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    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nondual Highlights Issue #2526, Saturday, July 15, 2006 ... The
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      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nondual Highlights Issue #2526, Saturday, July 15, 2006

      The Great Way is not difficult
      for those who have no preferences.
      When love and hate are both absent
      everything becomes clear and undisguised.
      Make the smallest distinction, however
      and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
      If you wish to see the truth
      then hold no opinions for or against anything.
      To set up what you like against what you dislike
      is the disease of the mind.
      When the deep meaning of things is not understood
      the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

      The Way is perfect like vast space
      where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
      Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
      that we do not see the true nature of things.
      Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
      nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
      Be serene in the oneness of things
      and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
      When you try to stop activity, to achieve passivity,
      your very effort fills you with activity.
      As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
      you will never know Oneness.

      Those who do not live in the single Way
      fail in both activity and passivity,
      assertion and denial.
      To deny the reality of things
      is to miss their reality;
      to assert the emptiness of things
      is to miss their reality.
      The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth.
      Stop talking and thinking,
      and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
      To return to the root is to find the meaning,
      but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
      At the moment of inner enlightenment
      there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
      The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
      we call real only because of our ignorance.
      Do not search for the truth;
      only cease to cherish opinions.

      Do not remain in the dualistic state
      avoid such pursuits carefully.
      If there is even a trace
      of this and that, of right and wrong,
      the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
      Although all dualities come from the One,
      do not be attached even to this One.
      When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way,
      nothing in the world can offend,
      and when a thing can no longer offend,
      it ceases to exist in the old way.

      When no discriminating thoughts arise,
      the old mind ceases to exist.
      When thought objects vanish,
      the thinking-subject vanishes,
      as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
      Things are objects because of the subject (mind);
      the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
      Understand the relativity of these two
      and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.
      In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable
      and each contains in itself the whole world.
      If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine
      you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.

      To live in the Great Way
      is neither easy nor difficult,
      but those with limited views
      and fearful and irresolute:
      the faster they hurry, the slower they go,
      and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited;
      even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment
      is to go astray.
      Just let things be in their own way
      and there will be neither coming nor going.

      Obey the nature of things (your own nature),
      and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
      When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden,
      for everything is murky and unclear,
      and the burdensome practice of judging
      brings annoyance and weariness.
      What benefit can be derived
      from distinctions and separations?

      If you wish to move in the One Way
      do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
      Indeed, to accept them fully
      is identical with true Enlightenment.
      The wise man strives to no goals
      but the foolish man fetters himself.
      This is one Dharma, not many:
      distinctions arise
      from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
      To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind
      is the greatest of all mistakes.

      Rest and unrest derive from illusion;
      with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
      All dualities come from ignorant inference.
      They are like dreams of flowers in the air:
      foolish to try to grasp them.
      Gain and loss, right and wrong:
      such thoughts must finally be abolished at once.

      If the eye never sleeps,
      all dreams will naturally cease.
      If the mind makes no discriminations,
      the ten thousand things
      are as they are, of single essence.
      To understand the mystery of this One - essence
      is to be released from all entanglements.
      When all things are seen equally,
      the timeless Self-essence is reached.
      No comparisons or analogies are possible
      in this causeless, relationless state.

      Consider movement stationary
      and the stationary in motion,
      both movement and rest disappear.
      When such dualities cease to exist
      Oneness itself cannot exist.
      To this ultimate finality
      no law or description applies.

      For the unified mind in accord with the Way
      all self-centered straining ceases.
      Doubts and irresolution's vanish
      and life in true faith is possible.
      With a single stroke we are freed from bondage;
      nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
      All is empty , clear, self-illuminating,
      with no exertion of the mind's power.
      Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination
      are of no value.
      In this world of Suchness
      there is neither self nor other-than-self.

      To come directly into harmony with this reality
      just simply say when doubt arises, `Not two.'
      In this `no two' nothing is separate,
      nothing excluded.
      No matter when or where,
      enlightenment means entering this truth.
      And this truth is beyond extension or
      diminution in time or space;
      in it a single thought is ten thousand years.

      Emptiness here, Emptiness there,
      but the infinite universe stands
      always before your eyes.
      Infinitely large and infinitely small;
      no difference, for definitions have vanished
      and no boundaries are seen.
      So too with Being and non-Being.
      Don't waste time in doubts and arguments
      that have nothing to do with this.

      One thing, all things:
      move among and intermingle,
      without distinction.
      To live in this realization
      is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
      To live in this faith is the road to non-duality,
      Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.

      - Verses on the Faith Mind by Chien-chih Seng-ts'an, Third Zen Patriarch (606AD), translated by Richard B. Clarke, posted to MillionPaths

      One who has become enamored with the
      song within, one who is united with the
      inner universal pulse, such a one has become
      immune to the buffeting of the
      storms of circumstance without.

      - Ramesh S. Balsekar, A Net of Jewels,posted to AlongTheWay

      The spirit of universe gives rise to all forms,
      yet it has no 'form' of its own.

      If you attempt to fix a 'picture' of it
      in your mind, you will lose it.

      This is like pinning a butterfly:
      the husk is captured, but the flying is lost.

      Why not be content with simply 'experiencing' it?

      ... ... there is 'nothing' to teach:
      no religion, no science,
      no body of information which ...

      will lead your mind to spirit ...
      Simply be aware of the Oneness of 'all' things

      - Hua Hu Ching 6; 8, posted to Mystic_Spirit


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