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#1839 - Friday, June 25, 2004 - Editor: Gloria

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  My first memory is of the brightness of light... light all around!   - Georgia O'Keefe  


I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could...I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at...not copy it.'keefe/see_an_okf.html

  Gill ~ Allspirit Inspiration   One perfect Nature pervades and circulates
within all natures.
One all-inclusive Reality contains and
embraces all realities.
One moon is reflected in every expanse of water.
Every reflected moon is the one moon.

~Yung - Chia Ta - Shih

from 'Zen Wisdom', Ed. Timothy Freke         image:      

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin
air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which
we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the
black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

~Thich Nhat Hanh:

~  ~  ~  

Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was
misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther,
and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every
pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson  

~  ~  ~  

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life
by ourselves alone - we find it in another. We do not discover
the secret of our lives merely by study and calculation in our
own isolated meditations. The meaning of our life is a secret
that has to be revealed to us in love, by the one we love. And
if this love is unreal, the secret will not be found, the meaning
will never reveal itself, the message will never be decoded. At
best, we will receive a scrambled and partial message, one that
will deceive and confuse us. We will never be fully real until
we let ourselves fall in love - either with another human person
or with God.

'Love and Living' Thomas Merton

~  ~  ~  

Neither ignorance nor illusion ever happened to you. Find the self
to which you ascribe ignorance and illusion and your question will
be answered. You talk as if you know the self and see it to be under
the sway of ignorance and illusion. But, in fact, you do not know the
self, nor are you aware of ignorance.

By all means, become aware, this will bring you to the self and you
will realize that there is neither ignorance nor delusion in it. It is like
saying: if there is sun, how can darkness be? As under a stone there
will be darkness, however strong the sunlight, so in the shadow of the
"I-am-the-body" consciousness there must be ignorance and illusion.
Don't ask 'why' and 'how'. It is in the nature of creative imagination to
identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any moment by switching
off attention. Or though investigation.

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Along the Way  

The surest signs of spiritual progress are
a lack of concern about spiritual progress
and an absence of anxiety about liberation.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar

Forgetting your Self is the greatest injury;
all the calamities flow from it. Take care of
the most important, the lesser will take care
of itself. You do not tidy up a dark room. You
open the windows first. Letting in the light
makes everything easy. So, let us wait with
improving others until we have seen ourselves
as we are - and have changed. There is no need
to turn around and round in endless questioning;
find yourself and everything will fall into its
proper place.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Acorn Press, 1973

  A Net of Jewels

"In life nothing can be had without over-coming obstacles. The
obstacles to the clear perception of one's true being are desire for
pleasure and fear of pain. It is the pleasure-pain motivation that
stands in the way. The very freedom from all motivation, the state
in which no desire arises is the natural state."  

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Every situation is a challenge which demands the right response.
When the response is right, the challenge is met and the problem
ceases. If the response is wrong, the challenge is not met and the
problem remains unsolved. Your unsolved problems - that is what
constitutes your karma. Solve them rightly and be free."  

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  "Remember to remember: Whatever happens - happens because I am. All
reminds you that you are. Take full advantage of the fact that to
experience you must be. You need not stop thinking. Just cease
being interested. It is disinterestedness that liberates. Don't
hold on, that is all."  

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Mazie Lane  

"...Big Shield once told me all
may be enlightened:
serpent, stone, bell, moon, pine.

Imagine that!

Yet my question remains:
"On what great day
will fear and hope finally die?"

"Back to work,"
said Big Shield.
"Even the sun must climb Cold Peak."

Who works to be free
will never be free.

Raise two hands to your eyes.
Show yourself your bonds.
You see nothing.

Pity those bound by
a whisper of wishes.

You are free
only when you forget
you are free."

~ Han Shan                                                     image:

  Lee Love ~ E-zendo  

Heard  the poet Gary Snyder (my other favorite living American
Poet, along side Wendell Berry) on NPR with Garrison Keillor.    

told a story about his parents being socialist and atheist, but
open-minded ones.   

When he asked to go, they allowed him to attend the
local church.   

It was a Lutheran church.    

He lived on a farm.  

day, his pet cow died.   

At sunday school, he ask the pastor,  "Do cows
go to heaven?"   

The Pastor said,  "No, there isn't a place in heaven
for cows."   

Young Snyder thought this was the wrong answer, so he left
and never went back.    

He said after studying Chinese and Japanese, he
went to Japan.  

He said he went to figure out how to save all the animals.

    Here is a prayer someone posted to a dog list I am on, by Albert

Hear our humble prayer, ******, for our friends the animals,

especially for animals who are suffering;

for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;

for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;

for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;

for all those that must be put to death.

We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,

And for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.

Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to the animals,

And so, to share the blessings of the merciful.

- Albert Schweitzer  

Daily Dharma   "...The earth is home to living beings;
Equal and impartial to the moving and unmoving
Thus spoke the Buddha in truthful voice
With the great earth for witness

As a noble being recognizes the kindness
Of a sentient mother
And makes recompense for it
So the earth, the universal mother
Which nurtures all equally
Should be regarded with affection and care

Forsake wastage
Pollute not the clean, clear nature
Of the four elements
And destroy the well being of people
But absorb yourself in actions
That are beneficial to all..."

            ~H.H. the Dalai Lama

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