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

      Nondual Highlights Issue #2678, Saturday, December 23, 2006

      To follow from Jerry's post on Friday,

      In studying his students, an awakened man of a Zen school saw where many of them were going wrong. A large number of the pupils still believed in familiar but useless spiritual practices. For example, many of them gullibly believed that exterior religious ceremonies had power to transform their inner nature.

      One afternoon, while with his pupils in the school's flower garden, the teacher saw the opportunity to make correction. Picking up a brick, he began to rub it with dramatic motions of his hand. The curious students gathered round. One student asked what was going on, to which the teacher replied, 'I wish to make a mirror.'

      The student protested, 'But no amount of rubbing a brick can turn it into a mirror.'

      The teacher made his point, 'And no amount of indulgence in exterior religious dramatics will awaken you to a new destiny'.

      - Vernon Howard, posted to DailyDharma

      True humility is not the opposite of pride
      but the very negation of a separate entity
      who could either be proud or humble.

      - Ramesh S. Balsekar, posted to AlongTheWay

      I feel an indescribable ecstasy
      And delirium in melting ...

      As it were
      Into the system of beings ...

      In identifying myself
      With the whole of nature.

      - Henri Rousseau, posted to 'MysticSpirit'

      In studying ourselves
      We find the harmony
      That is our total existence

      We do not make harmony
      We do not achieve it
      Or gain it

      It is there - all the time

      Here we are - in the midst
      Of this perfect way
      And our practice is ...

      Simply to realize it
      And then
      To actualize it
      In our everyday life ...

      - Maezumi Roshi, posted to MysticSpirit

      If a blow comes to you from Heaven,
      be alert to a gift of honor after it;
      for He is not the King to slap you
      without giving you a crown
      and a throne on which to rest.
      The whole world is worth only a gnat's wing,
      but a single slap may bring an infinite reward.
      Slip your neck nimbly out of this golden collar
      that is the world, and take the slaps that come from God.
      The prophets suffered those blows on the neck,
      and from that affliction they lifted their heads high.
      But always be present, attentive, and ready in yourself,
      youthful one, in order that He may find you at home.
      Otherwise He will take back His gift of honor,
      saying "I found no one there."

      - Rumi, Mathnawi VI: 1638-1643, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to Sunlight

      Streaming Beggars

      Now that you have moved
      into my heart, taken
      the doors off their hinges and
      removed the windows,
      glass, sash and
      beggars are coming from
      everywhere for
      your sweet embrace.

      The beggars stream in from
      every direction--walking, running, crawling,
      rolling and being carried. The neighbors
      have stopped
      screaming about it. At first they had
      plenty to say but after
      weeks and weeks of this they
      know there is no
      helping it. This is beyond
      city ordinances.

      Soon they will be coming
      themselves, dropping
      rakes, dog leashes, clothespins,
      leaving cars running
      in the street, for a glimpse
      of your holy face.

      What am I to do but

      watch in awe at the blessed
      variety of your creation, the myriad wounds,
      the incredible stories, the way they gather
      around the door quivering
      with the certain knowledge that finally
      no one
      will be turned away.

      And stay in the house
      making meals, and carrying
      sheets up and down the stairs.

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