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#3851 - Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Peter and Kalyani Lawry
The story is essentially irrelevant; yesterdays experiences are yesterdays experiences. You cannot say the journey began anywhere, you cannot say it ended; you cant even say that it happened. In the knowing that we are lived, a relaxation happens. We fell in love in 1973 and married a year later. There has only been one conversation - consciousness - and that continues to this day. Our first meeting with Sailor Bob Adamson was in Melbourne around Baba Muktananda in 1974 and again at Muktanandas ashram at Ganeshpuri, India in 1976. Some people there were talking about visiting Beedi Baba (Nisargadatta): Bob did, but we travelled south to Arunchala for Shiva Ratri.
Some 30 years later in 2006 we met Bob again. He said Full stop, and we heard it clearly and understood.
Photo: ltr: Peter Lawry, Kalyani Lawry, 'Sailor' Bob Adamson
A heartfelt gratitude wells up to Bob and to all our teachers who have pointed out what now seems obvious.
Baba Muktanada simply said, God dwells within you as you. Bow to yourself, honour yourself. That, thou art.
The Javanese Sufi master Pak Subuh encouraged work, enterprise and being grounded: Start a business, do the latihan and live an ordinary life.
U.G. Krishnamurti told us to forget about the journey. Everyone gets enlightened, he mused. It happens just before death. Go and make some money and enjoy yourselves.
The poet mystic Brother David Steindl-Rast spoke of gratefulness as he laughed at mistakenly putting the left shoe on our young sons right foot.
Ramesh Balsekars addresses in Mumbai and his writings made it very clear. There is nothing to be achieved, only one thing to be given up the false sense of personal doership.
The old song man Paddy Roe (the late custodian of the song line north of Broome) on spying our walking boots and gear commented, Hmmm these fellows need to sit.
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The Buddha categorically stated that there were not one or two, not a hundred or two hundred or five hundred, but many more laymen and women leading the family life who followed his teaching successfully and attained to high spiritual states. So when keeping it in Mind, we should always remember that we are all, may it be a celibate Monk or a Householder, living in the same Reality that was categorized and defined by the Buddha through the Four Noble Truths. No one of us, may it be the Monk or the Householder can escape this Reality of Suffering, but he can practice the Buddha Dhamma despite of the Mode of the Practice he has chosen. Both of them are not only legitimate, but required, supplemental and supporting each other; in order that the Monk can perform the holy Duty of spreading the Dhamma and devote his live to the service of others, for the good of the many and for the happiness of the many - whereas the ordinary layman with a family cannot be expected to devote his whole life for this Purpose - there must be a Householder that will support the Monk on this Duty through Dana and through taking Care for this Aspect of Life. It was the Buddha himself who taught us the Interconnectedness the interlocking Non Duality of everything in the Universe.
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