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Like everything mental, the so-called
law of causation contradicts itself. No thing
in existence has a particular cause; the entire universe contributes to the
existence of even the smallest thing; nothing could be as it is without the
universe being what it is. When the source and the ground of everything is the
only cause of everything, to speak of causality as a universal law is wrong. The
universe is not bound by its content, because its potentialities are infinite;
besides it is a manifestation, or expression of a principle fundamentally and
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
from "I Am That", posted to Along The Way
The Monday issue, as is often the case, did
not go out until Tuesday. It had the
first quote by Steve Jobs in the entire dozen years or so that we have been doing
Highlights. It was a memorable one from his 2005 Commencement Address at
"Your time is limited, so don't waste
it living someone else's life. Don't
be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other
people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out
your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow
your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly
want to become. Everything else is secondary."
~ Steve Jobs
If you have missed hearing or reading this
incredible speech in its entirety, here
is a link. It is "insanely" good, especially his comments about death.
text and video available here:
My third story is about death.
I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you
live each day as
if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression
on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every
morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to
do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for
too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever
encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything
all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these
things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap
of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no
reason not to follow your heart.
1955 - 2011
Reading This, Be Ready
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life -
What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?
(The Way It Is)
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