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Highlights #500

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Saturday, Oct 14


Yes in 'this' village square, besides those enjoying the afternoon
sun, or
simply enjoying the laughter of children playing, also 'this' village
has a visit from a person going thru their personal spiritual
All that that was once loved, must now be rejected in order to
establish new
values for oneself.

and yes also those who simultaneously are a slave and devotee to the
they experience (d) a personal suffering under.

and yes also the Prometheus' who in returning from their costly
now have new spiritual toys to display in order to attempt once again
receive love from others..

and also the Icarians who just hate the idea of ever landing yet again
the seeming reality of what is not...

and yes also the matriarchal heroes seeking the pristine state of
unity. The
grand striving of the patriarchal s believing the masculine goal is to
free of the mother goddess and establish one's independence

and yes Eros running here and there denying psyche's call for love
unity ..

and yes western mystics teaching the transendental, and the eastern
teaching that God is immanent

I saw Odysseus preparing for departure and Oedipus searching for his

Ericksonian's quietly whispering "there's a number of things that you
want me to know about, that you don't want to tell me. There is a lot
things about yourself that you don't want to discuss".

There is a coffee table with Bruno Bettelheim's disciples discussing
irreplaceable importance of fairy tales.

There Krishna's disciples reading the Bhagavad Gita "I am the origin
of all,
from me all things proceed ..... I am the Self, established in the
of all beings, there beginning, middle, and end ..... I am the
gambling of
the cheats. I am the vigour of the strong. I am victory. I am
effort. I
am the principle of harmony in the good".

There are the philosophizer's discussing the wound in Christ's side,
delivered by Longinus's spear, is a counterpart of that of the Maimed
Fisher; the crown of thorns is a counterpart of the Bodhisattva's

There are also Nietszche's disciples describing the euphoria of
when he opened Schopenhauer's major opus, "The World at Will and

And yes, in this village square, we have Sri Ramana answering the
"there is no creation".

And yes, we have renowned German psychotherapist, Alice Miller,
to a friend questioning the whole of psychoanalytical theories and
day psychiatric methods.

And yes we have the village idiot who claims to hear voices in his or
head. And yes, we have clowns, academics, and gangsters. We have
selling belief systems. We have those selling second hand used belief

And yes, it is a fine sunny afternoon here in the village square. And
suddenly awoke to the laughter of children playing in the village
square and
realised I had been dreaming on this sunny afternoon.


DAN and JERRY respond to

MATTHEW's earlier post:

> There are only two things:
> bullshit and nothing.
> Werner Erhardt


This is true. And when a person first discovers it, it is always
else who's putting forth bs, never them.

When this list was started it was clearly for the purpose of
I believe that purpose is stated in our list description. Prattle is a
euphemism for bullshit. Any scripture worth its salt declares itself
be prattle, because who can say what 'is'?


There are at least two more things:
a) an expansionistic training program
to impose my view of the two things,
b) an ex-wife who got the shit
kicked out of her, and
left with nothing in
place of self-esteem.



Some days ago, I saw on television the violence in the Middle East
caught by
the live camera. In one of the scenes, I saw a terror stricken young
perhaps 9 or 10 hiding behind his father as there was shooting all
them. One could see the incredible helplessness and fear in both their
It was a sight of a father not being able to protect his son in
trouble. How
painful to watch. The anchor then said that the boy had died. There
other scenes of rage, of people throwing stones, and soldiers being
and tortured and killed. There were scenes of women and children
crying. I
don't know who was who and what their religion was. It just seems like
heart breaking never stops. It goes on all over the world in some

Over 2500 years ago, the Jain Tirthankra Mahavir noted that All life
to live and flourish without exception. He taught that the way to
peace for
humanity was through mutual support and help. By helping others, we
help ourselves. By giving room to others, we make room for ourselves.
Nonviolence is not a religion. It is the supreme principle for
evolution. It
is the radiance of Self-Realization. If we have realized our true
nature as
Being, then we see that Being permeates all life. How do we separate
ourselves from "others." How do we look away when "others" are
suffering. I
know in the spiritual life everyone is doing their best and hope our
will reach out and heal some broken hearts.

Wishing for all of you, peace and love and comfort in your lives.
I pray that everyone realize reconciliation, forgiveness, and kindness
their lives.



There is one word which describes the way of non-duality for me: LOVE.
was at a Jesuit Retreat recenty with Father Tom Allender. He was
about violence, domestic violence and psychological violence of which
violence in the east is a mere shadow. Violence is just another word
Suffering. Father Tom reminded us that the first commandment of Jesus
"You must love your neighbor as yourself." Then he asked us why we
did not
do this, Love our neighbor as our oursel?." He said that is because
we have
not died to the self, we have not been born again in the Godhead that
Christ, we do not love our true Self. Subtle distinctions here, but
is subtle. He told that when we can learn to love our true self we
then love our neighbor as we should. I embrace truth in all
religions. I
have yet to find one that does not come to this conclusion. It is as
Nisargadatta Maharaj points our in "I Am That." The best thing we can
do is
become a light unto ourselves. Or as Bede Griffeths admonishes us,
"We must
walk through the darkness to find love." Or we must take up our
cross of
suffering and carrry it until our frail human self-serving love into
Divine Love that is Compassion.



Humor lightens the load, disperses
the burden.
If pain is humor's fuel, light is humor's
Humor knows that pain doesn't define my being.

Humor can cover pain as well.
And there comes a time to be with the pain,
without covering or attempting
to lighten, simply noticing
as is.

To be wounded is to be mortal.
To be born as eternity is to be unsplit.
To be one who is "mortal eternal" is to
breathe one's wound without
defense, without strategy,
without escape. It is to laugh
and cry, while being where there
is no laughter or crying.



"Give us this day our daily bread."
-Matthew 6:11

of Nothing,
will come nothing: except Peace.
something will come,
of Something: except Peace.

Nature herself - who can be no better
or worse made but by her own hand - is the
porcelain past evolving the clay future:
She is rushing and unmitigated;
the all becoming the all becoming.
Nature is Something -- Something is waxing.

of Something,
will come something: except Peace.
nothing will come,
of Nothing: except Peace.

Nature herself - who can be no better
or worse made but by her own hand - is the
porcelain past involving the clay future:
She is crying and unassuaged;
the all becoming the all becoming.

nothing will come,
of Nothing: except Peace.
of Something,
will come something: except Peace.

Nature herself - who can be no better
or worse made but by her own hand - is the
clay future revolving the porcelain past:
She is dying and unpalliated;
the all becoming the all becoming.

something will come,
of Something: except Peace.
of Nothing,
will come nothing: except Peace.

Nature herserlf - who can be no better
or worse made but by her own hand - is the
clay future devolving the porcelain past:
She is rushing
and crying
and dying:
the all becoming the all becoming.
Nature is Something - Something is waning.

of Nothing,
will come nothing: except Peace.
of Something,
will come Something: except Peace.

Peace will come of Nothing: Death is Nothing.
Sorrow will come of Something: Dying is Something.
Something will come,
of Nothing,
will come Peace.

-Mark Christopher Valentine



Objects in space are all in relative movement, and that is why they
are seen. Only space itself does not move; and awareness is movement
in that space of non-movement. It is that relationship of movement to
NON-movement which seems to fill awareness, and to signal

Naturally, our attention is drawn to movement, but it is only our own
stillness and silence as awareness itself (space) which allows a
comparison to be made. Stillness is what is looking at movement,
creating movement by the act of looking.


from Joel Goldsmith, The Thunder of Silence

Years ago, during the 1950's, as part of a long international journey,
flew to Joahannesburg, South Africa. When I arrived, there was only
my one
little piece of baggage waiting for me, and the two large pieces were
missing. Immediately, the airline personnel began searching for my
baggage, but they did not find it anywhere. Despite a great deal of
speculation and hullabaloo no baggage was found.

For three weeks I was in South Africa without baggage and without
although my needs were taken care of minimally by the airline. The
time I was convinced that my bags would show up, which was a very

Two nights before I was to leave for India, I sat down to give this
incident some serious consideration. "This represents a failure on my
part. What is the failure? What has gone wrong here?"

As I sat in my room, pondering and meditating, finally the answer
came: "This is a spiritual universe, and yet here I am waiting for
baggage, when the truth of the matter is there isn't any baggage. All
baggage is, is part of the belief of time and space - space that is
occupied by baggage, time in which it could be lost, and space in
which it
could be lost. Here we are trying to find baggage, which if it were
would only be more evidence that the material world is solid reality
obeys physical laws."

"There is no truth to this whole picture because we are living in a
spiritual universe where nobody has any need of baggage. Whatever
there is
of reality is incorporeal, spiritual, and omnipresent; and whatever
as finite baggage in time and space must be no more than an image in
thought and can have no reality to it; so I have been fooled into
and waiting for material baggage to turn up in a spiritual universe
every idea is omnipresent."

With that I retired for the night.

The story came to a quick conclusion after that realization. The next
the assistant manager of the airline at Johannesburg had an
come to him and the baggage was found in a room where no one had
thought to
look before. Nobody had thought of that possibility until I
remembered we
were not dealing with material baggage but with Omnipresence.

The suffering of this world is due to our looking around for a piece
personal baggage - even expecting it to be in its right place. That
is the
error. There is no place for you or me, or for any he, she or it,
in the only place where it is to be found and that is in Omnipresence.



the way i see it is that drawing conclusions is just something mind
does. It is a simple and natural function of mind. Where
the "problem" arises is in our identifying with the conclusions that
mind has drawn. So to me, trying to stop mind from drawing
conclusions is a total waste of time, except perhaps as a minor
begining exercise. Mind draws conclusions endlessly, and that
process just needs to be seen clearly for what it is; a function of



The metaphor is
never strong enough to bear the weight of the wisdom it attempts to
form to. What is wisdom today will be childish foolishness by
tomorrow. The
sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Spirit is always beyond
and forcing consciousness to expand continuously with or without
until suddenly, every direction you turn one is overwhelmed by Truth
Beauty, Beauty and Truth and you are in Love with Love.


SANDEEP responds to this
statement made by Sri Aurobindo:

> Not only a truer knowledge,
> but a greater power comes to one
> in the quietude and silence of a mind
> that, instead of bubbling on the surface,
> can go to its own depths and listen.

And so to obtain this "greater power" one tries to go into one's depth
listen to the quietude.

Who is to listen?
Who knows this "true knowledge"?
Who experiences the quietude?
To whom does this "great power" come to?

Such bubbling nonsense.<s>

But then Aurobindo was as much an example of the perfection of
as anything/anybody else manifested.

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