#1897 - Saturday, August 21, 2004
Nondual Highlights Issue #1897 Saturday, August 21, 2004 Editor: Mark
Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And the more you become aware of the unknown self -- if you become aware of it -- the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is. You are a function of this total galaxy, bounded by the Milky Way, and this galaxy is a function of all other galaxies. You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. You look and look, and one day you are going to wake upand say, "Why, that's me!" And in knowing that, you know that you never die. You are the eternal thing that comes and goes, that appears -- now as John Jones, now as Mary Smith, now as Betty Brown -- and so it goes, forever and ever and ever.
- Alan Watts
The inner stillness of a person who truly 'is peace' brings peace to the interconnected web of life, both inner and outer. To stop the war, we need to begin with ourselves.
'Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run; the sword is always beaten by the spirit.' (Napoleon Bonaparte)
This is the purpose of a spiritual discipline and of choosing a path with heart - to discover peace and connectedness in ourselves and to stop the war in us and around us.
- Jack Kornfield from the book, A Path WIth Heart, published by Bantam, posted to DailyDharma
What is spiritual silence? It is not just the absence of talk. Silence has substance. It is the presence of something.
Thomas Merton claims that silence is our admission that we have broken communication with God and are now willing to listen. We can be reduced to silence in times of doubt, uncertainty, nothingness, and awe. When we have exhausted all our human efforts, experience the limitations of human justice, or the finitude of human relationships, we are left with silence. Those who have experienced the sacrament of failure are more likely to know the emptying power of silence.
There is a relationship between outward silence and interior silence. Merton notes that even the overuse of sign language within the material silence of the monastery promotes the busy mind. The more silence becomes part of our lives, the less impulsive we become. We are slowed down. Silence can reconcile the contradictions within us holding them in a healthy tension. Often we can internally watch our first response to a situation. The awareness that comes from a grounding in silence allows us to respond more authentically.
- excerpt from the essay Some Thoughts on Silence by Kathryn Damiano
Two fleas were discussing
the universe and the role
of fur in salvation.
"You canna be saved"
insisted the 1st "without fur".
"That so," said his litter mate.
Both were now trying
desperately & unsuccessfully
to make a living on the back
of a rotund armadillo an
animal distinctly without fur
save for a few wiry nasal hairs.
"All the divine ones have fur,
some thick & rich as dust
like the Great Cat, others
puny and sparse like the
Smooth Skinned Ones who
call themselves human."
"And what does that prove
replied the 2nd flea
"other than these bodies &
worlds we leap to are endless &
varied & it takes faith to make
the leap in the first place?"
"We canna live on faith", said 1st,
"it was our hesitation got us here
on this barren scaly universe where
we're starving, unable make eggs,
doomed, our very blood drying up
inside as we speak."
"But one's never sure," replied the
2nd, "let's leap into the unknown,
to the next green passing leaf
that scratches the side of this
heaving home, let's arc ourselves
into freedom and possibilities."
"Don't mean nothin without fur"
moaned the 1st, "a leaf - ain't even
worth trying. Every flea knows that."
© Zen Oleary, posted to SufiMystic
Your New Age
Is neither new
Nor will it last an age.
You ride a pendulum
On a clock wound
To run for eternity.
Your despair has
Today turned to hope.
Tomorrow it will
Turn back again.
The walls of oppression
You tear down here
Will be rebuilt
The meek shall
Inherit the earth
Then the clever ones
Will take it back from them.
The torture chamber
A disease will
And a new one will
Appear to take its place.
This strikes you
As a bleak vision
But Ram Tzu knows this...
It is your hope for a better future
That keeps you in chains today.
- Ram Tzu
There will be time when winter comes
to sit beside sweet fancy's fire with books,
or weave with penciled words
the fabric of one's life and loves;
to pick among the knotted threads of dreams
for colors that may still be bright,
and so, with backward ranging thoughts
to while away the nights.
when all the flames burn bright,
let loving be the warp, the woof of life,
the binding arms, the thirsting lips,
the final fulfilled sigh...
There will be time enough
when winter comes
for sleeping through the night.
- Irene Dodge
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
- Herbert A. Otto, submitted to truevision by Eric Ashford.
- Photo by Bob O'Hearn, words by Mazie Lane, submitted to AdyashantiSatsang