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#2906 - Monday, August 20, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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    #2906 - Monday, August 20, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee Nondual Highlights When you express gentleness and precision in your environment, then real brilliance
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      #2906 - Monday, August 20, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      Nondual Highlights

      "When you express gentleness and precision in your environment, then real brilliance and power can descend onto that situation. If you try to manufacture that presence out of your own ego, it will never happen. You cannot own the power and the magic of this world. It is always available, but it does not belong to anyone."
      --Chogyam Trungpa
      From the book: "Shambhala - The Sacred Path of the Warrior"
      posted to DailyDharma


      The Buddha recommended that every person should remember every single day that we are not here for ever. It is a guest performance, which can be finished any time. We don't know when; we have no idea. We always think that we may have seventy-five or eighty years, but who knows? If we remember our vulnerability every single day, our lives will be imbued with the understanding that each moment counts and we will not be so concerned with the future. Now is the time to grow on the spiritual path. If we remember that, we will also have a different relationship to the people around us. They too can die at any moment, and we certainly wouldn't like that to happen at a time when we are not loving towards them. When we remember that, our practice connects to this moment and meditation improves because there is urgency behind it. We need to act now. We can only watch this one breath, not the next one.
      --Ayya Khema

      Alan Larus

      Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity--but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our "biography," our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards. . . It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are? Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn't that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own?
      --Sogyal Rinpoche


      When Paramahansa Yogananda met Anandamayi Ma and asked her about her life, she answered:
      "Father, there is little to tell." She spread her graceful hands in a deprecatory gesture. "My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, Father, 'I was the same.' As a little girl, 'I was the same.' I grew into womanhood, but still 'I was the same.' When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married, 'I was the same.' ... And, Father, in front of you now, 'I am the same.' Ever afterward, though the dance of creation change[s] around me in the hall of eternity, 'I shall be the same.'"
      Tom, posted to GardenMystics


      Life and death: they are one, at core entwined.
      Who understands himself from his own strain
      presses himself into a drop of wine
      and throws himself into the purest flames.
      ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
      Rumi poem:
      Mazie Lane, posted to GardenMystics

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