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Nondual Highlights Issue #2207, Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Joy with others is also good kamma-making. I was in a little village once where there was a special bell attached to the temple. Whenever anyone in that village had some good fortune, they would go and ring that bell. If the harvest was brought in, or the daughter got married, if someone came back from the hospital, or a good business deal had been arranged, if the roof had been reshingled, anything at all that gave then joy. When the bell was rung everybody would come out, look in the direction of the person who was ringing the bell and say, 'Well done. Well done.' The one who was ringing the bell was making good kamma by making it possible for the others to share his joy. The others were making good kamma by sharing another's joy.

- Ayya Khemma

What a fine idea, eh? What if we each day made a point to "ring a bell" of joy or appreciation for someone who is feeling a little bleak? Hey, Mary, what a pretty dress you have on today! John, I really enjoyed that talk you gave at the meeting. Congratulations George! I heard you got a new job! a new house! a new wife! a new religion! ,^)) Just some simple words of cheer to help somone look at the lighter side by sharing their joy with them - maybe the joy they did not even know they had! Might be worth a try. As Mr. R used to say, "Better to pull someone's bell than their chain."

Quote from the book,
Being Nobody Going Nowhere., commentary by DharmaGrandmother, posted to DailyDharma

You are the innocent flower, the nomadic cloud, the golden dusk.

- posted to AdvaitaToZen

By knowing for an absolute fact that he does not live but is being lived, the man of wisdom is aware of the perfect futility of all intentions.

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

Ketzo and another monk were cutting grass with their sickles when Ketzo cut snake in two.

"You just killed a snake! What an unskillful monk!. " said the monk.

"The snake is dead, the killing, that just happened in your mind," replied Ketzo.

the first cut is always in the mind...

One sliced into two.

- posted to Nisargadatta

Truth is Infinite

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth
that around every circle another can be drawn;
that there is no end in nature,
but every end is a beginning,
and under every deep a lower deep opens.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, posted to The_Now2

Self is everywhere, shining forth from all beings,
vaster than the vast, subtler than the most subtle,
unreachable, yet nearer than breath, than heartbeat.

Eye cannot see it, ear cannot hear it nor tongue utter it;
only in deep absorption can the mind,
grown pure and silent,
merge with the formless truth.

As soon as you find it, you are free;
you have found yourself;
you have solved the great riddle;
your heart is forever at peace.

Whole, you enter the Whole.
Your personal self returns
to its radiant, intimate, deathless source.

- Mundaka Upanishad , posted to MillionPaths

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