#4270 - Saturday, June 4, 2011
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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4270, Saturday, June 4, 2011
Just as a forest conflagration (itself a single body of flame) assumes innumerable forms, so does the formless, nondual Consciousness assume all forms that compose the universe.
- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels
Truth is very simple, don't complicate it.
You must be in the Light to know the darkness:
Just be aware of yourself, the Light.
Jump into the fire of Knowledge
and don't be concerned with what will happen
to your clothing of concepts and vasanas.
This fire will burn all.
- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
- Carlyle, posted to AlongTheWay
Meditation is running into reality. It does not insulate you from the pain of life. It allows you to delve so deeply into life and all its aspects that you pierce the pain barrier and go beyond suffering.
- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, from Mindfulness in Plain English, posted to Distillation
This Is It. This is all there is - life appearing as an endless display of changing images, with no inherent purpose other than this appearance itself. There is simply life with no one living it.
For no reason at all life is at play with its own imagery, roving as attention, engaging in a mesmerising game of hide and seek which arises as a sense of separation with an integral urge to wholeness. Life restlessly seeks, yearning for itself. The seeking is the restlessness. This play of worldly existence is imbued with life's haunted longing for itself, seeking but never finding within the imagery in which it seeks. What is sought all along is this in which the seeking is playing out.
In life's play as humanity, thought assumes an exaggerated importance as attention spins effortlessly into myriad longings and desires, epitomised by the idea of seeking fulfilment through enlightenment. Reading texts, asking questions, surfing the internet, going on retreat, gurus, teachers, non-teachers, practice, no practice - any or all of it is possible but none of it is necessary as in actuality nothing needs to be discovered, understood, let go of or transcended.
Life already is, and recognition of itself in the form of enlightenment, liberation, nirvana etc is superfluous, merely another happening in the endless now of appearances in the play of life.
Nothing other than the configuration of life as it is now appearing is possible. All is happening exactly as it's `meant' to. If separation and seeking are the case, then this is it. If recognition and resting are the case, then this is it. Whatever is now - however ordinary or extraordinary - is it.
- Nathan Gill, posted to The_Now2
True humility is not the opposite of pride but the very negation of a separate entity who could either be proud or humble.
- Ramesh S. Balsekar, from A Net of Jewels, posted to AlongTheWay