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Nondual Highlights Issue #2417, Saturday, March 11, 2006, Editor: Mark

Seeing is a very complex affair. One sees casually with one's eyes
and swiftly passes by, never seeing the details of a leaf, its form
and structure, its colors, the variety of greens. To observe a cloud
with all the light of the world in it, to follow a stream chattering
down the hill; to look at your friend with the sensitivity in which
there is no resistance and to see yourself as you are without the
shades of denial or easy acceptance; to see yourself as part of the
whole; to see the immensity of the universe - this is observation: to
see without the shadow of yourself.

- Krishamurti, posted to DailyDharma

Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of
yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. The
only place where you can experience the flow of life
is the Now, so to surrender is to accept the present
moment unconditionally and without reservation.
It is to relinquish inner resistance to what is.

- Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now, posted to AlongTheWay

Nasrudin addressed a crowd saying, "People, do you
want knowledge without difficulties, truth without
falsehood, attainment without effort, progress
without sacrifice?"
Everyone shouted, "Yes, yes!" "Wonderful!" said Nasrudin. "I do too, and if I
ever discover how to do it, I will be delighted to
tell you."

- as collected by Fadiman & Frager, posted to Nasrudin


If we could experience,
our interconnectedness,
with all that exists,
on all levels...
we would find,
that it is no surprise,
that we can easily communicate
with everything...
from microbes to whales...
from atoms to galaxies...
with all that lives
and with all that is in between lives...
and with everything...
from the mineral kingdom,
to the Cosmic Source,

- posted to Poetic_Mysticism


Let go of your fancy illusions;
O lovers, become mad, become mad.
Rise up from life's raging fire,
become a bird, become a bird.

Lose yourself completely,
Turn your house into ruins,
Then join the lovers of God -
become a Sufi, become a Sufi.

Cleanse your heart of its old regrets,
Wash it seven times;
Then let the wine of love be poured -
become a cup, become a cup.

Fill your soul with so much love
that it becomes the Supreme Soul.
Run toward the saints,
become drunk, become drunk.

That King who hears everything
is conversing with a pious man.
To hear those sacred words
become pure, become pure.

Your spirit was lifted to the heavens
when you heard my sweet song.
Now your limits are gone.
Like a fearless lover,
become a legend, become a legend.

Turn a night of sleep
into a night of divine revelation!
Hold the grace of God -
become His home, become His home.

Your thoughts will take you
wherever they please -
don't follow them!
Follow your destiny
and become the Self, become the Self.

Passion and desire bind your heart.
Remove the locks -
become a key, become a key . . .

Solomon speaks with the language of the birds -
Listen! Don't be the trap
that falcons flee -
become a nest, become a nest.

If the Sweetheart reveals Her beauty,
become a mirror.
If She lets down her hair,
become a comb, become a comb.

How long will you be two-faced?
How long will you lack self-will
and flap in the wind like a flag?
How long will you be like a chess bishop
moving only diagonally -
became a Sage, become a Sage.

Out of gratitude you gave away
some possessions and some vanity.
Now give away everything -
become gratitude itself, become gratitude itself.

For a time you were the elements,
For a time you were an animal.
For a time you will be a soul -
Now is your change -
Become the Supreme Soul, become the Supreme Soul.

O preacher,
How long will you yell from the rooftops
and knock on the doors of others? -
Look inside your own home.
You've talked about love long enough -
now become the Beloved, become the Beloved!

- Rumi, Ghazal 2131 - Version by Jonathan Star, A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, posted to Sunlight

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