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#2812 - Sunday, May 13, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee  

The Nondual Highlights -  

One: Essential Writings on Nonduality:    

    'People shed bucketfuls of tears for their near and dear ones, but how many cry for God?'

--Sri Ramakrishna
  Ben Hassine to AwakenedAwareness


for my mother

Just when it has seemed I couldn't bear
   one more friend
waking with a tumor, one more maniac

with a perfect reason, often a sweetness
   has come
and changed nothing in the world

except the way I stumbled through it,
   for a while lost
in the ignorance of loving

someone or something, the world shrunk
   to mouth-size,
hand-size, and never seeming small.

I acknowledge there is no sweetness
   that doesn't leave a stain,
no sweetness that's ever sufficiently sweet. ...

Tonight a friend called to say his lover
   was killed in a car
he was driving. His voice was low

and guttural, he repeated what he needed
   to repeat, and I repeated
the one or two words we have for such grief

until we were speaking only in tones.
   Often a sweetness comes
as if on loan, stays just long enough

to make sense of what it means to be alive,
   then returns to its dark
source. As for me, I don't care

where it's been, or what bitter road
   it's traveled
to come so far, to taste so good.

    Stephen Dunn, from New and Selected Poems 1974-1994    

    Theotokos  for Mother's Day from Ben Hassine    

  So be true to life by being true to your inner purpose.  As you become present and thereby total in what you do, your actions become charged with spiritual power.  At first there may be no noticeable change in what you do--only the how changes.  Your primary purpose is now to enable consciousness to flow into what you do.  The secondary purpose is whatever you want to achieve through the doing.  Whereas the notion of purpose before was always associated with future, there is now a deeper purpose that can only be found in the present, through the denial of time.

and a different passage:

As you already know, your secondary or outer purpose lies within the dimension of time, while your main purpose is inseparable from the Now and therefore requires the negation of time.   How are they reconciled?  By realizing that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment.  there is always only this one step, and and so you give it your fullest attention. This doesn't mean you don't know where you are going, it just means the step is primary, the destination secondary.  And what you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step.  Another way of putting it:   What the future holds for your depends on your state of consciousness now.    

~ Eckhart Tolle    


"I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God's.  (For me, the word God means "reality."  Reality is God, because it rules.  Anything that's out of my control, your control, and everyone else's control – I call that God's business.)


Much of our stress comes from mentally living out of our own business.  When I think, "You need to get a job, I want you to be happy, you should be on time, you need to take better care of yourself," I am in your business.  When I'm worried about earthquakes, floods, war, or when I will die, I am in God's business.  If I am mentally in your business or in God's business, the effect is separation.  Being mentally in your business keeps me from being present in my own.  To think that I know what's best for anyone else is to be out of my business and is the cause of stress, anxiety and fear.


If you understand the three kinds of business enough to stay in your own business, it could free your life in a way that you can't even imagine.  The next time you're feeling stress, ask yourself whose business you're in mentally, and you may burst out laughing!"


~ Byron Katie

Loving What Is


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