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The Nondual Highlights   Issue #1500 - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 - Editor: Jerry

Vessel is by my friend Jim Nicholls, of Santorini, the
island turned into an atoll in ancient times with the round
center under water after a volcanic blast...there are ruins
under the water and it is likely the beginning of all the
Atlantis stories.

--from Seraphim at  

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at some point the body became inert
like a lamp post
just this enormous radiation
certainly not from it
more like through it
in spite of it, outshining it
and everything    

kathy rabold
  Merging Aum

Om. Salutations to the Supreme Self.
The waking-personality of Visva, symbolized by 'A' 
must be resolved into 'U' (the dream-personality). 
The subtle radiant personality of dream, the 'Taijasa' 
symbolized by 'U' must be merged into 'M' (the personality of deep-sleep). 
The 'Prajna', that deep-sleep Consciousness, symbolized by 'M' 
and which is the causal personality must be finally reduced to the Atman, 
of the nature of Pure Consciousness. 
The whole universe has to be reduced to the supreme Atman 
which is the nature of Pure consciousness. 
The Atman : 
I am the Atman, 
the Pure Consciousness, 
eternally Pure,  
eternally enlightened, 
ever free,
the One Existence, 
without a second. 
I am the Bliss Infinite. 
I am Vasudeva, the all-pervading Supreme Spirit, 
and I am Aum. 
Thus comprehending, the contemplative faculty must also be merged 
into That final Witness, the Absolute Atman.  

Ben Hassine

The pure I AM is the mirror of Reality. To dive into the I AM means to go beyond the I AM. The I AM is also called the Heart. When the Heart opens you merge with the "I" which is beyond the I AM

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This and only this is what is called Self-Realization  


The soft and spacious seat of the blazing Sun of the "I" is called I AM or Heart.  

Daily Dharma  

"'Cremate that old corpse of clinging to things as real in fire of nonattachment; Conduct the weekly funeral ceremonies of ordinary life by practicing the essence of Dharma; As the smoke-offering to provide for the departed, dedicate your accumulated merit for all their future lives. Consummating all positive actions done for the sake of the dead, recite the six-syllable mantra.'  

In Tibet, when someone dies, it is customary to cremate the body and to perform ceremonies every week for seven weeks, making offerings for the deceased. As a Dharma Practitioner, however, the most beneficial thing you can do when someone has died is to meditate on the essential meaning of the Dharma and dedicate the merit to the dead person.  

This essential meaning, the very heart of the Dharma, is the nonexistence of a self, in clinging to things as real, in ego-clinging; once this clinging is consumed by the fire of wisdom, the whole tree and all its branches of delusion, luxuriant with the foliage of attachment and hatred, are bound to be burned up too."

~Patrul Rinpoche

From the book, "The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones," published by Shambhala Publications.

More from Daily Dharma  

"Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course.
Then your mind will become still in any surroundings. Like a
clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will
come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the
nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful
things come and go, but you will be still. This is the
happiness of the Buddha."
~Achaan Chah

From the book, "A Still Forest Pool," edited by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breitner, published by Theosophical Publishing House.

Patrick Collins 
Thomas Merton List

Merton on "Spiritual Life"  

Dear Merton Group,  

An English friend, Etta Gullick, was an Anglican scholar,
lecturer and writer on the spiritual life. In 1962 Merton
discussed some of the problems which can develop in our
spiritual lives when we reflect too much and work too hard to
'accomplish"' that Reality which is beyond us - yet with us
always. This is particularly the case when our intellectual
study leads to spiritual dryness.   "I am more and more
convinced that if you are in dryness and such, these books
only increase the problem (if it is a problem). "At the same
time I think we make problems for ourselves where there really
are none. There is too much conscious 'spiritual life'
floating around us, and we are too aware that we are supposed
to get somewhere. Well, where? If you reflect, the answer
turns out to be a word that is never very close to any kind of
manageable reality. If that is the case, perhaps we are always
in that where. In which case why do we torment ourselves
looking around to verify a fact which we cannot see in any
case? We should let go our hold upon ourself and our will, and
be in the Will in which we are. Contentment is very important,
of course I mean what seems to be contentment with despair.
And the worst thing of all is false optimism." (Gullick Ettta
10.29.62 Hidden Ground of Love p. 355)

Minzepejn Kirrlekazz


Greetings 2 all u NonDualFolks

me, myself & i * feel like posting some*thing some*where...

so why not here? here is not there. is it?

~ the journey goes on ~

unity is not nonduality

this list is able to exist
we are still dual beings

i/u/v (k)no(w)




Mark Otter


I had an interesting dream last night. Do you ever have dreams that
feel like you've dreamed them (or similar dreams) many times? This
was like that. There was a strange hidden attic space that I knew
about and felt that "others" didn't, and I used to sneak into that
space now and then, which was not easy, and particularly not easy to
do without being detected, but there was a compulsion to do so, so I
did. In that space, there was a key, and that seemed to be the
purpose of sneaking into that space, to check that the key was safe.
I had done so many times before, always leaving the key safely
hidden as I crept back out, again doing so steathily so that I would
not be detected. This time, I left the key out in the open, and I
kept thinking as I sneaked out and went back to a more common space
that I must remember to go back and hide it again, but the doing so
was dangerous as I might get caught, so I kept thinking "I must
remember to do this when I can..." After thinking this, it seemed to
me that I had not left the key out in the open so much as I had the
key with me, and even more cool, this knowing that I had the key,
WAS the key.

As my friend Jonathan used to say "very finterbestink"

Love, Mark

Douglas Adams  

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong,
is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

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