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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3611, Saturday, August 1, 2009, Editor: Mark

Some selections from Allspirit:

No past.
No future.

Open Mind.
Open Heart.

Complete attention.
No reservations.

That's all.

- Scott Morrison

The Holy Longing

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent.
Because the massman will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.

In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you
when you see the silent candle burning.

Now you are no longer caught
in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher lovemaking
sweeps you upward.

Distance does not make you falter,
now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.

And so long as you haven't experienced
this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest
on the dark earth.

- Johann Wolfgang Goethe, translated by Robert Bly

Withdraw now from the invisible pounding and weaving of your ingrained ideas. If you want to be rid of this invisible turmoil, you must just sit through it and let go of everything. Attain fulfillment and illuminate thoroughly. Light and shadow altogether forgotten. Drop off your own skin, and the sense-dusts will be fully purified. The eye then readily discerns the brightness.

- Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157)

We don't "have" awareness, we "are" awareness. And awareness "is" love. When it is wide open, when it is not fixated on some narrow and contrived identity, some narrow craving, argument, irritation, or fear, the nature of awareness is unconditionally affectionate, tender, sensitive, and compassionate. Advaita Vedanta, Christian meditation, the Buddhadharma, Kabbalah, Vipassana, Tibetan Dzogchen, Zen practice, Sufi practice, and all true forms of mysticism, at their very best, are simply doors to this discovery. The radical, unconditional mercy of Jesus, the uncorrupted compassion and understanding of the Buddha - these are just metaphors for your own pure heart, the core of your own being. Yours, mine, everyone's.

Scott Morrison

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