#3686 - Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #3686 - Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsJames Traverse talks with Mandee Moon about the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on CKDU radio, Halifax, Nova Scotia.Opening song by local songwriter/singer Allie Kane. Discussion plus more music. Recorded from live radio.http://nonduality.com/20091014.13.30-15.30.mp3 (the first minute is from the previous show.)JerryAudio recordings of Clara Llum's Satsangs of the last 12 months, some 50 sessions, available for anyone to listen or download, no fees.10/14/2009
Being Water, Ocean and WavesMarian DharaA slightly different version of the metaphor of the ocean and the waves.Imagine water was aware. Imagine the ocean. The ocean is aware water being an ocean of water. An ocean, being an ocean, does what an ocean does. At the bottom, it is very still, unmoving water; at the surface it is constantly moving, shaping itself in the form of different waves.At the bottom, the ocean, in its absolute stillness, is water aware of being water. It is not busy with or worried about its being an ocean. It rests in and as that which it is; here there is nothing to distract it.On its surface, the oceans movement produces waves, which is what an ocean can do because it is that: an ocean. Here (still nowhere else but the ocean) its movement, its rising and crashing, the foam and the roaring (all things which the water is aware of now) appear so central that they seem to obscure the waters awareness that waves are what an ocean does, while uninterruptedly being water. Although and because water is that which is aware, the water here seems to become many different entities, each with an individual, special shape: this particular moving wave here, now vs. that particular one there or then. It seems that every wave is aware of itself as a wave -the knowing that they are nothing but the ocean, or that it is only water moving oh well, they are too busy being waves. Here it seems as if one wave, its particular speed, volume, or height had an impact on other waves. Each wave, in the limited awareness of what is going on from the perspective of its apparent form, assumes it is in charge of its own movement. It has to run away from larger, dangerous waves if it doesnt want to be crashed upon, or it has to move faster in order engulf the one ahead to it.
Because water is aware, waves have this feeling, this knowing that they are something else, that they somehow belong together into something larger, more powerful, and more pure. No wave has ever returned after crashing. And constantly, new waves appear out of nowhere, or out of the already existing waves. There are waves with intuition that tell about something called Ocean. They say it is vast, eternal, omnipresent and omnipotent. They recommend to look within, to go deeper and find this force. Other waves talk about Water, still, peaceful and omniscient Water. Look for the knowing of that which is your essence, they say, be like Water. No wave has ever found either Ocean or Water, but they are told how to be-have in order to have (be) such qualities. They are given instructions to be a better wave, or a purer wave, or a stronger wave, a more peaceful wave
Waves develop a sense of purpose and effort in order to follow the advice. They struggle to rise high and endure. They feel for those weaker than them that dont make it. Some seem to succeed and are admired. Others strive to keep up, to be like the taller waves. Some fail and never produce but a tiny ripple. Others resign and do not even bother They all suffer, because as waves, sooner or later they will one way or another disappear and will seem to be replaced.Is there a cause that makes water in the ocean be the ocean? Is there any purpose to the oceans movement and apparent creation of waves? Is there any meaning inherent in the waves shapes and forms? Will a wave ever succeed in being anything other than the oceans movement? Will any effort by a wave change the nature of the ocean, its being, its movement? Do the same waves that disappear ever return in a new form? Do the waves go anywhere after disappearing?Do any of these questions make any sense?There is only water. At no point does water coexist with an ocean or with many waves. There never is an ocean thing and there never are many wave things. From the perspective of water, there is no ocean, there are no waves. Ocean is what water is being. Waves are what water, in its being an ocean, does. And yet, in an ocean of water, waves appear, rise and dissolve always anew, each wave just once, all of them together at once just once.
- #3686 - Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Editor: Jerry KatzThe Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsThe first article is yet another example of how the word and teaching of nonduality has entered the mainstream.Then a poem by Andrew Brunt.Have a nice weekend.-JerryMay Gallery enters an out-of-focus worldBy: Karen MeyersPosted: 10/15/09
At the opening reception for photographers Cindy Lappin and Kevin Vogler on Friday, Oct. 9, students, staff and community members got a clear explanation of the out-of-focus photos hanging in Webster University's May Gallery.
Lappin and Vogler, a husband and wife duo, have been working together on-and-off for over 30 years and have been married for 14 years.
"I didn't want anything too sharp," Lappin said. "I was trying to convey not a dreamscape, but waking up, that the world is a dream."
Lappin's work includes more abstract pictures, as well as close-up shots of silverware. Vogler's work includes the sharp images of farms and flowers.
Just as their photography shows, Lappin and Vogler are very different when it comes to their style of photography.
Vogler said he is inspired by found objects, while Lappin is inspired by her walks through nature with her son Graham who attended the opening.
"I never thought I'd end up taking landscaping," Vogler said. "It was something I had been overlooking."
The couple likes to use regular digital cameras to capture their photos.
"It's freeing when you just have something with you all the time and you're not hung up on the equipment," Lappin said. "It inspires a different kind of photo than I would have (usually) taken."
The title of the exhibit, "Not One, Not Two," was Lappin's idea. She based it on the idea of non-duality - that two things are distinct, but not separate.
"It's a philosophy," Lappin said. "It's about interconnectedness. That we're all part of a whole, but we're not. It's like waves to the ocean. The wave is not the ocean, but they're not separate. They're connected in a way that they couldn't be without each other. It's not good, not bad."
Lappin relates the same philosophy to how she and her husband work together.
"We encourage each other," Vogler said.
Students were a minority at the event in a crowd of about 150 to 175 people who came to see the gallery. But students that did come to the event appreciated Vogler and Lappin's work.
"I think it's really interesting the way the sharp, focused images contrast the soft pastel pieces," said Allison Knotts, a junior photography major.
Both Vogler and Lappin attended WU when it was still Webster College. Vogler only took a few classes while Lappin graduated with a degree in media communications in 1982.
One of the most influential people in Lappin's career was Susan Stang, a WU photography professor, who told her to try something she was afraid of - portraits.
Bill Barrett, the director of the May Gallery, found the evening to be a success.
"Given the weather and the construction, we had a nice group of folks," Barrett said.
The exhibit will be on display until the end of October. To see more of Lappin and Vogler's photography, visit www.lappinvogler.com.© Copyright 2009 The Journalhttp://media.www.webujournal.com/media/storage/paper245/news/2009/10/15/Lifestyle/May-Gallery.Enters.An.OutOfFocus.World-3804435.shtmlSome photographs are here:little body of Somebody
With legs stretched outwatching a black ant navigatewrinkled terrain of white feet,climbing thru the golden forestthat is my sunlit leg hairI wonderon what big bodyof secret somebodyam Iplaying human?Christs toenail?Kalis bellybutton?Shivas dreads?Dharmakaya tongue?Brahman bliss?IISittin in a lawn chairfriday afternoon,its all here.Namah Shivaya!
Na feet feeling gaia grassMah dog lapping water bowlShi skin absorbing sun kissVa chest rising fair fragranceYa kite gliding invisible information& OMsmilingthrough-out;comingfromwith-in,as iam nowhereto be foundAndrew Brunt
Afternoon Eternity, 9/25/09As space and time keep everything from happening all at once, ignorance keeps nothing from happening all at once. -JK