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Nondual Highlights Issue #2593, Saturday, September 23, 2006, Editor: Mark

Nurture the darkness of your soul
until you become whole.
Can you do this and not fail?
Can you focus your life-breath until you become
supple as a newborn child?

While you cleanse your inner vision
will you be found without fault?
Can you love people and lead them
without forcing your will on them?

When Heaven gives and takes away
can you be content with the outcome?
When you understand all things
can you step back from your own understanding?

Giving birth and nourishing,
making without possessing,
expecting nothing in return.
To grow, yet not to control:
This is the mysterious virtue.

- Lao Tzu, posted to DailyDharma

Remembering your self is virtue, forgetting your
self is sin. It all boils down to the mental
or psychological link between the spirit and
matter. We may call the link psyche (antahkarana).
When the psyche is raw, undeveloped, quite primitive,
it is subject to gross illusions. As it grows in
breadth and sensitivity, it becomes a perfect link
between pure matter and pure spirit and gives meaning
to matter and expression to spirit.

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

What is the root of pain? Ignorance of
yourself. What is the root of desire?
The urge to find yourself. All creation
toils for its self and will not rest until
it returns to it.

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

The light which shines
Higher than this heaven ...

Verily, that is the Same
Light ...

Which is here
a person.

- Chandogya Upanishad 3.13.7, posted to Mystic-Spirit

A Just-Finishing Candle

A candle is made to become entirely flame.
In that annihilating moment
it has no shadow.

It is nothing but a tongue of light
describing a refuge.

Look at this
just-finishing candle stub
as someone who is finally safe
from virtue and vice,
the pride and the shame
we claim from those.

- Rumi, version by Coleman Barks The Essential Rumi

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