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Nondual Highlights Issue #2140 Wednesday, May 11, 2005
shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for
if you want the kernel you must break the shell. And therefore,
if you want to discover nature's nakedness, you must destroy its
symbols, and the farther you get in the nearer you come to its
essence. When you come to the One that gathers all things up into
itself, there your soul must stay.
- Meister Eckhart, posted to JustThis
Giving up the personal will is a hard one. It really is a hard one. And until the problem of the will is addressed, I think we are immature spiritually. When that problem is overcome, we can go on to what is called Union.
- Douglas Harding, posted to AdvaitaToZen
I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi, in Jeta's Grove, Anathapindika's monastery. Now at that time the Blessed One was instructing urging, rousing, and encouraging the monks with Dhamma-talk concerned with Unbinding. The monks -- receptive, attentive, focusing their entire awareness, lending ear -- listened to the Dhamma. Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed:
It's hard to see the unaffected,
for the truth isn't easily seen.
Craving is pierced
in one who knows;
For one who sees,
there is nothing.
- excerpt from Udana, translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
If your knowledge of fire has been turned
to certainty by words alone,
then seek to be cooked by the fire itself.
Don't abide in borrowed certainty.
There is no real certainty until you burn;
if you wish for this, sit down in the fire.
- Rumi, from Mathnawi II, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rumi: Daylight, Threshold Books, 1994, posted to Sunlight
The mind abandons everything when the vision of the supreme is gained. Hence, one should resolutely renounce everything till the supreme vision is gained. Not till one renounces everything is self-knowledge gained: when all points of view are abandoned, what remains is the self.
- excerpt from Vasistha's Yoga, translated by Swami Venkatesananda
And from wherever and whenever this insight is communicated, it has no connection with end-gaining, belief, path or process. It cannot be taught but is continuously shared. Because it is our inheritance, no-one can lay claim to it. It needs not to be argued, proven or embellished, for it stands alone simply as it is, and can only remain unrecognised and rejected, or realised and lived.
- Tony Parsons, from The Open Secret
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