE, without being this or that."
Ocean: "But I'm an ocean! As an ocean, I am coral reefs, fishes,
islands, seaweed! I want to find water... how and why just be?"
Says the bucket: "Trust me -- just BE. Forget being anything in
particular and just BE."
So in puzzlement, the ocean just BEEZ as the great Guru sezz... so
subsideth the waves, so sank the bucket, so did the ocean cease
searching for water, having no further use for it... so did the fish
go on pouting its lips prettily.
The End ;-)
Nancy Franks ~ NondualitySalon
One of my teachers, Ranjit Maharaj, said, "Understanding comes first." Perhaps to some this may seem too intellectual. But I find
understanding useful. Not as an intellectual exercise.
Ranjit Maharaj and Nisargadatta Maharaj had the same guru,
Siddharameshwar, who came from a lineage which pursued the path of
meditation as a path to liberaton. Siddharamshwar felt that the
world needed a "quicker" way, and discovered the "birds way", through
thinking, rather than the ant's way, through meditation.
Ranjit Maharaj said, "You have taken yourself to be what you are not.
Take the thorn of understanding and pry the thorn of ignorance from
the mind. Then throw them both away. Nothing is true."
Now, I have a teacher, who is teaching Vedanta. This teacher
says, "It is the mind that has the problem. The mind circuitously
seeks outside itself for happiness. And every once in a while gets
it. It that moment it can relax. But because it has sought it's
happiness in changing circumstances, it can never fully relax and
continues its insecure outside seeking.
Once the mind has recognized the Self. It can relax, and cease to
search outside itself for happiness, because it has found it's true
home. What it was seeking in the first place.
The Self, as the ultimate subject, is closer than your breath, as
even your breath is an object in awareness. The subject is hidden in
the self of the seeker, but not really hidden.
Jean Klein used to say that, "In the end, you will find that you are
the ultimate subject".
I have two friends who are aware of their true nature. One
said, "It's so obvious, it's almost embarrassing."
The other said, "It's like, brother..., why didn't I see that before?"
Although, uarelove, says that Ramana Maharshi did not advocate
aspirants speaking with each other of spiritual matters, at a certain
point, what else is there to talk about?
So although, I personally am not speaking as one who is aware of
being the ultimate subject, I do find understanding very useful. I
enjoy sharing what I find useful with others, although, due to my
lack of understanding, some of what I contribute may be somewhat
skewed. I think there are those who contribute to this forum who are
aware of their true nature, and I appreciate what they say.
Here are two other useful/useless words:
samsari: one who never questions, "Who am I. What is really going
on?" This includes most people.
mumukshu: One desirous of liberation, of pursuing the inquiry and
realizing the self. The mumukshu is highly praised in the Upanishad
as rare, precious and few.
Useful to me not in an egoistic sense, but encouraging.
Here is a beautiful quote from the Vedanta class:
In the space of awareness,
Rises the celestial city
Called the world.
Therefore, how am I not
Brahman, who is all knower
And the cause of all."
Verse 3, Advaita Makaranda, (The nectar or honey of Advaita)
Ranjit Maharaj used to say said, "What I say is not true, but that of
which I speak is true."
In the end he said, "Words don't go there".
How could they? Though perhaps they may be useful.
Love to all, Nancy
Jan Sultan & Greg Goode ~ AdvaitaToZen
It Cannot Be Done!
It cannot be done!
Only then will you realize
that you have always been IT.
The struggle stirs up the sediments
and the water becomes murky.
Be still and let the dirt settle.
And you will see clearly.
There is no other way!
You're right. It can't be done.
Giving up cannot be done.
If you give up, then you're still a giver.
Accepting cannot be done.
If you accept, you're still an accepter.
Realizing cannot be done.
If you realize that XYZ, you're still a realizer.
If you see, then you're a seer.
It's not personal, it needn't and can't be owned.
There is clarity now, here.
There is clarity in, through and beyond the dirt.
There is clarity in the absence of dirt.
This is the way that is.
Bill Rishel ~ AdvaitaToZen
O Dear Sweet Grace!
You fill me so with your love.
Wim Borsboom ~ AdyashantiSatsang
Chocolate Butter for on the Crusty Buns
As a kid I used to make chocolate butter, secretly. Here's the recipe:
Make sure that you are six years old,
Wake up early one morning, six o'clock is good,
Quietly, not waking anybody else up,
- you don't want to share this with anyone -
you get the butter dish.
Make sure it is European style butter,
Unsalted, cultured, not cold and hard,
(I did not have to worry about that,
in Holland we hate salted cold butter.
Heck, we did not even have a fridge.)
Get some neon-white icing sugar,
Make sure you are not politically correct, diet-wise,
(You are six years old, so that is not your problem.)
Take a wooden bread board,
(That is stupid because it is hard
to wipe off the evidence, and you want to hide this from your mom. But... hey, you are only six.)
Get the 'Droste' cacao tin.
You find it hidden away on the top shelf.
It is the one with the nurse or nun picture on the tin. (Meaning this is healthy, as well as good for your soul.)
Try not to be easy on the quantities, that won't work.
Mix all the ingredients messily with a knife:
the white sugar, the cocoa and the butter...
But why a knife?
Keep tasting it until you have it right,
The longer it takes the better,
Wipe your face with your flannel pajama sleeve,
While you are at it, wipe your nose as well.
Get a crusty bun, break it open messily,
Leave plenty of crumbs behind,
(Your mom will need them as evidence.)
Fill the bun with your concoction,
Take it tippy-toeingly to your bed,
Hide under the covers and eat,
Eat with smacking lips.
(Dutch: Eet smakelijk!)
Make sure you leave some crumbs on your bed sheet,
(Your mom will need them as evidence as well.)
Also next night, those crumbs will make you feel uncomfortable in bed,
as they'll give you those stingy scratches of guilt.
The wrath of your mom will
be upon you.
You learned one lesson though... Next time you'll let your brother have a bite hoping that he will not tell on you.
Do this often.
Manuel Hernandez ~ ANetOfJewels
All that we can
dialectically conclude is that it is conceptually impossible
to comprehend what we are because mind cannot transcend itself.
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Movement in Consciousness,
and nothing else, constitutes the mind and all
its experience of the phenomenal universe. To realize this is the cessation
of thought and liberation from the bondage of ego as mind and experience.
~ Ramesh S. Balkesar ~
Mystress Angelique Serpent ~ kundalini-gateway.org
"Grounded is our natural state of being. As we grow up and our parents try to civilize us, we internalize the idea that we are not perfect, not deserving of unconditional love, and we choke off the source of life energy that is meant to support us..."
Joyce ~ NondualitySalon
Socratic Argument Clinic
Desmond Chiong ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud
floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there
will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow;
and without trees, you cannot make paper. So the cloud is
in here. The existence of this page is dependent upon the
existence of a cloud. Paper and cloud are so close.
~ Thich Nhat Hahn ~
Entering the Stream; Edited by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn; 1993.
Freyja & Tykal ~ AdyashantiSatsang
What is Happiness?
|Picture Charlie Brown's dog
Snoopy from Peanuts...
head thrown back, eyes directed
upwards towards the sun, moon and stars
head moving from side to side
in time to the rhythm of
the eternal inner song....
arms up, elbows bent,
hands reaching for the sky
fingers moving wavelike
singing and skipping,
hopping and dancing around
with nary a care or worry
in the world
for he never knows what is coming next,
but he does know
that whatever it is...
he's going to part of it.
And that is my image of
happiness for now ~ Freyja ~
|happiness, as with
thing or non-,
just is what it is,
and what it is to you
is what it is to you
and me to me
and us to us
and so on and whatnot. as this mind finds bits of verbage
to fashion a dress at the moment: what but complete
ease and enjoyment
in simply being oneself, who you naturally
at every moment are, without any question
of how or why or should, and even if so, just another eye-gleam wink
and laughing with the wind
as heart tickles mind and whispers: "what, another round of hide and seek? okey dokey, you're it.
i'm here but nowhere.
and a little hint this time: where i am, you are. simply feel me
as you feel yourself
you touch me and the funniest lil thing, it didn't even take
a step to find me
being you." ~ Tykal ~
Lisbeth ~ Monks_Mystics
Does one scent appeal more than
Keep you mind free of divisions and
Do you wish to inhabit sacred
You will receive as many blessings
from the universe as
The tiny particles which form the
vast universe are not
But that which is beyond form is
~ Joe Riley
Stones at My Window
Once in a while
joy throws little stones at my window
it wants to let me know that it's waiting for me
but today I'm calm
I'd almost say even-tempered
I'm going to keep anxiety locked up
and then lie flat on my back
which is an elegant and comfortable position
for receiving and believing news
who knows where I'll be next
or when my story will be taken into account
who knows what advice I still might come up with
and what easy way out I'll take not to follow it
don't worry, I won't gamble with an eviction
I won't tattoo remembering with forgetting
there are many things left to say and suppress
and many grapes left to fill our mouths
don't worry, I'm convinced
joy doesn't need to throw any more little stones
~ Mario Benedetti ~
(translated by Charles Hatfield)
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Ed Jason ~
|'The practice of metta, uncovering
the force of love that can uproot fear, anger, and guilt,
begins with befriending ourselves. The foundation of
metta practice is to know how to be our own friend.
According to the Buddha, "You can search throughout
the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of
your love and affection than you are yourself, and that
person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much
as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and
affection." How few of us embrace ourselves in this
way! With metta practice we uncover the possibility of
truly respecting ourselves. We discover, as Walt Whitman
put it, "I am larger and better than I thought. I
did not think I held so much goodness." '
Khorov Kelley ~ DailyDharma
"There is a goodness, a Wisdom that arises, sometimes gracefully, sometimes gently, sometimes awkwardly, sometimes fiercely, but it will arise to save us if we let it, and it arises from within us, like the force that drives green shoots to break the winter ground, it will arise and drive us into a great blossoming like a pear tree, into flowering, into fragrance, fruit, and song . . . into that part of ourselves that can never be defiled, defeated or destroyed, but that comes back to life, time and time again, that lives - always - that does not die."
~ China Gallard ~
The Bond Between Women From the magazine, "Parabola," Spring 2003 edition, published by Joseph Kulin
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