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  • markwotter704
    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nonduality Highlights: Issue
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 2, 2009
      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3605, Sunday, July 26, 2009

      The richness of the moment comes when it's both full and empty at the same time. The truth is, we live simultaneously in time and timelessness.

      Ram Dass, posted to The_Now2


      This morning
      two mockingbirds
      in the green field
      were spinning and tossing

      the white ribbons
      of their songs
      into the air.
      I had nothing

      better to do
      than listen.
      I mean this

      In Greece,
      a long time ago,
      an old couple
      opened their door

      to two strangers
      who were,
      it soon appeared,
      not men at all,

      but gods.
      It is my favorite story
      how the old couple
      had almost nothing to give

      but their willingness
      to be attentive
      but for this alone
      the gods loved them

      and blessed them
      when they rose
      out of their mortal bodies,
      like a million particles of water

      from a fountain,
      the light
      swept into all the corners
      of the cottage,

      and the old couple,
      shaken with understanding,
      bowed down
      but still they asked for nothing

      but the difficult life
      which they had already.
      And the gods smiled, as they vanished,
      clapping their great wings.

      Wherever it was
      I was supposed to be
      this morning
      whatever it was I said

      I would be doing
      I was standing
      at the edge of the field
      I was hurrying

      through my own soul,
      opening its dark doors
      I was leaning out;
      I was listening

      - Mary Oliver



      In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
      Speech is born out of longing,
      True description from the real taste.
      The one who tastes, knows;
      the one who explains, lies.
      How can you describe the true form of Something
      In whose presence you are blotted out?
      And in whose being you still exist?
      And who lives as a sign for your journey?

      - Rabia

      Even if You Lose all you have

      Learn the meaning of that secret
      That God revealed in the Koran:
      Whether He makes you happy or unhappy,
      Whether He makes you sad or gives you hope,
      Even if you lose all you have
      Or suffer extremely in the spirit,
      Be patient: a hundred divine graces
      Are coming from His hand to you.

      He who endures patiently the pain
      That is sent from God
      Will, it is certain, obtain
      The strength and truth of faith.
      Marvelous news is sent to the patient;
      They will win a great joy.

      You must be able to perceive grace
      Even when His divine anger lashes you,
      And think of Him always with serenity,
      And always, whatever happens, cling to Him
      With all you heart and all your soul.

      - Sultan Valad

      The Soul That Does not Live in God is not Alive

      Spring makes red and white flowers appear on the trees,
      But the spring that is the origin of colors is colorless.

      Understand what I have said, and give up all talk;
      Run to the Origin without color and unite yourself to it.

      Annihilate yourself before the One Existence
      So that thousands of worlds leap out of you

      And your pure existence flames out of itself
      And goes on and on birthing different forms.

      Of course, none of these forms will last.
      Happy is the one who knows this mystery!

      Happy is he who gives his life to know this!
      He leaves this house for another far more radiant.

      You cannot understand this mystery through reason;
      The Way to Knowledge winds through suffering and torment.

      If you do not feel pain, you do not look for healing.
      The soul that does not live in God is not alive.

      She seems like a soul, but does not deserve the name:
      She has not been made alive by the Beloved.

      The soul is given life by the four-elements
      Like a lamp that burns through the night:

      The light is from oil and wick, it is not eternal.
      While the oil exists, the lamp burns, but then goes out.

      The one made alive by God will never die.
      He lives through God and not through gold or bread.

      God is the Light, the Eternal Source of Lights.
      The Light is causeless, as is His fiery radiance.

      Like gold, God's value comes from His pure, perfect essence.

      - Sultan Valad

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