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December 10, 2006 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nondual Highlights
"We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden."
Mystics, Mazie Lane has taken up winter gardening by
cultivating orchids. This is both easier and more affordable than it
used to be, with internet sources for ordering diectly from growers.
The beautiful photos with orchid names and the quotes in green are
supplied by Mazie. What does all this have to do with nonduality?
If you have to ask, one of the best answers was given by Keats:
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,that is all
Ye know on
earth, and all ye need to know.'
"The flower is a leaf mad with love." --Goethe
The orchid below, Epicattleya Kyoguchi 'Fumi' is just such as that which Goethe reflected upon.
"The color green represents tranquility, hope, and freshness." --Master Lin Yin
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Having realized that I am one with, and yet beyond the world, I
became free from all desire and fear. I did not reason out that I
should be free, I found myself free, unexpectedly, without the least
effort." posted on A Net of Jewels
"When I place a flower on my night table and sketch it faithfully, it seems to me that, little by little, I comprehend the secret of creation." --Shiki
One of the upcoming performers in the Paradise Chorale of Kinship: Blc. Chia Lin 'Shin Shy' AM/AOS x Slc. Mahalo Jack 'Haiku' ...
About the culture and care of the orchids - the humidity is kept pretty high by my using a neat little thing that mists and humidifies while sending out a colorful array of lights that keep changing from beneath the water. I also use trays of water for evaporation/humidification for the orchids. I mist them everyday also. Considering that they're living in a hostile environment, culturally speaking ala the average home usually being bone-dry because of the heating systems in use during the cold winter months, it's absolutely mandatory (for their assured health and vigor) that they simply must have the humidity levels raised by artificial means. I recently counted the orchids in our collection and we are now growing lovingly, and sharing contentedly, our home with one hundred and twenty-eight of the beautiful, precious beings. These are just some of our orchid friends now residing with us in Paradise (one made more so into a virtual Paradise by their very presence in our lives.
"Our primary inspiration is nature - specifically the sensations of luminosity." --Donald Kaufman
Here's Luminosity waiting in the Heart wings of this human theater, for sure! Blc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS x Slc. Mad Max 'Maui Coral' ...
"Beauty, thou wild fantastic ape who dost in every country change Thy shape." --Abraham Cowley
The Beautiful Brassia Eternal Wind 'Summer's Dream' ...
"All disciplines are
fixations: discipline excludes everything, except
the one thing that one wishes to concentrate upon. Thus one
establishes a dictatorship over oneself and all understanding is
jeopardized. What is absolutely necessary is attention without
strain. When I observe myself, I am really forced to admit that
every day I am the prisoner of a thousand unsatisfied desires, or
desires whose satisfaction brings me no permanent bliss. So it
seems to me that instead of endless running from one desire to
another, it would be better to stop and examine the true nature of
desire. If this investigation is successful you will penetrate the
nature of the true aim of all desire. What any desire really aims at, is
a state of non desire. This non desire is a state in which we demand
absolutely nothing. Thus it is a state of extreme abundance, of fullness.
This fullness is revealed
as being bliss and peace. You now
know that you are really seeking nothing else but fullness and
Now that you have understood the inner nature of your ultimate
goal, you perceive that the ultimate goal is, in fact, not a goal, that is
to say an end towards which you strive, but that the ultimate state
can only be the consequence of relaxing and letting go. Liberation is
not to be obtained by collecting and accumulating, but by being
rooted in a state of being which is truly ours and in which we live
constantly without knowing it. Even if we wished to, we could not
live for a single moment outside of this state."
posted by Ben Hassine
Here's a particularly excellent photo showing what the flower will look like:
One of the Cattleyas that's in sheath right now is going to have huge purple, nine inch blossoms that have an intense, spicy scent.
"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something ... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, all in one." --John Ruskin
It is through mindful observation of
what is actually there that the
delusion that makes us perceive what is impermanent and transient
as permanent and lasting is gradually dispelled. Liberation consists
in experiencing and understanding fully and clearly that everything
is impermanent and seeing that there is quite literally nothing to
--Amadeus Sole-Leris, Tranquility & Insight
A great Beauty ... a perfect Heart Muse ~ Blc. Exotic Apricot x Pot. Exotic Dream:
Here's another night-scented orchid,
another sumptuous green but this one with a frilly lip. It's
called Brassavola. digbyana 'Arcadian Alba'
Rhy gigantea 'Burgundy Wine' x self
"Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting, the perfume and suppliance of a minute." --William Shakespeare
These verses are dedicated to
Mazie, whose light indeed shines bright.
|[XVII] The light of the sun, the
moon, and the stars shines bright:
Translated by Rabindranath Tagore
of the sun, the moon, and the stars shines bright:
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