#4448 - Thursday, December 8, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- 'We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the#4448 - Thursday, December 8, 2011 - Editor: Gloria LeeThe Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights
visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.'~ Rainer Maria Rilke
The surest sign of spiritual progress is a total lack of concern about
progress. There is an utter absence of anxiety about anything like
liberation and a sort of hollowness in one's being, a kind of looseness
and involuntary surrender to whatever might happen.~ Ramesh S. Balsekarby Tony Cartledge on Facebook
If I was to translate the enlightened state down into human terms, I'd
have to describe it as contentment. Being nobody, going nowhere,
needing no reason to exist. To the ego, that probably sounds a little
boring, and of course to an ego it is. But then again, there's really
nothing for the ego in enlightenment. In enlightenment, the egoic false
self is rendered an irrelevant illusion, a mask, a character that
nothingness wears while pretending to be human.Not only is there nothing in enlightenment for the ego, the ego is the
defense against enlightenment. I'm not saying that ego is bad or evil
because it's not. I'm saying that ego is a social and personal construct
and therefore an illusion. But there's nothing wrong with an illusion.A painting is an illusion; a movie is an illusion; a good novel is an
illusion. The problem isn't with illusion; the problem is with the
emotional attachments and addictions of ego.~ Adyashantiby Kiki Bakshi on Facebook
by Hakim Sanai
(1044? - 1150?)My dear!
You haven't the feet
for this path --
You've no idea where
the idol's to be found --
what's all this
What can be done
If you were really a lover
you'd see that faith and infidelity
Oh, what's the use?
about such things
is a hobby for
You are pure spirit
but imagine yourself a corpse!
pure water which thinks
it's the pot!
Everything you want
must be searched for --
except the Friend.
If you don't find Him
you can be sure:
You are not Him --
you can remove yourself
and Him --
in which case
Him.English version by
Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah PourjavadyOne of the most famous phrases popularized by Horace is carpe diem,
sometimes translated as "seize the day." Carpe diem comes from
Horace's Ode I-XI, the 11 ode in his first book.Heather McHugh translated one ode:"Get wise. Get wine, and one good filter for it.
Cut that high hope down to size, and pour it
into something fit for men. Think less
of more tomorrows, more of thisone second, endlessly unique: it's
jealous, even as we speak, and it's
about to split again ..."from The Writer's Almanac
photo by Peter SheflerWords
The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path
are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.
The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.
The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.
And one word transforms it into something less or other --
illicit, chaste, perfunctory, conjugal, covert.
Even calling it a kiss betrays the fluster of hands
glancing the skin or gripping a shoulder, the slow
arching of neck or knee, the silent touching of tongues.
Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper --
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads. To name is to know and remember.
The sunlight needs no praise piercing the rainclouds,
painting the rocks and leaves with light, then dissolving
each lucent droplet back into the clouds that engendered it.
The daylight needs no praise, and so we praise it always --
greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon.
~ Dana Gioia
(Interrogations at Noon)
Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Words.html