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    . . . . HIGHLIGHTS #1219 Sunday, October 6, 2002 Editor: Gloria Lee Home:
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      HIGHLIGHTS #1219
      Sunday, October 6, 2002  
      Editor: Gloria Lee
      Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the
      look on  his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might
      have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on
      his face, for your  meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you
      might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even. 
      --Daniel Berrigan, SJ
      True and False are attributes of speech, not of things. And where
      speech is  not, there is neither Truth nor Falsehood.
       -- Thomas Hobbes 
      Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is 
      tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to
      --Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "The Little Prince" 
      There is hope in men, not in society, not in systems, not in organized
      religious systems, but in you and in me. 

      -- J. Krishnamurti 


      Yes, it's tough, but not as tough as doing comedy.
      When asked if he thought dying was tough.
      --Edmund Gwenn, actor, d. September 6, 1959


      from MILLION PATHS
      No Mirror Can Ever Shave By C. K. Anavema Reddy 
      There is a small piece of conversation from the life of Sri Bhagavan  
      which, as far as I am aware, has not been recorded. Though brief, it 
      has remained very vivid in my memory.It was in 1940 that one day 
      one of the devotees sitting in the hall raised the topic regarding the 
      utility of reading books on religion and philosophy. In reply Sri 
      Bhagavan said, "You wake up in the morning and look into the mirror
      and the mirror shows you that you have a growth and that you have 
      to get rid of it. You may go on looking into any number of mirrors; 
      every mirror will tell you the same thing, but no mirror can ever 
      shave you. You have to shave yourself. Instead of wasting time 
      looking into mirror after mirror it is best to start shaving after having 
      looked into the first mirror and known the truth. "So also all books 
      will tell you the same truth, perhaps in slightly different ways. Instead
      of wasting time reading book after book why not realize for yourself 
      what was obvious from the very first book."
      ( taken from the 1972 issues of  the Mountain Path magazine.) 
      The Maharshi Newsletter , sep/oct  2002  
      Elizabeth G Wells: Did you ever hear of a pointer?
      Also, to be fair to all concepts involved:
      Did you ever point to a hearer?
      Did hearing ever point?
      Did pointing ever hear of you?
      BOB ROSE
      from Meditation Society of America
      New Concept of Meditation
      A new Concept of Meditation titled "Let It Go" has been posted on
      our  web site, Meditation Station, http://www.meditationsociety.com
      It deals with not carrying the anger, suffering, negativity, and so  on,
      from the past with us. 
      from TrueVision
      Baby Love
      Time was, when the green fields ran winding round
      the planet of being, just so.
      Just so, in their meandering misbehaving way,
      with no thought for the way of it.  Just so.

      We were deep and delved, and free running on the
      legs of this world, with heart ease that knew not of
      heart or soul or any distinction between the two.
      The sun rose in our heads.  Just so.

      Ah, but not knowing, was being known, in all this
      trip-lighting vagabond sway-laying, flown into being
      baby love days of our liking.  Green as the tea of a
      magical leaf set upon this drop-in place of our
      drinking. Mind mistook. Time tooled. Oh yes, time took just so.

      A taste became made in the mind memory.
      Misbegotten mask of I and you.  A go between my
      love and I.  The world was saying its prayers by rote,
      and even making grammatical notes.  Ah poor baby love,
      we lost you just so.

      And so, this belly of time was filled to surfeit, and no
      one saw the Beloved walk away to tend another
      garden, while the winking stars played their love
      songs to the milk white breasts of the moment of our
      forgetting.  Just so.

      And so, and so and even so, the husk of the sun flower
      that had once seeded the heart, opened space in the
      womb white waste, with such a secret, a sowing grace in
      the once upon a time of you again returning.  Love
      came begging round the ground of you.  Just so.

      And so my dears, we speak of this and that, while
      discarding coat and hat, and diving deep into longing
      like this.  Unmasking the scale of this fish flashing
      skinny dipping two of us. Sweet ass flip over of pretense of
      heart holding, and find a living in life again.  Just so.

      We all get to be pregnant now my love, my love.  This time,
      the timing is moon struck on the mint of perfection.  I
      carry your baby love, and you got mine.  Just so.



      Copyright. 2002.  Eric Ashford.

      We sat outside the convalescent hospital and watched the passing cars.

      She was dying.

      Her eyes were unfocused.

      The sunlight moving through the eucalyptus brought her awareness back.........
      she looked in my direction.......and smiled.

      "What were you thinking Rose?" I asked.

      "Nothing".........she said.

      "And it felt so nice"
      I first saw her working in her garden.
      She was wearing an old sweatshirt with a dancing zen skeleton.

      Her easy motion mixed with the shadows and she became almost invisible.

      Yesterday, I saw her sitting alone in the coffee shop.

      "Will you join me?" she asked.

      We talked for an while................

      "Who is your Teacher?" I asked.

      After a long pause, apologetically, she said.............."Rasneesh".

      When she knew that I had only kind thoughts for him she recounted the following story.

      She was sitting with Rasneesh when a young man approached and said that he needed a mantra.

      His request was apparently unheard.......

      "I need a mantra........please give me a mantra......" he said.

      Rasneesh looked kindly in his direction.....
      and said.........

      "How about Coca-Cola?

      We laughed and laughed.............

      She looked into my eyes......and I looked into hers....
      from A NET OF JEWELS

      Gems from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's Conversations

      "Love is will, the will to share your happiness with all. Being happy,
      making happy, this is the rhythm of love."

      It Matters Not
      If nothing is wanted,
      it matters not
      whether you have what it takes.

      Whatever it takes
      to get whatever
      is itself completely false
      and has no foundation.

      And whatever you accomplish
      can only satisfy some delusion
      until the next one takes hold.

      So see where you are.
      It's easy.
      There is nothing else to do.

      AL LARUS
      I know I am a bit slow, on a second glance I  saw 
      your first sentence was
      'If nothing is wanted' 
      As I love this question consuming itself.
      I had to ask 'Is this not exactly what it takes?'
      Satisfied : )
      thank you

      Silent contemplation is not the pursuit of 'silence' of some
      experience called silence.
      It is not the contemplation of 'silence' of some thing.
      Rather silent contemplation happens when there is nothing left to
      SUFI POETRY: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Sufi_Poetry

      'The Silent Articulation of a Face'

      Love comes with a knife, not some shy question,
      and not with fears for its reputation!  I say

      these things disinterestedly.  Accept them in
      kind.  Love is a madman, working his wild schemes,

      tearing off his clothes, running through the
      mountains, drinking poison, and now quietly

      choosing annihilation.  A tiny spider tries to
      wrap an enormous wasp.  Think of the spider web

      woven across the cave where Muhammad slept!
      There are love stores, and there is obliteration

      into love.  You've been walking the ocean's edge,
      holding up your robes to keep them dry.  You

      must dive naked under and deeper under, a thousand
      times deeper!  Love flows down.  The ground

      submits to the sky and suffers what comes.  Tell
      me, is the earth worse for giving in like that?

      Don't put blankets over the drum!  Open completely.
      Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome's

      passionate murmur.  Let's the cords of your robe
      be united.  Shiver in this new love beyond all

      above and below.  The sun rises, but which way
      does night go?  I have no more words.  Let the

      soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.

      (Rumi - "The Soul of Rumi" - Coleman Barks)

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