Wednesday, January 8, 2003
- beauty dressed in snowwater doesn't need a coatit dresses the show--Jan Barendrechtnobody will close this showup a hill, counting downseeing the coat come and go--Al LarusIssue #1313 - Wednesday, January 8, 2002 - Editor: JerryHighlights Home: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htmHighlights/NDS Search: http://nonduality.com/search.htmLetters to the editors:NDhighlightsemail@example.com Talking Stick WisdomIt comes from Me
Never at any time close your heart and mind. Never be afraid of the
new, of the strange, of the unconventional. Be ready and prepared to
listen to the intuition, to inspiration which may reveal something so
completely new to you that it may not even have form or substance,
and you may have to clothe it in words. Intellectual pride can be a
handicap along this spiritual path and can be a real stumbling block to the truth.
It is not the intellect you need; it is inspiration and
intuition. The intellect comes from without, whereas inspiration and
intuition come from within and cannot be influenced by anything
without. Let your learning come from within; draw from all that you
have within you. You will be amazed at what you contain. It is
limitless because it comes from Me and I AM limitless, and all that
is of Me is limitless and eternal.
"Opening Doors Within" by Eileen Caddy.
Joseph RilyPanhalaUnder the Walnut Tree
When I face what has left my life,
I bow. I walk outside into the cold,
rain nesting in my hair.
All the houses near me
have their lights on. Somewhere,
there is a deep listening.
I stand in the dark for a long time
under the walnut tree, unable
to tell anyone, not even the night,
what I know. I feel the darkness
rush towards me, and I open my arms.
-- Lynn Martin, from Blue Bowlfrom The Other SyntaxReason in the human species should be bountiful, but in actuality it
is very rare. The majority of human beings turn to self-absorption.
THE FIRE FROM WITHIN
from NDSNowadays, suddenly I have to know who is enlightened, who's not, who's
looking after their lower self, who's not, who's coming from the source,
who's going to the source, who's imagining the source, who's had samadhi,
who's had salami, who's a parrot, who's a turkey, who's an idiot, who has
boomeritis, who has appendicitis. These things are often diversions and
cards people carry. So I really don't care who is fake and who is real.It's just not an issue for me. There are more important things. People who focus
on the question of who is enlightened and who isn't might ask why they do
that, and why they categorize in other ways, and whether there are more
It helps to know a bit about fractals or recursion.
The investigating mind doesn't stop investigating, it
only changes the subject. When knowing that most
feelings won't give rise to an analytical way of
looking at things, it can't be a surprise that the
products of the disorderly mind grow faster than
the means to put things in order again. Hence the
simultaneous searching frenzy for isues like
security/certainty/authority, irrespective the
yes/no enlightened. Having a book published and
getting quoted helps a lot to remain established in
the expressed beliefs :-) Not to mention a rating!
from Daily Dharma"In order to prevent all unfavorable circumstances and adversity from
afflicting your mind, but to cause them to elicit a sense of good cheer, you
should put a stop to experiences of aversion toward both inner and outer
obstacles-illness as well as enemies, spirits, vicious gossip, etc.
Practice seeing everything solely in an agreeable way. For that to happen,
you should stop seeing those harmful situations as something wrong, but give
all your effort to seeing them as valuable. For it is the way our minds
apprehend situations that makes them agreeable or disagreeable. For
example, those who reflect at length on the faults of worldly amusements
become increasingly perturbed the more they are surrounded by admiring
people and enjoyments; whereas those who regard worldly amusements as
beneficial aspire to increase them."
~Jigme Tenpe Nyima, The Third Dodrupchen Rinpoche
From the book, "Ancient Wisdom; Nyingma Teachings on Dream Yoga, Meditation, and Transformation," translated by B. Alan Wallace and Sangye Khandro, published by Snow Lion.Gene PooleNDSYears ago, one day while ensconced uponmy high tuffet, I was asked to vouchsafe toone of my supplicating 'students', my ownpersonal definition of 'enlightenment'.Thus, I said:"Enlightenment... is knowinghow to talk".And the following conversation ensued:"But Gene, I already know how to talk... ""Nonsense, graphhopper. You manageto interpose word-symbols into a streamof interpreted meaning which you call a'conversation', but this is done solely forthe purpose of causing the extinction offeelings which you experience asdisruptive to your desired state of mentalquiescence. If it were not for such feelings,I doubt that you would ever utter a word.""Uh...is that a Bad Thing, Gene?""Not at all. Or at least, let us hope thatis the case, for you share this peculiartrait with the majority of humans."Just think... your most basic needs arefulfilled by means of talking. You askfor food when you are hungry. And nowyou have discovered, deep within yourthrobbing breast, what you have identifiedas 'hunger for enlightenment', but pleaseunderstand, that this hunger is not reallyfor enlightenment, but verily instead, forthe extinction of a feeling.""And what feeling do you refer to, Gene?""You have already confessed to feelingsof being 'unsettled' when you consider thatyou are not enlightened, yes?""Uh-huh... yeah, I guess that is why Iam here.""And you have assumed that it isenlightenment itself, which will quellthese feelings of unsettlement, correct?""Yep. Isn't it obvious, that if I wereenlightened, I wouldn't have thesefeelings... of fear and inadequacy?""My friend, you cannot 'cure appleswith oranges'. You are confusing,overlapping, two real yet separatethings. You 'suffer' by means of yourown comparison between yoursuffering state and the imaginednon-suffering state of 'enlightenment',yet, you fail to see that it is the comparisonwhich you make, which is 'causing' yourpainful feelings. And this leads me backto your original question, and myanswer; the 'difference' between you,the student, and me, the EnlightenedOne, is only that I know how to talk.And you don't.""Gene... I am getting confused, but thenagain, you say that I am already confused."Please tell me, the difference, qualitatively,between how you talk, and how I talk"."I will be most pleased to do so."You talk in order to cause the extinctionof feelings, but I talk, in order to giverise to feelings."[long pause]"Uh... I don't get it"."It's simple, really. Knowinghow to talk, enables the useof speech as a creative power."The issue is 'creation vs reaction"."You shoot the ducks as theytrundle by, and you are happyonly when they are all dead."I, on the other hand, sendspecial kinds of ducks, whichare actually quite bulletproof."Your frustration arises, whenyour bullets bounce off of myducks. I arouse in you, by talking,feelings which you are notcomfortable with. And the issuereally is, that you are not comfortablewith any feelings, whatsoever.It is as simple as that."[long pause]"So it seems, Gene, that what isgoing on, is that I am not allowingmyself to have feelings. And thatI prefer a blank field, duckless asit were, for some reason.""Correct. It is your job to learn totalk. It is your job to give rise toducks which delight you, and byextension, others also. When youfind yourself entertaining largeflocks of delightful ducks, withoutthe impulse to blast them into acloud of bloody feathers, you willhave succeeded.""So what you are saying, Gene, isthat there is a huge differencebetween 'coping' and 'creating'?""Yes! Acting in reaction is simplyimposing a norm, and as you knowfrom your own experience, it isan entirely unpleasant experience,especially if it is you, who is beingimposed upon by an 'other' whois attempting to 'edit' you, for thepurpose of quenching their ownundesired feelings."Acting in creation, encompassesthe entire range of possibilitiesinherent in any relationship, andwe see this internally, and whenwe are with others. The so-called'enlightened' person is simply onewho is unremittingly creative, andexpresses this by their way oftalking."Any challenge we experience,will be successfully overcome,only if we are deliberately willingto experience the full range offeelings, which arise in reaction."It is the automatic reaction to'pain' of feeling, which triggersthe blasting of ducks. And thisis the usual way for humans."It is normal to experience pain,to suffer; but it is not at allmandatory to act in destructiveways, in order to quench suchfeelings. In a sense, such feelingsare our only compass and guideto what is really happening. It isa great tragedy that humans donot even notice their own feelings,as being literally a majorityof what is intelligence."The collective human psycheneeds an overhaul, in regardsto how feelings are evaluated,judged, and dealt with. Anyonewho cannot accomplish themove from 'coping' to 'abidingwith', is on the road to extinction.And that road is quite congested,and it is called 'the highway ofintolerance"."And I hope that you understand,that what I am talking about, issomething that each human hasto do for themselves. I can set upthe ducks, but each person hasto understand, eventually, thatthe entire flock is their responsibility.As long as the gun-in-hand isan option, the shooting will continue,and if there is one dead duck, theentire flock is in jeopardy..."Somebody once said, that until'all sentient Beings' are safe,no sentient Being is safe."No sentient Being, who persistsin censoring hir own feelings,is safe; such a one, by censoringhir own feelings, depriveshirself of half of hir own potentialintelligence.""Knowing how to talk, is the abilityto set up bulletproof ducks."NirjiMy time is eternity ... eternity my friend. I ... I don't think the world knows what to make of me now, let alone later [laughter] No ... for a time, as of now, the world will love me ... just a little. Toward the latter period of my life, the world will disregard me, even hate me, wrongly ofcourse, and because of me, hate all of you, because we were right! And because Truth is Truth. After I am gone, the world will wonder about me, trying to make sense of me, to no avail [laughter] The new world will proclaim me, the old will stubbornly reject me and eventually pass away because they missed me and sought to destroy me, not knowing me when I came before them. After that time, 'new mankind' will forget me, having found the fruit of my designs. At that time, my work will be done. On that day, I will be everywhere around them and laughing my head off in delight.[laughter]Viorica WeissmanNDSTo another question Master said : The best is heart-to-heart speechand heart-to-heart hearing . That is the best upadesa.D. Is not guidance from Guru necessary ?Maharshi. Are you apart from Guru ?D. Is proximity helpful ?M. Do you mean physical proximity ? What is the good of it ?The mind alone matters . The mind must be contacted .from Talks , InnerDirections Publishing , page 113