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Nondual Highlights Issue #2085 Thursday, March 17, 2005


Everything happens altogether by itself.
The shadow of causation can never be
caught because all things and events are
merely interconnected differentiations in
form of a single, unified field.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar, from
A Net of Jewels, Advaita Press, 1966, posted to AlongTheWay

I came to realize
that mind is no
other than
mountains and
rivers and the great
wide earth, the sun
and the moon and
the stars.

- Dogen

Look up tonight, darlin' - see your mind!
- dg

Dogen quote from Yakrider's web page: Zen

The satisfaction of every soul lies in its recognition. Every person desires that there would be in the world someone who understands him well, at least as well as he understands himself. A wife says, 'I have a comfortable home and a good husband; I only wish that he would understand me better.' The servant says, 'I get good pay and the master is kind; I only wish that he would know me well.' An artist is satisfied when his art is admired by the knower. This is the usual seeking of every soul.

There is a story about a mimic who was performing his skill of imitating different birds and animals in the street in front of the window of a palace from where the king was looking on. At the end of his performance a golden shawl was thrown to him from the palace window as a reward from the king, and an old blanket was presented to him by a shepherd. The mimic adorned himself with the ragged blanket of the shepherd and kept the shawl of the king under his arm. The king disliked this behavior on the part of the mimic and asked him why he insulted the palace by adorning himself with the shepherd's gift, hiding the reward of the king. He answered, 'Because the shawl was given as a token of your Majesty's greatness, and the blanket was given purely in deep admiration for my imitation of the cow twitching its skin, which no one but the shepherds could understand so well.'

From this story we learn that there is no greater reward given or love shown than in recognition. As this is the desire of every soul, so it is also the desire of the Soul of souls. He puts forward His hand to such suitor who comes before Him with full recognition.

- Hazrat Inayat Khan

More here:

if you can't go to sleep
my dear soul
for tonight
what do you think will happen

if you pass your night
and merge it with dawn
for the sake of heart
what do you think will happen

if the entire world
is covered with the blossoms
you have labored to plant
what do you think will happen

if the elixir of life
that has been hidden in the dark
fills the desert and towns
what do you think will happen

if because of
your generosity and love
a few humans find their lives
what do you think will happen

if you pour an entire jar
filled with joyous wine
on the head of those already drunk
what do you think will happen

go my friend
bestow your love
even on your enemies
if you touch their hearts
what do you think will happen

- Rumi, Ghazal 838 translation by Nader Khalili,
Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight

Question: How very interesting to realize that all our so-called pain and sufferings are really eye openers. Probably if one goes beyond this dual game of joy and sorrow, happiness and unhappiness, then one might end the turmoil. I feel so. Then there is no anguish.

Well, I will think about my response. I think I only will have to accept people and situations as they are without manipulating, condemning. For this, the thought process has to undergo a mutation. I wonder how this is going to be! I wonder sometimes why I dont get a hang of certain things. Is it because I still struggle?

Answer: It may be embarrassing to admit it, but there seems to be some kind of masochistic pleasure in the struggle, the drama, the suspense, the intrigue. But sooner or later, even that pleasure, that security of knowing in advance, that predictability has faded into repetition, monotony, self-loathing, and boredom.

When you are completely fed up with it, temporary gratifications, self-centeredness, ambitions, hopes, intrigues, competitions, worries, agonies, sorrows and all, then you may be ready to let it all die, including the one who is at the center, the star of the movie, tragic or ludicrous or whatever. To let the "known," which is limited, completely die, is to make room for the unknown, which includes the known, but is infinitely larger and unpredictable and alive and clear and vibrant with energy! The unknown includes everything and literally has no boundaries, and it does not stay the same from one instant to the next.

To let go of the known, to let it die, including the separate and ficticious mental "self" around which all of its activities revolve, is to come to terms with the simple and obvious fact that it does not exist, except in memory and fantasy. That memory and fantasy is none other than the endless ambition to become something better, to acquire something better, to make something better happen, and to hold on to what you are pretending you own and control. When even the feelings and sensations associated with this repetition are no longer enough, then you will realize you have nothing to lose. That could be in ten or twenty years, or it could be later on this week, or it could be right now. It's up to you.

- Scott Morrison

Love is a tremendous caring that arises
in the wake of transcending the personal self.

In the wake of this transcendence, something amazing arises.
A deep love and caring arises from within emptiness,
from nowhere.

This love and caring seeks only the Truth in every moment
and in all circumstances.

True love is something far greater
than anything that could be called personal.
True love is a non-personal miracle.
It is the nature of reality itself.
It is the natural and spontaneous expression of the undivided Self.

Adyashanti, from
The Impact of Awakening, posted to The_Now2


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