#1469 - Sunday, June 22, 2003
- Apology: A brief message intended for the Highlights editors was sent to this list inadvertently. Now...onto the latest edition, hot off the presses, as they say....
Manuel Hernandez ~ A Net of Jewels"In the mistaken belief that one is an entity separate from all other people and all other manifestation, there is no escape from sorrow."
~ ~ ~ ~ ~~"The individual does not finally merge with his original nature any more than a wave merges with water. They were not different to begin with. A wave is nothing more than the shifting shape of the water itself. It is not a question of joining separate things but of the abandonment of something inessential and superficial, the false identity of a separate individual entity."~ Ramesh S. Balkesar ~
A_Sky_Dancer ~ Dzogchen
photo by Benny
I think this is beautiful and profound, watch the introduction. It's ALL there.
Wu Nein ~ AdvaitaToZenWhat Is The Ego?Hello. What is the ego? What is the personality? What is the Self? Any one will be kind enough to comment about the three.Here are some quotations Distinguishing ego from true self (Quotations from The Hua Hu Ching)The ego is entranced by ... names and ideas... (However) names and concepts only block your perception of this Great Oneness. Therefore it is wise to ignore them. Those who live inside their egos are continually bewildered. (32)Pain and happiness are simply conditions of the ego. Forget the ego. (46)Because clarity and enlightenment are within your own nature, they are regained without moving an inch. (44)Remember: if you can cease all restless activity, your integral nature will appear. (45)
Nagarjuna quoted by Mazie Lane ~ AdyashantiSatsang
"In a passage in the poem, 'Self,' Nagarjuna offers a glimpse of the sublime depth disclosed when the constricting hold of fixations is eased:
'It is all at ease
Unfixtable by fixations
"Not only is the subjective experience one of ease, but ease is revealed as a feature of the sublime itself. For not only do fixations generate conflict and anguish, they also obscure a natural world that endlessly unfolds and vanishes, untroubled by the desires and fears of humankind.
"Although we may take our fixations with utmost seriousness, that about which we are fixated is utterly unaffected by them. For life is incapable of ever being tied down. While we generate volumes of theories and descriptions of reality, none of them can capture the mystery of its happening at all. And no matter how minutely we dissect and categorize experience, the lines we draw leave no trace on the seamlesss web of life itself."
~ Stephen Batchelor ~
From the book, "Verses From The Center: A Buddhist Vision of The Sublime," Riverhead Books.
Mace Mealer ~ Illuminata
Photo by Lucy Pringle
It is a singular attribute
of modern man
that a sense of wonder
the subtle constituents
of curiosity and disbelief.
once these qualities
are satisfactorily resolved,
wonder is itself
one might WONDER
if adequate and appropriate
attention is given
to the process
as well as the object.
Bill Rishel ~ AdvaitaToZen
Silence is the dissolution of all concepts.
Or equally, the 'disillusion' of all concepts.
Else it is not truly Silence.
Manuel Hernandez ~ A Net Of Jewels
The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Understanding confusion means becoming free of it."
"Nothing extraordinary can happen to a consciousness knowing exactly what it
Jan Sultan ~ NondualitySalon
Don't Air Your Attachments In Public
In the nudity of nothingness we are all the same. It's only our attachments
that differentiates us. When you post something or criticize what some one else
has posted you reveal your attachments to others. Most of us are very
transparent. The more we spout the more we reveal our weaknesses. Get rid of
your attachments, don't air them in the public! [I am talking to myself, of
course, as usual.]
PS: Are you provoked easily?
Eric Ashford ~ TrueVision
Bodhi Leaf Saffron
photo by Laurence RansonLookingStepping out into the morning
Emptying my rucksack
Of everything but water and bread for the birds
I walk over the hill and across the valleyWhere the silver lake is as pacific as molten sun.I am as usual looking for the heart.In all directions
I see only myself looking for the heart.
There is nothing to see.
No eyes looking.
Nothing to look at.Only molten sun in a rucksack.Nothing to carry.
No water; No birds.
Emptiness in the Heart.
Eric Parisien ~ NondualitySalon
as the first word comes out,
some idea has been betrayed,
and before it the essence of it betrayed too.
the attempt to spread a series of words
(even when all those betray just one idea)
is as ignoble as the reproduction among mammals:
you never know how many of them will come out
very unsafe too, all these words out there,
that still i deem belong to me;
(which one was a blunder? which other was a slip? and if that other
was too true will i live up to it?)
and nobody is home to take care of the fire
myself is running on hills and in meadows
shouting: this one is my sheep! that one too!
Eric Parisien & Tim Gerchmez ~ NDS
It Takes All Kinds To Make The 'What Is'
[eric] should we so often question our motives or need to communicate, and
enquire about the genuinness of our human exchanges or need often to
keep in the background of our conversations the holy reference to
as if repeatedly questionning if we should live?
[Tim G] From here, genuineness takes care of itself when we aren't even
paying attention. The conversations of last night look pretty
genuine from here. Wherever anyone was coming from, they came from
there without anything getting in the way. There's nothing
preventing it, and even the usual "shoulds" are an _expression of
complete clarity, 'this as is'.
[eric] hi tim,
your are exactly illustrating what happens daily,
one touch further, something realised, a new understanding is born,
Enlightenment - The Open Secret
The secret is to breath in and breath out and not get too caught up in concepts
and words (especially one's own, and especially about nonduality :-).
To remember oneself without words, to be quietly aware of awareness. It is all
an open secret. It always has been. Other than that there are no secrets worth
Love to all
Joyce ~ NDS
A Red Rubber Ball
so much depends
a red rubber
cradled in your
[with apologies and respect to William Carlos Williams]
Gary Merrill ~ ConsciousnessIsAll
The perceiver, the experiencer, is never found apart from the
perception apart from the experience. Likewise the thinker can't be found apart from thought. So I give vent to this in my expressions like 'the perceiever is the perceived'. This doesn't necessarily mean that any such thing exists, like 'perception'. Even if a story is made out about the great perception which happened at the start of time which gave rise to all the perceptions which happen nowadays.
The doer and the done, subject and object, always form some kind of story in time, yet the present has never been in time, has never been old and is never new.
Panhala ~ Joe RileyThe True LoveThere's a faith in loving fiercely the one who is rightfully yours
especially if you have waited years and especially if part of you never
believed you could deserve this loved and beckoning hand held
out to you this way.
I am thinking of faith now and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are worthy of in this world.
Years ago in the Hebrides I remember an old man
who would walk every morning on the gray stones
to the shore of baying seals, who would press his
hat to his chest in the blustering salt wind and say his
prayer to the turbulent Jesus hidden in the waters.
And I think of the story of the storm and the people
waking and seeing the distant, yet familiar figure,
far across the water calling to them.
And how we are all preparing for that abrupt waking
and that calling and that moment when we have to say yes!
Except it will not come so grandly, so biblically,
but more subtly, and intimately in the face
of the one you know you have to love.
So that when we finally step out of the boat
toward them we find, everything holds us,
and everything confirms our courage.
And if you wanted to drown, you could,
But you don't, because finally, after all
this struggle and all these years,
you don't want to anymore.
You've simply had enough of drowning
and you want to live, and you want to love.
And you'll walk across any territory,
and any darkness, however fluid,
and however dangerous to take the one
hand and the one life, you know belongs in yours.~ David Whyte ~... for HT ...
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Steve Toth ~ Awareness-TheWayToLove
THROUGH THE DARKNESS
stupidity & confusion
is the balance I'm looking for
Pain is what life does to you
suffering is what
you do to yourself
Lonely cries think no one will listen
but I hear them all the time
I'm healing you with love
Love is healing you
I was talking with a friend
We told each other
"There's no point
that stays sharp
once it's blown
out of proportion
or you are"
Another friend wrote before he died
"Good-bye Good-bye It
seemed so real"
Knowing nothing makes it easier
to say what's on my mind
Pain you can live with
suffering you can live without
Don't talk of love
show us how
a lover moves
through the darkness
looking for flowers to open
Alan Larus ~ AdyashantiSatsang
Gabriele Ebert ~ RamanaMaharshi
I Pray, Fill My Heart
Once a sannyasi came and stayed in the
Ashram for three weeks. On the last day
he came near Bhagavan and said:
"Swami, I am satisfied in every way with
my stay in the Ashram. Now I pray, fill
my heart." Bhagavan got up and held the
sannyasi's hands. They stood thus for a
long time. Then the sannyasi prostrated
before Bhagavan and said: "Now I am
blessed." With that he departed.
Shantamma In: Ramana Smrti
Kalyaanmitra ~ HarshaSatsangh
Re: [Fwd: [RamanaMaharshi] I Pray, Fill My Heart]
sometimes it is just that touch, that look, that gesture
and the heart is filled
the three knots dissolve
with a smile
the good, the bad, the ugly
Robert O'Hearn ~ AdyashantiSatsang
"The night doesn't complain when the stars appear."