#3740 - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - Editor: Jerry
The Essence of Chutzpah
The Yiddish word Chutzpah can be translated as gall, brazen
effrontery, sheer guts plus arrogance; but, as Leo Rosten
observes, no other
word, and no other language, can do it justice.
Here's a sterling example...
A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents
Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch
and as he passed the pretzel stand he would leave her a
quarter, but never
take a pretzel.
And this went on for more then 3 years. The two of them never
day as the young man passed the old lady's stand
and left his quarter as
usual, the pretzel lady spoke to him.
Without blinking an eye she said:
"They're 35 cents now."
Sneak Peak from a book to be released Friday, December 17.
Just look. See what is there within you; it is within us all.
already right there, as plain as the nose on your face.
If one is All One, there is only connection; not I am connected.
Only here for an instant, fully expressing itself, and never to be seen
again in the same way.
There can only be what is, and nothing more.
The only level is wherever you are.
Where is the person doing all this moving and attaining all of this
There is no motive or anything that might view the experience of pain as
When one is awake, when reality realizes itself, every action is taken
It is through that wholeness that compassion is
The self might need to know or need to be, but it can never grasp
compassion and own it like a possession.
It is not something cultivated, and
it cannot be held, stored away, and pulled out for later use.
There are no degrees of compassion or love, as measurement occurs within
memory and thought.
There is no moment to be in. But what can you do?
Wait for the next
moment in order to find out? ;)
Seeing what you are, how you truly behave
and sitting with no
condemnation, or no lust toward changing
that alone may be enough to thrust
you beyond the veil.
The believer is full of conclusions, and empty of curiosity.
If one discounts their own answers, the gurus become meaningless.
The I is no different from what it wishes to be free from.
All of the teaching you could ever hope for is there, hidden within your
Youll come to the end on your own soon enough.
Can memory tell us anything about the present moment?
Or can it only be
held in front of reality as a filter?
It is the greatest difficulty one might come up against
The ego is built from what has come before.
This is clear, and easy to
See this for yourself, and do not take my word for it.
Go there and find
out, and you will never again ask how to live your life.
We sit to see, not to change.
How have you lived your life during the last 365 days?
In the end, only you will know where youve been, what youve done, and
what youve seen, but all of these things
are insignificant when faced with
the truth of what you are. I can say over and over You are All One. You
nothing, but it is your own energy that will discover if this is true or
It is only for you to see. For you, and no one else
Science and Nonduality Conference
San Rafael, October
by Paul Marvelly
Arriving at the Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael, California, I was
worried. Very worried. My first sight of the people milling around the lobby was
of those sporting dreadlocks, sandals, and orange T-shirts with the ubiquitous
Om symbol emblazoned on the front.
Yet another Mind Body Spirit Festival. My heart sank.
Then my companion pointed out they were associated with the catering van
outside the hotel. I was ushered to the registration desk where a very polite,
well-dressed assistant asked me to collect my identity badge whilst handing me a
batch of glossy fliers, conference particulars and an assortment of stationery.
The fact that the bag containing such effects was orange and had Om emblazoned
on it now didnt seem to matter that much.
Running concurrently with the Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy Conference,
which is already in its tenth year, the Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND)
is very different from what you would expect, given its brief. The worldwide
phenomenon that is nonduality has seen many disciplines hijack the concept for
its own purposes thereby rendering any exact definition defunct.
Nevertheless, conference organizer, Maurizio Benazzo of Neti Neti Media is
undeterred. A willowy, self-effacing Italian, he outlines his vision on the SAND
website: So what is nonduality? We are well aware that in the exact moment in
which we use words, our concept as an attempt to describe nonduality
automatically fall[s] into a world of dualisms ... no word will ever describe
what is beyond time, beyond space, beyond a sense of I, beyond a sense of
He goes on: ... the scientific research of quantum physics, neuroscience,
cosmology, biology and mathematics are giving us theories and results, which
increasingly and curiously are comparable to the conclusions reached by the
ancient spiritual masters. Thus Maurizios mission, as he sees it, is to
reconnect these seemingly opposite worlds in a synergic event.
With presentations from some of the worlds leading exponents in their
fields scientists, philosophers, psychologists, nondual teachers the SAND
conference offered a smorgasbord of ancient and contemporary thinking: the
enigmatic Stephen Wolinsky and his workshop, Experience the Teachings of Sri
Nisargadatta Maharaj: The Primordial Advaita; Greg Goodes practical and
humorous presentation, Stumbling Block to Nondual Realisation; and a lecture
by the impressive Marilyn Schlitz, inspiration for one of Dan Browns
protagonists in his latest novel, Consciousness Matters: Mapping the Process of
Transformation and Nondual Awareness; not to mention screenings from the Cinéma
Nondualité Film Series, an Experiential Room, and the obligatory meet and
greet parties to finish it all off.
Indeed, the choice was almost overwhelming; the fact that so many of the
events were run concurrently was, retrospectively, a blessing in disguise. By
the end of the conference, I felt as if I couldnt take anything more in. So
what, then, is nonduality? After hearing so many viewpoints some
intellectually mind-blowing, others exquisitely simple it feels even harder to
offer a precise definition. But then, perhaps, thats the point.
To quote Maurizio again: There are many shades of meaning to the word
nonduality. As an introduction, we might say that nonduality is the
philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and
fundamental oneness. Our starting point is the statement we are all one, and
this is meant not in some abstract sense but at the deepest level of existence.
Duality, or separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion
that the Eastern mystics have long recognized and Western science has more
recently come to understand through quantum mechanics.
Dualities are usually seen in terms of opposites: Mind/Matter, Self/Other,
Conscious/Unconscious, Illusion/Reality, Quantum/Classical, Wave/Particle,
Spiritual/Material, Beginning/End, Male/Female, Living/Dead and Good/Evil.
Nonduality is the understanding that identification with common dualisms avoids
recognition of a deeper reality.