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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4324, Saturday, July 30, 2011
If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy.
- Rumi, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski from Rumi: Daylight, posted to AlongTheWay
Of what use is all this restless, busy activity?
This heavy weight of worldly concerns?
God's purpose stands firm,
And you, His dear one, need but one thing -
Trust that He will fulfill you highest need.
Tukaram, in Jonathan Star Two Suns Rising: A Collection of Sacred Writings, posted to allspirit
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
L. Frank Baum, posted to Distillation
Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone.
Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to Distillation
Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune:
every success depends on focusing the heart.
Unconcerned with the business of the world,
keep saying with all your soul, "Coo, Coo," like the dove.
Consider this well, O you whom worldliness veils:
God has linked our invocation to the promise, "I will answer."
When weakness is cleared from your heart,
your prayer will reach the glorious Lord.
- Rumi, Mathnavi III: 2302-2305,version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, from Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to Sunlight
From an everyday materialistic, mechanistic,
popular, dualistic point of view,
it seems so illogical - definitely not scientific.
However, contempt prior to investigation
is hardly scientific either.
So eventually, you may come to a point where,
irrational or not, you simply have to find out for yourself.
If you do, you will discover that what most people
think of as the "real world" is little more than
a cruel, cynical, sadomasochistic fantasy.
Set that completely aside, even for just a moment,
and you will begin to discover, at the core,
a radically different universe,
one that hardly anyone would have ever imagined possible.
It is not, however, based on blind optimism,
or the triumph of positive over negative.
In fact, it is so unexpected that you may find yourself
suspended in a state of wonderment
that it could actually be this way.
All you have to do is open your eyes and ears.
All you have to do is open your mind, completely,
and you will discover that your heart has always been open.
It's a mystery, the way that just about everybody
imagines they don't know.
But here it is, beyond denial.
Every leaf, every flower, every blade of grass, the
bark of every tree, every droplet of water,
every puffy white and blue-gray
cloud, the warm blue of the sky
and the brilliance of the sunshine,
every gurgling brook in the shadows of the forest,
every still mountain pool, every cool breeze off of the ocean,
every scent of wild ginger, passion fruit,
long leaf pine, or ylang-ylang, every insect,
every lizard, in the song of every
coqui and the cooing of every dove,
in the squawking of every parrot, in the bright silver moonlight,
in the sparkle of every distant star,
in the earth and every living cell of your body,
and the very air itself is shimmering with energy
and saturated with the hidden warmth of kindness.
Who would believe this?
Maybe everybody already knew,
but who could have possibly known?
- Scott Morrison, posted to The_Now2
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