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Thursday, February 14, 2001


Re: Dictum

(G) When the Being recognizes (no matter the age),
it sees itself
as being in this vast continuum of love. Then
everything is ok,
even though the world 'is going to hell'. It is the
workings of
a vast machine, which works perfectly well the way
that it works.

>║If it does get messed up, then self-inquiry begins.
(J) >The silence does get messed up for the majority of newborns who don't
>even know the word self-enquiry. Messed up to the extent as to be unfit
>for any kind of practice to quench the continuation of random mentation,
>concealing silence like a brick is hiding space.

(G) Yes. In recognition is the awareness that brick and space are
interchangeable, like two words that are synonymous. How they
are taken depends on the motive of the speaker/hearer.

>║Is the ending of self-inquiry, understanding, or simply renewed silence?
(J) >As there isn't an "I", just this blissful silence, who has been enquiring into
>what? That silence has left a trace in memory is evidenced at the
>moment of apperception (worded like 'recognition of') so what gets renewed?
>Silence or the memory of it? Which leaves all practices as mental jugglery.
>Which one would 'cut the crap' most swiftly, provided the student would be
>fit for it?

Which one? I would say, going naked.

(See my reply to the question about Kundalini... )

Thanks Jan...

==Gene Poole==


>Subject: which role plays Kundalini in the disidentification process?
>can someone describe his/her "own" experience?


Perhaps you are aware of those drawing-tablet toys,
the ones for kids, where you draw on the thin cellophane
film, and black comes through, so you can see what
is drawn. If you lift the thin film (with a neat kind of
ripping sound), the letters go away, leaving a blank

Well, Kundalini is the one who lifts the thin film, leaving
a blank page.

The trick is to rub the film, the patterns impressed underneath
are then revealed 'again'. I am the one who is made of those

I used to become upset when Kundalini ripped my sheet
up. Now, I welcome it; when it happens, it happens.

Maybe someday, K will also melt the underlying impressions
so that I cannot ever come back.

Practicing blankness...

==Gene Poole==

ONCE a beloved asked her lover: "Friend,
You have seen many places in the world!
Now - which of all these cities was the best?
He said: "The city where my sweetheart lives!"



NOW:> we can say whatever we like or remain silent and things are as they are
> We ARE the way it is and I don't think it matters if we call it a conclusion
> or a nonconclusion.

I haven't reached a conclusion concerning
whether or not it matters :-)

The way it is, is.
The way it is not, is.

As being and the is of the way, not-two,
saying things about being
can't add anything.

But, why not speak?

Speaking is being, doesn't
disturb the endless silence
whatsoever :-)

There is only Ati - Ken Wilber


In a series of books (e.g., A Sociable God, Up from Eden, and The Eye of
Spirit), I have tried to show that religion itself has always performed two
very important, but very different, functions. One, it acts as a way of
creating meaning for the separate self: it offers myths and stories and
tales and narratives and rituals and revivals that, taken together, help
the separate self make sense of, and endure, the slings and arrows of
outrageous fortune. This function of religion does not usually or
necessarily change the level of consciousness in a person; it does not
deliver radical transformation. Nor does it deliver a shattering liberation
from the separate self altogether. Rather, it consoles the self, fortifies
the self, defends the self, promotes the self. As long as the separate self
believes the myths, performs the rituals, mouths the prayers, or embraces
the dogma, then the self, it is fervently believed, will be "saved"-either
now in the glory of being God-saved or Goddess-favored, or in an afterlife
that insures eternal wonderment.
But two, religion has also served-in a usually very, very small
minority-the function of radical transformation and liberation. This
function of religion does not fortify the separate self, but utterly
shatters it-not consolation but devastation, not entrenchment but
emptiness, not complacency but explosion, not comfort but revolution-in
short, not a conventional bolstering of consciousness but a radical
transmutation and transformation at the deepest seat of consciousness itself.
There are several different ways that we can state these two important
functions of religion. The first function-that of creating meaning for the
self-is a type of horizontal movement; the second function-that of
transcending the self-is a type of vertical movement (higher or deeper,
depending on your metaphor). The first I have named "translation," the
second, "transformation."
We must start with helpful translations
before we can effectively offer authentic transformations.
The reason is that if translation is too quickly, or too abruptly, or too
ineptly taken away from an individual (or a culture), the result, once
again, is not breakthrough but breakdown, not release but collapse. Let me
give two quick examples here.
When Ch÷gyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a great (though controversial) Tibetan
master, first came to this country, he was renowned for always saying, when
asked the meaning of Vajrayana, "There is only Ati." In other words, there
is only the enlightened mind wherever you look. The ego, samsara, maya and
illusion-all of them do not have to be gotten rid of, because none of them
actually exist: There is only Ati, there is only Spirit, there is only God,
there is only nondual Consciousness anywhere in existence.
Virtually nobody got it-nobody was ready for this radical and authentic
realization of always-already truth-and so Trungpa eventually introduced a
whole series of "lesser" practices leading up to this radical and ultimate
"no practice."

(note: this a long, tho very worthwhile excerpt, so here is the
link to entire message:


More from the "Great Pearl"

"Q: What is meant by 'never being apart from the Buddha'?

A: Having a mind freed from the ongoing and coming of concepts, its
stillness unaffected by environmental forms so that it remains eternally
void and motionless - this is being never apart from the Buddha."

"Worldly" is a term valid only in contradistinction to "transcendental".
The latter derives its meaning from the former. If you do not accept the
one as a valid concept, the other cannot be retained. But, if you are
speaking of the REAL Transcendental, that pertains to neither the worldly
nor the transcendental...then you can also say that it is worldly. The Real
Transcendental is like that. Why? The Diamond Sutra says: If their minds
grasp the Dharma. they will still cling to the notion of an ego (a being and
a life); if their minds grasp the Not- Dharma, they will still cling to the
notion of an ego (a being and a life). Therefore, we should not grasp at
and hold onto the notions of either Dharma or of not-Dharma. This is
holding to the true Dharma. If you understand this doctrine, this is true
deliverance - that, indeed, is reaching the gate of non-duality."

Eric Blackstead
the St. Valentine's Day Massacre All Over Again


From CNN. asia,
***Waving religious saffron flags, the 20 Hindu nationalists
a ban on Valentine's Day celebrations. They described cards for
lover's day as "obscene," and a violation of mainly Hindu
cultural ethos.

***Activists from the Shiv Sena party ransacked gift shops of
Archies Gallery stores in New Delhi and tore up cards. Attacks
also reported in other Indian cities, including Bombay and

When Fundimentalism couples up with Nationalism, whether
Moslem or Hindu, it seems Love is always the 1st victim.

yours in the bonds,


.............c'mon eric. valentines cards are about Love? They
totally "obscene". Horrifying so when you see that the mood of
valentines cards is most peoples reference point for Love.(of
not on this site) How much more shallow can it get? They should
torn, burned, flushed down the toilet. i wish these guys would
to america and ransack those bastions of sentimentality, the
stores. valentines cards make a complete mockery of Love.


Mathew & Friends,

> .............c'mon eric. valentines cards are about Love?

The clipping isn't about Valentine cards, Mathew. It's about
to PROTECT HINDUISM & INDIA...from Valentine cards, get it?

>valentines cards make a complete mockery of Love.

Tell it to the lovers, Mathew. I was just passing on a funny
somewhat pathetic story as an ironic commentary.

Take it any way you want.

yours in the bonds,



Spread outward. Crack the round dome. Break through.
Have liberty not as air within a grave
Or down a well. Breath freedom, oh, my native,
In the space of horizons that neither love nor hate.

- Wallace Stevens

From "Things of August"

Rolling Over

> ║Why would "thoughts" be seen by
> ║"thoughts" within the context of "understanding" or "not-understanding?
> There is no end to "why" questions as one is chained to the next.

I meant it as a real question-to which there is a simple answer which would
put an end to the question.

> ║The "silent mind" may be "bliss" but thoughts may be bliss-in-action...the
> ║blissful expression of 'silent mind" (although "blissful" for whom?)
> What if thoughts are just thoughts?

Sure, I can say to myself, thoughts are just thoughts. And there has been
clarity for a long time that they are not "me", they are not "mine". Also,
if mind recognizes that EVERYTHING is fundamental reality then there is
peace and freedom from the craving for what one imagines one does not have.
After one sees that clearly then things get more interesting. Everything is
Just So. Goats are just goats. But I tend to ask questions (yes, Dan,
thought investigating itself) and I would not say that anything is "just"
anything...or just its label. Its not as if Im saying that this is a Big
Important Deal or that Im asking questions as part of the agenda to get
somewhere or something-mind is just inquisitive. It is interesting the mind
seems to wish to learn about itself, awaken to its self. Nothing else much
to do, why not? I don't actually care much about the topic of
"enlightenment", "God" & "persons" etc. but I am interested in reading posts
on this list when I recognize that someone is both investigating thought in
an emperical fashion as well as the mechanics of mind, and in a manner
consistent, yet unpredictable and free from self-imposed imitation,
projections and cultural modeling and, most especially for the joy of it,
for the joy of it, not out of enlightenment fixation. This is when I get to
see the actual workings of Awakened Mind in the mind of other which assists
researches (play) going on here. Awakened Mind is everywhere, not just on
some dusty pedastal.

Here is an example of the kind of thing that I mean. After floating face
down in empty mind bliss for a good while in empty pool (but yes breathing
now and then), I note that mind is in a different state of stability and
clarity then when on land-probably to do with relaxation. Suddenly I note
that invariably when face down, body will begin without fail to roll over
via the left side. Repeat many times-always the same. Why is this? Is this
so for everybody? Something to do with hemispheres? New gripping question
arises, new opportunity to watch mind working away and I'll spare you the
details. Note (and ignore) condemning thoughts-"What a dumb thing to do".
Work through the process and see what new territory is noticed. None of this
mental activity even recognized as what we usually define as "thought". A
question might lurk for years or be answered in a short time but no anxiety
or urgency. The answer will be something I have never been told and
something I have never read in any book.

None of which probably has anything to do with abstractions about
non-duality. Or perhaps it does.


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