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    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nonduality Highlights: Issue
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 16, 2011
      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4136, Sunday, January 16, 2011

      The Story of a Story

      Once upon a time there was a story

      Its end came
      before its beginning
      And its beginning came
      After its end

      Its heroes entered it
      After their death
      And left it
      Before their birth

      Its heroes talked
      About some earth about some heaven
      The said all sorts of things

      Only they didn't say
      What they themselves didn't know
      That they are only heroes in a story

      In a story whose end comes
      Before its beginning
      And whose beginning comes
      after its end

      . - Vasko Popa, translated from the Serbo-Croat by Anne Pennington, from Staying Alive,edited by Neil Astley, posted to The_Now2

      Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.

      Bertrand Russell, posted to Distillation

      Ram Tzu has a question for you

      You believe in yourself.
      You believe in
      The power of positive thinking.
      You attend seminars
      To gain control of your life.

      Once again you become pregnant
      With visions of limitless opportunities,
      All yours for the grabbing.

      You need merely to
      Set your goals
      Define your wants
      Establish priorities.

      Then you can march off
      To claim all
      That is rightfully yours.

      Ram Tzu has a question for you...

      What went wrong this time?

      - Ram Tzu, from No Way for the Spiritually "Advanced," posted to AlongTheWay

      By overlaying a subjective grid-work on the
      world through your definitions and beliefs, you
      vainly try to artificially divide the indivisible.

      Beneath all of your ego-based interpretations,
      however, the Absolute persists undisturbed and is
      completely untouched by everything that you think,
      feel, say and do.

      Meanwhile, though, you're still struggling to
      frantically write the story of your life on the watery
      surface of an Eternal Ocean.

      But you're using an icicle pen!

      - Chuck Hillig, from Seeds for the Soul, posted to AlongTheWay

      The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

      - Stephen Jay Gould, posted to Distillation

      Always be present, attentive, and ready in yourself

      If a blow comes to you from Heaven,
      be alert to a gift of honor after it;
      for He is not the King to slap you
      without giving you a crown
      and a throne on which to rest.
      The whole world is worth only a gnat's wing,
      but a single slap may bring an infinite reward.
      Slip your neck nimbly out of this golden collar
      that is the world, and take the slaps that come from God.
      The prophets suffered those blows on the neck,
      and from that affliction they lifted their heads high.
      But always be present, attentive, and ready in yourself,
      youthful one, in order that He may find you at home.
      Otherwise He will take back His gift of honor,
      saying "I found no one there."

      - Rumi, Mathnawi VI: 1638-1643, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, from Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to Sunlight

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