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#2209 - Saturday, July 23, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee    

This issue welcomes the newest members of our list family, Ashton True and Livia Regina Anne. If you cannot see your face before you were born, the one you were born with is a good place to start.  

  from an article about Thomas Merton:

Merton's intense interest in Buddhism troubled some Catholic traditionalists.

He took the criticism with equanimity. In 1965, he mocked the fuss in "Day of a Stranger," an account of his daily routine as the abbey's first hermit: "What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe. Who said Zen? Wash out your mouth if you said Zen. If you see a meditation going by, shoot it."
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"What can I do to attain Enlightenment?" asked
the eager disciple.

"See Reality as it is," said the Master.

"Well, what can I do to see Reality as it is?"

The Master smiled and said, "I have good news
and bad news for you, my friend."

"What's the bad news?"

"There's nothing you can do to see -
it's a gift."

"And what's the good news?"

"There's nothing you can to do see -
it's a gift."

Anthony de Mello, S.J.

posted to Awareness-TheWaytoLove

         The joy which is
        in Revelation
        is nowhere else.
        No amount of
        ever will give you
        that joy
        that radiance
        which Revelation does.

                      - Swami Amar Jyoti

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"In Light of Wisdom"
Swami Amar Jyoti
Truth Consciousness, Boulder, Colorado, 1983  

posted to AlongtheWay

  photo of Livia Regina Anne by Ben Hassine  


"Love itself is the actual form of God."
  "Letters from Sri Ramanasramam"  by Suri Nagamma
       One who knows the secret of that love

finds the world itself full of universal love.

The experience of not forgetting consciousness, alone,

is the state of devotion

which is the relationship of unfading real love,

because the real knowledge of Self,

which shines as the undivided supreme bliss itself,

surges up as the nature of love.

Only if one knows the truth of love,

which is the real nature of Self,

will the strong entangled knot of life be untied.

Only if one attains the height of love will liberation be attained.

Such is the heart of all religions.

The experience of Self is only love,

which is seeing only love,

hearing only love,

feeling only love,

tasting only love

and smelling only love,

which is bliss."

posted  to MillionPaths by Gloria Lee  

Welcome, Ashton True. Congratulations to Grandma Mazie Lane and to Bob, and to Evelyn.  


Look around and see if you can find a single genuinely happy person - fearless, free from insecurities, anxieties, tensions, worries.  You would be lucky if you found one in a hundred thousand.  This should lead you to be suspicious of the programming and the beliefs that you and they hold in common.

From -
The Way to Love

    Anthony de Mello


"Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all."


Thomas Szaz


posted to AlphaWorld


may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

*e.e. cummings

 posted by Michael Rawls  

posted to Dzogchen Practice  

This Great Perfection is already fully present... and always remains
as-it-is.  It's just Being.  There's nothing to figure out or
maintain once re-discovered.  You can't attain it.... can't earn it
by virtuous actions or lose it from negative karma.  No
visualizations to practice nor mantras required. No special conduct
to follow or avoid.  It's something like space, empty voidness but
aware and radiant.  No shape or materiality.  It's knowingness
without recourse to thinking.  Its nature is joyous just as water
is wet.  In the ocean of Being, thoughts and emotions are simply
waves arising and vanishing from moment to moment.  The waves can't
be separated from the ocean, they are simply the ocean's energy
manifesting in myriad ways.  All objective reality is just this...
the waves of Being.  Coming to understand this Being in Dzogchen is
through Direct Introduction.  This is like looking in a mirror. 

Livia and Dad

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