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    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nondual Highlights Issue #2051 Sunday, February 6, 2005 Editor: Mark
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      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nondual Highlights Issue #2051 Sunday, February 6, 2005 Editor: Mark

      - Editor's note: I want to thank you all for being supportive of my efforts, even when I'm sometimes a bit of a jackass. Thanks!

      The transfiguration of matter occurs through wonder.

      - James Hillman, posted to AlphaWorld

      All around you there is an incredibly fine Mist.
      This Mist is absolutely invisible
      for it is Undifferentiated Unconsciousness.
      It is like an Invisible Ocean of Nothingness
      filled with the Pure Energy of Bliss.
      This Void of Pure Energy is the Womb of Creation.

      Small Disturbances occur in this Pure Energy
      and these first Stirrings
      are the Eddy Currents of Differentiation.
      Differentiation means Individualities
      and Individualities are Spores of Awareness.

      These Spores of Awareness are but Sensitive Atoms
      and many billions cling together for Company.
      Slowly more and more Disturbances
      gather Speed... Power... Mass... and Awareness
      and before we know what is really happening
      the first primitive Thoughts are born.

      These Thoughts turn into Points of Light
      and by an innate Ability they sense
      that they all spring forth from the same Source
      but have diverse Disturbances and Characteristics.
      Their Individualities are Unlimited.

      These Points of Light or Centers of Awareness
      slowly increase and they become consciously aware
      that this Invisible Mist of Unconsciousness
      is the undisputable Source
      of their Unique and Individual Existence.
      The First Godbeings of the Universe are born.

      By the Experiences they enjoy and endure
      they grow in Awareness.
      They gather Knowledge and Wisdom.
      They become aware that they are the Consciousness
      of the Unconscious Creator they represent.

      Billions of Beings gather together
      for their Disturbances or Vibrations are similar.
      They form Groups and Societies
      and they start to explore the Usefulness
      of this Incredible Void of Pure Energy.

      They work upon it with their Awareness called Mind
      and they discover that they can create anything.
      Galaxies... Planets... and Worlds are created
      and out of Sheer Exuberance and Enjoyment
      they begin to live in Bodies
      which they create out of the Dust of their Worlds.


      - posted to CosmicCookies

      Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course.
      Then your mind will become still in any surroundings. Like a
      clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will
      come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the
      nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful
      things come and go, but you will be still. This is the
      happiness of the Buddha.

      - Achaan Chah from the book, A Still Forest Pool, edited by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breitner, published by Theosophical Publishing House, posted to DailyDharma

      Question: No doubt the method taught by Bhagavan is direct. But it is so difficult. We do not know how to begin it. If we go on asking, `Who am I?, who am I?' like a japa (repetition of the name of God) or a mantra, it becomes dull. In other methods there is something preliminary and positive with which one can begin and then go step by step. But in Bhagavan's method, there is no such thing, and to seek the Self at once, though direct, is difficult.

      Sri Ramana Maharshi: You yourself concede it is the direct method. It is the direct and easy method. When going after other things that are alien to us is so easy, how can it be difficult for one to go to one's own Self? You talk of where to begin? There is no beginning and no end. You are yourself in the beginning and the end. If you are here and the Self somewhere else, and you have to reach that Self, you may be told how to start, how to travel and then how to reach.

      Suppose you who are now in Ramanasramam ask, `I want to go to Ramanasramam. How shall I start and how to reach it?', what is one to say? A man's search for the Self is like that. He is always the Self and nothing else.

      You say `Who am I?' becomes a japa. It is not meant that you should go on asking `Who am I?' In that case, thought will not so easily die. In the direct method, as you call it, in asking yourself `Who am I?', you are told to concentrate within yourself where the `I'- thought, the root of all other thoughts, arise. As the Self is not outside but inside you, you are asked to dive within, instead of going without. What can be more easy than going to yourself?

      But the fact remains that to some this method will seem difficult and will not appeal. That is why so many different methods have been taught. Each of them will appeal to some as the best and easiest. That is according to their Pakva or fitness. But to some, nothing except the Vichara Marga (the path of enquiry) will appeal. They will ask, `You want me to know or to see this or that. But who is the knower, the seer?' Whatever other method may be chosen, there will be always a doer. That cannot be escaped. One must find out who the doer is. Till then, the Sadhana (spiritual practice) cannot be ended. So eventually all must come to find out `Who am I?'

      You complain that there is nothing preliminary or positive to start with. You have the `I' to start with. You know you exist always, whereas the body does not exist always, for example in sleep. Sleep reveals that you exist even without a body. We identify the `I' with the body, we regard the Self as having a body, and as having limits, and hence all our trouble.

      All that we have to do is to give up identifying the Self with the body, with forms and limits, and then we shall know ourselves as the Self that we always are.

      - Ramana Maharshi, from Be As You Are, edited by David Godman and posted to MillionPaths

      Love Untitled 43

      This longing sluices through me,
      flushes me, trails my insides
      across the street, down drains,

      through sewer lines,
      still screaming for you.

      My mind rips from my skull
      and I spit dreams and images
      and words and terrors that

      flee out of my eyes in a hunt for you.
      I am colonized by these thoughts

      camping within me. They’ve built
      cities of verbs, towers of nouns,
      fountains of prepositions, whole

      subway systems that snake underground
      and rumble the feet of the day.

      I am creating my own weather with
      this electricity that flows between us,
      whooshes of cirrus clouds that

      write your name in the sky, great
      thunderheads that roar your voice,

      ice crystals that birth lightning
      when you’re away.
      Catch me as I fall in the floodwaters,

      stumble over the debris of old fears
      and call out your name.

      © Zen Oleary, February 5, 2005, posted to SufiMystic

      The Human Route

      Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed ... that is human.
      When you are born, where do you come from?
      When you die, where do you go?
      Life is like a floating cloud which appears.
      Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
      The floating cloud itself originally does not exist.
      Life and death, coming and going, are also like that.
      But there is one thing which always remains clear.
      It is pure and clear, not depending on life and death.

      Then what is the one pure and clear thing?

      - Zen Master Seung Sahn, from Soen-sa-nim, posted to SufiMystic

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