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Highlights Issue #2811, Saturday, May 12, 2007,
Personal identity is nothing more than an identification between the mind and the image which it has about itself, an image which is really an abstract of memories of events in the past. Indeed, it is this censored and edited imaginary abstract that is considered to be an individual!
- Ramesh S. Balsekar, posted to AlongTheWay
Ram Tzu knows this -
You are perfect.
Your every defect
is perfectly defined.
Your every blemish
is perfectly placed.
Your every absurd action
is perfectly timed.
Only God could make
Something this ridiculous
- Ram Tzu, from No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced", posted to AlongTheWay
There is a great momentum of suffering and confusion that every spiritual seeker encounters. It is the momentum of ignorance which manifests as the experience of conflict and confusion and which causes suffering.
In order to discover the perspective of Liberation, which alone transcends this entire movement of ignorance and suffering, one needs to let everything end.
"Letting everything end" means to stand in the moment completely naked of attachment to any and all ideas, concepts, hopes, preferences, and experiences. Simply put, it means to stop strategizing, controlling, manipulating, and running away from yourself -- and to simply be.
Finally you must let everything end and be still. In letting everything end, all seeking and striving stops. All effort to be someone or to find some extraordinary state of being ceases. This ceasing is essential. It is true spiritual maturity.
By ceasing to follow the mind's tendency to always want 'more', 'different', or 'better', one encounters the opportunity to be still.
In being still, a perspective is revealed which is free from all ignorance and bondage to suffering.
From that perspective, eternal Self is realized. The eternal Self, the Seer, is recognized to be one's true nature, one's very own Self.
- Adyashanti, posted to Adyashantigroup
It All Comes Together
It all comes together in this one moment,
this one moment,
pure of intention,
..... is in Love
- Anna Ruiz, posted to NondualitySalon
All the buddhas say the cause for the completion
Of the collections, whose nature is
Merit and exalted wisdom,
Is the development of higher perception.
Just as a bird with undeveloped
Wings cannot fly in the sky,
Those without the power of higher perception
Cannot work for the good of living beings.
- Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana, from the book Illuminating the Path to Enlightenmentby His Holiness the Dalai Lama , posted to DailyDharma
My love, you are closer to me than myself,
you shine through my eyes.
Your light is brighter than the Moon.
Step into the garden
so all the flowers, even the tall poplar
can kneel before your beauty.
Let your voice silence the lily
famous for its hundred tongues.
When you want to be kind you are
softer than the soul but when you withdraw
you can be so cold and harsh.
Dear one, you can be wild and rebellious but
when you meet him face to face
his charm will make you docile like the earth.
Throw away your shield and bare your chest
there is no stronger protection than him.
That's why when the dervish withdraws
from the world he covers all the cracks in the wall,
so the outside light cannot come though.
He knows that only the inner light
illuminates his world.
- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 2798, translated by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi, from Rumi: Hidden Music, posted to Sunlight
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