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#2736 - Tuesday, February 19, 2007 - Editor: Gloria

Nondual Highlights    

The theme for this issue is the nameless. 

With thanks to Mark Scorelle of Wisdom-l for many of these quotes. His list is centered around Paul Brunton's teachings.      

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.    


Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English posted to Along The Way

"Look closely and you will see that all names and forms are
but transitory waves on the ocean of consciousness, that
only consciousness can be said to be, not its
transformations. In the immensity of consciousness a light
appears, a tiny point that moves rapidly and traces shapes,
thoughts and feelings, concepts and ideas, like the pen
writing on paper. And the ink that leaves a trace is memory.
You are that tiny point, and by your movement the world is
ever re-created. Stop moving and there will be no world.
Look within and you will find that the point of light is the
reflection of the immensity of light in the body, as the
sense "I am". There is only light, all else appears. To the
mind, it [that light] appears as darkness. It can be known
only through its reflections. All is seen in daylight - except
daylight. To be the point of light tracing the world is turiya.
To be the light itself is turiyatita. But of what use are
names when reality is so near?"
--Sri Nisargadatta

   It is a state of pure intelligence but without the working of the
intellectual and ideational process. Its product may be named
intuition. There are no automatically conceived ideas present in it,
no habitually followed ways of thinking. It is pure, clear,
--Paul Brunton, Notebooks  

"Man's entire problem is that he is unaware of being
unaware, so  self-rescue begins with a new consciousness."
--Vernon Howard  


"True success is not based on deeds or education or experience,
but always and only on how much of his artificial self a man has

--Vernon Howard

  Alan Larus photos 


Everything Comes Back to Nothing

Inexplicably it comes. When you least expect it. For a reason you can
never know. One moment you are striving, figuring, imagining, and
then, in the blink of an eye, it all disappears. The struggle
disappears. The striving disappears. The person disappears. The world
disappears. Everything disappears, and the person is like a pinpoint
of light, just receding until it disappears. And there's nobody there
to witness it. The person is gone. Only, only awareness remains.
Nothing else. No one to be aware. Nothing to be aware of. Only that
remains itself. Then it's understood, finally and simply.

Then everything—all the struggle, all the striving, all the thinking,
all the figuring, all the surrendering, all the letting go, all the
grabbing hold of, all the praying, all the begging, all the cursing,
too—was just a distraction. And only then is it seen that the person
was, is, and ever will be no more than a thought. With a single
thought, the person seems to reemerge. With more thoughts, the world
seems to reemerge right out of nothing. But now you know.

From a longer article on


Going beyond. from Clarity

So there's an awareness of this room right now, but what about the unmanifest level?

What unmanifest level? Isn't what's appearing enough?

The appearance is merely a pointer to what is beyond Consciousness.

Why do you want to go beyond?

Because that's where all the action is, for creating this manifestation.

This manifestation isn't created - it spontaneously appears.

But ultimately there's nothing more important than what is beyond Consciousness.

When there's exclusive identification with the content of awareness, with the story of 'me' as an imagined entity, there's a tendency for the awareness aspect of Consciousness to be objectified as 'the beyond', a state or realm which once attained will offer oneness, lasting peace.

But in actuality there is no beyond, nothing to be attained 'ultimately'. There's simply this as it is: simple presence. This is already that 'realm'. Consciousness (awareness and the presently appearing content of awareness) is already one or whole, and when the story of 'me' - of identification - is seen as just a play, a movie, then all pursuit of oneness, all pursuit of the beyond or whatever, quite naturally becomes obsolete.


I am a fountain, You are my water.

By Zeynep Hatun
(20th Century)

English version by Murat Yagan


I am a fountain, You are my water.
I flow from You to You.

I am an eye, You are my light,
I look from You to You.

You are neither my right nor my left.
You are my foot and my arm as well.

I am a traveler, You are my road.
I go from You to You.

  -- from Women in Sufism: A Hidden Treasure - Writings and Stories of Mystics Poets, Scholars & Saints,

Edited by Camille Adams Helminski

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