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#2295 - Sunday, October 23, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee

“It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.”
 
Joseph Addison (Attributed)    

posted to AlphaWorld
 


    We first Americans mingle with our pride an exceptional humility.
Spiritual arrogance is foreign to our nature and teaching. We never
claimed that the power of articulate speech is proof of superiority
over "dumb creation"; on the other hand, it is to us a perilous gift.

We believe profoundly in silence - the sign of a perfect equilibrium.
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.

Those who can preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the
storms of existence - not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not
a ripple upon the shining pool - Those, in the mind of the person of
nature, possess the ideal attitude and conduct of life.

Ohiyesa

The Ways of the Spirit
The Wisdom of the Native Americans

posted to The Other Syntax
   


 
Sitting in the Silence is magic.  This is when things begin to happen, wonderful things.  Peace comes to you.  Happiness comes to you all by itself.  Joy comes to you.   When you sit in the Silence you remember who you are.  We come to see we are all one Self.  What does this mean?  It means we are not separate, we are that One Self.  Thank of that.  We are all the One Self.

-Robert Adams, Silence of the Heart

posted by Xan to MillionPaths
 


Indeed how wonderful!
I adore myself.

For I have taken form
But I am still one.

Neither coming nor going,
Yet I am still everywhere.

-Ashtavakra Gita 2:12
From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990   from www.beliefnet.com  


photo by Sam Pasiencier http://home.hccnet.nl/sam.pas/photos/Kat.jpg  


    today a friend told me of the hard time she has had
this summer dealing with her mother's cancer. she
told me the hardest part was when her mother's
diagnosis turned from heart attack and simple
cancer surgery to it having spread and the mother
said she could not find god anymore. my friend was
very distressed about this and said she had tried
everything to help her mom reconnect. they both had
always been strongly spiritual.

i paused and told her that this also could be ok.
i told her how in my journey i had to go through
a very dark point where i lost everything including
all labels and forms of "god" and that it was in facing
the darkness and emptiness, that i truly discovered
what is real and not just "lightness" and "love"
in a unexamined way, but what is truly real.
i described how it was so important to stand, exposed,
without anything, as nothing, and to discover i still
am...and to then, as awareness clarified, like dawn
slowly grows brighter began to see peace is always
here. anyway i said a few things and she looked
so happy i was surprised. she said it was really helpful
and she would discuss this with her mother, she felt it
would give her mother some clarity as well. who knows.
i just found myself saying how all paths do include
a version of the emptiness. knowing it is not something
any one can give to another but perhaps we each hold
out a hand to encourage ourselves to be present to
all.

there was just so much innocence in her concern of no
god, and i was grateful i could share the power in
being with this, and that i am here. even as our
planet continues to challenge so many beings through
turmoil and i find i must revisit this again and
again, i still find it to be true. though i can
hold nothing before me, and continue to be in
free fall, this stillness is ever present.

love,
--josie--


    I was reading an essay recently that sparked
something for me.  It spoke of "standing in
the place where there is no place to stand"...
maybe that's a "concept"...and yet it spoke to
me so deeply about something more than that. 
We seem to be talking about the same thing,
basically, here...

Free falling...and somehow being okay with
that...a trust that can't be named or forced
or figured out...only lived.

-Aly

 


photo by Sam Pasiencier  http://home.hccnet.nl/sam.pas/photos/reddance.jpg  


    The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj  

"The "here" is everywhere, and the "now" always. Go beyond the
"I-am-body" idea, and you will find that space and time are in you and
not you in space and time. Once you have understood this, the main
obstacle to realization is removed."
posted to A Net of Jewels    


  A drop of water has the tastes of the water of the seven seas:
there is no need to experience all the ways of worldly life.

The reflections of the moon on one thousand rivers are from
the same moon: the mind must be full of light.

      Hung Tzu-ch'eng
posted to Awareness-TheWaytoLove  


    What are you wanting, finally? On that you have
to fix your attention. Whether you call it hatha yoga
or kriya yoga or anything else is not important.
Fix your consciousness on your concept of final
reality, and it shall bless you. You have to decide
yourself what is ultimately real, in yourself or in the
world; then fix your attention and attune your
consciousness with it. This is meditation. It has
no particular name.

- Swami Krishnananda

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Your Questions Answered
Swami Krishnananda
The Divine Life Trust Society, 1995

posted to Along the Way

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