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      #2596 - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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      Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

      In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

      This is Unimaginable and Unavoidable: Irresponsible Writings on Non-Duality, by Guy Smith, was reviewed ih Highlights #2148: http://www.nonduality.com/hl2148.htm
      Now Guy Smith has published a new book: Mystery Not Mastery: Groundbreaking Non-Duality. This issue features a selection from the beginning of the book.
      Photo of book cover
      Excerpt from
      Mystery Not Mastery: Groundbreaking Non-Duality
      by Guy Smith
      This text and everything is nondual. Language is innately dualistic
      and therefore cannot express nonduality. Nonduality expresses
      regardless of textual dualism, not because of it. Therefore, this
      text cannot ‘succeed’, and therefore criticism of it is nothing other
      than truism.
      ~ ~ ~
      This book breaks new ground. (1) It charts and examines in pioneering
      detail the (seeming) evolution of dualisms from wombexistence,
      through birth to adulthood, to death and beyond; (2) It proves
      irrefutably that senses of self are innate to (apparent) organismic
      functioning (regardless of ‘enlightenment’: they continue through
      enlightenment and only disappear in death); And (3) It elucidates the
      multiple ways in which language thoroughly miscommunicates
      nonduality: including the dumbfounding observation that even as words
      say ‘words cannot tell the truth’ they speak as though they are
      telling the truth, and the subversive implications of this for
      nondualism. (see note 1) Basically, it’s a comprehensive guide to
      and the speaking of it; and it includes an appendix Coral
      Reef of Correspondence
      on the subject.
      ‘Nondual’ means ‘not two’ and it refers to the fact that there is no
      actual division in reality: no ‘this’, ‘no that’, no ‘here’, no
      ‘there’, no ‘now’, no ‘then’, no ‘inside’, no ‘outside’, no ‘mind’,
      no ‘matter’, no ‘you’, no ‘not you’, no ‘real’, no ‘unreal’.
      It’s instinctively felt in the fall of twilight, when visual
      diversity disappears as night, as that single blanket of blackness.
      It’s intuitively known in the recreation of a record playing, when
      the babbling hubbub of thought is lulled, to reveal one wash of
      presence. And it’s there in the beer, or bottle of wine, when
      everything softens and blends for a time… and then the unicity is
      Mystery Not Mastery has two fundamental characteristics that mark it
      out from other (spoken and written) nondualisms. Firstly, it concerns
      with dualism as well as nonduality, to a degree of detail and reach I
      haven’t encountered in other texts. That is to say, it considers
      exactly what the illusion of dualism consists in, how this illusion
      is born, and how it then evolves. Secondly, this book is literary.
      Many texts on nonduality, and on ‘spirituality’, have a
      ‘lightweight’, even ‘trashy’ feel: in other words they’re (in part)
      characterised by imprecision of expression, imprecision of concept,
      inattention to detail, vagueness, cliché, generalisation,
      oversimplification and poverty of prose quality. This is
      understandable: nonduality has nothing to do with quality of
      expression, and it’s easier to write and read lesser quality
      text: so naturally more of these texts get written and read. This
      text, then, is written in the manner that it is, because as far as I
      can see everything that can be said of nonduality with lesser quality
      of expression has already been said (the more limited the expression,
      the less it can express): and there didn’t seem to be any enjoyment
      in just regurgitating this (as some other texts seem happy to
      do).(see note 2)
      To express something with more precision, more
      detail, more clarity and more reach, it’s necessary to use a greater
      diversity of vocabulary and literary form; and to make this more
      advanced expression more easily accessible, a heightened attention to
      scansion is needed – for example, a fluency of rhythm makes detailed,
      involved, delicate and intricate observations more effortlessly
      ‘taken in’. All in all then: if you want to say something subtle or
      abstruse, you have to produce something more literary. Please don’t
      be put off by this: on the contrary, may it be attractive for you to
      discover things you didn’t know before, things not written before,
      things requiring a little more care than the norm, as it was for me
      writing them. Anyone with a basic level of English can read this, so
      long as they happen to have the inclination to, and don’t mind the
      occasional dip into a dictionary if necessary. What the detailed and
      involved thoughts in this text refer to are actually realities that
      are extremely easy to see: the key is to directly perceive what the
      text is indicating – everything this text claims is entirely
      perceivable (and so irrefutable and unsuspicious) – and once
      perceived, the idea just vanishes as surplus to requirements. What’s
      more, so long as you’re not skimreading, not forcing the pace, the
      prose has a very smooth, languid, fluid flow to it… it sails you
      along… makes the voyage easy… and it actually doesn’t matter if you
      don’t compute a word of it: like I say, comprehending the concepts of
      a nondualistic text has no bearing on knowing nonduality. Nonduality
      is known when all is seen through: when all is known as a singular,
      nonsubstantial ‘is’. So if, while reading, or in any other instance,
      there’s a sense of omnipresence, oneness or nothingness –
      weightlessness, seamlessness, dislocation or syrupiness – that’s
      what’s trying to be indicated here, not the dawning of any mental
      I wish you a very lovely read.
      Note 1. Throughout this text, the terms ‘nondual’ and ‘nonduality’
      denote the nondual nature of reality; ‘nondualism’, and hence
      ‘nondualist’ and ‘nondualistic’, denote the attempts to indicate this
      nonduality through language
      ; and ‘dual’, ‘dualism’ and ‘dualistic’
      refer to the illusion of distinction, division and multiplicity,
      which is synonymous with ‘cognition’ or ‘thought’.
      Note 2. I’m not saying that more throwaway nondualism is less
      valuable. Analogous to ‘pubchat’ it has the value of accessibility
      ‘getting a message across’ as easily as possible – whereas with this
      text (analogous to ‘literature’ possibly) the driving concern is with
      creating a more rigorous and rich expression, more detailed and
      exploratory: a fuller expression of reality. Having ‘done’ more
      throwaway literary forms in This Is Unimaginable and Unavoidable (my
      first book), I instinctively craved something new.

      ~ ~ ~
      Read more from and order Mystery Not Mastery at http://snipurl.com/xcby
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