#2060 - Saturday, February 19, 2005
- Editor: Gloria
The longer I worked the more certain I
felt that as improbable as it might seem, there were moments when an individual
conscience was all that could keep a world from falling.
-- Arthur Miller,
while writing "The Crucible"
We first Americans mingle with our pride
an exceptional humility.
Spiritual arrogance is foreign to our nature and
teaching. We never
claimed that the power of articulate speech is proof of
over "dumb creation"; on the other hand, it is to us a perilous
We believe profoundly in silence - the sign of a perfect
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and
those who can preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by
storms of existence - not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not
ripple upon the shining pool - those, in the mind of the person of
possess the ideal attitude and conduct of life.
of the Spirit
The Wisdom of the Native Americans
MillionPaths by Viorica Weissman
"Being charmed by a cricket's
which is singing in the empty mountain,
I looked to the sky
My changeable mind slips away in front of your bright
that is predestined to be bound with me.
There is neither you nor
only a fascinated soul in the great light.
A meteor sends messages over
the Milky Way sometimes.
I can feel an old gratitude, an old love in my
in my thoughts, without remorse.
This night, so many stars
gather the trifles of the world,
hold the great Dharma assembly of the
of Compassionate Action.
Listening to the Bodhisatva's subtle
I was fascinated all night long.
I almost became
Because sentient beings are countless,
the abundant light of
the empty Void exists as the Absolute,
who sings of the night.
Only a few
speak for it.
Now I can understand."
From the book,
"Living Peace," published by Iris International
posted to Daily
Dharma by W. Kelly
SAM'S "VERMEER" photo
I made a deal with Rebecca that I would
wait for her in the coffee shop downstairs at the National Gallery when I got
too tired to soak up any more art..
A sudden flash of sunlight created this
one ... I like it..
It is not touched up... the sun did it
all by itself...
Love from Sam
From 'Living Presence - A Sufi Way to
Mindfulness & the Essential Self'
by Kabir Edmund
Simone Weil said: "We must not wish for the
of our troubles but the grace to transform them." Often when
we wish our troubles would disappear, we are ignoring what
in ourselves. We are confused between changing
the outer circumstances,
which may not be to our liking, and the
way that we relate to them.
Identified with circumstances and
conditions, we may fall into resentment
and think we must change
the facts, when what we need to change is
If we could see the arising of all events as opportunities to
and develop the qualities in ourselves, would we live in resentment
toward what arises in each moment? With a center of gravity in
a "yes" arises-the yes of recognition, rather than the no
Difficulty is first recognized, even before it is trans-
becomes a reminder that we can tap the infinite
qualities of the Creative
Through learning to participate in a certain dialog with this
an inner conversation that is both specific and spontaneous-we call
upon the qualities we need to live fully, and we activate these qualities
in ourselves: solidarity, courage, forgiveness, patience, or whatever is
required. Every problem calls forth qualities from the treasury within
us. Accepting more responsibility and challenges brings a greater
How often we think that if only we didn't have these
would be free to relax and enjoy life! Meanwhile we are filled
the ordinary psychological toxins: self-pity, resentment, anger, fear,
guilt, envy, and jealousy. We must convince the intellectual Mind
stupidity and futility of these things and put in their place the
attributes of humbleness, gratitude, love, courage,
generosity, trust, and faith. We must do this in the
workshop of the
intellectual mind until it is quite clearly convinced,
when the work will be
shifted to the subconscious, superconscious
mind. This is
"And what is it to work with love?
is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from our heart,
even as if your
beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest
with joy, even as if your
beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion
with a breath
of your own spirit, and to know that all the blessed
are standing about you and watching."
~ Kahlil Gibran
"Work is love made visible.
you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you
should leave your work and sit
at the gate of the temple and take alms
those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference,
bake a bitter bread that feeds
but half man's hunger.
And if you
grudge the crushing of the grapes,
your grudge distils a poison in the
And if you sing though as angels,
and love not the singing, you
muffle man's ears
to the voices of the day
and the voices of the
~ Kahlil Gibran
posted to nondualnow by Mazie