Nonduality: The Varieties of Expression Home

Jerry Katz
photography & writings

The wind carves shapes into the beach sand

Search over 5000 pages on Nonduality:

Click here to go to the next issue

Highlights Home Page | Receive the Nondual Highlights each day


Nondual Highlights Issue #2031 Sunday, January 16, 2005 Editor: Mark


Everyone knows that some events are just bad and make you sad or angry, and some are good and make you glad.

Yet what everyone knows might not be true.

For example, there might be a certain coercion to the attitude that weddings must be happy and funerals have to be sad. It could prevent you from meeting the moment you are in.

What if events don't have to be anything other than what they are? Children laugh at funerals; some tears shed by brides are from disappointment rather than joy. Being fired or losing someone dearly beloved could open an unexpectedly beautiful new life.

You might be armored against an unpleasant event that turns out not to be. Instead of wrestling toward what you are convinced ought to be going on, it might be refreshing to approach events without armor, meeting their nakedness with your own nakedness.

- John Tarrant, from
The Great Way is Not Difficult If You Just Don't Pick and Choose, published by Shambhala Sun Magazine, Nov. 2004, posted to DailyDharma by AniPanchen

Q: How is realisation made possible?

A: There is an absolute Self from which a spark proceeds as from a fire. The spark is called the ego. In the case of an ignorant man it identifies itself with an object simultaneously with its rise. It cannot remain independent of such association with objects. The association is ajnana or ignorance and its destruction is the object of our efforts. If its objectifying tendency is killed it remains pure, and also merges into the source. The wrong identification with the body is dehatma buddhi (['I am the body'] idea). This must go before good results follow.

The 'I' in its purity is experienced in intervals between the two states or two thoughts. Ego is like that caterpillar, which leaves its hold only after catching another. Its true nature can be found when it is out of contact with objects or thoughts. This ghostly ego which is devoid of form comes into existence by grasping a form; grasping a form it endures; feeding upon forms which it grasps it waxes more, leaving one form it grasps another form, but when sought for it takes to flight.

Only if that first person, the ego, in the form 'I am the body', exists will the second and third persons [you, he, they etc.] exist. If by one's scrutinizing the truth of the first person the first person is destroyed, the second and third persons will cease to exist and one's own nature, which will then shine as one, will truly be the state of Self.

The thought 'I am this body of flesh and blood' is the one thread on which are strung the various other thoughts. Therefore, if we turn inwards enquiring 'Where is this 'I?' all thoughts [including the 'I'-thought] will come to an end and Self-knowledge will then spontaneously shine forth.

- Ramana Maharshi on Self Enquiry, posted to MillionPaths by Viorica Weissman


What is this Longing?
Tangled, gnarly root of suffering
And sacred rushing river...
Ever changing
Glistening water
Granting Life
How to let the river carry me?
To flow...
To let my thirst be its own answer
Its own quenching cup
And not be like the heedless salmon
Swimming upstream...
Breaking its body against the rocks...
Still, I suppose,
the salmon, too,
like me,
Is only doing what it must.

- posted to nondualnow by Aly


The soul manifests in the world in order that it may experience the different phases of manifestation, and yet not lose its way, but regain its original freedom in addition to the knowledge it has gained in the world. It is not the knowledge of the individuality which makes one unable to look into reality, although it keeps one's eyes covered from the vision of reality.

The "false ego" is what that ego has wrongly conceived to be its own being. It is not that the false ego is "our ego" and the true ego is the ego of God; it is that the true ego which is the ego of God has been reduced to a false ego. Perfect realization can only be gained by passing through all the stages between humanity, the manifestation of God, and God, the only Being; knowing and realizing ourselves from the lowest to the highest point of existence and so accomplishing the heavenly journey. Those who think that heavenly knowledge is sufficient are mystical, but the joy of the heavenly knowledge and the full understanding of it comes from being able to express it in the world's medium of expression.

- Hazrat Inayat Khan, posted to SufiMystic by Hafizullah

I wish we would never lose each other
but could be lost in one another.

- Soufie, a 12 year old boy, living in Tehran, posted to truevision by Zen O'Leary


Snowy owls
lounge in trees
dreaming of lemmings.

Screech owls
tucked in knot holes
dream of the

of frogs
who are hibernating

and deep into
their nightmares
of marauding owls.

Zen Oleary. January 15, 2005, posted to SufiMystic


top of page