The Nondual Highlights
#2248 - Friday, September 2, 2005 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
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Do not seek any rules or method
worship. Say whatever
posted to Along the Way
I have a pragmatic approach to Self inquiry/discovery, meaning I am
interested in spiritual theories but in what works to open the
People who don't have a strong emotional nature tend to see
suffering as mental, and that is correct. But the idea, "This
horrible feeling is just a mental perception." doesn't actually
painful emotional patterns. And old emotional pain held in
serves to veil the answer to, "Who am I?"
This is like the
teaching: "Don't talk to a starving man about
God. First fill
his belly, then he can hear your satsang."
No amount of spiritual
ideas will fill a starving emotional heart.
This is how I see it after
much investigation: We are, in essence,
pure awareness - Self.
We are also configurations of energy that
make up our individual
body-minds. When these configurations hold
memories of lack of love,
of neglect and abuse of any kind (and the
automatic protections against
feeling that again), there is little
or no space in one's individual
consciousness for awareness as pure
A friend said, "No
one goes from negative ego to no ego. Negative
identity is just too
dense." In my experience, as the patterns -
identifications of the pain body - are released and
healed there is
increasing room for That in consciousness. This is
but important aspect of Sadhana.
posted to MillionPaths
We also often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive,
over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama,"
edited by Mary Craig, 2002
Alan Jacobs gave me permission to post this. It is a message from Sri
V.Ganesan is a grand nephew of Sri Bhagavan , and was brought up
in the Ashram , with his family .
I have received the
following E Mail from Sri Ganesan which he has
given me permission to post
We have a mutual love for 'sharing' ! In the
'Kali Yuga' , no
preaching, no rituals, no worship, no scriptures can
the 'Truth' -- the only recourse is "sharing" !
know the vital difference between 'sharing' and the other
(mentioned above) ? Only in 'sharing' , the perfect
balance of the
speaker and the listener in absolutely equal terms (I
like to call it
: a 50% + 50% 'sharing') could be maintained; and,in
that state of equality,
mysteriously and powerfully the transmission takes place !
'speaker' is not more important than the 'listener' ; or,
the 'giver' is not
greater than the 'receiver' ! There is no room
for 'exploitation' --
as 'guru', 'priest', 'teacher', 'religious
heads', 'heads of ashrams' ,
etc. For, in 'sharing' , one is
directly in touch with the real "GURU " -
the 'Self', the 'Heart' !
Sri Bhagavan made Himself available for 24
hours, to all, for 54
years - day and night -- only
to emphasize and
demonstrate this true nature of
spiritual 'sharing' ! To Paul Brunton, He
said: "Brunton ! There is
absolutely no difference between you and me.
Only, give up this
thought that there is difference." I picked up the
cue from our
Beloved Master; and, avowed to myself that, in my own
capacity, capability, I will put this important facet of our
Master's 'Direct Teaching' into daily practice ! Don't you see the
beauty behind the glory of 'sharing',
posted to Practice
of Self Inquiry by Richard Clarke
You need not wait to be what you are
It is the clinging to the false
the true so difficult
to see. Once you
that the false needs time and
needs time is false, you are
the Reality, which is
timeless, ever in the
Eternity in time is mere
like the movement
of a clock. It flows from
the past into the future endlessly, as
perpetuity. Reality is
what makes the present
so different from the past and
which are merely
mental. If you need time to
achieve something, it must be false. The
is always with you; you need
not wait to be
what you are.
Only you must not allow your
to go out of yourself in search. When
want something, ask yourself:
do I really need
it? and if the
answer is not, then just drop
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
from "I Am That"
posted to Along the Way
They are completely fulfilled by spiritual wisdom and Self-realization.
Having conquered their senses, they have climbed to the summit of human
To such people a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.
They are equally disposed to family, enemies, and friends,
to those who support them and those who are hostile, to the good and the
Because they are impartial, they rise to great heights.
Buddhism is really quite simple to understand. Let me try: In
Buddhism, we discover within ourselves, a fundamental consciousness,
that is perfect and pure from the very beginning of beginningless
time. This pure and perfect consciousness is beyond our
"thinking" or discursive mind. It is not something we
or manufacture through meditative or religious
practice. This pure and
perfect consciousness is already fully
present and complete right now... in
you, as well as all sentient
beings. The goal of Buddhist practice is to
have the "experience" of
this pure and perfect consciousness for
Note "experience". You don't learn "about", but rather
presence of this pure and perfect consciousness to be your own
nature, your actual and authentic Being. Like jumping in the
directly, beyond reading and studying books or "thinking about" the
topics of water and swimming.
A teacher is anyone who has had a
unmistakable "experience" of their own pure and perfect
consciousness, and now shares this "knowingness" with others.
Hopefully, the teacher will be able to orient others to have
"experience" for themselves, if they are ready and open.
deep and thorough "experience" of one's own pure and perfect
is known as "enlightenment"... coming to know one's
own true nature as it
is. We call this pure and perfect
consciousness "Buddha-Mind" or
"Zen-Mind" or in Tibetan
Once we have this
"experience", we practice by immersing ourselves
in this present pure and
perfect consciousness more and more.
Eventually, we are in this
consciousness more often than we are in
our ordinary "thinking mind".
The problem is that our "thinking
mind" has created a self-image of
itself. This conceptual self-
image is our sense of "me" or "I" in our
"thinking mind". We call
this false or fantasy self, "ego". Our
true self, on the other
hand, is the pure and perfect consciousness in
our "ego". But interestingly, this "true self" has no
a "self" itself. It has no shape or form nor any material
components that continue through time. It has no boundaries nor
location in space and time. However, space and time and all things
are included in it! See, I told you... simple!
this point is not that difficult to understand
conceptually. Take the
example of water and waves. All of reality
is like one great
ocean. One's Being has two aspects, figuratively
infinite and vastly spacious Awareness and the Energy of that
Awareness. Get it? Ocean equals vast space-like
it's Energy is the waves within and upon the ocean.
Kind of like in
theological terminology: God and Creation. But
don't get caught
up in that analogy too much. In any event, the
waves and the water are
"one" thing... as you can't separate the
waves from the water.
In life, ALL that we "experience" is waves. The Awareness or
Perceivingness (the pure and perfect consciousness i.e. Buddha-Mind)
the water. Since the water and it's waves are "one", we then can
that our Awareness(water) is "one" with it's field of perception
experience, internally or externally experienced, beyond
any possibility of
duality. Well, at any rate, you come to realize
that too, as a first
In Dzogchen, we say the pure, vast
space-like quality of Awareness
is "kadag" (primordial purity). At the
same time, we call the
spontaneously arising Energies (waves) "lhundrub"
These two aspects, "kadag" and "lhundrub"
are inseparable. Like
water and waves. This inseparability of
"kadag" and it's energy
manifestations, "lhundrub" is known as "yermed"
Dzogchen, in all of reality, of all possible
universes, there is
nothing outside of this unified field of "kadag" and
Now here's the interesting part, your own, currently
and perfect consciousness is this very "kadag"
Awareness! And all
dimensions of your experience are (internal and
this "lhundrub" Energy! And this complete reality is known
Great Perfection or in Tibetan "Dzogchen".
We come to realize non
conceptually, that we ARE Dzogchen, the Great
Current Dzogchen practice is divided into two
parts. The first
corresponds to realizing the "kadag" aspect, known as
The second part deals with realizing the "lhundrub"
So there you go, Buddhism and
Dzogchen in a nutshell.... and then
posted to Dzogchen Practice by
Amazingly beautiful and stimulating. Life stories of dzogchen siddhas
as exposed by the late Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (whose "As It Is" part 2
repute to be one of the best resources available on dzogchen
Check it out:http://www.blazing-splendor.blogspot.com/
Pierreposted to Dzogchen Practice