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Vernon Howard gave a talk
with the title
place where people went until the boat came to take them to the other shore.
He was speaking about the inner journey, but this is also applicable to our
Today we learned that
Bill Lindleys transfer came. In his last message he said
that he was awaiting transportation, having been diagnosed with late-stage
cancer. We all hoped to hear from him again.
Let us sit here together
in a communal silence, bathing in the beatitude of Bill.
Go ahead and let your eyes moisten and your heart soften. Nothing wrong
with that. And then let us be "up and doing," whatever it is that we do best.
That is the way to keep love alive.
by Vicki Woodyard on Facebook
Bill Lindley blogged 140
"Notes" in the year he was on Facebook. They were
all gems of wisdom, gleaned from a lifetime of offering his generous heart in
service to others. Bill could write about the Gospel of Bugs Bunny, Ramana, or
Mr.Rogers with a humble human touch that also spoke profound truths. Even
in his last note he was still reaching out to serve others.
summed up a career shared by his partner of 44 years, John, in
these few words.
"My Partner and I
worked for years in
Residential Hotel Managers, and helped many young people transition to the
City, and resettle.
After a transformation as
a result of reading The Cloud of Unknowing, my
Partner and I started attending Grace Cathedral in
short time, I became the Cathedral's first full time maintenance person. After
a short period, the Dean of Grace made arraignments for my partner and I to
go to Lincoln Cathedral, in
maintenance work for the Cathedral, but soon we were asked by the Dean to
form a Contemplative/service Religious Community. I wrote the rule, and
The Community of the Living Sacrifice was born.
The Community worked with
young Gay people, and we housed ex-prisoners,
newly released psychiatric patients and the Homeless. We were very
successful, but anti-Gay sentiment in the Church of England resulted in our
return to the
developmentally disabled, and did that work for some time. After that we
worked for HUD housing, and provided housing for the poor and elderly.
As the Community was
coming to a close, I discovered Ramakrishna, Sri
Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj. This revitalized the spiritual
search, and in 1990 a final understanding occurred, and all seeking stopped."
~ ~ ~
is that we ARE unconditional Love. No person, no "God",
Love unfolding. The "nothingness" everyone talks about is seen as
"everythingness" from here. I have uncovered the truth of my "faith" by living
it, trusting it, and being it. A "teacher" lives his "teaching". Realize you are
Love unfolding, and live accordingly. It is no more complicated than that!
"...but where can I go, I am always here."
In a couple of interviews
I did over the last year, I referenced my thought
while in the monastery, about looking at death being, to me, like anticipating
Christmas. Death, the final mystery; the duality of Life. Birth, death and life,
all illusions, but part of the flow of Love.
If you are wondering why
I decided to write a note about death, it's because
on Friday last I learned that I have cancer. And not just a "little" cancer, but
apparently there are multiple major organs involved, including my lungs and
bones. I said to the doctor, "This is pretty bad isn't it?" The doctor said, "Do
want me to tell you the truth?" I said "Of course", and he said, "It's bad!" He
let me know that there was little to be done. And I thought to myself.
"Christmas is coming!".
And then I thought of my
Partner of 44 years. No Christmas for him. The
only sadness I feel is for him, I have an inexplicable sense of fascination and
joy. I took a walk in the desert today, which was hard, as I am in a good deal
of pain due to a tumor on my spine. But as we drove into the desert area we
love, I was overwhelmed with joy. We will work this out as we have done for
44 years. My partner is a saint, unbeknown to himself. I told him the quote
from Ramana Maharshi; "You say I am going away, but where can I go? I am
always here. You give too much importance to the body."
I gave an invitation to
those who would like to meet and talk to me, to come
here to see me. This is even more important now. Now that I am "waiting
transportation", I want to speak frankly. I can offer you something personally
that is not transmittable in my humble writings. I can show you a life that has
been lived for the Absolute. I can arrange for a group meeting, or individuals.
Just message me. Also, depending on my condition, I can come to see you,
but I would need transportation costs, and a place to stay. No charge for the
teaching, but you might bring "goodies" for everyone to share.
When my partner and I
heard the doctors grim news, I said to him, "Now I
will have plenty to write about on Facebook.", and I will. I will follow the
journey, as long as it takes, and share my joy with my loving friends. I feel
like a vapor, the body is failing, but the Love that I am is well and eternal. I
am only that; Love. So I repeat, "...but where can I go, I am always here."
by Bill Lindley
To the Many Friends of
Bill Lindley: Bill passed away four evenings ago. I
know we shall all miss him very much. Bill said that if he ever had a funeral,
he would like the proceedings to commence with the theme used to introduce
Warner Bros. cartoons, "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" and end said
proceedings with their closing number with Porky Pig coming on stuttering,
"The-the-the That's All Folks!" But there will be none of that as Bill amended
that plan in the end with nothing. So, I shall scatter his ashes in the area he
referenced in his last blog. I am thankful that Bill did not have to wait long for
transportation. Peace. John.
"When people who
live their meaning meet each other, a connection is made
outside of time and outside of space that has a very lasting effect. It becomes
part of this bigger network, a bigger connection of light which gives meaning
to the whole of life. It affects not just you, not just me, it affects the whole,
and that is very meaningful."
Shine on, dear Bill, shine on.....
"If I allow you to
who will be found
Ramana's Smile? "
~ Bill Lindley
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