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#3543 - Monday, May 25, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights -

Imagining is like feeling around
in a dark lane, or washing
your eyes with blood.

You are the truth
from foot to brow.  Now,
what else would you like to know?

   - Rumi
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Version by Coleman Barks
posted to Along The Way

  "That's the remarkable thing, isn't it? Enlightenment is ruthlessly intelligent. Peace doesn't get involved in any of the details -- one's historical, moral, religious, spiritual, racial, political, educational or social background and so on. Not one iota. Wisdom cares nothing about these things. Freedom only knows of this one eternally present moment. This makes it all very, very simple -- no need to complicate it. With no historical or future entanglements, there is just this one immediate choice: Are you completely willing to be that which you say you love and revere, no matter what the circumstances? No pause, no hesitation, no deliberation. If you say yes and proceed to speak or think in a way that contradicts it, then it begs the question, are you serious about this? This simple question, "The way you are living this instant, does it work?" is profoundly useful. If it isn't working, then what will it take?

If we are not wisdom, if we are not freedom, if we are not serenity this very instant, then what good is any of this? If we are, then in our very being here, we offer the most precious and joyful gift in the world to everyone around us. Infinitely more than thousands of philosophies or religions, or millions of words. It's that simple."

-Scott Morrison
  Note by Anna: In my early days on the net, I came across Scott Morrison, via a website called openmindopenheart. My computer crashed several times and I lost many of the wonderful dialogues/discourses that were posted. The website iis no more...but I managed to save a few... this is one I've posted here and everywhere at one time or another. How I wish his website were in operation, what extraordinary insights he offered!

posted to Nonduality Salon

  Experience, however sublime, is not the real thing.
By its very nature it comes and goes. Self-realization
is not an acquisition. It is more of the nature of under-
standing. Once arrived at, it cannot be lost.

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"I Am That"
Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
posted to Along The Way  

  You mentioned you were working on the fallacy of divine identity.  I thought I would give a plug for the other side to have a fair consideration of it.   There is only one Awareness, this Awareness that's here right now. There is no other one in some hypothetical realm we can't get to or see. It's God, the Self, whatever you want to call it, Krishna.  It is a direct experience, not mental, not reflective.  Formless, changeless livingness.
I always liked the idea that when you read philosphy, like ontology for instance in order to understand this even in the most general way you must reflexively and automatically refer to something in your immediate being that is that way. So when you say God or the One you are referring to something in your imediate being that allows you to have access to that idea.  And that is the life that you are already. In ontology you are referring to the beingness that you are already. For the Infinite you are referring to the consciousness that you are already just to get even a sense of what it means.
- Mark Scorelle
posted to Wisdom-l  

  Even if a man does not respond to it, the divine presence in the world is itself a grace. Even if he is quite unaware of its being in his heart, his centre, its guidance and the intuitive thoughts which may arise are manifestations of grace.

— Notebooks Category 18: The Reverential Life > Chapter 5: Grace > # 236

posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle

Bart Marshall

TAT April 2005 Conference

In August 2004 something happened that corrected a basic mistake in perception I have lived with all my life.  Prior to this occurrence I thought I was an individual consciousness experiencing an infinitely large, infinitely old external universe of real objects.  What I discovered however with great clarity and certainty is that the consciousness I mistakenly perceived as belonging to an individual named “Bart” is in actuality “God-consciousness,” the “One” consciousness and that Bart, the universe and everything in it are vague ephemeral thought-forms flowing in and out of emptiness in a timeless, spaceless Now.  It was a shattering revelation but at the same time so obvious and self-evident I realized I’d known all along.  I became ‘unfooled.’  A case of mistaken identity very close to home was resolved.  There is only God-consciousness.  Here where I am there is consciousness therefore I am That.       

posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle

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