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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4351, Saturday, August 27, 2011
A primary cause of suffering is delusion: our inability, because of a subtly willful blindness, to see things the way they truly are but instead in a distorted way. The world is in fact a seamless and dynamic unity: a single living organism that is constantly undergoing change. our minds, however, chop it up into separate, static bits and pieces, which we then try mentally and physically to manipulate. One of the mind's most dear creations is the idea of the person and, closest to home, of a very special person which each one of us calls "I": a separate, enduring ego or self. In a moment, then, the seamless universe is cut in two. There is "I" -- and there is all the rest. That means conflict -- and pain, for "I" cannot control that fathomless vastness against which it is set. It will try, of course, as a flea might pit itself against an elephant, but it is a vain enterprise.
- John Snelling, posted to SufiMystic
To be attached to one's own happiness is a barrier to the true and perfect path.
To cherish others is the source of every admirable quality.
- Tsongkhapa, from The Splendor of an Autumn Moon, posted to Distillation
To disregard oneself, this is the best dharma. This is the best service to Buddha's religion.
- from Hundred Thousand Songs: Selections From Milarepa, Poet-Saint of Tibet, posted to SufiMystic
You are beyond happiness itself.
You are that place where the waves of happiness
arise from. Find that place, don't understand it.
You have to simply see that you are That itself.
- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay
Movement and the Arising of Bliss
If the universe did not move,
the manifest world
would not appear before us.
The first movement is the arising of bliss...
then desire, followed by suffering,
and then inevitably - and finally
- bliss again.
Before and after every storm
there is always stillness.
- Metta Zetty
all I have ever wanted is wanting
all I have ever had is having
all I am is all there is
and wanting and having are always here
in equal measure
all I have ever loved is love
all I have ever loved is loving
all I am is love
and loving is always here
in infinite measure
- Nirmala, from Gifts with No Giver - a love affair with truth
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