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Saturday, May 12, 2001



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Found on a good search engine
Haiku is easy.

English Haiku - 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables in three lines

when life is all dead
something wondrous will reveal
death is all dead too

Knowing snake from rope
Not always an easy thing
Be careful, my friends

British Author Douglas Adams Dies
By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) -

Douglas Adams, whose cult science fiction comedy
``The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' drew millions
of fans and spawned a mini-industry, has died at age
49. The British-born Adams died Friday of a heart attack
in Santa Barbara, Calif., his London spokeswoman,
Sophie Astin, said Saturday.

Nisargadatta Maharaj
What is it that you really want? Are you clear about it?
Are you looking for God? What exactly are you looking for?

Somehow, I have always known and felt deeply that
nothing that life in this world could offer would satisfy me because it was

(Shaking with silent laughter) If you could only realise how
funny that is - "I want to reach reality." Who is this 'I' who
wants to reach reality? Is it this body-complex, this
psychosomatic apparatus that wants to reach reality?
And is he sure that 'reality' is agreeable to accept him?
Also, how will this 'I' reach reality? By taking a high jump
or a long jump? Or, perhaps by a rocket? Or, is it through
a mental leap that this reality is to be reached? And, finally,
what exactly do you mean by the 'reality' that you want to reach?

Visitor (laughing)
Now that you put it this way, it does seem funny, or,
should I perhaps say tragic.

Who is that listens to these words, whether funny or tragic?

Me, I, the one who is sitting here; I am listening to these
words and also speaking to you.

The respective senses, with the aid of the Prana, the life-force,
do the actual work. But is there not something - call it your
sense of presence - without which none of your senses would
be able to cognize anything? What is it that gives sentience
to a sentient being?

Yes. If I were not conscious, my senses would not work.

Understand then, that it is this conscious presence that you
are, so long as the body is there. Once your body is gone,
along with the vital breath, consciousness will also leave.
Only that which was prior to the appearance of this body-cum-
consciousness, the Absolute, the ever-present is your true
identity. That is what we all really are. That is reality. It is
here and now. Where is the question of anyone reaching for it?

That depends on the definition of personality - and my
dictionary doesn't come up with anything useful. So
instead, what I call 'personality' is the structure, able to
properly respond, to learn from its experiences
and to adapt responsiveness accordingly. This would
require a some 'basics' like sincerity, openness, accepting
and rationality, to mention but a few. It will be clear that
such a personality is far from static, unless one knows the
'core'. But those personalities appearing to be static, could
be said to learn nothing from experience - "stuck" or "blocked".
When so, extreme situations would almost be begging for a
different personality to handle them properly...
But Dan is the therapist in the club - he has to know 'best' :)

Hi Jan,I don't know how "personality" is usually defined either,
but clearly it's something based on memory (the past) and
thus it isn't real. As an analogy, a piece of paper is made of
wood, and so is a pencil --both of these can be related to trees...
but the writing on the paper is conditioned memory, and has
nothing to do with trees -- it can only be something 'written'
there in memory based on 'conscious experience' and it will
go when the body dies (or as 'deconditioning' while the body
lives).What the "I" is, seems clear: When there are no "buttons
to push" in conversation (no matter what is said) and no
automatic reactions, and nobody to fear anything, that seems
indication the "I" isn't there. Otherwise, there's nobody to
determine it... it has to be seen from 'reflections' elsewhere:
for example, "someone put a 'personal attack' but there wasn't
the usual automatic reaction."

Dear Lists,

The Monthly Musical Selection has been updated on The Core.
To access the page directly, please click the link below or
paste it into your browser. This month is a diversion from the
usual kind of music presented, andincludes a downloadable
version in Windows Media (.wma) format, so (almost) everyone
should be able to play it.


The Core:

Song Lyrics:

(Stevie Wonder)

Seize upon that moment long ago
One breath away and there you will be
So young and carefree
Again you will see
That place in gold
Steal away into that way back when
You thought that all would last forever
But like the weather
Nothing can ever...and be in time
Stay gold
But can it be When we can see
So vividly A memory
And yes you say
So must the day
Too, fade away
And leave a ray of sun
So gold Life is but a twinkling of an eye
Yet filled with sorrow and compassion
Though not imagined
All things that happen
Will age to old
Though gold

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