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#2030 - Saturday, January 15, 2005 - Editor: Gloria

Subhuti asked: "You say, Honored One, that a follower of the way does not need to build up goodness and happiness. Why is that?"

The Buddha replied: "Subhuti, a true follower will express goodness and happiness but will not be caught up in the concepts of goodness and happiness. That’s why I say that he does not need to build up goodness and happiness, which would only be concept traps, for goodness and happiness will be there without any idea of them."

-Diamond Sutra
From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,  

posted to MillionPaths by Gloria Lee



The Way does not need cultivation;
Just don’t pollute it.
What is pollution?
As long as you have a fluctuating mind,
Creating artificialities and pursuing inclinations,
All is pollution.
If you want to understand the Way directly,
The normal mind is the Way.
What is normal mind?
It has no artificial contrivance,
No right or wrong, no grasping or rejection,
No ordinariness and no sanctity.

- Ancestor Ma (709-788)

woodblock print by Lee Love:


“Some discoveries provide answers to questions. Other discoveries are so deep that they cast questions in a whole new light, showing that previous mysteries were misperceived through lack of knowledge.”
Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos, 2004, p. 39

posted to AlphaWorld


"Yoga Class" photo by Michael Bowes from nondualnow


The center of the Cosmos lies in the center
of your own heart.

A trillion times a second, you're both creating
and destroying the entire universe.

So of what is there to be afraid?

Is a Mother ever afraid of her own infant?

At every moment, you are already cradling
your Beloved.

Even as you, yourself, are being cradled.

- Chuck Hillig

posted to Along the Way

       The seeker said to himself, "If I'd known
       the real meaning of this being with God,
       how should I have gone searching for Him?
       But that knowledge depended on this journeying:
       that knowing can't be gained by thinking, no
       matter how precise."

                            - Rumi

posted to Along the Way


Hand colored woodblock print, "The Visit," by Jean Shannon, Mashiko, Japan

"Many Japanese temples and shrines are literally breathtaking because they are at the top of a heart-pounding climb of stairs.

The aged buildings and the dense woods give the visitor a sense of having stepped into another time."


 Two Buddhas, photo by Sam Pasciencier

Loss of mindfulness is why people engage in useless pursuits, do not care for their own interests, and remain unalarmed in the presence of things which actually menace their welfare.

From Sayings of the Buddha: Reflections for Every Day, by William Wray, 2004. Reprinted by arrangement with Arcturus Publishing, London. Book available in the U.S. through Barnes & Noble,

posted to MillionPaths by Gloria Lee

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Dear Gloria and list,

As my mind is distracted by silly funny things most of the time, this true saying from the Buddha only reminds me of my own welfare and my favorite Monty Python Quote. I apologize in advance if this is seen as off-topic here on this list, where a serious tone is preferred, but I can not restrain from posting it. Even Bhagavan was found reading Mickey-Mouse comics and laughing cheerfully (see U.G Krishnamurti ) My quote is from a scene from Monty Python's movie "The Meaning of Life". Interesting enough, although this is the scene which gave the movie its title, it usually goes by unnoticed by most of the viewers ...

Three people at an office are discussing the meeting-agenda


.... Item six on the agenda: the meaning of life. Now, uh, Harry,
you've had some thoughts on this.

That's right. Yeah, I've had a team working on this over the past few
weeks, and, uh, what we've come up with can be reduced to two
fundamental concepts. One: people are not wearing enough hats. Two:
matter is energy. In the universe, there are many energy fields which
we cannot normally perceive. Some energies have a spiritual source
which act upon a person's soul. However, this soul does not exist ab
initio, as orthodox Christianity teaches. It has to be brought into
existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is
rarely achieved, owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from
spiritual matters by everyday trivia.
What was that about hats, again?
Oh, uh, people aren't wearing enough.
Is this true?
Certainly. Hat sales have increased, but not pari passu, as our
research initially--
But when you say 'enough', enough for what purpose?
Can I just ask, with reference to your second point, when you say
souls don't develop because people become distracted,...
...has anyone noticed that building there before?




Energy Radiated from Bhagavan

As told by Wolter Keers, a Dutch teacher and writer who visited Bhagavan in 1950, just before his mahasamadhi:

The first time I saw Bhagavan, even at a distance, I immediately recognised that this was the being I had been looking for all my life. My immediate experiences in his presence cemented that conviction. As I sat before him, I became aware of an all- penetrating, all-conquering love that nothing in me was able to resist. But when I use the word 'love', I don't think I quite encapsulate the driving, unstoppable energy with which Bhagavan effortlessly radiated this dissolving force. If I say that I was repeatedly struck by jolting, shuddering, mind-dissolving bolts of lightning, you will get a better idea of just how powerful his presence was. Or perhaps you won't, because I have discovered that no one who has not experienced this kind of energy for himself can really understand what I am hinting at. You will get the idea of some magnificent being radiating light, but you will not have that experience for yourself.

The Power of the Presence, part three. David Godman

posted to MillionPaths by Yarden

Happy Fourth Anniversary 
to Million Paths!  
Ellam Ondre




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Dear Gyan,


Thank you! So kind of you to have mentioned this!


I shall bring today an old post from Carlos Castaneda's 'The Teachings of Don Juan' that inspired the name of the list four years ago.


I wish everybody to continue enjoying our list, and thank you all for your friendship and company.


Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. This question is one that only a very old man asks. Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.


Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. The trouble is nobody asks the question; and when a man finally realizes that he has taken a path without a heart, the path is ready to kill him. At that point very few men can stop to deliberate, and leave the path. A path without a heart is never enjoyable. You have to work hard even to take it. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy; it does not make you work at liking it.


I have told you that to choose a path you must be free from fear and ambition. The desire to learn is not ambition. It is our lot as men to want to know. The path without a heart will turn against men and destroy them. It does not take much to die, and to seek death is to seek nothing.


For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel--looking, looking, breathlessly.

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