#3618 - Saturday, August 8, 2009
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3618, Saturday, August 8, 2009
Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding the truth.
- Ludwig Borne
Inwardly seeing your own self-nature and being unshakable, indestructible - that is Zen!
- Zen Saying, posted to The_Now2
Truth is only discovered in the moment.
There is no truth that can be carried over
to the next moment, the next day, the next year.
Memory never contains truth, only what is past, dead, gone.
Truth comes into the non-seeking mind fresh and alive.
It is not something you can carry with you, accumulate, or hold onto.
Truth leaps into view when the mind is quiet, not asserting itself.
You cannot contain or domesticate truth, for if you do, it dies instantly.
Truth prowls the unknown waiting for a gap in the mind's activity.
When that gap is there, the truth leaps out of the unknown into the known.
Instantly you comprehend it and sense its sacredness.
The timeless has broken through like a flash of lightning
and illuminated the moment with its presence.
Truth comes to an innocent mind as a blessing and a sacrament.
Truth is a holy thing because it liberates thought from itself
and illumines the human heart from the inside out.
- Adyashanti, posted to AdyashantiGroup
The truth of you is the only truth there is. The truth of each individual is the truth of the whole. Knowing yourself absolutely is knowing the Absolute.
- Cee, from The Way of Knowledge: Meditation, Realization, Nonduality
His most clever student presented the awakened with an "unsolvable" problem:
"If a small gosling is kept in a large glass bottle and fed until it is full grown," said the student. "how does one get the goose out of the bottle without breaking the bottle or killing the goose?"
The awakened paused for a moment as everyone in the room contemplated this perplexing problem. He then tossed his small cup of water into the student's face and shouted "Wake Up!"
As the student sat in open-mouthed shock, the awakened gently smiled and said "The goose is out."
The goose in the bottle was only an imaginary problem. It existed only in the mind. The only problem of the spiritual seeker is his or her inability to see through the illusion of an imaginary separate self. The separate self is only in your mind. It's not really there. The goose is already out!
- Gary Crowley, from From Here to Here: Turning Toward Enlightenment