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#2108 - Saturday, April 9, 2005 - Editor: Gloria            

Silence is a potent carrier of presence, so when
you read this, be aware of the silence between
and underneath the words.  Be aware of the gaps.
To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an
easy and direct way of becoming present.
                                - Eckhart Tolle

from Along the Way  

Do you know a word that doesn't refer to something?
Have you ever picked and held a rose from R,O,S,E?
You say the NAME. Now try to find the reality it names.
Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake.
If you want to be free of your obsession with words
and beautiful lettering, make one stroke down.
There's no self, no characteristics,
but a bright center where you have the knowledge
the Prophets have, without books or interpreter.

  - Rumi  

The unitive state cannot be attained
Through words or thoughts or through the eye.
How can it be attained except through one
Who is established in this state himself?

-Katha Upanishad

Excerpted from The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1987  

from Paracelsus

Connect with senses and be awake! Truth is here.
Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where Truth abides in fullness, and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception, which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error; and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

- Robert Browning

from Paracelsus, Book I,  Paracelsus, by Robert Browning, Oxford Edition, p. 444.

  When we know what we are, it no longer matters who we have thought we were.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Alton ~ Million Paths

"Looking Glass" photo by Sam Pasiencier


"We can learn to fly beyond the limits of our
dualistic condition, until we are ready to leave
it behind all together. We can begin by becoming
aware of our body, voice. and mind.

"Understanding our true nature means
understanding the relative condition and knowing
how to reintegrate with its essential nature, so
that we become once again like a mirror that can
reflect any object whatsoever, manifesting its
~Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

From the book, "Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected
State," edited by Adriano Clemente, translated by
John Shane, published by Snow Lion.

Sherab ~ Daily Dharma

The eye of clarity is so called because it brings sight to everyone. It enables every single one to enter the uncreated and unconditioned reality, each in his own way.

From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000.

From: 'The Zen Teachings of Huang Po:
On the Transmission of Mind'.
Edited and translated by John Blofeld

A perception, sudden as blinking, that subject and object
are one, will lead to a deeply mysterious wordless
understanding; and by this understanding will you awake to
the truth of Zen.

~   ~  

From 'The Mastery of Love'
Don Miguel Ruiz

There is wisdom in accepting what you are...

It is difficult to be what you are not. Being what you
are doesn't require any effort. When you become wise,
you accept yourself the way you are, and the complete
acceptance of yourself becomes the complete acceptance
of everyone else.

Gill Eardley ~ Allspirit Inspiration

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Theory and Practice  

Whichever path one follows, the thing is to follow it,
not to argue about it. A Christian priest once told
Bhagavan that he considered the goal of mystic union
envisaged by Christians to be different from the Hindu
goal of moksha[liberation] and superior to it, and Bhagavan replied,
"All right, attain that first and then see whether you
still find any difference or anything to criticize".
That was always his reply - to turn the critic from
theory to practice. Argument did not interest him,
only understanding and sincere effort.

For Those with Little Dust
Selected Writings of Arthur Osborne

Viorica Weissman ~ MillionPaths

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