Monday, March 31, 2003
"Where were you when the page was blank?"
- Truman Capote
to a kiss of light
by a golden sun
on earths turning face.
a new day.
a new blank page
to inscribe a personal story.
the fables echo through the night
and embed deep
into the psyche
of That glorious
Issue #1388 - Monday, March 31, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
Vicki WoodyardNDSEnlightenment In A Can
I am thinking of marketing a new product, called Enlightenment -In- A Can.
Wherever you have a bald spot in your consciousness, you just reach in and
spray this product on. Once it is on, it stays on for eight hours. During this
period, you can appear on talk shows telling people the secret of life.Yes, you can tell Oprah's audience how it is.
You can sign tee shirts at bookstores everywhere, claiming that your book is
in the galley stages. You can pass out mantras by the bucketload. But at the
end of the eight-hour period, you will turn back into an unenlightened one.
You must drive the freeway without divine guidance, take out the trash and
balance the checkbook all by yourself. Real life returns. (This insures a return
trip to the can.)
I will also have focus groups for this spray-on enlightenment. They should be
able to tell me what the median age is for the product.....I am thinking
forty-ish or fifty-ish....Visa Card-ish. You know the type. They favor shorts
and sandals and carefully sculpted bodies.
I will remind them that their enlightenment will wear off in eight hours
unless they get another fix. Making tapes of how to spray the product on
seems mandatory. We love instructional materials, don't we? I will show
them that slowly rotating the can covers every inch of bare consciousness.
They will have an inner astroturf of truth....guaranteed.
This could be a heady business. If you are interested, there will probably be a
franchising opportunity. Let's work together on this. With your money and my
enlightenment, say it with me...."Together We Can."
Kathy Raboldfrom SufiMystic'NOT THIS, NOT THIS', BUT 'THIS IS THAT'
122. The body, organs, Pranas, Manas, egoism, etc., all modifications,
the sense-objects, pleasure, and the rest, the gross elements such as
the ether, in fact, the whole universe, up to the Undifferentiated--
all this the non-Self.
123. From Mahat down to the gross body everything is the effect of Maya.
These and Maya itself know thou to be the non-Self, and therefore unreal
like the mirage in a desert.
124. Now I am going to tell thee of the real nature of the Supreme Self,
realizing which man is freed from bondage and attains liberation.
125. There is some Absolute Entity, the eternal substratum of the
consciousness of egoism, the witness of the three states, and distinct
from the five sheaths or coverings :
126. Which Knows everything that happens in the waking state, in dream,
and in profound sleep ; which is aware of the presence or absence of the
mind and its functions : and which is the backround of the notion of egoism.
This is That.
127. Which Itself sees all, but which no one beholds, which illumines
the intellect etc., but which they cannot illumine. This is That.
128. By which this universe is pervaded, but which nothing pervades,
which shining, all this shines as its reflection, This is That.
131. This is the innermost Self, the Primeval Purusha, whose Essence
is the constant realization of Infinite Bliss, which is ever the same,
yet reflecting through the different mental modifications, and
commanded by which the organs and Pranas perform their functions.
134. It is neither born nor dies, It neither grows nor decays, nor does It
undergo any change, being eternal. It does not cease to exist even when
this body is destroyed, like the sky in a jar when it is broken, for
It is independent.
135. The Supreme Self, different from the Prakriti and its modifications,
of the Essence of Pure Knowledge, and Absolute, directly manifests this entire gross and subtle universe, in the waking and other states, as the substratum of the persistent sense of egoism, and maifests Itself as the Witness of the buddhi,
the determinative faculty.~ ~ ~
Adi Sankara (A.D. 788-820) was one of the greatest philosophers of India.
The above is from his Crest-jewel of Discrimination, the IVEKACADAMUNI.
Adi Sankaracharya was a Knower of Brahman who put forth : Brahman alone is real, the universe unreal, and the individual soul is none other than the Universal Soul.
If Sri Sankaracharya's philosophy appeals to you, you are More than welcome to join Him.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SRISANKARACHARYAAndyfrom Being OneThe Lighter Side of the War
In the midst of all this misery, here are humorous takes on the war
and our Administration's handling of it.
Excerpts from American Late Night TV SHOWS
"President Bush announced tonight that he believes in democracy and
that democracy can exist in Iraq. They can have a strong economy,
they can have a good health care plan, and they can have a free and
fair voting. Iraq? We can't even get this in Florida." -Jay Leno
"President Bush has said that he does not need approval from the UN
to wage war, and I'm thinking, well, hell, he didn't need the
approval of the American voters to become president, either." -David
"We have it. The smoking gun. The evidence. The potential weapon of
mass destruction we have been looking for as our pretext of invading
Iraq. There's just one problem - it's in North Korea." -Jon Stewart
"Well, it looks like we've moved a step closer to war. Not with Iraq.
With France and Germany. How did we screw that one up?" -Jay Leno
"As we head to war with Iraq, President Bush wants to make one thing
clear: This war is not about oil, it's about gasoline." -Jay Leno
"In California, 50 women protested the impending war with Iraq by
lying on the ground naked and spelling out the word peace. Right
idea, wrong president." -Jay Leno
"In a speech earlier today President Bush said if Iraq gets rid of
Saddam Hussein, he will help the Iraqi people with food, medicine,
supplies, housing, education - anything that's needed. Isn't that
amazing? He finally comes up with a domestic agenda - and it's for
Iraq. Maybe we could bring that here if it works out." -Jay Leno
"President Bush said this Iraq situation looks like 'the rerun of a
bad movie.' Well sure, there's a Bush in the White House, the
economy's going to hell, we're going to war over oil. I've seen this
movie, haven't I?" -Jay Leno
"CNN said that after the war, there is a plan to divide Iraq into
three parts ... regular, premium and unleaded." -Jay Leno
"Iraq began destroying those missiles they don't have over the
weekend. See, President Bush may be the smartest military president
in history. First, he gets Iraq to destroy all of their own weapons.
Then he declares war." -Jay Leno
"The Pentagon still has not given a name to the Iraqi war.
Somehow 'Operation Re-elect Bush' doesn't seem to be popular." -Jay
"President Bush spent last night calling world leaders to support the
war with Iraq and it is sad when the most powerful man on earth is
yelling, I know you're there, pick up, pick up." -Craig Kilborn
Party of One: The Loners Manifesto
by Anneli Rufus
A selection of things that came up during a call-in radio show http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/episodes/03312003
with the author:
--shopping (alone) has a meditative quality
--being alone offers a sense of luxury
--theres a continuum of loner-dom
--we (loners) have less tolerance for others than other people do, and I dont think thats a
--theres pressure (for women) to join with others, be sociable
--a loner is alone by choice, not outcast
--loners need love just like anyone else;
--two loners together make an ideal match
--loners used to be portrayed more favorably in popular culture (the rugged
individualist), now loner is a slur
--thank god for email
"The Buddha. Rene Descartes. Emily Dickinson. Greta Garbo. Bobby Fischer. J. D. Salinger: Loners, allalong with as many as 25 percent of the worlds population. Loners keep to themselves, and like it that way. Yet in the press, in films, in folklore, and nearly everywhere one looks, loners are tagged as losers and psychopaths, perverts and pity cases, ogres and mad bombers, elitists and wicked witches. Too often, loners buy into those messages and strive to change, making themselves miserable in the process by hiding their true natureand hiding from it..."
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Have you ever not known what you want to do, but were happy doing nothing?
And people close to you are nicely urging you to do something?
Or not so nicely?
But you were happy and there was nothing to do?
No one needing your attention and nothing hard to do or to bear?
And all there is are these adjustments that some call committments, callings, non-doings, but you know them as adjustments?
And as you're making adjustments, you know you're like a pitcher in the bullpen
Waiting to be called in to pitch?
Or waiting to be born?
Have you ever felt distant from what's on CNN
And close to reality television?
Have you watched things happen and really have to strain to see them happen?
Like, for example, just about anything?
Are you exactly the same while dreaming and while awake?
And isn't the comfort world burning
In a dish
And the dish hot
And on your lap
And with a little adjustment
You remain cool
Knowing the iceberg
Is on its way
To meet it?
Yosyfrom NasrudinNasrudin attended a city counsel meeting opened to the public, in which financial activities, past and future, were discussed. after hearing the reports, nasrudin addressed the counsel. "ladies and gentlemen," he said, "last year you brought this city to the edge of abyss. but this year's plans are a big step forward!"
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