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Issue #2086 Friday, March 18, 2005 - michael
from the GuruRatings Yahoo! group:
RE: What is the Way?
Although I never write in this forum, your question
moves me to answer.
Do you really think that spirituality has failed?
Spirituality is not an institution that works by itself.
It is something subtle and personal,
in each one there is spirituality.
But maybe I need your definition of this word "spirituality".
I have heard from human beings I love and respect,
that while not enlightened, it is enough to be a good
human being. And after enlightenment, there are no
more worries about all this issues such as identification
or playing roles. Why worry about this?
To do things without attachment to the consequences,
to do things from the heart, to do things while in contact
with our inner soul, is all that is needed to live this life
in a balanced way. I believe this is the way.
The mind plays in order to not stay still. But it can be still
while performing many acts, be these social, professional,
family, or any other human action or interaction. Or even
not being still, even in the case of being psycologically
reactive, there is always the possibility of the mind being
the conscious observer of itself, of all this movement, not
getting identifyed with it.
It really does not matter what one does, what is important
is to be in balance, because this leads to a regular
peace of mind.
So if we have to play some role, letīs play it without getting
identifyed with it. Out of love is a good way. Not looking for
any reward for ourselves is a good way. So letīs play the
role of a good human being. Please, this doesnīt mean to
be identified to any model. This remembers me of Ramana,
who said "Just be as you are". And by the way, we could listen
to the really wise ones and not to the constructed and
prejudiced stablishments as society, religions or any other
groups or institutions, who we all know that in the deepest
of themselves are looking for their own rewards, being these
personal or for a group. These donīt work with the truth.
These could be some ways of living the life we are given as
persons, as human beings, in balance or harmony.
Temporarily we are human beings. Eternally we are That I am.
Ants scurry blind
in the underbrush,
of saw palmetto,
hurtle past with
a blood hunger that
torches their morning.
Armadillos lumber by,
reapers of ant flesh,
death in padded feet.
Otters scramble in the creek
chewing down light,
reinventing body play,
seeking god in the wetness
of brown fur and laughing eyes.
The gopher tortoise
at my door pauses,
and we both freeze, look
wordless into startled eyes,
a cross-species moment
in this dance of dawn.
A great white heron
dreaming of fish is
by a bald eagle on
the path in front of me.
It happened too quick
to turn away or not see.
Flocks of swallows paint
coral skies black and white in
this hallucination on a sand spit
that is both more and less real
than our words and imaginings.
Đ Zen Oleary
March 18, 2005
taken from the archives of a mad person -
another morning - adrift in time
nothing shall preserve this life
and it is nothing that will take this life
the smallest of things and the least of dreams
are the greatest of dreams and the most of it is dreaming
dreams are schemes of hopes and fears while moments fall into years
with your hair in the sky - combed across with eagle hawk crow and
you blow kisses from the peaks - kisses of snow and rain and pine
on your breast the mountains play - of lion and deer and bear
your fertile belly the valley below - farms ranches towns and homes
your arms and legs are rivers - that drink the corn wheat alfalfa
and beans and squash
and in the deep canyon holds your mysterious love hole - where i am
Life's Little Instructions
Sing in the shower. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be
Watch a sunrise at least once a year. Leave the toilet seat in the
Never refuse homemade brownies. Strive for excellence, not
perfection. Plant a tree on your birthday. Learn three clean
jokes. Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full. Compliment
three people every day. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone
you love them. Leave everything a little better than you found it.
Keep it simple. Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Floss
your teeth. Ask for a raise when you feel you've earned it. Be
forgiving of yourself and others. Overtip breakfast waitresses.
Say "thank you" alot. Avoid negative people. Buy whatever kids are
selling on card tables in their front yards.
Wear polished shoes. Remember other people's birthdays.Have a firm
handshake. Commit yourself to constant improvement. Carry jumper
cables in your trunk. Send lots of Valentine cards. Sign
them, "Someone who thinks you're terrific." Look people in the
eye. Be the first to say "Hello". Use the good silver. Return all
things you borrow. Make new friends but cherish the old ones. Keep
secrets. Sing in a choir. Plant flowers every spring. Have a dog.
Always accept an outstretched hand. Stop blaming others. Take
responsibility for every area of your life. Wave at kids on school
buses. Be there when people need you. Feed a stranger's expired
parking meter. Don't expect life to be fair. Never underestimate
the power of love. Drink champagne for no reason at all.
Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation.
Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know". Compliment even small
Keep your promises (no matter what). Marry only for love.
Rekindle old friendships. Count your blessings.
Call your mother.
so! there you are, buncha blithering idiots - that's you there, eh?
a'searching all pie-eyed for your sweet version of dee-vine re-ality
where everything is understood and makes cosmic damnital sense.
an what do ya do?! ya let yer flippin' 'magination run away wit ya!
that's wot! an there ya are off into all kinds of demeted reali-
titties just a trying to suck up to some fancy assed concept of god
an the freaking future of a mutated monkey species. what a hoot!
what a sad and sorry sight! you just foolishly go on and on and on
thinking up new shit to think up. but hey, who am i to talk?
some damn fool that realizes this can't go on. well, it could, we
humans can be so damn dumm. hey everybody! why don't we see how long
we can milk the earth dry, murder each other, commit mayhem and
just generally see how long it takes to really fuck things up?
such irony...you seem to have to, i mean really have to get caught up
in war and hatred and violence. and fer christ/allah/brahma/who the
hell ever's sake just have to be right! what an absurd obsession!
what pinheads. sigh...you just don't seem to get it, do you? there
is no need to be killin' and slandering and subjegating and bee'n
all 'round mean to each other. no need at'all.
just a thought - anyhoo.
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