Upcoming events of interest:
For all those interested in Dzogchen, a special event in Ottawa, May 2000 -
I am writing this for two reasons. First, the organizers of this event
have expressed their gratitude for bringing this event to more people's
awareness (Jerry has a link on his homepage). Secondly, as I will be
attending, I wondered if anyone else from this community will also be
Dear Everyone. Welcome Newcomers.
I have only just begun to read the Highlights since my
computer-free vacation began 12 days ago. It's good to be
back in your arms and, believe me, having just spent time
with Gene, Judi, and Christiana, I know what that literally
feels like. Our time together was magical. I hope there
will be more such gatherings.
I wish Petros and I had more time together. An hour lunch
isn't enough. Petros is intense and deeply committed. He's
gracious, personable, stylish, and crazy in a good way.
Gene Poole is a reservoir of lessons and knowledge. His
depth I barely came to know. He is larger than life. He is
Gurdjieffian, graspable and mysterious at once. He is a
world teacher who gave me new ways of perceiving. He is
easy to be open with. One can melt into him. His fried egg
sandwiches are to die for.
I found Judi warm, funny and intelligent. She is quiet and
receptive, listening carefully. Her eyes are bright and
dance with life. What eyes! I said, upon meeting her. The
Judi I met is nothing like the online Judi some have
grappled with, yet I know that the online Judi comes not
from contrivance or personality but from natural giving from
one sister to another, or to a brother. She speaks as
though to family, in that rough truthful way. I met Judi's
precocious, shining, enlightened daughter Meriann, and
Judi's son Danny and his wife Heather and the future Smiling
Saviour, Diego Cool, their son, Judi's Grandson.
Christiana is a loving presence. Her touch is literally
healing. It has to be experienced. I am privileged to know
the person behind articulate, carefully composed posts, and
she is a person of warmth and sensitivity whom I hope all of
you have the chance to meet.
Thank you, Enlightened Ones.
Now I know why people come back to the Salon after having
been away. Coming back to the Salon and HarshaSatsangh, I
clearly detect the presence of Self. Everyone is steeped in
That. What places. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Annie and Skye:
annie: I actually think that what you say is in total
accord with my own ideas. I do think that there is no
choice (but only from the point of view of the body/mind
of the Annie that is currently on this planet, through
which awareness is being aware). What do you think?
skye: "thru which awareness is being aware" yes, but in
its dream of creation, all that is it did not leave its
children at the mercy of their past fears, neurosis or
limited belief systems unless they so choose. For a spark
of the same freedom as "all that is" - primary awareness -
permeates all its creations. This is the miracle of
ourselves, personality is given the greatest gift of all,
you get exactly what you want to get. Skye creates her own
self determining experience from no thing, with the energy
of that same inner Self which has granted her inherent
freedom and responsibility for her own joys and triumphs.
Thoughts and ideas are no more or less precious than the non
existing Self which gave them birth, what we choose to do
with them is up to the individual.
There was a time when i only wanted to awaken *to* the dream
and remain dancing within it, now i'm wondering if i am
awakening *from* the dream for the choices appearing now
have nothing to do with the individual.
great joy to you annie
Dave and Annie and Judi and Greg:
It was my logical curiosity that gave me the answer to "what really is
infinity?" and led to showing me what is THIS the fact that in the middle
of nothingness, something perceives its being, and it's me, impressed upon an
etheral physical world.....
Gods on his way to showing you something right now, in all this.
YES.. It was logic that has done it for me and the grace to have the ability
to use logic and the information in front of me... the above makes a lot of
sense to me...
How did this happen for you? I would love to know.
******** Excellent point guys! It is logic and absolute common sense.
But people in their egoic fear continue to live in their hope for
some better imaginary future rather than admit their failure
of it all and then take an honest hard look at what their life is
really all about and who they really are. And of course, as has been
hundreds and thousands of times in many different ways by countless
others who have been thru it themselves, if they took their advice
would see that their identity has been based on the falsity of seeking
which is their misery itself. And understanding then finally dawns and
the shift of identity to non separateness, consciousness and freedom
itself occurs. Case closed. :-)
Welcome to the Salon Annie!
You mentioned several times the ability to use logic and reasoning to make
clear what goes on, and the joy in doing so. I resonate with that, taking
a quite similar joy in logic. It seems to me a sort of uncommon source of
joy, but it's been there in me for as long as I remember. How about you?
James and Harsha:
James: Glad you enjoyed the poetry! Yes indeed, I'm an initiate of Sant Mat
(the Path of the Masters) and Surat Shabda Yoga -- meditation upon the inner
Light and Sound of God. That's my meditation practice. My teacher was Sant
Darshan Singh of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission.
Thank you James for sharing the poetry. Your post reminded me of Amritsar (in India),
the city of Golden Temple and a city of saints, where I spent much time as a child.
Amritsar is the city of birth for Sikhism. Guru Nanak was the first Sikh Guru. His
father was a merchant. One day he asked the boy Nanak to sit in the store, while he
did some errands. When he came back he saw that Nanak was giving away the merchandise
free to the poor people. Naturally his father was not happy. Nanak was a great saint.
Once he was sleeping with his feet towards the temple and the priest came out and
shouted to him. "How dare you sleep with your feet pointed towards God!" Guru Nanak
opened his eyes and gave a beautiful response, "Sir, please point my feet to where God
is not!" It is said that no matter which direction the priest changed Guru Nanak's
feet towards, there he saw the temple.
Surat Shabad Yoga is a great practice. In classical yoga, it is known as Nada Yoga. It
leads to Laya or absorption. Inner Light and Inner Sound are both manifestations of
Kundalini Shakti. With sound, typically, the practice involves listening to the sound
in the Right ear. This is why sometimes Buddha (and other Yogis) as well are seen
lying on their right side. When the arm is under the right side, the sound is easily
heard by those who are sensitive. The hearing of the sound indicates a predisposition
to awakening of Shakti. If one practices certain types of Pranyama, one can constantly
hear the inner sound during waking consciousness.
I would like to invite you James and others to join HarshaSatsangh as well. It is a
Joyous and diverse Fellowship where there are many Kundalini adepts and nondual sages
with much experience and kindness to share. The conversations are usually in the
context of mutual respect, understanding, and love. And if they are not, we make
it so! :--). Just kidding. We are pretty open.
I will forward this post to HarshaSatsangh as well.
Love you all.
Dan: Caveat emptor.
Who will provide protection from the protectors?
Who will provide salvation from the saviors?
Who will rescue from the "ego-less" rescuers?
Who will find a space empty from "meaning-providers"?
-- Love --