#3805 - Friday, February 12, 2010 - Editor: Jerry
The following are quotations from Franny & Zooey, by J.D.
Salinger, written about 50 years ago. Salinger wrote about young
people, his most famous work being The Catcher in the Rye. He helped usher
Buddhism and Nonduality into the West.
"It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does it so--I don't know--not
wrong, or even mean, or even stupid, necessarily. But just so tiny and
meaningless--and sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or
something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much as everybody else,
only in a different way."
"I feel so funny. I think I'm going crazy. Maybe I'm already crazy."
"You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics,
and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of
nitwit college students, and you decide that everything's ego, ego, ego, and the
only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and
say the Jesus prayer and beg God for little mystical experience that will make
her nice and happy."
"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on
his own terms, not anyone else's."
"The only thing you can do now, the only religious thing you can do, is
act. Act for God, if you want to - be God's actress, if you want to. What could
be prettier? You can at least try to, if you want to--there's nothing wrong in
3rd Annual Non-Dualism Conference set for Feb. 25-28
FORT WALTON BEACH — The Center for Nondualism will hold
its 3rd Annual Non-Dualism Conference Feb. 25-28 at the Ramada Plaza Beach
Resort on Okaloosa Island [Florida, USA]
The theme is “Transcending Fear, the Greatest Obstacle to NonDual
Enjoy the camaraderie of people who share this perspective.
Better understand the nature of nondualism.
Gain practical insight about nondual meditation and practices.
Learn how to live nondualism in a cultural of dualism.
See the nondual roots of yoga, religions, and philosophy.
There will be about 18 presentations or practical training sessions related
to nondual yoga, meditation, and contemplation.
Four hatha yoga (postures) classes will be on each of the mornings, as well
as brief hatha yoga sessions during the afternoons.
Fifteen or more guided meditations of various durations will be
Saturday night entertainment will include drumming Circle with Mike Beck,
Harp concert by Lisa (Leela) Patterson, accompanied by George Shumway on bass
fiddle. Singing by Kathleen Gibson, Robin Holzer, and Rukmini Eggelte.
The Center for Non-Dualism is a community for people who share the non-dual
perspective of religion, yoga, and philosophy. The purpose of the center is to
maintain a fellowship and to provide a nurturing environment that is conducive
to learning and experiencing the oneness of non-dualism.
Who Is God?
by Mitesh Dabhi
The worshipper in a temple or mosque or church holds within his mind a
picture of what he believes God to be. That picture is purely a metal image and
he is worshipping that image, not Reality. This image has come down to him by
tradition through hundreds of years, perhaps, and backed by the force of the
great organised religions though it may be, still it is only an idea passing
though his mind, a picture which he has held because other people have suggested
it to him.
Because he is worshipping an idea, something which by its very nature is
not eternal, but comes and must eventually go , as all ideas must, he has not
found Reality, and from the standpoint of deep enquiry he is even
worshipping an illusion, if by the word “illusion” we mean that “which is not
real”, and if by “reality” we mean “that which is true and eternal and
It may seem like an appalling statement to say that millions of people have
been worshipping their own idea, which they take to be God. Surely, you will
point out that, in religious buildings we often feel a holy presence. How is
that we are awed in such a place, and that these religions have, during their
best days cast a spell over the people?
It is because the power which man has found in religion, the power to help
him and lift him up, has come from within himself. He himself has given himself
the guidance, help, exaltation, and spiritual consolation which he believed he
found in his church or in his faith or in his idea of God. When man has learnt
to build a quiet church inside his own heart and to be a ministering priest to
his own self, religion will have done its true work.
Man has unconsciously deceived himself into thinking that an external
power, something outside of himself has come to his help or guidance. This
was his only belief, man himself through his own inner resources and
concentration drew out from within himself, from his own spirit, that which he
thought came from God whom he believed to be outside of himself.
So if man wishes to awaken, if he wants to understand himself, he must face
the the fact that the real avenue to contact with God is not outside himself,
but within, directly inside. He must find his own way to God through and within
himself. That is, if he seeks God, there is no other way, but if he is looking
for ideas, concepts or mental images, then he can take what orthodox religions
and cults offer him. And because most people have been content to let others do
their thinking and their questioning for them, they have been satisfied with