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Nondual Highlights Issue #2287, Saturday, October 15, 2005, Editor: Mark


So Solid This Does Seem

So solid this does seem
So firmly framed and named
Too real to be a dream
So does it appear
Until once again unraveled
Losing shape and gaining depth
Eyes behind my eyes opening
Without a thought
I crawl naked and bleeding
From all the debris
That just a breath or so ago
With conviction called itself me

Let all the words sink
Sink like lead through oceans of cloud
Sink like bait for deepsea wonders
Sink, sink out of sight
Until what they describe
Rises bright and freshly bare
Looking through
Our undreaming eyes at itself
Seeing what is out of sight

- Robert Augustus Masters


Happy in the morning
I open my cottage door;
A clear breeze blowing
Comes straight in.
The first sun
Lights the leafy trees;
The shadows it casts
Are crystal clear.
In accord with my heart,
Everything merges
In one harmony.
Gain and loss
Are not my concern;
This way is enough
To the end of my days.

- Wen-siang, posted to DailyDharma


Ego and mind and all creations arise out of Self as Self. Even the
ugliest of doubts and the most separate of differences rise from the
Beautiful Source as Isness. In Self there are no do's and don'ts. If
there is unhappiness you are not unhappy, you are the Untouched
Awareness of this unhappiness. As waves are not separate from Ocean,
nor rays from run, you are not separate from Existence. You are the
moment in which all is.

- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay


Fire is not seen until one firestick rubs across another, though the
fire is still there, hidden. So does Brahman remain hidden until
being revealed by the mantram Om. Let your body be the lower
firestick and the mantram Om be the upper. Rub them against each
other in meditation and realize Brahman.

Shvetashvatara Upanishad (1, 13-14)


A Tendency to Shine

If you prefer smoke over fire
then get up now and leave.
For I do not intend to perfume
your mind's clothing
with more sooty knowledge.

No, I have something else in mind.
Today I hold a flame in my left hand
and a sword in my right.
There will be no damage control today.

For God is in a mood
to plunder your riches and
fling you nakedly
into such breathtaking poverty
that all that will be left of you
will be a tendency to shine.

So don't just sit around this flame
choking on your mind.
For this is no campfire song
to mindlessly mantra yourself to sleep with.

Jump now into the space
between thoughts
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.

- Adyashanti, from My Secret is Silence: Poetry and Sayings of

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