"A fabulous resource for spiritual
and other web detectives is The Wayback Machine , sponsored by archive.org, which has collected and archived
billions of "information" web sites, complete with links and pics, with
multiple dated versions of those with evolving content. Some of the
disappeared sites below can be found there. Just enter the old URL in their
For example, those no longer
available writings by Scott Morrison can be read by clicking on
the earlier dates.
Our own Jerry Katz has more
old versions of Nonduality.com than Carter has liver pills. (Does that
phrase date me, or what?) Some of the earliest dates are blocked,
but many others can be seen, for your edification or
Robert Adams is another valuable resource
whose website disappeared.
Remember to remember: 'whatever happens
- happens because I am'. All reminds you that
you are. Take full
advantage of the fact that
to experience you must be. You need not
thinking. Just cease being interested. It
is disinterestedness that
hold on, that is all.
posted to AlongTheWay
In India, I was living in a little hut,
about six feet by seven feet. It had a canvas flap instead of a door. I was
sitting on my bed meditating, and a cat wandered in and plopped down on my lap.
I took the cat and tossed it out the door. Ten seconds later it was back in my
lap. We got into a sort of dance, this cat and I. I would toss it out, and it
would come back. I tossed it out because I was trying to meditate, to get
enlightened. But the cat kept returning. I was getting more and more irritated,
more and more annoyed with the persistence of the cat. Finally, after about a
half-hour of this coming in and tossing out, I had to surrender. There was
nothing else to do. There was no way to block off the door. I sat there, the cat
came back in, and it got on my lap. But I did not do anything. I just let go.
Thirty seconds later the cat got up and walked out. So you see, our teachers
come in many forms.
Labels ...........Chapter 23
The important thing is not to know who
"I" is or what "I" is. You'll never succeed. There are no words for it. The
important thing is to drop the labels. As the Japanese Zen masters say, "Don't
seek the truth; just drop your opinions." Drop your theories; don't seek the
truth. Truth isn't something you search for. If you stop being opinionated, you
would know. Something similar happens here. If you dropped your labels, you
What do I mean by labels? Every label you
can conceive of except perhaps that of human being. I am a human being. Fair
enough; doesn't say very much. But when you say, "I am successful," that's
crazy. Success is not part of the "I." Success is something that comes and goes;
it could be here today and gone tomorrow. That's not "I." When you said, "I was
a success," you were in error; you were plunged into darkness. You identified
yourself with success. The same thing when you said, "I am a failure, a lawyer,
a businessman." You know what's going to happen to you if you identify yourself
with these things. You're going to cling to them, you're going to be worried
that they may fall apart, and that's where your suffering comes in. That is what
I meant earlier when I said to you, "If you're suffering, you're
Do you want a sign that you're asleep?
Here it is: You're suffering. Suffering is a sign that you're out of touch with
the truth. Suffering is given to you that you might open your eyes to the truth,
that you might understand that there's falsehood somewhere, just as physical
pain is given to you so you will understand that there is disease or illness
somewhere. Suffering points out that there is falsehood somewhere. Suffering
occurs when you clash with reality. When your illusions clash with reality, when
your falsehoods clash with truth, then you have suffering. Otherwise there is no
Anthony de Mello, SJ
posted to Adyashantigroup
We are the sole creators of this dream,
which has absolutely no purpose other than our awakening from it.
In reality, we are surrounded by and
embraced in unconditional love, whether we respond to it or not. Our experience
in time sets up a perfectly appropriate creation, exactly suited in its grand
happenings and tiny nuances to the particular and unique needs of our
reawakening. The source of the hidden principle is ourselves, and it is fired by
our longing to come home.
posted to AlongTheWay
GN: If this is the truth, why then do I
go on experiencing limitations, suffering and illusion?
Rinpoche: The Buddha, too, experienced
them in the same way as you, otherwise he would not have been able to transcend
them and then to point out the way of liberation. Without sleep, there is no
awakening. Without samsara, there is no nirvana or liberation. But you only
awaken to your own Buddha-nature by learning not to separate samsara and
You know that one of the many names given
to the Primoridal Buddha is Universal Goodness, precisely because it is present
in all beings without any discrimination. Individual Buddhas manifest in the
three moments of time by recognizing that single original base. So love yourself
and all beings just as the Primordial Buddha that is in every being, that loves
itself and all of life, so you will understand the true sense of awakening to
the state that is already awake..."
--Lundrup Tenzin Rinpoche
From the wonderful little book, "Mahamudra and Atiyoga (Dzogchen)" by
Baroetto, published by Printworld Ltd.
posted to DailyDharma
This is from 'Half Way Up the Mountain - The Error of Premature Claims to
Enlightenment' by Mariana Caplan
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who personally knew many of great saints of
our time, is said to have stated that he had met only three enlightened beings
in his whole life. If his assessment was correct or even nearly correct, and he
knew only three enlightened beings on the whole planet of the hundreds, if not
thousands, of masters he had met, it is certainly presumptuous for even talented
spiritual aspirants to casually talk about enlightenment as if the experience of
it was common. Judith Leif says, "We can talk about experiences that come and
go, but enlightenment is much more than we can talk about."
Many teachers are far more interested in demonstrating enlightenment, and
encouraging their students to demonstrate it, than in sitting around talking
about it. Trungpa Rinpoche asserts, "One has to create the situation around one,
so that one does not have to say, 'I am the Awakened person.' If one had to say
such a thing and demonstrate it verbally, one would not be awakened."
Psychologist Gary Mueller agrees:
"Enlightenment needs no announcement, or recognition. It is a natural
process of the soul's evolution." In fact, excessive reflection on who is and
isn't enlightened, and evaluating every move to see if it is "enlightened"
action or not, can be a distraction from enlightenment itself. Robert Svoboda
"If you're enlightened, why not just sit quietly and be enlightened. It
used to be that people were swamis. Then they became bhagwans. Now, so many
people are avatars-incarnations of God coming down on earth. So where you see
inflation, you have to think that the underlying currency is losing some of its
value. So why start naming yourself anything? Why not simply go about your
business like Kabir did? He didn't bother naming himself anything. He just sat,
and he wove, and he wrote songs, and people came to him and he talked to those
people. He worshipped God and had a nice time and that was fine. He didn't make
a big deal about anything. He enjoyed life."
People talk about enlightenment primarily because an every-day existence,
full of the struggles and demands of ordinary life, sounds very painful in
comparison to the enlightenment they dream of. Yet, Philip Kapleau asks:
"In what ways is an enlightened person different from one who isn't?
Although they may ignore conventionality, the awakened do not flaunt their
behavior. Neither do they put people into a bind by imposing shoulds and oughts
on them. Their lives are simple and unpretentious. They are full of gratitude
and compassion. Those truly enlightened do not boast of their enlightenment.
just as a truly generous person doesn't say, "I'm a generous guy, you know," so
one who has integrated into life what she or he has realized in awakening will
not wear enlightenment as a badge and shield. The fully awakened are modest and
self-effacing. While they do not hide their light under a bushel basket, as the
saying goes, at the same time they are not pushy or aggressively self-assertive.
They know that in truth there's nowhere to go; they are already there."
In the larger context of the demands of the true spiritual life lived
in full, perhaps enlightenment is not what is referred to as "the pearl of great
price." Perhaps enlightenment is something else. Perhaps it is just one more
point, albeit a significant one, in the endless flow of service required by the
posted to Allspirit by Gill Eardley