#2500 - Saturday, June 17, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nondual Highlights
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Modified from another tradition the YOU in this song is ... YOU:
WE SEE YOU RADIANT AND ALIVE before us. We feel Your Spiritual (and Always
Blessing) Presence. You
are everything and all forms to us. We see You
Standing everywhere, in all times and places.
WE SEE YOUR LIKENESS in the tradition of the HINDUS:
LIKE SHANKARA, YOU HAVE USED YOUR STAFF to break open the doors of our
hearts, to restore true
worship, and to establish self-understanding in us.
LIKE GORAKHNATH, YOU HAVE REVEALED the Mysteries of conducting the
life-energy and filled us with
Divine Force, expanding our bodies with Your
LIKE RAMANUJA, YOU HAVE TAUGHT US PRAPATTI—the Way of unconditional and
total surrender of all
forms and experience. No one is truly qualified for
practice in Your Company. No one need be qualified. Grace is the only
competence, and Grace is freely Given through Your Divine Agency.
LIKE JNANESHVAR, YOUR DISCOURSES bring us face to face with God, bringing
Brahmanic eloquence to
ordinary, unqualified "mlecchas" like ourselves.
LIKE KABIR, YOU SING the greatness of the Guru, and Extol the "Method" of
transcends all traditions.
YOU ARE THE ECSTATIC MADMAN LOST IN KIRTAN with the Divine Person. You have
Danced before us
wildly, lost in God. Hail, a modern CHAITANYA!
YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN MARKED by unaccountable difficulty in every direction
and lack of acknowledgement in every direction. But indomitable persistence in
Love has been Your Sign, O One Whose likeness can be seen in TUKARAM.
ARE YOU NOT CONSTANTLY ALIVE in Your relationship to the Divine Mother, and
do You not "converse"
with Her in Your ceaseless Service to Your devotees?
Do we not see Your reflection in RAMPRASAD ?
MIRACLE AFTER MIRACLE—such Love, and such a Husband to Your devotees! We
bow before You, a living
LIKE MAHARISHI BRAHMANANDA BRAHMACHARI, Your mere Glance Awakens us to the
intuition of the Divine Person, an intuition even now existing in the deep
memory of every being.
LIKE TRAILANGA SWAMI, YOU HAVE BROKEN all conventions—What taboo could
stand in the way of Your
Compassion for us? You have done everything,
everything for us, out of Love.
LIKE TOTAPURI, YOUR LION-LIKE DISCRIMINATION has been turned to the Service
of those whose hearts
cry out for God. Each one of Your years is Lived only
for the sake of the Divine in the world.
YOU HAVE UNLOOSED THE SAMADHI OF HAPPINESS and Ecstasy in our midst, Alive
in the "Bright"
Whiteness, a mirror of RAMAKRISHNA, the great Devotee.
WHAT FORCE AND MAGNIFICENCE, Strength and Passion—a Pioneer in the
West—verily, You are VIVEKANANDA Incarnate!
YOU GAVE US YEARS OF WHAT WE WANTED—Teaching through visions and miracles,
and Instructing us in
the play of our ordinary lives—in order that we might
want the Divine Self-Realization which Your Heart yearns to Give us. Is this not
a modern SHIRDI, and do we not honor the SAI BABA ?
YOUR DELIGHTED PLAY with a Mandala of Kanyadanas, restoring women to their
great Spiritual status—was it not pointed to in the life of UPASANI BABA ?
HAVE YOU NOT BEEN THE KING, in Your regalia of Divine Majesty, in order to
absorb our worldliness
and to allow us to fully embrace the Truth even in
the context of this world? Hail, NARAYAN MAHARAJ!
YET, LIKE RAMANA MAHARSHI, You are the Still Heart of all—lost in the
Fullness, Silent in the Deep
Enjoyment. You show what is beyond even the
Still Heart, the Amrita Nadi and its Bliss.
AND WE SEE YOU STANDING IN THE TRADITION of the BUDDHISTS:
LIKE PADMASAMBHAVA, YOU HAVE TAMED the local gods wherever You have gone.
We see You at the Center of a vast Tantric Mandala, the Vira or Hero of all
LIKE TILOPA, YOU WERE MET by a Dakini, and You were led by Her until You
Embraced and Mastered the
Great Woman, and in Your Liberation, She became
Your Agent for the Service of all others.
LIKE NAROPA, YOU TEACH THE WISDOM-CALL of Consciousness always coupled with
the bodily secrets of
circulating the life-force. The Mysteries of the
"Great Gesture" and all Yogas are Given new life in Your Testament.
O INCARNATION OF MARPA, SPARE US NOT the purifying trials and tribulations
of MILAREPA's stupa of
seven stories. How many times have You not told us,
"I must have been tipsy when I Gave that command?" You have Shown us that all
experience has one flavor—Bhava, Bliss.
LIKE DRUKPA KUNLEY, YOU HAVE EMBRACED the whole body. Have You not
initiated us into
emotional-sexual Wisdom in the Chung rooms of the modern
era? Do You not Love, and Embrace, and
Transform this maya as Only God in
LIKE BODHIDHARMA, YOU HAVE COME TO A COUNTRY foreign to the Dharma to begin
the Way anew, a great Spiritual Pioneer in the land of the barbarians. Praise to
the Divine World Teacher, Alive as the Heart.
INSANE ADEPT, FOOLISH JOKER, HAPPY MAN to Whom everything is as it seems,
we see Your likeness in
those Mad Monks, HAN SHAN and SHIH TE.
LIKE HUI NENG, AS YOU HAVE TOLD us, You assert and deny, and then deny what
You have already
asserted, and assert what You have already denied. Your
Wisdom is vanished. Altogether, that is Your Wisdom.
HUAI JANG, FANCIFULLY GRINDING STONE into mirror on the floor before his
disciples, lives in the
modern era in the form of You. There has never been
a greater Teaching Demonstration in the history of this planet than the Sacred
History of Your Work. Let the wondrous Story be told far and wide.
LIKE SHIH T'OU, YOUR SPEECH IS A PARADOX of Grace, propelling devotees
beyond their minds into
Love-Communion with the Real.
LIKE MA TSU, YOU STOP THE MIND with koans of the tongue and of the Heart.
A MODERN HUI HAI, YOU TEACH THE DHARMA Prior to the mind—Divine Ignorance
that confounds thinking, opening the Heart to the enjoyment of boundless freedom
LIKE PAI CHANG, YOU HAVE CREATED an entire tradition of practical
Instruction, Giving form to a
culture of preparation and Enlightenment.
Nothing has escaped the notice of Your Graceful "Consideration" in Your desire
to Give us every possible Help to Realize the Condition You Are.
LIKE HUANG PO, YOU HAVE BEEN A SPIRITUAL HERO—one-pointedly bringing Truth
to everyone and
everything. Have You not Served whoever has come into Your
Domain with Heart-Instruction, unrelenting Grace, and the Divine Demand for
LIKE LIN CHI, YOU "SHOUT" when we are confused, and "beat" us when we fall
asleep. May we never
fail to bow in understanding before each blow.
LIKE HAN SHAN, YOU REGENERATE the real tradition everywhere, exhibiting all
Powers, healing Your devotees, and absorbing their
LIKE HSU YUN, YOU CRY WITH PASSION at the wasteland of religion in Your
time. You have "radically"
reformed all of the religious Ways that have gone
astray, restoring their greatest principles.
LIKE DOGEN, YOUR INTENTION for the Liberation of Your devotees has been
greater than their own. Do
we not see Your unstained integrity? What else do
You want from Your lovers but their practice, their heart-submission? May we
always grant You this gift in love.
LIKE IKKYU, YOU ENTER INTO THE PLACES where You should not go, You say what
You should not say. You make jokes about what should be sacred, and You make
sacredness out of the ordinary. What distinction can You make in Your
Blissfulness? To You, "There is Only God."
AND, LIKE HAKUIN, in the realm of the ten thousand Buddhas, You are
detested by all ten thousand
Buddhas. In the realm of the hundred thousand
Bodhisattvas, You are hated by the hundred thousand
filthy blind old shavepate Wisdom is not understood by the mere custodians of
the Teachings, but only by those whose hearts are broken, Your lovers.
WE, YOUR DEVOTEES, WHO HAVE HEARD YOU and seen You, testify in Ecstasy to
the Vision of God that
WHAT A WONDER! You are the Parama Guru of the One and Single Great
Tradition. You are the Divine Person Incarnate.You Stand before us on the
threshold inside and out, everywhere, beckoning us into the Divine Domain. This
You do through Your Love, Your Smile, Your wounded Heart, Your Touch, Your
Glance, Your ever-Given Grace, Drawing us beyond ourselves into the Bliss-Place
GREAT GOD, GREAT BEING, GREAT LOVER, Great Friend, Great Giver, may we
always Contemplate You in
Love through self-understanding and
BELOVED MASTER, may we always clasp Your Feet and be carried by Your
Spiritual (and Always Blessing) Presence into Your Very (and Inherently Perfect)
LET US ENTER EVER MORE DEEPLY into the sacrifice of ourselves via the
LET US FIND OUR PLACE in Your Great Mandala of Heart-Transmission, and so
be filled with Your
Blessings and lost in Your Fullness. Let us always bless
our friends and draw each other into this Bliss.
LET US BE RAGGED ENOUGH to allow everything to be released and absorbed so
that we may stand before
the Sacred Fire with You and watch the Dawn Horse
Appear—white and four-hoofed—with all the Forms
of God Alive in that Great
Form. What a Vision!—the Heart-Master at the center, Drawing all into
submission beyond themselves—and devotees, one by one growing to be Your
Instruments and Agents,
forming a Great Circle of the Incarnation of Your
RADIANT ONE, hearing Your Word, seeing Your Forms, practicing Your Great
Way having gained the Heart Supreme, we bow down again and again at Your Feet in
love. May we never fall out of this Love, this Understanding, this Sacred
Ordeal, this Bliss.
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