#2632 - Wednesday, November, 1, 2006 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
Before the USA votes next week, our
friend across the pond,
Roy Whenary, recommends a visit to Swami
"For a little trip through non-duality
and humour, and politics,
etc ... the Swami is always a good option."
But first, a moment of Zen...
A man should learn to sail in all
"I have never been lost,
but I will admit to being confused
When perception is stronger than
mindfulness, we recognize various
appearances and create concepts such as
"body," "cat", "house," or
"person". . . On some clear night, go outside,
look up at the sky, and
see if you can find the Big Dipper. For most people
that is a familiar
constellation, easy to pick out from all the other stars.
But is there
really a Big Dipper up there in the sky? There is no Big Dipper
there. "Big Dipper" is a concept. Humans looked, saw a certain pattern,
and then created a concept in our collective mind to describe it. That
concept is useful because it helps us recognize the constellation. But it
also has another, less useful effect. By creating the concept "Big
Dipper" we separate out those stars from all the rest, and then, if we
become attached to the idea of that separation, we lose the sense of
night sky's wholeness, its oneness. Does the separation actually
the sky? No. We created it through the use of a concept.
change in the sky when we understand that there is no
Big Dipper? No.
--Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation
The Wisdom of
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Reality is neither subjective nor objective,
neither mind nor matter,
neither time nor space. These divisions need
somebody to happen to, a
conscious separate center. But reality is all and
totality and the exclusion, the fullness and the emptiness,
consistent, absolutely paradoxical. You cannot speak about it,
can only lose yourself in it."
Those who wish to embody the Tao should
things. To embrace all things means first that one
anger or resistance toward any idea or
thing, living or dead, formed or
is the very essence of the Tao. To embrace all
means also that one rids oneself of any concept of
and female, self and other, life and
death. Division is contrary to the
nature of the Tao.
Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters in
harmonious oneness of all things.
Hua Hu Ching
To feel the love of people whom we love
is a fire that feeds our life.
But to feel the affection that comes from
those we do not know, from
those unknown to us, who are watching over our
sleep and solitude,
over our dangers and our weakness - that is something
and more beautiful because it widens the boundaries of our
unites all living things.
--Pablo Neruda, The Book of
We live in illusion
And the appearance
There is a reality.
We are that reality.
You see that you are nothing.
You are everything.
That is all.