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Nondual Highlights Issue #25656, Saturday, August 26, 2006, Editor: Mark

A minister went to the king of his country and said "Your Majesty, I'm afraid I have some very bad news. Our spies report that there are citizens who are saying negative things about you."

The king said "Are these negative things the people are saying true?"

"No, Your Majesty. They are false."

"Well, then," said the king, "There is no cause for worry. People are always talking. If people are saying positive things that are true, that is no cause for worry, for they are offering deserved praise. If they are saying negative things that are true, then that is no cause for worry, for they are offering helpful advice. If they are saying negative things that are false, that is no worry, for they are simply mistaken. The only thing that would be a cause for worry would be if they were saying positive things that are false, for then one would be receiving undeserved praise.

~a tale told for those of us who fuss about what someone said about them, posted to DailyDharma

The only condition for the realization of
Truth is that the knowledge of it be
desired with tremendous intensity. You
cannot see IT, you cannot feel IT only
because you do not really want IT - you
are too preoccupied with enjoying and
sorrowing over your finite existence.

- Ramesh S. Balsekar, from A Net of Jewels, posted to AlongTheWay

These forms are transient and to be attached to them is to be confused. Anything that rises, be it thought, desire, emotion, feeling or object will give you suffering and no one in the world can avoid this. Both the enjoyer and the enjoyed are washed away.

But the wise discriminate between the Real and the unreal. They know what is Real and so allow their feelings and thoughts to arise because they know all is One and the same! In this way you will not suffer.

- Papaji, posted to AlongTheWay

The Mirror Between Us

The mirror between us is breath
mist when I speak. Your face

in water: I reach, the work
grows muddy. Even friend and

beloved are wrong words for this.
Even ahhhhh retreats back into

my mouth, the same if the moon's
behind cloud or being released.

A pure silent look is better.

- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 1453, version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin, from The Glance, posted to Sunlight

The human body is always finite
It is the 'Spirit'
that is boundless ...

A person should cast aside
that which limits him ...

And enter the endless world
of Nothing

And have no thoughts of
himself at all.

Nothing but 'God'
exists for him ...

He 'himself'
has ceased to 'be' ...

As he steps 'outside'
the body's limits ...

- Shemu'ah Tovah, posted to Mystic_Spirit

The arch of sky
and mightiness of storms

Have moved the Spirit
within me

Till I am carried away
Trembling with joy ...

- Uvavnuk, Inuit Shaman woman. posted to Mystic_Spirit

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