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Nondual Highlights Issue #2571, Friday, September 1, 2006

We should not allow a gulf to develop between our meditation and our
daily life, because the success of our meditation depends upon the
purity of our conduct outside the meditation session.

- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from The New Meditation Handbook: Meditations to Make Our Life Happy and Meaningful, posted to DailyDharma

As fish dart through water,
they are forgetful
of the water;

As birds fly on the breeze,
they are not conscious
that there is a breeze.

Discern this,
and you can transcend
the burden of things
and enjoy natural potential.

- Huanchu Daoren, posted to Mystic_Spirit

Between the banks of pain and pleasure
the river of life flows. It is only when
the mind refuses to flow with life, and
gets stuck at the banks, that it becomes
a problem. By flowing with life, I mean
acceptance - letting come what comes
and go what goes. Desire not, fear not,
observe the actual, as and when it
happens, for you are not what happens,
you are to whom it happens. Ultimately
even the observer you are not.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to AlongTheWay

my dear friend
never lose hope
when the beloved
sends you away

if you're abandoned
if you're left hopeless
tomorrow for sure
you'll be called again

if the door is shut
right in your face
keep waiting with patience
don't leave right away

seeing your patience
your love will soon
summon you with grace
raise you like a champion

and if all the roads
end up in dead ends
you'll be shown the secret paths
no one will comprehend

the beloved i know
will give with no qualms
to a puny ant
the kingdom of Solomon

my heart has journeyed
many times around the world
but has never found
and will never find
such a beloved again

ah i better keep silence
i know this endless love
will surely arrive
for you and you and you

- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 765, from the Diwan-e Shams, translated by Nader Khalili, Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight

Some say you're lucky
If nothing shatters it.

But then you wouldn't
Understand poems or songs.

You'd never know
Beauty comes from loss.

It's deep inside every person:
A tear tinier
Than a pearl or thorn.

It's one of the places
Where the beloved is born.

- Gregory Orr, posted to Mystic_Spirit

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