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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #4584, Sunday, April 29, 2011
Mother of us all
Mother-of-us-all prays to free us
from our image of perfection
to which so much suffering clings.
When in the shadowy mind
we imagine ourselves imperfectly,
praying to be freed from gravity
by enlightenment, she refines our prayers.
Putting her arms around us
she bids us rest our head on her shoulder
whispering, don't you know
with all your fear and anger
all you are fit for is love.
- Stephine Levine, from Breaking the Drought, posted to allspirit
For a moment I saw a beautiful moving river.
Then a vast water with no means of crossing it.
For a moment, I saw a bush full of opening buds.
Then no roses, no thorns, nothing.
For a moment I saw a busy cooking fire.
Then no hearth, no smoke, no flame.
I saw the great mother of kings, Kunti.
Then, the next moment, sitting here, is
the helpless old aunt of the potter's wife.
- Lalla, posted to AlongTheWay
First there is a mountain,
Then there is no mountain,
Then there is.
The Allman Frothers - Mountain Jam from Eat a Peach:
When all the false self-identifications are thrown away, what remains is all-embracing love.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, posted to ANetofJewels
That this entire phenomenal show of the universe has no purpose indicates the obvious futility of seeking a goal in life. No sooner is a goal conceived than spontaneity is at once destroyed and the self conscious ego takes over in destructive competition against everything that comes, thus missing all that is worthwhile in life. It is, indeed, the "purposeful" life which entirely misses out on the purpose of life! The true purposeless vision misses nothing and enjoys everything without inhibition.
- Ramesh Balsekar, posted to ANetofJewels
The past is long gone
there is no way back
how could there be
the present is over too quickly
for feeble desires
to have any effect
except to hide peace
the future races ahead
forever out of reach
of dreamy wishes
and useless plans
and yet when I rest
in the endless now
every need is satisfied
in ways never imagined
- Nirmala, from Gifts with No Giver