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#1763 - Saturday, April 10, 2004 editor: michael

  Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment by Jed McKenna   pp 141  

..."That's the little story of Arjuna and Krishna on the battlefield. We don't care about that. This isn't a story about foreign people in an ancient culture clashing for a throne. It's all about the reader. Nothing else. That's why this book matters. It's not about the people in the story, it's all about the person reading the story."

  Dear Friends,  

In those few sentences from Jed McKenna's new book "Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment" lay the key to anyone's awakening.   Personal involvement.  

How many of the nearly countless scriptures, learned writings, and stories about enlightenment have been read and misunderstood? How many times have they been read as a story that happened to someone else or as an epistle from on high? One that carries a metaphor or a message that we hold at a philosophic and intellectual arm's length. When we read books like Jed's we can delight in the story, criticize the writing style, consider ourselves spiritual because we read such books; and in general have a really good time. Whether it is Jed's books, some ancient text or other spiritual tome, the point is not about having a good time with spiritual concepts.  

McKenna introduces the concept of spiritual auotlysis - a way of looking seriously and honestly at one's own spiritual fantasies and expectations about enlightenment. Every one that calls themself a seeker has an idea of what enlightenment is and what it will be like to become enlightened. But who is willing to give up their expectations of enlightenment for the real thing? For McKenna's character in the book, Julie, spiritual autolysis is a fierce and fearless housecleaning. It is finding the courage to take an honest look at and to throw out years, a lifetime,  of accumulated spiritual junk.  

pp 189 - Julie   "....So many books, so many teachers, so many paths. Hasn't anyone noticed it's not working? ...Who care's what's true as long as it sells..."   In that light, Jed's book is just another piece of spiritual candy. Something to entertain oneself with until the seeking ends. But read it with an eye to applying the concept of spiritual autolysis to one's own life and it's a different book.   Whether you or anyone else reads Jed's books (or any spiritual books) or not. You already are what you've been seeking. You are the thirsty fish in an endless ocean, You are the eternal awareness, You are.  

as ever - be well,   michael  

Greg Goode  

The Enlightenment Secret

You are not a separate being. You are Being, and never separate. This is the Enlightenment, the happiness, in which all apparent things consist. It is the very Being of you.

It's a secret not because there's anyone hiding anything. It's been proclaimed by sages around the world for millennia. Rather, it's a secret because enlightenment is often misunderstood to be a matter of personal achievement, like scoring the ultimate goal. But there's no person there! There's not even a "there" or a spatial location where a person can reside. There is no individualized or separate "you" or "me"; no goal, no task and no achievement.

There are no things, and no gaps separating things.


 ...and became one with all experiences. My long-standing question had vanished along with what I had believed was "me." There arose resiliency, joy, and an untouchable happiness.

This experience uncovered the realization that without the conceptual structures that make things seem real, there is no presumption of a separate center. There is no suffering and no basis for suffering. There is no feeling that things should be different than they are. This is a sense of peace far beyond what happens when we get what we dream about.

  The certificate of enlightenment:    


found at:  

  the poo poo dance  

  funny stuff   The Jesus Nodder is a plastic bobble-headed tribute to a remarkable man. Humbly dressed in common robes, Jesus stands 7-1/2" tall and offers a gesture of blessing with his hand. Put him on your dashboard and he just might inspire you to exercise patience and forgiveness on the highway. Comes in a window box with fascinating Jesus quotes and history.   Only when you grasp the essence of bouncing on a spring, will you truly understand the meaning of sitting still. Park this peaceful Dashboard Monk anywhere you need a little spiritual inspiration. Standing 5" tall, including the bouncy spring, this hard plastic monk tips and sways with the slightest provocation, reminding us that sometimes it is wise to bend like a willow.   Our 10" x 7" x 3" Krishna Lunchbox features the mischievous young Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu. Stories of Krishna's youth emphasize his playful side; as a child he was known for stealing butter from milkmaids, and as a young man he charmed women with his flute. The front of this metal lunchbox shows Krishna playing the flute, the back features Vishnu's consort Lakshmi and the elephant god Ganesh. Metal fittings, plastic handle. Also available with strap.   He is the Rabbi who fights for what's right. With stern eyes, heavy brows and long silver beard, this rough-and-tumble Rabbi is ready to steal the championship title even if he has to punch a nun for it. Finger-activated arms under his cloth robe move independently for fist-fighting action, as his spring-action head bobs and weaves. Plastic face and gloves. Realistic hair and beard.   The tormentor of the bendable underworld has surfaced to carry out his twisted schemes. Hidden behind that sly smile, Evil Bendy's squishy brain is plotting to take over the shopping malls. This horned, 6" yellow bendy may become angered by other toys and persuade you into replacing them with others of like-minded maliciousness. Comes on a spooky, yet colorful blistercard.  


The Tragic Comedy of Zen

John G. Young, M.D.


The Enlightenment Laminated Card

The Enlightenment Laminated Card

The radiant golden Buddha demonstrates how to pass through fear and temptation

and overcome the final obstacles to enlightenment..."


The myth of enlightenment
- Justus Kramer Schipper -  

Enlightenment, liberation, redemption, self-realization: these are all words that point to a condition about which every seeker has his own imaginings. It must be very desirable otherwise it would not be sought so much.
The greatest misunderstanding concerning enlightenment is that it is seen as a property, that can be acquired. Something that will be added to your existence, to your life, and that is pleasurable to have. Yes, maybe the most desirable that you could possibly imagine. It can even become an obsession in which happiness can only be yours if the necessary condition of obtaining it is completed. And so, as long as we are looking for this property, this enlightenment we are from time to time deeply unhappy and desperate. When will I finally reach the state of enlightenment?

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