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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3534, Saturday, May 16, 2009, Editor: Mark
O Lord, truly, Your grace is not from our work,
but from your mysterious giving.
Save us from what our own hands might do;
lift the veil, but do not tear it.
Save us from the ego; its knife has reached our bones.
Let us turn from ourselves to You
Who are nearer to us than ourselves.
Even this prayer is Your gift to us.
How else has a rose garden grown from these ashes?
- Rumi, Mathnawi II: 2443-2449, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rumi: Daylight, posted to Sunlight
When people say I am wise, or a sage, I cannot accept it. A man once dipped a hatful of water from a stream. What did that amount to? I am not that stream. I am at the stream, but I do nothing. Other people are at the same stream, but most of them find they have to do something with it. I do nothing. I never think that I am the one who must see to it that cherries grow on stalks. I stand and behold, admiring what nature can do.
- Carl Gustav Jung
Do nothing, darlin's...
i have a friend who suddenly found out he was going on three year retreat in two months.. and he is trying to get a big project done before he leaves..plus getting all the details of his life worked out before he goes... and making a list of all he has to do... etc etc.. wouldn't you be in a fit if you were he? So, he is filled with anxiety... and... that very trying to get all these things done is not only causing the anxiety, that's obvious, but is very very futile and counter-productive...
nothing for him to do except whatever he can each day.. and then let all the results go... whatever happens, happens... all our worrying about our to-do list just contract us into little worry fuzz balls, pulling in, pulling in... when we let go of all we have to do, we get more energy than ever.. all that contracting is released... and we are free... from that freedom whatever happens, happens.. or as his holiness said, "nothing happens." And if nothing happens anyway, why worry about it? it is like having a fearful dream each night about a tiger wanting to eat us, and all day long worrying if there is a tiger around each corner... googling tigers to see what their favorite dish is... imagining all the scenarios if we do encounter one.." I will just be calm.." oh, we have such a grand time with our dreams of what should I do?... do nothing. If you must do something, then love everybody.
like i love you.
Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special-it's not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe.
The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time-not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.
There is no need to avoid false thoughts or seek true ones because all thought is spontaneous, involuntary and without substance. It is neither to be accepted nor rejected but ignored so that it disappears as spontaneously as it appeared.
- Ramesh Balsakar, posted to ANetofJewels
The ability to rest in the Now is the foundation of sanity. Meditation is a state of Being and, simultaneously, the process of deepening the experience of the Now.
The combination of resting within the Now and a certain quality of attention will allow you to place yourself in the area of existing, where you actually precede the coming of thoughts.
The art of Being, the art of Non-doing is very subtle. Non-doing is not merely a lack of activity but an energy experience of stillness. This Non-doing is your presence, your very amness, the positive experience of being truly alive.
Q: What is death? Is it not the falling away of the body?
Ramana: Do you not desire that in sleep? What goes wrong then?
Q: But I know I shall wake up!
Ramana: Yes, thought again! There is the preceding thought: 'I shall wake up.' Thoughts rule one's life. Freedom from thoughts is one's true nature: Bliss. Death is a thought and nothing else. One who thinks raises problems. Let the thinker say what happens to him in death. The real "I" is silent. One should not think, "I am this, I am not that." To say "this" or "that" is wrong. They are also limitations. I AM alone is true. Silence is "I."
- Ramana Maharshi
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