#4433 - Monday, November 21, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category~The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpocheby Jacque Collier on Facebook
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you
want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and
negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your
own self-transformation.~ Lao Tzuby Lee Bron on Facebook
Faith is a state of openness or trust. To have faith is like when you trust
yourself to the water. You don't grab hold of the water when you swim,
because if you do you will become stiff and tight in the water, and sink. You
have to relax, and the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging, and
holding on. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and
clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe becomes a
person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude
of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to
be.~ Alan WattsAlong The WayOnce you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the
road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases
to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.~ Sri Nisargadattaby Kiki Bakshi on Facebook
Do not undervalue attention. It means interest
and also love. To know, to do, to discover, or
to create you must give your heart to it - which
means attention. All the blessings flow from it.~ Nisargadatta MaharajAlong The Way
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
The sun's light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall,
and a lot different on this other one, but it's still One Light.~ Rumiphoto by Alan LarusThis Only
A valley and above it forests in autumn colors.
A voyager arrives, a map leads him there.
Or perhaps memory. Once long ago in the sun,
When snow first fell, riding this way
He felt joy, strong, without reason,
Joy of the eyes. Everything was the rhythm
Of shifting trees, of a bird in flight,
Of a train on the viaduct, a feast in motion.
He returns years later, has no demands.
He wants only one, most precious thing:
To see, purely and simply, without name,
Without expectations, fears, or hopes,
At the edge where there is no I or not-I.
~ Czeslaw Milosz
(The Collected Poems, 1931-1987, trans. by Robert Hass)Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/This_Only.html
Rupert Spira: PresenceThis absolute intimacy of pure experiencing is what we call love. It is the
absence of distance, separation or otherness. There is no room for two there.
Love is the experience of pure non-duality.~ Rupert SpiraVolume I of Presence is arranged in six sections in which Rupert explores, and
invites us to explore, our true nature, the nature of peace, happiness and love,
the origin of the separate self, the body, the world and experience. Gently, yet
remorselessly, concepts and misconceptions are dissolved until it is seen that
there is only Presence 'simultaneously being and knowing itself' - and we are
no different from that Presence. Read an extract from Rupert's new book, as
well as a letter of gratitude from Chris Hebard.Click here to read an extract from Presence Volume I.