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#2737 - Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee

Nondual Highlights  

The theme for this issue is renunciation.    

Even if you have nothing,
It is hard to find that contentment
Which comes from renunciation.

I accept nothing.
I reject nothing.

And I am happy.

--Ashtavakra Gita 13:1

From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990



        One of the signs of God-realization is joy.
        There is absolutely no hesitancy in such a
        person, who is like an ocean in joyous
        waves.  But deep beneath the surface, there
        is profound silence and peace.
                --Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


Great Swan:  Meetings with Ramakrishna
by Lex Hixon

posted to Along The Way



Arjuna: O Krishna, you have recommended both the path of
selfless action and sannyasa, the path of renunciation of
action. Tell me definitely which is better.

Sri Krishna: Both renunciation of action and the selfless
performance of action lead to the supreme goal. But the
path of action is better than renunciation. 

Those who have attained perfect renunciation are free
from any sense of duality; they are unaffected by likes and
dislikes, Arjuna, and are free from the bondage of self-will.

--Bhagavad Gita 5:1-3

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran


    Usually we think of renunciation as celibacy, poverty, 
obedience, shaving your head, going off somewhere and 
leaving everything behind. Trungpa Rinpoche gave a Tantric, 
nondual interpretation of renunciation: "Renunciation means 
to let go of holding back." Can we let go of holding back? 
Can we relinquish our fears and defenses? 

--Lama Surya Das   

From the website posted to Daily Dharma  


The core of Dharma practice is freeing oneself from the
attachments of this life. It focuses on the deeper issue of
gaining complete release from discontent by means of
freeing our minds from the afflictions of confusion,
attachment, and anger. In a broader sense, Dharma practice
is concerned with serving others, in terms of both their
temporary and ultimate needs.

Does this mean that one who is committed to Dharma
suddenly renounces all worldly enjoyments--no more
vacations, no entertainment, no sensory pleasures? No. If
one tries that approach it usually results in spiritual burnout;
and the common rebound is equally extreme sensual
indulgence. For this reason, the practice of Buddhist Dharma
is often called The Middle Way because it seeks to avoid
the extremes of sensual indulgence and severe asceticism.
The former leads to perpetual dissatisfaction and the
latter damages one's physical and mental health.... The
Middle Way is a sensitive exertion of effort that is neither
lax nor aggressive, and from this practice there ultimately
arises an increasing satisfaction and delight in virtuous
activity that is a result of our spiritual transformation.

--B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up



There are those sleeping who are awake,
and others awake who are sound asleep.

Some of those bathing in sacred pools
will never get clean.

And there are others
doing household chores
who are free of any action.

                             14th Century North Indian mystic

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


  Alan Larus photos
from a Camera by n.m.rai

Every click is a yes
where we shed

the limits of ourselves
like caterpillar skins.

Wings appear
on our shoulders

for this brief time
this walk through magic

under the sun
captured by the wet

green of leaves
the grace of herons

the laughter in a face.
We are hunter, mendicant

and saint with the grail
in our hands

in this moment
in the quivering space

between All that we taste
but cannot capture.

Our albums are
the footprints of our prayers.
  posted to TrueVision

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