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NDH Issue # 1504 Saturday, July 26, 2003 Editor: Christiana
is the actual form of God.
Art: Andy Goldsworthy - rowan leaves
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Nisargadatta Song of
I Am (Edited by Jerry Katz)
Instead of seeing things as imagined, learn to see
them as they are. When you can see everything as
it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is
like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that
shows you the world as it is, will also show you
your own face. The thought 'I am' is the polishing
'I am' is ever afresh.
You do not need to
remember in order to be. ... At present your
being is mixed up with experiencing. All you need
is to unravel being from the tangle of
experiences. Once you have known pure being,
without being this or that, you will discern it
among experiences and you will no longer be
misled by names and forms.
...the 'I am' in movement
creates the world. The
'I am' at peace becomes the Absolute.
In the immensity of
consciousness a light
appears, a tiny point that moves rapidly and
traces shapes, thoughts and feelings, concepts
and ideas, like the pen writing on paper. And the
ink that leaves a trace is memory. You are that
tiny point and by your movement the world is
ever re-created. Stop moving and there will be no
world. Look within and you will find that the point
of light is the reflection of the immensity of light
in the body, as the sense 'I am'. There is only
light, all else appears.
I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools--a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn.
Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. The energy and space around a material are as important as the energy and space within.
The weather, rain, sun,
snow, hail, mist, calm is that external space made visible.
When I touch a rock, I am
touching and working the space around it. It is not independent
of its surroundings, and the way it sits tells how it came to be
I want to get under the surface. When I work with
a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material in
itself, it is an opening into the processes of life
within and around it. When I leave it, these
Movement, change, light,
growth and decay are
the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to
tap through my work. I need the shock of touch,
the resistance of place, materials and weather, the
earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change
and that change is the key to understanding. I
want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes
in material, season and weather. Each work
grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are
implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I
find in nature.
Jan Sultan offers a free e-book
...following the example
of Jerry's excellent ebook
[http://nonduality.com], I have decide to select postings from the SufiMystic group and compile them in ebooks.
SufiMystic Selections Vol 1.pdf (link no longer active.)
Harsha [email protected]
Maitri Bhavnu song recorded by Mukesh in 1969. http://www.jainmeditation.org/pages/maitribhav.html
David Holmes [email protected]
opening another box of words
Did this cause that, or
did that cause this?
Did I grow from practice or practice from growth?
Did my karma give me karma?
What makes it all happen?
Just one Love being what
having long forgotten all the details.
Art: Sharon Ellis Cathedral of Dandelions
I Am That I Am: A tribute to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The I AM made easy
One who is completely rid
of one's very own
concept of I AM is completely liberated.
p. 203 Seeds of Consciousness
What is the I AM? To
begin with, according to
Nisargadatta Maharaj, the I AM has two levels.
The first is the Verbal I AM.
Nisargadatta, the verbal I AM is all
you can say about yourself after you say, I AM.
All else after this verbal I AM is to be discarded.
The Non-Verbal I AM: The
I AM is the glue of
individuality, and the primal illusion which holds
the mirage together.
The non-verbal I Am has
no thoughts, memory,
emotions, associations, perceptions, attention or
intentions and is the Gateway and touchstone to
the Nothingness. The Non-Verbal I AM is the
stateless state or No-State state, that is prior to
the verbal I Am.
By staying in the
gateway, I AM, the
Consciousness which the I AM is made of,
absorbs the I AM like a dry sponge absorbs
water. - Stephen Wolinsky
Be in that Beingness then
it will tell you how
beingness turns into Non-Beingness.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
p 5 Nectar of the Lord's Feet
Sathanas Livejournal.com nonduality community
BE HERE NOW There are
many paths in life -
untold pathways as numberless as the stars in the sky. But many overlook the Beloved - the Self. This Self is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. It simply is. It is ever-present, and yet it never comes into being from anywhere outside or inside of itself. How is it possible for us to overlook this Beloved? The answer, some would say, is that we never overlook the Self, for it permeates all of infinite existence - therefore, our "ignorance" is only an illusion, and enlightenment is also an illusion. There are, however, beings who have fully realized the nature of this paradox without conceptual restraints. Such beings have no set of rules for others to follow. However, they do sometimes give us precious clues as to how we may also partake of the One Taste. Who can describe such a person? For what that person has become, there is no name. Not Hindu. Not Buddhist. Not Christian. Just a sentient being who truly understands how things are. Such a person has gone beyond the boundaries of such distinctions, which are products of the mind only. Consider. In order to form concepts, one must compare and contrast one word from another for any of the words to have any meaning - thus, duality, conceptualization, etc. Perhaps the true master has stopped setting one thing against another, for that person knows that all things are One even thought the mind perceives seperation. How can you identify such a person? Such
persons defy description. They have no set of
rules to follow. They do naturally what comes
their way, but they always seem to exhibit infinite
compassion for all of existence. Knowing all
things to be the Self, they are One with all things.
Devotees of Neem Karoli Baba often asked him
for teachings, but he would say, "Be here now.
Love others. Feed others. See only the Self." You
are already One with all of infinite existence. It is
your very nature, regardless of any efforts or lack
of efforts on your part. Because you try to find
the One, you fail to see the Beloved. It is neither
inside nor outside. It is HERE, NOW, FOREVER.
No hurries. Relax. Love your true Self, which is
already 'enlightened' and 'perfect' without ever
trying to be.
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