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    Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Nonduality Highlights: Issue
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2011

      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4183 Sunday, March 6, 2011

      The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvelous order which reveals itself in nature. Individual existence impresses him as a sort of prison and he wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole.

      - Albert Einstein, from http://answerlessanswer.com/index.html

      You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

      - Frederick Buechner, posted to The_Now2

      may my heart always be open to little
      birds who are the secrets of living
      whatever they sing is better than to know
      and if men should not hear them, men are old

      may my mind stroll about hungry
      and fearless and thirsty and supple
      and even if it's Sunday may I be wrong
      for whenever men are right, they are not young

      and may myself do nothing usefully
      and love yourself so more than truly
      there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
      pulling all the sky over him with one smile

      - e e cummings, from Complete Poems, posted to The_Now2

      my death poem
      for now, a breeze!

      - Anna Ruiz, posted to The_Now2

      The Sunrise Ruby

      In the early morning hour,
      just before dawn, lover and beloved wake
      and take a drink of water.

      She ask, "Do you love me or yourself more?
      Really, tell the absolute truth."

      He says, "There's nothing left of me.
      I'm like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
      Is it still a stone, or a world
      made of redness? It has no resistance
      to sunlight."

      This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
      and told the truth!

      The ruby and the sunrise are one.
      Be courageous and discipline yourself.

      Completely become hearing and ear,
      and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.

      Work. Keep digging your well.
      Don't think about getting off from work.
      Water is there somewhere.

      Submit to a daily practice.
      Your loyalty to that
      is a ring on the door.

      Keep knocking, and the joy inside
      will eventually open a window
      and look out to see who's there.

      - Rumi, version by Coleman Barks, frm The Essential Rumi, posted to Sunlight

      When there is deep abundance
      there is nowhere to abide.
      There is nowhere to rest
      or grasp onto
      and yet there is rest.

      The sky abides
      yet it never rests.
      Neither can we say that
      the sky is not always at rest.
      We talk about the sky
      as if it were something
      as if it actually exists -
      and yet we cannot say that
      the sky does not exist.
      The sky is nothing but
      coming and going.

      Everything is perfectly spontaneous.
      The coming and going arise mutually
      If the true I is asleep
      you will miss the point entirely
      and you will continue to dwell
      in the world of opposites.

      So see the two as one
      and the one as empty
      and be liberated
      within the world of duality.

      At first it seems
      as if begoing follows becoming.
      But look even closer
      and you will see
      that there are only
      flashes of lightning
      illuminating the empty sky.

      Life and death
      becoming and begoing
      are only words.
      In order to save your life
      you must see that you die
      moment to moment
      instant to instant.

      Now where are you going to abide?
      And where are you not abiding already?

      Indeed there is nowhere
      to rest your head
      and there is nothing but rest.
      So let go of all ideas
      about permanence and impermanence
      about cause and effect
      and about no cause and no effect.
      All such notions are dualistic concepts.

      The Truth of what you are
      is completely beyond all duality
      and all notions of non-duality,
      and yet it includes duality
      and non-duality alike.
      Like an ocean
      that is both waves and stillness
      and yet un-definable
      as waves or stillness.

      The truth of being
      cannot be grasped by ideas
      or experiences.
      Both waves and stillness
      are the manifest activity
      or your own self.
      But self cannot be defined
      by its activity
      nor by its non-activity.
      The truth is
      ungraspable, all-inclusive
      and closer than your own skin.

      A single thought about it
      obscures its essence.
      The perfume of true life
      is right in your nose.
      There is nothing you can do
      to perceive it
      and yet you must do something.
      I say:
      Rest and be taken.
      Rest and be taken.

      - Adyashanti, from My Secret is Silence: Poetry and Sayings of Adyashanti
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