Saturday, March 22
- a day at blues creek
counting species wiped away
by green blinded geeksmost versatile breed
whether war hawk or peace lord
depends on fed creed!stranded on death beach
agent orange took young leaves
but their shadow staysbush palm beach and fogs
breathing problems killing grounds
agent orange roguesfiery clouds light up
signs of an impending doom
wars and dire diseasea world of fire floats
on the sea of Iraq's oil
to pay for gunboatsthe world's largest debt
powered by the stars and stripes
paid with Iraq's oilethics gene at bay
global warming chilly view
on a windless dayyo! all bridges bombed
praise gunboat diplomacy
hail eye for an eye!
hurricane's blind date
clouds gather above palm bush
ghouls the pawns of fateGaia quakes with likes
California here they come
pure preemptive strikes!whatever perceived
in the neural network soap
life is but a dreamview from top is best
even within deepest dreams
not one moment restJan NDS
Marcia Paul NDS response to JodiI am waxing sentimental. Perhaps it is the glass of wine
I am sipping. I have not written to this list in a year. I have
not read anything on this list in a year. But the same folks
are here. I appreciate you guys. ( I am not sure I would
appreciate Judy.) But what the heck. Dan I remember,
fondly. I am so self-focused. If no one responds then
then I think no one likes me. It is hilarious really.
Can anyone see the humor in this? It is absolutely
the funniest. Who the heck am I anyway? It is so
I look at Judy. She talks about getting to the absolute
bottom of the barrel and then that is how one sees.
But that can't be the only way to "see". That is for sure
one way. I mean, my circumstances are different. I
have been married twenty five years. We are
comfortable. I took care of dying parents and that
was "real." I took care of a friend dying of mad cow
disease in December. I went with him across the
threshold of death. These things matter. They are
I watched "About Schmidt" last night. The one thing
he did that made a difference was to care for this
hungry child. What in one's life makes a difference?
Can we say...none of it makes a difference?
I see humans as "meaning making" entities. It seems
that nonduality is saying that there is no meaning. How
to reconcile this.
The thing about the Gurdjieff work is that it is about
conscience. Conscience is buried in essence like
Atlantis was buried. To me nonduality is so theoretical.
But then perhaps I just "don't get it" Some of the "old
familiar voices" here seem genuine. Is it me. Don't I
There are people in power with various agendas, but they are not
super clever by most standards, although they maybe somewhat devious.
The nondual truth of it is: it is. It's been the natural outcome of the
process of evolution, not a conspiracy of secret societies.
There's little to be done expect to do your job (whatever that is)
and not expect anything.
At some point you'll understand that there is no "they" as there
is no "you" to be concerned with them.Dan, Sat Karta AdvaitaToZenDan:Ken Wilber's complex maps to answer philosophical
questions that he thinks need maps, and Andrew
Cohen's self-serving notions of enlightenment
authorities, are just more of the same old,
same old -- dressed up in the clothes of enlightenment
instead of the clothes of churchianity.
If you hear authorities making weighty pronouncements
about the way that enlightenment really works,
and what it's doing for humanity -- check that
your wallet is still in your pocket and smite
them with bolts of lightening immediately!
The Emperor has no clothes!
The first step to enlightenment is the last step --
and it requires no movement.
Unless one knows enlightenment now,
first-hand, enlightenment is a concept only for that one --
something one wants to get for whatever it is believedit will do for oneself, or whatever evolution onebelieves it will bring for oneself.
So, you see -- enlightenment is just another thing
that I come up with so I can keep the game going,
with authorities, paths, those half-way up the
mountain, those at the top, all that stuff.
The pyramid of greed - whether it is greed for
enlightenment or money, is structured the same.
When for you there is no bottom nor top -- no
authority will be needed or sought -- no map
will be useful.
Then, which is now, you will know, that not
even a single step is involved.
Evolution requires time.
Time requires a place to form a perspective,
a perspective of a movement from before to after ...
Enlightenment of no before nor after won't
be found evolving.
It won't be made into a program or a map.
It's like that old Christian song:"He's got the whole world in his hands ..."It's got all the evolutions of all possible
beings in all worlds, in its hands.
And the devolutions.
But itself is not evolving, nor devolving.
oh! i am shivering now, was this
the burning bush talking me in
the form of an enlightened person?
i mean *Enlightened* as understood
and excepted phenomena for ages by
the religion biz and the sages..
or the lightening bold will struck
or was it a successful and bright
phd talking with envy of an other one;
who by the much condemned word: "by *Practice*" as meditation etc
ps: "we are pure conditioning. And that conditioned
entity thinks it knows something, has some knowledge upon which it
can build. But in doing so, it is building upon the wrong
foundation, because knowledge is always fragmentary, limited.
It is always of
thought, of the intellect, the mind, and what we are interested in
is not new theories, new concepts, all resulting from mentation, but
to go beyond the mind."
i see NO "going beyond mentation"
not much REAL exchange; but rather
repetitions of each of our own
rhetoric: WITH NO INTENTION TO LEARN,
or even to listen to the other :-(((
Learning can go on and on.
What is learned today is later forgotten.
We can pretend to influence each other in a
give and take.
But what is taken in today is given up later.
The peace where there is nothing to learn,
seems dead to an inquisitive mind.
The inquisitive mind doesn't want to know
that it has no place of its own.
It wants to keep on learning, doing, being.
It doesn't want to come to the noplace where
no minds or beings are.
But what it wants is only its own conceptuality,
for ever and ever, in the form of experiences.
And its wanting to continue is devoid of any truth.
This is peace.
Gloria, Xan allspiritWords can never convey the beauty of a tree;
to understand it you must see it with your own eyes.
Language cannot capture the melody of a song;
to understand it you must hear it with your own ears.
So it is with the Tao [Self]:
the only way to understand
it is to directly experience it.
The subtle truth of the universe
is unsayable and unthinkable.
Therefore the highest teachings are wordless.
My own words are not the medicine but a prescription;
not the destination but a map to help you reach it.
To get there
quiet your mind
and close your mouth.
Don't analyze the Tao.
Strive instead to live it:
with your whole harmonious being.
- Hua Hu Jing
sandeep being one
Daily Dharma Saturday morning
"In classical Buddhist terms, ‘the middle way’ involves not identifying with anything: either pleasure or pain, separateness or togetherness, attachment or detachment. The middle way is not some bland middle ground. Rather, it requires us to be alert and awake at all times, so that we do not harden into any position, no matter how righteous it may seem. Not solidifying a position keeps us sensitive to continue to flow fluidly. When two people become too invested in their positions (for example ‘I need more closeness’ versus ‘I need more space’), they become polarized and the
dance grinds to a halt." ~~John Welwood
From the book, "Toward a Psychology of awakening,” published by Shambhala.
In response to the world, the mystery deepens, widens, opens, includes,
shares, flows back.
There is an endless depth for us in the stillness, answers beyond our own
creation, unless we realize we are one with the divine.
I who sit, think, write, contemplate, write again, and pray, cannot fathom
the mystery. When I leave myself, the divine enters, fulfills me, reveals
things beyond my comprehension.
As so the language itself, shrouded in mystery, speaks impossibly about
paradoxical things, for how could I leave myself? How could I be one with the
Yet these are the words that resonate within, the very poetry of my soul.
I am one with the divine.
And I am apart.
We are magnificent goodness and impossible horror, bound up in being.
I watch this beautiful world crack, shatter, cry out.
Yet somehow within the deepening continues.
And I am one with the divine in a mystery beyond my comprehension.
I look within now for the beauty and truth.
And the more I look into the world the more deeply I must look within.
Eman8tions March 22
A Net of Jewels
Ramesh S. Balsekar
It is the false sense of separation between man's fictional personal
identity and the rest of the world that is the cause of all human conflict
and unhappiness. Yet with unbelievable, obtuseness, man still seeks
salvation only from this imaginary unhappiness rather than from the false
identity that is its cause!
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Our imperfect perception of the manifested world in terms of measurement,
diversification and classification is the veil that maintains our commitment
to illusion.NDhighlights Issue 1379Saturday, March 22, 2003Editor John