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Editors: Jerry Katz, Gloria Lee, Christiana Duranczyk, Michael Read, John Metzger
Highlights Issue #1056
Monday, April 29, 2002
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THE GURU'S GRACE
Question: Does the Grace of the Guru flow automatically
or does the Guru exercise some control over who receives
it and who does not?
Swamy: Grace is always flowing from the form of the
Guru. If your mind is quiet you will automatically
receive it. But if a Guru sees that a particular devotee
is full of devotion or free from thoughts, he may
respond to the devotee's state of mind by increasing the
flow of grace towards him. So you can say that grace is
always flowing, but that sometimes the flow increased
because the Guru is deliberately projecting it.
Taken from "No Mind, I am the Self" by David Godman,
with permission. (One chapter of this book is available
in, "Power of the Presence - Part Two by David Godman
Why would a guru increase the grace for a person that
was in less need?
Are they somehow more deserving?
It's the devotees who have heads full of thoughts and
anxieties that need it, not those described above.
The guru's grace doesn't come from the guru anyway, it
comes from within the devotee. The guru is just a
figurehead that allows the devotee to believe they are
getting something from someone. They are, but not from
the guru. It comes from the devotee's own heart.
The guru is just the excuse to allow it to flow from
My Interpretation of Jean Klein's teachings...
What is Life?
A child is born...life begins for the child.
The child sees.
The child smells.
The child tastes.
The child hears.
The child touches things and things touch the child.
The child thinks.
Life is perceptions, body sensations.
Each moment of life for the child is brand new, each situation is fresh.
The child remembers an experience of
Pleasant memories are stored in the child's brain if an experience felt
good to the child.
Painful memories are stored in the child's brain if and experience didn't
feel good to the child.
The child searches for pleasurable experiences and avoids painful experiences.
All experiences are new for the child, yet, many of the child's experiences
appear to be a repeat
of previous remembered experiences. The child's memory completes
experiences for him thereby making his life seem repetitious. There is
memory of similar experiences but there is no repetition.
Life never repeats itself for the child.
Each moment of life is new.
From birth to death, each moment is new.
The body grows.
The mind grows.
The child grows.
There is an awareness of the body and mind growing.
There is something beyond thought, the source of thought,
that is aware of the child, aware of the body, aware of the mind.
The child is always changing.
The body is always changing.
The mind is always changing.
The body is a vehicle, a tool, an instrument.
The mind is energy, creation, activity.
The child is the mind/body creation.
If the child assumes his identity as the mind/body,
there is a belief in separation.
There is fear.
There is anxiety.
There is stress.
There is manipulation.
If the child remembers his true identity as the Spirit,
the Silence, The Source, The Awareness, of the body/mind
sensations, then the child feels connected to the world.
The body/mind sensations are allowed to come to the child's
attention rather than the child constantly seeking sensations.
The pleasure pain cycle stops.
Life springs up in letting go of desires for life to be something
other than what it is...in each present moment.
Body/mind sensations are perceived and let go.
They are allowed to come
and they are allowed to go.
There is no personal involvement in them.
The body/mind is connected when
the mind allows the world to be
created moment by moment.
We are all One,
Duality appears in Non-duality.
Consciousness and it's object thought are One, not two.
Consciousness is what we have in common with all other
objects which appear in our Awareness.
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Here is a link to an interesting web page:
The Tibetan concept of 'Bardo' can lend a valuable clue,
to the one who seeks to 'hack to root' of consciousness.
There are those, who claim that your present experience
is 'of a Bardo'. If this might be so, we could dispense
with the assumption that there is a 'baseline' of
reality, to which one must subscribe. To dispense with
the hypothetical baseline, could be freedom.
Being and Knowing: 2 sites of the same coin
Non-dualism and Radical Constructivism
by Ton "Chinmayo" Haarmons, who operates the well-known
Wide Open Windows website.
"Knowing-as-Being or the Non-dual 'state' is a necessary
'background' to rejuvenate our experience, as deep sleep
is needed to awaken freshly in the morning and face a
Chin refers to western philosophers in this paper, which
is not commonly seen, at least in the list communities,
with regard to nonduality.
I have always wondered just how it would be to meet Dan
Here is a link to a page that has access to streaming
video of two interviews with him on the topic of
'Microvita' (what I know as the 'Gypsy Rangers').
If the link below is truncated by your email client, be
sure to highlight all of it manually before clicking.
The ISDN version of the video yields a much clearer
audio signal, if your (computer) system can handle it.
Another option is to download the file and play it from
your disk. RealPlayer® is required.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN