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Highlights: Issue #4162, Saturday, February 12, 2011, Editor:
Ram Tzu know this...
You are willing
To take limitless blame,
So long as you
Can keep getting
A little credit.
- Ram Tzu, from No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced", posted to AlongTheWay
Out beyond ideas of
Wrong-doing and Right-doing
There is a field, I'll meet you there.
This moment, this Love comes to rest in me,
Many beings in one being.
In one wheat-grain
A thousand sheaf stacks.
Inside the needles eye,
A turning night of stars.
- Rumi, from The Illuminated Rumi, posted to DailyDharma
The ego isn't wrong; it's just unconscious. When you observe the ego in yourself, you are beginning to go beyond it. Don't take the ego too seriously. When you detect egoic behavior in yourself, smile. At times you may even laugh. How could humanity have been taken in by this for so long? Above all, know that the ego isn't personal. It isn't who you are. If you consider the ego to be your personal problem, that's just more ego.
- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2
There are some demons dangerous
to your soul: lust, anger.
But there's a way to kill them.
Feed them meditation only,
and clear awareness, and you'll see
the illusion of what they control.
- Lalla, posted to Distillation
When you make the present moment the focal point of your attention - instead of using it as a means to an end - you go beyond the ego and beyond the unconscious compulsion to use people as a means to an end, the end being self-enhancement at the cost of others.
When you give your fullest attention to whoever you are interacting with, you take past and future out of the relationship, except for practical matters. When you are fully present with everyone you meet, you relinquish the conceptual identity you made for them - your interpretation of who they are and what they did in the past - and are able to interact without the egoic movements of desire and fear. Attention, which is alert stillness, is the key.
- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2
It is disclosure of one's own spirit that unveils all things.
From the Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, selected and arranged by Hazrat Pir Vilayat Khan, posted to SufiMystic
Where is the word of God heard? In silence. The seers, the saints, the sages, the prophets, the masters, they have heard that voice which comes from within by making themselves silent. I do not mean by this that because one has silence one will be spoken to; I mean that once one is silent one will hear the word, which is constantly coming from within. When the mind has been made still, a person also communicates with everyone he meets. He does not need many words: when the glance meets he understands. Two persons may talk and discuss all their lives and yet never understand one another. Two others with still minds look at one another and in one moment a communication is established between them.
Where do the differences between people come from? From within. From their activity. And how does agreement come? By the stillness of the mind. It is noise which hinders a voice that we hear from a distance, and it is the troubled waters of a pool which hinder us seeing our own image reflected in the water. When the water is still it takes a clear reflection; and when our atmosphere is still then we hear that voice which is constantly coming to the heart of every person.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
A Great Silence overcomes me,
and I wonder why I ever thought to use language.
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