Highlights of Thursday August 10th
A person can take all their hunger and love of freedom,
shout it out and be heard, and the world returns that small
rain with a storm if a person's not careful! What it means
is that the small rain IS a storm. I feel that's what
>>>Kerouac poem sent by John Metzger:There is no Way to lose.
If there was a way,
when the sun is shining on pond
and I go West, thou East,
which one does the true sun
which one does the true one
since neither one is the true one,
there is no true one way.
And the sun is the delusion
Of a way multiplied by two
And multiplied millionfold.
Since there is no Way, no Buddhas,
No Dharmas, no Conceptions,
Only One Ecstasy--
And Right Mindfulness
Is mindfulness that the way is No-Way--
Then what am I to do
Beyond writing this instructing
Poesy, ride a magic carpet
Of self ecstasy, or wait
For death like the children
In the Funeral Street after
The black bus has departed--
--- Mexico City Blues J. Kerouac
>>>Greg:I'd like to read Jack Kerouac too, never have. If you could recommend just
one (what, novel?) to me, which one?
>>>David Hodges:Hi Greg!
I am a Kerouac fan from way back. My recommendation would be "Dharma Bums", the
story of Jack's travels on the West Coast where he meets Gary Synder (he changed names
but they are recognizable) and others. "On the Road" was Kerouac's best seller and it
is worth reading too - for the portrait of Neal Cassady (Dean Moriarity) and for the
liberating jazzy spontaneous riffs of Kerouac's prose, of which Truman Capote sniffed,
"That's not writing, its typing." Kerouac was also quite a good poet. I like to
imagine him declaiming his poems in his French-canadian accented voice in some North
Beach (San Francisco) coffee house in the 50's. My favorite of his books of poetry is
"Mexico City Blues", and in that my favorite poem is the following:
The wheel of the quivering meat conception
Turns in the void expelling human beings,
Pigs, turtles, frogs, insects, nits
Mice, lice, lizards, rats, roan
Racinghorses, poxy bucolic pigtics,
Horrible unnameable lice of vultures
Murderous attacking dog-armies
Of Africa, Rhinos roaming in the jungle,
Vast boars and huge gigantic bull
Elephants, rams, eagles, condors,
Pones and Porcupines and Pills
All the endless conception of living beings
Gnashing everywhere in Consciousness
Throughout the ten directions of space
Occupying all the quarters in & out,
From supermicroscopic no-bug
To huge Galaxy Lightyear Bowell
Illuminating the sky of one Mind
Poor! I wish I was free
Of that slaving meat wheel
And safe in heaven dead
You might get a different answer from each person you ask. I
think Desolation Angels is his most nondual and most
literary. On The Road is his most famous.
This is a quote from Desolation Angels:
"What will I do when I get to Frisco? Why first thing I'll
get a room in Chinatown" --but even nearer and sweeter I
daydream what I'll do Leaving Day, some hallowed day in
early September, "I'll walk down the trail, two hours, meet
Phil in the boat, ride to the Ross Float, sleep there a
night, chat in the kitchen, start early in the morning on
the Diablo Boat, go right for that little pier (say hello
to Walt), hitch right to Marblemount, collect my pay, pay
my debts, buy a bottle of wine and drink it by the Skagit
in the afternoon, and leave next morning for Seattle"--and
on, down to Frisco, then L.A., then Nogales, then
Guadalajara, then Mexico City--And still the Void is still
and'll never move--
But I will be the Void, moving without having moved.
Sounds like he's going about visiting people on the list!
I have a web page with more excerpts:
>>>Jerry sent something Eckhart Tolle said, and some posts followed fronm that:Eckhart Tolle, from an interview in the soon to be released
book, Interviews with Emerging Spiritual Teachers:
Humankind as a whole has been through such vast suffering
that one could almost say that every human has suffered
enough now. No further suffering is necessary. And it is
now possible as spiritual teachings are coming through with
greater intensity, perhaps greater than ever before, that
many humans will be able to break through without any
further need for suffering. Otherwise I would not be
teaching. The very essence of the teaching is the message,
"You have suffered enough." The Buddha said it. "I teach
suffering, and the end of suffering," which means, "I show
you how suffering arises," which is an important
realization - I talked about that yesterday - and how you
can be free of that. So that is the very purpose of
spiritual teaching. Jesus says the same, "the Kingdom of
Heaven is here, Now" accessible to you here and Now.
Mama may have
And Papa may have
But God Bless the Child
Who's got his "own".
>>>Judi quoting Wayne Liquorman:You equate serenity with mildness.
You prefer your Masters
Be nearly comatose,
Or better yet, Dead.
Enlightenment is not
A means of escape.
Everyone has problems.
Ram Tzu knows this:
Jesus being nailed to the cross
Knew he was having a bad day.
>>>Dave (manchine):It was his destiny, and he knew it!
He accepted it. Even when he
had the opportunity to turn around.
Because the pain comes from fighting
destiny, which in the end, can't be changed.
Just as things have been, so they will be.
Understand your destiny,
it's the closest you'll get to freedom.
>>>Judi:Yes, what people call their "life", is nothing but an avoidance tactic.
As Wayne says "your noble search for God is nothing but a sly dodge."
>>>Larry:I agree, better to take a karma yoga approach to practice and not expect
results. If you ARE particularly interested in results, better to look
into _why_. Most likely you will be able to ferret out somthing you are
identifying with, probably an habitually arising pain. Simply
recognizing it as such, releases it from being "me".
However, if you get interested in all that you are unconsciously
identifying with, this can be a little overwhelming as it includes every
thought you think. Better go back to the yoga :)
>>>Dave:You see, once it is understood
that your destiny is THE destiny
any anguish is happily suffered.
For the real pain is in the constant
struggle against ALL reality.
Look it in the face
and trust it.
There is no other way.
It is Love itself,
the escence which disolves
Avoidance is everyone's hobby.
everyone's using glue to build plastic models
and very few have the window open.
i saw a man build a model of city in a wink
and he was so high on the fumes
he thought it was a city!
Your duty is to be and not to be this or that.
'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth. The
method is summed up in the words 'Be still'.
What does stillness mean? It means destroy
yourself. Because any form or shape is the
cause for trouble. Give up the notion that 'I
am so and so'. All that is required to realize
the Self is to be still. What can be easier than
- Sri Ramana Maharshi
In spite of the warning voice that comes in the night,
And repeats and repeats in my ear,
Don't you know little fool, you never can win
Lose your mentality, wake up to reality
Just when I think I'm
Free as a dove.
Old devil moon,
Deep in your eyes,
Blinds me with love.
And it's the real thing baby!