#3000 - Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee
#3000 - Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - Editor: Gloria LeeNonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsAs the speedometer turns over to 3,000 issues, gratitude to all the readers, editors, contributors, and original sources who have shared the journey so far. And to our guiding compass, Jerry, for reminding us occasionally that there's nowhere to go, so we can go anywhere. Thanks, Jerry. -Gloria.We invent nothing, truly.We borrow and re-create.We uncover and discover.All has been given as the mystics say.We have only to open our eyesand hearts,to become one with that which is.--Henry Millerquote posted by RomaIt was out of the dynamic of cosmic celebrationthat we were created in the first place.We are to become celebration and generosity,burst into self-awareness. What is the human?The human is a space, an opening,where the universe celebrates its existence.
-- Brian Swimme, The Universe is a Green Dragon
posted to MillionPaths by Viorica Weissman
Jared Wilson interviews Ziggy, the son of Bob Marley.
You're a Rastafarian. How much of a part does religion play in your
None really. I don't see being a Rastafarian as a religion. In the
mainstream way of thinking this is a hard thing to grasp because
people naturally want to label things and put them into boxes so that
they can understand them easier. But Rastafarianism is a freethinking
way of life. The basic premise is love. Basically being a Rastafarian
means quite simply to love. I speak from my own mind and my own
heart. This is not a thing that is written in a book somewhere that I
have to follow. We have no manual and really everyone is a
Rastafarian whether we realize it or not.posted to AwakenedAwareness by Tom McFerran
There is no good and no evil. In every
concrete situation there is only the
necessary and the unnecessary. The
needful is right, the needless is wrong.
The situation decides.
Every situation is a challenge which
demands the right response. When the
response is right, the challenge is met
and the problem ceases. If the response
is wrong, the challenge is not met and
the problem remains unsolved. Your
unsolved problems - that is what
constitutes your karma. Solve them
rightly and be free.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj
posted to AlongTheWay
Everyone is this naturalness. When we start calling it enlightenment and awakening, thought can use that to compare, right? But if we say this naturalness or this simple presence, thought can't run a comparison study. The whole invitation is to look prior to language, prior to concepts, prior to thought's projection.
What's looking and what's seeing? There's not that much there. There's just this simple, ordinary presence, and it is so unadorned. You can run right by it if you're looking for something fancy. It's always been here, it has no age, it doesn't really have any properties or qualities, it's just this intelligence. It's so quiet, that's why they call it silence.
- Pamela Wilson from Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdomposted to Wisdom-l by Mark Scorelle
by Lama Surya Das
The poet Rilke advised us to live into the questions and not to settle for immediate answers. Historian Daniel Boorstin calls man the questioning animal. Albert Einstein said: The important thing is not to stop questioning. Lets try together to look deep within ourselves and articulate our own deepest question or questionsthat which burns us up inside and drives so much of our behavior and questing. Often the question contains within itself the kernel of a significant answer, as every teacher knows.
Buddha said that investigation is one of the seven factors of enlightenment, the seven ingredients in his personal recipe for spiritual awakening. The sacred art of self-inquiry can help us to discover who and what we are and how we fit into this world, and includes our meaning and purpose in life. Asking Who am I? can provide an entire spiritual path, if one knows how to actually uncover ones own true identity or true nature and go beyond the egoic self to realize what is beyond us yet immanent in each of us.
Plato wanted to know, What is the nature of reality? What is beauty; truth; virtue? What is the best political system? What are the limits of knowledge? What is courage? Justice? Moderation? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau asked, Why is everyone unhappy? Bill Moyers says: Every journalist worth his or her salt knows that the towering question of our time is What is the human spirit? Kurt Vonnegut thought that the big question is Whats it all about?
Zen master Suzuki Roshi said: The most important thing is to find out what is the most important thing. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that Lifes most persistent and urgent question is What are you doing for others?
Joseph Campbell said: The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes! to your adventure.
It is better to know some of the questions than to have all of the answers.
How shall I live my life? What is my true calling? What is happiness? Love? Why am I here? Why are people so rarely satisfied and content, and not for very long? Arent these questions for our time?
posted to AllspiritInspiration by Gill Eardley
WRITTEN ON THE WALL AT CHANGS HERMITAGE
It is Spring in the mountains.
I come alone seeking you.
The sound of chopping wood echoes
Between the silent peaks.
The streams are still icy.
There is snow on the trail.
At sunset I reach your grove
In the stony mountain pass.
You want nothing, although at night
You can see the aura of gold
And silver ore all around you.
You have learned to be gentle
As the mountain deer you have tamed.
The way back forgotten, hidden
Away, I become like you,
An empty boat, floating, adrift.
photo by Alan Larus