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    #2868 - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nondual Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights One: Essential Writings on Nonduality:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 11, 2007
      #2868 - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - Editor: Jerry Katz
      One: Essential Writings on Nonduality: http://tinyurl.com/2blmhy

      Here's a nice fat issue of the Highlights. Some Zen, some Vedanta, some Sufism, and some words about where they are is exactly where they belong, like cauliflower in the casserole. Thanks to people who contributed material to this issue: Gabriel Rosenstock, David Spero, Eric Chaffee, and Jess Wells.

      Gabriel Rosenstock send the following. I think you'll enjoy the links. Try to visit at least one of them.

      * JWH essay: "Bodhidharma's Gift oEnlightenment"
      describing the transcendental role of Zen's progenitor:

      * Haiku by guest poet and storyteller Sam Yada Cannarrozzi, a resident
      of Lyon, France, at:

      * New haiga by Russian/American painter and poet OlgaHooper:

      * Have you viewed: Bug Haiku ? See the complete page-by-page web
      version of the popular 1968 book with haiku by JWH and illustrations by
      Earl Thollander. Go to the menu bar and open Haiku, then 'Choose,' then
      scroll down to 'Bug Haiku.'

      * Poets interested in entering the next James W. Hackett International
      Haiku Award may wish to visit the web site of The British Haiku Society

      * Recent readers from the nations below indicate the growing world wide
      popularity of haiku: Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) * Christmas Island *
      Fiji * Indonesia * Luxembourg * Sao Tome and Principe * Saint Vincent
      and the Grenadines *Tuvalu * Ukraine * Venezuela * Zimbabwe


      Reincarnation as Organic Metaphor

      By David Spero



      The philosophical generosity that birthed the Vedic spirit is completely absent in today’s world. Our world culture has become religiously self-righteous and utilitarian. The view that spiritual realization arises as a gift from nature, a flowering of various invisible, organic processes, has vanished.


      Judeo-Christian-Islamic theologies assert the existence of a God separate from nature. Accordingly, they tell us that the world was created for a two-fold purpose, first to glorify this transcendent, separate God, and second to redeem the human race in time and space. However, this view is dualistic in nature and ultimately incorrect, for nature does not exist in linear time. Nature’s time is cyclical. An apple tree produces apples year after year without any ultimate purpose other than the joy of fruition. Nature’s functioning is not teleological. Humans tend to hyper-intellectualize, projecting purposes onto other life forms. They freeze the fluidity of life into rational concepts. Judeo-Christian-Islamic dualistic theologies have devastatingly stained the spiritual fabric of our world.


      Reincarnation is a charming, sensuous metaphor for organic life in migration. Rebirth was not meant to create the impression of a linear march (of births) through time. Instead it pointed to the world as fertile soil in which human beings might flourish. The ancient Vedic rishis, or seers, were ardent lovers of nature – even nature-worshippers. In the natural world they saw the “reason” for existence, filled as it was with spontaneous displays of overwhelming beauty. Skies, seas, mountains, fragrances of sweet flowers, were meant to lift the human spirit into supra-sensual ecstasies. Perceptual, emotional, and mental faculties were spiritually stimulated by natural phenomena. Knowledge and devotion were like strings on a guitar, fusing into the melodic rhythm of the total human being. Lila, the spirit of playfulness, the self-generating power seen in nature, was the universe’s matrix, the ultimate “reason” for its existence.


      Evolution allows the soul’s maturation through time, carried by the force of desire. Just as a flower requires sunlight to live and grow, human beings blossom through yearning. Desire is not a dirty word, as certain spiritual traditions insist. Desire’s force serves the expansion of human consciousness as it matures and deepens into a painful hunger for God, culminating in moksha, spiritual liberation. Liberation or moksha is actually desire’s fruition, not its negation.


      The yogas of karma, jnana, bhakti, and raja were the spiritual paths of action, discrimination, devotion, and meditation. They conveyed a theme of adapting any and every form of human activity into the Self or pure consciousness. These spiritual paths affirmed compassionately that any type of person could awaken from dualistic experience, and evolve from the waking state to unlimited Brahman consciousness.


      Samsara, often referred to as the wheel of birth and death, the field in which transmigration occurs, literally meant “running together,” or “wandering.” Samsara referred to living movement, like that of a meandering river. This non-mechanistic image starkly contradicts the guilt-ridden idea of rebirth as retribution. It nullifies the cold notion of physical embodiment as a mechanical exercise carried out by the indifferent principle of cause and effect. Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic, utilitarian theologies seeped into the fabric of Hinduism over the centuries, tainting its immaculate, highly metaphorical, notion of rebirth.


      The rebirth process was carried out by the vasanas, infinitely subtle, wave-like energy patterns. Vasanas transmigrated from body to body, bridging incarnations. Curiously, the word vasana comes from the root VAS, which means “to perfume.” A human being “perfumed” from body to body. Vasanas, trans-fleshly fragrances, organic blueprints of matter and psyche, were the potentialities of consciousness, acting to transform matter into energy, and vice versa. A reincarnated human being was hardly considered a heap of residual, karmic debris. He was a floating fragrance, evanescent as a wisp of air, seeking a proper nervous system, one that would in-breathe him into human form.


      This ethereal view of rebirth may sound effeminate and oversimplified in today’s overly patriarchal spiritual climate. A circular, self-generating reality cannot be grasped by a mind obsessed with purposes. Reincarnation, organically understood through metaphors, exasperates the strategies of the rational mind to obliterate a spontaneous ontology. Only a mind freed from utilitarian consciousness can grasp the reality of a purposeless existence. Time, space, and nature vibrate as webs of energetic frequencies, organic nexuses through which living forms grow. These frequencies may be grasped intuitively by a poetically liberated awareness.


      The ancient Vedic understanding of reincarnation remains a brilliant, liberating, and life-affirming metaphor, vivified in an aboriginal, spiritual innocence, solidifying a vast, organic, evolutionary process. 


      Eric Chaffee sends the following from http://sufiatlanta.homestead.com/tensufithoughts.html
      The Ten Sufi Thoughts from The Way of Illumination, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (The Message Volume 1)
      1.There is one God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none else exists save God.
      2.There is one Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, who constantly leads all who follow towards
      the light.
      3.There is one Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture which can enlighten
      the reader.
      4.There is one Religion, the unswerving progress in the right direction towards the ideal, which
      fulfills the life's purpose of every soul.
      5.There is one Law, the Law of Reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience together
      with a sense of awakened justice.
      6.There is one Family, the human family, which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in the
      parenthood of God.
      7.There is one Moral Principle, the love which springs forth from self-denial, and blooms in deeds
      of beneficence.
      8.There is one Object of Praise, the beauty which uplifts the heart of its worshipper through all
      aspects from the seen to the unseen.
      9.There is one Truth, the true knowledge of our being within and without which is the essence of
      all wisdom.
      10.There is one Path, the annihilation of the false ego in the real, which raises the mortal to
      immortality and in which resides all perfection.

      Jess Wells sends the following:
      I Must Belong Somewhere
      Leave the bright blue door on the whitewashed wall
      Leave the death ledger under city hall
      Leave the joyful air in that rubber ball today
      Leave the lilac print on the linen sheet
      Leave the bird you killed at you father’s feet
      Let the sideways rain in the crooked street remain
      Leave the whimpering dog in his cold kennel
      Leave the starlet on her pedestal
      Leave the acid kids in their green fishbowls today
      Leave the sad guitar in its hardshell case
      Leave that worried look on your lover’s face
      Leave the orange embers in the fireplace remain
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      A train off in the distance, bicycle chained to the stairs
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      I know that now, that is why I’m staying here
      Leave the ocean’s roar in the turquoise shell
      Leave the widower in his private hell
      Leave the liberty in that broken bell today
      Leave the epic poem on its yellowed page
      Leave the gray macaw in its covered cage
      Let the traveling band on the interstate remain
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      Sound stage in California, televisions in Times Square
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      I know that now that is why I’m staying here
      Yeah, I know that now, that is why I’m staying here
      Leave the secret talks on the trundle bed
      Leave the garden tools in the rusted shed
      Leave those bad ideas in your troubled head today
      Leave the restless ghost in his old hotel
      Leave the homeless man in that cardboard cell
      Let the painted horse on the carousel remain
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      Just like the gold around her finger or the silver in his hair
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      I know that now, that is why I’m staying here
      I know that now, that is why I’m staying here
      In truth the forest hears each sound
      Each blade of grass as it lies down
      The world requires no audience
      No witnesses, no witnesses
      Leave the old town drunk on his wooden stool
      Leave the autumn leaves in their swimming pool
      Leave the poor black child in his crumbling school today
      Leave the novelist in his daydream tomb
      Leave the scientist in her Rubik’s cube
      Let the true genius in the padded room remain
      Leave the horse’s hair on the slanted bow
      Leave the slot machines on the riverboat
      Leave the cauliflower in the casserole today
      Leave the hot bright trash in the shopping malls
      Leave the hawks of war in their capitals
      Let the organ’s moan in the cathedral remain
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      They locked the Devil in the basement, threw God up into the air
      Everything it must belong somewhere
      You know it’s true, I wish you’d leave me here
      You know it’s true, why don’t you leave me here?
      written by, Conor Oberst
      Hi Jerry,
      I really dig this folky song by Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes. Oberst (raised in the Midwest), now 27, has been making records since his teens, and in the last few years has became quite world renown.This song is off the singer song writer’s latest album (which is quite bent on mysticism), it nicely contrasts with some of his earlier works that have a politically activist flavor.
      here's another cool poem:               http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16657
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