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    #3575 - Friday, June 26, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz The Nonduality Highlights - The first periodical publication on nonduality - Submissions welcome
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      #3575 - Friday, June 26, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz
      The Nonduality Highlights - The first periodical publication on nonduality - Submissions welcome

      Greg Goode presents
      "ATMA DARSHAN's Preface" - Video Commentary, Part 2 of 5 Parts  (AVI video, 5 minutes)
      http://www.heartofnow.com/files/links.html#ad.preface.p2 (you will also find Part 1 on this page.)
      This video discusses paragraph 4 of the Preface, in which Atmananda gives a capsule summary of the method that he uses in his published works more frequently than any other. "Bringing the universal under the individual." I also think it's his most powerful method. At least it helped me more than any other approach I'd ever come across. Because Atmananda's description is so extremely compact in this paragraph, I have endeavored to unfold it in this video.


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      :) friends and companions, today (26 june) happens to be my
      birthday. so i am sending you a small gift tale... comments as
      usual appreciated.

      this is the last part of the adventures of the friend of god, our wonderful
      grand-grand-grand-grandfather abraham, and his wife, the beautiful
      as they were getting old, a heir, a son was  what grandpa abram wished more
      then anything. grandma sara, loving her spouse wholeheartedly, brought him,
      according to custom, her favorite young slave/maiden, beautiful hagar, as
      a bedmate, saying: "she will give birth on my knees, and this will be as if the
      child is mine" indeed, hagar bore abram a son, fulfillment of his dream.
      he was given the name ismael, and all were happy.
      after some years, god in person came to visit his friend, and promised him
      that in spite of their advanced age, he and sarah will have another son.
      and indeed, despite of sarah's disbelief and scornful laughter, in due time
      sarah too bore a son. he was given the name itzhak  
      some time later sara, observing her husband's love and affection towards his
      firstborn, though son of a slave (at this time ismael was thirteen, almost a man,
      and obviously his father's favorite), made sure there is only one unquestionable
      heir to the household, their son itzhak. to ensure that she went to abram and told
      him to send hagar and her son away, claiming that they were plotting against
      the newborn. unable to comply with such a a demand, to drive his son to the
      dessert and almost certain death, abram turned to god for help, but god said:
      "do all your wife says. I will take care of hagar and ishmal. do not worry".
      this was the beginning of the two great hebraic dynasties, stemming from
      abraham the hebrew, friend of god. first came family line of the sons of ismael,
      later called the arabs, and then the line of son's of israel son of itzhak, later known
      as the jews. as confirmed by god, both are direct descendants and inheritors of grandpa
      abraham tradition. and from their father's side, they are blood brothers.
      in their later years, ismael became known as the example of perfect love
      and respect of a son towards his father, abraham the friend of god. he abided by
      his father constantly, and served selflessly and devotedly till his last.breath.
      as to itshak, he grew up with feelings of guilt, knowing that his elder brother
      (who left when he was a baby), dear first son of his father, was chased away
      so that he will have no competitor. thus he feared the future meeting  with his
      brother, but to his relief when the time came ismael accepted him warmly,
      and they parted in peace… next generation, his son yaakov, added to and
      deepened the inherited feelings of guilt – for aiding his mother to cheat his old,
      blind father, and stealing the firstborn's blessing, rightly belonging to his
      brother esaw.
      thus identity traits opened a rift of mutual misunderstanding, causing conflicts
      and an almost unbridgeable gaps between the views of the descends of the two
      proud hebrew tribes. this bloody conflict lasts (with notable exceptions, like the
      golden age in middle-ages spain)  till today.
      for the ismaelic tribes, honor and respect form a core attribute of identity.
      this is a common trait unifying all communities, though the interpretations
      may vary according to time, place and people (particular community).
      but it is certainly far more important and crucial then all land and possessions,
      social and/or economic status, and it's dictates, followed fanatically, extend
      far beyond even closest family ties.
      as to the sons of israel, namely the jews, deeply hidden guilt became the inseparable
      trait of their tribal identity. thus honor and respect, though very important and valuable
      for themselves, do not play such a central role in their identity's mental makeup. on the
      other hand, this deep "god knows I deserve it" feeling produced and developed one
      of the indispensable tools, which enabled tribe members to exist and flourish worldwide,
      and cope more-or-less successfully with successions of disasters up to this day - the
      ability to laugh at themselves..the divine sense of humor is a most important weapon in war
      against the only real enemy of humanity: the self-conceited ignorance.
      oh yes, and apparently the hebrews do what their wives  tell them to do…
      as my dad told  me "remember, son. men rule the world.. women rule men"

      thus evidently the muslim branch of abraham's children has to learn
      to stop taking themselves with deadly seriousness, and develop the
      sense of humor, the divine gift; inherent in all adam's children.
      while the jewish branch have to realize that since the only respect one
      truly has is the respect extended toward "others", the way to get back
      their self respect is to honor everybody, and first of all their apparent
      ~ ~ ~
      Thanks for the gift Yosy, and a happy birthday :-)
      A (translated) quote from Ramana on the occasion:

      “You who wishes to celebrate the birthday, seek first whence was your birth.
      One’s true birthday is when he enters THAT which transcends birth & death - the Eternal Being.
      At least on one’s birthday one should mourn one’s entry into this world (samsara).
      To glory in it & celebrate it is like delighting in & decorating a corpse.
      To seek one’s self & merge in the self: that is wisdom."


      :) thank you jan, my friend...

      Even before
      We emerged
      Into this world
      Of land and sky
      We all
      Were divers
      Effortlessly floating
      Weightless and dreaming
      In safety
      Of all-pervading waters
      Protected well
      Beating heart.

      And then
      Fighting for breath
      We died as fish
      Into this world
      Of weight
      And sorrow.
      People call
      This death

      One day
      I shall return
      To my great
      Mother’s womb.
      Some will say
      He drowned
      And died
      But I
      I shall be home

      shabbat shalom all,

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