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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

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  • Michael Read
    * Non-Dual Highlights Tuesday, November 26, 2002 issue #1269 editor - michael ... Wild Sky Reality escapes most of us most of the time, not because it s
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      Non-Dual Highlights
      Tuesday, November 26, 2002
       
      issue #1269
      editor - michael
       
      --- In Illuminata@y..., Mace Mealer  wrote:
      Wild Sky

             Reality escapes most of us
             most of the time,
             not because it's hiding,
             but because we are.
             The truth can be painful
             when it doesn't feed
             our expectations.
             Various philosophies
             may provide comfortable
             answers to
             ultimate questions,
             but they are like
             a drop of rain
             in a thunderstorm
             of potential,
             when what
             we are is
             lightning.

       
      --- In DirectApproach@y..., Jan Sultan wrote:
      You can perceive an object, but how can you perceive nothing? The
      question is very philosophical, but it is good to face it because some day it
      may arise in you too, that when you are absolutely silent, just a mirror,
      nothing to perceive, how do you know? Nothing to perceive -- can you
      perceive nothing? You can perceive no-thing, and that perception of
      no-thing, gives you the idea of nothingness. There is no-thingness
      around you, no objects but just a pure space.
      Have you ever thought about the word `object'? We call things
      `objects'. `Object' simply means that which obstructs, hinders, prevents. It is
      an objection; you cannot go. It is a barrier. Things are called objects
      because they prevent you from moving beyond them. They are like
      walls; they are not like doors. No object, or no thing simply means there is
      nothing around to "object" you.
      This is the perception that as far as you can see, there is no thing
      left. The mirror is pure, unreflective, centered in itself in deep
      blissfulness.
      Hyakujo replied: "THAT WHICH OCCURS WHEN WE ARE CONFRONTED BY ALL
      SORTS OF SHAPES AND FORMS IS CALLED PERCEPTION. CAN WE SPEAK OF PERCEPTION TAKING PLACE WHEN NOTHING CONFRONTS US?"
      "YES," REPLIED HYAKUJO.
      "WHEN SOMETHING CONFRONTS US, IT FOLLOWS THAT WE PERCEIVE IT."
      If we can perceive something, it means that when something will be
      removed, we will perceive nothing.
      The question continues: "BUT HOW CAN THERE BE PERCEPTION WHEN WE ARE CONFRONTED BY NOTHING AT ALL?"
      HYAKUJO ANSWERED BY SAYING: "WE ARE NOT TALKING OF THAT PERCEPTION WHICH IS INDEPENDENT OF THERE BEING AN OBJECT OR NOT. HOW CAN that BE?"
      "THE TRUE NATURE OF PERCEPTION BEING ETERNAL, WE GO ON PERCEIVING, WHETHER OBJECTS ARE PRESENT OR NOT."
       
      A mirror can exist without reflecting. Just take that case, that a mirror can exist without any reflection. A consciousness can exist without any perception. There is no need, no necessity. The mirror and its mirror quality is not dependent on anything and its reflection. For example, the lake can go on existing whether the moon comes or not. If it comes, it will be reflected; if it does not come, who cares? The lake is perfectly
      satisfied unto itself, so is the case of the inner lake of consciousness.
      "THEREBY WE COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WHEREAS objects NATURALLY APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR, THE NATURE OF PERCEPTION DOES neither OF THOSE THINGS."
      The mirror remains; things come and go. Consciousness remains, awareness remains, witnessing remains; things come and go. Life comes, death comes, your mirror-like witnessing remains eternally. It is the only thing in the whole of existence which never changes.

      More Mace Mealer:
       
      Liberated Upon Awakening
       
      These words are of little consequence,
             the moon is neither diminished
             or upheld by them.
             Everything one truly needs
             resides in their own nature
             from before the beginning.
             Today is this one's birthday,
             born dead so many years ago,
             to come alive
             for perhaps
             no other reason
             that to witness
             each splendid moment
             in reverent wonder.

       
       
       
       
        
       
      Science and non-duality - http://fuelcells.si.edu/  this is the Smithsonian link for fuel cell technologies. The exhaust is air - clean air, and water - potable water! The down side may be what to do with 'spent' fuel cells. At least they won't be radioactive.
       
      One reporter's opinion:
      What I would like to see in the news today are stories where the people on the battle lines - officers and enlisted or drafted - simply decide to lay down thier rifles and rocket lauchers, climb out their tanks and bombers, take off the high explosives and refuse to fight and kill anymore. Front page - eh?
       
      In the meantime, how about this little story?
      This one happens to be 'one of those things' - non-sequiter fun-damental dealies.
       
      Medieval Mickey Mouse?
      Friday, November 15, 2002 Posted: 9:23 AM EST (1423 GMT)
      -- CNN.de contributed to this report



      The fresco uncovered in Austria (top) and Disney's Mickey Mouse


      KLAGENFURT, Austria -- Restoration work on an Austrian church has uncovered a 700-year-old fresco that some say bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse.

      The "medieval Mickey" is one of a group of animals and mythical creatures surrounding St Christopher on the exterior of a church in the village of Malta in the province of Carinthia.

      Christopher, the patron saint of travellers, is shown standing in a river.

      Art historian Eduard Mahlknecht said the mouse-like creature could be beaver or a weasel.

      The fresco dates from around 1300, Mahlknecht said.

      Malta's mayor, Hans Peter Schaar, joked that "perhaps Hollywood could become our partner city."

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      * black buddha found at www.nyartguide.net/hoover/ GALLERY.html


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