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#1515 - Wednesday, August 6, 2003 - Editor: Joyce (Know_Mystery)
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Hernandez ~ ANetofJewels
Words can only point at Truth. It is only nonverbal, noumenal understanding
that can deliver it.
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By usurping the impersonal subjectivity of the one Absolute subject as that
of an individual person, the human being commits the original sin and
therefore comes under bondage. As soon as this mistaken identity is
realized and the true identity as the one formless and eternal subject or
witness is established, the bondage disappears and there is enlightenment.
~ Ramesh S. Balsekar ~
A Great Poem
"This is what you should do: Love the
earth and sun and animals,
Marilyn ~ OmniConscious
Shawn Hair ~ SufiMystic
M.(Ramana Maharshi): Ego is 'I' thought. In its subtle form it
remains a thought, whereas in its gross aspect it embraces the
mind, the senses, and the body. They disappear in deep
slumber along with the ego. Still the Self is there; similarly it will
be in death.
Ego is not an entity independent of the Self in order that it
must be created or destroyed by itself. It functions as an
instrument of the Self and periodically ceases to function. That is
to say, it appears and disappears ; this might be considered to
be birth and death.
Relative knowledge pertains to the mind and not to the Self. It
is therefore illusory and not permanent. Take a scientist for
instance. He formulates a theory that the earth is round and
goes on to prove it and establish it on an incontrovertible basis.
When he falls asleep the whole idea vanishes ; his mind is left a
blank ; what does it matter if the world remains round or flat
when he is asleep? So you see the futility of all such relative
One should go beyond such relative knowledge and abide in
the Self. Real knowledge is such experience and not
apprehension by the mind.
D : Why does not Sri Bhagavan go about and preach the
Truth to the people at large?
M. : How do you know that I am not doing it? Does
preaching consist of mounting a platform and haranguing to the
people around? Preaching is simple communication of
knowledge. It may be done in Silence too.
What do you think of a man listening to a harangue for an
hour and going away without being impressed by it so as to
change his life? Compare him with another who sits in a holy
presence and leaves after some time with his outlook on life
totally changed. Which is better : To preach loudly without effect
or to sit silently sending forth intuitive forces to play on others?
Again how does speech arise? There is abstract knowledge
(unmanifest). From it there rises the ego which gives rise to
thoughts and words successively. So then :
Abstract Knowledge ----->Ego---->Thoughts---->Words
Words are therefore the great grandson of the original source.
If words can produce an effect, how much more powerful should
the preaching through silence be? Judge for yourself.
from Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi
Freyja ~ NondualitySalon
Murder of Innocence
I do not enjoy seeing someone's joy squashed
at every turn, no matter where it is
It's not like i don't see how this squashing
could also facilitate the return to
But, you see, ultimately, i and everyone
else was born innocent and that is how "I" will
People punish each other, they negate, they
degrade, they ridicule, they insult, they
Ayn Rand wrote:
"The evil of a cultural atmosphere is
made by all those who share it. Anyone who has
Tom Hickcox ~ AwarenessTheWayToLove
Taking Flight: The Self
A woodcarver called Ching had just finished work on a bell
frame. Everyone who saw it marveled, for it seemed to be the
work of spirits. When the Duke of Lu saw it, he asked,
"What sort of genius is yours that you could make such a
The woodcarver replied, "Sire, I am only a simple workman.
I am no genius. But there is one thing. When I am
going to make a bell frame, I meditate for three days to calm
my mind. When I have meditated for three days, I think no
more about rewards or emoluments. When I have meditated
for five days, I no longer think of praise or blame, skillfulness
or awkwardness. When I have meditated for seven days, I
suddenly forget my limbs, my body; no, I forget my very self. I
lose consciousness of the court and my surroundings. Only my
In that state I walk into the forest and examine each tree
until I find one in which I see the bell frame in all its perfection.
Then my hands got to the task. Having set my self aside,
nature meets nature in the work that is performed through
me. This, no doubt, is the reason why everyone says that the
finished product is the work of spirits."
Said a world-famous violinist about his success in playing Beethoven's
Violin Concerto: "I have splendid music, a splendid
violin and a splendid bow. All I need to do is bring them
together and get out of the way."
Anthony de Mello, S.J.
© 1988 by the Center for Spiritual Exchange
Hur Guler ~ Nisargadatta
an article about the dangers of Advaita from WIE
godz_will posted this message at the advaita.org board. i'm serving
it for this group as a lightly battered goffer for the amusement of
An excerpt from an article about Advaita from WIE (Andrew Cohen's
magazine). "While Advaita's profound inspiration and power to liberate is
undeniable, its worldview has not been without its critics. Even
though "modern" Advaita seems to emphasize the indivisible nature of
the world and Brahman, or the Self Absolute, Advaita philosophy has
traditionally expressed, as noted religious scholar Lance Nelson
points out, a "deep metaphysical bias against the world. . . . In the
end, the Advaita tradition fails to present a true nondualism of
world and Absolute. . . . It is rather an acosmic monism. It achieves
its nonduality not inclusively, but exclusively. Empirical reality is
admitted in a provisional way, but in the end it is cast out of the
Absolute, out of existence. From the highest perspective, the world
is simply not there [emphases ours]." Once again, even though modern
proponents of Advaita do not appear to exclude the world in their
vision of nonduality, in the classical view, the world is clearly
recognized as being either completely unreal, or only partially real.
And this is what Advaita has been historically criticized for.
Precisely because of its emphasis on the ultimate unreality and
illusory nature of the world and embodied existence, any teaching of
how to live in the world is entirely absent. More specifically, the
nondual teaching does not in any way address the ethical or moral
dimension of human life. And even though modern Advaita does not seem
to exclude the world in its nondual view, it still is devoid of any
teaching that addresses the realities of human life.
Interestingly enough, it appears that historically Advaita did not
address ethical or moral questions because, according to Nelson, the
highest nondual teachings were "never intended to be a philosophy for
the general public." In fact, he states that they were "formulated by
and for a narrow spiritual elite of male brahmins [members of the
highest, priestly class], primarily sannyasins [renunciates], who
alone were believed qualified to fully appropriate its import." This
practically would have meant that the individual to whom the absolute
teachings were revealed would have already fulfilled the demanding
moral and ethical qualifications for discipleship. And even more than
that, Shankara himself states that the qualifications for
discipleship also demanded an extraordinary degree of detachment from
and transcendence of worldly desires:
The pupil must be dispassionate toward all things noneternal. . . .
[Having] abandoned the desire for sons, wealth and worlds, endowed
with self-control [and] compassion, he is a brahmin who is internally
and externally pure, whose thought is calm, who has reached
tranquility. . . . [Thus] let him go to a spiritual teacher who is
learned in the scriptures and established in Brahman.
The unusual phenomenon occurring in the postmodern spiritual
marketplace is that now, as never before in history, what were once
considered the highest esoteric teachings, revealed only to those who
were prepared and had proven themselves worthy of their unimaginable
depth and subtlety, are available to anyone who wanders into a
spiritual bookstore. An important question seems to be: Are most
seekers genuinely prepared for the psychological upheaval and world-
shattering shift of perception that penetration into the Absolute
unleashes? Advaita's emphasis on the illusory nature of embodied
existence has the potential to give license to human weakness and
self-indulgence if the individual is not already firmly grounded in a
fundamentally wholesome relationship to life. The unwholesome
tendencies characterized by narcissistic, neurotic and deeply cynical
convictions so common today create a dangerously weak foundation for
a nondual perspective that transcends all pairs of opposites,
including right and wrong. While Advaita's great strength is its
singular, unwavering emphasis on the Absolute dimension of existence,
its weakness is revealed in the limited scope of its singularity. And
while any truly absolute view must, by definition, transcend all
distinctions, the inherent potential of Advaita or non dualism to
inspire a worldview that is perilously empty of any value whatsoever
is enormous. Indeed, the potential for escape, rather than genuine
transcendence, is great in such an absolute teaching. For to be
embraced, absorbed and utterly consumed by the Absolute is one thing
but to escape from the inherent complexity of life in order to avoid
the overwhelming demand that true surrender requires is another thing
s_v_c_s ~ iam
All will come right in the end
Question: What are the steps of practical training?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: It depends on the qualifications and nature of the seeker.
Questioner: I worship an idol.
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Go on doing so. It leads to concentration of
mind. Get one-pointed. All will come right in the end. People think
that liberation (moksha) is somewhere outside them to be sought for.
They are wrong. It is only knowing the Self in you. Concentrate and
you will realize it. It is your mind that is the cycle of births and
Choo Meh Wah ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
One inhalation and the mind wanders, so we bring it back again - and that itself is a moment of mindfulness. We are training the mind like a good mother trains her child. A little child doesnt know what it is doing, it just wanders off; and if the mother gets angry with it and spanks and beats it, the child becomes terrified and neurotic. A good mother will just leave the child, keeping an eye on it, and if it wanders she will bring it back. Having that kind of patience, were not trying to bash away at ourselves, hating ourselves, hating our breath, hating everybody, getting upset because we cant get tranquil with anapanasati.
~ Ajahn Sumedo~
Doug Fireman ~ TrueVision & Alan Larus ~ TrueVision
I tried to be quiet,
Eve ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
It is now or never.
It is never not now.
~ Stonepeace ~
Choo Meh Wah ~ BuddhistWellnessGroup
Quiet Time for the Mind
By Judy Foreman, The Third Age, July 23, 2003
"New York, USA -- During the last decade, there has been a growing body of research showing that regular meditation -- the practice of quieting the mind through deep, continued thought -- can help reverse some of the ill effects of stress...
Many doctors and researchers have speculated about the reasons meditation -- sometimes called the "relaxation response" -- produces these effects. But a credible scientific explanation has been elusive until now. Such an explanation could describe how changes in brain function produced by altering one's mental focus affect people's moods and metabolism...
A new study by U.S. researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Massachusetts is likely to provide a significant first step to answering the question of what goes on in the brain during meditation...
The researchers sought to test a particular theory: that in people who are stressed, anxious or depressed, the right frontal cortex of the brain is often overactive and the left frontal cortex, relatively underactive. Many such people also show heightened activation of the amygdala, a key brain center for processing fear.
By contrast, people who are usually calm and happy typically show greater activity in the left frontal cortex, relative to the right. These folks also pump out less of the stress hormone cortisol, recover faster from negative events and have higher levels of natural killer cells, a type of white blood cell that battles infection and is a measure of immune system function..."
Read the rest: http://www.buddhistnews.tv/current/stress-240703.php
Ben Hassine ~ NDS
The noble art of watching the I AM and Karel Appel
There is one art that is above all the other arts. It is the art of watching, attending the I AM. It is surrender and inquiry at the same time and results in understanding and love.
This art awakens one to the profound simplicity and singularity of "what is". Watching the I AM ends the movements of "me" and leads directly to the jewel of true Identity or "I" in the Heart.
Karel Appel, the Dutch Abstract Expressionist painter, said in an interview on Dutch television, he lives in: "...a world without laws...". He said he: "...would sit and wait for the inner light to go on...", before painting a fresh canvas. I felt and knew without a doubt he was describing the state of pure I AM from which all creativity emerges. Pure I AM is in a way at the root of the world and the place before the emergence of laws; it is the place where all laws originate from in other words. So I could understand what he was pointing at when he made the remark about the "world without laws".
I guess Appel was using the word "laws" for restrictions caused by sense of doership or conditioned action. But that's a guess.
Appel also said he is always painting. Even when talking, walking or eating. This could be the same as always attending, watching I AM. Until one abides effortless as pure I AM and thus goes beyond.
I feel like a painter as well. I paint the canvas of "I" with the paint of I AM. The result is the abstract expressionist work called" Le Monde". Painting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NondualitySalon/message/75081
Gene Poole & Jerry Katz & Benny ~ Listcology
ok, I fixed it: http://nonduality.com/listcology.htm
I still have a measly 15"
monitor. But at least it's attached to my
Stephen (bodhibliss) ~ josephcampbellmythologygroup & Bill Rishel, Art
The Eyes Have It
|According to the Brihad Upanishad:
"The Selfhood in the object attracts the Selfhood in
the observer of the object. The Self pulls the Self. All
love is this much." Every so often i demonstrate this
concept to my junior high school students by asking them
to stand up, pair off, and look closely into each other's
eyes. Of course, this is
met by a chorus of resistance, but i point out that
they're not getting married to each other - heck, only
about half the class happens to be boy/girl pairs anyway.
All they are doing is looking into the eyes of another
living being - could be a dog or cat, happens to be a
primate - and observe ... more clinical than romantic. This calms then
down. I ask them to focus - give them a minute - then ask
what they see.
students may describe the colors they see, or the size of
the pupil, or some other detail but sooner or later
someone says "I see
|And that's the
point i make. When i gaze into the eyes of another, i see
my own reflection - a little me. "Pupil"
comes from the Lating "pupilla", meaning
"little doll" - a little doll who looks like me
which leads in to the point that when one takes the time
to really look at another person, to gaze into another
person's eyes (as when we fall in love), what one sees is
one's Self in the Other (which is much of the
of course, look closely enough - which takes time and
commitment to focus - and one can see one's Self in every
Other. A happy little
course, if i really want to spin their brains, i tell the
students that they are my pupils ...the little dolls... ) "The Self
pulls the Self. All Love is this much." any thoughts?
Lisbeth ~ Monks_Mystics & Alan Larus ~ HarshaSatsangh
HuaHuChing thirty seven
She does this by accepting
responsibility for the energy
Looking at herself or another, she sees the same thing.
Trees and animals, humans and insects, flowers and birds:
These are active images of the
subtle energies that flow
The superior person understands
this, and understands
Understanding these things, she
respects the earth as
Caring for them, she knows that she
cares for herself.
~ translated by Brian Walker ~
Panhala ~ Joe Riley
or Two Things
The god of dirt
came up to me many times and said
so many wise and delectable things, I lay
on the grass listening
to his dog voice,
frog voice; now,
he said, and now,
and never once mentioned forever
~ Mary Oliver ~
|"Physiology has denied the
intelligence of the heart-muscle, but subjectivity finds
in that quarter an unmistakeable epic of subtle
The heart skips a beat, is troubled, suffers pangs, breaks, is stolen, is given, swells full to bursting with joy.
The neurons that drive the heart are far older than those in the brain.
They began some hundred million years ago to dwell on many subtle biological problems of kinship, altruism and sexuality.
That this groundwork would have been supplanted entirely is not nature's way, they must rather have been built upon, brain serving heart and not vice versa.
We need desperately to remember the functions of our hearts, to reclaim our inwards, our instincts, to conceive a new Theory of the Heart... "
Pete, Skogen, Dan, & Joyce ~ AdvaitaToZen
Pete, you are right. There is a German proverb which goes roughly
so: "If a donkey feels itself too well, it betakes itself on glazed
frost" (Wenn ein Esel sich zu wohl fühlt, begibt er sich aufs
Pass me one of those cream-filled chocolate
glazed one's, Skoggman -- I feel really well!
And scratch me behind my ears, while you're at it!
Fresh out of donuts, sorry... Will a pear from Meister Eckart do in a pinch?
Jonathan ~ The Other Syntax
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
~ T.S. Eliot ~
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