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#2037 - Saturday, January 22, 2005 - Editor: Gloria 

The way to true spirituality
Cannot depend upon others;
One instant of enlightenment
And I go beyond body and self.
The myriad and profound virtues
Are complete;
Anywhere in the universe is now my home.

- Mokuan (1611-1684)

Snow covers earth and sky
Everything is new
My body is concealed
Inside a silver world
Suddenly I enter
A treasury of light
A place forever free of
Any trace of dust.

- Han Shan Te-ch'ing 91546-1623


Kuei-shan said, “The mind of a Wayfarer is plain and direct, without artificiality. There is no rejection and no attachment, no deceptive wandering mind. At all times seeing and hearing are normal. There are no further details. One does not, furthermore, close the eyes or shut the ears; as long as feelings do not stick to things, that will do.

- Kuei-Shan (771-854)

No better love than love with no object,
no more satisfying work than work with no purpose.

If you could give up tricks and cleverness,
that would be the cleverest trick!

'Rumi  The Book of Love - poems of ecstasy and longing'
Coleman Barks
  posted to Allspirit Inspiration by Gillian Eardley  

For centuries we have been conditioned by nationality, caste, class, tradition, religion, language, education, literature, art, custom, convention, propaganda of all kinds, economic pressure, the food we eat, the climate we live in, our family, our friends, our experiences - every influence you can think of - and, therefore, our responses to every problem are conditioned. Are you aware that you are conditioned? That is the first thing to ask yourself, not how to be free of your conditioning. You may never be free of it, and if you say, "I must be free of it", you may fall into another trap of another form of conditioning. So are you aware that you are conditioned?

- J. Krishnamurt

Freedom from the Known, p 25

posted to MillionPaths by Viorica Weissman



Night Sitting

The hermit doesn’t sleep at night
In love with the blue of the vacant moon.
The cool of the breeze
That rustles the trees
Rustles her too.

- Ching An (1851-1912)

  "When people say I am wise, or a sage, I cannot accept it. A man once dipped a hatful of water from a stream. What did that amount to? I am not that stream. I am at the stream, but I do nothing. Other people are at the same stream, but most of them find they have to do something with it. I do nothing. I never think that I am the one who must see to it that cherries grow on stalks. I stand and behold, admiring what nature can do."
- Carl Gustav Jung   posted on AlphaWorld  

  Waiting in Line  

When you listen you reach
into dark corners and
pull out your wonders.
When you listen your
ideas come in and out
like they were waiting in line.
Your ears don’t always listen.
It can be your brain, your
fingers, your toes.
You can listen anywhere.
Your mind might not want to go.
If you can listen you can find
answers to questions you didn’t know.
If you have listened, truly
listened, you don’t find your

self alone.  
~ Nick Penna, fifth grade ~   (In Poetic Medicine by John Fox)


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photo by Alan Larus  

Apache Blessing
Author Unknown

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.

posted to MillionPaths

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