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#2737 - Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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    #2737 - Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee Nondual Highlights The theme for this issue is renunciation. Even if you have nothing, It is hard to
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      #2737 - Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee

      Nondual Highlights
      The theme for this issue is renunciation.
      Even if you have nothing,
      It is hard to find that contentment
      Which comes from renunciation.

      I accept nothing.
      I reject nothing.

      And I am happy.

      --Ashtavakra Gita 13:1

      From "The Heart of Awareness: A Translation of the Ashtavakra Gita," by Thomas Byrom, 1990



              One of the signs of God-realization is joy.
              There is absolutely no hesitancy in such a
              person, who is like an ocean in joyous
              waves.  But deep beneath the surface, there
              is profound silence and peace.
                      --Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


      Great Swan:  Meetings with Ramakrishna
      by Lex Hixon

      posted to Along The Way



      Arjuna: O Krishna, you have recommended both the path of
      selfless action and sannyasa, the path of renunciation of
      action. Tell me definitely which is better.

      Sri Krishna: Both renunciation of action and the selfless
      performance of action lead to the supreme goal. But the
      path of action is better than renunciation. 

      Those who have attained perfect renunciation are free
      from any sense of duality; they are unaffected by likes and
      dislikes, Arjuna, and are free from the bondage of self-will.

      --Bhagavad Gita 5:1-3

      Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran


      Usually we think of renunciation as celibacy, poverty, 
      obedience, shaving your head, going off somewhere and 
      leaving everything behind. Trungpa Rinpoche gave a Tantric, 
      nondual interpretation of renunciation: "Renunciation means 
      to let go of holding back." Can we let go of holding back? 
      Can we relinquish our fears and defenses? 
      --Lama Surya Das 
      posted to Daily Dharma


      The core of Dharma practice is freeing oneself from the
      attachments of this life. It focuses on the deeper issue of
      gaining complete release from discontent by means of
      freeing our minds from the afflictions of confusion,
      attachment, and anger. In a broader sense, Dharma practice
      is concerned with serving others, in terms of both their
      temporary and ultimate needs.

      Does this mean that one who is committed to Dharma
      suddenly renounces all worldly enjoyments--no more
      vacations, no entertainment, no sensory pleasures? No. If
      one tries that approach it usually results in spiritual burnout;
      and the common rebound is equally extreme sensual
      indulgence. For this reason, the practice of Buddhist Dharma
      is often called The Middle Way because it seeks to avoid
      the extremes of sensual indulgence and severe asceticism.
      The former leads to perpetual dissatisfaction and the
      latter damages one's physical and mental health.... The
      Middle Way is a sensitive exertion of effort that is neither
      lax nor aggressive, and from this practice there ultimately
      arises an increasing satisfaction and delight in virtuous
      activity that is a result of our spiritual transformation.

      --B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up



      There are those sleeping who are awake,
      and others awake who are sound asleep.

      Some of those bathing in sacred pools
      will never get clean.

      And there are others
      doing household chores
      who are free of any action.

                                   14th Century North Indian mystic

      From "Naked Song"
      Versions by Coleman Barks
      posted to Along The Way



      from a Camera
      by n.m.rai

      Every click is a yes
      where we shed

      the limits of ourselves
      like caterpillar skins.

      Wings appear
      on our shoulders

      for this brief time
      this walk through magic

      under the sun
      captured by the wet

      green of leaves
      the grace of herons

      the laughter in a face.
      We are hunter, mendicant

      and saint with the grail
      in our hands

      in this moment
      in the quivering space

      between All that we taste
      but cannot capture.

      Our albums are
      the footprints of our prayers.

      posted to TrueVision

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