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  • Gloria Lee
    #1135 -Sunday, July 14, 2002 - Editor: Gloria Lee - Home: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Reading an Anthology of Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty, I Pause
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 15, 2002
      #1135 -Sunday, July 14, 2002 - Editor: Gloria Lee - Home: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
      Reading an Anthology of
      Chinese Poems of the Sung Dynasty,
      I Pause To Admire the Length
      and Clarity of Their Titles
      It seems these poets have nothing
      up their ample sleeves
      they turn over so many cards so early,
      telling us before the first line
      whether it is wet or dry,
      night or day, the season the man is standing in,
      even how much he has had to drink.
      Maybe it is autumn and he is looking at a sparrow.
      Maybe it is snowing on a town with a beautiful name.
      "Viewing Peonies at the Temple of Good Fortune
      on a Cloudy Afternoon" is one of Sun Tung Po's.
      "Dipping Water from the River and Simmering Tea"
      is another one, or just
      "On a Boat, Awake at Night."
      And Lu Yu takes the simple rice cake with
      "In a Boat on a Summer Evening
      I Heard the Cry of a Waterbird.
      It Was Very Sad and Seemed To Be Saying
      My Woman Is Cruel--Moved, I Wrote This Poem."
      There is no iron turnstile to push against here
      as with headings like "Vortex on a String,"
      "The Horn of Neurosis," or whatever.
      No confusingly inscribed welcome mat to puzzle over.
      Instead, "I Walk Out on a Summer Morning
      to the Sound of Birds and a Waterfall"
      is a beaded curtain brushing over my shoulders.
      And "Ten Days of Spring Rain Have Kept Me Indoors"
      is a servant who shows me into the room
      where a poet with a thin beard
      is sitting on a mat with a jug of wine
      whispering something about clouds and cold wind,
      about sickness and the loss of friends.
      How easy he has made it for me to enter here,
      to sit down in a corner,
      cross my legs like his, and listen.
      BILLY COLLINS's most recent collections are PICNIC, LIGHTNING and THE ART OF DROWNING,
      both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, which has also reissued his QUESTIONS ABOUT ANGELS.

      This poem appears in the June 1999 POETRY. 


      DAN BERKOW on HarshaSatsangh
      Re:"this whole universe is just a bubble on the sea of all"
      If you see fish, it is only because
        a "fish-lens" is being used.

      It is all ocean, the whole time.

      It's never been something else, where
        would there be room for something else?

      Whatever lens is used, will show pictures

      Using my "person-lens" to say hi to you,
      ALAN LARUS on HS
      lets give this lense a cleanse
      if i see fish
      a broken sealing
      this must be my ceiling
      if i see birds
      a perfect floor
      won't have to use the vacuum cleaner anymore
      VIORICA WEISSMAN on MillionPaths

          When a human becomes steadfast in his abstention
           from harming others , then all living creatures will
          cease to feel enmity in his presence.

      Translators' Comments
      We are accustomed to use the word "harmless" in a rather derogatory sense;
      it has become almost synonymous with "ineffectual" . Yet the perfected
      harmlessness of the saint is by no means ineffectual; it is a positive
      psychological force of tremendous power. When a man has truly and entirely
      renounced violence in his own thoughts and in his dealings with others ,
      he begins to create an atmosphere around himself within which violence
      and enmity must cease to exist because they find no reciprocation.
      Animals, too, are sensitive to such an atmosphere. Wild beasts may be
      temporarily cowed with whips, but they can only be rendered harmless by
      the power of genuine harmlessness, as every good trainer knows.
      A lady who was accustomed to to handle deadly snakes used to explain:
      "You see, they know I won't hurt them."

      "The test of ahimsa [ harmlessness ] is absence of jealousy," said Swami
       Vivekananda. "The so-called great men of the world may all be seen to
       become jealous of each other for a small name, for a little fame, and
       for a few bits of gold. So long as this jealosy exists in a heart, it is far
       away from the perfection of ahimsa."

       taken from:
                   How to Know God,
                   The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali,
                   tr: Swami Prabhavananda & Cristopher Isherwood

      BILL CADMAN on Spiritual-Friends
      From William Martin's "The Parent's Tao Te Ching"

      Your children do not need more.
      Each day adds more facts,
      more gadgets,
      more activities,
      more desires,
      and more confusion
      to their lives.

      Your task is to subtract.
      Each day seek to remove,
      to clarify,
      to simplify.
      Society's wisdom adds,
      and confusion grows.
      The wisdom of the Tao subtracts,
      and serenity flourishes.

      If each day one minute less
      was spent doing something.
      And one minute more
      was spent being present,
      in simple pleasures,
      with your children.
      In two months
      you would transform your life,
      and theirs.
      One minute less.

      bill c.

      John Wren-Lewis being interviewed:

      When I asked him if it was worth it, he says definitively that "Yes, this
      is the best thing that's ever happened to me and it's the natural
      birthright of everyone and I haven't got a clue how to reach it!"

      In fact, he feels that most methods people practice to try to reach
      Enlightenment are counter-productive in that they concentrate on
      self-effort and think along the lines of time and causality. Although the
      acausality of enlightenment may sound like bad news at first, John says
      that it is also good news in a sense because there is no need to kill
      yourself with spiritual practices or worry about making irreversible
      mistakes on the spiritual path.

      In the sixteen years since his experience, he has sought out other people
      who have had permanent Enlightenment experiences. He has thus far found
      fifteen, and only two had previous spiritual backgrounds.

      Just as we are all different people, John told me, there is an infinite
      variety in the types of Enlightenment experiences that people have. John
      says the Eternity/God/Dazzling Dark loves the variety.

      JOHN DUFF on NDS
      Hello All,
      A few observations. Although I embrace, overall, a non-dual view of things I remain stuck on
      the idea of ‘not going straight there’. What is meant has to do with the tradition I come from
      where ‘self-consciousness’ is a pre-requisite for, and to, ‘objective consciousness’. I relate
      non-duality to ‘objective consciousness’.
      There are specific injunctions around this ‘process’ of becoming familiar with your peculiar
      ‘self’, circumstances and stories. One of them is that is if you don’t know yourself you will be
      continually surprised by unconscious and unobserved manifestations [of yourself]. Whatever
      that self may be comprised of objectively.
      There are benefits also. Not the least of which is that in the process of looking at yourself,
      and listening to others [while looking at yourself] we come to find we are not all that unique
      and that, lo, some other’s tragedies dwarf our own closely held injustices. Or that we cannot
      'see' something in someone else that is not in ourselves.
      Well, maybe it’s not a benefit. We are then faced with a choice, and it appears that choice is
      of the nature of justifying, or embellishing, our own stories of unfairness or the failure of life
      in its manifold manifestations to live up to our own high expectations and ideals. Or of simply
      letting the whole gooey personal drama go.
      Letting gooey drama go is work. Work on self. Personal work. And regardless of whether, at
      the end of the day, there is no real, personal self to let go of anything is of little consequence
      when we are stuck to and chewing over something. We, in terms of our attention, do not
      exist at any other level – regardless of what sages, past or contemporary, have to say on the
      For me a measure of understanding is registering what I am chewing on and knowing that
      nothing else is possible until that chewing stops. This often involves gnawing off a
      metaphorical leg and leaving it in the trap. 
      It is in the same sense that many who estimate that this view is ‘wrong’ or ‘mistaken’ and who
      would move to clarify everyone’s understanding around this question, including my own,
      often do so not so much for the comfort of those they are addressing as for their own comfort
      of maintaining an undisturbed world view. Of course I do not know this of others, I only
      know this from observing myself, and assume by means of projection that others dwell on
      this same ground from time-to-time.
      Surely this is not the case with everyone, but only [your] intent can determine this and your
      intent can only be determined by knowing yourself. Knowing your intent then, from long
      exposure and study of yourself, would inform you if this was perhaps vestigial limb once
      gnawed off whose shadow or ghost image is once again ensnared. 
      Otherwise it is ‘real’, and needs to get resolved.
      If you are of the opinion that work on, or a personal self, is illusion that is of course your
      business. I this is indeed so let’s then at least try to define what the Universe itself wants
      because it seems to want a bunch of different things at the same time.
      Perhaps the slaying of the dragon of duality? We, then, as apparent conscious agents of the
      Universe. If this is the case how can there anything remotely resembling disagreement? 
      Enmity by proxy? We would have to know ourselves to make such a determination, to know
      what is ours and what is someone else’s. 
      Resentment at the unfairness of it all? Well, was it not what the Universe needed for itself at
      every moment along the way? How can we resent that? Did this change a moment ago?
      Perhaps we have known better all along, at every juncture? Well I can say that I have always
      known better all along, and still do today, even though I know “Next to Nothing about almost
      Everything – J. Kettering”. Now I can quit fighting more easily and try to absorb the lessons –
      about myself – that is, what stimulates my pique.
      I’m just guessing.
      In learning these lessons I get easier access to what I want. Access to Unity. This access is
      denied no one from my observations, and the door to this type of experience can be opened
      momentarily by any number of people. The problem is that it is not often a permanent
      situation, however much we would like to believe it to be so. 
      So one aim is being able to open it and keep it open yourself, without an external reminding
      factor, another, living or dead, to open it for you. If you are not moving in this direction, that
      is self-reliance as to your own integration, or you are becoming more sensitive within a
      narrow range of how you take things, then it might just be an opportune time to evaluate
      consciousness strategies.
      Besides, if the Universe did not want you to know this at this time then you would not have
      gotten this letter. 

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