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#1615 - Thursday, November 13, 2003 - Editor: Jerry

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    #1615 - Thursday, November 13, 2003 - Editor: Jerry Sam Pasiencier, Nonduality Salon list member on vacation. ... Joyce Spiritual Friends Something simple...
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      #1615 - Thursday, November 13, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
      Sam Pasiencier, Nonduality Salon list member on vacation.

      Spiritual Friends
      Something simple...

      "My uncle Alex Vonnegut taught me something very important. He said
      that when things are going really well we should be sure to notice
      it. He was talking about simple occasions, not great victories: maybe
      drinking lemonade on a hot afternoon in the shade, or smelling the
      aroma of a nearby bakery, or fishing and not caring if we catch
      anything, or hearing somebody all alone playing a piano really well
      in the house next door. Uncle Alex urged me to say this out loud
      during such epiphanies: `If this isn't nice, what is?'"

      ~ Kurt Vonnegut ~

      Gill Eardley
      There are two kinds of intelligence.
      One is like that acquired by a child at school,
      from books and teachers, new ideas and memorization.
      Your intelligence may become superior to others,
      but retaining all that knowledge is a heavy load.
      You who are occupied in searching for knowledge
      are a preserving tablet,
      but the preserved tablet is the one who has gone beyond all this.
      For the other kind of intelligence is the gift of God:
      its fountain is in the midst of the soul.
      When the water of God-given knowledge gushes from the breast,
      it doesn't become fetid or impure.
      And if its way to the outside is blocked, what harm is there?
      For it gushes continually from the house of the heart.
      The acquired intelligence is like the conduits
      which run into the house from the streets:
      If those pipes become blocked, the house is bereft of water.
      Seek the fountain from within yourself.

      ~Rumi, Mathnawi  IV, 1960-68
      Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski

      Maybe 20 years ago
      my father visited me
      in my apartment in Las Vegas.

      My father and I
      were sitting on the couch.

      My father was looking at
      the books on my bookshelf.

      He noticed the four volumes of
      the Encyclopedia of Philosophy
      were not in the usual order
      of 1,2,3,4
      but were in some other order
      such as 3,1,4,2.

      My father said those books are out of order.

      I said to my father:

      Actually, after you have read those books,
      that is the best you can do.

      Take care,

      with Love,

      Michael L.
      Nonduality Salon

      Daily Dharma
      "Another powerful method of healing in Tibetan Buddhism is to
      meditate on the teachings known as thought transformation.
      These methods allow a person to see the problem or sickness
      as something positive rather than negative. A problem is only
      a problem if we label it a problem. If we look at a problem
      differently, we can see it as an opportunity to grow or to
      practice, and regard it as something positive. We can think
      that having this problem now ripens our previous karma, which
      does not then have to be experienced in the future. If
      someone gets angry at us, we can choose to be angry in return
      or to be thankful to them for giving us the chance to
      practice patience and purify this particular karma. It takes
      a lot of practice to master these methods, but it can be

      "It is our concepts, which often bring the greatest suffering
      and fear. For example, due to a set of signs and symptoms,
      the doctor gives the label 'AIDS' or 'cancer'. This can cause
      great distress in a person's mind, because they forget that
      it is only a label, that there is no truly existent,
      permanent AIDS or cancer. 'Death' is another label that can
      generate a lot of fear. But in reality 'death' is only a
      label for what happens when the consciousness separates from
      the body, and there is no real death from its own side. This
      also relates to our concept of 'I' and of all other
      phenomena. They are all just labels and have no true,
      independent existence."
      ~Ven. Pende Hawter

      From the web site, "The Karuna Hospice Service,"
      compiled by Ven. Pende Hawter,

      "You are plagued with problems. Why?"

      "I am only a man, Don Juan."

      "You think about yourself too much. And that gives you a strange fatigue that makes you shut off the world around you and cling to your arguments. Therefore, all you have is problems. I'm only a man too, but I don't mean that the way you do."

      "How do you mean it?"

      "I've vanquished my problems. Too bad my life is so short that I can't grab onto all the things I would like to. But that's not an issue; it's only a pity."

      from A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda


      from Haiku Enlightenment, by Gabriel Rosenstock
      Creation is presence - and absence too …
        Autumn - I look at the moon
        without a child
        on my knee
        They've cut down the willow -
         the kingfishers
         don't come anymore
          (Trans. Burton Watson)
      It is meeting, and parting …
        I have got to know
        the scarecrow
        but now we must part
      It is music older than time … It is not any one thing, but many things
      together in strange harmonic fusion which the haikuist intuits, 'the
      music of things that happen', as we read in classical Irish legend:
        night disappears
        behind the mountain -
        deer's bellowing
      It is fierce …
        the autumn squall
        blows the eagle
        over the edge of the crag
      It is gentle …

        mist about the grass,
        rain silent,
        evening calm

      It is holy …

         putting his hands together -
         reciting a poem

      Hopeful, graceful, determined …

         wet morning
         an uplifted skirt glides
         through tall brush
      It can be found everywhere … We should note what Mircea Eliade says in
      his Diary:
      'In his book, Zen in Japanese Art, Hasumi noticed that art represents
      the way to the Absolute. Tea ceremony, as well as the other "ways" (do)
      - painting, poetry, ikebana, calligraphy, archery - form a spiritual
      technique, as its aim is obtaining "the Nirvana experience" in everyday
      Good! Haiku is part of everyday life. Nothing, apart from a little
      notebook, distinguishes the haikuist from anybody else you may pass on
      the street. He or she may have had a Nirvana experience that morning -
      or is about to have one now, this instant! But no alarms are going of;
      there is nothing untoward. Everything is normal.
      Many non-haikuists can show us, in the immediacy of their engagement
      with Nature, what joy awaits us on the haiku path. Environmentalist and
      primate specialist Jane Goodall is a fine witness to these experiences:
      ' … the air was filled with a feathered symphony, the evensong of birds
      …' This is a typical, passive activity among haikuists, to listen to
      birdsong. With time, the ability to listen increases naturally and the
      concomitant pleasure. Goodall continues: 'I heard new frequencies in
      their music and also in the singing insects' voices - notes so high and
      sweet I was amazed.' This is what can happen on the haiku path. It is
      not magical or exceptional in any way. It is perfectly natural. And she
      says: 'Never had I been so intensely aware of the shape, the colour of
      individual leaves, the varied patterns of the veins that made each one
      unique. Scents were clear as well, easily identifiable: fermenting,
      overripe fruit; waterlogged earth; cold, wet bark, the damp odour of
      chimpanzee hair …' (Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey, Warner,

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