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      #1719 - Monday/Tuesday, March 1-2, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee
       

      Before the beginningless beginning, prior to the appearance of the first Buddha, already its bright and radiant light shone forth. It illuminates heaven and stands as a perfect mirror on earth, embracing and manifesting all things. The sun, moon, stars, and planets, lightning flashes, thunderclaps; everything without exception receives its benevolent influence.

      - Daito (1282-1334)

       

      If there was something in the air
      If there was something in the wind
      If there was something in the trees or bushes
      That could be pronounced and once was overheard by animals,
      Let this Sacred Knowledge be returned to us again.
      ~ Atharva Veda

       
       

       

      Pursue not the outer entanglements,
      Dwell not in the inner void;
      Be serene in the oneness of things,
      And dualism vanishes by itself.

      From: Manual of Zen Buddhism....by: D.T. Suzuki...page...77

      D. T. Suzuki, c. 1960.
      Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

      The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of
      our being, and to do so in the most direct way possible, without
      resorting to anything external or superadded. Therefore, anything
      that has the semblance of an external authority is rejected by
      Zen. Absolute faith is placed in a man's own inner being. For
      whatever authority there is in Zen, all comes from within. This
      is true in the strictest sense of the word. Even the reasoning
      faculty is not considered final or absolute. On the contrary, it
      hinders the mind from coming into the directest communication
      with itself. The intellect accomplishes its mission when it works
      as an intermediary, and Zen has nothing to do with the
      intermediary except when it desires to communicate itself to
      others. For this reason all the scriptures are merely tentative
      and provisory; there is in them no finality. The central fact of
      life as it is lived is what Zen aims to grasp, and this in the
      most direct and most vital manner. Zen professes itself to be the
      spirit of Buddhism, but in fact it is the spirit of all religions
      and philosophies. When Zen is thoroughly understood, absolute
      peace of mind is attained, and a man lives as he ought to live.
      What more may we hope?

      Some say that as Zen is admittedly a form of mysticism it
      cannot claim to be unique in the history of religion. Perhaps so;
      but Zen is a mysticism of its own order. It is mystical in the
      sense that the sun shines, that the flower blooms, that I hear at
      this moment somebody beating the drum in the street. If these are
      mystical facts, Zen is brim-full of them. When a Zen master was
      once asked what Zen was, he replied, "Your everyday thought". Is
      this not plain and straightforward? It has nothing to do with any
      sectarian spirit. Christians as well as Buddhists can practise
      Zen just as big fish and small fish are both contentedly living
      in the same ocean. Zen is the ocean, Zen is the air, Zen is the
      mountain, Zen is thunder and lightning, the spring flower, summer
      heat, and winter snow; nay, more than that, Zen is the man. With
      all the formalities, conventionalisms, and superadditions that
      Zen has accumulated in its long history, its central fact is very
      much alive. The special merit of Zen lies in this: that we are
      still able to see into this ultimate fact without being biased by
      anything.

      http://www.geocities.com/upakaascetic/zen_intro.html


       
       
      Waking

      Get up from your bed,
      go out from your house,
      follow the path you know so well,
      so well that you now see nothing
      and hear nothing
      unless something can cry loudly to you,
      and for you it seems
      even then
      no cry is louder than yours
      and in your own darkness
      cries have gone unheard
      as long as you can remember.

      These are hard paths we tread
      but they are green
      and lined with leaf mould
      and we must love their contours
      as we love the body branching
      with its veins and tunnels of dark earth.

      I know that sometimes
      your body is hard like a stone
      on a path that storms break over,
      embedded deeply
      into that something that you think is you,
      and you will not move
      while the voice all around
      tears the air
      and fills the sky with jagged light.

      But sometimes unawares
      those sounds seem to descend
      as if kneeling down into you
      and you listen strangely caught
      as the terrible voice moving closer
      halts,
      and in the silence
      now arriving
      whispers

      Get up, I depend
      on you utterly.
      everything you need
      you had
      the moment before
      you were born.
       
      ~ David Whyte ~

       
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      Medieval Mystics

      Meister Eckhart:

      God loves all creatures equally and fills them with His being, and we should lovingly meet all creatures the same way....

      Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God.  Every creature is a word of God.

      If I spent enough time with the tiniest of creatures, even a caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon, so full of God is every creature....

      If every medium were removed between myself and a wall, then I would be at the wall but not in it. But this is not the case with spiritual things, for with them one thing is always in another. That which receives is the same as that which is received, for it receives nothing other than itself. This is difficult. Whoever understands it has been preached to enough.

      Hildegard of Bingen:

      There is no creature that does not have a radiance.

      Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly....

      I welcome every creature of the world with grace....

      Julian of Norwich:

      God's goodness fills all his creatures....

      All creatures of God's creation that can suffer pain suffered with him. The sky and the earth failed at the time of Christ's dying because he, too, was a part of nature....

      Those who have universal love for all their fellow Christians in God have love towards everything that exists....

      Mechtild of Magdelburg

      The truly wise person kneels at the feet of creatures, And is not afraid to endure the mockery of others....

       

       
      A Net of Jewels
      Ramesh S. Balsekar
      http://www.advaita.org


      Understanding Nature is not an intellectual exercise but a direct
      experience in mental silence.  Mental silence does not mean keeping
      the mind dull or empty.  Indeed, wordless contemplation can exist
      coincidentally with thinking when such thinking is witnessed without
      judgment and therefore without involvement.

      ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~

      Thought is absent in seeing things intuitively.  When you perceive
      directly, there is no thinking.  When you think you understand, you
      don't.  You do not think that you are alive, you know that you are
      alive.



       

      Q:You Buddhists are too concerned about ants and bugs.
       
      A:Buddhists strive to develop a compassion that is undiscriminating and all-embracing. They see the world as a unified whole where each thing and creature has its place and function. They believe that before we destroy or upset nature's delicate balance, we should be very careful. Just look at those cultures where emphasis is on exploiting nature to the full, squeezing every last drop out of it without putting anything back, conquering and subduing it. Nature has revolted. The very air is becoming poisoned, the rivers are polluted and dead, so many beautiful animal species are extinct, the slopes of the mountains are barren and eroded. Even the climate is changing. If people were a little less anxious to crush, destroy and kill, this terrible situation may have not arisen. We should all strive to develop a little more respect for life. And this is what the first precept is saying.
       
       

      Thich Nhat Hanh

      I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect

      the lives of people, animals, plants, minerals ...

      -from The Five Wonderful Precepts


      Joan Halifax

      from The Fruitful Darkness

      In zen meditation practice, you face the wall and hope that in this process of yielding you face yourself and realize who and what you really are. The basic impulse in Mahayana Buddhism is proclaimed in the vow to save all beings.  The translation of the vow of the bodhisattva that I first heard  years ago referred to all "sentient" beings: people and perhaps animals. But lately I have chosen to drop the word sentient from the vow when I share it with others.   I no longer think it is relevant....

      I have looked out the eyes of rocks and mountains, and although I know the psyche yearns to give the world a soul, I am not totally convinced that there is not a kind of awareness in the mineral and plant world. In any case, I don't forget the advice of Nan Yan Huichung when he said that we should  not hinder any being who hears deeply. When I drop into the stream of existence in a finely tuned way in the course of practice or ritual process, I discover how excluding is the worldview of the West, and I do not want to hinder that which hears the subtler voices of the Earth.


      I am the dust in the sunlight, I am the ball of the sun . . .  

      I am the mist of morning,  the breath of evening . . . .
      I am the spark in the stone, the gleam of gold in the
      metal . . . .
      The rose and the nightingale drunk with its fragrance.

      I am the chain of being, the circle of the spheres,
      The scale of creation, the rise and the fall.
      I am what is and is not . . .

      I am the soul in all.

      ~Rumi


      Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi

      There's a strange frenzy in my head, of birds flying, each particle circulating on its own. Is the one I love everywhere?
      (The Essential Rumi, p. 4)

      Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes, in the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self, or things that have happened to you. There's no need to go outside. Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
      (The Essential Rumi, p. 13)

      What do we mean by saying that God is not in heaven? We do not mean that He is not in heaven, but that heaven cannot encompass Him. He encompasses heaven. He has an ineffable connection with heaven just as He has an ineffable connection with you. Everything is in His omnipotent hands; everything is a manifestation of Him and subject to His control. So, He is not outside the heavens and the universe but is not totally inside them either, that is, they do not encompass Him but He encompasses them totally.

      Someone asked where God was before the earth, skies, and Divine Throne existed. We said that the question was invalid from the outset because God is by definition that which has no place.
      (Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, p. 221)

      All creatures, day and night, make manifestation of God. Some of them know what they are doing and are aware of their manifesting, while others are unaware. However it may be, God's manifestation is confirmed.
      (Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, p. 184)

      Moses said, "O Lord, are you close enough for me to whisper in your ear or so distant that I should shout?" And God said, "I am behind you, before you, at your right and your left. O Moses, I am sitting next to my servant whenever he remembers me, and I am with him when he calls me."
      (Signs of the Unseen: The Discourses of Jalaluddin Rumi, Footnote 209, p. 193)

      All pictured forms are reflections in the water of the stream; when you rub your eyes, indeed, all are He.
      (The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 43)

      The unique God has manifested His sign in the six directions to those with illuminated eyes. Whatever animal or plant they behold, they contemplate the gardens of divine Beauty. That is why He said to them, Wheresoever you turn, there is His Face (Koran 2:115).
      (The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 306)

      All of these are symbols -- I mean that the other world keeps coming into this world. Like cream hidden in the soul of milk, No-place keeps coming into place. Like intellect concealed in blood and skin, the Traceless keeps entering into traces. And from beyond the intellect, beautiful Love comes dragging its skirts, a cup of wine in its hand. And from beyond Love, that indescribable One who can only be called That keeps coming.
      (The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 197)

      The earth has the external shape of dust, but inside are the luminous Attributes of God. It's outward has fallen into war with its inward; its inward is like a pearl and its outward a stone. Its outward says, "I am this and no more." Its inward says, "Look well, before and behind!" Its outward denies, saying, "The inward is nothing." The inward says, "We will show you. Wait!"
      (The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi, p. 21)

      Praise to the emptiness that blanks out existence. Existence: this place made from our love for that emptiness! Yet somehow comes emptiness, this existence goes. Praise to that happening, over and over! (The Essential Rumi, p. 21)


      When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, "This is certainly not like we thought it was!"
      (The Essential Rumi, p. 168)

      http://www.digiserve.com/mystic/Muslim/index.html


      The Tao of Heaven operates mysteriously and secretly ; it has no fixed shape; it follows no definite rules; it is so great that you can never come to the end of it, it is so deep that you can never fathom it.

      ~The Huai Nau Tzu

      In Taoism the central idea is relationship. We cannot approach nature as a thing to be mastered but as a partner in a relationship. The goal is to become a natural part of the original order. The way to discover that original order is to turn to nature.

      Early Taoist philosophers left the cities to learn from nature and primitive people living in remote mountain villages. They hoped to eventually bring human civilization into the natural order.

      In Taoism Nature is taken to be infinitely wise, infinitely complex, and infinitely irrational. One must take a yielding stance and abandon all intellectual preconceptions. The goal is wu wei, doing nothing contrary to nature. Nature does not need to be perfected or improved. It is we who need to change; we need to come into accord.

      Taoists rejected all dichotomies, even the most fundamental one of being versus non-being, for both come from the same source, the deep and the profound. The goal of Taoism is to attain that which precedes duality. The only way to discover this original source is to observe nature. During peak experiences in nature, the deep meets the deep.

      The Tao is a divine chaos, not a random accident. It is fertile, undifferentiated, and teeming with unrealized creation. It is the mother of everything in nature; it is a great darkness that operates spontaneously to give birth and life to all things.

      Taoists seek not to be saved or to win, but rather to return to the original source of the Ten Thousand Things. They see creation not as a single event, but an ongoing process that has no beginning and no end. Its divine play is taking place right here and right now. The wise person becomes like an animal or a child, participating joyfully in the profoundly irrational order. He or she learns to trust the chaos.


       

      "The Sower" by Vincent Van Gogh (image at www.seismographpoetry.com/ poetrymain.html)

      The Wish to Be Generous

      All that I serve will die, all my delights,
      the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field,
      the silent lilies standing in the woods,
      the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all
      will burn in man's evil, or dwindle
      in its own age. Let the world bring on me
      the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know
      my little light taken from me into the seed
      of the beginning and the end, so I may bow
      to mystery, and take my stand on the earth
      like a tree in a field, passing without haste
      or regret toward what will be, my life
      a patient willing descent into the grass.

      ~Wendell Berry


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