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Wednesday, December 11, 2002

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  • Jerry Katz
    Sam (left) with typical online enlightened guru. Photo by Sam Pasiencier
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 13, 2002
      Sam (left) with typical online enlightened guru. Photo by Sam Pasiencier
      Issue #1285 - Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - Editor: Jerry
      forwarded from Along the Way
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              Sell cleverness and buy wonderment:
              cleverness is opinion, wonder is vision.
                                  - Rumi
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      Muriel Maufroy
      "Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi"
      Sanyar Press - London, 1997

      from his Newsletter


      Never give up.
      No matter what is going on,
      Never give up.
      Develop the heart.
      Too much energy in your country
      Is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.
      Develop the heart.
      Be compassionate,
      Not just to your friends
      But to everyone.
      Work for peace,
      In your heart and in the world.
      Work for peace.
      And I say again:
      Never give up.
      No matter what is happening,
      No matter what is going on around you:
      Never give up.
      H. H. Dalai Lama
      from HarshaSatsangh
      Being on the Advaitin list, I have become more appreciative of the
      role a powerful intellect plays in understanding subtle truths of
      the Vedas through scholars such as Prof. Krishnamurthy and Sadaji
      and Murthyji and many others. 
      Still Sri Bhagavan's words are crystal clear. It seems to me that
      no matter how brilliant the analysis, Bhagavan always comes back to
      the root issue of who the analyzer is. No matter how brilliant the
      vision, Sri Ramana points to understanding the nature of the seer
      who has the vision.
      In Sri Ramana, there is no compromise. The Sage is always direct.
      To those whose intellects have become subtle and can grasp firmly,
      Sri Ramana points out that there is no end to experiences of
      relative knowledge (of heavens, different bodies, different states,
      bringing the force down, etc.).
      Ultimately it is the sense of "I", in which all attainments and
      experiences have root, that is surrendered to the Lord of the
      Heart. That Silence Knows It Self as Sat-Chit-Ananda.
      Love to all
      from Daily Dharma
      “Silence demands space, space in the whole structure of
      consciousness. There is no space in the structure of one’s
      consciousness as it is, because it is crowded with fears-crowded,
      chattering, chattering. When there is silence, there is immense,
      timeless space; then only is there a possibility of coming upon
      that which is the eternal, sacred. ~J. Krishnamurti.
      From the book, “The Wholeness of Life,” published by the
      Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Ltd.
      from their newsletter
      Hi All,
      We have a great interview with Laura Lee on her show Thursday,
      December 12 at 9:00pm EST. Go to www.lauralee.com to listen on
      line. For those of you who can't listen when the show is first
      aired, don't worry, you can catch it on the archive at your
      The Spiritual Chicks
      (editor's note: I'm listening to it now. It's very good. Lots of interesting nuggets. --Jerry)
      Gambling Addictions Are A Form Of Spiritual Seeking
      December 11, 2002
      What the ancients in both hemispheres seem to be saying is that
      gamblers, and especially gambling addicts, are, in a manner of
      speaking, spiritual seekers. As Mooney said, gambling is rooted in
      the "universal longing of mankind to know the cause of things and
      how effects may be controlled." 
      In other words, the gambler, unbeknownst to him or herself, is
      looking for divinity. Sure, on the surface they are seeking
      economic fortune, but they are also seeking a personal
      transformation, for that feeling of invincibility and liberation,
      even if for only in the moment of exhilaration. 
      The moment is indeed transitory, and the seeking of further moments
      is what can sometimes throw the individual out of integrity,
      causing addictive cycles. Whatever the forces are that the gambler
      believes is causing him or her to win or to lose, they can never
      sustain or nurture the gambler. 
      Of course, these forces do not exist outside of the self, but lie
      within one's own actions. The Native myths show that the effects
      can be cataclysmic. Gambling addictions should not be viewed as
      inherently evil or immoral, but as a disease of the spirit that
      uses pleasure to avoid pain. 
      It is not that they are weaker than most, for we are all caught in
      the cycle of pleasure and pain, but that their pain is more acute
      and their search for spirituality more urgent. In many eastern
      philosophies, this dilemma is known as divine discontent, and as
      the native gambling myths show, such malaise is a necessary step in
      the process of becoming spiritual. 
      Society can try to exile or reform addictive gamblers but,
      ultimately, they must embark on their own vision quest that takes
      them deeper into their traditional beliefs, and beyond. This is not
      to say that gamblers should not suffer the consequences of their
      actions for, afterall, these are part of the experiment to "know
      the cause of things and how effects can be controlled." 
      New Church
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