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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4291, Sunday June 26, 2011

Rest in natural great peace
This exhausted mind
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought,
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.

Rest in natural great peace.

Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible.
Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self,
release all grasping, and relax into your true nature.

Think of your ordinary emotional, thought-ridden self as a
block of ice or a slab of butter left out in the sun. If you
are feeling hard and cold, let this aggression melt away in
the sunlight of your meditation. Let peace work on you and
enable you to gather your scattered mind into the mindfulness
of Calm Abiding, and awaken in you the awareness and insight of
Clear Seeing. And you will find all your negativity disarmed,
your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating
slowly like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your
absolute nature.

- Nyoshul Khenppo, posted to DailyDharma

It's Not What You Expected

Enlightenment is like nothing
you may have imagined or expected.

We're all earnestly seeking and hoping
to find something other than this
when, in reality, Realization is
a rediscovery and
a full, open-hearted acceptance
of This - exactly as it is.

- Metta Zetty

First I gave up action,
Then idle words,
And lastly thought itself.

Now I am here.

Ridding my mind of distraction,
I shut out sound and all the senses,
And I am here.

Meditation is needed
Only when the mind is distracted
By false imagining.

Knowing this,
I am here.

Without joy or sorrow,
Grasping nothing, spurning nothing,
O Master, I am here.

What do I care
If I observe or neglect
The four stages of life?

Controlling the mind,
These are mere distractions!

Now I am here.

Doing, or not doing,
Both come from not knowing.

Knowing this fully,
I am here.

Of what is beyond thinking
Is still thinking.

I gave up thinking,

And I am here.
Whoever fulfills this
Fulfills his own nature
And is indeed fulfilled.

- Excerpt from the The Heart of Awareness - a translation of The Ashtavakra Gita by Thomas Byrom

Truth Is

Truth is only discovered in the moment.
There is no truth that can be carried over
to the next moment, the next day, the next year.
Memory never contains truth, only what is past, dead, gone.

Truth comes into the non-seeking mind fresh and alive.
It is not something you can carry with you, accumulate, or hold onto.

Truth leaps into view when the mind is quiet, not asserting itself.
You cannot contain or domesticate truth, for if you do, it dies instantly.

Truth prowls the unknown waiting for a gap in the mind's activity.
When that gap is there, the truth leaps out of the unknown into the known.

Instantly you comprehend it and sense its sacredness.
The timeless has broken through like a flash of lightning
and illuminated the moment with its presence.

Truth comes to an innocent mind as a blessing and a sacrament.
Truth is a holy thing because it liberates thought from itself
and illumines the human heart from the inside out.

- Adyashanti

Sogyal Rimpoche - Rest in natural great peace:


You can relax now - Shaina Noll:

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