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Nondual Highlights Issue #2555, Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Editor: Mark

Since motivation precedes and drives actions, controlling it is the
best way to prevent impulsive and possibly abusive physical and verbal
actions. When you suddenly want something and just reach out and take
it without considering the consequences, your desire is expressing
itself impulsively, without benefit of reflection. In daily practice
you learn to continually examine your motivation.

- His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, from
How to Practice, The Way to a Meaningful Life, posted to DailyDharma

In the dead of night,
a Sufi began to weep ...

He said:
"This world is like a closed coffin,
in which we are shut,
and in which, through our ignorance
we spend our lives in folly and desolation.

When Death comes
to open the lid of the coffin ...

Each one who has 'wings'
will fly off to Eternity

But those without ...
will remain locked in the coffin

So, my friends
before the lid of this coffin is taken off ...

Do all you can to become a bird
of the Way to God

Do all you can to develop your wings
and your feathers.

So long as we do not die to ourselves,
and so long as we identify
with someone or something ...

we shall never be free

The spiritual way
is not for those
wrapped up in exterior life."

- Farid ud Din Attar, from
Perfume of the Desert, translated by A. Harvey & E. Hanut, posted to Mystic_Spirit

The soul which cannot endure fire and smoke
won't find the Secret.

- Rumi, translated by Muriel Maufroy, from
Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi, posted to AlongTheWay

the voice of a saviour
will shortly be heard
as soon as you
clear your hearing

don't drink now
this polluted water
the elixir of life
will soon arrive

if you desire grace
lose your selfish self
till you can taste
the sweet essence

in the blackest
of your moments
wait with no fear

since the water of life
was found by the prophet
in the darkest caverns

- Rumi, Ode (Ghazal) 550, translated by Nader Khalili, from
Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight.

Listen for the stream
that tells you
one thing ...

Die on this bank
Begin In me

The way of rivers is
Oneness ...
with the 'Sea' ...

. - Rumi,from Say I Am You, posted to Mystic_Spirit

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