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Today's highlights include an invitation, a shared
quirky query, quotes, and graceful direction and
*What Is* which arose through the fellowship of dialogue.
the variety of facets! ø¤º°+°º¤ø
NDHighlights: a need, an invitation, an
opportunity to listen in
Dear friends of this Salon,
Jerry's website and his lists have been a gift to many of
3 1/2 years. Here we've learned, been challenged, made
friendships, and mostly have been allowed the opportunity
witness and discern the movement of mind and the
For several years a very few loyal people (mostly Jerry,
and Andrew Macnab) have selected the daily highlights and
them to a parallel list NDhighlights. There are 100 or so
who read the highlights. Some depend upon it like a daily
newspaper, others use it to catch up, for most it is just
with intelligence and clarity. Now it is only Jerry and
doing this work for all seven days. I think it may be
time for a
call to support them by giving back a little of your time
On occasion, Jerry has opened the door for volunteers,
come forward. Most of us live busy lives and the thought
steady commitment might be daunting, so I have proposed
explore the idea of working in partnership or teams.
could commit to one or two days a month and be paired
with two or
three others. We are writing basic guidelines, but
this is not hard work, and we'll hand hold you through
basics. In fact, it can be an interesting exercise in
observation to note what moves you as a
"highlight".. a line
here, a phrase there.. creates a different order of truth
If you have a few hours a month to offer, if you are
about what this might involve, if you'd like to try it
limited time, or if you have organizational ideas about
might be accomplished, please write to one or all of us.
Our email addresses are posted below.
I will be doing the Sunday highlights (of Saturday's
would like to work with one or two others. Any hearty
Thanks for your time and consideration, Christiana
[email protected] [email protected]
Affirmation of What Is
James Traverse and Jan Barendrecht
James: There is no way *to* Love. Love is The
Way. To say that it
should be nasty or nice is to define 'the way'. The
Love is autonomous - it is always appropriate to the
Jan: 1. There is only Love so how could there be a way to
could it be a way? 2. Hence sentient life in its entirety
Love. 3. Remember, Love neither requires nor needs lovers
true lover is ready to die for Love. 4. When forgetting
ample are the reminders: Love gives by seemingly taking
nothing is left. 5. When ignoring that, also blessed are
hardest stones as even they can't resist the soft, gentle
of flowing air or water. 6. Don't count blessings - there
1 which "repeats until..." 7. Love doesn't act:
that is what
lovers are for! What are you? 8. Remember 1...7,
pain seems to get unbearable..... 9. Hence, love the
called collective unconscious too - no way 'around' it:
it is called "the Work".
A way connects one place to another whereas there is no
go. Hence there is NO way. Whatever the name, any
but leads astray!
James: Yes! a way connects one place to another and there
place to go. Hence the place to be is HERE-NOW - that is
it is the only 'WAY' to be connected with HERE-NOW. And,
imagined 'way' is just that imagination - it is a
Jerry Katz on [email protected]
Mark Hovila asked: Jean Klein said that our establishment
true nature is reached by a complete elimination of the
objects. I would be very interested in hearing anyone's
this statement. What does it mean to eliminate the world
objects? How is it done?
I 'll give my dollar fifty. But if it's a garage sale,
take a dollar? Alright, a dollar twenty-five.
'true nature' is awareness. The world of objects means
knowing true nature. To eliminate the world of objects,
one's true nature. There's no act that eliminates the
objects, though perception can be modified through
that the world takes on a flimsy, dream-like, subtle
But what's that?
"Complete elimination", as you say, has to be
complete. I think
it requires a constant return to inquiring, 'who am i?'.
is having this experience, THIS experience?' If the
caught rising NOW and in that moment one asks Who am I?,
like two subatomic particles coming together and pure
results. That's the experience of enlightenment: the NOW
colliding with I Am, yielding awareness. It's a partless
known as awareness itself. That's what it means to
world of objects. Clearly. Because it is the elimination
what's already less than objects: the now moment and the
And it's done through enquiry.
That's the process.
~ Along those same lines Jerry, as Aweboss, wrote
this to a
friend in LiveJournal's Nonduality community
It's possible to have the experiences you're having
knowing who is having them.
The one having them has a real nature known as 'I Am'.
experiences you uniquely describe could happen as the
'I Am' develops. But they could happen independently of
At the point of stability with I AM, a handshake occurs.
like the meeting of I Am with I Am. After that point,
appears to happen on its own. It's another realm of
This 'I Am' is 'the answer' to the inquiry: Who am I? Of
it's useless to simply give the answer. It has to be
known as the
only knowledge or occurrence. As one's real nature. I Am
be known explicitly as I Am. It may be a feeling, a
knowing of one's real nature, a living or envisioned
mountain in India, etc. When it is known, it is known as
source, the only real knowledge, the only thing that ever
When that's known, then there's some stability, the
To 'want' knowledge or stability isn't a right approach.
will push it further away. To be fascinated with the
of changing consciousness isn't a right approach either.
always has to be turning toward who is having the
By staying where one is, taking off the shoes and feeling
one pebble on the path. That pebble is I Am! Just stay
Don't move. Stay exactly here. There is attention
Attention to the most minute apparently insignificant
is no different than attention to some exquisite
of all of reality. Attention is attention is attention.
to attention is like touching the wrapper of I Am, of
nature. Spontaneously the wrapper falls away. And there
Then the handshake.
The main message is to constantly turn to the source and
the experience. Aweboss: How do you turn to the 'source'
the experience, when the experience is stressful?
There has to be a relationship with the source that comes
somewhere. Whether it is from practice during times that
quiet and sane. This could be some meditation or
method. It doesn't have to be sitting still in a room. It
be walking, jogging, or anything that is conducive to
your real nature.
It really could be anything. It could be refusing to
anymore and just being. But something has to happen that
initiates a genuine relationship with source or real
It has to be check and mate with your real nature.
A nice meditation method that relaxes you, isn't enough.
something that someone says intended for someone else,
may or may
As the relationship with source or real nature develops,
be carried to times when there's a mildly stressful thing
Then the relationship can be maintained when a child is
things and screaming. It can be maintained.
It's another relationship that takes work! But at least
control. And it gives perspective to all other
Gary Merrill and Dan Berkowitz from
G: We could say that any 'thing' would have to be true
false now. Those categories would be meaningless outside
Perhaps we can still say that true and false continues to
within a limited framework, a context, but not as a
D: It's a concept that presupposes a picture of reality
define events in terms of other events, by measuring the
proximity of one event to another in terms of a spatial
(near and far to me, who is here) combined with a
metaphor (events move past me, who is here).
G:Yes, time implies some kind of relationship. 'To look',
would be a 'looker' to whom this would be relevant. The
would have to be present, seeing time change, come and
events. A much simpler explanation or understanding
this 'looker', wouldn't need this separation of 'self'
D: Another way to say this is that memory is
has no ground, and volition and control depend on a
being existing in time.
What's developing turns out to be a complex of
memory associations, not a really existing being.
There isn't anything brought forward, and countless
protesting by screaming and killing, or by attaining and
things, doesn't change this at all.
Insight shows these beings for what they are,
activated under certain conditions, which conditions
other memory complexes.
The self-replication of memory-complexes ad infinitum
ends up in
the same place it begins: nowhen ...
G: Like the reflection on the water it doesn't mean
Putting 'oneself' in time is the attempt to give the
meaning e.g. 'I am doing this'. Whilst it makes a good
makes the central character real, a good chase, 'I' will
catch myself, as 'my' movement is not mine. I never
moving, never acted, despite stories to the contrary.
D: There is no really existing space in which memory
nor an external reality for memory to encapsulate, let
user of memory to attain a purpose.
Memory "manufactures" space and time, which are
that "carry" memory forward, in its ad
G: Yes, I am not separate from my memory. I am memory. If
I'm separate I can believe anything, because I think my
knowledge is objective, real. But it's only real to me.
functions, but 'I' don't. 'Truth' then is not subjective
objective, but it is whole, if not defined and
This replication, from the whole view, has no meaning.
from a partial view it has tremendous meaning being a
security. People being ready to kill for their imagined
So programs, behaviour, based on self continuance, must
as long as 'self' has this independent meaning. So its
of a vicious circle i.e. 'I must act because I must go on
because I go on I must act'.
We are suggesting that 'You can't act because you don't
go on and
you can't go on because you don't act' :-)
D: "I" am not a real unity. "I" am a
conglomerate: an association
of memory-images whose only coherence turns out to be an
shared center of reference.
Like the demon said in "The Exorcist": "We
are many in here."
And, "I am no one."
Also, as the demon said to Jesus, "My name is
I am only a conglomeration of images, attempting to use
belief as a means to continue a fragmentary existence.
Hell is dissolved by the ending of any separable
Memory no longer constructs a hell for me, when there is
attempt to refer to a center conceived as having
Linda [email protected]
I have had the experience of all objects dropping way.
If one's life is lived in service, and the mind is made
subtle. Then the heart shines brighter and brighter, and
world and objects become more and more beautiful, more
transparent, as though backlit from behind. The mind
in its tracks at the beauty, and is not creating
differences. The spiritual eye has opened and you feel as
you're spirit or the space in which everything happens.
and all else is in your heart. The tiny bit of residual
sucked into the heart and the light of the heart is so
that everything disappears in pure radiance.
Every night, in deep dreamless sleep, you are back in the
and the mind isn't moving outward, creating sleeping
world dreams. As you awaken, there is pure radiance, then
am the body" idea, then the world. You may also look
at it as a
number of sheaths appear as layers constructed over the
pure light. If the seer is focussed on and kept in the
then you are looking from the Source, the heart. Without
seer, there is nothing to be seen.
The substratum of everything is the Self, the heart.
flashes out from there each second. Then the mind splits
into over here and over there, me and not-me.
When you sink below and behind the mind, into your heart,
silence, then you are at one with everything.
I don't think that the mind can be used as the tool to
Everything that the mind thinks is ignorance. It doesn't
its Source in the heart. It is only after the mind has
silent and humble that the heart is felt and heard. The
turned outward IS the world, the mind, turned inward IS
TRANSCENDENCE: The Birth of Homo novus. by MT Taylor
Once you Know the Source, the dim consciousness of
belief systems, currently ruling and determining
seem like products of the Dark Ages. While the
problems of these old beliefs may persist, the individual
Known the Source can more consciously choose or not
operate those beliefs. The wholeness, peace and certainty
have sought all your life in substitute programs and
right at the center of yourself. Find out who you are.
the fundamental Ground of all existence.
from [email protected]
When you go deeper you lose yourself, as it were, in the
depths, then the Reality which is the Atman that was
all the while takes hold of you. It is an incessant flash
I-consciousness, you can be aware of it, feel it, hear
it, so to say; this is what 'I call' Aham sphoorti.
Sat-Darshana Bhashy and Talks with Maharshi, p. XXI
Zoran from [email protected]
Verses from the Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya, conveying
message of nonduality with a Vedantic flavor.
* * * I do not know God; how shall I speak of Him?
I do not know God; how shall I worship Him?
If I am the Supreme One, who is the highest Truth,
Being like space, how shall I speak of Him and worship
* * * The Self transcends all, is indivisible and
It is free from attachment, immovable and all-pervading.
without day and night, and all-pervading. Why do you, who
identity in all, grieve in your heart?
* * * As the self is filled with Self So is all filled
continuously by you. There is no meditator or meditation.
does your mind meditate shamelessly?
* * * As the space within a pot dissolves in the
when the pot is broken, so a yogi, in the absence of the
dissolves into the supreme Self, which is his true being.
Query Bobby Graham
People are a peculiar group. Individually we always act
know what we are doing. Each person is the final judge on
own activities. But when we see someone else do something
quick to say they don't know what they are doing. It
reasonable to assume that since we have the same
they that we don't know either, but that idea just won't
When someone gets drunk on alcohol they are given license
things not ordinarily acceptable. These impulses point to
"side" of people. So we put a name on it,
subconscious, and go on
thinking we know what we are doing. This seems to me a
standard. How can we know what we are doing at the same
acknowledge a subconscious that we do not know about?
this premise as food for thought is another indication of
peculiar we are.
Another thing, we watch as people "go crazy".
Someone drops out
of the regular crowd and loses the ability to function
given structure. There are reasons given why this
childhood trauma, abuse, chemical imbalance, heredity.
course we can't ADMIT it could happen to us for fear it
happen, while accepting the double standard of KNOWING it
We acknowledge our imperfectness (accepting a double
with aplomb. How dare anyone challenge my right to be
If there are reasons for imperfectness then it is not
It is perfectly natural to be this way, imperfect.
no one can let it go at that. No matter how many time we
everything is perfect we still strive to be better, while
pretending to others to be better than we know we are.
a peculiar way to be?