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#3634 - Monday, August 24,
2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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The bare bones of our Facebook group page is now ready. We are open to whatever you may want to make of it. Lots of familiar names from the pages of the Nonduality Highlights can be found on Facebook. David Godman has albums of photos, some new ones of Papaji recently turned up. Roy Whenary started a discussion on Teachers & Awakening.
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The best mind-altering drug is truth. --Lily Tomlin
"If you seek reality
you must set yourself free of all backgrounds, of all cultures,
of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being man or woman, or even
human should be discarded. The ocean of life contains all, not only
humans. So, first of all
abandon all self-identification, stop thinking of yourself as
such-and-such or so-and-so, this or that. Abandon all self-concern, worry not about
your welfare, material or spiritual. Abandon every desire, gross or subtle, stop
thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now, you need
--Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj Reader's contribution by Bob O'Hearn
Let Go of
Many years ago when I was a young Zen student living at Green Gulch Farm in California, a problem arose among the residents: a sliding wooden door at the entrance of the student living area was regularly being left open. As a result, cold Pacific Ocean winds would sweep in and chill our shared living space. Announcements were made at least a half dozen times at community work meetings reminding people to keep this door shut. But it was continually found open, and over time this became a remarkably divisive issue. People grew emotional, blaming and pointing fingers. In the midst of one tense meeting, Sierra, the farms pet golden retriever, opened the door from the outside and joined the group. Of course, Sierra didnt close the door behind her. Everyone laughed. No one knew that Sierra had the dexterity to open a sliding wooden door. The groups false assumptions had nearly led to an all-out battle.
Some of what we love
we stumble upon
a purse of gold thrown on the road,
a poem, a friend, a great song.
discloses itself to us
a well among green hazels,
a nut thicket
when we are worn out searching
for something quite different.
comes to us, carried
as a bright cup of water,
as new bread.
~ Moya Cannon ~
(The Parchment Boat)
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