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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3485, Saturday, March 29, 2009, Editor: Mark



Be fully aware of your own being and you will be in bliss consciously. Because you take your mind off yourself and make it dwell on what you are not, you lose your sense of well-being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




Brahma the Creator is the sum total of all desires. The world is the instrument for their fulfillment. Souls take whatever pleasures they desire and pay for them in tears. Time squares all accounts. The law of balance reigns supreme.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




The Readjustment

Awakening is a readjustment. The state is always present, is our normal, permanent, real nature - as the Masters of all the doctrines never tire of telling us - but the conscious experience of it is denied us by a deviation of subjectivity on to a concept that, as such, is unreal, an object in consciousness appearing as its own subject. Until this phantom is exorcised by being exposed, subjectivity appears to be bound, and we cannot experience it as it is in reality.

When this anomalous situation is understood, we need to start putting this understanding into practice, that is not just thinking about it, but experiencing it. There have been people, apparently born 'ready', for whom the fact of understanding has been sufficient in itself to produce the experience, but for the rest of us habit and practice are a necessary prelude to conscious experience of our reality.

However it is important to understand that there is nothing to acquire, but only an error to be exosed, because acquiring necessarily involves using, and so strengthening that spurious 'I' whose dissolution we require.

For this merely a readjustment is needed, such readjustment being the abandonment of identification with an inexistent individual self, an abandonment which leaves us unblindfold and awake in our eternal nature.

To seek to persuade ourselves that we do not exist as individual entities is, however, to ask an eye to believe that what it is looking at is not there. But it is not we alone who have no existence as entities: there are not any anywhere in the reality of the cosmos, never have been, and never could be. Only whole-mind can reveal this knowledge as direct cognition which, once realised, is obvious. That is the total readjustment. And only 'I' remains.

- Wei Wu Wei from Ask the Awakened: The Negative Way




Love

who will break this silence
but the rain,
swallowed
in the hollow earth?
who will lead me to salvation
if not the songbird's song
on the farthest limb of time?
who will love me
as I am,
the wind,
whispering in the pine?

shall it be You,
my Love,
my own true Self?

- Anna Ruiz, posted to The_Now2




Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices

I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent

The wind has settled,
The blossoms have fallen;

Birds sing,
The mountains grow dark -

This is the wondrous Power of Spirit

- Ryokan




Beyond the waterfall
of words
Silence speaks
forever

- Jan Barendrecht, posted to NondualitySalon

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