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#3650 - Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights -    

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.

                   - Rumi

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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 care
Teach us to sit still.

                               - T. S. Eliot
  posted to Along The Way  

    "We can't help being thirsty,
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.

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
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 separation—all of which is the past in you.

Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search

by Scott Kiloby

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 Joy
posted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle  

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