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#2172 - Monday, June 13, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee
For every complex and
difficult problem, there
is a solution that is simple, straightforward, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
The link to ConsciousOneness, featured in my last issue, somehow disappeared.
Also, should mention it is only one message a week, for those whose in boxes overfloweth.
Dutch parking lot... f
lat country, frugal folk, lots of bikes...
photo by Sam Pasiencier
Gill Eardley closed her 3 Yahoo groups and opened a new forum. For anyone who misses the Rumi to Hafiz poetry and Allspirit Inspiration quotes, you can read them from this forum. I like the organization by subjects and threads. It is very easy to navigate and also to find what interests you. Or join and contribute your own favorites. Here is the link.
People travel to wonder at the
height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
And they pass by themselves without wondering.
posted by Lee
The Buddha said that the past is
gone and the future is not yet here. Let us not regret the past.
Let us not worry about the future. Go back to the present moment
and live deeply the present moment. Because the present moment is
the only moment where you can touch life. Life is available only
in the present moment. That is why walking meditation is to go
back to the present moment, in order to be alive again and to
touch life deeply in that moment. In order to be able to touch
the earth with our feet and enjoy walking, we have to establish
ourselves firmly in the present moment, in the here and the now.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
posted by Gill Eardley
Since ancient times, spiritual
masters of all traditions have pointed to the Now as the key to
the spiritual dimension. Despite this, it seems to have remained
a secret. It is certainly not taught in churches and temples. If
you go to a church, you may hear readings from the Gospels, such
as, "Take no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall
take thought for things of itself" or "Nobody who puts
his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of
heaven". Or you may hear the passage about the beautiful
flowers who are not anxious about tomorrow, but live with ease in
the timeless now and are provided for abundantly by God. The true
nature of these teachings is not recognized. No one seems to
realize that they were meant to be lived and thereby bring about
profound inner transformation.
- Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now
The only people for me are the
the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk,
mad to be saved; the ones who never yawn
or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn,
like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like
spiders across the stars.
posted by Gill Eardley
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.
-- Mathnawi II:860-861
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
posted to Sunlight http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sunlight/
"The 'secret' of
life that we are all looking for
is just this: to develop through sitting and
daily life practice the power and courage to
return to that which we have spent a lifetime
hiding from, to rest in the bodily experience of
the present moment - even if it is a feeling of
being humiliated, of failing, or abandonment, of
~Charolotte Joko Beck
From the book, "The Places That Scare You," by
Pema Chödrön, published by Shambhala. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570629218/Angelinc
posted by Sherab to Daily Dharma http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DailyDharma/
The postings of this group
are from the material of Anthony de Mello's books. The title of
the group is a combination of the names of two of his popular
If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand
either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using
your mind, you'll understand both. People capable of true
vision, know that the mind is empty.
An art writer
was giving a lecture at the
"Art is found in a museum," he said, "but beauty
is found everywhere, in the air, on the ground,
all over the place, free for the taking -- with no
name attached to it."
"Exactly like spirituality," said the Master the
following day when he was alone with his
disciples. "its symbols are found in the museum
called a temple, but its substance is everywhere,
free for the taking, unrecognized, with no name
attached to it.'
Anthony de Mello, S.J.
"How does one seek union with God?"
"The harder you seek, the more distance you create between
Him and you."
"So what does one do about the distance?"
"Understand that it isn't there."
"Does that mean that God and I are one?"
"Not one. Not two."
"How is that possible?"
"The sun and its light, the ocean and the wave, the singer and
his song -- not one. Not two."
Anthony de Mello
MORSEL: It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door
and you say, 'Go away, I'm looking for the truth . . . and so it
goes away. Puzzling. Robert M. Pirsig
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