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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4450, Saturday, December 10, 2011

Abandon any hope of fruition.

The key instruction is to stay in the present. Don't get caught up in hopes of what you'll achieve and how good your situation will be some day in the future. What you do right now is what matters.

- Pema Chodron, from Always Maintain a Joyful Mind, posted to DailyDharma

As the lotus does not touch the water, so do not let the world enter your heart. Being busy in the world is no trouble unless you are troubled being busy. Then the only trouble is the trouble.

- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay

Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to Distillation

"Where shall I look for Enlightenment?"


"When will it happen?"

"It is happening right now."

"Then why don't I experience it?"

"Because you do not look."

"What should I look for?"

"Nothing, just look."

"At what?"

"Anything your eyes alight upon."

"Must I look in a special kind of way?"

"No. The ordinary way will do."

"But don't I always look the ordinary way?"


"Why ever not?"

"Because to look you must be here. You're mostly somewhere else."

- Anthony de Mello, S.J., posted to The_Now2

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Subject: #4451 - Sunday, December 11, 2011
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4451, Sunday, December 11, 2011

"How shall I attain Eternal Life?"

"Eternal Life is now. Come into the present."

"But I am in the present now, am I not?"


"Why not?"

"Because you haven't dropped your past."

"Why should I drop my past? Not all of it is bad."

"The past is to be dropped not because it is bad but because it is dead."

- Anthony de Mello, SJ, posted to The_Now2

A radical change can take place only outside the field of thought, not within it, and the mind can leave the field only when it sees the confines, the boundaries of the field, and realizes that any change within the field is no change at all. This is real meditation.

- Krishnamurti, posted to Distillation

Word Fog

Words, even if they come from
the soul, hide the soul, as fog

rising off the sea covers the sea,
the coast, the fish, the pearls.

It's noble work to build coherent
philosophical discourses, but

they block out the sun of truth.
See God's qualities as an ocean,

this world as foam on the purity
of that. Brush away and look

through the alphabet to essence,
as you do the hair covering your

beloved's eyes. Here's the mystery:
this intricate, astonishing world

is proof of God's presence even as
it covers the beauty. One flake

from the wall of a gold mine does
not give much idea what it's like

when the sun shines in and turns
the air and the workers golden.

- Rumi Ghazal 921, version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin, from The Glance, posted to Sunlight

Essence is emptiness
Everything else, accidental.
Emptiness brings peace to loving,
Everything else, disease.
In this world of trickery,
Emptiness is what your soul wants.

- Rumi, posted to DailyDharma

Enlighten your desires.
Meditate on who you are.
Quit imagining.

What you want is profoundly expensive,
and difficult to find,
yet closeby.

Don't search for it. It is nothing,
and a nothing within nothing.

- Lalla, version by Coleman Barks, from Naked Song, posted to AlongTheWay

In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the innermost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that.

Merge in the sea and become one with it,
Forgetting they were ever separate streams,
So do all creatures lose their separateness
When they merge at last into pure Being.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the innermost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that!

- from the Chandogya Upanishad, posted to SufiMystic

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4452 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2011-12-12
Subject: #4452 - Monday, December 12, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4452 - Monday, December 12, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nonduality Highlights -В 
Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.
~ Rumi.
Love is seeing
the unity
the imaginary
~ Nisargadatta
by Rorayma Gavidia on Facebook

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the
interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one
another, and all involved in one another.
~ Thomas Merton
So instead of loving what you think is peace, love other [people] and love
God above all. And instead of hating the people you think are
warmongers, hate the appetites and the disorder in your own soul, which
are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate
tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
~ Thomas Merton

Don't look for peace. Don't look for any other state than the one you are
in now; otherwise, you will set up inner conflict and unconscious
Forgive yourself for not being at peace. The moment you completely
accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace.
Anything you accept fully will get you there, will take you into peace. This
is the miracle of surrender.
When you accept what is, every moment is the best moment. That is
~ Eckhart Tolle
by Tony Cartledge on Facebook

Full Moon Over The Miles River ~ Far Away Point, Maryland
by Peter Shefler
The truth is that a whole new state of consciousness already exists, that
every part of your experience that’s unfolding right now is already
enclosed within absolute stillness, absolute ease. And so there really isn’t
anywhere to go or anything for which to search. Struggle only gets us
deeper into the very thing we’re trying to escape. This is a very important
thing to know about egoic consciousness: The harder we try to get out,
the deeper we dig ourselves in.
~ Adyashanti

We try to grasp something strange and mysterious because we believe
happiness lies elsewhere. This is the mistake. The Self is all-pervading.
Our real nature is liberation, but we imagine that we are bound, we make
strenuous efforts to become free, although all the while we are free. Birth
and death pertain only to the body, they are superimposed upon the Self,
giving rise to the delusion that birth and death relate to the Self. The
universe exists within the Self. Discover the undying Self and be immortal
and happy. Be yourself and nothing more. Thoughts change but not you.
There is neither past nor future; there is only the present. Yesterday was
the present when you experienced it; tomorrow will also be the present
when you experience it, therefore, experience takes place only in the
present, and even the present is mere imagination, for the sense of time
is purely mental.
All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than
that? Your true nature is that of infinite spirit.
~ Ramana Maharshi
by Tom McFerran on Facebook

by Peter Shefler
Enlighten your desires.
Meditate on who you are.
Quit imagining.
What you want is profoundly expensive,
and difficult to find,
yet closeby.
Don't search for it.В  It is nothing,
and a nothing within nothing.
~В Lalla
В  14th Century North Indian mystic
From "Naked Song" Versions by Coleman Barks
by Along The Way

The Ineffable Mystery of Being
by Rob Matthews
What I have discovered through my spiritual practice is an increasing
self-intimacy...a sense of authenticity and real-ness, that has become the
cornerstone of my daily life. I cannot imagine how I could have lived
without this living presence and sense of emerging fullness.
Our awareness is incredibly powerful at enabling the unveiling of
ourselves, revealing a fuller picture, illuminating our experience, but only
if we are willing and committed to knowing the fullness of what we are.
I find as I continue noticing and encountering this awareness in my life
what comes into view is both particular and vast, discordant yet
harmonious, life sustaining yet challenging and not necessarily easy. This
active engagement demands my courage and honesty, this is no walk in
the park.
As I continue, the sense of congruence and authenticity begins to sprout
and this self-intimacy becomes the rule, in time. Although it is not as
though there is one mode of being, that of self-intimacy, no, it is more
like that a dance has begun.
This dance, fueled and enabled by the openness and desire of wanting to
know myself, is both exhilarating and liberating and, as I develop trust in
the unfolding, I soon begin to recognize that any ideas or desires for
Awakening need not concern no longer is of interest as my life
has filled up with a delicious fragrance of authenticity.
I no longer care for anything other than supporting what has taken root
within me…if the self concept or ego continues I don't care, the teachers
and teachings tell me this and that and I don't care, life is its usual mix of
struggle and strife, joy and love, and I no longer care...why would I care
when I know the golden key is within? Why search for anything when the
very fabric of experience is the path of unfolding. Everyday experience
reveals this once we get a little more familiar with ourselves and stop
trying to awaken, stop meddling with our experience long enough to
notice what is.
At some stage there was a key realization, one among many, when I
realized I can let go of all concepts about the teaching and just feel
comfortable in everyday experience without any framework or concepts
about how it ought to be. Is their a doer? Is there an ego? Is there an
awakening? Are we perfect? None of these conceptual frames of
reference are important. Instead I relax and notice that all that stuff is
just ideas about...about the ineffable mystery of being.
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4453 From: Jerry K Date: 2011-12-13
Subject: #4453 - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
В #4453 - Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights



by Vicki Woodyard

Someone asked me to tell them about my book, LIFE WITH A HOLE IN IT. It was written during the almost five-year period when my husband was suffering from multiple myeloma, a fatal cancer. Since our daughter had also died of cancer as a child, the terror and grief which struck me on hearing his diagnosis was monumental. It erased every spiritual teaching I had so carefully collected. Let that sink in....

In September of 2010 I published it and felt I had completed the final leg of the journey. I had gone from shattered to peaceful, from darkness to light. Not that a human being ever has a total healing, for the journey is a spiral one. My essence is very private; my writing style is wide open. I think this gives what I do balance in some essential sense.

Yesterday I posted a picture of Bob on a Facebook Note. His love has survived; he is about His Father's business "somewhere out there." But as the Sufis tells us, we are the outermost out and the innermost in. So he is also "in here."

Because of him asking me to find my passion before he died, I now have a reason to get up in the morning. Words fall from my fingers like crazy. I let them say what they need to say; I am just here for the mechanical part of the process.

People say the book is moving. I fell apart and came back together innumerable times. What sustained me? Whatever sustains anyone during hard times; I had no choice in any of it. Love is something that happens; death is something that happens. My book happened and I love that it did.

If you feel the urge to order it, please do. Something this important shouldn't go unread. Something this small shouldn't be overlooked. My friend Marisela has told me to think big, so I am asking for everyone to help me spread the word. It's on amazon. I sell it from home as an ebook or paperback. Take your pick, but take it :) It would make some guy with a halo very happy. His birthday would have been tomorrow.

From Leslie Read

" Dear All...Buy this is simply one of the most amazing. There are literally none on my shelves to compare it to...and I have a few ND books. This one reads of the sweet and bitter in all our humanness from the depths of a divine View. Treat yourself to this Gift.

Vicki Woodyard


Ajja: The Power of SilenceВ 

In this wordless video - highlights of a healing ceremony and feast given by Ajja (A. Rabbi Nithyanandam) who expired in 2007 - one can still receive an intense impression of a remarkable man.

Ajja spoke no English and yet, his presence was so strong that by his mere mien alone, one knew exactly what he was communicating. He acknowledged Ramana's and Nisargadatta's teachings as the highest truth, both of whom taught through the power of silence.

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4454 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-14
Subject: #4454 - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4454 - Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Paula Marvelly's profile of T S Eliot's major works is gritty and transcendent.

Paula Marvelly: T S Eliot, A Man Out Of Time
Г‚вЂ˜Philosophy is difficult unless we discipline our minds for it; the full appreciation of poetry is difficult for those who have not trained their sensibility by years of attentive reading. But devotional reading is the most difficult of all, because it requires an application, not only of the mind, not only of the sensibility, but of the whole being.Â’
T S Eliot
It is hard to conceive of any poet, ancient or modern, who encompasses both the literary genius and metaphysical vision of Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888–1965); indeed, rare it is to encounter anyone who is able to combine a poetic sensibility with a philosophical discipline, thus creating a body of work far more beautiful and profound than its component parts. By the end of his life, Eliot had produced such a impressive oeuvre of artistic output, including poetry, plays, essays and literary criticism, it made him one of the most important English-language writers of the twentieth century, earning him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.
Despite his love of the Christian teachings (and conversion to Anglicanism in 1927), T S Eliot was also fascinated by the wisdom of the East. When Eliot was a child, it is said he was greatly affected by the poem, Г‚вЂ˜The Light of AsiaÂ’, by Sir Edwin Arnold, a poem based on the life of the Buddha.
Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Eliot eventually studied at Harvard University where he was influenced by, amongst others, the writers William James, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Paul Deussen and Walt Whitman; he also took classes in Pali and Sanskrit, as well as Indian Philosophy, which included the study of the Vedas and Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and PatanjaliÂ’s Yoga Sutras, which left him Г‚вЂ˜in a state of enlightened mystificationÂ’. It is believed that at the time of writing arguably his most famous poem, The Waste Land, he even contemplated becoming a Buddhist.
Eliot was aligned to the Modernist poets, who reacted against the formal literary conventions of the previous century and instead, employed more abstract methods for self-expression, including the use of blank verse and the Г‚вЂ˜stream of consciousnessÂ’ technique; similarly, with the advent of two world wars, poetic appraisal of truth and beauty was replaced by manÂ’s sense of dread and disillusionment at the apparent meaninglessness of life.
Set against this nihilistic backdrop, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915) was EliotÂ’s first major published work; written as a dramatic monologue, Prufrock laments his lonely middle-aged existence, so lacking in intellectual, sexual and spiritual fulfillment, and permeated with an acute awareness of the interminable passing of time:

For I have known them all already, known them all
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons

Whereas Prufrock is one manÂ’s lamentation against the world, The Waste Land (1922), his next important piece, effectively becomes a requiem for humankind in its presentation of the hollowness of living; both the saints and heroes of the past rub shoulders with the typists and clerks of the present in their subjugation to Г‚вЂ˜memory and desireÂ’ and the perennial problem of the nature of human suffering. Interestingly, the original epitaph of the poem included Joseph ConradÂ’s infamous declaration, taken from Heart of Darkness alluding to the pervading feeling of angst prevalent in early twentieth-century Europe: Г‚вЂ˜The horror! The horror!Â’
The Waste Land is composed of five parts (I. The Burial of the Dead; II. A Game of Chess; III. The Fire Sermon; IV. Death by Water; V. What the Thunder Said) complete with a set of notes, which are arguably more abstruse than the poem itself. Written partly when Eliot was recuperating from a nervous breakdown, The Waste Land is presented through a variety of voices, as well as drawing on a wide range of classical and literary sources (including Homer, Ovid, Dante, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, and Sir James Fraser, together with the legend of the Holy Grail and the Fisher King, and references to the Tarot deck).
Akin to much metaphysical poetry, The Waste Land is effectively a mimesis of the mind as it withdraws from outward perception into a meditative trance, whereby seemingly random and disconnected thoughts arise and pass by, with no apparent underlying significance – drinking coffee in the Hofgarten, a famous clairvoyant playing cards, a cockerel crying atop a treetop, Г‚вЂ˜co co rico co co ricoÂ’; a surrealistic landscape, populated with anaesthetized people, and comprising the stuff of apocalyptic dreams:

Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
(Г‚вЂ˜The Burial of the DeadÂ’, ll. 60–3)

Despite the overt bleakness of EliotÂ’s poem, written at a time when NietzscheÂ’s pronouncement that Г‚вЂ˜God is deadÂ’ was undoubtedly ringing in the readerÂ’s ear, its inherent message is one of attempting to come to terms with the wretchedness of life. And thus, two key Indic texts play an important role in the redemptive aspect of the poem: in part three, Eliot draws inspiration from the Fire Sermon of the Buddha found in the Maha Vagga, and the metaphor of burning used to signify both the pain of worldly experience and the process of purification by which the pain may be transcended:

Burning burning burning burning
O Lord Thou pluckest me out
O Lord Thou pluckest
(Г‚вЂ˜The Fire SermonÂ’, ll. 308–11)

And in part five, through the voice of the thunder, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is evoked, appearing as three repeated injunctions, Г‚вЂ˜Datta, Dayadhvam, Damyata,Â’ and translated in the notes as Г‚вЂ˜give, sympathize, controlÂ’ (or perhaps better stated as Г‚вЂ˜give, be compassionate and exercise self-controlÂ’). Drawing on the story of Prajapati and his encounter with three orders of being – gods, men and demons – they are the responses each order hears when Prajapati is asked about the nature of truth. The Waste Land then ends, Г‚вЂ˜Shantih shantih shantiÂ’, befitting any important Upanishad.
Less famous than The Waste Land but undoubtedly EliotÂ’s masterpiece is Four Quartets (1943), which is far more affirmative in its vision for humanityÂ’s fate. Drawing more than any of his previous works on Indic texts, the opening lines are some of the most exquisite and sagacious in the entire canon of English poetry:

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
(Г‚вЂ˜Burnt NortonÂ’, ll. 1–10)

Throughout the poem, Eliot is consistently directing us to find peace and fulfillment in the present moment, a concept as old as the hills for any practising Hindu or Buddhist but its execution radical for a mainstream, early twentieth-century European poet.
Written predominantly during World War II and the air-raids on Great Britain, Four Quartets are four interconnected reflections on man's relationship with time, the universe, and God, drawing on many mystical and philosophical sources, including the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata, as well as St John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich.
Four Quartets consists of Г‚вЂ˜Burnt NortonÂ’, Г‚вЂ˜East CokerÂ’, Г‚вЂ˜The Dry SalvagesÂ’ and Г‚вЂ˜Little GiddingÂ’, each loosely associated with the four elements of air, earth, water and fire respectively. Eliot, however, doesnÂ’t stop there – other conceits employed include the rose garden: in the Sufi tradition, the garden is representative of the world with the rose symbolizing the soul, its blossoming the individuation of the self amidst the weeds and thorns of daily life.
Eliot also uses the metaphor of the dance to symbolize the Shiva-like movement of all phenomenal existence, karma bound, and yet with its centre the eternal still point from which everything radiates and turns, and where freedom ultimately resides:

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
(Г‚вЂ˜Burnt NortonÂ’, ll. 67–9)

Indeed, EliotÂ’s concluding immortal lines remind us that at the end of our spiritual journey, we shall come full circle like the turning wheel, from a state of human ignorance to divine illumination, waking up to what has always been and what shall always be, and what is always eternally present:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
(Г‚вЂ˜Little GiddingÂ’, ll. 886–9)

Despite professing to sometimes wondering Г‚вЂ˜if that is what Krishna meantÂ’ at the end of Four Quartets, Eliot is indeed the master poet, a kavi, able to articulate the vicissitudes of the human condition, with all its inherent misery and suffering, as well as offer a way to transcend them, his entire devotional work becoming, therefore, the perfect synthesis of philosophy and poetry, and ultimately an expression of Being itself.
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4455 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2011-12-15
Subject: #4455 - Thursday, December 15, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4455 - Thursday,В December 15, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
The Nonduality Highlights -В 

Every day is a journey,
and the journey itself is home.
Stop your routine of acquisitiveness, your habit of looking for
results and the freedom of the universe is yours. Be effortless.
~Nisargadatta Maharaj

by Tony Cartledge on Facebook

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and
yet I'm Happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?В 
~Snoopy (from Peanuts)
by Peter Baker in Nonduality Highlights groupВ on Facebook
photo by Susan Lucey of her belovedВ friend Oliver

Here is my secret: I don't mind what happens.
by Elsa Bailey on Facebook

Take no notice of the ego and its activities, and see only the
awareness behind...
~Ramana Maharishi
by Satish Kumar on Facebook

photo by Alan Larus

By engaging in a delusive quest for happiness, we bring only
suffering upon ourselves. In our frantic search for something to
quench our thirst, we overlook the water all around us and
drive ourselves into exile from our own lives.
~Sharon Salzberg
We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest
happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is
born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing
ourselves to be always at home.
~Sharon Salzberg

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the
idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the surface of a leaf. We
must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape,
really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can
at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of
darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
~Annie Dillard
Your life feels different on you, once you greet death and
understand your heart's position. You wear your life like a
garment from the mission bundle sale ever after -- lightly
because you realize you never paid nothing for it, cherishing
because you know you won't ever come by such a bargain
~Louise Erdrich
by Wisdom of the Sacred Feminine group on Facebook

You see people suffer and you seek the best way of helping
them. The answer is obvious - first put yourself beyond the
need of help. Be sure your attitude is of pure goodwill, free of
expectation of any kind.
Those who seek mere happiness may end up in sublime
indifference, while love will never rest.
As to method, there is only love - you must come to know
yourself - both what you appear to be and what you are.
Clarity and charity go together - each needs and strengthens
the other.
~Nisargadatta Maharaj
by Along The Way

If prayer would do it
If prayer would do it
I'd pray.
If reading esteemed thinkers would do it
I'd be halfway through the Patriarchs.
If discourse would do it
I'd be sitting with His Holiness
every moment he was free.
If contemplation would do it
I'd have translated the Periodic Table
to hermit poems, converting
matter to spirit.
If even fighting would do it
I'd already be a blackbelt.
If anything other than love could do it
I've done it already
and left the hardest for last.
~ Stephen Levine
(Breaking the Drought)

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4456 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-16
Subject: #4456 - Friday, December 16, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4456 - Friday,В December 16, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights -В 

The following is from Gilbert Schultz's Urban Guru Magazine:


Posted by Randall Friend on Thursday, December 1, 2011 · Leave a CommentВ 

There is nowhere we have to go, nothing we have to do, although lots of going and doing seem to happen. This apparent activity is just as it is without anything being wrong with it. It simply cannot make or create anything with regard to spirituality.

At some point we are reoriented in our search away from the attainments and achievements we long for – we come to a maturity and a place of pause. In this pause we likely realize we are chasing our tail. We might then begin a serious inquiry into the very nature of our essence, what-we-ARE, not what we might become if we do spirituality the right way, trying to hold our posture straight and our thoughts still. We might then realize that only by inquiring into our beliefs about ourselves, by questioning and challening our core set of default beliefs, do we have a chance to see past them, to realize their shortcomings, to recognize that what we believed ourselves to be isnÂ’t as we thought.

As it stands we are seeking out wholeness – calling it Oneness or Enlightenment or Nonduality or somesuch – the root desire is wholeness or completeness – to not be isolated, to not be missing something, to not be empty, to fill a figurative hole in our lives and in our hearts. Oneness and Enlightenment are just fancy words weÂ’ve learned to use to describe this vague but natural and most basic desire to be whole. And all the while we go about various spiritual paths, hoping that we are getting closer to that “oneness” we desire, we are marching toward the ultimate hole, the ultimate isolation or incompleteness. That emptiness we dread is called Death. So even if we achieve that great Enlightenment, we insist that we are something which resides in a body, something which was created, born, brought out of non-existence into a temporary existence, only to have that ticket revoked upon old age or illness or accident.

It is truly a desperate situation – if this is what we take ourselves to be – a finite existence – a person – an entity which was born – the search for wholeness then is really just fantasy – itÂ’s just wishful thinking – hoping that some chanting and reading and listening to a guru will somehow cease or at least push out this impending demise, this unavoidable ending of our existence.

It might dawn on us that this is what weÂ’re doing, that we are taking ourselves to be finite beings, existence which comes in individual servings, all the while we are seeking wholeness. We might realize this inherent contradiction, that we are looking for completeness or fullness while our most solid belief is that we are not complete, that we are separate, that we are independent, a thing on itÂ’s own, an entity which popped into existence from nothing, a person which stands apart from six billion other persons.

It becomes crystal clear that there are only two possibilities – either you ARE separate and then spirituality is just a fantasy, or you never WERE separate, and your belief about yourself AS something separate was always false. This realization has an amazing effect on the ability to focus our search – with option one, youÂ’re already done with the search – you realize you are separate and spirituality is false. The second option is almost as easy. You never were separate to begin with, therefore the only problem is your idea of what you are – ignorance of your true nature – and the solution is self-knowledge.

Self-knowledge is simply inquiring into your ideas about what you are, challenging them and entertaining the possibilities that they are not true, that you are in fact already whole, already full, already complete, already perfect, already not lacking anything. This means reality is already whole – it isnÂ’t now separate and then through some seeking and spirituality it BECOMES whole. It is ALREADY whole – already not separate – and you cannot be anything other than that whole reality.

Question the idea that you were born, that you are something which did not exist, which came into existence, and will at some point cease to exist. This very idea is the root of all ignorance and suffering. When it is realized that you are the whole, nothing changes – nothing needs to change. It is immediately clear that nothing is wrong and never was – that you are complete, perfect and whole already.

Even if you donÂ’t know it yet.


Gilbert Schultz's Urban Guru Magazine:

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4457 From: Mark Date: 2011-12-18
Subject: #4457 - Saturday, December 17, 2011
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4457, Saturday, December 17, 2011

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness.

- Anthony de Mello

The Indispensable Qualities of Awakening

In essence the entire spiritual endeavor is a very simple thing: Spirituality is essentially about awakening as the intuitive awareness of unity and dissolving our attachment to egoic consciousness. By saying that spirituality is a very simple thing, I do not mean to imply that it is either an easy or difficult endeavor. For some it may be very easy, while for others it may be more difficult. There are many factors and influences that play a role in one's awakening to the greater reality, but the greatest factors by far are one's sincerity, one-pointedness, and courage.

Sincerity is a word that I often use in teaching to convey the importance of being rooted in the qualities of honesty, authenticity, and genuineness. There can be nothing phony or contrived in our motivations if we are to fully awaken to our natural and integral state of unified awareness. While teachings and teachers can point us inward to "the peace beyond all understanding," it is always along the thread of our inner sincerity, or lack thereof, that we will travel. For the ego is clever and artful in the ways of deception, and only the honesty and genuineness of our ineffable being are beyond its influence. At each step and with each breath we are given the option of acting and responding, both inwardly and outwardly, from the conditioning of egoic consciousness which values control and separation above all else, or from the intuitive awareness of unity which resides in the inner silence of our being.

Without sincerity it is so very easy for even the greatest spiritual teachings to become little more than playthings of the mind. In our fast-moving world of quick fixes, big promises, and short attention spans, it is easy to remain on a very surface level of consciousness without even knowing it. While the awakened state is ever present and closer than your feet, hands, or eyes, it cannot be approached in a casual or insincere fashion. There is a reason that seekers the world over are instructed to remove their shoes and quiet their voices before entering into sacred spaces. The message being conveyed is that one's ego must be "taken off and quieted" before access to the divine is granted. All of our ego's attempts to control, demand, and plead with reality have no influence on it other than to make life more conflicted and difficult. But an open mind and sincere heart have the power to grant us access to realizing what has always been present all along.

When people asked the great Indian sage Nisargadatta what he thought was the most important quality to have in order to awaken, he would say "earnestness." When you are earnest, you are both sincere and one-pointed; to be one-pointed means to keep your attention on one thing. I have found that the most challenging thing for most spiritual seekers to do is to stay focused on one thing for very long. The mind jumps around with its concerns and questions from moment to moment. Rarely does it stay with one question long enough to penetrate it deeply. In spirituality it is very important not to let the egoic mind keep jumping from one concern to the next like an untrained dog. Remember, awakening is about realizing your true nature and dissolving all attachment to egoic consciousness.

My grandmother who passed away a few years ago used to say to me jokingly, "Getting old is not for wimps." She was well aware of the challenges of an aging body, and while she never complained or felt any pity for herself, she knew firsthand that aging had its challenges as well as its benefits. There was a courage within my grandmother that served her well as she approached the end of her life, and I am happy to say that when she passed, it was willingly and without fear. In a similar way the process of coming into a full and mature awakening requires courage, as not only our view of life but life itself transforms to align itself with the inner mystic vision. A sincere heart is a robust and courageous heart willing to let go in the face of the great unknown expanse of Being - an expanse which the egoic mind has no way of knowing or understanding.

When one's awareness opens beyond the dream state of egoic consciousness to the infinite no-thing-ness of intuitive awareness, it is common for the ego to feel much fear and terror as this transition begins. While there is nothing to fear about our natural state of infinite Being, such a state is beyond the ego's ability to understand, and as always, egos fear whatever they do not understand and cannot control. As soon as our identity leaves the ego realm and assumes its rightful place as the infinite no-thing-ness/every-thing-ness of awareness, all fear vanishes in the same manner as when we awaken from a bad dream. In the same manner in which my grandmother said, "Getting old is not for wimps," it can also be said that making the transition from the dream state to the mature, awakened state requires courage.

Sincerity, one-pointedness, and courage are indispensable qualities in awakening from the dream state of ego to the peace and ease of awakened Being. All there is left to do is to live it.

- Adyashanti

Our Sacred Calling

Listen to Life as it happens.
Watch what emerges within each moment.
Learn to trust the processes and energies
that move within and through our lives.
This is our sacred calling...

...for in learning to trust All That Is, as It is,
we begin to honor the majesty, meaning, and mystery
inherent within this Infinite universe.

- Metta Zetty

The everyday practice of dzogchen is simply to develop a complete carefree acceptance, an openness to all situations without limit.

- HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4458 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2011-12-20
Subject: #4458 - Monday, December 19, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
#4458 - Monday, December 19, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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There are many who have 20/20 vision yet see nothing at all. One
must want to look in order to see and the amount of "sight" one
has is secondary. Tara Becker Miller is aВ blind photographer who retains
6% vision in one eye.В Her work is featured here. Please see her bio at
the end for more. - Gloria

The plain truth is too simple for the seeker after complexity,
who is looking for things he cannot understand.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan (via Bowl of Saki)
Questioner: Since two and a half years I am traveling, restless,
seeking. I want to live a good life, a holy life. What am I to do?
Sri Nisargadatta: Go home, take charge of your father’s business,
look after your parents in their old age. Marry the girl who is
waiting for you, be loyal, be simple, be humble. Hide your virtue,
live silently. The five senses and the three qualities (gunas - Rajas,
Sattva, Tamas) are your eight steps in yoga. And ‘I am’ is the
Great Reminder (the Mahamantra). You can learn from them all
you need to know. Be attentive, enquire ceaselessly. That is all.
by Kiki Bakshi on Facebook

Seeing into one's self-nature is seeing into nothingness. Seeing
into nothingness is true seeing and eternal seeing. - Shen-hui
Interlake, Manitoba, Canada
photo by Tara Becker Miller
The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden
because of their simplicity and familiarity… We fail to be struck by
what, once seen, is most striking and most powerful. - Wittgenstein

Enlightenment only becomes available when it has been accepted
that it cannot be achieved.
Doctrines, processes, and progressive paths that seek
enlightenment only exacerbate the problem they address by
reinforcing the idea that the self can find something that it
presumes it has lost. It is that very effort, that investment in
self-identity that continuously recreates the illusion of separation
from oneness. This is the veil that we believe exists. It is the
dream of individuality.
- Tony Parsons
"As It Is"В  - The Open Secret of Spiritual Awakening
Jaques Cartier Park, Quebec, Canada
photo by Tara Becker Miller

He who looks at the foam speaks of mystery,
but he who looks at the sea is full of wonder.
He who looks at the foam expresses intentions,
but he who looks at the sea makes his heart the
He who looks at the flakes of foam makes plans,
but he who looks at the sea has no will.В  He who
looks at the foam keeps busy, but he who looks
at the sea is totally pure.

- Rumi
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Muriel Maufroy
"Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi"
by Along The Way

Matlock Beach, Manitoba, Canada
photo by Tara Becker Miller
The Poet's Obligation
By Pablo Neruda
(1904 - 1973)
To whoever is not listening to the sea
this Friday morning, to whoever is cooped up
in house or office, factory or woman
or street or mine or harsh prison cell:
to him I come, and, without speaking or looking,
I arrive and open the door of his prison,
and a vibration starts up, vague and insistent,
a great fragment of thunder sets in motion
the rumble of the planet and the foam,
the raucous rivers of the ocean flood,
the star vibrates swiftly in its corona,
and the sea is beating, dying and continuing.
So, drawn on by my destiny,
I ceaselessly must listen to and keep
the sea's lamenting in my awareness,
I must feel the crash of the hard water
and gather it up in a perpetual cup
so that, wherever those in prison may be,
wherever they suffer the autumn's castigation,
I may be there with an errant wave,
I may move, passing through windows,
and hearing me, eyes will glance upward
saying, "How can I reach the sea?"
And I shall broadcast, saying nothing,
the starry echoes of the wave,
a breaking up of foam and of quicksand,
a rustling of salt withdrawing,
the grey cry of sea-birds on the coast.
So, through me, freedom and the sea
will make their answer to the shuttered heart.
from On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea
В by Pablo Neruda / Translated by Alastair Reid

Tara Becker Miller
Tara's eyesight has been poor since birth. She contracted
congenital rubella syndrome in utero.
When she was a toddler, Tara parent's, on the advice of doctors,
agreed to an operation to help her see again. The procedure was
a success. She was able to go to school, she had poor vision, but
Tara could see. In her teenage years her eyes started
deteriorating again; Glaucoma was now robbing her of sight. In
her early thirties Tara Miller was declared legally blind.
Tara told me she always loved art and beauty. She loved drawing
and painting. When she lost most of her eyesight she also lost her
willingness to create.
She said people encouraged her to participate in other hobbies
like Tai Chi, but when her husband started taking photography
lessons and brought Tara on shoots for school assignments,
suddenly she wanted to do more. She wanted to take pictures
Jeff showed her that when the pictures came home she could
enlarge them on her computer screen up to 500X. Tara was
suddenly able to see again. She could see the grooves on a
raspberry. She could see the petals on a flower. She could see the
fur on a rabbit.
Today, Tara Miller is an award-winning photographer.
Tara says in her biography; I have finally started to be taken
seriously for my ability and not my disability. Because I don't look
legally blind some people have laughed at me when I tell them
what I do or assume my husband Jeff does all the work. I had
trouble coping with more vision loss over the past 20 years and
finally found my "inner peace" with myself when I took up
photography again in life and want to let others know to not give
up what you are passionate about in life.
See more photos here:
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4459 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-22
Subject: #4459 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4459 - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Of Pines
Cogar na nGiГѓВєiseanna
An ChГѓВ©ad ChlГѓВі 2011
© Leaganacha Gaeilge:
Gabriel Rosenstock, 2011
© Na haiku agus na senryu bunaidh:
Janak Sapkota 2011
Published by Original Writing Ltd., Dublin, 2011.
Dedicated to my adorable Carla
for whispering the secrets
a busy ant
loses its way
among my haiku
seangГѓВЎn gnГѓВіthach
ag dul amГѓВє
i measc mo chuid haiku
long days of rain –
the gurgle of frogs ripens
the little rice field
laethanta fada bГѓВЎistГѓВ­
goirtГѓВ­n rГѓВ­se ГѓВЎ aibiГѓВє
ag gliog gliog na bhfroganna
inside a bus
this housefly knows nothing
of where it is going
istigh i mbus
is gan tuairim ag an gcuil tГѓВ­
cГѓВЎ bhfuil a triall
heavy rain
a crow and a sparrow
share the window ledge
bГѓВЎisteach throm
roinneann prГѓВ©achГѓВЎn is gealbhan
leac na fuinneoige
in tears
a sick child
stares at the rain
deora lГѓВ©i –
pГѓВЎiste tinn
ag stГѓВЎnadh ar an mbГѓВЎisteach
monsoon rain –
walking by the dump
smell of jasmine
bГѓВЎisteach mhonsГѓВєin –
ag siГѓВєl cois an dumpa
boladh na seasmaine
ants gather
under a mushroom
dГѓВЎil na seangГѓВЎn
faoi mhuisiriГѓВєn
cГѓВ©n gГѓВЎ le clog
is cГѓВіnaГѓВ­ ort cois coille –
living near woods
no need of an alarm –
ploughing the rice field -
birds squabbling
over earthworms
gort rГѓВ­se ГѓВЎ treabhadh –
ГѓВ©anlaith in achrann le chГѓВ©ile
i dtaobh pГѓВ©isteanna
the rickshaw boy
waiting for a customer
falls asleep
an giolla ricseГѓВЎ
ag feitheamh le custaimГѓВ©ir
titeann dГѓВЎ shuan
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4460 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2011-12-23
Subject: #4460 - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4460 - Thursday,В December 22, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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"A single conversation across a table with a wise man is worth a
month's study of books." - Chinese Proverb
by Sandra Ma
No one's mouth is big enough to utter the whole thing.
- Alan Watts
by Elsa Bailey

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the
understanding of a problem.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
by Tony Cartledge

The message behind the words
is the voice of the heart.
- Rumi
by Neena Singh

photo by Alan Larus

This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.
- Rumi
by Andy Lal

For whoever seeks God in some special way, will gain the way and
lose God who is hidden in the way. But whoever seeks God
without any special way, finds Him as He really is… and He is life
- Meister Eckhart
by Tony Cartledge

Let the water settle
and you will see moon and stars
mirrored in your being.
- Rumi
by Andy Lal

photo by Alan Larus

There is something in us
That has nothing to do with night and day,
Diamonds which come from no earthly mine.
- Rumi
by Enea Bozeglav

A report from spring's front lines.
The tawny tones of dirt, the pale hues of pulverized rock, the gray
and black of pebbles, the golden shades of sand, what marvelous
rug to walk on. The sun so bright, and the breeze so cool. It gave
me the grounded feeling of being at home. And as if that were
not enough, my favorite musicians were playing a symphony in
chlorophyll . What mastery vegetation has to squeeze every note
out of green! This made me feel like a child gazing into his
mother's eyes. But then I looked up, and saw the cloud flecked
blue, and I had the intuition I was free, buoyant, but unable to
fly, as a bird in a cage must feel looking at the sky.
Yes, I left headquarters early, and crossed no man's land. I
peered into the enemy's trenches, and brought back this report:
The jasmines are preparing an assault. Their army green blouses
are crisscrossed with buds.
The General read the report and looked at me with a sad smile.
"No one can know this, and live." He turned to his adjutant, and
softly said, "Prepare the firing squad."
Pete Sierra

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4461 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-23
Subject: #4461 - Friday, December 23, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4461 - Friday, December 23, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Who am I ?

I know who I am
it is not this person
I know who I am
and it is not visible

I know what I am
yet it is not anything anybody ever called me

I know what I am
and it is impossible to put in words
I know who I am
it is nothing tangible

I know who I am
it is not here or there

yet closer than our own breath
Our natural state
even now

already the case
Understanding is all
~ ~ ~
Anamika is a potter in Auroville. Her work may be viewed here:



William Samuel

The Christmas Season commemorates our own awakening, birth of the Christ Truth within, arrival of our own Identity. The Christmas Season marks the prodigalÂ’s return from the land of husks. This is the time when the fires of the hearth are rekindled—the time for coming home.

Coming home to what? To consciousness, to Identity, to the heritage promised us from the beginning, to the Love we are, to the carefree Child we are, to warmth and tenderness, simplicity and gentleness—to the happiness that REALITY is!

Reader, if I could give you the gift of childlikeness, I would. But this is our nature already—and this is the only nature that comes to see, accept and live the Real. Intellectuality decries the season, anxious to explain it and then to have it over. But childlikeness sees the sparkle of silver tassels all year. Childlikeness listens to the laughter of angels every minute. Childlikeness tastes the sweet sugarplums of Simplicity right here, right now—and feels the gentle Love of Christmas forever!

From THE AWARENESS OF SELF-DISCOVERY by William Samuel (1970)



"Photons have no ticking time at all, which means, as far as they are concerned, they are absorbed the instant they are emitted, even if the distance traveled is across the universe itself."

Dustin writes:

This thread strains the bounds of my own intelligence, but something about it made me think ofВ The HighlightsВ in the following excerpt. It discusses existence as a physical property in the quantum realm; almost as though it wasn't real:

The entire thread is here:

Tyson's Wikipedia page is here:

I've seen him on Real Time With Bill Maher, and he's an incredibly eloquent communicator about science. I found reading the answers to the questions posed to him to be really interesting.



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4462 From: Mark Date: 2011-12-25
Subject: #4462 - Saturday, December 24, 2011
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online:

Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4462, Saturday, December 24, 2011

The trouble with the world," said the Master with a sigh, "is that human beings refuse to grow up.

When can a person be said to have grown up?" asked a disciple.

On the day he does not need to be lied to about anything.

- Anthony de Mello, SJ, posted to Friar_Tucks_Monastery

The ostensible purpose of all meditation is the cessation of thinking or conceptualization, but this can never be achieved by any entity because an entity is itself the thinking process. A deep understanding of this truth, however, can itself lead to a spontaneous fasting of the mind, whereby thought ceases effortlessly on its own, as would a clock cease whose winding has been allowed to run down.

- Ramesh S Balsekar, posted to Distillation

Tripping Over Joy

What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, "I Surrender!"

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think

You have a thousand serious moves.

- Hafiz, from I Heard God Laughing - Renderings of Hafiz versions by Daniel Ladinsky, posted to AlongTheWay

After you have rejected
what was to be rejected
and accepted
what was to be accepted,
only acceptance
remains hollow.

At that end you'll say,
'What's this acceptance for, even?
I don't need it."
you'll arrive at
'Who am I?'

- Swami Amar Jyoti, from In Light of Wisdom, posted to AlongTheWay

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4463 From: Mark Date: 2011-12-25
Subject: #4463, Sunday - December 25, 2011
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online:

Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4463, Sunday, December 25, 2011

On winter solstice, I stopped by Smith's (a local grocery store) to get gas, at a busy time. The gas tank on my Forester is on the passenger side, different than most cars. It's crazy at Smith's because it's generally crowded with lines (they have cheap gas) and I can't just drive up behind a guy with a truck and wait in line like a normal person. I have to wait in FRONT of a car to pull in when they pull out. I'm waiting about 15 minutes for this guy to pull out and up behind him pulls a low car with dark glass. I run over -- I'm happy as a puppy, my normal state, and my demeanor is like this: this is one of my beloved neighbors who will of course understand! The young woman rolls down the window about 1/2", barely looking at me - her manner is quite surly. There are a few other young people in the car. I'm a little shocked, caught off-guard by her state, but still warm and friendly and unaffected. "Hi! I've been waiting about 15 minutes for this pump, so you might want to try another pump." I totally assume she wants this information and will do the decent thing. She rolls up the window without saying anything, so I turn and bound back to my car. The guy in the truck pulls out, and just as I'm about to pull in, the young woman pulls in, right in front of me. Wow. Shocked.

I generally am not in the company of those who are hurting so badly they need to say such a direct "Fuck you." Wow. Shocked. As I drove away, presence digested the shock in my body and I was struck by the sense that I had just witnessed the source of evil in a mild form - the denial of human connection, pleasure in the use of power because the connection to love is long gone.

(Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.)

I had earlier that day posted a video that brought tears to my eyes - it was created by someone who wanted to show how love and kindness spread. A boy wipes out on his skateboard on the sidewalk in front of a construction worker - the worker helps him to his feet, makes sure he's okay, and the boy walks on, runs into an old woman with arms full of groceries, and takes them and walks and chats with her across the street. The old woman then comes upon a young woman who can't find change for a meter, and hands her a quarter and so on. Yes! I'm thinking, Yes! Love and kindness ignite the heart, and go viral. Exponential results are possible! Same with the spread of unkindness, venom, power over, refusal to join - it stirs the hurt animal in us, it triggers our powerlessness and can, if we're not watching, evoke retribution, either there at the person who "wronged" us, or later onto someone safer.

The buck stops here. But why does the buck stop here? (You have learnt how it was said: 'Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.' But I say to you, offer the wicked man no resistance. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him.) The buck stops here, where there is a willingness to feel whatever needs to be felt (hurt, humiliation, anger, being the "loser," the "wrong one") in order to not pass on the pain and harm. It stops here in the fire in my heart, in the fire of THE Heart, where alive and present connection to things as they are in THIS moment can be married and surrendered to, and all things are known as One.

This season celebrates the birth of this holy light of the Divine Child within each of us, the aspect of us that can look upon harm with innocence and compassion, feeling in the heart the pain of being human, of living on this earth with all the harm, living on it but not being of it. Jesus, who embodies this light also said, I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world. To conquer the world is to live inside the light within as peace, rather than within the ball of past pain and concepts that make up the warring "me." Dropping again and again into the simplicity of this vibrating, wholesome moment allows us to leave war behind and face what it is in us that wants to go there, and meet and digest it at its root.

The young woman and her friends were indigenous, probably from Taos Pueblo. People with the color of my skin took her people's land, way of life, perpetrated all kinds of violence. Maybe someone up her family tree was raped or killed or sent away to boarding school by one of the people with my color skin. Is it okay that she can't find the love when she looks in my face? Yeah. Can she have the gas pump? Yeah. We're in this together, no exceptions.

Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, whatever you are asked to meet, whether plenty or scarcity, joy or pain, know this: we are here to love and take care of each other. May I be an instrument of that and may my words here inspire the Divine Love inside your heart to ignite and set fire to every form of delusion in your path. Happy Holy-days.


- Jeannie Zandi, posted to Facebook

The mind that dies every day to the memories of yesterday, to all the joys and sorrows of the past such a mind is fresh, innocent, it has no age; and without that innocence, whether you are ten or sixty, you will not find God.

- Krishnamurti, posted to Distillation

Merry Christmas to all
and to all a good life!

No matter what happens, darlin' -
the ups, downs, insults, betrayals,
gossip, hurt, pain, abandonment,

Arms are waiting to hold you,
comfort you, love you beyond imaginin'.

Wrinkled left arm>>>>You
And in return? Just promise sweetheart,
If you get the chance to sit it out or dance,
no matter what, You won t forget to dance!

I love you.

dharma grandmother

- dg, posted to DailyDharma

Finally, some Christmas songs that you may not have heard yet this season:

The Band - Christmas Must Be Tonight:

Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa:

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

Grateful Dead - Run Rudolph Run:

Pink Floyd - Merry Xmas Song:

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4464 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2011-12-27
Subject: #4464 - Monday, December 26, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4464 - Monday, December 26, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Year's end
By Matsuo Basho
(1644 - 1694)
English version by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto
from Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter
Year's end,
all corners
of this floating world, swept.
photo by Alan Larus

You don't want no pie in the sky when you die,
You want something here on the ground while you're still around.
~ Muhammad Ali
by Louise Christian

by Ben Gilberti on Facebook

If there is anything I have learned about men and women, it is
that there is a deeper spirit of altruism than is ever evident. Just
as the rivers we see are minor compared to the underground
streams, so, too, the idealism that is visible is minor compared to
what people carry in their hearts unreleased or scarcely released.

~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer

For if you are caught up in ideas, then you will be caught up in
the self. And even if you are caught up in ideas about
nothingness, you will still be caught up in the self. That's why we
should not get attached to the belief that things either exist or do
not exist. This is the hidden meaning when I say that my
teachings are a raft to be abandoned when you see true being.
~ Diamond Sutra
by Tony Cartledge on Facebook

Robert Bly once said, of growing older: "I was very surprised to
find out, as my poems pick up more and more of the past of
human beings, the ancient culture, more and more of the grief
and the suffering of human beings — the poems become funnier!
I don't understand that, but I love it. I feel that there's some way
that as the mind gets more mature, in the midst of a lot of grief,
it's able to dance a little!"

Henry James

"Poor Mr. James," Virginia Woolf once said:
"He never quite met the right people."
Poor James. He never quite met the
children of light and so he had to invent them.
Then, when people said: No one is like that.
Your books are not reality, he replied:
So much the worse for reality.
He described himself as "slow to conclude,
orotund, a slow-moving creature, circling his rooms
slowly masticating his food."
Once, when a nephew asked his advice
on how to live, he searched his mind.
Number One, be kind, he said.
Number Two, be kind and
Number Three, be kind.

by June Beisch, from Fatherless Woman

In a short video extract, Francis Lucille urges us to live as if we are
all universal consciousness by acknowledging the same presence
that exists in each and every one of us. Communication with
others then becomes a direct path towards compassion and love;
all of life can be seen, therefore, as something playful and
magical... indeed, a miracle itself.
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4465 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-27
Subject: #4465 - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4465 - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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I like the marketing newsletters from Fons Vitae:

The following is from Gerald Schiffhorst's blog:
Thursday, November 24, 2011

What Does Happiness Look Like?

If you want to see what a happy man looks like, see the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York" (2010), which we watched with great delight last night (courtesy of Netflix).

Bill, a fashion photographer for the New York Times, has bicycled around the streets of Manhattan for 40 years taking pictures of interestingly-dressed people, mainly women. His work is seen in the weekend editions of the Times. He also catches celebrities at the charity events covered by the Times.

He does all this, at age 80, with Franciscan simplicity. "Money," he says, "is cheap." He wants and has found something more importrant and hard to find: freedom. Freedom to search for beauty. He does this every day with great passion.

He has always found beauty and pleasure in the way people dress themselves. And although he hobnobs with the rich and famous, he lives in a tiny studio apartment, alone, with bath down the hall, without a TV and with files everywhere around him stuffed with pictures he has made recording New Yorkers on the streets in their finery. Bill himself dresses in a patched poncho and simple blue jacket. He eats sparingly and doesn't want honors. He says he is embarrassed by displays of wealth.

To live simply and honestly in such a world is a heroic endeavor, but Bill Cunningham, with his disarming charm, is the last person to see himself as special, much less heroic.

He laughs and talks a lot but when asked why he attends church weekly, and what his Catholic faith means to him, he is stymied. He is not one to explore the inner life. If anyone can be said to lack a private life, Bill is that person.

He has lived for his work, and in this--and the people he encounters--he has found life-long happiness.

I am reminded of what the Dalai Lama said: "In order to be happy, one must first possess inner contentment; and inner contentment cannot come from having all we want; rather it comes from having and appreciating all we have."

have you ever seenВ 
a fish
drilling in the mud
for water?
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4466 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2011-12-28
Subject: #4466 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4466 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Cheetah the chimp from 1930s Tarzan flicks dies

Dec 28, 4:24 AM (ET)

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - A Florida animal sanctuary says Cheetah the chimpanzee sidekick in the Tarzan movies of the early 1930s has died at age 80.

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor announced that Cheetah died Dec. 24 of kidney failure.

Sanctuary outreach director Debbie Cobb on Wednesday told The Tampa Tribune ( ) that Cheetah was outgoing, loved finger painting and liked to see people laugh. She says he seemed to be tuned into human feelings.

Based on the works of author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Tarzan stories, which have spawned scores of books and films over the years, chronicle the adventures of a man who was raised by apes in Africa.

Cheetah was the comic relief in the Tarzan films that starred American Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller. Cobb says Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller's estate sometime around 1960.

Cobb says Cheetah wasn't a troublemaker. Still, sanctuary volunteer Ron Priest says that when the chimp didn't like what was going on, he would throw feces.





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Interview with John LeKay. John is an artist and the editor/publisher of NON DUALITY MAGAZINE and teaches non-dual meditation at his private meditation studio as well as at the Westchester Martial Arts Center in White Plains New York.В  John helps others set up a personal home practice with tips, suggestions and feedback.
The following is excerpted from a long interview:
Can you be liberated and still have vasanas, samskaras or karma?

YouВ  can knowВ  you are "non dual awareness" as they say in Vedanta, but not be liberated from these vasanas, meaning they are still binding. If you know you are awareness, established in this, in time it will prohibit this from happening because the light will be too intense. Nothing will get by it. Everything is noticed and magnified and stands out like a sore thumb; seen as an object from the point of awareness.В  But again this takes time.В  For example, in the early 90s some of my proclivities and negative habits were too overpowering, so it could not stick for more than a few days or week at the most. I would then fall flat on my face or do something totally stupid. I simply could not help myself because it was like swimming upstream all the time.
What about physical pain?
You still feel it in the body, but not in the mind. In other words the physical pain doesn't effect your mental state. If you have a tooth ache you have a tooth ache, not a mind ache. It doesn't make you miserable; it still hurts like before but doesn't bother you. It's weird but pleasure and pain become like one. I discovered this with doing full lotus. Everything becomes equalized in a way because pain is also seen as just another object.
Do you think you can become enlightened without using insight or deep meditation?
Again it depends on the tradition, according to the Theravada Buddhist teachings for example, not without having prajГѓВ±a, (insight wisdom).В  You may have one realization, but not the others. It is much more than just not having a sense of a personal self. Anatta, because that's only a part of the equation, albeit an important one that much else hinges on. Without the others, that alone that can lead to much confusion.
Were you inspired by other teachers?

Yes, an eclectic bunch, I was especially inspired by the teachings of the Eastern Jesuit mystic Anthony de Mello, as well as Thich Nhat Hanh, Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Sri Ramana Maharshi,В  Nisargadatta Maharaj, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, U.G Krishnamurti, Jiddu Khrishnamurti, Alan Watts D.T Suzuki.В  As well as Paramahansa Yogananda, Carl Jung, and too many others to list. Many unknown Taoist teachers and Buddhist Qi gung teachers. Some in person, whose names I will not mention since they have no interest in being known at all. Also because they prefer to keep this knowledge private so to speak.
Recently I came across Timothy Conway who was a direct student of Nisargadatta, who showed me some very interesting ancient Tibetan text. Concerning a heretic monk named Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen whom I find very interesting.
Also spoke with another teacher in Australia, a Zen based teacher named Linda Clair.В  Also been meeting up with Greg Goode in New York for his non dual dinners, he teaches the direct path of Sri Atmananda.
The best teachers seem to be under the radar and go about this very quietly because they are not looking to be known or even to gather a following.
I also studied the experiential aspects of this with various Asian Qi gung masters and meditation teachers for about 5 years, some coming from Zen school, also Taoism which taught me many things that led to these kensho type experiences, but the rest of it was on my own. Such as looking through makyo, more subtle layers of self delusion or the remnant of this ego wanting to a make a last ditch power grab or to make an extravaganza out of it.В  Or confusing matters in one way or another.
It is seeing through these profound spiritual experiences as just another subtle layer of illusion.В  Knowing how to dissect myself from this like using a surgical knife, or finally seeing that anything that the mind creates at all is illusion.В  That the mind is an illusion creating machine.В  That it is all a trick. A cosmic joke and it's on you. This is what creates all the laughter when this is seen. That every-thing is an object. The only subject is the 'Self' with a capital S as they say in Vedanta.В  The Self/ awareness, is not a thing and it cannot be seen, but can be known. But to know it you have to realize that you are non dual awareness for any doubts to be erased and to know this.
It took many years trying to figure this out and could not, but when it suddenly did occur, incidentally while fasting and meditating, there was no one there to notice that it was occurring. It seemed that no one who was not even looking for it any more.В  There was no one this was happening to. No one who got this. No one to be enlightened.
This part also took another year or so with more intense self enquiry/mindfulness practice. Not just asking the question "Who I am" but watching what was going on inside my mind, my reactions, emotions, feelings, impulses, instincts, physical pain, hunger, cravings during every waking moment of the day. Watching any habits or proclivities, that would arise. Any likes or dislikes. Aversions or preferences. I became the witness until one day it was not there anymore then another shift occurred. What I understood is that you are THAT which ultimately is ineffable non dual awareness.
What you also see is up to this point everyone and everything is your teacher and essentially this is you.
~ ~ ~
Read the entire interview here:

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#4467 - Thursday,В December 29, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
~ Meister Eckhart
by Elsa Bailey

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is Simple, and the Simple
thing is the Right Thing.
~ Oscar Wilde

Japanese pampas grass, named "Susuki".
Satoshi Kudo watercolor
by Tony Cartledge

Our being here is our eternal being. Many people imagine here to
have creaturely being, and divine being to be yonder. It is a
popular delusion.
~ Meister Eckhart

Sri Ramana Maharshi born December 30, 1879 at 1:00 AMВ 
"Birth and rebirth are mentioned only to make you investigate the
question and find out that there are neither births nor rebirths.
They relate to the body and not to the Self."
by Cathy Gintner
Imre Morocz,В artist
The radiance of bliss-consciousness, in the form of one awareness
shining equally within and without, is the supreme primal reality.
Its form is silence. For those who live in the Self, as pure beauty
devoid of thought, there is nothing which need be thought of.
There is only the experience of silence."
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
"Above all things, love silence. Out of your silence will arise
something that will draw you into deeper silence. If you practice
this, inexpressible light will dawn upon you."
~ St. Gregory of Nyssa
by Fred LaMotte

If you can only rid yourselves of conceptual thought, you will have
accomplished everything.
~ Huang Po
by Tony Cartledge

If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change
it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
by Tim Gerchmez

Within enlightenment - awareness without transition or change -
the universe of appearances and possibilities, whether of samsara
or nirvana, arises with nothing to renounce or attain.
In the experience of yoginis who do not perceive things
dualistically, the fact that things manifest without truly existing is so
amazing that they burst into laughter.
~ Longchenpa
by Amrita Nadi on Daily Dharma

photo by Alan Larus
If you want the truth,
I’ll tell you the truth:
Listen to the secret sound,
the real sound,
which is inside you.
~ Kabir
by Belle Heywood

There are many things to be grateful "for" but, as I ripen with the
seasons of life, the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery. And,
most deeply, I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing.
~ Michael Mahoney

Group: NDhighlights Message: 4468 From: Mark Date: 2012-01-01
Subject: #4469 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4468, Saturday, December 31, 2011

All will come as you go on. Take the first step first. All blessings come from within. Turn within. `I am' you know. Be with it all the time you can spare, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels

Your true evolution is not what you do out there. That's secondary. Your true evolution is to do with the arising of awareness in you as you go about your life.

- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2

Questioner: When asked about the means for self-realisation, you invariably stress the importance of the mind dwelling on the sense 'I am'. Where is the causal factor? Why should this particular thought result in self-realisation? How does the contemplation of 'I am' affect me?

Maharaj: The very fact of observation alters the observer and the observed. After all, what prevents the insight into one's true nature is the weakness and obtuseness of the mind and its tendency to skip the subtle and focus on the gross only. When you follow my advice and try to keep your mind on the notion of 'I am' only, you become fully aware of your mind and its vagaries. Awareness, being lucid harmony (sattva) in action, dissolves dullness and quietens the restlessness of the mind and gently, but steadily changes its very substance. This change need not be spectacular; it may be hardly noticeable; yet it is a deep and fundamental shift from darkness to light, from inadvertence to awareness.

Nisardagatta Maharaj, posted to Distillation

When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?

-Thich Nhat Hanh, posted to DailyDharma

Ego is like a room of your own, a room with a view, with the temperature and the smells and the music that you like. You want it your own way. You'd just like to have a little peace, you'd like to have a little happiness, you know, just gimme a break. But the more you think that way, the more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you, the more your fear of other people and what's outside your room grows. Rather than becoming more relaxed, you start pulling down the shades and locking the door. When you do go out, you find the experience more and more unsettling and disagreeable. You become touchier, more fearful, more irritable than ever. The more you try to get it your way, the less you feel at home.

~Pema Chodron So what is the solution? Knock down those doors, darlin'. Kick out the windows. Take a sledgehammer to the walls and let the roof collapse any way it wants. You are free. You do not need fear to hold your house up any more. Let it all fall, darlin'. When the Buddha was enlightened he said, "The ridgepole of this house has been shattered , and this house will never be built again."

This year - this very year - you can do as he... you can let it all collapse.. know it is all a dream.. The ego will get desperate for survival.... scream for you to do something, to make goals, plans, resolutions, keep busy, keep those walls solid. But there is nothing for you to "do" darlin'...just ditch the goals... feed all those fine resolutions to your freedom bonfire....and then - i am telling you the truth, dear one - and then when all the pursuing, chasing after, needing to do this or that dissolve into dust, when they go the way of the Buddha's shattered ridgepole... that little peace, that little happiness you been wishin' for will rise up and quietly permeate your being like some subtle fine perfume.. and it will be over. I swear to you - it will be over. You will have it your way after all... cause in your new freedom you will know there is no way..... you are already there. Then - i mean this for sure - i know this is so - you will be happier than you have ever been in your life.

Now that is worth shootin' off fireworks.

Happy New Year darlin' one!
i love you.
dharma grandmother - posted to DailyDharma

If you can be absolutely comfortable with not knowing who you are, then what's left is who you are - the Being behind the human, a field of pure potentiality rather than something that is already defined. Give up defining yourself - to yourself and others. You won't die. You will come to life.

- Eckhart Tolle, posted to The_Now2

Message: 4469 From: Mark Date: 2012-01-02

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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4469, Sunday, January 1, 2012

So - what is the significance of the teaching on how to work with anger? Well, it has tremendous significance because again and again, whenever we're challenged, there is opportunity to open to the difficulty and let the difficulty make us more compassionate, more wise. Or the opposite, which is that when things are difficult, the chances instead of it making us more afraid and therefore more vulnerable or more subject to being able to catch the anxiety in the atmosphere and spin off into wanting to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and the tendency for aggression to escalate and violence to escalate under challenge is much greater. I wanted to begin by giving the Dharma talks on the sixth chapter of Shanti Deva - chapter on working with anger. So, for Shanti Deva teaching as he did in the eighth century in India a long, long time ago, to Yolanda University in India to a entire packed audience of celibate monks, you might wonder what the relevance of such a teaching would be today, and all I can say is at the level of human neurosis, nothing has changed much. And so what he has to say and the way he... you'll see, it actually has humor in it where he keeps pointing out example after example of our foibles of how we justify our anger and all the many, many situations that make us angry. But it's more than just like losing our temper or something. We're talking now about finding ourselves in a situation where many, many people are feeling more vulnerable and the situation is more volatile.

And so, it might be that in the years to come, you might look back and think of it as something like, that was teaching. That was really - because I have started to use it every day of my life in difficult situations - has made it possible for me to be become more compassionate, to become more tenderhearted and loving rather than more afraid and full of aggression and wanting to strike out and protect me and mine. You might just look back and say, "This was really important" because right now the key thing is whether it was a difficult situation in the world or not; it's to use the difficult situations of everyday life to wake us up, to awaken our compassion. To make us feel our kinship with each other rather than to buy into polarization. So Shanti Deva says a lot about our mindset. The mindset of friend and foe. Like and dislike. For me and against me. And how that very mechanism of buying so tightly into this notion of the good people and the bad people - the ones that I like and the ones I don't like and how we get so invested in this and how this is "the kindling" or "the fuel" for anger and aggression to escalate. So from this point of view, the teachings are on non-violence and on non-aggression. And you could think of that as a synonym for the word patience.

- Pema Chodron, from Don't Bite the Hook

6. Showing Patience

(1) Whatever generosity,
Offerings to the Blissfully Gone (Buddhas) and the like,
And positive deeds I've amassed over thousands of eons -
One (moment of) hatred will devastate them all.

(2) As no negative force resembles anger,
And no trial resembles patience,
I shall therefore meditate on patience,
With effort and in various ways.

(3) When the thorn of anger lodges in my heart,
My mind doesn't feel any peace,
Doesn't gain any joy or pleasure,
Doesn't fall asleep, and becomes unstable.

(4) Even those on whom he lavishes wealth and honor
And those who've become dependent on him
Get provoked to the point of murdering
A lord who's possessed with anger.

(5) Friends and relations get disgusted with him,
And though he might gather (others) with gifts,
he isn't regarded with trust and respect.
In brief, there's no way at all in which
A raging person is in a happy situation.

(6) Hence the enemy, rage,
Creates sufferings such as those and the like,
While whoever clamps down and destroys his rage
Will be happy in this (life) and others.

(7) Finding its fuel in the foul state of mind
That arises from its bringing about things I don't want
And its preventing what I wish,
Anger, once enflamed, destroys me.

(8) Therefore, I shall totally eradicate
The fuel of that enemy,
For this enemy hasn't a mission
Other than injuring me.

(9) No matter what happens,
I shall never let it disturb my good mood.
For if I've fallen into a foul mood, what I want
will not come about,
And my constructive behavior will fall apart.

(10) If it can be remedied,
Why get into a foul mood over something?
And if it can't be remedied,
What help is it to get into a foul mood over it?

(11) For myself and my friends,
Suffering, contempt, verbal abuse,
And disgrace aren't things that I'd wish for;
But for my enemies, it's the reverse.

(12) The causes for happiness rarely occur,
While the causes for sufferings are overly abundant.
But, without any suffering,
there wouldn't be the determination to be free;
Therefore, mind, you must think to be firm.

(13) If devotees of Durga and people of Karnata
Pointlessly endure the torments of burning
And cutting themselves, and the like,
Then why am I such a coward for the sake of liberation?

(14) There isn't anything that doesn't become easier
Once you've become accustomed to it;
And so, by growing accustomed to minor pains,
Greater pains will definitely become bearable.

(15) Don't you see (this) with problems, (borne)
without a (great) purpose,
From snakes and mosquitoes,
Discomforts such as hunger and thirst,
As well as rashes and the like?

(16) (So,) I shall not be soft
Regarding such things as heat and cold, rain and wind,
Also sickness, captivity, beatings, and the like;
For if I've acted like that, the injury is worse.

(17) There are some who, seeing their own blood,
Develop exceptional courage and resolve;
And there are some who, seeing the blood of others,
Collapse and faint.

(18) That comes from their states of mind being
Either of a resolute or a cowardly type.
Therefore, I must be dismissive of pains
And must not be thrown off by suffering.

(19) Even when he's in agony, someone skilled
Will never let the composure of his mind be stirred;
And in a war that's waged against disturbing emotions,
Bruises abound, when fighting the battle.

(20) Those who, having been dismissive of suffering,
Destroy the enemies, anger and so on,
They are the heroes who have gained the victory;
The rest (merely) slay corpses.

(21) Furthermore, there are advantages to suffering:
With agony, arrogance disappears;
Compassion grows for those in recurring samsara;
Negative conduct is shunned; and joy is taken in being constructive.

(22) As I don't get enraged
With great sources of suffering, for instance with bile,
Then why get enraged with those having limited minds?
All of them, as well, are provoked by conditions.

(23) For example, without being wished for,
Their sicknesses arise;
And likewise, without being wished for,
(Their) disturbing emotions also strongly arise.

(24) Without thinking, "I shall get enraged,"
People just become enraged;
And without thinking, "I shall arise,"
Likewise, rage arises.

(25) All mistakes that there are
And the various sorts of negative behavior -
All arise from the force of conditions:
There aren't any under their own power.

(26) A collection of conditions
Doesn't have the intention, "I shall create";
And what it's created didn't have the intention,
"I'm to be created."

(27) The darling (the Samkhyas) call "primal matter"
And what they imagine to be "the self" -
They don't think with some purpose, "I shall come into being
(to cause some harm),"
And then come about.

(28) (In fact,) as they haven't arisen, they do not exist,
So what would have then had the wish to arise?
And, since (a static sentient self) would be something that was
permanently occupied with an object,
It would never come to cease (being so).

(29) But if the self were static (and nonsentient, like Nyaya asserts),
It would obviously be without actions, like the sky;
So even if it met with other conditions,
What activity could something unchangeable have?

(30) If even at the time of the action, it (remains) as before,
What could have been done by it from the action?
And if there were something called "This is its action,"
Which is the one that made them connected?

(31) Thus, everything's under the power of others,
And the powers they're under aren't under their (own) power.
Having understood this, I shall not become angry
With any phenomenon - they're like magic emanations.

(32) And if I said, then, "Warding off (anger) would indeed be unfitting,
For who (or what) can ward off what?"
I'd assert that it's not unfitting,
Since, by depending on that, the continuity of suffering
can be cut.

(33) Thus, when seeing an enemy or even a friend
Acting improperly, I'll remain relaxed,
Having reflected that it's arising
From some such condition as this.

(34) If all embodied beings had things
Turn out as they liked,
Then, since no one wishes ever to suffer,
It would never come about that anyone suffered.

(35) People hurt even themselves
With such things as thorns, because of not caring,
And, in a rage, because of desiring to obtain women
and the like,
With such acts as refusing food.

(36) There are some who destroy themselves
By hanging themselves, jumping off cliffs,
Eating poison and unhealthy foods,
And through negative acts (bringing worse rebirth states).

(37) When people kill even their beloved selves
From coming under the power of disturbing emotions,
How can it be that they wouldn't cause injury
To the bodies of others?

(38) When I can't even develop compassion, once in a while,
For those like that, who, with disturbing emotions arisen,
Would proceed to such things as killing themselves,
At least I won't get enraged (with them).

(39) (Even) if acting violently toward others
Were the functional nature of infantile people,
Still, it'd be as unfitting to get enraged with them
As it would be for begrudging fire for its functional nature
of burning.

(40) And even if this fault were fleeting instead,
And limited beings were lovely by nature,
Well, still it would be as unfitting to get enraged
As it would be for begrudging the sky for the (pungent) smoke
that was rising (in it).

(41) Having set aside the actual (cause of my pain),
a staff or the like,
If I become enraged with the person who wielded it,
Well he, in fact, was incited by anger, so he's secondary (too).
It would be more fitting to get enraged with his anger.

(42) Previously, I must have inflicted
Such pain on limited beings,
Therefore, it's fitting that harm comes to me,
Who've been a cause of violence toward limited ones.

(43) Both his weapon and my body
Are the causes of my suffering.
Since he drew out a weapon and I a body,
Toward which should I get enraged?

(44) Blinded by craving, I've grabbed hold of a painful boil
That's shaped like a human and can't bear to be touched,
And so when it's bruised,
Toward what should I get enraged?

(45) Childish me, I don't wish to suffer
And yet I'm obsessed with the cause of my suffering.
Since it's my own fault that I get hurt,
Why have a grudge toward anyone (else)?

(46) It's like, for example, the guards of the joyless realms
And the forest of razor-sharp leaves:
This (suffering too) is produced by my impulsive karmic behavior;
So toward what should I be enraged?

(47) Incited by my own karmic behavior,
Those who hurt me come my way,
And if, by their (actions), these limited beings should fall
to the joyless realms,
Surely, wasn't it I who have ruined them?

(48) Based on them, my negative karmic force
Is greatly cleansed, because of my patience;
But, based on me, they fall
To the joyless realms, with long-lasting pain.

(49) Since I'm, in fact, causing harm to them,
And they're the ones who are benefiting me,
Why, unreasonable mind, do you make it the reverse
And get into a rage?

(50) If I have the advantage of wishing (to be patient),
I won't be going to a joyless realm;
But although I'm safeguarding myself (in this way),
What happens to them in this matter?

(51) And if I were to harm them back instead,
They wouldn't be safeguarded either,
While my (other bodhisattva) behavior would also decline,
And, consequently, those having trials would be lost.

(52) Because of its being immaterial,
No one can destroy my mind, by any means;
But because of its obsessive involvement with my body,
It's hurt by suffering (in connection) to the body.

(53) (Yet) Insults, cruel language,
And defaming words
Don't hurt my body,
So, why, O mind, do you become so enraged?

(54) Others' dislike for me -
That won't devour me,
Either in this life or in any other lifetime;
So why do I find it undesirable?

(55) If I don't wish for it
Because it would hinder my material gain;
Well, although my material gain in this life will have to be discarded,
My negative karmic forces will remain secured.

(56) Death today would in fact be better for me
Than long life through an improper livelihood;
For even having lived a long time, there will still
Be the suffering of death for someone like me.

(57) Someone who wakes up after having experienced
A hundred years of happiness in a dream
And another who wakes up after having experienced
Just a moment of happiness:

(58) Once they've awakened, that happiness
Doesn't return, after all, to either of the two.
(Similarly,) it comes down to exactly the same
For someone who's lived for long and someone who's lived
for a short while.

(59) Though I may have obtained great material gain
And even have enjoyed many pleasures for long,
I shall still go forth empty-handed and naked,
Like having been robbed by a thief.

(60) Suppose I said, "While living off my material gain,
I'd consume my negative karmic force and do positive things."
Well if, for the sake of material gain, I became enraged,
Won't my positive karmic force be consumed
and negative karmic force come about?

(61) If the very purpose for which I am living
Should fall apart,
What use is there with a life
Committing only negative deeds?

(62) Well, suppose I said, "Rage for someone who maligns (me)
Is because it makes limited beings lose (their trust)."
Well then, why don't you get similarly enraged
With someone defaming someone else?

(63) If you can tolerate distrust (when it's for someone else),
Because that lack of trust hinges on another;
Then why not be patient with someone who maligns (me),
Since that hinges on disturbing emotions arising?

(64) Even toward those who revile and destroy
Images, stupas, and the sacred Dharma,
My anger's improper,
Since there can be no harm to Buddhas and the rest.

(65) And toward those who injure my spiritual teachers,
My relatives and so on, and my friends as well,
My rage will be averted, by having seen that
This arises from conditions, as in the manner before.

(66) Since injury is inflicted on embodied beings
By both those with a mind and things having no mind,
Why single out and begrudge (only) those with a mind?
Therefore, be patient with harm!

(67) Some commit misdeeds because of naivety,
And, because of naivety, some get enraged:
Which of them can we say is without fault,
And which of them would be at fault?

(68) Why did you previously commit those impulsive actions,
Because of which others now cause me harm?
Since everything hinges on karmic behavior,
Why do I bear a grudge against this one?

(69) Seeing it's like that, I'll put effort
Into positive things in whatever way
Whereby everyone will become
Loving-minded toward each other.

(70) For example, when fire in a burning house
Is advancing to another home,
It's fitting to remove and throw out
Whatever it's in that would cause it to spread,
such as straw and the like.

(71) Likewise, when the fire of anger is spreading,
Due to my mind being attached to something,
I shall throw it out at that instant,
For fear of my positive force being burned.

(72) Why would a man about to be put to death
Be unfortunate if, by having his hand chopped off, he were spared?
So why would I be unfortunate if, through human sufferings,
I were spared joyless realms?

(73) If I'm unable to bear
Even this minor suffering of the present,
Then why don't I ward off the rage
That would be the cause of hellish pain?

(74) On account of my impassioned (rage), I've experienced
burning and the like
For thousands of times in the joyless realms;
But (through it), I haven't brought benefit to myself
Or benefit for others.

(75) But, since great benefits will be brought about
In this, which is not even a fraction of that damage,
Only delight is appropriate here
In the suffering dispelling (all) damage to wandering beings.

(76) If others obtain the pleasure of joy
From praising someone (I dislike) who possesses good qualities,
Why, O mind, don't you make yourself joyous like this,
By praising him too?

(77) That pleasure of joy of yours would be
An arising of pleasure that was not disgraceful,
Something permitted by the Ones with Good Qualities,
And superlative, as well, for gathering others.

(78) If you wouldn't like this pleasure of his,
"Such pleasure as that would be only his!"
Then, from stopping (as well) giving wages and the like,
(Your) ruin will come, both seen and unseen.

(79) When your own good qualities are being extolled,
You wish others, as well, to take pleasure;
But when others' good qualities are being extolled,
You don't wish yourself to take pleasure too.

(80) Having developed a bodhichitta aim
Through wishing for happiness for all limited beings,
Then why do you become angry instead
At the happiness that limited beings have found by themselves?

(81) (Having given your word) that you wish limited beings
To have Buddhahood, honored throughout the three realms,
Then why, when seeing them merely shown miserable respect,
Do you burn up inside at it?

(82) If there were someone needing care
Who's to be cared for by you and provided for by you,
And that family member were to get something to live on,
Wouldn't you be delighted, or would you be enraged in return?

(83) How could someone who doesn't want (even) that
for wandering beings
Be anyone who wishes for them to be Buddhas?
Where is there bodhichitta in someone
Who becomes enraged at others' gain?

(84) If, whether he receives it from him
Or it remains in the benefactor's house,
It will in no way be yours,
So what does it matter whether or not it's given (to him)?

(85) Throw away your positive force or (others') faith (in you),
And even your own good qualities? For what?
Don't hold on to what could bring you gain?
Tell me, with whom don't you get enraged?

(86) Not only do you not feel sorry
About the negative things you've done yourself,
You wish to compete against others
Who've enacted positive deeds?

(87) Even if your enemy lacks any joy,
What's there in that for you to take delight?
The mere wish in your mind
Won't become the cause for (any) harm to him.

(88) And even if his suffering came about through your wish,
Still, what's there in that for you to take delight?
If you said that you'd become gratified,
Is there anything else more degenerate than that?

(89) This hook cast by the fishermen, the disturbing emotions,
Is horrendously sharp. Procuring (you) from them, O mind,
The joyless realm guards will cook me, for sure,
In the cauldrons of hell.

(90) Praise and fame, (these) shows of respect,
Won't bring positive force, won't bring a long life,
Won't bring bodily strength, nor freedom from sickness;
They won't bring physical pleasure either.

(91) If I were aware of what's in my self-interest,
What in my self-interest would there be in them?
If just mental happiness were what I wanted,
I should devote myself to gambling and so on, and to alcohol too.

(92) For the sake of fame, (people) would give away wealth
Or would get themselves killed;
But what use is there with words (of fame)?
Once they've died, to whom will they bring pleasure?

(93) At the collapse of his sand castle,
A child wails in despair;
Similarly, at the loss of praise and fame,
My mind shows the face of a child.

(94) Because an impromptu word is something lacking a mind,
It's impossible that it has the intention to praise me.
But, proclaiming, "The other one (offering me praise)
is delighted with me,"
If I consider that a cause (also) to be delighted;

(95) Well, whether it's toward someone else or toward me,
What use to me is another person's joy?
That pleasure of joy is his alone;
I won't get (even) a share of it.

(96) If I take pleasure in his pleasure (with me),
I must do like that in all cases, in fact.
How is it that I don't take pleasure
When he has the pleasure of joy with another?

(97) So joy is arising in me
(Simply due to), "Me, I'm being praised!"
But there, in fact, because (thinking) like that is just nonsense,
It comes down to nothing but the behavior of a child.

(98) Being praised and such things cause me distraction;
They cause my disgust (with samsara) to disintegrate as well.
I become jealous of those with good qualities,
And that makes me demolish success.

(99) Therefore, aren't those who are hovering close by
For striking down praise and the like for me
Actually involved in protecting me from falling
Into a worse rebirth state?

(100) For me, whose primary interest is in gaining freedom,
Bondage to material gain and shows of respect are things I mustn't have.
So how can I get enraged with those who are causing me
To be freed from my having been bound?

(101) For me, who would enter into (a house) of suffering,
How can I get enraged with those who've come,
As if from Buddha's inspiration,
In the nature of a door panel not letting me pass in.

(102) "But this one is impeding my positive practices!"
Still, it's unfitting to be enraged with him.
There isn't any trial that's equal to patience,
So shouldn't I be staying just close to that?

(103) If, in fact, it's through my own fault
That I'm not acting patiently here,
Then while a cause for positive practice is biding nearby,
It's actually me who's causing the impediment here.

(104) If there were something that wouldn't come about
if something were absent,
But if something were present, would also be present,
That very thing would be the cause of that,
So how can it be said that it's an impediment to it?

(105) There's no impediment to giving caused by a mendicant (monk)
Gone out (for alms) at the proper time;
And it can't be said that the coming of someone conferring vows
Is an impediment for becoming a monastic.

(106) Alms-seekers are plentiful in this life,
But scarce are those who cause (me) harm,
Because no one will cause me harm
If I haven't harmed them like this (in past lives).

(107) Therefore, I shall be delighted with an enemy
Who's popped up like a treasure in my house,
Without having had to be acquired with fatigue,
Since he becomes my aide for bodhisattva behavior.

(108) It's because of its having been actualized
through this one and me (having met)
That a fruit of patience (comes about);
(So,) let me award it first to him,
For he was, like this, the (earlier) cause of my patience.

(109) Suppose I said, "But he had no intention for (me)
to actualize patience,
So this enemy isn't someone to be honored."
Well, how is it that the hallowed Dharma is honored
As suited to be a cause for actualizing (it)?

(110) Suppose I said, "But this enemy's intention was to cause me harm,
So he can't be honored."
Well, how could patience be actualized by me
If, like a doctor, he were intent on my benefit?

(111) Therefore, since patience arises dependently
From his vicious intention,
This one himself is fit to be honored like the hallowed Dharma,
Because he's a cause of my patience.

(112) Thus, the Sage has spoken of the field of limited beings
As well as the field of the Triumphant,
(For,) having made them happy, many have gone, thereby,
To the far-shore of excellence.

(113) When the acquisition of a Buddha's Dharma (attainments)
Is equally due to (both) limited beings and the Triumphant,
What kind of order is it that the respect shown to limited beings
Is not like that to the Triumphant?

(114) The preeminence of an intention is not from itself,
But due to its result, and by that, the preeminence
Of that which is had by limited beings is, in fact, the same;
And because of that, they are equal.

(115) Whatever is honored in having a loving intention (toward them),
That, in fact, is the greatness (coming) from limited beings;
And whatever positive force there is in confident belief in the Buddhas,
That, in fact, is the greatness from the Buddhas.

(116) It's the share they have
in actualizing a Buddha's Dharma (attainments),
And because of that, they're asserted as their equals;
But, of course, no one can be the equal of the Buddhas
In endless oceans of excellent qualities.

(117) If even a speck of the excellent qualities
Of the unique syntheses of the best excellent qualities
Were to be seen somewhere, an offering of the three planes of existence
Would be inadequate for honoring it.

(118) Since a share giving rise to a Buddha's
Foremost Dharma (attainments) exists in limited beings,
It's fitting that limited beings be honored,
In accordance with this very share.

(119) Further, besides making limited beings happy,
What other repayment is there
For those who befriend them without pretension
And help them beyond any measure?

(120) Since it would repay them to benefit those for whose sake
They sacrifice their bodies and plunge into joyless realms
of unrelenting pain,
Then even if these (limited beings) should cause great harm,
Everything wholesome is to be done (for them).

(121) For the sake of even, in this case, my master himself,
They disregard even their own bodies.
So how can I, bewildered about this, act with pride
And not act in the nature of a servant?

(122) The Sages delight in their happiness
And enter into distress at their injury;
And so, in (my) bringing them joy,
the Sages will all have become delighted,
And in bringing them harm, the Sages will have been hurt.

(123) Just as there could be no mental pleasure from desirable objects
For someone whose body were completely on fire,
Likewise, there's no way to delight the Greatly Compassionate Ones
When limited beings have, in fact, been harmed.

(124) Therefore, whatever displeasure I've brought
to all the Greatly Compassionate Ones,
By my having caused harm to limited beings,
I openly admit, today, that negative deed,
And request the Sages, please bear with that displeasure you have.

(125) From now on, for the sake of delighting
the Thusly Gone (Buddhas),
I shall act, with definite restraint, as a servant to the world.
Let mobs of people kick me in the head with their feet or
even beat me to death, I shall not venture (anything back).
Let the Guardians of the World take delight!

(126) There's no doubt that Those with a Compassion Self-Nature
Have taken all wandering beings (to be the same) as themselves.
The very nature they've seen as the essential nature of limited beings
Is those Guardians' self-nature,
so why don't I show (them the same) respect?

(127) Just this, is what brings pleasure to the Thusly Gone (Buddhas);
Just this, is what perfectly accomplishes my own aims as well;
Just this, is what dispels the world's suffering too;
Therefore, let it be just this, that I always shall do.

(128) For example, even when some member
of the royal court
Is harming the public,
Farsighted people do not hurt him back
Even if they're able,

(129) For that one, (acting) like this, is not alone:
On the contrary, the king's power and might are his military forces.
Likewise, some lowly person creating harm
Is not to be belittled,

(130) For his armed forces are the guards of the joyless realms
And all the Compassionate Ones.
So, like a commoner toward a violent king,
I shall make all limited beings be pleased.

(131) Should even such a king be enraged (with me),
Could he inflict the pain of a joyless realm,
Which is what I'd be brought to experience
By having made limited beings displeased?

(132) Should even such a king be pleased (with me),
It's impossible that he could bestow Buddhahood,
Which is what I'd be brought to attain
By having made limited beings be pleased.

(133) (Leave aside) seeing that the future attainment of Buddhahood
Arises from making limited beings be pleased,
Don't you see that, at least in this life, great prosperity,
Fame, and happiness come?

(134) (Moreover), with beauty and so on,
freedom from sickness, and fame,
Someone with patience, while still in samsara,
Gains extremely long life and the abundant pleasures
Of a universal chakra king.

- Shantideva from Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior, translated from the Tibetan, as clarified by the Sanskrit by Alexander Berzin

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