#4114 - Saturday, December 25, 2010
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4114, Saturday, December 25, 2010
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus, Matthew 5.3-12 ESV
There is no good and no evil. In every concrete situation there is only the necessary and the unnecessary. The needful is right, the needless is wrong. The situation decides. Every situation is a challenge which demands the right response. When the response is right, the challenge is met and the problem ceases. If the response is wrong, the challenge is not met and the problem remains unsolved. Your unsolved problems - that is what constitutes your karma. Solve them rightly and be free.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels
Catch your thoughts and release them. You don't need to bang them on the head and try to kill them before throwing them back. You can just acknowledge each thought and then let it go.
- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, posted to DailyDharma
The Self alone is real. All others are unreal. The mind and intellect do not remain apart from you.
The Bible says, 'Be still and know that I am God.' Stillness is the sole requisite for the realization of the Self as God.
- Sri Ramana Maharshi, posted to Distillation
Meditating on the nature of the mind is something you can do anytime. You do not have to go somewhere special to acquire the nature of the mind; you do not need to buy it from a store or dig it up from the earth; it is always available.
During meditation you do not need to think any particular thoughts or make any effort to change what you are. Just simply maintain where you are and what you are, without trying to do anything unusual.
If you meditate by simply maintaining the natural state, then everything unnatural will be removed. You do not have to do anything except remain on your cushion. In one sense this is something of a joke, but in another sense it is true. You simply relax on your cushion, and that's it!
- Kehnchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, from The Buddhist Path: A Practical Guide from the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, posted to DailyDharma
Total Presence is Required.
Presence is needed to become aware of the beauty, the majesty, the sacredness of nature.
Have you ever gazed up into the infinity of space on a clear night, awestruck by the absolute stillness and inconceivable vastness of it?
Have you listened, truly listened, to the sound of a mountain stream in the forest? Or to the song of a blackbird at dusk on a quiet summer evening?
To become aware of such things, the mind needs to be still.
You have to put down for a moment your personal baggage of problems, of last and future, as well as all your knowledge; otherwise, you will see but not see, hear but not hear. Your total presence is required.
- Eckhart Tolle, from Practicing the Power of Now, posted to The_Now2
The great good news is that love is free and it has not gone anywhere. In all of these eons that you have been hiding from love, love is still here, it is still open, it is still waiting for your commitment, still waiting for you to say, "Yes, I give my life to the truth of love. I vow to let love live this life as it will, for better or worse, for richer or poorer." The love that you search for everywhere is already present within you. It may be evoked by any number of people or events. A mountain can evoke this love. A sunset can evoke this love. But finally, you must realize you are this love. The source of all love is within you.
- Gangaji, posted to adyashantigroup