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#1846 - Friday, July 2, 2004 - Editor: Gloria  


As a wave,
Seething and foaming,
Is only water

So all creation,
Streaming out of the Self,
Is only the Self.

Consider a piece of cloth.
It is only threads!

So all creation,
When you look closely,
Is only the Self.

- Ashtavakra Gita 2:4-5

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990. Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston. www.shambhala

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I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
- the Buddha

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Real Practice has orientation or direction, but it has no purpose or gaining idea, so it can include everything that comes.
- Shunryu Suzuki

Lee Love ~ E-zendo

How To Fall In Love With Meditation

What we are attempting to do in practice is overcome stereotypes
and prejudices.     It is out of habit and laziness that we sort
experiences according to the stereotypes they can be categorized within,
according to our past experiences.  

            These habits inhibit our directly experiencing our lives,
because when we see a phenomenon, we dismiss it before we actually see
it, because we look and say,  "Aha!  I know this" and this "thinking we
know something" before we explore it,  short circuits our actually
seeing it.

            Understanding comes from direct experience, not simply
because we categorize the phenomenon in our lives.

Lee in Mashiko, Japan Commentary On Pottery

photo by Sam Pasciencier:

What does it mean to learn the knowledge of
God's Unity? To consume yourself in the
presence of the One. If you wish to shine like
day, burn up the night of self-existence.
Dissolve in the Being who is everything.
You grabbed hold of "I" and "we,"and this dualism is your ruin.

- Rumi


photo by Sam Pasciencier:    

Gill Eardley ~ Allspirit Inspiration  
A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
Gold doesn't vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
Must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?

~Mechthild of Magdeburg
When all the Buddhas manifest themselves in the world, they
proclaim nothing but the One Mind. Thus, Gotama Buddha silently
transmitted to Mahakasyapa the doctrine that the One Mind, which
is the substance of all things, is co-extensive with the Void and fills
the entire world of phenomena.

From: 'The Zen Teachings of Huang Po:
On the Transmission of Mind'.
Edited and translated by John Blofeld


photo by Al Larus:    

I Have Learned So Much

So much from God
That I can no longer

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even a pure

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed

Of every concept and image
my mind has ever known.

'The Gift - Poems by Hafiz The Great Sufi Master'
Translations by Daniel Ladinsky

photo by Al Larus:     .

Along the Way -

There is no object external to the self. What you
call the object is self itself. Let us take the example
of a dream in which a tiger chases a man. He runs in
fear and finally climbs up a tree. The tree, the tiger,
the chase, etc., are all a projection of his own mind and
his dream-personality also is a process of his mind.
So the one mind becomes everyone of these in the dream.
It is subjective as well as objective. This is what is
happening in the waking condition also; and, even as the
one single mind became all objects in the dream, the
universal mind has become all these external objects
around here even in waking life. They are nothing but
the universal mind ultimately.

- Swami Krishnananda

Facets of Spirituality
Complied by S. Bhagyalakshmi
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986

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The essence of spirituality and mysticism is
readiness to serve the person next to us.   - Hazrat Inayat Khan  

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If you want to identify me, ask me not where
I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my
hair, but ask what I am living for, in detail,
and ask me what I think is keeping me from
living fully for the thing I want to live for.

- Thomas Merton

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If you want to know Truth, you must have
100% Love for Truth. In this way there is
no difference between the ways of Love
and Knowledge.

- Papaji

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The thought of God is like a fire which will burn
all desires. The highest knowledge is nothing
but the deep feeling of the presence of God
everywhere. That is the highest wisdom and that
will give a death-blow to other desires of the world.
The desire for God is a desire to destroy all desires.

- Swami Krishnananda

Facets of Spirituality
Complied by S. Bhagyalakshmi
Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1986



  "What passes away is not eternal. Every form that is  born
has to pass away, but the underlying essence has  no form
and never passes away. If you attach yourself  to a form, you
make a big mistake. Even attaching  yourself to the form of
the guru is a mistake. It is not the  form of the person that can
give you light; it is  something else that is deep within your
own heart. That  is your guru. That guru abides in the heart of
all beings,  not only human beings but also animals, birds,
trees  and plants. When you see your own essence, when
you  have that direct experience, you will see that every plant 
and animal is your own Self. They will all start to speak  to
you. This is the formless Self in the heart of all  beings."  

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