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#3160 - Thursday, May 8, 2008
- Editor: Jerry Katz
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In this issue, three few mentions of nonduality noted recently in mainstream press. Interestingly, two are from Missouri, U.S.A. Should it's state motto be changed from The Show Me State to the No Me State?
From the Kansas City Star: http://www.kansascity.com/255/v-print/story/607546.html Eighth-century mystic has teachings for today (excerpts) Shankaras key insight was that reality is non-dual, ultimately undivided. The Sankskrit term for this school of thought is Advaita.
For Shankara, there is no real difference between the individual person and the conscious principle underlying and sustaining the universe called Brahman God, Nishpapananda said.
This means that in the highest mystical experience, the world disappears completely. There is no subject or object in this experience; only the divine reality is. In the West mystics like (the Christian) Meister Eckhart, among others, had this experience, Nishpapananda explained.
The perception of divine reality within the mystical experience can be compared to awakening from the illusion of a dream.
I asked how one can achieve liberation from the illusion that things are separate from the divine.
Nishpapananda replied: Christ put it most succinctly: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. A pure heart is without desire or enmity. Purity comes from sustaining a moral course while pursuing secular goals. The Sanskrit term is dharma.
Read the entire article (not very long) at http://www.kansascity.com/255/v-print/story/607546.html
The following article refers to the city of Columbia, Missouri, not Columbia University
In Columbia, yoga nidra is gaining popularity among students and hip professionals, and it has also been used to help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Richard Miller, director of a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of yoga nidra, has repackaged it as iRest for U.S. soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
His Center of Timeless Being in Petaluma, Calif., conducted several studies to measure the impact of iRest on the mental health of these soldiers, as well as on the homeless.
The centers first study at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital in West Virginia in 2006 showed that practicing iRest dramatically lowered levels of stress, depression and anxiety in the soldiers.
After the study was complete, Miller said, the hospital invited a teacher from the center to create an ongoing program for soldiers there.
Miller also worked on two studies in Petaluma that measured the effects of iRest on the homeless and came to the same conclusion.
In Columbia, registered nurse Terry Wilson has been conducting pilot studies to investigate the effects of iRest on college students. The studies have yielded positive results.
Even individuals facing the daily grind of work and family find yoga nidra a successful way to unwind, relax and learn something about themselves.
We all have had these experiences where people curse us to believe that we are a certain way, McRae said. But with yoga nidra, you realize you are something more.
Beyond the actual practice of yoga nidra is an underlying convention known as non-dual philosophy that enables individuals to see themselves as part of the bigger picture, not as a single entity, McRae said.
Non-dual philosophy means that we are not separate, we are the same, he said. If you and I really are the same thing, whatever I do to you, I am doing to myself.
To read the full article, visit
Richard Miller's website is http://nondual.com
MALY, Kenneth, Heideggers
Possibility : Language, Emergence-Saying Be-ing, New Studies in
Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, Toronto, University of
Toronto Press, 2008, 192 p.
Although Being in Time is the more recognizable of Martin Heideggers many books, his second major work, Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) also had a substantial impact on twentieth-century philosophy. Heideggers Possibility is a careful and creative reading of this text by renowned scholar and translator Kenneth Maly. As someone who has translated Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) into English, Maly has a unique grasp of the work as well as the philosophical dimensions that inform it, and applies his familiarity in this eloquent and fascinating study.
Heideggers Possibility focuses on issues of language and translation, which are both important formative aspects of Heideggers work and which place his thought and writing processes in perspective. Malys own philosophical understanding helps to illuminate such concepts as nondual thinking, a movement beyond subject-object and the being-beings difference, and an integral part of Heideggers philosophy. In Malys hands, this and other ideas emerge at the cutting edge of cosmology, ontology, and interpretive phenomenology. This study also includes the first English translations of two works by Heidegger, as well as an essay that takes a critical look at the controversy surrounding the translation of Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) almost a decade ago.
Kenneth Maly is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Url de référence :
http://www.utppublishing.com/pubstore/merchant.ihtml?pid=9061&lastcatid=192&step=4 " K. Maly, Heideggers Possibility : Language, Emergence-Saying Be-ing, New Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics ", Actualités de Fabula, jeudi 1 mai 2008, URL : http://www.fabula.org/actualites/article23682.php
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