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    #3265 - Friday, August 22, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights If you are eager to be nothing before
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      #3265 - Friday, August 22, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      Nonduality Highlights
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      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights 
       
       
       
       
      If you are eager to be nothing
      before you know who you are,
      you rob yourself of your true being.
      Until you understand nothingness
      you will never know true Faith.

        - Rumi
       
      "Rumi - Whispers of the Beloved"
      Selected and translated by
          Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
      posted to Along The Way
       

       
      Starlight and Non-being
      (from Thomas Merton's "The Way of Chuang-tzu")

      Starlight asked Non-being: "Master, are
      you? Or are you not?"
      Since he received no answer whatever,
      Starlight set himself to watch for Non-Be-
      ing. He waited to see if Non-Being would
      put in an appearance.
      He kept his gaze fixed on the deep Void,
      hoping to catch a glimpse of Non-Being.
      All day long he looked, and he saw
      nothing. He listened, but heard nothing.
      He reached out to grasp, and grasped
      nothing.
      Then Starlight exclaimed at last, "This
      is IT!"
      "This is the furthest yet! Who can reach it?
      I can comprehend the absence of Being
      But who can comprehend the absence of
      Nothing?
      If now, on top of all this, Non-
      Being IS,
      Who can comprehend it?"


      ---
      gill
      posted to Allspirit Inspiration
       

       

      The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture.

      http://altreligion.about.com/library/weekly/aa102902a.htm

       

       

      When my Beloved appears,

      By Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
      (1165 - 1240)

      English version by Reynold A. Nicholson

      When my Beloved appears,
      With what eye do I see Him?

      With His eye, not with mine,
      For none sees Him except Himself.

       

      -- from The Mystics of Islam, by Reynold A. Nicholson

      / Photo by tanakawho /

      www.Poetry-Chaikhana.com


      A Poem for the Sefirot as a Wheel of Light

      By Naftali Bacharach
      (17th Century)

      English version by Jerome Rothenberg and Harris Lenowitz

      (the rim)

      & going 'round
      the ten
      sefirot
      of
      the ball
      & orbit
      of the world
      of first space
      . . . . . . . . .

      (the spokes)

      1
      crown

      light from light
      extreme light

      2
      wisdom

      splendor from splendor
      hidden light

      3
      understanding

      sparkle from sparkle
      sparkling light

      4
      greatness

      splendor from splendor
      pure light

      5
      power

      light from splendor
      of light pure

      6
      beauty

      sparkle from light
      light shining

      7
      victory

      light from sparkle
      light refined

      8
      majesty

      splendor from sparkle
      light bright

      9
      foundation

      sparkle from splendor
      purer light
      pure pure

      10
      kingdom

      most precious precious
      shining light is

      -- from A Big Jewish Book: Poems and Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present, Edited by Jerome Rothenberg

      This is not really a poem in the normal sense. It is actually a translation into verse form of a Kabbalistic meditation image, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life envisioned as a circle. It is a mandala of Hebrew characters drawn in the shape of a wheel with the writing forming spokes and a rim.

      www.Poetry-Chaikhana.com


      The Tree of Life
      The Uniter of Worlds
       
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