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  • Mark Otter
    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nondual Highlights Issue #1886 Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Editor: Mark
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2004

      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nondual Highlights Issue #1886 Tuesday, August 10, 2004 Editor: Mark


      As evening comes

      With a hundred swans above
      at least, and geese
      not knowing where to sleep

      When everyone with wings
      emerges from the ground

      Mosquitoes and the ants,
      small flies and everyone
      with long legs

      Come hovering in pairs
      until the sun goes down

      Then suddenly they're gone
      leaving an empty space

      Where passing my right ear
      this is a bumble bee
      on his night flight home

      And he says; Hey!
      Sleepwalking one
      I'm leaving you alone

      A few steps further down
      between the lambs and sheep

      You will rise the question who
      is talking in the stream

      Who's resting in the moors,
      the mountains and the sea,

      Who keeps the mighty light
      in darkness of the night

      If it's not to late
      reach for the pebble beach

      If it's not to soon
      it is told by the moon

      My love, because there is no token
      come listen carefully

      My love is silently,
      inside this symphony

      My Love, how can it be broken
      when it is only me.


      - Poem and images by Al Larus on AdyashantiSatsang

      Sickness, in and of itself, is not a problem. It's our attachment to it - or to health - that gives us pain. And, given the definitions I found for the word 'nonattachment,' it's no wonder we have misguided notions about it. According to Webster, the term means: 'Indifference, separation, aloofness, isolation and quiet.' But, according to the Buddhist point of view, nonattachment is exactly the opposite of separation. You need two things in order to have attachment: the thing you're attaching to, and the person who's attaching. In nonattachment, on the other hand, there's unity. There's unity because there's nothing to attach to. If you have unified with the whole universe, there's nothing outside of you, so the notion of attachment becomes absurd. Who will attach to what?

      - John Daido Loori, Roshi, posted to Daily Dharma

      Where there is pain, the cure will come;
      where the land is low, water will run.
      If you want the water of mercy, go, become low!
      Then drink mercy's wine and become drunk

      - Rumi from Mathnavi II 1939-40), translation by William C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love, State Univ. of New York Press, Albany, 1983, posted to Sunlight


      Open me like a book
      & read what your heart desires
      We're moving the spirit in the dark
      homesick for somewhere
      that doesn't exist
      You make me forget
      the name I call myself
      We aren't wooden soldiers
      but we can still catch fire
      When I see how
      you do a dance
      I want you to do me too

      If you want your eyes opened
      you'll first have to close them
      So many lonely people
      trying to hide their fires
      from the wind & rain
      We put our candles in the window
      where everyone can see
      When our candles burn down
      we become the flames together
      so the light won't die
      People say you're using me
      I hope it's true

      There's so much love
      that needs making
      everywhere we turn
      When I'm feeling no pain
      what else can't I feel?
      Our colors bleed together
      We spend the night
      trying to buy a dream
      we won't forget
      before we can write it down
      Is it safe reading poetry this closely?
      No it's not
      That's why we do it

      - Steve Toth on SufiMystic

      Question Contains the Answer by N. Balarama Reddiar

      The answer is contained in the question itself, for the answer is always the ever-existing Self and the question is only a modulation of it." This remarkable saying of Sri Bhagavan finds an apt illustration in the following instance.

      One of our old devotees, the late Sri. A. Bose, lost his only son, a bright boy of twenty. Upset very much by this loss he had a private interview with Bhagavan, which was arranged during His resting time between twelve and two in the afternoon. At one stage in the interview he asked Bhagavan in what appeared a challenging mood, "What is God?". For such a long-standing devotee, the question seemed incongruous!

      Bhagavan kept silent for a while and then gently said, "Your question itself contains the answer: What is, (is) God." This illuminating answer was amazingly the question itself! One should note here that it is not merely a clever or well thought-out answer. That may be so in the case of ordinary men. A Jnani’s utterances are free from the intermediary action of the mind, which colors and often distorts the truth. In the case of the seers, it is said ‘sense follows speech.’ Also, Bhagavan’s silence before answering the question was evidently meant to prepare the questioner to receive the full impact of the answer.

      - Contributed by Viorica Weissman to MillionPaths

      What is so special about this time and this this place
      in human history? Look not to the tragedies only,
      but to where all seems to be well. The human eye
      is taught to see the darkness and to make extraordinary
      honoring of 'what is wrong'. Yes, most certainly.
      But let it also be known what is so very right.

      "Very well," you say, "but how does one do that?
      Where does one look to find all right?"
      Begin with yourselves. Take inventory, but not
      as you have done in your lives, not to find
      where more is needed or less has seemed to become
      essential. But look to where, at this moment, all is well.
      Dare to do that. And when your eyes have become
      accustomed the the Light, then allow your gaze
      to wander to further places and different circumstances.

      This is not a call to New Age Pollyannaism.
      It is a call to balance.

      - Emmanuel


      Let it be known that restoring your world
      to its perfection and safety will require much
      more than mountains of weapons or the buttressing
      of ramparts. The remedy is much more forceful
      than these and belongs to each and every one of you.

      You must hold the enormous courage to live with an
      open and loving heart. Until that comes to pass,
      you will walk in a density unknown up to now.
      Live the truth of who You are.

      - Also Emmanuel

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