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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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e have this way of talking,
and we have another.
Apart from what we wish
and what we fear my happen,
we are alive with other life,
as clear stones
take form in the mountains.
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Version by Coleman Barks
"Open Secret" posted to Along The Way
Letting go of fixation is effectively a process of learning to be free, because every time we let go of something, we become free of it. Whatever we fixate upon limits us because fixation makes us dependent upon something other than ourselves. Each time we let go of something, we experience another level of freedom.
Eventually, in order to be totally free, we learn to let go of concepts. Ultimately, we need to relinquish our fixation on the reification of concepts, of things being "this" or "that." Thinking of this and that binds us to a particular way of experiencing things. Even spiritual experiences will not be given complete, spontaneous, unmediated expression as long as the subtlest kind of conceptual distinction is present. Experience will still be mediated, adulterated, and tainted by all kinds of psychic content when we make discriminations. Therefore, it will remain impossible ever to be truly free.
- Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
Teach us to care and not to
Teach us to sit still.
- T. S. Eliot posted to Along The Way
"We can't help
moving toward the voice of water.
Milk-drinkers draw close
to the mother. Muslims, Christians, Jews,
Buddhists, Hindus, shamans,
everyone hears the intelligent sound
and moves, with thirst, to meet it.
CLEAN YOUR EARS. DON'T LISTEN
for something you've heard before.
Invisible camel bells,
slight footfalls in sand.
Almost in sight! The first word they call out
will be the last word of our last poem."
- Rumi Comment:
My teacher asked me a question, I began to answer
with words I've read and studied. He abruptly stopped
me and said; "Words are no good.... enough with words -
We can't help being thirsty for beautiful words, they are
so beautiful time after time. But direct experience unlocks
the door to this cramped little room and we can step out
into boundless Love.
posted to Daily Dharma
Every moment is teaching us.
But it is not teaching us an accumulation of ideas, which we can
carry with us over time. We are not becoming spiritual egos who
know something. Life is teaching us that we are not separate from
it and that love means not knowing, not resisting, and not trying
to control. Accumulation, by its very nature, creates a rigid,
separate dream self which is trying to know, resist, and control
life. This self is at war with life.
Insight is fresh, new, innocent, and clear. It cannot be carried over into the next moment. True spiritual learning has nothing to do with memory. It is the moment by moment awareness of what is arising and falling. It is holding onto nothing. It is the wisdom that sees that life begins and ends in this moment. It is constantly waking you up out of your points of reference, out of your false sense of mental certainty, and out of the dream of separationall of which is the past in you.
Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search
by Scott Kiloby http://www.kiloby.com/
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle
What is Advaita, Advaita Vedanta, Enlightenment and Define Non-dual or Non-duality Teachings?
By Katie Davis, Author, Awake Joy
In the East, non-dual teachings are referenced by the term Advaita Vedanta. In Sanskrit, "Advaita" means "not two" and "Vedanta" means "the end of knowledge." Non-dualism is the "experience" which is beyond knowledge.
However, in non-duality, there is no experiencer and no experience. There is no perceiver or perception. The points of reference of the experiencer, the perceiver, as well as the witness, are limited and therefore, all objects of perception can only exist in limitedness.
Self-realization is the discovery of oneself as the infinite Peace, the eternal formless, the indescribable Love, the unfathomable Sacred, which is transcendent of conditioned thought. It is transcendent of you, as you think that you are, as well as transcendent of the world and all objects. It is the Mystery beyond the dual mind.
With integration and the full embodiment all form is recognized as none other than the Real and as the manifestation of the formless as Itself. There is no self-referencing whatsoever and no abidance anywhere.
Who you are is beyond the mind and cannot be intellectually understood. When the illusory veil of the ego is lifted, the perception of duality culminates, which removes the illusion of separation and the illusion of all opposites. The concept of individuality is released into the Ocean of Love. Like water pouring into water, without the possibility of return, it then manifests as waterfall, river, or ocean.
Sacred Love is the topic of enlightenment. Although we speak about it and use words to point to it, the Love remains untouched. Presence shines to Itself, by Itself and in Itself. The dual altered state of consciousness is freed and it realizes the incredible beauty of its true nature, which is the eternal Silence. Then, in service, becomes the hand-maiden to Truth. Consciousness recognizes Itself by being fiercely now, by intense investigation and, once the mind is tranquil, by making no effort.
At this point, effort is seen to be a future endeavor and a moving away from the Truth of Being. Until that time, it is essential to observe the functioning of dual thought and recognize that you are the spaciousness in which all comes and goes. You remain still, immovable, being vigilant, being Heart. It is the realization that Love is all there is, Love is all there ever was and that you are this Loving now and naturally free. The illusory pain and suffering were caused by the shadow cast by duality and the uninvestigated assumption of "me."
- Katie Davis, Author, Awake
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle
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