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      The Nondual Highlights
      Selected writings and graphics from the Nonduality Salon email list and other lists, forums, and websites
      Monday, March 25, 2002

      The 1019th Edition

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      Editors: Jerry Katz, Gloria Lee, Christiana Duranczyk, Michael Read, John Metzger

      Today's Highlights Edited by
      Jerry Katz

      from Live Journal http://www.livejournal.com/users/presentnonexist

      profound and utter joy
      at knowing Self directly
      the only one who has ever existed
      who looks out all eyes at once
      and only sees Self
      those who know endlessly rejoice
      those who don't--waste no time
      come home
      come to know your Self directly
      and suffer no more

      Gloria Lee 

      by Mary Oliver

      This morning
      two mockingbirds
      in the green field
      were spinning and tossing

      the white ribbons
      of their songs
      into the air.
      I had nothing

      better to do
      than listen.
      I mean this

      In Greece,
      a long time ago,
      an old couple
      opened their door

      to two strangers
      who were,
      it soon appeared,
      not men at all,

      but gods.
      It is my favorite story--
      how the old couple
      had almost nothing to give

      but their willingness
      to be attentive--
      but for this alone
      the gods loved them

      and blessed them--
      when they rose
      out of their mortal bodies,
      like a million particles of water

      from a fountain,
      the light
      swept into all the corners
      of the cottage,

      and the old couple,
      shaken with understanding,
      bowed down--
      but still they asked for nothing

      but the difficult life
      which they had already.
      And the gods smiled, as they vanished,
      clapping their great wings.

      Wherever it was
      I was supposed to be
      this morning--
      whatever it was I said

      I would be doing--
      I was standing
      at the edge of the field--
      I was hurrying

      through my own soul,
      opening its dark doors--
      I was leaning out;
      I was listening.

               Gloria Lee

                                       Narrow The Difference

                                            When I play my lute,
                                     The invisible ones call a conference,

                                      And the angels travel far knowing
                                  A rare entertainment will soon take place.

                                When I play my drum, my notes become so real
                                  The winged ones throw saddles upon them;
                                      An outrageous holy rodeo begins.

                                        No one has ever sat with Hafiz
                                         And not left for the better.

                                     No one can read my poems out loud
                                           In a tender loving voice
                                        And not narrow the difference,
                                            Not narrow the gap,
                                           Between you and God.

                               I have many younger friends of God in this world.
                                         Find one and offer service.
                                 For their glance is generous and cannot help
                                              But forever give.

                                          When Hafiz plays his lute,
                                    My notes ascend into the air and form
                                            Infinite blue crystals

                           That will move on the wind's breath for hundreds of years
                                    As my sacred debris, as the divine dust
                                           Rising as a gift from my
                                               Singing bones.

             ("The Subject Tonight Is Love" -- versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky;original presentation by David Williamson)

      Ramon Sender
      from SufiMystic List

      "What's the end result of all this quest?"

      Your question is not stupid, Hashim.

      One short answer might be:
                          Peace from desires

      Thomas Merton said, "If you are at peace yourself,
      then there is at least some peace in the world. Then
      share your peace with everyone, and everyone will
      be at peace."

      Another way to put it:
                           Finding fulfillment within yourself.

      And yet another:
                           Living your life to its ultimate.
                           Why waste it on trivial pursuits?

      R.K. Sankar
      from I AM list

      Long Live the Feet of the One who sings,

      "Act saying, 'Everything is by God'."

      Long Live the Feet of the Silent One who said,

      'Reckon the world as a dream'.

      Translation of Lines 10 and 11 of Song 3
      of 5 Jewels in Praise of the Feet of Sri Ramana
      by Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai

      From The Matrix and Quantum Consciousness

      Would Humans prefer to be in The Matrix

      which keeps humans happy by sending them Virtual Reality stimuli that simulate urban Earth cities like Sydney and Chicago of the year 1999

      or to be Individual Beings

      or to become Something New ?

      At the end of the movie, Neo says to The Matrix:
      "I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I know that you're afraid. You're afraid of us. You're afraid of change. I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin. I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you, a world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries, a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there, is a choice I leave to you.".
      As Larry and Andy Wachowski say in  The Art of The Matrix (Newmarket 2000), the shooting script for The Matrix is "... not exactly what people saw in theaters. ... An example ... is in the final speech by Neo (scene 219) which was altered when test audiences didn't know the word "chrysalis". ...". At the end of the shooting script, Neo says to The Matrix:
      "Hi. It's me. I know you're out there. I can feel you now. I imagine you can also feel me. You won't have to search for me anymore. I'm done running. Done hiding. Whether I'm done fighting, I suppose, is up to you. I believe deep down, we both want this world to change. I believe that the Matrix can remain our cage or it can become our chrysalis, that's what you helped me to understand. That to be truly free, truly free, you cannot change your cage. You have to change yourself. When I used to look out at this world, all I could see was its edges, its boundaries, its leaders and laws. But now, I see another world. A different world where all things are possible. A world of hope. Of peace. I can't tell you how to get there, but I know if you can free your mind, you'll find the way.".
      The movie ending leaves humans with a two-fold choice:
      • for humans to fight to live outside The Matrix ( recall that Neo says, just before he takes the Red Pill: "I don't like the idea that I am not in control of my own life); or
      • for humans to remain in The Matrix ( recall that Cypher says: "Why, oh why, didn't I take the Blue Pill !").
      The shooting script ending leaves humans and The Matrix with a three-fold choice:
      • for humans to fight to live outside The Matrix;
      • for humans to remain caged in The Matrix; or

      • for humans (caterpillars) to combine with The Matrix (chrysalis) to metamorphose into a higher form of life (butterfly)

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