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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3127, Saturday, April 5, 2008, Editor: Mark
Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all things. To embrace all things means first that one holds no anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living or dead, formed or formless. Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation; male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao. Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in the harmonious oneness of all things.
Lao Tzu, from Hua Hu Ching, translated by Brian Walker
The important thing is not to think much,
but to love much;
and so, do that which best stirs you to love.
Saint Teresa of Avila
All the violence, fear and suffering
that exists in this world
comes from grasping at "self".
What use is this great monster to you?
if you do not let go of the "self",
there will never be an end to your suffering.
your hand is always in mine
your whispered endearments are my
you have never turned your face from me
no matter how many times I have turned from you
now I vow undying love
I meet you in the secret places I used to hide
from you in
I hold you with tenderness I used to reserve
for my pain
I would give you my life and my breath in an
for you are my true love
the one with no form
the one who has never been anywhere,
but right here
in the singing of my heart
- Nirmala, from Gifts With No Giver
I swear, since seeing Your face,
the whole world is fraud and fantasy
The garden is bewildered as to what is leaf
or blossom. The distracted birds
can't distinguish the birdseed from the snare.
A house of love with no limits,
a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,
a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.
- Rumi, from The Divani Shamsi Tabriz XV, version by Coleman Barks
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