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Nondual Highlights Issue #2243 Sunday, August 28, 2005
33. As a fletcher makes straight his arrow, a wise man makes
straight his trembling and unsteady thought, which is difficult to
guard, difficult to hold back.
34. As a fish taken from his watery home and thrown on dry ground,
our thought trembles all over in order to escape the dominion of
Mara (the tempter).
35. It is good to tame the mind, which is difficult to hold in and
flighty, rushing wherever it listeth; a tamed mind brings happiness.
36. Let the wise man guard his thoughts, for they are difficult to
perceive, very artful, and they rush wherever they list: thoughts
well guarded bring happiness.
- Buddha, from the Dhammapada Chapter 3 Translated by F. Max Muller,
posted to DailyDharma
When the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
Was Coursing in the Deep Prajna Paramita,
He Perceived That All Five Skandhas Are Empty.
Thus He Overcame All Ills and Suffering.
Oh, Sariputra, Form Does not Differ From the Void, And the Void Does
Form is Void and Void is Form;
The Same is True For Feelings,
Perceptions, Volitions and Consciousness.
Sariputra, the Characteristics of the Voidness of All Dharmas
Are Non-Arising, Non-Ceasing, Non-Defiled, Non-Pure, Non-Increasing,
Therefore, in the Void There Are No Forms, No Feelings, Perceptions,
No Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body or Mind; No Form, Sound, Smell,
Taste, Touch or
Mind Object; No Realm of the Eye, Until We Come to No realm of
No ignorance and Also No Ending of Ignorance, Until We Come to No
Old Age and
Death and No Ending of Old Age and Death.
Also, There is No Truth of Suffering,
Of the Cause of Suffering,
Of the Cessation of Suffering, Nor of the Path.
There is No Wisdom, and There is No Attainment Whatsoever.
Because There is Nothing to Be Attained, The Bodhisattva Relying On
No Obstruction in His Mind.
Because There is No Obstruction, He Has no Fear,
And He passes Far Beyond Confused Imagination,
And Reaches Ultimate Nirvana.
The Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future, By Relying on Prajna
Attained Supreme Enlightenment.
Therefore, the Prajna Paramita is the Great Magic Spell,
The Spell of Illumination, the Supreme Spell, Which Can Truly
Protect One From
All Suffering Without Fail.
Therefore He Uttered the Spell of Prajnaparmita, Saying Gate, Gate,
Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.
- excerpt from lecture on The Heart Sutra, by HH the Dalai Lama,
posted to AdvaitaToZen
Love is a state of Being. Your love is not
outside; it is deep within you. You can never
lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not
dependent on some other body, some
- Eckhart Tolle, from Practicing the Power of Now, posted to
We are free here and now, it is only the mind
imagines bondage. Seeing that there is no such
thing as a permanent, separate person, all becomes
clear. You are the immensity and infinity of
consciousness. It is lucid, silent, peaceful, alert,
and unafraid - without desire and fear.
To realize this is the end of all seeking.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you've never seen the face.
- Rumi , from Love is a Stranger,translated by Kabir Helminski and
posted to MillionPaths
Forget the world, and so command the world.
Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone's soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.
Stay in the spiritual fire. Let it cook you.
Be a well-baked loaf and lord of the table.
Come and be served to your brothers.
You have been a source of pain.
Now you'll be the delight.
You have been an unsafe house. Now you'll
be the One who sees into the Invisible.
I said this, and a Voice came to my ear,
"If you become this, you will be That! "
and now more Silence.
A mouth is not for talking.
A mouth is for tasting this Sweetness.
- Rumi, Ghazal 3090,version by Coleman Barks, posted to Sunlight
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