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#2640 - Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nondual Highlights      

There is no one here
except the Lord of Love.
Only He exists.
In truth, He alone is.

--Mundaka Upanishad

  When you see yourself
and someone else
as one being,

when you know the most joyful day
and the most terrible night
as one moment, then

awareness is alone
with its Lord.

- Lalla
14th Century North Indian mystic

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From "Naked Song"
Versions by Coleman Barks
posted to Along the Way  

  photo by Alan Larus  


What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

--Wendell Berry

  We can demonstrate that the experience of steady practice 
influences the quality of our lives, but the nature of the essential
urge toward enlightenment is enlightenment itself. The very fact
that we are intrigued with the spiritual quest stems from the source
of the Light, so to speak. Consequently, enlightenment is not an end;
it is truer to say that it is the beginning. 

--David A. Cooper, Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude   

A wonderful painting is the result of feeling in your fingers. If you 
have the feeling of the thickness of the ink in your brush, the 
painting is already there before you paint. When you dip your brush 
into the ink you already know the result of your drawing, or else you 
cannot paint. So before you do something, being is there, the result 
is there. Even though you look as if you were sitting quietly, all your 
activity, past and present, is included; and the result of your sitting 
is also already there. You are not resting at all. All the activity is 
included within you. That is your being. So all results of your practice
are included in your sitting. This is our practice, our zazen.   

--Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind 

  Have no fear in not knowing what to do about a problem. Fear
activates its negative relatives of impulsiveness, ego-protection, and
an anxious craving for security.   Instead, let the mind be still. Never think of fighting, for an answer
won by fighting will soon require another answer and another fight.
The problem exists because of an agitated mind, so when the mind
rests from its own agitation, there is no problem at all."  

--Vernon Howard,  from the book "Esoteric Mind Power",
  Daily Dharma  

    The Ponds  

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them --

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided --
and that one wears an orange blight --
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away --
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled --
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing --
that the light is everything -- that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.

--Mary Oliver

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