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  • Jerry Katz
    beauty dressed in snow water doesn t need a coat it dresses the show --Jan Barendrecht nobody will close this show up a hill, counting down seeing the coat
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      beauty dressed in snow
      water doesn't need a coat
      it dresses the show
      --Jan Barendrecht
      nobody will close this show
      up a hill, counting down
      seeing the coat come and go
      --Al Larus

      Issue #1313 - Wednesday, January 8, 2002 - Editor: Jerry
      from Talking Stick Wisdom
      It 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 Rily
      Under 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 Bowl

      from The Other Syntax
      Reason in the human species should be bountiful, but in actuality it
      is very rare. The majority of human beings turn to self-absorption.

      Carlos Castaneda

      from NDS
      Nowadays, 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
      important considerations.

      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!

      Viva conditioning.

      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 Poole
      Years ago, one day while ensconced upon
      my high tuffet, I was asked to vouchsafe to
      one of my supplicating 'students', my own
      personal definition of 'enlightenment'.

      Thus, I said:

      "Enlightenment... is knowing
      how to talk".

      And the following conversation ensued:

      "But Gene, I already know how to talk... "

      "Nonsense, graphhopper. You manage
      to interpose word-symbols into a stream
      of interpreted meaning which you call a
      'conversation', but this is done solely for
      the purpose of causing the extinction of
      feelings which you experience as
      disruptive to your desired state of mental
      quiescence. 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 that
      is the case, for you share this peculiar
      trait with the majority of humans.

      "Just think... your most basic needs are
      fulfilled  by means of talking. You ask
      for food when you are hungry. And now
      you have discovered, deep within your
      throbbing breast, what you have identified
      as 'hunger for enlightenment', but please
      understand, that this hunger is not really
      for enlightenment, but verily instead, for
      the extinction of a feeling."

      "And what feeling do you refer to, Gene?"

      "You have already confessed to feelings
      of being 'unsettled' when you consider that
      you are not enlightened, yes?"

      "Uh-huh... yeah, I guess that is why I
      am here."

      "And you have assumed that it is
      enlightenment itself, which will quell
      these feelings of unsettlement, correct?"

      "Yep. Isn't it obvious, that if I were
      enlightened, I wouldn't have these
      feelings... of fear and inadequacy?"

      "My friend, you cannot 'cure apples
      with oranges'. You are confusing,
      overlapping, two real yet  separate
      things. You 'suffer' by means of your
      own  comparison between your
      suffering state and the imagined
      non-suffering state of 'enlightenment',
      yet, you fail to see that it is the comparison
      which you make, which is 'causing' your
      painful feelings. And this leads me back
      to your original question, and my
      answer; the 'difference' between you,
      the student, and me, the Enlightened
      One, is only that I know how to talk.
      And you don't."

      "Gene... I am getting confused, but then
      again, 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 extinction
      of feelings, but I talk, in order to give
      rise to feelings."

      [long pause]

      "Uh... I don't get it".

      "It's simple, really. Knowing
      how to talk, enables the use
      of speech as a creative power.

      "The issue is 'creation vs reaction".

      "You shoot the ducks as they
      trundle by, and you are happy
      only when they are all dead.

      "I, on the other hand, send
      special kinds of ducks, which
      are actually quite bulletproof.

      "Your frustration arises, when
      your bullets bounce off of my
      ducks. I arouse in you, by talking,
      feelings which you are not
      comfortable with. And the issue
      really is, that you are not comfortable
      with any feelings, whatsoever.
      It is as simple as that."

      [long pause]

      "So it seems, Gene, that what is
      going on, is that I am not allowing
      myself to have feelings. And that
      I prefer a blank field, duckless  as
      it were, for some reason."

      "Correct. It is your job to learn to
      talk. It is your job to give rise to
      ducks which delight you, and by
      extension, others also. When you
      find yourself entertaining large
      flocks of delightful ducks, without
      the impulse to blast them into a
      cloud of bloody feathers, you will
      have succeeded."

      "So what you are saying, Gene, is
      that there  is a huge difference
      between 'coping' and 'creating'?"

      "Yes! Acting in reaction is simply
      imposing a norm, and as you know
      from your own experience, it is
      an entirely unpleasant experience,
      especially if it is you, who is being
      imposed upon by an 'other' who
      is attempting to 'edit' you, for the
      purpose of quenching their own
      undesired feelings.

      "Acting in creation, encompasses
      the entire range of possibilities
      inherent in any relationship, and
      we see this internally, and when
      we are with others. The so-called
      'enlightened' person is simply one
      who is unremittingly creative, and
      expresses this by their way of

      "Any challenge we experience,
      will be successfully overcome,
      only if we are deliberately  willing
      to experience the full range of
      feelings, which arise in reaction.

      "It is the automatic reaction to
      'pain' of feeling, which triggers
      the blasting of ducks. And this
      is the usual way for humans.

      "It is normal to experience pain,
      to suffer; but it is not at all
      mandatory to act in destructive
      ways, in order to quench such
      feelings. In a  sense, such feelings
      are our only compass and guide
      to what is really happening. It  is
      a  great tragedy that humans  do
      not even notice their own feelings,
      as being literally a majority
      of what is intelligence.

      "The collective human psyche
      needs an overhaul, in regards
      to how feelings are evaluated,
      judged, and dealt with. Anyone
      who cannot accomplish the
      move from 'coping' to 'abiding
      with', is on the road to extinction.
      And that road is quite congested,
      and it is called 'the highway of

      "And I hope that you understand,
      that what I am talking about, is
      something that each human has
      to do for themselves. I can set up
      the ducks, but each person has
      to understand, eventually, that
      the entire flock is their responsibility.
      As long as the gun-in-hand is
      an option, the shooting will continue,
      and if there is one dead duck, the
      entire flock is in jeopardy...

      "Somebody once said, that until
      'all sentient Beings' are safe,
      no sentient Being is safe.

      "No sentient Being, who persists
      in censoring hir own feelings,
      is safe; such a one, by censoring
      hir own feelings, deprives
      hirself of half of hir own potential

      "Knowing how to talk, is the ability
      to set up bulletproof ducks."

      My 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 Weissman
      To another question Master said : The best is heart-to-heart speech
      and 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
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