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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4437, Sunday, November 27, 2011


Creation is constant movement, eternal newness and absolute freshness. It never repeats itself, it is never static and it is never caught in the trap of time and space.

The individual mind, no matter how cultured, has no access to the phenomenon of creation and cannot understand it, because the mind is always old and outdated. Each movement of this particular mind separates and limits. Thus, with such a mind, we will never, in any circumstances, be able to discover the mysteries of the movement of creation.

Therefore, this ordinary mind must be silent! But how can we make it become silent? Only in one way: when we encounter it simply and directly, with the flame of Attention, without having any motives or ideals to accomplish.

If the meeting happens in the right way, the mind becomes quiet - it becomes completely silent - and in that moment our whole being is detached from the known. From then on, the vessel of consciousness, thus emptied, is able to encompass and understand the newness brought forth by the movement of life.

Therefore, a new mind, without limits and without knowledge; in its stillness, it is creative and through it, the person is always new and active. Such a mind, in a state of Pure Consciousness, creates radical changes in the structure of the ordinary man by its simple presence.

- Ilie Cioara


Spacious Vitality

There is within each of us
a spacious vitality,
an innate Awareness,
a patient presence
inviting us into
a larger experience
of who and what we really are.

It is willing to wait
as long as is necessary
for us to exhaust ourselves with all our searching -
at which point, we will finally let go of and release
all that we have imagined ourselves to be,
finally discovering
who and what we have been all along.

- Metta Zetty


poor little story!" If the story keeps coming back, it means it's desperate for a little loving attention.

If you are always going, "Oh, it's just story," of course it's going to renew its effort: "No, I'm not!"

If a certain situation continues to arise, just let it sit with you. See it as your devotee. Grant it the compassion to be able to sit with you. Say, "Yes, you are welcome here." Even story. In the beginning it's good to get firm with stories, because there are way too many of them. But it's like Reader's Digest; you have them condensed down to the top five issues, right?

When you're feeling strong, or if you have a friend to sit with, just sit in the silence until you're soothed, until the body and brain are soothed, and then invite the story to come sit. It will start to activate the body, and then the brain will start to bring in strategies to fix it and try to help. So thank the brain, and then attend to what's happening in the body. Stories have another function, other than bothering us. They're designed to dissolve the defenses in the body. They're like armor. So you sit with the issue, the upset, and see where it's triggering in the body, and then just allow awareness to move into it and permeate the upset - like awareness has hands, and it's soothing and loving.

What you're doing is helping the body let go of the past. One of the ways the body creates release is by recreating something from the past in order to pull it out of the earth of the body. Otherwise it stays deep. This system of release is strange - almost reptilian, it's so ancient. These bodies are from another time. Even though you get a fresh, new body every time, a lot of the defenses are recreated through thought. That's why I say bring the story here. There's no lack of brilliance in the design of either the body or the way it lets go, or even that this world is so harsh. Robert Adams used to call this the remedial planet, because when you really want freedom, this is where you come.

It's sweet: the body asks for a blessing through its upset, its agitation. It's invoking the Beloved, awareness-consciousness: "Please, master, come here. Please heal me." And if it's really frantic, then it will be sending out distress signals all the time. So it has another function: to awaken the Beloved. It awakens the satguru through its distress.

Ramana used to say, "I would follow a devotee into hell if need be." So when hell or agitation arises in the body, it's luring the satguru out of the heart. Everything is an invitation for the Buddha to awaken and bring peace, even to the body. It calls for the laying on of hands, the welcoming and soothing. Even doubt is asking for your love. Doubt is talking to you, saying, "Master, is this true?"

When you see your body and thought as your devotees, you have a completely different relationship with them. Where else are they going to go for truth?

- Pamela Wilson


The Silence Afterwards

Try to be done now
with deliberately provocative actions and sales statistics,
brunches and gas ovens,
be done with fashion shows and horoscopes,
military parades, architectural contests, and the rows of triple traffic lights.
Come through all that and be through
with getting ready for parties and eight possibilities
of winning on the numbers,
cost of living indexes and stock market analyses,
because it is too late,
it is way too late,
get through with and come home
to the silence afterwards
that meets you like warm blood hitting your forehead
and like thunder on the way
and the sound of great clocks striking
that make the eardrums quiver,
because words don't exist any longer,
there are no more words,
from now on all talk will take place
with the voices stones and trees have.

The silence that lives in the grass
on the underside of every blade
and in the blue spaces between the stones.
The silence
that follows shots and birdsong.
The silence
that pulls a blanket over the dead body
and waits in the stairs until everyone is gone.
The silence
that lies like a small bird between your hands,
the only friend you have.

- Rolf Jacobsen


In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
to speak your

name. Listen
to the living walls.

Who are you? Who
are you? Whose
silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
are you (as these stones
are quiet). Do not
think of what you are
still less of
what you may one day be.

be what you are (but who?)
be the unthinkable one
you do not know.

O be still, while
you are still alive,
and all things live around you

speaking (I do not hear)
to your own being,
speaking by the unknown
that is in you and in themselves.

I will try, like them
to be my own silence:
and this is difficult. The whole
world is secretly on fire. The stones
burn, even the stones they burn me.
How can a man be still or
listen to all things burning?
How can he dare to sit with them
when all their silence is on fire?

- Thomas Merton


#4438 - Monday, November 28, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nonduality Highlights - 
I know that my spirit belongs
to the spirit of all spirit.
I know that I belong to the
city of those, who have no place.
But to find my way back there
I need to let go of my knowing.
~ Rumi
by Sarah Hughes on Facebook


Confusion is an exceptionally high state of Consciousness. It means you
are beginning to get a glimpse of what is really going on!
~ Tom Thompson, on Facebook



Snowy Egret Fishing From Rocks ~ Miles River, Far Away Point, Maryland
photo by Peter Shefler


When a negative emotion arises in the mind, its nature is quite pure. It
is energy, an experience in the body and the mind. That's all. It's not
substantial. And it is fleeting unless supported. It is a shimmer of light
and will transform by itself.
Even confusion is clear in its nature; it's only when we have a problem
with the problem — and either grasp at it and continue with it or fight
with it and try to push it away — that the negativity is supported.
Left alone, it dissolves, it self-liberates.
~ Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
(from Healing With Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in
Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen. Mark Dahlby, Ed. Snow
Lion Publications, 2002.)
by Kia Pierce on Facebook


You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of
ignoring reality.
~ Keith Nightingale-Swaraja on Facebook



"Meeting every human being is an auspicious event because you are
meeting God in one of his many disguises"
~ Douglas Harding
by Alan Jacobs on Facebook



Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to
you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have
contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Susan Katyayani Lucey on Facebook



Great Blue Heron At Dawn Over Miles River ~ Far Away Point, Maryland
photo by Peter Shefler


I assume there is sincerity in this meeting, the sincerity to really look
and to discover what life is. The fact that you are sincere means that you
have already searched in many directions. The longing to search for life
in many directions, to discover your true being, comes from an inner
urge to find the truth, the inner urge to discover yourself. If you really
seriously search in all directions you become exhausted and speaking
psychologically, bankrupt. You feel completely helpless: you are in
despair; you no longer know where to turn; all streets are dead ends;
your thinking can no longer help. This crisis is the most important
moment in your life. You come into a state of complete not-knowing.
You have no hope or expectations anymore. It is a rare occasion in
which the thinking is confronted with its limitations, and because it is
useless as such, the thinking gives up, then you are open, open for
nothing, only open for openness. This openness is the threshold of your
true nature. Remain there in not knowing and you will see what
~ Jean Klein
by Roxane Chapdelaine on Facebook


Life is forever giving us exactly what we need in order to stand
unguarded amidst the fullness of life. All that is ever required of you is
to simply say yes.
~ Christine Wushke on Facebook



Great Blue Heron In Late Afternoon October Light ~ Front Shore On Miles River, Far Away Point, Maryland
photo by Peter Shefler



"When the questions you have resolve themselves into just one
question, your question, then that question must detonate, explode and
disappear entirely".
~ U.G. Krishnamurti
by Tim Gerchmez on Facebook




The simplicity of it is this: give everything you have to give in every
moment, completely.
~ David Deida
by Jacque Collier in Nonduality Highlights group on Facebook



#4439 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - 


All the Highlights editors at one time or another have quoted Van Morrison's lyrics. He's the guy who wrote and sang Brown Eyed Girl and who wrote the song Gloria, among many other recognizable hits.
This lyric hasn't yet been quoted in the Highlights. I've included a link to him singing it on YouTube.
by Van Morrison

Chop that wood
Carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Every second, every minute
It keeps changing to something different
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It says it's non attachment
Non attachment. Non attachment

I'm in the here and now, and I'm meditating
And still I'm suffering but that's my problem
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Wake up

Enlightenment says the world is nothing
Nothing but a dream, everything's an illusion
And nothing is real

Good or bad baby
You can change it anyway you want
You can rearrange it
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Chop that wood
And carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

All around baby. You can see
You're making your own reality everyday because
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

One more time

Enlightenment. don't know what it is
It's up to you
Enlightenment. don't know what it is
It's up to you everyday
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's always up to you
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
~ ~ ~
Personally, I like Brown Eyed Girl better, but here are other Highlights issues featuring Van Morrison:

#4440 - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - 


Dustin LindenSmith is guest editor. He prepared and submitted today's feature, which is a beautiful reading. Dustin is a co-organizer of our monthly Nonduality Satsang Meetups in Nova Scotia. Thank you, Dustin!


This is an excerpt from St. Augustine's Confessions from ca. 397, dealing with the perception of past, present and future. His Wikipedia page sets some interesting context for the part which I'm about to transcribe:

The latter part of Augustine's Confessions consists of an extended meditation on the nature of time. Even the agnostic philosopher Bertrand Russell was impressed by this. He wrote, "a very admirable relativistic theory of time. ... It contains a better and clearer statement than Kant's of the subjective theory of time - a theory which, since Kant, has been widely accepted among philosophers."[44] Catholic theologians generally subscribe to Augustine's belief that God exists outside of time in the "eternal present"; that time only exists within the created universe because only in space is time discernible through motion and change.

I'm not sure exactly where this excerpt comes from in the entire work, for I read it in a literature review called Lapham's Quarterly and its exact placement in the original text was not noted. What I have before me also appears to have been translated into ordinary modern English, while several of the translations I saw online are in a sort of archaic format with a lot of entreaties to "O Lord" and the like. This excerpt is very clean and simple, and I really appreciate how lucidly it describes how our perception of time informs the nature of our very existence. (At least, that's how I read it!)

If the future and the past do exist, I want to know where they are. I may not yet be capable of such knowledge, but at least I know that wherever they are, they are not there as future or past, but as present. For if, wherever they are, they are future, they do not yet exist; if past, they no longer exist. Do wherever they are and whatever they are, it is only by being present that they are.

When we describe the past correctly, it is not past facts which are drawn out of our memories but only words based on our memory pictures of those facts, because when they happened they left an impression on our minds by means of our sense perception. My own childhood, which no longer exists, is in past time, which also no longer exists. But when I remember those days and describe them, it is in the present that I picture them to myself, because their picture is still present in my memory.

Whether some similar process enables the future to be seen, some process by which events which have not yet occurred become present to us by means of already existing images of them, I confess, my God, that I do not know. But at least I know that we generally think about what we are going to do before we do it, and this preliminary thought is in the present, whereas the action which we premeditate does not yet exist because it is in the future. Once we have set to work and started to put our plans into action, that action exists, because it is now not future but present.

By whatever mysterious means it may be that the future is foreseen, it is only possible to see something which exists; and whatever exists is not future but present. So when we speak of foreseeing the future, we do not see things which are not yet in being, that is, this which are future, but it may be that we see their causes or signs, which are already in being. In this way they are not future but present to the eye of the beholder, and by means of them the mind can form a concept of things which are still future and thus is able to predict them. These concepts already exist, and by seeing them, present in their minds people are able to foretell the actual facts which they represent.

Let me give you one example of the many from which I could choose. Suppose that I am watching the break of day. I predict that the sun is about to rise. What I see is present, but what I foretell is future. I do not mean that the sun is future, for it already exists, but that its rise is future, because it has not yet happened. But I could not foretell the sunrise unless I had a picture of it in my mind, just as I have at this moment while I am speaking about it. Yet the dawn, which I see in the sky, is not the sunrise, although it precedes it; nor is the picture which I have in my mind the sunrise. But both the dawn and my mental picture are seen in the present, and it is from them that I am able to predict the sunrise, which is future. The future, then, is not yet; it is not at all; and if it is not at all, it cannot possibly be seen. But it can be foretold from things which are present, because they exist now and can therefore be seen.
Forgive the wholesale borrowing, sometimes it's irresistible and too good to miss.
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 Is the next Buddha the Community? Interview with Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo
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Pic Emily Goodman


According to the founders, "the Science and Nonduality Conference was created to provide an arena where various aspects of nonduality can be explored, discussed, and experienced.  Part seminar, part festival, part conference, this event also explores science and combines meditation, philosophy, art, music, dance, and entheogens to point the way to nondual experience, to aid in integrating nonduality into daily life, and to deepen the understanding of a fundamental nondual reality.

The conference opens up these experiences for further exploration. It places each attendee face-to-face with each other and with individuals living from the life-spanning varieties of non-dual expression.

This gathering is also a celebration of the bottom-line truth of our existence: that in our distinct and individualistic arisings and turnings, we are truly not limited, bound, or separate."


Who are the conference founders?
When Zaya and Maurizio met in 2008, it immediately became clear that they could make a lot of noise together in this illusory world! They discovered that the only book they had both been reading for the past several years was "I Am That" by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Almost immediately, they went to India together to shoot The Legacy of Nisargadatta Maharaj. The rest, as they say, is history

Maurizio was brought up in Italy and went through many incarnations, always looking for answers under every stone. In 1986, he came to the USA on a 98 year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and then filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was never satisfied, until he encountered I Am That in 2001 while shooting the documentary "Short Cut to Nirvana" in India.

Zaya hails from Bulgaria and has degrees in Engineering, Environmental Science, and also Film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria. She later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States. Her life long passion for science and mysticism finally came together with the emergence of the conference.

The team known as Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo are truly inseparable!

I sent over some interview questions and they proceeded to knock them out "tag-team" style. Let me explain: First Zaya answered [while M was driving!] and then they switched and Maurizio answered [while Z was behind the wheel]. They were read aloud once more and the finishing touches were added and sent. I thought that was adorable! Enjoy the interview.

Matthew: Congratulations on starting one of the most interesting conferences of the last decade! SAND is one of the few public events that make it possible for non-dual thought to emerge. Its a great coming together of teachers, scientists, authors, musicians etc. I think such a meeting of the minds helps to facilitate in-depth discussion, fresh material and a genuine [in-person] way for folks to network in the community.


Whats your take please?
Yes, this year the feeling of community was palpable. Walking in the hallways you could feel the invigorating energy that only a like-minded, creative, mature community can spark. The combination of scientists, teachers from all traditions, philosophers and artists created an explosive mix that is still reflected in the feedback we are still receiving. The next Buddha is the community became the mantra of the gathering this year.




What would you say sparked your first interest in the connection between Science and Nonduality?
Both of us have always been interested in science and mysticism and for us somehow they were never separate. When we first met we went to India to film a movie about Nisargadatta Maharaj and one of the translators told us that Nisargadatta used to say: this is a scientific knowledge. One day scientists will come to understand all this very easily. It is scientific A few months after we found ourselves organizing this event. But, this is just another story! We do what we do and that is what it is.


Do you believe it is necessary to convince scientists of the non-dual nature of reality and vice versa?
We dont believe that it is necessary to convince anybody about anything. We see our work more as a reflection of what is rather then having a mission or a goal to meet. The beauty is that many scientists do know and touch through their work the essential nondual nature of reality but most likely will not use the language the nondual teachers will use to describe it.


Do you believe it is important to help nondualists pay more attention to scientific theory?
Science today can tell us quite accurately about the body mechanisms from which the mind and the ego emerge, so, in a way, it becomes easier to understand things mystics have said for centuries like: the ego is an illusion.

Today you no longer have to believe the mystics blindly as you can also study the mechanisms through which this illusion manifests.

For example, teachers from all traditions have said: you are not the doer. Now mainstream neuroscience proves, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the sense of I comes later, after our actions have been performed. And up to six seconds later!


It would be interesting to know, which events were typically drawing greater numbers of participants - sessions with the prominent scientists and or spiritual leaders?
We asked that question in the evaluation form this year and to our surprise we discovered that the community has an interest in both aspects of the conference and they enjoy the balance.



What might a match between nonduality and science look like or does there need to be a match?
There is no need for a match.

We simply offer different fingers pointing to the same moon. Science can help us understand [more deeply] the wisdom teachings and vice versa. There is no absolute truth out there. Neither science nor spirituality can give us final, absolute answers.

At SAND, we simply invite our audience to experience thing by themselves and take nothing for granted. There is no absolute truth out there There is only what is and how you perceive it is your point of view of it, your personal truth.


I applaud you guys for inviting more exploration of entheogenic studies as there are a lot of misconceptions about their usage. They can be a portal or opening in Consciousness [albeit temporary] and or successfully used to treat some patients with responsible administering etc. Whats your view on this?
Entheogens are another portal, a large [for some] finger-pointing to the moon, its very potent and direct portal that many have had the opportunity to explore at some point in their path of discovery of what is. These substances allow us to perceive our reality in a slightly different way opening the space for questions and deep insights.

That is why we have created a partnership with MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). MAPS organize a session every year on entheogens as portals to non-dual awareness. Next year we will have even more sessions designed to inform and discuss this topic along with more dialogues about social justice and ecology.


It appears you are growing rapidly. Did you expect such a great turnoutso fast? Now in its third year, what are your future goals for the conference?
We didnt expect such a fast growth. We thought this was a very niche, extravagant, subject in which not many will be interestedbut clearly there is a deep longing and need for this conversation. Again, we dont have goals. We believe the moment we create goals it is easy to get disconnected from what is in front of us needing to be expressed. What we do is listen to our community, encourage feedback and suggestions while, we share what touches and inspires us personally.

And more and more communities around the world are requesting to bring the conference on the road.



The event is also attracting folks from all over the world, what do you attribute that too? Flying halfway around the world for a single conference is an amazing testament!
Yes the audience is not local as we expected it to be at the beginning. This year we had people from twenty-one different countries and thirty-five states in the US. Evidentially this understanding spreads all over the globe regardless of boundaries and socioeconomics. Its a movement trickling from every corner of the globe. The next Buddha is the community!


Ive heard you might be taking the conference to Europe next year, is that true and what are your expectations for that locale. How do you think the European mindset differs on such material and speakers vs. the U.S.?
Yes, we will have the first SAND European conference in Holland May 31st-June 2nd, 2012. Since both Zaya and I were born in Europe and choose to move to the USA to work it is quite tingling to get back in there with a project.

We have a local organization helping us with the logistics and they are giving us a lot of advice and our European SAND community is already quite large (due to social media channels and the many Europeans that came to SAND already). Its going to be a lot of fun! We are exploring a new format and most likely well have less speakers and longer sessions. The goal, as in California, will be to involve the audience and reduce the separation between speakers and audience. Again: The next Buddha is the community.


Youve always put out a very attractive 3-DVD set for purchase. Ive enjoyed the mini interviews and questions you ask some of the key speakers at each event. This is a great way to experience the depth of the speaker(s). Kudos on that! How did that come about?
We are both filmmakers and before we started the conference we were already creating media, film, DVDs, etc. on topics related to the conference, so creating a DVD series was a natural evolution of what we do. But this project is also pointing at the evolution of the event; the interviews become a way to document the evolution of the conference.

The interviews are made primarily by Zaya together with our good friend Nick Day and the two of them are an awesome production team.


I noticed for this years event, you added a streaming video option for folks who could not attend and or perhaps in another country. Tell us about the ForaTV service.
All the sessions from the conference are available now on ForaTV. We were looking for a way to make the conference available to everyone who couldnt afford to travel. Theyre a great channel and allow many people to be with us without traveling half way across the globe.

But, [if we wish to be picky], the issue with ForaTV is that it is not free and it is becoming clear to us that this material, this knowledge, belong to the community and it should be available for free. Next year we will have a different arrangement and we have some great ideas about our internet presence that will be unveiled very soon!


I have to ask, it seems folks are buzzing about the commercialization of nonduality and or the spiritual marketplace as some call it. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Does anyone complain about people charging money to design, promote or sell solar panels or items that will reduce our carbon footprint? I dont think so.

It is great to see professional people devoting their time and energy in creating dreams designed to make the world a better place instead of thinking about money as a motivator.

To us the only factor is where your motivations are. We dont see what we do as a commercial product. It is a sincere labor of love which financially doesnt make sense at all. We have no financial partners, foundations or universities behind us. As long as there is an inspiration and energy we probably will keep doing it.



Is there a way to promote responsibly?
Surely there is a way to promote responsibly and the line is drawn by your motivation! We do very little promotion because we dont have the resources to do more and in any case we see our community growing more from word-of-mouth which is way better than advertising.

We can only do what we can and look at what happens next.


I read some of the feedback on your blog from the first event (that took place back in 2009). This a summary of what the participants requested:

less speakers
longer talks
more integration between talks and experiential
a science closer to our day-to-day experience
and better coffee

Were you able to meet the challenge and offer that in 2010 and how about 2011? At least for better coffee?  Haha!
Since the first year we have 30% less speakers, only one hundred and twenty or so.

We shortened the talks and the integration is slowly happening but it is not as complete as we would want it to be. We definitely got better coffeewe seem to have solved that issue at least!

There are so many little issues that are solved every year.

Dont forget we are not conference organizers and volunteers mostly run the event. By-the-way, our volunteers need a huge thank you for their hard work and commitment! They are an amazing group of committed people.


I really appreciate being asked to moderate a panel this year on behalf of Non-Duality America. Although I could not attend, I am honored to be asked.  The fact that gatherings like this exists is such a blessing for all.

Thanks again for hosting such a fun + creative experience and for your service and dedicationvery inspirational!


Is there anything you would like to add?
Matt, really, without you there will be no conference. It is people like you devoting their time to this that are creating the foundation for such an event to materialize. And it is people like your readers [yes, I am talking about you], that are making all this happen.

Thank you both for being who you are and for doing what you do.



Love, Maurizio & Zaya

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#4442 - Friday, December 2, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - 


"The general principle of temporal cause and effect would be disrupted, replacing the concept of time-imposed consequential duality with the notion of underlying non-duality or unity consciousness. ... 'Omnia vivunt, omnia inter se conexa' or 'Everything is alive, everything is interconnected,' as Cicero proclaimed in Rome, half a century prior to the birth of Christ."
-from the article below


Time Machine: Faster Than Light & Fifth Dimension
London, UK - 14th November 2011, 12:35 GMT
Dear ATCA Open & Philanthropia Friends
[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors are not necessarily representative
of the views of ATCA, which is neutral. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global
opportunities and threats.]
Albert Einstein is considered to be the father of modern physics. His theory of relativity is the
building block on which our scientific understanding of how things move in the four dimensions of
space-and-time rests. Our physical bodies and material universe exist within that same space-time
continuum. Some weeks ago, the scientific community received word that Einstein might have been
Flawed Assumption?
Many scientists, including Einstein in 1905, had assumed that certain forces or particles or waves
-- including light and radio -- travel at a certain fixed speed in a vacuum, relative to the
observer. And that nothing can travel faster than that. It was inspired guesswork, backed up as
usual by elaborate mathematical formulae. Out of that basic assumption, Einstein and other
"experts" concluded that the fastest thing of all was photons, which they referred to as "the speed
of light." Light, they collectively stated, can travel at 299,792 kilometres per second or 186,282
miles per second, and nothing in the entire cosmos can outrun it.
First Time Machine?
In recent weeks, physicists at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, report they have
discovered subatomic particles called neutrinos that do travel faster than light. In fact, they
travel so fast, they may be able to get to a destination before they even left! Specifically,
scientists working on Italy’s OPERA experiment at CERN clocked the neutrinos as travelling faster
than the speed of light. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN could well be the world’s first time
Ghost Particles
Neutrinos are subatomic particles with a mass close to zero. Scientists began looking at time
travel several years ago to explain anomalies that had been observed in several experiments with
neutrinos. Neutrinos are nicknamed ghost particles because they react so rarely with ordinary
matter. For example, trillions of neutrinos hit our bodies every second, yet we don’t notice them
because they zip through without apparently affecting us.
What are the Implications?
All great revolutionary discoveries in science started out with an unexpected discrepancy that
wouldn't go away. So if neutrinos are capable of superluminal -- faster than light -- motion, then
what are the implications of this for science and society in the 21st century?
1. Einstein’s special theory of relativity would then be null and void. It would need to be
replaced by a new theory: one that encompasses faster than light travel. Einstein's relativity
states that whether an object is at rest or in motion is highly subjective to the perspective of
the person viewing that object and also that the speed of light is a constant, physical barrier and
that to surpass it would take an infinite amount of energy. CERN's neutrino experiments are
challenging some of those basic assumptions.
2. This would open the door for time travel -- up until now, the domain of fantasy and science
fiction! Although neutrinos couldn’t generate the kind of energy for human time travel but
scientists predict that they could carry some sort of message that might be encoded into them and
then they would be able to take that message with them and it could arrive in the past, technically
before it was written, bringing us to the next possibility:
3. The general principle of temporal cause and effect would be disrupted, replacing the concept of
time-imposed consequential duality with the notion of underlying non-duality or unity
consciousness. The corollaries of this scientific sea-change are phenomenal and it may well be that
our perceived reality influences the underlying unified reality reflexively. These herald a new era
beyond Newton and Einstein. What we think and imagine has a fundamental consequence upon events and
may be as germane to them as our actions. Perhaps our intentions, aspirations and observations, are
not simply a prelude, but actually influence the present scene and final outcome. What Heisenberg's
uncertainty principle was alluding to may only be the tip of the iceberg as far as a deeper
understanding of our relationships is concerned, which is yet to come. "Omnia vivunt, omnia inter
se conexa" or "Everything is alive, everything is interconnected," as Cicero proclaimed in Rome,
half a century prior to the birth of Christ.
4. The standard model of particle physics would need to be adjusted to incorporate superluminal
particles in the near future.
5. One explanation for how neutrinos are able to travel faster than the speed of light is that they
are not actually travelling in a straight line, but hopping into one of the separate dimensions
predicted in String Theory, which acts as a kind of shortcut. It is postulated that neutrinos may
travel through a fifth dimension beyond the four of space-and-time!
God Particle and Time Machine
One of the major goals of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland is to find the elusive
"God Particle" or Higgs boson: the particle that physicists invoke to explain why particles like
protons, neutrons and electrons have mass. If the collider succeeds in producing the Higgs boson,
some scientists predict that it will create a second particle, called the Higgs singlet, at the
same time. According to quantum physics, these singlets should have the ability to jump into an
extra, fifth dimension where they can move either forward or backward in time and reappear in the
future or past. “One of the attractive things about this approach to time travel is that it avoids
all the big paradoxes,” according to Prof Thomas Weiler at Vanderbilt, “Because time travel is
limited to these special particles, it is not possible for a man to travel back in time... before
he himself is born, for example. However, if scientists could control the production of Higgs
singlets, they might be able to send messages to the past or the future.”
M-theory is a “theory of everything.” A small cadre of theoretical physicists have developed
M-theory to the point that it can accommodate the properties of all the known subatomic particles
and forces, including gravity, but it points to 10 or 11 dimensions instead of our familiar four.
This has led to the suggestion that our universe may be like a four-dimensional membrane or “brane”
floating in a multi-dimensional space-time continuum called the “bulk.” No wonder we are unable to
make sense of our world and our place within it on so many occasions!
Sterile neutrinos are less detectable than regular neutrinos because they interact only with the
gravitational force. As a result, sterile neutrinos are another particle that is not attached to
the "brane" and so should be capable of travelling through those extra dimensions. Sterile
neutrinos travel faster than light by taking shortcuts through extra dimensions. According to
Einstein’s general theory of relativity, there are certain conditions where travelling faster than
the speed of light is equivalent to travelling backwards in time. This has led quantum physicists
into the realm of time travel.
A lot of confirmations need to be made before the extraordinary claims made by CERN's OPERA
experiment of faster-than-light neutrinos are accepted as true. As Carl Sagan once said,
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
As Prof Heinrich Päs at Dortmund proposes, "Even if true, this result neither proves Einstein wrong
nor implies that causality has to be violated and time travel is possible. Things can move faster
than the speed of light without violating Einstein if either the speed of light is not the limiting
velocity as one can observe it ... or space-time could be warped in a way so that neutrinos can
take a shortcut without really being faster than the speed of light. As our three space plus one
time dimensions look pretty flat, this would require an extra dimension, the fifth dimension."
If the fifth dimension truly exists, as suggested by recent sub-atomic particle experiments,
amongst multiple dimensions, the implications of this discovery go beyond time travel and are truly
colossal. The new scientific discovery may yet herald the dawn of a new age in the 21st century
where a number of pre-conceived notions are likely to be superseded by new rules of engagement and
acknowledgement of hitherto hidden sensitivities. This new scientific understanding may well pave
the way for a quantum step change in our civilisation's approach and behaviour.
On the human scale, as science implies that we are all resonating within an interconnected
vibrational energy web, does not the very concept of what is "personal" -- as in thoughts -- come
into question? If we exist within one highly subtle, inter-permeable, and inter-responsive matrix,
what should be the new rules of our engagement? Should thoughts and words be elevated to a similar
status to actions? Should harbouring negativity be considered civilised? Will these new scientific
discoveries herald an age of greater personal responsibility, as we endeavour to attune more
sensitively our "selves" to the greater social, economic and political fabric into which we are
enfolded together?
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4443, Saturday, December 5, 2011


Put a chair in the middle of a room.
Sit in the chair.
See who comes to visit.

- Ajahn Chah

Walk around, take a shower, drink coffee, go to work, pick up the kids, watch tv, meditate, make love, post on facebook... and see who comes to visit. What if every visiting thought, emotion, sound, sensation, just visits and we pay no attention to them?

What happens is that all that energy we put into reacting to everything going on around us, within us... converts into compassion...

Really! It does. Try it. If we do nothing about what presents itself for the day, our thrust for Buddhahood, our innate Buddha Nature, is freed and it can only bring joy... in the spontaneous response to the needs of others who we then encourage to sit with us and watch who visits.

- dg, posted to DailyDharma



Fear is
The greatest obstacle
To love's

Is merely an emotion
From it.

But fear,
Rooted in identity
Seizes the heart
Constraining apparently the self
To a mere form
Robbing it
Of its inherent

So fear not the fear
Denying it not
Nor affirming
Face it directly
And watch fearlessly.

Without feeding it thoughts
Yet ceaselessly asking
"Whose fear it is?"
Let the all pervading
Fire of love
Its cold grip
To ashes.

Oh, dervish!
The only true freedom
Is the freedom

- Yosy Flug, posted to SufiMystic


Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life; without light and shade no picture is clear.

Bowl of Saki, December 3, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Joy and sorrow are each part of the other. If it were not for joy, sorrow would not exist; and if it were not for sorrow, joy would not be experienced.

There is going forward and there is going backwards, there is success and there is failure, there is light and there is darkness, there is joy and there is sadness, there is birth and there is death. All things that we can know, feel and perceive have their opposites. It is the opposite quality which brings about balance. The world would not exist if there were not water and earth. Every thing and every being needs these two qualities in order to exist, to act, and to fulfill the purpose of life; for each quality is incomplete without the other. ... by a deep insight into nature we discover that the creation is the same as the Creator, that the source is the same as the goal, and that the two only mean one. There are two ends to a line but the line is one, and this oneness is manifest in all things, though man seldom gives any thought to this subject. This amazing manifestation, this world of variety, keeps us so puzzled, so confused, and so absorbed in it that we hardly give ourselves any time to see this wonderful phenomenon: how the one and only Being shows Himself even in the world of variety.


How does a part of the world leave the world?
How can wetness leave water?

Don't try to put out a fire
by throwing on more fire!
Don't wash a wound with blood!

No matter how fast you run,
your shadow more than keeps up.
Sometimes, it's in front!

Only full, overhead sun
diminishes your shadow.

But that shadow has been serving you!
What hurts you, blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.

I can explain this, but it would break
the glass cover on your heart,
and there's no fixing that.

You must have shadow and light source both.
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe.

When from that tree, feathers and wings sprout
on you, be quieter than a dove.
Don't open your mouth for even a cooooooo.

When a frog slips into the water, the snake
cannot get it. Then the frog climbs back out
and croaks, and the snake moves toward him again.

Even if the frog learned to hiss, still the snake
would hear through the hiss the information
he needed, the frog voice underneath.

But if the frog could be completely silent,
then the snake would go back to sleeping,
and the frog could reach the barley.

The soul lives there in the silent breath.

And that grain of barley is such that,
when you put it in the ground,
it grows.
Are these enough words,
or shall I squeeze more juice from this?
Who am I, my friend?

- Rumi, Ghazal (Ode) 2155, version by Coleman Barks, from The Essential Rumi, posted to Sunlight


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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4444, Sunday, December 4, 2011


True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of mind are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as primordial awareness.

True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when awareness is not being manipulated or controlled. When you first start to meditate, you notice that attention is often being held captive by focus on some object: on thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, memories, sounds, etc. This is because the mind is conditioned to focus and contract upon objects. Then the mind compulsively interprets and tries to control what it is aware of (the object) in a mechanical and distorted way. It begins to draw conclusions and make assumptions according to past conditioning.

In true meditation all objects (thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, etc.) are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to focus on, manipulate, control, or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness is the source in which all objects arise and subside.

As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind's compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more clearly into consciousness as a welcoming to rest and abide. An attitude of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the presence of silence and stillness to be revealed as your natural condition.

As you rest into stillness more profoundly, awareness becomes free of the mind's compulsive control, contractions, and identifications. Awareness naturally returns to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing.

- Adyashanti


Don't make any effort. Stay quiet and the noisy surface dialogues will cease. Then the substratum will rise up to the top. It is simple. Follow this.

- Papaji, posted to Distillation


How can the mind which has itself created the world accept it as unreal? That is the significance of the comparison made between the world of the waking state and the dream world. Both are creations of the mind and, so long as the mind is engrossed in either, it finds itself unable to deny their reality. It cannot deny the reality of the dream world while it is dreaming and it cannot deny the reality of the waking world while it is awake. If, on the contrary, you withdraw your mind completely from the world and turn it within and abide there, that is, if you keep awake always to the Self which is the sub- stratum of all experiences, you will find the world of which you are now aware is just as unreal as the world in which you lived your dream.

- Ramana Maharshi, from Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, posted to AlongTheWay


If you could only keep quiet, clear of memories and expectations, you would be able to discern the beautiful pattern of events. It is your restlessness that causes chaos.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels


Beyond words,
beyond imagining,
within the silent Void of Unknowing
the vastness of Reality is....

The overflowing Fullness and
Infinite splendor of

- Metta Zetty


 #4445 - Monday, December 5, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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The whole universe is shining as One,
Without any split or break, or separate parts.
The idea of 'Maya' is itself the great delusion;
Duality and Non-duality are merely concepts of the mind.
~ Dattatreya's Song of the Avadhut
by Jacque Collier on Facebook


To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the
wilderness we fear is the pause within our own heartbeats, the silent
space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same
~ Terry Tempest Williams


Falling asleep watching the waxing moon
weave so freely through the dark clouds ~
I later dream I am forever ravelled in its wake.


White Line Reflected In Wind-Waved Water, Nightfall At The Boathouse, Far Away Point, Maryland
photo and poem by Peter Shefler


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are
conscious of our treasures.
~ Thornton Wilder



I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.
~ Eckhart Tolle



In this passing moment
By Shodo Harada Roshi
(1940 - )
"In the presence of Sangha, in the light of Dharma,
in oneness with Buddha -- may my path
to complete enlightenment benefit everyone!"
In this passing moment karma ripens
and all things come to be.
I vow to choose what is:
If there is cost, I choose to pay.
If there is need, I choose to give.
If there is pain, I choose to feel.
If there is sorrow, I choose to grieve.
When burning -- I choose heat.
When calm -- I choose peace.
When starving -- I choose hunger.
When happy -- I choose joy.
Whom I encounter, I choose to meet.
What I shoulder, I choose to bear.
When it is my death, I choose to die.
Where this takes me, I choose to go.
Being with what is -- I respond to what is.
This life is as real as a dream;
the one who knows it can not be found;
and, truth is not a thing -- Therefore I vow
to choose THIS dharma entrance gate!
May all Buddhas and Wise Ones
help me live this vow.



Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if
you had chosen it. Aways work with it, not against it. Make it your friend
and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole
~ Eckhart Tolle


Look, it cannot be seen -- it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard -- it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held -- it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark;
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.
                           - Lao-tzu
Tao Te Ching
Translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English

#4446 - Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Happy Birthday to Highlights Editor Gloria Lee (left) and to former Highlights Editor Christiana Duranczyk, right hand person on the journey to nonduality.
Happy birthday to both you. You are the two most influential women in the marathon run to control the world of nonduality. Or maybe its a run away from the world of nonduality. Either way, I wish you a very happy day, and thank you for being in our lives. It's a deep honor and gift to know both of you. Just imagine, we knew each other in our 40s. And now we're all 39. We could only have achieved that through our profound understanding of spirituality, quantum entanglement, and the nondual reality of things and mainly because of all the beer we drank.
I love you both,


The following letter was received:
I've written an article recently, 'Shaving Science With Ockham's Razor" which is posted at the website.  It is aimed primarily at skeptics, but incorporates practices and ideas from both the Advaita and Buddhist traditions, as well as ideas from Owen Barfield, Alan Wallace and Sri Aurobindo (yes, I know that Sri Aurobindo's "purna advaita" is often not considered legitimate in the nonduality community, but... well, more on that another time:>)).

Jan (my wife) and I are currently working on a series of videos illustrating the ideas in the "Shaving Science" essay, and are looking for people who might be interested in trying out some of the practices and give us constructive feedback (or come up with new ones!). 

The Shaving Science essay is at

A commentary by philosopher David Lane is posted at

There is also a follow-up essay, "Shaving Visser, Goswami, Lane and Carter with Ockham's Razor, at

Thanks so much for any suggestions, and keep up the good work!


PS: a tad bit more on that Sri Aurobindo comment above - we (jan and I) wrote a book, "Yoga Psychology and the Transformation of Consciousness: Seeing Through the Eyes of Infinity"). The first 5 chapters cover many of the ideas in the "Shaving Science" essay - the main theme being that no scientific finding requires a materialistic foundation, and non scientific finding precludes the possibility of consciousness as a causal factor.  The rest of the book lays out Sri Aurobindo's "psycho-cosmological" vision, in a way we think is fully compatible with the best of physics, evolutionary biology and neuroscience.  I've had discussions with many who feel that Sri Aurobindo's vision is in opposition to non-duality, and generally have found that the opposition is based on a misunderstanding of what he was saying.  I hope when we post our videos on the net next year, we'll be able to start an online conversation about this.  I think it ties in with much that is "transformational" in the world today - from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab spring, and much much more.  well, enough for now...:>))


"If the fifth dimension truly exists, as suggested by recent sub-atomic particle experiments,
amongst multiple dimensions, the implications of this discovery go beyond time travel and are truly

I've been saying this---I called it HDI theory (Higher Dimensional Interaction)---on YouTube for a couple of years now, ironically, it was just days prior to my awakening:
- Quantum Entanglement Solved in Under Two Minutes:
- Mystery of Quantum Entanglement Solved (Details):

Wayne (Wirs)

#4447 - Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Wake Up
This is a film describing a sudden awakening which includes descriptions of energetic spiritual phenomena and which addresses the nondual nature of things. Joan Halifax, Stephen Schwartz, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee are some familiar faces in the film.
An interesting trailer is here:
Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts.

The documentary movie WAKE UP follows this fascinating story of an average guy who inexplicably developed the ability to access other dimensions. Physicians gave him a clean bill of health and were unable to provide an explanation. What was it? Why was it happening to him? One thing was certain for this 36-year old man – life as he had known it would never be the same.

With his loving but skeptical girlfriend by his side, Jonas crisscrosses the country as he searches for answers and delves deeper into this thrilling world of the phenomenal and spiritual. Along the way, he encounters an amazing group of religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle.

The film shows how all of us can search inward for our own peace and happiness while contributing towards a positive shift in global consciousness. WAKE UP is a call to consciousness to everyone who sees it; an invitation to accept that there is more to this life than meets the eye.



Dutch Treat


1(20) Sometimes I get a long period of oneness, but then it's followed by a feeling of separation. How does this happen?

2Separation is a thought, do you see that, 20?

3No Zil, actually I don’t. I mean, it’s not something I invent, it’s something I perceive, like I perceive this room… and what you say...

4That’s what you think, but it is not true. There’s this oneness, everything is fine and warm and whatever - and then all of a sudden: ‘separation’…

5Yes, that’s what happens.

6Or so it seems. What’s the crux of oneness?

7Well, absence of separation – or is that just being silly?

8No, it’s extremely well put in fact. There’s no separation in oneness. So can oneness recognize separation, does separation have any meaning to oneness?

9No, that doesn’t seem possible...

10It isn’t. So what can recognize separation, something that doesn’t know about it or something that already knows?

11The second one, I guess.

12Right you are again. In order to recognize separation, there first has to arise something in which the seed of separation is already present. Which is you, small you, mule. There has to be the belief in an entity that is separated already and only when that has formed, the experience ‘separation’ can arise. Which means that ‘separation’ is a belief, a thought of this entity – which in its turn consists of a belief called ‘experience’. Thus, separation is a thought of an experience. A belief within a belief.

13But it doesn’t feel like a thought, and on the face of it it doesn’t feel like ego either!

14You can see that it must be there first, can’t you?

15I would have to admit that’s the only answer.

16So mule is there already, only it has not been recognized as such yet. A moment later it takes the shape of separation and then your good mood is ruined. Do you know how it is possible for mule to already exist in that oneness you talk about?

17I think I'm scared to find out.

18You’d better, because it will hurt. It is possible for mule, because the oneness you experience is mule too. It’s an experience, an experience of oneness. That should have made your alarm go off. Every experience is mule, baby.

19Damn. So there is no oneness?

20Yes there is, but never as an experience. Realization does not belong to a level, experience does. Experienced oneness may be a side effect of the realization of oneness, but that does not mean experienced oneness is the same as realization. It’s a common mistake of enlightened mules to forget that. And as a result getting attached to this great oneness-experience. Like you are. Separation is a thought, oneness an experience. Both come up. Accept that they do, accept that their appearance does not matter at all. Then you won’t be fooled by them.

21But… if the experience of oneness isn’t the oneness itself, what’s the point of being realized?

22None at all for mule. None at all for oneness either, because oneness cannot become more one by realization. The realization that you want, the goodies that you expect – they are all part of muleworld. And muleworld will never become one, because it only exists by the grace of separation. Seeming separation, because all is one and will remain so no matter if you realize that or not. That’s why I say nothing changes with realization. There’s only experience, and experience does not exist...

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#4448 - Thursday, December 8, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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'We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the
visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.'
~ Rainer Maria Rilke


The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about
progress. There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like
liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness
and involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.
~ Ramesh S. Balsekar
by Tony Cartledge on Facebook



If I was to translate the enlightened state down into human terms, I'd
have to describe it as contentment. Being nobody, going nowhere,
needing no reason to exist. To the ego, that probably sounds a little
boring, and of course to an ego it is. But then again, there's really
nothing for the ego in enlightenment. In enlightenment, the egoic false
self is rendered an irrelevant illusion, a mask, a character that
nothingness wears while pretending to be human.
Not only is there nothing in enlightenment for the ego, the ego is the
defense against enlightenment. I'm not saying that ego is bad or evil
because it's not. I'm saying that ego is a social and personal construct
and therefore an illusion. But there's nothing wrong with an illusion.
A painting is an illusion; a movie is an illusion; a good novel is an
illusion. The problem isn't with illusion; the problem is with the
emotional attachments and addictions of ego.
~ Adyashanti
by Kiki Bakshi on Facebook


Mystic Chat
 by Hakim Sanai
(1044? - 1150?)
My dear!
You haven't the feet
for this path --
why struggle?
You've no idea where
the idol's to be found --
what's all this
mystic chat?
What can be done
with quarrelsome
fellow travelers,
If you were really a lover
you'd see that faith and infidelity
are one...
Oh, what's the use?
about such things
is a hobby for
numb brains.
You are pure spirit
but imagine yourself a corpse!
pure water which thinks
it's the pot!
Everything you want
must be searched for --
except the Friend.
If you don't find Him
you'll never
be able
to start
to even
you can be sure:
You are not Him --
you can remove yourself
from between
and Him --
in which case
English version by
Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady


One of the most famous phrases popularized by Horace is carpe diem,
sometimes translated as "seize the day." Carpe diem comes from
Horace's Ode I-XI, the 11 ode in his first book.

Heather McHugh translated one ode:
"Get wise. Get wine, and one good filter for it.
Cut that high hope down to size, and pour it
into something fit for men. Think less
of more tomorrows, more of this
one second, endlessly unique: it's
jealous, even as we speak, and it's
about to split again ..."

from The Writer's Almanac



photo by Peter Shefler
The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path
are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.
The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.
The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.
And one word transforms it into something less or other --
illicit, chaste, perfunctory, conjugal, covert.
Even calling it a kiss betrays the fluster of hands
glancing the skin or gripping a shoulder, the slow
arching of neck or knee, the silent touching of tongues.
Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper --
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads. To name is to know and remember.
The sunlight needs no praise piercing the rainclouds,
painting the rocks and leaves with light, then dissolving
each lucent droplet back into the clouds that engendered it.
The daylight needs no praise, and so we praise it always --
greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon.
~ Dana Gioia
(Interrogations at Noon)
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#4449 - Friday, December 9, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Hsin-Hsin Ming VIII: Non-Duality
Scott Bradley

"When such dualities cease to exist / Oneness itself cannot exist. . . . / With a single stroke you are freed from bondage; . . . / To know this Reality directly / is possible only through practicing non-duality. / When you live this non-separation, / all things manifest the One, and nothing is excluded. . . . / Not here, not there— / But everywhere right before your eyes. . . . / Don't waste your time in arguments or discussion / attempting to grasp the ungraspable." (Clarke)
I have condensed a great deal here, so I would recommend you study it in context should you wish to explore it further.
We say 'non-dual' because, as previously stated with reference to Zhuangzi, "One and the saying make two." This is merely semantic, of course, but it does make the point.
The Zen vision of 'enlightenment' is primarily described as 'sudden', as opposed to gradual, although some concessions are often made to a gradual realization leading up to the sudden epiphany.
To experience non-duality, we are told, we must practice non-duality. This leaves us with the chicken/egg dilemma, but that may be the point. Breaking the mind's attachment to cause and effect becomes the breakthrough. Here is a gate.
Oneness means oneness; nothing is excluded. Another gate.
Nowhere in particular; yet in every particular. Another gate.
Realization is experiential; it is not intellectual, nor can it be attained through reason. Arguments and discussions about the nature of reality do not bring us any closer to it. Why do we argue? Should I argue for the non-dual position? Will that make me non-dual? Will it make you non-dual? It is only an idea. Living in the dualistic mind, ideas matter because they help to make me someone, someone 'right' in contrast to some-other 'wrong'. What would it be like to be utterly unconcerned with the opinions of others vis- -vis my own? Perhaps even those opinions would fall away. And then I would float away; for these opinions are a great burden on my heart.

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