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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4148, Saturday, January 29, 2011, Editor: Mark

Nothing matters so much that we should throw ourselves into a state of panic about it. No happening is so important that we should let ourselves be exiled from inner peace and mental calm for its sake.

- Paul Brunton

Weak desires can be removed by introspection and meditation, but strong, deep-rooted ones must be fulfilled and their fruits, sweet or bitter, tasted.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That - Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to AlongTheWay

Subhuti asked:

Is perfect wisdom beyond thinking
Is it unimaginable and totally unique but
nevertheless reaching the unreachable and
attaining the unattainable?

The Buddha replied:

Yes, Subhuti, it is exactly so.
And why is perfect wisdom beyond thinking?
It is because all its points of reference cannot
be thought about but can be apprehended.
One is the disappearance of the
self-conscious person into pure presence.
Another is the simple awakening to reality.
Another is the knowing of the
essenceless essence of all things of the world.
And another is luminous knowledge that
knows without a knower.
None of these points can sustain
ordinary thought because they are not
objects or subjects.
They can't be imagined or touched or
approached in any way by any ordinary
mode of consciousness,
therefore they are beyond thinking.

- Prajnaparamita, posted to AdvaitaToZen

look at love
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love

look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life

why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown
see how the unknown merges into the known

why think separately
of this life and the next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb
the other speaks in words and signs

look at water and fire
earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once

the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane
sweet yet silent
don't get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows
right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be

- Rumi, Ghazal 2381, from Rumi's Diwan-e Shams, translation by Nader Khalili, from Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight

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