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#3041 - Thursday, January 10, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
Editor Gloria will be back soon! I know, I miss her too. She's okay, just a technical computer thing.
Posts from two new people, Sina and Cyril. And revelation by ts of a website on solitude.
If you have time, please visit my new blog: http://nonduality.org. Over the years I have been asked questions about the business of nonduality, so this blog, for now, is focused on that.
Portion of a letter I received:
My name is Sina (male), I live in Sweden and I am 23 years old.
Whatever You Are, You Are Awake
Everyone is awake, actually.
Everyone is awakeness. The only things that aren't awake and
never will be awake are mind objects. Of course a mind object
can't be awake. It's just a thought or image. If you believe that
the thought describes you, you will think that you are not awake
either. Or rather, awakeness will believe that it is not
Disidentify from all the mind objects. Whatever you are, you are seeing the object, and it can't be you, right? Whatever you are, you are not the thought image you see. Maybe you never really see what you are, your true nature. You just stop believing in the "false natures". It's not like you can "not know" your true nature anyway. You do know it. You just need to cleanse it, so to speak. Don't try to find awakeness, because that implies that you can lose it, when really it's in the awakeness that the thought of "trying to find awakeness" arises.
It's not really accurate to say that "you are awakeness" either. Awakeness is. The idea of "I" arises in it. It's just another thought. If you try to get rid of it you just focus on it and reinforce it. It's better to try to see it as a thought. "Dreaming" is simply believing that thought is something other than thought. "Thought is not thought. It's reality." That's the hypnosis. That's the sleep.
But if you adopt the mental position of "that is a thought", (which is a thought) you will again rigidify and feel trapped.
Have you ever mixed potato flour with water? (Didn't see that one coming, huh? :-) Try it, add just enough water to make it into a dough. Then take it into your hands and play with it. You will notice that while you move it around and roll it into a ball, it remains solid. But the moment you stop moving it around it becomes fluid. It has that strange capacity to be solid when in motion, and fluid when still.
The mind is similar.
If you relax a little in your observation but keep observing, everything will slowly and gently unmask. Everything false naturally wants to fall apart.
It's amazing how much
resistance we have towards simply letting it do that.
Ben Hassine contributes the following via Nonduality Salon:
'Both in Orthodox spirituality as in the spirit of Zen it is not about satisfying our minds with doctrines and slogans. Prayer and meditation can be a way to be authentically without direction. In the West there lives a fool for God, his name is Bob Dylan--he wrote this poem 'Like a Rolling Stone' and also 'Blowin' in the Wind.' When I first heard these songs on a transistor radio it was as if I knew how Hui-neng must have felt when he first heard the Diamond Sutra recited. For three months it was as if I walked on a frozen lake burning with the fire of the Holy Spirit burning inside.
Be aware of those knowing all the answers. It is written that the poor in spirit are blessed. With the true spirit of Zen say your prayer. Expect nothing. Be authentically as you are from moment to moment. Be vigilant. Sleep little, eat little. Stay up and pray. Get up early. Be aware of your shortcomings. Don't let them hinder you. It is written that before you ask, your God knows what you need. Stand before your God naked in the caverns of your heart.
The ink is finished. A poor
weasel as I am, I can't go and buy ink in the local store.
Anyway--Go with God!'
Pod Tvoyu Milost,
ts brings excerpts from a remarkable website:
Everyone says Tushita, Heaven is fine,
but how can it match this old hut of mine?
~ Stonehouse (Ching-hung), from his Mountain Poems
When a grasshopper sits on a blade of grass, he has no thought of
separation, resistance, or blame. Human children prefer dragonflies
whose wings and bellies are as red as chili peppers. But the green
grasshopper blends completely with the green grass, and children
rarely notice it. It neither retreats nor beckons. It knows nothing of
philosophy or ideals. It is simply grateful for its ordinary life.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Fragrant Palm Leaves
resources and reflections on hermits and solitude.
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