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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3086, Sunday, February 24, 2008, Editor: Mark



Our true nature is
In highest truth,

Void, silent, pure;
It is glorious and mysterious.

It is peaceful joy -
And that is all.

Enter deeply into it.

Huong Po, posted to MysticSpirit




This time i must confess
I feel a total hate for myself.
While crowded and swarmed,
my heart wishes to be a single self.

Seeking that single pearl,
I crave to dive deep into this sea,
but fear of murderous waves
makes me beg for your help my friends.

Scattered with so much going on inside,
I long for nothing but an inner unity.
Duality must be abandoned
if you seek to drink the soul of unity.

You must bet and lose
everything you've ever owned
if you truly desire
to become one with your beloved.

Listen to the secret sound
of the revelation. Now,
when your quest aspires the skies,
fly away from this lowly Earth.

My heavenly soul,
who only nests in the heights,
is tired of its house on earth.
It wants to abandon the body.
It wants to take the final flight.

- Rumi, Ghazal 3210, translation by Nader Khalili, from Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight




Self-Portrait

It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
abandoned;
if you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you, if you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
falling toward
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have been told; in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.

- David Whyte from Fire in the Earth




Love Said to Me

I worship the moon.
Tell me of the soft glow of a
candle light
and the sweetness of my moon.

Don't talk about sorrow,
tell me of that treasure,
hidden if it is to you,
then just remain silent.

Last night
I lost my grip on reality
and welcomed insanity.
Love
saw me and said,
I showed up.
Wipe your tears
and be silent.

I said, O Love
I am frightened,
but it's not you.
Love said to me,
there is nothing that is not me,
be silent.

I will whisper secrets in your ear
just nod yes
and be silent.

A soul moon
appeared in the path of my heart.
How precious is this journey.

I said, O Love
what kind of moon is this?
Love said to me,
this is not for you to question.
Be silent.

I said, O Love,
what kind of face is this,
angelic, or human?
Love said to me,
this is beyond anything that you know.
Be silent.

I said, please reveal this to me
I am dying in anticipation.
Love said to me,
that is where I want you:
Always on the edge.
Be silent.
You dwell in this hall of
images and illusions.
Leave this house now,
and be silent.

I said, O Love,
tell me this:
Does the Lord know you are
treating me this way?
Love said to me,
yes He does.
Just be totally...
totally... silent

- Rumi




Stop

searching, wanting, controlling, needing, doubting, praying, keeping, dreaming, desiring, manipulating, forcing, grasping, fearing, using, wasting, lying, seeking, moving, believing, holding, imagining and thinking.

Whatever is left, when you stop, is who you are. It is silence, pure, real, unnamed, gentle, loving and filled with serenity. In this and from this is joy and freedom.

If you do this right now, I promise you with all my heart, you will be home.

That is where I am calling you.

Please come home.

- excerpt from puresilence.org




Gangaji: the ungraspable offering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPfI_CzQAAQ

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