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#2233 - Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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  • Gloria Lee
    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nondual Highlights Issue #2233, Wednesday, August 17, 2005 This
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 18 7:13 AM

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

      Nondual Highlights Issue #2233, Wednesday, August 17, 2005

      This issue was created by Mark Otter, while in the midst of moving and starting a new job. Switching email accounts in yahoo is likely the least of his many chores. Jerry and I greatly appreciate his dedication. -Gloria

      Practice hearing the voices in your head without
      becoming involved and without judgment.
      And take it on faith that any Voice, internal or
      external, that is telling you that
      Is not the voice of your Heart, God, or True Nature.

      - Cheri Huber, from the book, There is Nothing Wrong With You, published by Keep It Simple Books, posted to DailyDharma

      The man of understanding who has lost
      his identity as a separate individual remains
      identified with pure, infinite Consciousness
      while he continues to live out
      his life as an ordinary person in the world,
      knowing full well, however, that it is all
      an illusion.

      - Ramesh S. Balsekar, A Net of Jewels, Advaita Press, 1966, posted to AlongThe Way

      The world of Absolute Reality,
      onto which your mind has
      projected a world of relative unreality
      is independent of yourself, for
      the very simple reason that it is yourself.

      Examine the motion of change
      and you will see. What can change
      while you do not change, can be
      said to be independent of you.
      But what is changeless must be one
      with whatever else is changeless.

      The main objective to grasp is
      that you have projected onto
      yourself a world of your own
      imagination, based on memories,
      on desires and fears, and that you
      have imprisoned yourself in it.
      Break the spell and be free.

      You are universal. You need not and you
      cannot become what you are already.
      Only cease imagining yourself to be
      the particular. What comes and goes
      has no being. It owes its very
      appearance to reality. You know that
      there is a world, but does the world
      know you? All knowledge flows from
      you, as all being and all joy. Realize
      that you are the eternal source and
      accept all as your own.
      Such acceptance is true love.

      Having never left the house you are asking
      for the way home. Get rid of wrong ideas, that is all.
      Collecting right ideas also will take you nowhere.
      Just cease imagining.

      Don't you understand?! Enough if you do not
      misunderstand. Don't rely on your mind for
      liberation. It is the mind that brought you to
      bondage. Go beyond it altogether.
      What is beginningless cannot have a cause.
      It is not that you knew what you are and
      then you have forgotten. Once you know,
      you cannot forget.

      Don't ask the mind to confirm what is beyond the mind.
      Direct experience is the only valid confirmation.

      - Nisargadatta, posted to JustThis

      The Open Window

      God is the Lord,
      who gave such beauty to Joseph
      that his face like lakewater
      with white clouds in it
      bloomed with light.

      Joseph and Moses received God's light,
      Joseph the light of beauty,
      Moses the light of knowing.

      In the midnight of this world,
      Moses could see everything.

      His face shot forth such a powerful beam
      that he asked God for a veil,
      so that others would not be blinded,
      as adders are said to be
      by the glint of an emerald.

      He asked God for a feedbag
      to fit over his face!

      "Make one out of your felt robe.
      That fabric is used to being permeated
      with our light. It can stand the intensity."

      The bodies of holy men and women have the ability
      to endure the unconditional light
      that can tear mountain ranges to pieces.

      In a lamp niche there is a glass lamp,
      and in that there is a light,
      which nothing can hold.

      Muhammed related that God said, "I am not in
      the atmosphere, or in the void of space,
      or in the most brilliant intelligences.
      I live more clearly and brightly
      as a guest in a humble worker's heart.

      There I am, without qualification, or
      definition, or description. I am there,
      in that person's loving, so that my qualities
      and powers can flow out into everything else.

      In such a mirror, time and matter
      can bear my beauty. Such a person is
      a vast mirror, within which, every "second",
      fifty wedding banquets appear!

      Don't ask me to describe it!"

      The gist of this is that Moses could make a veil
      because he knew God's penetrating power well.

      His covering was a glory,
      as a devoted person's face glows
      with the guest, as a mystic
      in ecstasy shines.

      Fire can be stirred from embers,
      because the embers already "know" the fire.

      Safura, Moses' wife and the daughter of Shu'ayb,
      loved God's light and the true guidance so much
      that she sacrificed her eyesight.

      She closed one eye and beheld the uncovered light
      of Moses with the other. That eye was lost.
      Then, she couldn't help herself!
      She opened the other eye and spent it too.
      Just as a spiritual warrior at first will give away
      loaves of bread, and then his life.

      Safura began to weep. "Are you grieving,"
      asked a woman friend, "because you've lost
      the beautiful jonquils of your eyes?"

      "No, I'm crying that I don't have
      a thousand more eyes to lavish on Moses.

      My windows have been demolished by the moon,
      but this ruin has no regrets, no memory even
      of what the porch looked like, or the roof."

      The light of Joseph's face, when he passed by a house,
      would filter through the lattice and make a radiance
      on the wall. People would notice and say,
      "Joseph must be taking a walk."

      It's fortunate to have a window that faces
      that way! Open it up and stay in the opening,
      so you can have more delight in Joseph.

      The work of love is to open that window
      in the chest and to look incessantly
      on the Beloved. You can do this.

      Listen. Make a way for yourself
      inside your self. Stop looking
      in the other way of looking.

      You already have the precious mixture
      that will make you well. Use it.

      Old enemies will become friends.
      Your beauty will be God's beauty.

      Your friendlessness will change to moisture
      and nourishment for your friends.

      It's not a kingdom like any you know,
      the kingdom of God that's within you,
      but hundreds of thousands of kingdoms.

      God gave Joseph the kingdom of beauty
      and the kingdom of dream interpretation.
      He didn't have to be taught that science.

      The kingdom of physical beauty led him to jail:
      the episode with Potiphar's wife.

      But the kingdom of dream interpretation
      gave him power greater than Pharoah's,
      a stately mystery and depth like
      Saturn with its rings.

      - Rumi, Mathnawi, VI, 3055-3105, Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion, Coleman Barks, posted to MillionPaths

      Quote from Huang Po:

      The Enlightened man is capable of perceiving both unity and
      multiplicity without the least contradiction between them!

      - posted to The_Now2

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