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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4720 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-03
Subject: #4720 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4720 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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New interview with Coleman Barks. Very interesting.
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Talk live with these pioneering women teachers
about sex, money, creativity, body image, and changing the world.
Free tele-summit.
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В  Markandeya Gita
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В В В  51. To meditate is sublime. Meditation is the center. We feel embedded in a world of multiplicity, and yet we sense the Universal. Meditation, then, is the doorway by which duplicity is subsumed into Universality.
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The three-fold Trika tells us in no uncertain terms that one who can meditate with perfect Awareness in the midst of daily life is far superior to one who can meditate upon retiring to a forest or a cave.
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I remember, with a certain amount of fondness, the days that I used to meditate every day for many hours in a single story home with six kids, a wife, and two cats. In fact, the lone bathroom was right outside our bedroom door (where the puja was). I can tell you with an absolute surety that one can indeed experience one's own inner divinity amidst the sound of a flushing toilet bowl.
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When meditating we do not lose our senses or our sense perception; what we loose is the sense of outward oriented Awareness. That is to say, Awareness is withdrawn firstly from the five senses, and then from the mind itself. When Awareness is withdrawn from the mind there is a very natural movement away from reaching out and grabbing what we perceive.
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This is most important, this movement away from our constant judgements on sense perceptions by the mind.
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Did you know, O Lovers of Shiva, that things only matter because we make it so? Things have weight in our mind because we give them weight. What is quite interesting to one individual might not be worth a second glance to another. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
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And so we meditate. We withdraw Awareness from the senses, from the mind, and simply abide in Awareness. Like two mirrors put in front of each other, we plunge into the state of Awareness that is Aware of Awareness. We cannot describe this state as if it were an object, for it is the energy of Subjectivity. We can only allude to it, speak of it, learn from divine ones how to partake in it. One who remains inwardly in the energy of Subjectivity whilst moving about in daily life is called a Siddha, one who abides in perfect non-duality. For such a one, meditation is the natural state; there is no "meditation vs. mundane life."
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I remember a story my Guru, Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda, once told; when he was a boy of around ten years he was playing in the ashram's main hall with another boy. A man who was sitting for meditation became annoyed and asked them if they were aware that he was meditating, to which my Guru replied "If you were meditating, we wouldn't be bothering you!"
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Which brings me back to the beginning of this song wherein I was describing the sounds of children's shrill voices and a flushing toilet bowl. Regarding meditation, some advice:
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When meditating, you will still hear but don't listen; you will still see but don't look; you will still smell but don't sniff; you will still taste but don't relish; you will still touch but don't feel. These things have no weight when the mind is still.
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The senses and the brain still work as well as ever, but we don't mind. We don't give these sensory activities any weight because we have put our mind to bed for a time in order that we may abide perfectly.
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It's the best, free, and most rewarding vacation from mental duplicity that we will ever take.
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4721 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2012-10-04
Subject: #4721 - Thursday, October 4, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4721 -В Thursday, October 4, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Humanity has lost that instinctive tie to the rhythms and patterns of Nature, and
with that loss has come a loss of the reality of magic. Nature tries to show us
every day that all forms of life can teach us. As we learn to listen to nature,В  we
break down our outworn perceptions. We find that magical creation is the force
of life inherent in all things. And it is this, above all else, that Nature teaches to
those who will learn from her.
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~ Ted Andrews
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by Alan Larus
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The Great Creator, in the variety of creations,
blesses the low and the high.
In this one act have I resolved all philosophy.
I walk oceans and they do not hold me back.
I ride into the dark heart of all being
and dwell in the vast halls of the ant.
No need to look outside the door for wisdom.
Must we see all the mountains and the seas to love them?
I have written what my heart has learned.
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~Isonokami no Yakatsugu
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by Alan Larus
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Untouched, yet fully touched; hurt, yet cosmically unhurt; unaffected, yet
deeply affected by every single precious moment of this crazy, beautiful,
bittersweet dream of a life - that is the beautiful paradox of spiritual
awakening, and to deny either side of the paradox, to reject the relative for the
absolute or vice versa, is the beginning of great confusion and suffering and
even madness, even if it seems like freedom at the time. For in the end, the split
never really happened at all, and there is only this precious moment, intimate,
alive, rich with humanity and deeply cherished, forever.
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~ Jeff Foster
via Ben Gilberti on Facebook
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photo by Alan Larus
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Suffering is a treasure, for it conceals mercies;
The almond becomes fresh when you peel off the rind.
O my brother, staying in a cold dark place
And bearing patiently the grief, weakness, and pain
Is the Source of Life and the cup of Abandon!
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The heights are found only in the depths of abasement;
Spring is hidden in autumn, and autumn pregnant with spring.
Flee neither; be the friend of Grief, accept desolation,
Hunt for the life that springs from the death of yourself.
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~ Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
via Susan Katyayani Lucey on Facebook
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CAN'T GO WRONG
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I let go of my story about time, and discovered the eternal space of presence. It
was important to say, "There is no past or future."
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Letting go of time, I let go of the body, and it was important to say, "I am not
this body; I am pure consciousness."
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But then I discovered the boundless space of eternity tingling in every atom of
my flesh. I cried, "This is my Body! My Body is also God!"
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And then I was blessed again to remember my story, my father's and mother's
story, and the stories of their fathers and mothers. I was blessed again with the
dance of tomorrow, and a plan for beauty. So I reinvented time.
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Time bubbles out of the present moment, embracing all my ancestors and the
unborn generations of the earth.
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No need to negate the past and future in order to be fully present. No need to
negate the body to be boundless Spirit. No need to negate the many to be one.
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Time is never wrong. Not a single electron is out of place. Each moment of
evolution is correct. Every state of awareness, even the awareness of a snail, is
completely enlightened. One cell of skin on your fingertip is replete and
overflowing with God-consciousness.
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And if you wish to say, "this is absurd!" - that too is perfectly correct.В 
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~ Fred LaMotte
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Photo: Cellular Structure of an Orchid, by ceridwensummer
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4722 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-06
Subject: #4722 - Friday, October 5, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4722 - Friday, October 5, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Hidden in the Same Mystery:
Thomas Merton and Loretto
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Thomas Merton
Sister Mary Luke Tobin
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The following is excerpted from the book review posted at
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Merton urged his listeners to "watch out for impractical ideals."В  These he defined as a priori principles:В  "You work it out in your head first . . . You work it out before, and then you apply it to reality, and you try to force reality to fit the ideal. . . And then when reality doesn't fit the ideal, you start fighting reality."В 
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On the other hand, he warned about avoiding the other extreme, which he called "passive realism."В  This "wrong kind of realism" says, "'Well, this is the way it is.В  What can you do?' and then just does nothing."
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He then proposed another way, which he called "the Christian view." He described it as:

[I]n the reality which I have and am now, there is a possibility for growth which God has put there.В  There's a seed that He's planted there, and He's going to make grow in His own way, and what I have to provide is the love and the assent and the submission that's going to permit this to grow.В  I have to let this grow.В  I have to let the changes take place in my life that God wants to have take place in my life.В 
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Merton added that this third approach takes faith, hope and love.В  It requires a hard thing--accepting that each of us is the person he or she is, and none other.В  "In being myself," he said, "I can be Christ."

Mary Luke continued to repeat this same message after Merton died.В  She incorporated it into an article she wrote for Praying (published by National Catholic Reporter) in 1984, and later in a presentation she gave at Rochester College in 1990.В  Both her works are reprinted in Hidden in the Same Mystery.В 
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While it is only natural to wonder what Merton or Luke might do in the particular circumstances we face today, we cannot know for certain.В  Thanks to Hidden in the Same Mystery, however, we now have a compilation of wisdom from two recent spiritual giants to help shape the questions we ask.В  Drawing on that same message from Merton's talk, some of those questions might be:

В В В  In what ways are we attempting to impose an ideal that doesn't fit with reality?
В В В  In what ways are we giving up and doing nothing?В В В 
В В В  And most importantly, What seeds of new life has God placed within us--and how can we nurture their growth?
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Read the fully review and more details about the book:
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Fons Vitae, which publishes this book,В "translated from Latin as 'the fountain of life',В  is devoted to making works available from the world's great spiritual traditions.В  Fons VitaeВ  refers to the knowledge which flows out to humanity from the Divine Source."
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Fons Vitae, a non-profit, academic press, publishes interfaith scholarly works focused primarily on world spirituality.
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A peer-reviewed publishing house, Fons Vitae is distinguished for its significant English translations of key Arabic and Persian works, especially in the field of Sufism.

Its award-winning books and DVDs are used throughout the world in university classrooms and by the general public, including in its prison outreach.
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Fons Vitae seeks to broaden understanding and admiration of all the worldÂ’s sacred traditions by sponsoring lecture series and educational programs, as well as by participating in interfaith congresses worldwide.
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I think the world of nonduality could use a "non-profit, academic press" as well. Many of Fons Vitae's books would fit well. The publisher, Gray Henry, was amazingly helpful in granting me permission to reprint a rare text from Ib'n Arabi in my book of readings, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and even excited about the particular passage I wanted to quote.
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4723 From: Mark Date: 2012-10-07
Subject: #4723 - Saturday, October 6, 2012
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

Nonduality Highlights Issue #4723, Saturday, October 6, 2012





All suffering is born of desire. True love is never frustrated. How can the sense of unity be frustrated? What can be frustrated is the desire for expression. Such desire is of the mind. As with all things mental, frustration is inevitable.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




To accept that insecurity is an intrinsic part of what we call life, and to become that understanding, is to take a qualitative jump from the relativity of involvement to the non-relativity of involvement to the non-relativity of pure witnessing.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels




There is a force within
Which gives you life –
seek That.
In your body
Lies a priceless gem –
seek That.
O wandering Sufi,
if you want to find
the greatest treasure
Don't look outside,
Look inside, and seek That.

- Rumi, version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva from A Garden Beyond Paradise, posted to AlongTheWay




Which God are you talking about? What is God? Is he not the very light by which you ask the question? 'I am"' itself is God. The seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither the body nor mind, and the love of self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




...In the end spirituality is not about watching the breath. It's about waking up from the dream of separateness to the truth of unit

. There is only life living itself, life seeing itself, life hearing itself, life meeting itself as each moment.

The proof that there was something wrong was that I wasn't spiritually awakened. If there was nothing wrong then I would be spiritually awakened... Little did I know that the whole sense that there was something wrong was being totally grasped by the clutches of ego, that was ego. There was somehow something deficient, that idea itself was ego and had led to innumerable egoic episodes. Egocentered narratives in the novel of my life. Even with the sense of neutrality there was this unconscious thread that there was something wrong... And if there's a definition of ego, there's one definition of ego that has some real truth to it, it is: there's something wrong...

I'm not awake, I'm not spiritually enlightened, because there's something wrong. If there wasn't something wrong I would be enlightened you see. So this idea, this felt experience, actually is a big part of what ego is you see. Cause if there's nothing wrong, all the self-contradiction just falls away. Which is of course what it does when we awaken to our true nature, and we see from the eyes of spirit rather than from the eyes of mind.

From the eyes of spirit there is nothing wrong. There is nothing wrong with you, with them. This was quite a surprise, there was actually nothing wrong.

- Adyashanti, posted to The_Now2



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4724 From: Mark Date: 2012-10-08
Subject: #4724 - Sunday, October 7, 2012
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

Nonduality Highlights Issue #4724, Sunday, October 7, 2012





Wisdom can only be learned gradually, and every soul is not ready to receive or to understand the complexity of the purpose of life.

Bowl of Saki, October 6, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Man likes complexity. He does not want to take only one step; it is more interesting to look forward to millions of steps. The man who is seeking the truth gets into a maze, and that maze interests him. He wants to go through it a thousand times more. It is just like children. Their whole interest is in running about; they do not want to see the door and go in until they are very tired. So it is with adults. They all say that they are seeking truth, but they like the maze. That is why the mystics made the greatest truths a mystery, to be given only to the few who were ready for them, letting the others play because it was the time for them to play.

Truth is simple. But for the very reason that it is simple, people will not take it; because our life on earth is such that for everything we value, we have to pay a great price and one wonders, if truth is the most precious of all things, then how can truth be attained simply? It is this illusion that makes everyone deny simple truth and seek for complexity. Tell people about something that makes their heads whirl round and round and round. Even if they do not understand it, they are most pleased to think, 'It is something substantial. It is something solid. For, it is an idea we cannot understand, it must be something lofty.' But something which every soul knows, proving what is divine in every soul, and which it cannot help but know, that appears to be too cheap, for the soul already knows it. There are two things: knowing and being. It is easy to know truth, but most difficult to be truth. It is not in knowing truth that life's purpose is accomplished; life's purpose is accomplished in being truth.

- posted to SufiMystic




Chuang Tzu was fishing in the Pu river. The prince of Chu sent two vice-chancellors with a formal document: We hereby appoint you prime minister.

Chuang Tzu held his bamboo pole still. Watching the Pu river he said: I am told there is a sacred tortoise offered and canonized three thousand years ago, venerated by the prince, wrapped in silk in a precious shrine on an altar in the temple. What do you think? Is it better to give up one's life, and leave a sacred shell as an object of cult in a cloud of incense for three thousand years, or to live as a plain turtle dragging its tail in the mud? For the turtle, said the vice-chancellor, better to live and drag its tail in the mud! Go home! said Chuang Tzu. Leave me here to drag my tail in the mud.

- posted to AdvaitaToZen




Everything you accomplish as a human being is momentary, perishable. You come in this world with nothing, you leave with nothing. You can peruse many things and die without knowing who you are but if you know who you are you can never die.

- Mooji (Anthony Paul Moo-Young) from Writing on Water, posted to AlongTheWay




When the mind is let alone to be one with space so that the mental space becomes united with the physical space, then all that remains inside and outside is "I" Consciousness, the fullness of pure BEING.

- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels




Common sense too will tell you that to fulfill a desire you must keep your mind on it. If you want to know your true nature, you must have yourself in mind all the time, until the secret of your being stands revealed.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4725 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2012-10-09
Subject: #4725 - Monday, October 8, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4725 -В Monday, October 8, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Whatever purifies you, is the correct road,
I will try not to define it.
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"Imagine training your mind so that when you look at every single living being,
you think, 'My enlightenment depends on that being.
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The drunk who just got on the bus--my enlightenment depends on him.
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The soldier in Iraq--my enlightenment depends on him.
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My brothers and sisters, the teller at the bank, the janitor at my workplace, the
president of the United States, the suicide bombers in the Middle East, the slug
in my garden, my eighth-grade boyfriend, the babysitter when I was a kid--my
enlightenment depends on each of them.'
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All sentient beings are actually that precious to us."
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~ Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
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From the book, "Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of
Chenrezig," published by Snow Lion Publications.
via Daily Dharma
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“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a
person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the
wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
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~В Martin Luther King Jr.

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photo by Alan Larus, "Under The Bridge".
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from Merton's 'The Way of Chuang Tzu'.
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*the true man*
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What is meant by a "true man"?
The true men of old were not afraid
When they stood alone in their views.
No great exploits. No plans.
If they failed, no sorrow.
No self-congratulation in success.
They scaled cliffs, never dizzy,
Plunged in water, never wet,
Walked through fire and were not burnt.
Thus their knowledge reached all the way
To Tao.
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The true men of old
Slept without dreams,
Woke without worries.
Their food was plain.
They breathed deep.
True men breathe from their heels.
Others breathe with their gullets,
Half-strangled in dispute
They heave up arguments
Like vomit.
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Where the fountains of passion
Lie deep
The heavenly springs
Are soon dry.
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The true men of old knew no zest for life,
No dread of death.
Their entrance was without gladness,
Their exit, yonder,
Without resistance.
Easy come, easy go.
They did not forget where they came from,
Nor ask where to,
Nor drive grimly forward
Fighting their way through life.
They took life as it came, gladly;
They took death as it came, without care,
And went away yonder,
Yonder!
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They had no mind to fight Tao.
They did not try, by their own contriving,
To help Tao along.
These are the ones we call true men.
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Minds free, thoughts gone
Brows clear, faces serene.
Were they cool? Only cool as autumn.
Were they hot? No hotter than spring.
All that came out of them
Came quiet, like the four seasons.
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[the character Merton translates in the traditional manner as "man" is actually
gender neutral, and should be read as such]
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Terry Murphy on Nonduality Salon
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4726 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-09
Subject: #4726 - Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz

#4726 - Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz

The Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/


AВ New York Times article, the top 12 nondual quotes, and Nathan Gill are featured.

But first...
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A reminder that you can "attend" theВ Miracle in Marin --В The Science and Nonduality Conference -- this year, October 25 -28, 2012, while sitting at home. Just tune-in via ForaTV for a fraction of the Conference expenses which unavoidably include gas, food, lodging, workshops, entry fee, and sessions with Scott Kiloby.)
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Or spend your money and be there in person:
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A New York Times article asks...

WhoÂ’s in Charge Inside Your Head?

"maybe there is no one in charge — no independent, self-serving, order-issuing homunculus. Buddhists note that our skin doesnÂ’t separate us from the environment, but joins us, just as biologists know that “we” are manipulated by, no less than manipulators of, the rest of life. Who is left after “you” are separated from your genes? Where does the rest of the world end, and each of us begin?"
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I Love the Concept of Non Duality
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A Top 12 Of Non Duality Quotes
By: dlarsenn
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Written on October 3rd, 2012
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12. The dawn of creation wrote what the last day of reckoning shall read. Omar Khayyan
11. Every moment is the seed for the next. Nissargadatta
10 . Man is God in drag. Rumi
9.В  What's wrong with right now unless you think about it. Bob Adamson
8. Human is an idea. Karl Renz
7. See that the senses don't connect some you to an outside world and there is instant realization. Huang Po
6. Events happen deeds are done but there is no doer thereof. Buddha
5. Forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus
4. Beyond right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there. Rumi
3. Nothing real can be threatened and nothing unreal exists. Therein lies the peace of God. Course in Miracles
2. I take my stand prior to all. I am the primal ground. Nissargadatta
1. I am not God but of God. Jesus.
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Hide and Seek

Posted onВ  October 5, 2012

BY NATHAN GILL

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Consciousness, also referred to as The Absolute, The Supreme Reality, No-thing etc is appearing as everything and everyone right now. That is Your identity, Your true nature. You ARE The Supreme Reality, in and as which arises Awareness, in and as which arises form (the play of life).

Whenever there is simple relaxation into the Awareness aspect of Your Nature, it becomes clear that form (the play of life) is appearing completely spontaneously and that there are no individual entities doing or thinking anything. Awareness is attracted to its own appearances, and, focussed as attention, becomes mesmerised by them (particularly form as thought, and especially thought that appears to refer to “me” as an individual). In this mesmerising, and consequent forgetting of our true nature, the play of life in its myriad appearances seems to be the sole reality.

But Awareness is not confined as and to form, rather, form is appearing IN awareness! When the reminding of this happens in some way, maybe by this current article or through a “teacher”, book, Youtube etc, then identification as form may become obvious and seeking spontaneously ceases. There is no longer focussing in and as form, rather there is resting as Awareness.

The play of life continues but the suffering that arises whenever there is attachment to form (and thought particularly) is no longer there. There often ensues in the play of life remembering and forgetting (identification and dis-identification) which has become known as flip-flopping, but the seeming confinement to and as form has loosened. At times mesmerisation may occur with consequent seeking, at times there is simply resting as Awareness.

In whatever configuration form appears right now, it is just exactly how itÂ’s “meant” to be. Form – the play of life – cannot be altered or transformed in any way by any supposed individual because there are no individuals. The play of life is like a movie already transcribed onto a DVD. It is unalterable, playing endlessly on and on in a display of endless appearances.

Whenever Awareness identifies with form it appears as though seeking through various means is the key to freedom from that identification, but seeking is merely more identification. The life of the apparent individual is an automaticity, just another part of the movie. There is no individual freedom, rather there may be recognition of our true nature when seeing as and from Awareness, and even the outshining of that as the entirety of our nature as the Supreme Reality. None of this can be “done”. All is simply a spontaneously arising modification of the One Reality, which of course is none other than This, already!

So thereÂ’s one story, and hereÂ’s another. Rarely, with some body-mind appearances in the play thereÂ’s no gradual reminding and remembering, but rather the complete and immediate falling away of any limitation to seeing and living directly as and from The Supreme Reality, from No-thing.

Seeing and living directly as and from No-thing is always already the case of course but there isnÂ’t always the conscious recognition of that. Consciousness likes to play hide and seek with itself!

http://blog.non-dualitypress.com/category/nathan-gill/

Nathan's books are available at the premiere publisher of nonduality books, Non-Duality Press:

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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4727 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-11
Subject: #4727 - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4727 - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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Announcement of new books from Julian Noyce and excerpt from an article on the nondual perspective of politics.
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Julian Noyce writes:
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Greetings!

Welcome!

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When I set up Non-Duality Press 8 years ago IВ feltВ intuitively there was an undercurrent of change taking place. Of course, there had always been pioneers and obscure mystery schools in the West but the coming together of east and west with a focus on the ground of being, had never, it seemed to me, been more apparent. Eastern schools of thought, the Perennial Philosophy, were being integrated in an intelligent way and being expressed in forms that could be related to in daily life. But books that reflected this apparent movement were published infrequently and on a timescale whichВ wasn'tВ reflecting the material that was emergingВ or theВ changes that were taking place.

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The two books we publish this month exemplify the reasons we began publishing. Both writers express their experience passionately and intelligently but without specific agenda. Amberchele is incinerated in a high-security prison where he has lived for the last 30 years. Despite brutal conditions, there is a depth and beauty that come through in his writing. Richard Bates works as a locksmith in the English Midlands. He was gripped by an impulse to seek which didn't stop until it resolved itself.В 

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Amberchele's writing is influenced by The Headless Way approach of Douglas Harding but I feel in this small book there is an expression of a wide-ranging and universal seeing. Richard's book is grounded in his daily life and explores how his encounter with Wholeness has affected what he once considered to be 'his life'.В He, to aВ muchВ lesser extent, also talks about a practical application of Douglas Harding's Headless Way

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Of course, whether evolution happens in the timeless, and, indeed whether it matters at all, are separate questions. However, we do appear to be living in an era when wholeness is more revealed andВ accessibleВ that it ever has been.

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As both authors, in different degrees, have been influenced by Douglas Harding's we are offering the Headless WayВ DVDs at a reduced rate. See below and on our website for details.

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With warm good wishes during this change of seasons.

Julian Noyce

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PS. I would encourage you to download the samples in this newsletter and on the website listings for the books. We also have Kindle and EPub samples for download.

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A Non-Dualistic Political Paradigm

by Bill Walz
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There is probably no area of human life more locked into dualistic consciousness than politics, and since politics is the arena in which decisions about how the elements of human society interact with each other, and eventually, with the natural world, it is imperative that we find a way beyond dualist thinking in politics.
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We must understand the inherent limitations of either-orthinking. We must be able to see, for example, that the arguments between individual-liberty/free-enterprise capitalism and support-for-all-socialism are false. We must see that our problems can only be resolved with a non-dualistic political perspective that synthesizes the best of capitalist/libertarian and socialist/collectivist political and economic philosophies.
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A dynamic system that skillfully balances protections for the liberty and enterprise of individuals, while guarding against excesses by the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable, is essential. Creative individualism and all-inclusive supportive community has to be the goal.
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In such a system, government is democratic in a quite pure sense with built-in protections against undue influence and control by special and powerful interests, while guided by an overarching non-dualistic philosophy. Education that trains citizens not only in traditional information and skills, but also complementary non-dualistic wisdom, must be open, available to all,and the highest societal priority.
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4728 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2012-10-12
Subject: #4728 - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4728 -В Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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Satsang is a tongueless teacher and headless
students.В  So shut your head, let your Heart open,
and Truth will reveal itself to you in Silence. Only
pay attention to That with your open Heart.
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via Along The Way
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The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean....
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"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we've
learned most of what we know. Recently, we've waded a little way out, maybe
ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. The ocean calls. Some part of our
being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because
the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. We are a way for the
cosmos to know itself.”
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~ Carl SaganВ 
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Dancing Great Blue Heron Landing On Otter Point At Sunset
~ The Cove, Far Away Point, Maryland. Photo by Peter Shefler
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"Whoever knows that he knows must be amazed. This is both to wonder and to be
lost in a maze: to wonder because knowing and being is downright weird, and to
be lost in a maze because knowing that one knows generates a confusion of
echoes in which the original sound is lost. For when I know that I know, which
one is I? The first which knows, the second which knows that I know, or the
third which knows that I know that I know?"
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~ Alan Watts, from Beyond Theology: The Art of GodmanshipВ 
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The eye that sees, the ear that hears, the tongue that tastes are only apparatus,
but, the "I" that sees, hears and tastes is Reality.....
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There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego
something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a
fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just
gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which
is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realising its unreality, and by
becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.
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Quotes from Wei Wu Wei
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via Christopher Hebard on Facebook
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A True Master does not ask you for anything or tell you to do this or that.
Already, you are bewildered doing jumping jacks, listening to self-improvement
tapes, going to motivational speakers, and seeking out charismatic gurus. The
Master simply brings attention to your nature as "Being", and invites you to rest
in your own Heart.В 
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~ Harsh Luthar
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The concept that there is a goal and a path to it is wrong.
We are the goal or peace always.
To get rid of the notion that we are not peace is all that is required.
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~ Ramana Maharshi
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via Sandra Ma on Facebook
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No one has actually ever gotten entangled in phenomena, bodies, minds,
experiences, relationships, etc. We are always already none other than the One
that is also Many; our real Nature is the undefined, unstructured, infinite
Openness-Emptiness of Pure Awareness that is also simultaneously appearing as
all phenomena. We are Formlessness associated with and permeating forms, but
never “born” or caught up as these forms.В 
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~ Bankei Yotaku
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via Tom McFerran on Facebook
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4729 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-12
Subject: #4729 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4729 - Friday, October 12, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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An excerpt on the four natural enemies,В from Chapter 3 ofВ The Teachings of DonВ  Juan, by Carlos Castaneda
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Sunday, 1962 April 15

As I was getting ready to leave, I decided to ask him once more about the enemies of a man of knowledge. I argued that I could not return for some time, and it would be a good idea to write down what he had to say, and then think about it while I was away.

He hesitated for a while, but then began to talk.

"When a man starts to learn, he is never clear about his objectives. His purpose is faulty. His intent is vague. He hopes for rewards that will never materialize, for he knows nothing of the hardships of learning.

"He slowly begins to learn- bit by bit at first, then in big chunks. And his thoughts soon clash. What he learns is never what he pictured, or imagined, and so he begins to be afraid. Learning is never what one expects. Every step of learning is a new task, and the fear the man is experiencing begins to mount mercilessly, unyieldingly. His purpose becomes a battlefield.

"And thus he has tumbled upon the first of his natural enemies: Fear! A terrible enemy- treacherous, and difficult to overcome. It remains concealed at every turn of the way, prowling, waiting. And if the man, terrified in its presence, runs away, his enemy will have put an end to his quest."

"What will happen to the man if he runs away in fear?"

"Nothing happens to him except that he will never learn. He will never become a man of knowledge. He will perhaps be a bully or a harmless, scared man. At any rate, he will be a defeated man. His first enemy will have put an end to his cravings."

"And what can he do to overcome fear?"

"The answer is very simple. He must not run away. He must defy his fear, and in spite of it, he must take the next step in learning, and the next, and the next. He must be fully afraid, and yet he must not stop. That is the rule! And a moment will come when his first enemy retreats. The man begins to feel sure of himself. His intent becomes stronger. Learning is no longer a terrifying task.

"When this joyful moment comes, the man can say without hesitation that he has defeated his first natural enemy."

"Does it happen at once, don Juan, or little by little?"

"It happens little by little, and yet the fear is vanquished suddenly and fast."

"But will the man not be afraid again if something new happens to him?"

"No. Once a man has vanquished fear, he is free from it for the rest of his life because, instead of fear, he has acquired clarity- a clarity of mind which erases fear. By then a man knows his desires. He knows how to satisfy those desires. He can anticipate the new steps of learning, and a sharp clarity surrounds everything. The man feels that nothing is concealed.

"And thus he has encountered his second enemy: Clarity! That clarity of mind which is so hard to obtain, dispels fear but also blinds.

"It forces the man never to doubt himself. It gives him the assurance he can do anything he pleases, for he sees clearly into everything; and he is courageous because he is clear; and he stops at nothing because he is clear.

"But all that is a mistake. It is like something incomplete. If the man yields to this make-believe power, he has succumbed to his second enemy and will fumble with learning. He will rush when he should be patient, or he will be patient when he should rush; and he will fumble with learning until he winds up incapable of learning anything more."

"What becomes of a man who is defeated in that way, don Juan? Does he die as a result?"

"No, he does not die. His second enemy has just stopped him cold from trying to become a man of knowledge. Instead, the man may turn into a buoyant warrior, or a clown. Yet the clarity for which he has paid so dearly will never change to darkness and fear again. He will be clear as long as he lives, but he will no longer learn, or yearn for anything."

"But what does he have to do to avoid being defeated?"

"He must do what he did with fear. He must defy his clarity and use it only to see, and wait patiently and measure carefully before taking new steps. He must think, above all, that his clarity is almost a mistake; and a moment will come when he will understand that his clarity was only a point before his eyes.

"And thus he will have overcome his second enemy, and will arrive at a position where nothing can harm him any more. This will not be a mistake. It will not be only a point before his eyes. It will be true power.

"He will know at this point that the power he has been pursuing for so long is finally his. He can do with it whatever he pleases. His ally is at his command. His wish is the rule. He sees all that is around him. But he has also come across his third enemy: Power!

"Power is the strongest of all enemies. And naturally, the easiest thing to do is to give in. After all, the man is truly invincible. He commands: He begins by taking calculated risks, and ends in making rules because he is a master.

"A man at this stage hardly notices his third enemy closing in on him; and suddenly, without knowing, he will certainly have lost the battle. His enemy will have turned him into a cruel, capricious man."

"Will he lose his power?"

"No, he will never lose his clarity or his power."

"What then will distinguish him from a man of knowledge?"

"A man who is defeated by power dies without really knowing how to handle it. Power is only a burden upon his fate. Such a man has no command over himself, and cannot tell when or how to use his power."

"Is the defeat by any of these enemies a final defeat?"

"Of course it is final. Once one of these enemies overpowers a man there is nothing he can do."
"Is it possible, for instance, that the man who is defeated by power may see his error and mend his ways?"

"No. Once a man gives in he is through."

"But what if he is temporarily blinded by power, and then refuses it?"

"That means his battle is still on. That means he is still trying to become a man of knowledge. A man is defeated only when he no longer tries, and abandons himself."

"But then, don Juan, it is possible that a man may abandon himself to fear for years, but finally conquer it."
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"No, that is not true. If he gives in to fear, he will never conquer it because he will shy away from learning and never try again. But if he tries to learn for years in the midst of his fear, he will eventually conquer it because he will never have really abandoned himself to it."

"How can he defeat his third enemy, don Juan?"

"He has to defy it, deliberately. He has to come to realize the power he has seemingly conquered is in reality never his. He must keep himself in line at all times, handling carefully and faithfully all that he has learned. If he can see that clarity and power without his control over himself are worse than mistakes, he will reach a point where everything is held in check. He will know then when and how to use his power; and thus he will have defeated his third enemy.

"The man will be, by then, at the end of his journey of learning, and almost without warning he will come upon the last of his enemies: Old age! This enemy is the cruelest of all; the one he will not be able to defeat completely, but only fight away.

"This is the time when a man has no more fears, no more impatient clarity of mind- a time when all his power is in check, but also the time when he has an unyielding desire to rest. If he gives in totally to his desire to lie down and forget; if he soothes himself in tiredness, he will have lost his last round and his enemy will cut him down into a feeble old creature. His desire to retreat will overrule all his clarity, his power, and his knowledge.

"But if the man sloughs off his tiredness, and lives his fate through, he can then be called a man of knowledge; if only for the brief moment when he succeeds in fighting off his last, invincible enemy. That moment of clarity, power, and knowledge is enough."
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The entire book along with audio version is here:
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4730 From: Mark Date: 2012-10-14
Subject: #4730 - Saturday/Sunday, October 13/14, 2012
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

Nonduality Highlights Issue #4730, Saturday/Sunday, October 13/14, 2012





Baby's World

I wish I could take a quiet corner in the heart of my baby's very
own world.
I know it has stars that talk to him, and a sky that stoops
down to his face to amuse him with its silly clouds and rainbows.
Those who make believe to be dumb, and look as if they never
could move, come creeping to his window with their stories and with
trays crowded with bright toys.
I wish I could travel by the road that crosses baby's mind,
and out beyond all bounds;
Where messengers run errands for no cause between the kingdoms
of kings of no history;
Where Reason makes kites of her laws and flies them, the Truth
sets Fact free from its fetters.

- Rabindranath Tagore




The thinking mind, the ego, the "me" are all the same. They are different names for the same thing, which is an illusion.

- Ramesh Balsekar




Don't worry about saving these songs!
And if one of our instruments breaks,
it doesn't matter.

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and even if the whole world's harp
should burn up, there will still be
hidden instruments playing.

So the candle flickers and goes out.

We have a piece of flint, and a spark.

This singing-art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like the edge of driftwood
along the beach, wanting and wanting!

They derive
from a slow and powerful root
that we can't see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly in and out.

- Rumi, Ghazal 110, from the Diwan-e Shams, version by Coleman Barks from Like This, posted to Sunlight


A Caution To Everybody

Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot how to fly, and could only walk.
Consider man, who may well become extinct
Because he forgot how to walk and learned how to fly before he thinked.

- Ogden Nash




We can see that our whole activity is self-centered. We keep thinking about ourselves endlessly: we must improve ourselves; we want a better job; we must fulfill ourselves; we want a better relationship; we want to achieve enlightenment. Our self-concern motivates all our activities. It is this preoccupation with the self and rivalry with the 'other', which brings about isolation and loneliness. We try to escape from it in various ways, but such strategies cannot succeed.

- Ramesh Balsekar




Philosophy

If I should labor through daylight and dark,
Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
And what if I don't, and what if I do?

- Dorothy Parker




Satsang is a tongueless teacher and headless students. So shut your head, let your Heart open, and Truth will reveal itself to you in Silence. Only pay attention to That with your open Heart.

- Papaji, posted to AlongTheWay



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4731 From: Mark Date: 2012-10-16
Subject: #4731 - Monday, October 15, 2012
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

Nonduality Highlights Issue #4731, Monday, October 15, 2012





Suppose you know the definitions of all substances
and their derivatives,
what good is this to you?
Know the true definition of yourself.
That is indispensable.
Then, when you know your own definition, flee from it,
that you may attain to the One who cannot be defined,
O sifter of the dust.

- Rumi, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, from Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to AlongTheWay




In spite of your beliefs to the contrary, you are not
what you think, feel, say, do, have, want or fear.

You're actually the context or the space in which
all of those other things appear to show up in.

In short, you are "what is."

You are what creates you.

It's all happening both withinÂ…and ASÂ…you.

So, instead of reacting out of your fear, you need
to learn how to respond out of your love.

Romantics are always looking for "The One."

But, everywhere you go, you're always (and only)
meeting "The One."

Every one is "The One."

- Chuck Hillig, posted to AlongTheWay




Learn to live without self-concern. For this you must know your own true being (swarupa) as indomitable, fearless, ever victorious. Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




Refuge

I see the lamp, the face, the eye,
an altar where the soul bows, a

gladness and refuge. My loving says,
"Here. I can leave my personality

here." My reason agrees! "How can
I object when a rose makes the bent

backs stand up like cypresses?" Such
surrender changes everything. Turks

understand Armenian! Body abandons
bodiness. Soul goes to the center.

Rubies appear in the begging bowl.
But don't brag when this happens.

Be secluded and silent. Stay in
the delight, and be brought the

cup that will come. No artfulness.
Practice quiet and this new joy.


- Rumi, version by Coleman Barks from The Soul of Rumi, posted to Sunlight




True happiness cannot be found in things that change and pass away. Pleasure and pain alternate inexorably. Happiness comes from the self and can be found in the self only. Find your real self (swarupa) and all else will come with it.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj from I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to AlongTheWay



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4732 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-16
Subject: #4732 - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4732 - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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The Nonduality Highlights
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/
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Dustin LindenSmith
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I recently finished my second, more careful reading of Sam Harris's great little book called “Free Will.” The topic seemed much less dense on my second reading of its scant 66 pages, although this is admittedly one of my first real engagements with a thorny philosophical topic such as this one.

For those unfamiliar with Harris or his work, he's a Stanford philosophy grad and UCLA neuroscience Ph.D. who authored the amazing 2004 book, “The End of Faith,” and who co-founded a foundation in 2007 devoted to promoting science and secular values called Project Reason. In "Free Will," he lays out a cogent argument against the existence of free will in human beings; or to be more precise, he describes in objective, scientific (and subjective) terms why our apparent freedom of will is an illusion.

A common response to this argument is that “if we have no free will, why do anything?” Or, “if we have no free will, where does moral responsibility and ethical behaviour come from?” I really enjoyed the following rejoinders to these kinds of arguments by Harris in Chapter 5, in which he reflects on his personal experience with losing his own belief in free will:

“Losing the sense of free will has only improved my ethics—by increasing my feelings of compassion and forgiveness, and diminishing my sense of entitlement to the fruits of my own good luck. Â… Losing a belief in free will has not made me fatalistic—in fact, it has increased my feelings of freedom. My hopes, fears, and neuroses seem less personal and indelible. There is no telling how much I might change in the future. Just as one wouldnÂ’t draw a lasting conclusion about oneself on the basis of a brief experience of indigestion, one neednÂ’t do so on the basis of how one has thought or behaved for vast stretches of time in the past. A creative change of inputs to the system—learning new skills, forming new relationships, adopting new habits of attention—may radically transform oneÂ’s life. Â… Getting behind our conscious thoughts and feelings can allow us to steer a more intelligent course through our lives (while knowing, of course, that we are ultimately being steered)."

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Sam Harris's books are availabe at Amazon.com and are listed here:
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4733 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-17
Subject: #4733 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4733 - Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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The Nonduality Highlights
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I guess almost all readers of the Highlights are aware of Jeff Foster. Well now Tami Simon, founder of the iconic Sounds True publishing house, is bringing Jeff to the spiritualityВ mainstream with his newest work
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The Deepest Acceptance: Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life.
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Read the introduction to the book here:
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Hard copy and digital versions are available here:
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The audio book, with an excerpt you may listen to, is available here:
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Meet Jeff Foster and the rest of the gang at SAND...
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Less then 2 weeks to SAND12 US! (Science and Nonduality Conference)
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http://scienceandnonduality.com
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OMG... in less then 2 weeks the journey of 6/700 bodies from all over the planet will converge to San Rafael, California... many of us once again and many of us for the first time.
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Such a thrilling feeling to know we'll soon have a chance to once more encounter like minded people with whom to exchange smiles, opinion and stories while resting in that space in which stories are only what they are.
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If you are still "on the fence" come on board, we'll make sure to squeeze a seat for you. If traveling is too much for your body it's ok, you can watch the conference online live and on demand from the comfort of your home.
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Regardless of your presence we can only thank you for being part of "this" (whatever "this" is...).
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Love, Maurizio Zaya and the SAND US 12 team
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Thanks to Highlights reader Emilie for posting this toВ Facebook:
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Bhutan Aims to be First 100% Organic Nation

Submitted byВ dashaВ on October 4, 2012 – 8:05 am
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The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic.

The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on protecting the environment and focusing on mental well-being.

Its development model measuring “Gross National Happiness” instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been discussed at the United Nations and has been publicly backed by leaders from Britain and France, among others.

It banned television until 1999, keeps out mass tourism to shield its culture from foreign influence, and most recently set up a weekly “pedestriansÂ’ day” on Tuesdays that sees cars banned from town centres.

Its determination to chart a different path can be seen in its new policy to phase out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years, making its staple foods of wheat and potatoes, as well as its fruits, 100 percent organic.

“Bhutan has decided to go for a green economy in light of the tremendous pressure we are exerting on the planet,” Agriculture Minister Pema Gyamtsho told AFP in an interview by telephone from the capital Thimphu.

“If you go for very intensive agriculture it would imply the use of so many chemicals, which is not in keeping with our belief in Buddhism, which calls for us to live in harmony with nature.”

Bhutan has a population of just over 700,000, two-thirds of whom depend on farming in villages dotted around fertile southern plains near India and the soaring Himalayan peaks and deep valleys to the north.

Read the full article here:

http://healthfreedoms.org/2012/10/04/bhutan-aims-to-be-first-100-organic-nation/

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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4734 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2012-10-19
Subject: #4734 - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4734 -В Thursday, October 18, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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"To each thing, its own
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water does not think
of itself as consort
of the bright moonlight it hosts."
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~ Sogi
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From the book: "The Poetry of Zen," published by Shambhala
via Daily Dharma
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photo by Alan Larus
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Just as many rivers are one in the ocean
All half-truths are swallowed by the one truth;
The effulgence of the sun illuminates all dark corners.
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Clouds draw water from the ocean to fall as rain on the earth
And there is neither increase nor decrease;
Just so, reality remains unaltered like the pure sky.
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Replete with the Buddha's perfections
Sahaja is the one essential nature;
Beings are born into it and pass into it,
Yet there is neither existence nor non-existence in it.
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~ Saraha, from Dohakosa
With thanks to Kia Pierce posting excerpts on Facebook
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photo by Alan Larus
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The nature of beginning and end is here and now,
And the first does not exist without the last;
The rational fool conceptualising the inconceivable
Separates emptiness from compassion.
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The bee knows from birth
That flowers are the source of honey;
How can the fool know
That samsara and nirvana are one?
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~ Saraha, from Dohakosa

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The concepts of unity and multiplicity do not bring integration;
Only through awareness do sentient beings reach freedom.
Cognition of radiance is strong meditation;
Abide in a calm, quiescent mind.
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~ Saraha, from Dohakosa

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The way I see it, there's no call for anything special,
just act ordinary.В  ~ Lin Chi
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"Julie and Haley"
photo by Tom McFerran
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A Prayer among Friends
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Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn't ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.
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by John Daniel, from Of Earth.
© Lost Horse Press, 2012
via The Writer's Almanac
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4735 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-19
Subject: #4735 - Friday, October 19, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4735 - Friday, October 19, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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The Nonduality Highlights
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/
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New Book:
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The Real Christ
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by Bernadette Roberts

(May be ordered now, but not available for shipping until 10/25/12.)

The Real Christ. This book is available as a 380 page spiral bound manuscript, for $50 in the U.S. and $65 outside of the U.S. and in Hawaii. Bernadette has requested that no one order this book until they have read the "Warning" below.
WARNING: Those who believe the man Jesus who walked this earth 2000 years ago was God, should read no further. Since I hold no human being is God, those who disagree will only find this book upsetting and disagreeable.В В This writing is not for those convinced they have the last word on Christ, but those searching for the real Christ. While I believe all Christians have the right Faith, I do not think all Christians have the right beliefs, right understanding or right view of Christ. Given all the Jesus-talk these days, Christianity comes across as a personality cult, the worship of a human being, which has nothing to do with Christ, it even turns people away.В В The reason for this writing is my perception that the real Christ has been all but lost to Christianity.

Of first importance is to define the major terms used in this book, namely “Logos”, “Christ”, and “Jesus”.В В Those who think these terms are interchangeable, synonymous, or refer to the same Reality, will never understand a thing in this book.В В Indiscriminate use of these terms has already thrown people off the track, thus it is of the utmost importance to define these terms from the outset.В В Those who disagree with these definitions will only become addled or irate and should read no further.

Because God is notВ aВ being, but infinite Being or Existence, we must be careful not to anthropomorphize GodÂ’s Triune essence or Trinity as three beings or three entities – three gods, in other words.В В Also, because God transcends all gender, we have to be careful not to get caught up in the metaphors used for the Trinity as “Father and Son”.В В Since God is neither mother, father, son or daughter, these metaphors must not be taken literally or understood as GodВ ad intraВ (God-in-Itself).В В To avoid this pitfall, this book refers to GodÂ’s Triune essence as “Transcendent-Logos-Spirit”.

The Incarnation was the Logos creatingВ Its own human nature, creating manÂ’s one common human nature eternally one with Itself, and thisВ oneness of GodÂ’s divine nature and manÂ’s human nature we know and call “Christ”. The term, word, or title “Christ” is not the name of any human being, but refers solely to GodÂ’s eternal oneness with Man.В В The Incarnation was not God uniting Itself to anyВ particularВ human being orВ person.В В Christ is not the oneness of two persons, two individuals or two beings, nor is Christ a divine being or a human being, rather,Christ is the eternal oneness of two natures, divine and human.В В Thus the Incarnation was the revelation Man – Â“Universal Man” Â– GodÂ’s Plan for all mankind, and thisВ Truth, this revelation, is everything we know and call “Christ”.

The purpose of the Incarnation was not to reveal the man Jesus – give us another god for the pantheon – but to reveal Man, GodÂ’s eternal plan for his eternal oneness with God.В В Prior to the Incarnation, Christ did not exist, nor did the man Jesus exist, only the divine Logos, God, eternally existed.В В Thus neither as a human being or a human person was the man Jesus, divine, or even Christ.В В It is solely the oneness of the divine Logos withВ Its own human nature thatВ isВ Christ, and it is this mystery of GodÂ’s indivisible oneness with the essence of mankind we call the “Real Christ”.

Since there is onlyВ oneВ human nature – not many, different kinds, or particular human natures, one can count heads, but not human natures.В В As the “instrument” of revealing Christ, the singular man born into this world was given the common Jewish name “Jesus”.В В It was not thisindividualВ person or particular man, however, that was Christ, rather, Christ is solelyВ GodÂ’sВ ownhuman natureВ and not the human nature of anyВ particular human being or person.В В So where the term “Christ” is a reference to the indivisible oneness of two natures, the name “Jesus” is solely a reference to a particular humanВ person.

This book permits no anthropomorphic view of God, the Trinity, or Christ.В В Reference to the man Jesus is always to a human being and never to God.  Â“Jesus” is the particular man of the Gospels, the historicalВ personВ no longer with us.В В With his resurrection and ascension his human nature was totally changed, transfigured and glorified, thus he is no longer the historical figure of the past, but remains the example (or icon) of everymanÂ’s journey and eternal oneness with God.В В We must never, then, mix our terms – the Logos is solely God, Jesus is solely a distinct human person, and Christ – the eternal oneness of God and man.

Those who disagree with these definitions should read no further, it would only confuse and upset them.В В Also, it would be useless to argue any of this since IÂ’ve done my homework, am aware of all opposing views, and regard them as misconceived or wrong.В В Given the same Christian background and history as those who object, I already know where they are coming from, it is they, however, who do not know where I am coming from, and therein lies the different.
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4736 From: Mark Date: 2012-10-21
Subject: #4736 - Saturday, October 20, 2012
Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

Nonduality Highlights Issue #4736, Saturday, October 20, 2012





The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance. Just to know that there is such possibility, changes one's entire outlook. It acts like a burning match in a heap of saw dust. All the great teachers did nothing else. A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also true. The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body.d

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels




There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous!

- Sri Ramana Maharshi, posted to AlongTheWay




The Yogi says you should be
transparent to everything whatever that happens,
and as it is going through, observe it.

Don't refuse it.

To refuse it is to condition yourself with it.

Take anything whatever that comes to you,
and as it is passing through you,
merely observe that it is going through.

You don't respond and you don't reject.

You merely observe the passage of this
... the ghost train of impulses through your station.

- Eugene Halliday posted to The_Now2




The real work belongs to someone who desires God
and has severed himself from every other work.

The rest are like children who play together until it gets dark
for these few short days.

Or like someone who awakes and springs up, still drowsy,
and then is lulled back to sleep by the suggestion of an evil nurse:
"Go to sleep, my darling, I won't let anyone disturb your slumber."

If you are wise, you, yourself, will tear up your slumber by the roots,
like the thirsty man who heard the noise of the water.

God says to you, "I am the noise of the water in the ears of the thirsty;
I am rain falling from heaven.
Spring up, lover, show some excitement!
How can you hear the sound of water and then fall back asleep?!"

- Rumi Mathnawi VI: 586-592, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski from Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to Sunlight




if you can't go to sleep
my dear soul
for tonight
what do you think will happen

if you pass your night
and merge it with dawn
for the sake of heart
what do you think will happen

if the entire world
is covered with the blossoms
you have labored to plant
what do you think will happen

if the elixir of life
that has been hidden in the dark
fills the desert and towns
what do you think will happen

if because of
your generosity and love
a few humans find their lives
what do you think will happen

if you pour an entire jar
filled with joyous wine
on the head of those already drunk
nk what do you think will happen

go my friend
bestow your love
even on your enemies
if you touch their hearts
what do you think will happen

- Rumi Ghazal 838, translation by Nader Khalili from Rumi, Fountain of Fire, posted to Sunlight




Give up all questions except one: 'Who am I?' After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The 'I am' is certain. The 'I am this' is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. To know what you are, you must first investigate and know what you are not. Discover all that you are not - body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that - nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. The clearer you understand that on the level of mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker will you come to the end of your search and realize that you are the limitless being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels



Group: NDhighlights Message: 4737 From: Gloria Lee Date: 2012-10-22
Subject: #4737 - Monday, October 22, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee

#4737 -В Monday, October 22, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus
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Being awake is not a feeling.
Being awake is not a thought.
Being awake is not a memory or desire.
Being awake is the burning away
of past and future,
this scattering of apples in October rain.
Perish into the Mother.
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Photo: Being awake is not a feeling.
                          Being awake is not a thought.
                          Being awake is not a memory or desire.
                          Being awake is the burning away
                          of past and future,
                          this scattering of apples in October rain.
                          Perish into the Mother.
~ Fred LaMotte
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The Great Creator, in the variety of creations,
blesses the low and the high.
In this one act have I resolved all philosophy.
I walk oceans and they do not hold me back.
I ride into the dark heart of all being
and dwell in the vast halls of the ant.
No need to look outside the door for wisdom.
Must we see all the mountains and the seas to love them?
I have written what my heart has learned.
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~ Isonokami no Yakatsugu
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by Alan Larus
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Sojourns in the Parallel World
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We live our lives of human passions,
cruelties, dreams, concepts,
crimes and the exercise of virtue
in and beside a world devoid
of our preoccupations, free
from apprehension—though affected,
certainly, by our actions. A world
parallel to our own though overlapping.
We call it 'Nature: only reluctantly
admitting ourselves to be 'Nature' too.
Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions,
our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute,
an hour even, of pure (almost pure)
response to that insouciant life:
cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancing
pilgrimage of water, vast stillness
of spellbound ephemerae on a lit windowpane,
animal voices, mineral hum, wind
conversing with rain, ocean with rock, stuttering
of fire to coal—then something tethered
in us, hobbled like a donkey on its patch
of gnawed grass and thistles, breaks free.
No one discovers
just where we've been, when we're caught up again
into our own sphere (where we must
return, indeed, to evolve our destinies)
—but we have changed, a little.
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by Denise Levertov from Sands of the Well.
© New Directions Books, 1994
via Writer's Almanac
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photo by Alan Larus
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Lake and Maple
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I want to give myself
utterly
as this maple
that burned and burned
for three days without stinting
and then in two more
dropped off every leaf;
as this lake that,
no matter what comes
to its green-blue depths,
both takes and returns it.
In the still heart that refuses nothing,
the world is twice-born --
two earths wheeling,
two heavens,
two egrets reaching
down into subtraction;
even the fish
for an instant doubled,
before it is gone.
I want the fish.
I want the losing it all
when it rains and I want
the returning transparence.
I want the place
by the edge-flowers where
the shallow sand is deceptive,
where whatever
steps in must plunge,
and I want that plunging.
I want the ones
who come in secret to drink
only in early darkness,
and I want the ones
who are swallowed.
I want the way
the water sees without eyes,
hears without ears,
shivers without will or fear
at the gentlest touch.
I want the way it
accepts the cold moonlight
and lets it pass,
the way it lets
all of of it pass
without judgment or comment.
There is a lake.
Lalla Ded sang, no larger
than one seed of mustard,
that all things return to.
O heart, if you
will not, cannot, give me the lake,
then give me the song.
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Jane Hirshfield
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photo by Alan Larus
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Group: NDhighlights Message: 4738 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-23
Subject: #4738 - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4738 - Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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The Nonduality Highlights
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/
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Wayne Ferguson told me about this site
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Founded in 2008, Patheos.com is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. Patheos is the website of choice for the millions of people looking for credible and balanced information about religion. Patheos brings together faith communities, academics, and the broader public into a single environment, and is the place where many people turn on a regular basis for insight, inspiration, and stimulating discussion. Patheos is unlike any other religious and spiritual site on the Web today.

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As evidenced by the company founders' story, religion and spirituality continue to be an important part of American life, with more Americans today than ever before identifying themselves as spiritual. In fact, according to the Pew Internet Project, more than 82 million Americans (and 64 percent of all Internet users) utilize the Web for faith-related matters. The importance of religion and spirituality, coupled with the growing use of the Internet for religious matters, point to the ongoing need for an online resource for religious and spiritual engagement and dialogue. Patheos fills this need.

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Patheos is a place to:

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  • Find accurate, balanced information on the world's religions in our extensive library.
  • View religious history and facts through unique interactive tools that allow visitors to compare, contrast, and explore religions and belief systems in new and innovative ways.
  • Participate in the global dialogue on religion and spirituality through responsible, moderated discussions on critical issues across religious traditions.
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  • Follow your favorite bloggers and columnists.
  • Engage with others from various faith traditions.
  • Get a glimpse into the beliefs and traditions of other faith groups in a safe and welcoming environment.
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[They mention nonduality in a number of their articles, as you'll discover if you enter "nondual" in their search engine.]
Group: NDhighlights Message: 4739 From: Jerry Katz Date: 2012-10-24
Subject: #4739 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz

#4739 - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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The Nonduality Highlights
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/

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The Deepest Acceptance

Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life

Jeff Foster

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AuthorÂ’s Note

It seems to me that all our problems, all our suffering and conflicts, both personal and global, stem from one basic problem: our ignorance of who we really are. We have forgotten our inseparability from life, and so we have started to fear it, and out of that fear we have gone to war with it in various ways. We have gone to war with our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, our bodies, with the present moment itself. In our efforts to protect ourselves from pain, from fear, from sadness, from discomfort, from failure, from the parts of life we have been conditioned to believe are bad or negative or dark or dangerous, we have stopped being truly alive.

The armor we wear to protect ourselves from a full experience of life is called the separate self. But our armor does not really protect us—it just keeps us comfortably numb.

Spiritual awakening—realizing that you are not who you think you are—is the answer to this basic problem of humanity. These days there are many books available on this topic, and it seems that more people than ever are discovering ancient teachings that used to only be available
to a select few. But there is a trap here. Spirituality can easily become just another layer in our armor. Rather thanВ facilitating our opening up to life, it can shut us off even more. Spiritual concepts and clichГѓВ©s like “There is no self ” or “This is not my body” or “Duality is just an illusion” can simply be new beliefs to cling to, new ways of avoiding life and pushing the world away, which result in more suffering, for us and for those we love.

The spiritual awakening I talk about in this book is not about protecting yourself more; itÂ’s about realizing that who you really are does not need protection, that who you really are is so open and free and loving and deeply accepting that it allows all of life into itself. Life cannot hurt you, because you are life. So the present moment is not an enemy to be feared, but a dear friend to be embraced. Yes, true spirituality does not strengthen your armor against life—it destroys it.

Spiritual awakening is actually very simple. It is the timeless recognition of who you really are, the consciousness prior to form. But actuallyВ  living that recognition in day-to-day life, not forgetting or losing it or letting it go to your head— thatÂ’s where the real adventure of life begins. And thatÂ’s where many people seem to struggle—spiritual seekers and spiritual teachers alike.

ItÂ’s one thing to know who you really are when life is easy and things are going well for you. ItÂ’s another thing to remember this in the heat of the moment, when things fall apart, when life gets messy and your dreams turn to dust. In the midst of physical and emotional pain, addictions, relationship conflicts, and worldly and spiritual failure, often we can feel less awakened and more separate from life, from each other, and from who we really are, than ever. Our happy dreams of our enlightenment can quickly evaporate, and acceptance can seem a million miles away.

We can see the messiness and beauty of day-to-day human existence as something to be avoided, transcended, or even obliterated, or we can see it for what it really is: a secret and constant invitation to wake up now, even if we believe we already woke up yesterday. Life, in its infinite compassion, wonÂ’t let us rest on our laurels.

If my earlier books were descriptions of spiritual awakening, this book addresses far more important questions: How can that awakening be lived day-to-day? How can we accept the present moment even when the present moment seems totally unacceptable to us? Is “How can we accept the present moment?” even the right question? Are we actually separate from the present moment in the first place?

I teach one thing and one thing only:В  a deep and fearless acceptance of whatever comes your way. This is not passive surrender or cold detachment, but an intelligent and creative emergence into the mystery of the moment. This book comes after many years of listening and speaking to thousands of people on the spiritual path—hearing their concerns, answering their challenging questions, meeting them in their pain and grief and daily struggles and fears, and gently pointing them not to a future enlightenment, but to a deep and unconditional acceptance within their present-moment experience, the deep acceptance that they are in their essence.
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Welcome to ordinary life, dear explorer—the final frontier of spiritual awakening. May you boldly go where no one has gone before!

With love from yourself,
Jeff Foster
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Order The Deepest Acceptance from Non-Duality Press in the U.K.
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Order from Sounds True in the U.S.
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