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#2789 - Sunday, April 15, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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This We Have Now

This we have now
is not imagination.

This is not
grief or joy.

Not a judging state,
or an elation,
or sadness.

Those come and go.
This is the presence that doesn't.  

~ Rumi    

Mazie Lane to Garden Mystics  


"The Way exists but not the traveler on it."    

Only the walker who sets out toward ultimate things
is a pilgrim. In this lies the terrible difference between
tourist and pilgrim. The tourist travels just as far,
sometimes with great zeal and courage, gathering up
acquisitions (a string of adventures, a wondrous tale
or two) and returns the same person as the one who
departed. There is something inexpressibly sad in the
clutter of belongings the tourist unpacks back at
home.
 

The pilgrim is different. The pilgrim resolves that the
one who returns will not be the same person as the
one who set out. Pilgrimage is a passage for the
reckless and subtle. The pilgrim--and the metaphor
comes to us from distant times--must be prepared to
shed the husk of personality or even the body like a
worn out coat.
 

A Buddhist dictum has it that "the Way exists but not
the traveler on it." For the pilgrim the road is home;
reaching your destination seems nearly
inconsequential.
 

--Andrew Schelling, Meeting the Buddha,
edited by Molly Emma Aitken
 


  I will benefit all beings    

Before we do anything, we should always ask
ourselves whether we will be able to do it properly
and complete it. If the answer is no, we should not
start. Leaving tasks uncompleted creates a habit for
the future. So once we have begun something, we
should be sure not to go back on our decision.
Self-confidence is not to be confused with pride.
Pride is thinking highly of oneself without good
reason. Self-confidence is knowing that one has the
ability to do something properly and being determined
not to give up.
 

Ordinary beings are prepared to make a good deal of
effort for relatively insignificant ends. We have
promised to work for the immensely more important
goal of liberating all beings, so we should cultivate
great self-confidence, thinking, Even if I am the only
one to do so, I will benefit all beings.
 

--The Dalai Lama, A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night
 



   

The divine manifestation is ubiquitous, 
   Only our eyes are not open to it. . . . Awe is what moves us forward. . . .
 

Live from your own center. . . . 
The divine lives within you. 
The separateness apparent in the world is secondary. 
Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen, 
but experienced, unity and identity in us all.
 

Today the planet is the only proper “in group.” 
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. 
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, 
but we can choose to live in joy.
 

You must return with the bliss and integrate it. 
    The return is seeing the radiance is everywhere. 
The world is a match for us. 
We are a match for the world. 
The spirit is the bouquet of nature. . . . 
  
Sanctify the place you are in.
Follow your bliss. . . .  
~ Joseph Campbell ~    
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    Adide as the Self - Ramana Maharshi doc. duration 1 hour 3 min., Inner Directions Production   

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Ben Hassine to Awakened Awareness  

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