Letter of appreciation
Thank you for creating
the website for my writings.
It has occured to me that your efforts
are unique; that it may be that what
you are doing is unprecedented. To
make the effort to grow from a seed,
that which would be the body of
evidence of the reality of the "I Am"
experience, including not only
the past masters and their famous words, but
also the realizations of
To include the evidence of the struggles and the grace
which supports them,
to gather not only the ripe apples which fall from
the tree, but also the
leaves, branches, and trunk, and finally, the
ground in which the tree
grows, all stated variously, from every angle
To tolerate what is not traditional, to search for
words which accurately
describe yet are common, to acknowledge the need
of the ordinary person, to
gently pick the lock which makes exclusive
that which is always included,
to collect and collate every voice which
speaks...this shows real love.
Thank you and Bless you,
Thank you kindly, Gene, for your most graciously spoken and
I just enjoy hearing all the different ways
people describe their
understanding of Truth when it comes from one of
As a kid I always felt that inwardly I
was no different than any of the
spiritual giants. I don't mean in
terms of genius, might or leadership,
but in understanding, in plain
awareness of God. And so I could never
buy into any religion. I always
knew the essence of religion was within
and nowhere else. The geniuses
of religion could be my teachers and
guides, smarter, wiser, stronger,
infinitely more charismatic. But on
grounds of awareness we could be
equal, and that is all that matters.
In the spiritual realm, people
can understand awareness, Truth. They may
not be masters of it, able to
impart it with a glance or to awaken
Kundalini energies and all that.
But they can understand. And they can
communicate it. That
communication, to me, is worth hearing. There are
many struggling to
I do not see the people listed at my website as different
than me. Their
voice is mine. When I recognize that voice, I
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by Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to
suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips.
I walk into a
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my
The swing of my waist
And the joy in my feet.
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can't
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they
still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style.
Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels
of my hair
The palm of my hand
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a
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Ladies and Gentleman, I bring to you our very own
I think our difficulties arise in that gap between
truth" and "being truth". Someone said " There are
of philosophy, because there were once philosphers.
It is admirable to
profess, because it was once admirable to live." I
like to ask "what
if" I did have an answer..then so what?
Imagine you could discover "why"..does that change the "what" of
experience? So whatcha gonna do? For starters, you cannot go wrong,
looking deeply into what you ARE experiencing..
Your good questions are what keeps the list going. This is a good
to ask them. I doubt you wandered in here by mistake. Just look
the great posts you have already inspired. Still your one good
is worth more than all our so called answers.
What calls and speaks to you? What signs along your road seem
directions? What do you already know? The bells of truth that
the lights that beckon are useful aspirations.
What's it gonna take to wake you up ..if you are immune to an urn
It may be useful to remember there is unconscious resistance at
even to wonder what it may be about to some extent. Too much
into why and seeking psychological reasons for every little
also a good way to make yourself more crazy. If it feels
like too much
of a struggle..it is.
Why let some spiritual busybodies nosy in to disturb your
their silly advice? Even via email. I mean you can
listen to music and
read books for diversion..who needs Walmart??
If we turn the very spirituality which COULD save us from
yet another competitive striving...the spiritual
olympics..we may as
well all sit around and watch those late night
infomercials on how to get
rich in real estate or get rid of wrinkles.
What IS the difference?
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Five Great Vows (Maha-vratas) of Jainism:
Compiled by - Pravin K. Shah, Jain Study Center of North Carolina
Right knowledge, right faith, and right conduct are the three most
essentials for attaining liberation in Jainism.
In order to acquire these, one must observe the five great vows:
1. Non-violence - Ahimsa
2. Truth - Satya
3. Non-stealing - Achaurya or Asteya
4. Celibacy/Chastity - Brahmacharya
5. Non-attachment/Non-possession - Aparigraha
Among these five vows, non-violence (Ahimsa) is the cardinal
principle of Jainism and hence it is known as the cornerstone of
Non-violence is the supreme religion (Ahimsa parmo dharma). It is
repeatedly said in Jain literature,
"Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment,
torture, or kill any creature or living being."
According to Jainism all living beings, irrespective of their size,
shape, or different spiritual developments are equal. No living being
has a right to harm, injure, or kill any other living being,
including animals, insects, and plants. Every living being has a
right to exist and it is necessary to live with every other living
being in perfect harmony and peace.
Nonviolence in Jainism is not a negative virtue. It is based upon the
positive quality of universal love and compassion. One who is
actuated by this ideal cannot be indifferent to the suffering of
Violence of every type should be completely forbidden. Mental
tortures by way of harsh words, actions, and any type of bodily
injuries should also be avoided. Even thinking evil of some one is
considered violence in Jainism.
Practically, it is impossible to survive without killing or injuring
some of the smallest living beings. Some lives are killed even when
we breathe, drink water, or eat food.
Therefore, Jainism says that minimum killing of the lowest form of
life should be our ideal for survival.
In the universe, there are different forms of life, such as, human
beings, animals, insects, plants, bacteria, and even smaller lives
which cannot be seen even through the most powerful microscopes.
Jainism has classified all the living beings according to their
There are five senses; touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.
five senses - human, animals, birds, heavenly, hellish beings
four senses - flies, bees, etc.
three senses - ants, lice, etc.
two senses - worms, leaches, etc.
one sense - vegetables, water, air, earth, fire etc.
It is more painful if a life of the higher forms (more than one
sense) are killed. All non-vegetarian food is made by killing a
living being with two or more senses. Therefore, Jainism preaches
strict vegetarianism, and prohibits non-vegetarian foods.
Jainism explains that violence is not defined by actual harm, for
this may be unintentional. It is the intention to harm, the absence
of compassion, and the ignorance that makes an action violent.
Without violent thought there can be no violent actions.
Non-violence is to be observed in action, speech, and thought. One
should not be violent, ask others to do so, or approve of such an
Anger, greed, fear, jokes, etc. are the breeding grounds of untruth.
To speak the truth requires moral courage. Only those who have
conquered greed, fear, anger, jealousy, ego, frivolity, etc., can
speak the truth.
Jainism insists that one should not only refrain from falsehood, but
should always speak the truth which should be wholesome and pleasant.
One should remain silent if the truth causes pain, hurt, anger, or
death of any living being.
Truth is to be observed in speech, mind, and deed. One should not
utter an untruth, ask others to do so, or approve of such activities.
Non-stealing (Achaurya or Asteya):
Stealing consists of taking another's property without his consent,
or by unjust or immoral methods. Further, one should not take
anything which does not belong to him. It does not entitle one to
take away a thing which may be lying unattended or unclaimed. One
should observe this vow very strictly, and should not touch even a
worthless thing which does not belong to him.
When accepting alms, help, or aid one should not take more then what
is minimum needed. To take more than one's need is also considered
theft in Jainism.
The vow of non-stealing insists that one should be totally honest in
action, thought, and speech. One should not steal, ask others to do
so, or approve of such activities.
Celibacy / Chastity (Brahmacharya):
Total abstinence from sensual pleasure is called celibacy. Sensual
pleasure is an infatuating force which sets aside all virtues and
reason at the time of indulgence. This vow of controlling sensuality
is very difficult to observe in its subtle form. One may refrain from
physical indulgence but may still think of the pleasures of
sensualism, which is prohibited in Jainism.
Monks are required to observe this vow strictly and completely. They
should not enjoy sensual pleasures, ask others to do the same, nor
approve of it. There are several rules laid down for observing this
vow for householders.
Non-attachment / Non-possession (Aparigraha):
Jainism believes that the more worldly wealth a person possesses, the
more he is likely to commit sin to acquire the possession, and in a
long run he may be more unhappy. The worldly wealth creates
attachments which will continuously result in greed, jealousy,
selfishness, ego, hatred, violence, etc. Lord Mahavir has said that
wants and desires have no end, and only the sky is the limit for
Attachments to worldly objects results in the bondage to the cycle of
birth and death. Therefore, one who desires of spiritual liberation
should withdraw from all attachments to pleasing objects of all the
Monks observe this vow by giving up attachments to all things such
Wealth, property, grains, house, books, clothes, etc.
Father, mother, spouse, sons, daughters, friends, enemies, other
monks, disciples, etc.
Pleasure of Five Senses:
The five senses are touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.
Pleasure and painful feelings towards touch, taste, smell, sight, and
They have the equanimity towards music and noise, good and bad
smells, soft and hard objects for touch, beautiful and dirty sights,
etc. They do not eat food for taste but for survival with the
intention to continue to progress spiritually and ultimately to
Non-possession and non-attachment are to be observed in speech, mind,
and deed. One should not possess, ask others to do so, or approve of
Jainism has laid down and described in much detail these five great
vows for the path of liberation. These are to be observed strictly
and entirely by the monks and nuns. Partial observance is laid down
for the householders with an additional seven vows.
Sailor Bob (Adamson) - Satsangs
A most respected advaita teacher from Australia will be in our area
and many of us are looking forward to this rare opportunity to be with
him. He is a student of Nisargadatta and spent time with him in his
'home' in Bombay.
Sunday afternoon August 29, 4 PM till 5:30 – 6 PM
Monday evening August 30, 7 PM till 8:30 – 9 PM
John Kilbourne is taking the lead in organizing this program for
$15 each evening, or $25 for both evenings
The home of John Kilbourne and Kyra Walsh
1907 Lincoln #3B (please notice the correction of
Evanston, IL 60201
The illumination of consciousness goes beyond simply having
subjective knowing and doing nothing about it. It is necessary to
objectify the subjective knowing, by allowing that illumination to shine
of its own accord by becoming a beacon and preventing others from losing
themselves within the seduction of their own physicality. It is this form
of objective activity where consciousness initiates its own pathway to
eternalize itself. And that is the purpose and direction of your
existence, which you either do or do not. The choice is always yours. And
no one interferes with that choice.
If the agnostics altered their attention from mind function
production to the purity of consciousness they would discover what lies
beyond the physical, and there discover a first cause. If atheists focused
upon the substance of their own consciousness they would discover what
they now deny exists. The separation of mind and consciousness is a gift,
allowing each to establish directional integrity and alignment of their
freewill without coercion of any kind. Experiencing that separation as
unity establishes a personal confirmation that no one anywhere can remove.
It is the essence of Zen, the bedrock of all mystical experiences - the
personal discovery of your creator source. It is an
illuminating-connective experience of pure consciousness as who you are,
with no mind functions moving. That subjective knowing creates direction.
Embedded within that direction the purpose of your existence visually
unfolds. It is all self-contained from the very beginning. It simply is a
matter of removing your self-created veils to expose it.
Consciousness is formless, but you give it form with your mind
functions. Consciousness is ageless, but you create the circumstances to
make that agelessness eternally yours. Consciousness is genderless, as you
now see the canvas of each and not the picture upon it. Consciousness is
colorless, but you expose the canvas as pure color by creating a resonate
picture upon it. This emerging picture is then recognizable as the
Substance of Absolute Consciousness, which is the substance of your
canvas. The canvas of consciousness contains your new emerging Identity,
created by your own effort. And that new Identity is who you are, and will
always be. It is your exposed personality picture-Identity that is now
recognizable in a pure spirit environment. Your purpose and direction has
always been impersonally embedded within consciousness, it is simply a
matter of making it personal.