Nondual Highlights Issue #1337
Saturday, February 1, 2003
More Verses from Ikkyu
From Crow With No
my monk friend has a
sandals and leaves
if there's nowhere
to rest at the end
how can I get lost
along the way?
oh yes things exist
when you yell
foot of a huge mountain
we live in a cage of
light an incredible cage
sick of it whatever
sick of the names
I dedicate every
pore to what's here
no words sitting
alone night in my hut eyes closed
hands open wisps of
an unknown face
my death? who
was it anyway always where he was never
no not once ever seeing himself an
Dr SANJAY GROVER, Extracts
from the novel Nine Days To Nirvana
"Nirvana is not
some indifferent state of unconcern—but at
the same time it is. Detached,
yet involved—that’s nirvana.
Inaction in the midst of action—that’s nirvana.
Eternal rest in
the midst of restless activity—that’s nirvana. Not the cold,
indifferent state of the glacier, but the warm tears of love
nirvana. I’m glad to be the rain, to join the stream and
give it the
strength to seek the sea. I’m not afraid to be the
stream once more, for
even as the stream I can say, "I am
the ocean. I, the vapour."
"Just as Jesus said, ‘I and
my Father are one,’" I added.
"He should have said, ‘I
and the Holy Ghost are one,’"
exclaimed Vivek. "You must realize that you
are not apart
from what you seek. You are a part of it. For You are the
Truth, the Truth is You; tat tvam asi—that art thou. There is no
distance to be covered. So there is no path, no seeking.
to show a path is himself misled. All that is
required is the sharpening of
awareness, the removal of
veils, the unconditioning of oneself. No guru can
better than you yourself—provided you are honest and
"I have been honest and
sincere. And I have been endlessly
tilling the soil of my mind and soul,
preparing the ground for a
seed of truth to fall on it and grow."
"Ah! No seed of truth can
you nurture! When the truth arrives,
it arrives not as a seed but as a
garden in full bloom!"
The battle is for
possession of 'memory'.
In our lives, specifically
what information inhabits our
memory, our bookshelves, our hard
There is a battle for
possession of 'memory space' which is
going on right now. Think about it...
whose ideas occupy your
From our abstract ideas we
pick only tiny fragments, their
source is the universe itself.
Thinkers even more
advanced, consider that our own
universe, is actually a synthetic universe,
a 'model', which is
being observed right now.
There is evidence to
support that view; science has recently
discovered what may be a 'shell' of
'dark matter' surrounding
our universe. This 'shell' exerts a force which is
universe to EXPAND at an increasing rate. Perhaps
hastening the pace of the experiment?
Error is the primary food
of a self-learning system!
In human memory-system...
in your memory... there is conflict
between 'versions' of memory...
interpretation VS 'what
actually happened'. Humans have not yet awakened to
awesomely obvious fact; it is this, and this alone, which is
makes the human machine 'psychotic'.
Who is entitled to confer
the label of veracity, on any or all
frames of memory? Who is the approving
agency? This is
the real issue.
The entire universe is here
to serve us right now.
The 'trick' is to obtain
You are already being
served, as a 'validated user'.
Truth be told, this is what
the whole 'enlightenment' enchilada
is actually about.
Buddha 'hacked to
Michael A. Read TheWayStation@yahoogroups.com
The following story
appeared in The Globe Online:
Headline: Professor notes spiritual side of
" What words come to mind
when you think of
winter? For Gary Schmidt, the word is spiritual."
no other reality
conceived object is always in the past and therefore unreal. Reality is always
the moment of vision before the intellectualization takes
place. There is no
Wojtkiewicz "Lemon" oil on canvas
"Satsang means: always
choose the company of the
superior. The mind will lead you to choose the
company of the inferior. Be alert and avoid this,
because with the
inferior you will become inferior.
More and more the ray of consciousness
will be lost
into darkness. . . . The ego has to be left. Satsang
living against the ego, transcending the ego,
always seeking the superior."
-- Osho, from The Mustard
Intent embodies one's
whether notionally based,
as in obeisance
to self, family, culture;
based, as in breathing, growing, dying.
Intent is far from fickle
though it embraces even
Intent is the momentum of
organism cradled in its
Personal intent is a
applied pursuant to
To the extent personal
harmonizes with universal
one thinks, speaks and acts
This symphony is
personal power, though in
truth personality bears no influence.
Suffering is discord
reverberating universe and
ken highcountry - from his
snipped reflections to the
Columbia Shuttle crew
To The Stars I’ve been
trying all day to come up with what I
say about the obscene tragedy that was this
morning, and the words are still
not coming easily.
The men and women of
Columbia died while fulfilling
mankind’s highest dream, deepest longing: to
go to the
stars. It has been the dream of the race since we first saw
the stars in the night sky, as we huddled in our caves. These
represent our dreams, and they travel for us. They
carry all of us with
them, and our dreams ride quietly beside
It is the living who are
touched the most deeply by death.
Those who go on, because they must go on.
It is the living
who must bear the terrible burden of grief, which is like
anchor around the soul, weighing us down and keeping us
bound to the
To the crew of the
Columbia, what I am trying to say is just
this: Thank You.
Offering" Atman Victor
Between Science and
By John Horgan
Can mystical spirituality
be reconciled with science
and, more broadly, with reason? To paraphrase the
mystical philosopher Ken Wilber, is the East's
version of enlightenment
compatible with that of the
West? If so, what sort of truth would a rational
mysticism give us? What sort of consolation?
Advaita and Science: A
Unified Theory of Spirituality and Science
Mumbai (Bombay), India
edited by Carla Geerdes
Jesus said, "That they all
may be One; as thou, Father, art in
me, and I in thee, that they too may be
One in us". (11)
We must understand that
Enlightenment is not some
esoteric or magical process, Enlightenment does
not give a
man magical powers, nor make him a superman.
simply the disappearance of an illusion
which made him see everything from
the point of view of a
'me', Enlightenment does not make a person
Enlightenment is a change
in perspective, a change of
focus, a paradigm shift. It is a shift from the
individual focus of a 'me' to a view of life in its totality,
from being a circle with the illusory 'me' as centre, to a circle
whose circumference is everywhere and whose centre is
nowhere. Thus the
knowledge that comes with
Enlightenment is not a temporal knowledge but is
intuitive insight into the way things are in their totality.
How can we explain
Enlightenment in medical terms?
To begin with, it can be
shown that man's persistent belief in
his separate selfhood is a result of
his capacity for symbolic
thought, which gives him the ability to
as something over and above and apart from the
The actual mechanism of
this illusion is also easily
explained. It is known that the left cerebral hemisphere is
responsible for verbal and logical knowledge and skills. One
functions is to relate different events logically and make
sense out of
them. The left brain takes unrelated events and
attempts to relate them by
concocting a 'story'. It is the left
hemisphere which does the job of
selecting from the
abundance of sensory inputs that the brain is bombarded
with, and by it's selective editing it tries to maintain a
belief system, a 'consistent storyline.' The left
hemisphere's job is thus
to create a working model of the
world and try to maintain it at all costs.
The right hemisphere,
on the other hand, tries to detect anomalies.
It is the left part of the
brain which is thus responsible for the
illusion of a 'self' and the
illusion of separateness from the
rest of the universe. The belief in a
separate 'self' is
programmed into our brains right from the early formative
years of childhood by parents, religion and society, and it
seems to fit
in rather neatly with our linear, symbolic way of
thinking. The left brain
then builds further on this framework.
It, by its very nature,
tends to selectively pick up and
remember events which would seem to support
and selectively - unconsciously - edits those which point
against it. By this constant filtering of information, it thus
this fiction of a separate self. But there is a
threshold level up to which
this selective editing can be
successfully carried out by the left brain.
This level is different
in different people.
Depending upon the level of
this threshold, which is the
strength with which a person clings to his
obvious inconsistencies pointed out by the right brain may
be ignored. But when this threshold level is surpassed,
dramatic happens. When the information from the
right brain reaches this
threshold, it forces the left
hemisphere to revise the entire model and
scratch. This is a paradigm shift. The left brain tries to cling
to the existing model, the right tries to force paradigm shifts.
Enlightenment is a paradigm
shift - the most radical that
there can be. The entire old, individualistic,
world-view is ripped up, and is replaced by a new world-view
which is no more me-based, but is instead universal in
outlook 'from no
centre at all,' as J. Krishnamurti has said.
That is why Enlightenment
is sudden though its effects will be
gradual. It is not a question of a slow
transformation, rather it
is a total scrapping of an old model and its
a new one. Only in this case, there is no new 'model' in
real sense of the word, there is no more 'storyline'. That is
things are seen 'as they are' and 'from no centre at all'.
The brain has
realised that there need not be a storyline. It
no more burdens itself by
constantly trying to fit things into
In conclusion, the sage is
a person who has 'purged himself
of selfness,' whose personal 'I' is
"I live, yet not I, but
Christ - the eternal Logos - liveth in me."
- St. Paul
And the 'not-I' which
remains is the same as what other
people call 'God.'
So then, finally, what is
God or the Truth or Reality
is simply the Consciousness or
Energy which animates our bodies and sees the
through our senses. It is another name for the Subjectivity
which perceives all the objects through 'us'. It only appears
as if 'we'
are doing the seeing.
Even when 'we' talk about
It, the 'It' that we conceptualise is
not the real It. The real It is That
by which we are doing this
very conceptualising. Indeed, in reality we
cannot talk or
even think about It for It is that which is doing the talking
'You cannot think about God
because it is He who is doing
Can the dagger stab itself?
Can the hand grasp itself? Can
the ocean dive into itself? Can the eye see
itself? Can the
tongue taste itself? Can the flower smell its own perfume?
Can the mirror reflect itself? - Jnaneshvara
Art: "Face Masks 2"
The state of the
Self is natural.
Sages called it the
It means easy and
So, you have to see
what is easy
and natural for you
comes natural to you. What practice
and path are natural
to the needs of
people. You need not
seek or follow some
or master" as such a
simply be a novice.
It is not difficult
to sound like an
So do not focus on
whether a path
is direct or gradual
and be in a rush
enlightenment. It is all silly talk.
Wedded to either the
"direct" approach or the
"gradual" approach, one misses the obvious. Both
the "direct" and "gradual" depend on each other for
meaning and have no
basis in the Reality of the Self.
The Self Always Is. It is not seen by
Directly. Neither is it approached by "another"
Self Reveals It Self Alone to It Self.
You Are the
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