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#2009 - Monday, December 20, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee    


Bob passed away last night.  My sister was with him all day and he suffered no pain until the end.  I am confident that Ammachi sent her to be with him, purifying him for his journey.  He went peacefully.

I have no reaction but peace.
For all of you who stood vigil, my family thanks you.

You are our family, too.

All love,


When I was born
by Rabindarnath Tagore


When I was born and saw the light

I was no stranger in this world

Something inscrutable, shapeless, and without words

Appeared in the form of my mother

So when I die, the same unknown will appear again

As ever known to me.....

posted by Alan Larus to nondualnow


  A Buddhist saying:

    When someone is born
    or someone dies,
    Nothing is added
    or subtracted
    from the Universe.
posted by Patrice Brown to nondualnow

    Rainer Maria Rilke on the death of his father:

*Within my deepest hope*

As for myself, what has died for me has died, so to speak, into my
own heart: when I looked for him, the person who vanished has
collected himself strangely and so surprisingly in me, and it was so
moving to feel he was now only there that my enthusiasm for serving
his new existence, for deepening and glorifying it, took the upper
hand almost at the very moment when pain would otherwise have
invaded and devastated the whole landscape of my spirit. When I
remember how I - often with the utmost difficulty in understanding
and accepting each other - loved my father! Often, in childhood, my
mind became confused and my heart grew numb at the mere thought
that someday he might no longer be; my existence seemed to me so
wholly conditioned through him (my existence, which from the start
was pointed in such a different direction!) that his departure was to
my innermost self synonymous with my own destruction.. . , but so
deeply is death rooted in the essence of love that (if only we are
cognizant of death without letting ourselves be misled by the uglinesses
and suspicions that have been attached to it) it nowhere contradicts
love: where, after all, can it drive out someone whom we have carried
unsayably in our heart except into this very heart, where would the
"idea" of this loved being exist, and his unceasing influence (: for
how could that cease which even while he lived with us was more and
more independent of his tangible presence).., where would this always secret
influence be more secure than in us?!

Where can we come closer to it, where more purely celebrate it, when
obey it better, than when it appears combined with our own voices, as
if our heart had learned a new language, a new song, a new strength!

(To Countess Margot Sizzo-Noris-Crouy, January 6, 1923)

posted by Gloria Lee to nondualnow  


Here's your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana --


By Shawn Nevins
(1968 - )

I am not bliss.
Become bliss and see its limits.
Eternity is of time.
Whatever you are, you also are not.
The path is in the Light, which looks like death.
Become beautiful, powerful, all attributes,
And despair.
The heart of everything is Silence
Calling you to founder on shoals
And to sink, stripped of your command.
You are more and less than you can imagine.
Be pulled into that uncrossable canyon.


Cycles of wakefulness

You're living out your life by unconsciously
reacting to what you've purposefully forgotten
that you already are.

Throughout your entire life, you will probably
remember, and then forget, this same truth -
again and again and again.

Just as the depth of your sleep cycle varies
throughout the night, so will you also feel clearer
and more spiritually awake at certain times in your
life than you will at other times.

Allow yourself to comfortably move in and out of
your uncomfortable confusion.

And remember:  "This, too, shall pass."
                               - Chuck Hillig
posted to Along the Way


Prayer for Peace 

Pray to whoever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat,
Yahweh, Allah, raise your arms to Mary
that she may lay her palm on our brows,
to Shekinhah, Queen of Heaven and Earth,
to Inanna in her stripped descent.

Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, Record Keeper
of time before, time now, time ahead, pray. Bow down
to terriers and shepherds and siamese cats.
Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.

Pray to the bus driver who takes you to work,
pray on the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus
and for everyone riding buses all over the world.
If you haven't been on a bus in a long time,
climb the few steps, drop some silver, and pray.

Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM,
for your latt and croissant, offer your plea.
Make your eating and drinking a supplication.
Make your slicing of carrots a holy act,
each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.

Make the brushing of your hair
a prayer, every strand its own voice,
singing in the choir on your head.
As you wash your face, the water slipping
through your fingers, a prayer: Water,
softest thing on earth, gentleness
that wears away rock.

Making love, of course, is already a prayer.
Skin and open mouths worshipping that skin,
the fragile case we are poured into,
each caress a season of peace.

If you're hungry, pray. If you're tired.
Pray to Gandhi and Dorothy Day.
Shakespeare. Sappho. Sojourner Truth.
Pray to the angels and the ghost of your grandfather.

When you walk to your car, to the mailbox,
to the video store, let each step
be a prayer that we all keep our legs,
that we do not blow off anyone else's legs.
Or crush their skulls.
And if you are riding on a bicycle
or a skateboard, in a wheel chair, each revolution
of the wheels a prayer that as the earth revolves
we will do less harm, less harm, less harm.

And as you work, typing with a new manicure,
a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail
or delivering soda or drawing good blood
into rubber-capped vials, writing on a blackboard
with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas, pray for peace.

With each breath in, take in the faith of those
who have believed when belief seemed foolish,
who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.

Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace,
feed the birds for peace, each shiny seed
that spills onto the earth, another second of peace.
Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine..

Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk.
Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child
around your VISA card. Gnaw your crust
of prayer, scoop your prayer water from the gutter.
Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling
your prayer through the streets.

Ellen Bass (Read more of her poems at

originally posted 2/2/04 by Ben Hassine

  Pine under the Snow in Moonlight

Homage to Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795)

by Dusan Pajin,  


The Snow Man  

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

--  Wallace Stevens

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