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    #2826 - Monday, May 28, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nondual Highlights David Godman sends news of his new book! A new book of Papaji s teachings, published
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      #2826 - Monday, May 28, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee
       
      The Nondual Highlights
       
       
       
      David Godman sends news of his new book!

          
       
      A new book of Papaji’s teachings, published by Avadhuta Foundation and edited by David Godman, is now available. Entitled The Fire of Freedom, it comprises dialogues Papaji had with visitors in the middle of 1991. At that time Papaji was relatively unknown. Satsangs would take place in his living room in the suburbs of Lucknow, and about twelve to fifteen people would normally attend.
                In these conversations Papaji explains the practical teachings of his Master, Ramana Maharshi, in a simple and forceful way. As he engages his visitors in discussions about the nature of spiritual freedom and the means by which it can be discovered, he is always looking for an opportunity to take his questioners back to the source of their minds so that they can find out for themselves, by direct experience, what he is trying to show them. The first three pages of the book can be read here.
       
      Published by Avadhuta Foundation
      PO Box 296,
      Boulder, CO 80306-0296
      USA
       
      Tel: Toll-Free in US: 877-AVADHUTA (877-282-3488)
      Tel: Internationally: 011-303-473-9295 
      Fax: 720-565-3894
      Email: mail@...
       
      ISBN 978-09638022-6-2
       
      Pages 291, with fifteen extra pages of colour photos
       
       Price $18
       
                The book has been printed in Pondicherry, South India. Copies can be purchased immediately from David Godman¬ís site (http://www.davidgodman.org/books/buybooks.shtml) where payment is by Paypal. Copies should reach most foreign destinations in 7-14 days.
       
                The book may also be purchased from the Avadhuta Foundation website:
      http://www.avadhuta.com/papajibooks.html#fire
       
                Customers residing in India can order from Satsang Bhavan, Lucknow. Contact details are as follows:
       
      Postal address: A306, Indira Nagar, Lucknow, 226016, UP, India.
      Telephone: 0522-342884; 0522-352991
      Email:   mail@...
       
                The book will be available from Satsang Bhavan around the middle of June. The book is also being distributed in India by Full Circle, New Delhi.
       
       


       
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      LoveAlways
      Bob O'Hearn on Garden Mystics
       

       
      "A shepherd was once hypnotized into thinking that he was a
      great king, and that his sheep were loyal subjects. So the
      shepherd's every act expressed his delusion, for example, he
      commanded the sheep to polish his crown and to bring him a
      royal dinner. The point is, we must recognize the nonsense of
      a certain idea at the start, otherwise we will not notice the
      equal nonsense of all else which follows. So a grasp of fun-
      damentals is essential, including this one: The false sense of
      self can do nothing but create chaos. "
       
      --Vernon Howard, Secrets for Higher Success, p. 102
       

       

      When identities are identical


      The potter knows the bowl inside out,
      having formed it in the void,
      having shaped it around nothing
      so that it may contain something.

      When we comprehend with our hands again,
      our minds have no difficulty comprehending.

      Space and form,
      form and void,
      form and emptiness...
      they meet each other in one shared locale
      recognizing each other's identical nature.

      The potter knows the bowl inside out,
      having formed it in the void,
      having shaped it around nothing
      so that it may contain something.

      When we comprehend with our hands again
      our minds have no difficulty comprehending.

      Tranquility and action,
      movement and stillness,
      silence and voice...
      they meet each other in one shared moment
      listening to each other's identical sound.

      The poet knows the ballade inside out,
      having formed it in quiet inspiration,
      having voiced it around silence
      so that silence may carry the song.

      When we comprehend with our ears again,
      our minds have no difficulty comprehending.

      You and I,
      male and female,
      yin and yang...
      touching each other in one shared embrace
      feeling each other's identical being.

      Lovers know their loved ones inside out,
      though still discovering each other in their cosmic search,
      always finding each other while expecting no one
      so that each may bring forth the other.

      When we comprehend with our hearts again,
      our minds have no difficulty comprehending.

      Space and form,
      form and void,
      form and emptiness...
      they meet each other in one shared locale
      recognizing each other's identical nature.

      The potter knows the bowl inside out,
      having formed it in the void,
      having shaped it around nothing
      so that it may contain something.

      When we comprehend with our hands again,
      our minds have no difficulty comprehending.

      --Wim Borsboom




      The process of practice is to see through, not to eliminate, anything to which we are attached. We could have great financial wealth and be unattached to it, or we might have nothing and be very attached to having nothing. Usually, if we have seen through the nature of attachment, we will have a tendency to have few possessions, but not necessarily. Most practice gets caught in this area of fiddling with our environments or our minds. " My mind should be quiet". Our mind doesn't matter; what matters is non attachment to the activities of the mind. And our emotions are harmless unless they dominate us 9 that is, if we are attached to them)---then they create dis-harmony for everyone. The first problem in practice is to see that we are attached. As we do consistent, patient zazen we begin to know that we are nothing but attachments; they rule our lives. But we never lose an attachment by saying it has to go. Only as we gain true awareness of its true nature does it quietly and imperceptibly wither away; like a sandcastle with waves rolling over, it just smoothes out and finally Where is it? What was it? Who is it?  Whose mind is it that gets attached, or frees itself from attachments?  This questioning can continue not only in formal sitting meditation, but throughout all daily activities.  Who is the one that has this opinion?  Who is it that experiences pain?  This is questioning at the deepest level.  The ordinary mind cannot provide an answer.  The answer, when it comes, comes to no one out of no mind.  It is revealed directly-Oh!  It's as close as the nose on your face.
       
      ~ Charlotte Joko Beck
      Everyday Zen


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