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      #1797 - Friday, May 14, 2004 - Editor: Gloria Lee

      Highlights Home Page and Archive: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
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      In my heart I am one.

      What is creation,
      Or dissolution?

      What is seeking,
      And the end of seeking?

      Who is the seeker?
      What has he found?

      -Ashtavakra Gita 20:7

      Gill Eardley - Allspirit Inspiration
      When all the false self-identifications are thrown away,
      what remains is all-embracing love.

      Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


      Salt shining behind its glass cylinder.
      Milk in a blue bowl. The yellow linoleum.
      The cat stretching her black body from the pillow.
      The way she makes her curvaceous response to the small, kind gesture.
      Then laps the bowl clean.
      Then wants to go out into the world
      where she leaps lightly and for no apparent reason across the lawn,
      then sits, perfectly still, in the grass.
      I watch her a little while, thinking:
      what more could I do with wild words?
      I stand in the cold kitchen, bowing down to her.
      I stand in the cold kitchen, everything wonderful around me.

      Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems. © Beacon Press

      photo of Jazz, by Gloria Lee


      Along the Way
      Whoever works for God, his work will be
              done by itself.

                      - Neem Karoli Baba
      ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `

              When a man is busy in earnest,
              he is unconscious of his pain.
              I mention this insensibility to pain
              so you may know how much the body
              resembles a garment.
              Go, seek the one who wears it;
              don't kiss a piece of cloth.

                                  - Rumi

      It is better to see God in everything than to try and figure it out.

      -Neem Karoli Baba

      from "The Wisdom of the Hindu Gurus,"

      Warwick Wakefield - HarshaSatsangh
      This afternoon I went to a little
      cafe-bookshop near the beach.
      It was just on sunset and all the white-painted buildings were glowing in
      the soft golden light. I'll post a picture some time.
      I bought a card, (this one) and sat down to drink my coffee.
      Nearby there was a woman feeding two babies who were sitting in a kind of double-barrelled stroller. Their shoes had come off and they were playing with their toes, the way babies do.
      I walked over to their table and asked the mum if I could say hullo to them. She was very happy so I looked at the closest, and made a kind of gurgling sound and the baby engaged with me totally. She smiled, then looked away, and then looked back again, and kept on looking back and smiling and waving her arms.
      The babies were twins, not identical twins, but both girls, and they were seven months old.
      Their mother was a sweet young woman, so in love with her baby daughters and so happy that I had seen with my heart what beautiful souls they are. And she was delighted that her daughter was relaxed and confident and happy, not at all shy, and showering me with smiles. She, the young mother, kept making little surprised sounds,"Oh!" and "Look!", and we kept exchanging glances and smiles and happiness. Oh the happiness! It was a circle of happiness as golden as the evening sun. I kept thinking, "This is simply Grace; nothing one could do would bring such happiness as an entitlement; this is the overflowing generosity of the Divine."
      Much love

      Yarden - Million Paths

      Ken Wilber - Ramana, The Sage of the Century

      I am often asked,"If you were stranded on a desert island and had
      only one book, what would  it be?" The book you are now holding in
      your hands -Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi- is one of the two or three
      I always mention. And the TALKS tops the list in this regard: they
      are the living voice of the greatest sage of this century
      and, arguably, the greatest spiritual realization of this or any time.
      One of the many astonishing things about these TALKS is how
      remarkably unwavering is the tone and style, the voice itself - not in
      the sense that it is fixed and rigid, but rather that it speaks with
      a full-blown maturity from the first word to the last. It is as if -
      no, it is certainly the case that - Ramana's realization came to him
      fully formed - or perhaps we should say, fully formless - and therefore
      it needed no further growth. He simply speaks from and as the
      absolute, the Self, the purest Emptiness that is the goal and ground
      of the entire manifest world, and is not other to that world. Ramana,
      echoing Shankara, used to say:

      The world is illusory;
      Brahaman alone is real;
      Brahaman is the world.

      This profound realization is what separates Ramana's genuine
      enlightenment from today's many pretenders to the throne - deep
      ecology, ecofeminism, Gaia revivals, Goddess worship, ecopsychology,
      systems theory, web-of-life notions - none of which have grasped
      the first two lines, and therefore, contrary to their sweet
      pronouncements, do not really understand the third. And it
      is exactly for all of those who are thus in love merely with the
      manifest world - from capitalists to socialists, from green polluters
      to green peacers, from egocentrics to ecocentrists - that Ramana's
      message needs so desperately to be heard.

      from: The Sage of the Century, in - ONE TASTE by Ken Wilber

      We  first  have  to find the way of freedom from involvement before we
         can introduce freedom in involvement.

                      Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan


      While working in the garden
      I hear a buzz
      like a giant angry bee buzzing my ear
      I look quickly but don't see a thing
      Then I see Sheila is looking too
      We both look in every direction
      It's so loud it must be close
      Until we both look up & see
      A large crow with something
      red in its beak
      followed by two brewer's blackbirds
      It's the blackbirds that are making the buzz
      The red thing is a baby chick
      The crow has raided their nest

      They disappear over our neighbor's shed
      to the south
      but later I hear the buzz again
      & see the crow landing in a tree to the east
      The blackbirds are harassing it still
      like two angry shadows
      The red chick is gone now
      The crow would like to get on with its life
      but the blackbirds won't let go

      The crow takes refuge in our apple tree
      It looks like it's panting
      The blackbirds are silent but still pursuing
      When the crow has rested it takes off
      & one of the blackbirds hits it hard
      knocking it nearly out of the sky
      Almost hitting a cat that is hunting back there
      Almost as if the shot were planned
      The crow recovers before it hits the ground
      & flies west with its furious shadows in tow
      The cat has stopped prowling
      It flinches & ducks
      & follows the birds with its eyes
      You never know what might
      fall out of the sky

      In my life I've played each of these roles
      I've been the bloody chick
      the marauding crow
      the buzzing parents
      even the astounded cat
      To those I hurt I apologize
      I didn't realize
      To those who ate me
      I hope I tasted good

      Steve Toth

      Is total peace.

      When you relax completely, there is total silence.  No thought enters the mind, no problems arise from the body, no memories grip the spirit.  This overwhelming sense of tranquility is really all meditation is about.  The neutral stillness of the mind renews the tired soul, and this is regeneration.

      Even if you don't follow a formal meditation program, it is good to sit quietly for a little while every day.  This form of rest should be as regular as sleeping each day.  If you can sit still and just relax completely, you are actually meditating.  All the various forms of complicated techniques and visualizations exist because people can't bring themselves to this very simple state of relaxation.  Their minds are constantly racing, their bodies are out of balance, and the worries of the day weigh heavily upon them.  They cannot let go, so they need a formal routine to follow.  But if you can simply sit down and empty yourself, you will experience a wonderful silence and a deep, satisfying sense of peace.

      One should try to return to a relaxed state on a regular and periodic basis.  The simple reason for relaxation is that it renews us, purifies us, and leaves us with a profound feeling of serenity.  It is not a ritual.  It is not a religious obligation.  It is a wonderful state away from problems.  In it, we are poised in our natural state.


      365 Tao
      Deng Ming-Dao
      Daily Meditations

      Water Songs
      Nan Rae

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