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    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nonduality Highlights: Issue
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      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3591, Sunday, July 12, 2009

      Rest and Be Taken

      When there is deep abundance
      there is nowhere to abide.
      There is nowhere to rest
      or grasp onto
      and yet there is rest

      The sky abides
      yet it never rests.
      Neither can we say that
      the sky is not always at rest.
      We talk about the sky
      as if it were something
      as if it actually exists -
      and yet we cannot say that
      the sky does not exist.
      The sky is nothing but
      coming and going.
      Everything is perfectly spontaneous.
      The coming and going arise mutually
      If the true I is asleep
      you will miss the point entirely
      and you will continue to dwell
      in the world of opposites.

      So see the two as one
      and the one as empty
      and be liberated
      within the world of duality.

      At first it seems
      as if begoing follows becoming.
      But look even closer
      and you will see
      that there are only
      flashes of lightning
      illuminating the empty sky.

      Life and death
      becoming and begoing
      are only words.
      In order to save your life
      you must see that you die
      moment to moment
      instant to instant.

      Now where are you going to abide?
      And where are you not abiding already?

      Indeed there is nowhere
      to rest your head
      and there is nothing but rest.
      So let go of all ideas
      about permanence and impermanence
      about cause and effect
      and about no cause and no effect.
      All such notions are dualistic concepts.

      The Truth of what you are
      is completely beyond all duality
      and all notions of non-duality,
      and yet it includes duality
      and non-duality alike.
      Like an ocean
      that is both waves and stillness
      and yet un-definable
      as waves or stillness.

      The truth of being
      cannot be grasped by ideas
      or experiences.
      Both waves and stillness
      are the manifest activity
      or your own self.
      But self cannot be defined
      by its activity
      nor by its non-activity.
      The truth is
      ungraspable, all-inclusive
      and closer than your own skin.

      A single thought about it
      obscures its essence.
      The perfume of true life
      is right in your nose.
      There is nothing you can do
      to perceive it
      and yet you must do something.
      I say:
      Rest and be taken.
      Rest and be taken.
      - Adyashanti, from My Secret is Silence: Poetry and Sayings of Adyashanti


      When all thoughts
      Are exhausted
      I slip into the woods
      And gather
      A pile of shepherd's purse.

      Like the little stream
      Making its way
      Through the mossy crevices
      I, too, quietly
      Turn clear and transparent.

      - Ryokan

      You Are the Only Student You Have

      You are the only faithful student you have.
      All the others leave eventually.

      Have you been making yourself shallow
      with making others eminent?

      Just remember, when you're in union,
      you don't have to fear
      that you'll be drained.

      The command comes to speak,
      and you feel the ocean
      moving through you.
      Then comes, Be silent,
      as when the rain stops,
      and the trees in the orchard
      begin to draw moisture
      up into themselves.

      Rumi, Mathnawi V:3195-3219, version by Coleman Barks

      Word, Thought, Kula and Akula cease to be there!
      Neither silence nor yogic postures gain you admission there;
      Neither Shiva, nor Shakti abide there!
      Whatever remains is That; this is the Lesson!

      - Lalla, English version by B. N. Paramoo

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