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Nondual Highlights Issue #2818, Saturday, May 19, 2007, Editor: Mark

'Righteous anger' is in the same category as 'righteous cancer'or 'righteous tuberculosis'. All of them are absurd concepts.

This does not mean that one should never take action against aggression or injustice! Instead, one should try to develop an inner calmness and insight to deal with these situations in an appropriate way. We all know that anger and aggression give rise to anger and aggression. One could say that there are three ways to get rid of anger: kill the opponent, kill yourself or kill the anger - which one makes most sense to you?

- Alan Wallace, from Tibetan Buddhism From The Ground Up., posted to DailyDharma

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.

-Thomas Merton

About this mind... In truth there is nothing really wrong with it. It is intrinsically pure. Within itself it's already peaceful. That the mind is not peaceful these days is because it follows moods. The real mind doesn't have anything to it, it is simply (an aspect of) Nature. It becomes peaceful or agitated because moods deceive it. The untrained mind is stupid. Sense impressions come and trick it into happiness, suffering, gladness and sorrow, but the mind's true nature is none of those things. That gladness or sadness is not the mind, but only a mood coming to deceive us. The untrained mind gets lost and follows these things, it forgets itself. Then we think that it is we who are upset or at ease or whatever.

But really this mind of ours is already unmoving and peaceful... really peaceful! Just like a leaf which is still as long as no wind blows. If a wind comes up the leaf flutters. The fluttering is due to the wind -- the 'fluttering' is due to those sense impressions; the mind follows them. If it doesn't follow them, it doesn't 'flutter.' If we know fully the true nature of sense impressions we will be unmoved.

Our practice is simply to see the Original Mind. So we must train the mind to know those sense impressions, and not get lost in them. To make it peaceful. Just this is the aim of all this difficult practice we put ourselves through.

- Ajahn Chah, posted to DailyDharma

I live in a world of realities, while yours is of imaginings. Your world is personal, private, unshareable, intimately your own. Nobody can enter it, see as you see, hear as you hear, feel your emotions and think your thoughts. In your world you are truly alone, enclosed in your ever- changing dream, which you take for life. My world is an open world, common to all, accessible to all. In my world there is community, insight, love, real quality; the individual is the total, the totality - in the individual. All are one and the One is all.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to AlongTheWay

Hi Jodi

For me mystical ecstasy is a feeling and a realization. During ecstasy I realize how much I can enjoy the world outside of myself. I realize how much pleasure I can find in listening to your concerns, and observing the concerns of all other beings.

Mystical ecstasy seems to involve getting free from that part of myself which continually constructs (conceptualizes) a world where contentment depends on how well the events of daily life match the values in the construction I have built. Mystical ecstasy allows me to "stand outside" that constructed world. When I am able, I find it more enjoyable to suspend my constructions and explore the thoughts, values, and hopes of other beings.

Ecstasy feels good to me, it is pleasure, a bit like eating chocolate or having sex. But unlike chocolate and sex, it has a paradoxical dynamic: mystical ecstasy provides me with a deep residual sense of nearly unshakable well-being in all seasons-- whether I have just tasted sand or chocolate, whether I sustain a material loss or a material gain, whether my cousin is being married or my mother has just died, whether I win or lose in my constructed world of values. When in ecstasy, there is a deep peace within me during both happy and sad events.

To maintain it, I try to consciously and unconsciously avoid privileging mystical ecstasy, that is to say, try not to deem it to have an absolute value above, for example, hedonism. Such privileging would seem to be a gratuitous construction and I find that making that judgment reduces my ecstatic potential.

I do see a relative personal difference in value when looking from a pragmatic view. That is to say that the intensity of mystical ecstasy is more enduring for me than any type of hedonism I have tried. For my taste mystical ecstasy is not holier than hedonism, it is just more enjoyable.

Perhaps needless to say, I do not privilege ecstasy as having anymore absolute value than small talk.

If I am understanding "goneness" correctly, ecstasy is what happens to me when I'm gone. Metaphorically speaking, not ontologically speaking. I know virtually nothing about the latter.

love, Raymond, posted to NondualitySalon

The day will come when Death will be your constant companion, your Lover and your intimate friend.

Do not fear this day, this day will be your first day of Life.

Your history will have fled, chasing its own tale;-)

Peace, Anna, posted to SufiMystic

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