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Monday, August 4, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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A Sufi teaching tells of the man
who visited a great mystic to find out how to let go of his
chains of attachment and his prejudices. Instead of answering him
directly, the mystic jumped to his feet and bolted to a nearby
pillar, flung his arms around it, grasping the marble surface as
he screamed, "Save me from this pillar! Save me from this
The man who had asked the question could not believe what he saw. He thought the mystic was mad. The shouting soon brought a crowd of people. "Why are you doing that?" the man asked. "I came to you to ask a spiritual question because I thought you were wise, but obviously you're crazy. You are holding the pillar, the pillar is not holding you. You can simply let go."
The mystic let go of the pillar and said to the man, "If you can understand that, you have your answer. Your chains of attachment are not holding you, you are holding them. You can simply let go."
- Dick Sutphen
"The Oracle Within"
Those whose consciousness is
unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and
attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who
are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in
everything they do.
- The Bhagavad Gita
Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away. - Aitken Roshi
Just think of the trees: they let
the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they
come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If
people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the
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Alan Larus photos http://ferryfee.com/Bluesky/Flowers_&_fly.html
Amongst the many gnostics that ibn Arabi spoke of was a woman called Fatimha:
"She lived in Seville. When I met her, she was in her nineties. Looking at her in a purely superficial way, one might have thought she was a simpleton, to which she would have replied that the one who knows not who he is the real simpleton. "She used to say 'Of those who come to see me, I admire none more than ibn 'Arabi'. When asked the reason for this, she replied 'The rest of you come with part of yourselves, leaving the other part of you occupied with your other concerns, while Ibn 'Arabi is a consolation to me, for he comes with his entire self. When he rises up, it is with his entire self, and when he sits down it is with his entire self, leaving nothing of himself elsewhere. This is how it should be on the Way"
* It is He who is revealed in every
face, sought in every sign, gazed upon by every eye, worshipped
in every object of worship, and pursued in the unseen and the
visible. Not a single one of His creatures can fail to find Him
in its primordial and original nature. The movement which is the
movement of the universe is the movement of love. - Muhyiddin ibn al'Arabi
posted by Tom McFerran
"When all the false self-identifications are thrown away, what remains is all-embracing love."
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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