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Lovely lovely
unspeakably beautiful

Not being a poet
I just do
whatever I do

When Papaji told Gangaji to teach she
"But there is nothing to say about
He said, "I know. We talk about it anyway."

or not

grateful for your grace-filled Now

I don't think that stuff like zen, or nondualism, or 'the Truth' can
actually be taught, or even learned. Once we have unlearned
everything we think we know, we can zero in on not doing anything
either. When we don't know anything and we don't do anything, we have
achieved all that can be achieved.

aloha and mahalo,

Posted by Skye:

Nisargadatta: Live your life intelligently, with the
interests of your deepest self always in mind. After all,
what do you really want? Not perfection; you are already
perfect. What you seek is to express in action, what you
are. For this you have a body and a mind. Take them in hand
and make them serve you. The purified mind is the faithful
servant of the self. It takes charge of the instruments,
inner and outer, and makes them serve their purpose.The self
is universal and its aims are universal. There is nothing
personal about the self. Live an orderly life, but don't
make it a goal by itself: It should be the starting point
for high adventure.

Dear NDS,

Tonight I copied Thomas Byrom's translation of the Ashtavakra Samhita
from the web, and made it into a plain text version. It has been
uploaded to our Onelist files. It was a sheer joy to edit it, and have
the chance to read through all of it in the process.




I have experienced this week as an acceleration of deep challenge,
higher tonal learning and subsequent powerful release. The only words
which describe what I have known this week is the continuous sense of
being licked clean, opened up and poured into. I am deeply grateful for
all of you showing up as my teachers and companions. If this be maya..
it is of a high order!


If we use the old metaphor of life (world) as dream (getting a bit
worn-out at this point, but still workable), there are a lot of people
here stirring in their sleep, mumbling *coherently*, tossing and
turning, on the verge of awakening. Some are taking dreamy "restroom
breaks" before lying back down and falling asleep again. And some are
waking up completely. Most of the world seems to be sleeping soundly,
but there isn't a lot of sound sleeping going on here.


Does anyone remember those advent calendars where you open a little
window each day until christmas? I found a really neat one here, on a
biochem. image library site from the former east-germany, truly
marvelous pictures of the illusory (ha!)stuff that we living things are
made of. It'll let you open one more image each day. I don't understand
these images, but they are very beautiful;

love, andrew


Do you all know that story about how some Americans set up a dharma
combat between a Zen master and a Tibetan lama. Thru interpreters, the
Zen master held up an orange and said,"What is this?" the lama looked
very puzzled and replied, "What is the matter with him, don't they have
oranges where he comes from?" The Zen master then got up and left, end
of debate.

...a couple quotes from
Swami Vivekananda:

"Social life in the West is like a peal of laughter; but underneath, it
is all a wail. It ends in a sob. The fun and frivolity are all on the
surface: really it is full of tragic intensity. Now here (in India), it
is sad and gloomy on the outside, but underneath are carelessness and

"What the world wants today is twenty men and women who can dare to
stand in the street yonder, and say that they possess nothing but God.
Who will go? Why should one fear? If this is true, what else could
matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?"

With Love,


...I spend a lot of time thinking about the community,
and from different perspectives. It's a kind of meditation,
I suppose.

It makes me wonder. I'm not one of the silent ones here, but
there are silent ones here. Is this a microcosm of the
planet? It is said that there are silent ones on this
planet, unheard of ones whose presence keeps the world from
falling apart. May sound strange. But it is not strange when
applied to something like an email community. I have no
doubt that there is much silent work going on. There may
even be one or two silent ones who keep this place together.
It's not asking much to extrapolate that to include the

And so we return to silence.

Thank you.


Posted by Xanma:

Student: I want to be so careful to take care of this silent awareness.

Papaji: You are the baby thinking it must take care of its mother. You
must only learn to let Self take care of you, as it has always done but
you did not know.


Posted by Jerry:

An 104-year-young woman was being interviewed by a
reporter. "And what do you think is the best thing about
104?" the journalist asked.

"No peer pressure," she replied.

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