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    #4605 - Monday, May 21, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights Extraordinary things are always
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      #4605 - Monday, May 21, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      The Nonduality Highlights -
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights  
       
       
      "Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look."
       
      ~Jodi Picoult
       
       

       
      Awake awhile.
       
      It does not have to be
      Forever,
      Right now.
       
      One step upon the Sky's soft skirt
      Would be enough.
       
      Hafiz,
      Awake awhile.
      Just one True moment of Love
      Will last for days.
       
      Rest all your elaborate plans and tactics
      For Knowing Him,
      For they are all just frozen spring buds
      Far,
      So far from Summer's Divine Gold.
       
      Awake, my dear.
      Be kind to your sleeping heart.
      Take it out into the vast fields of Light
      And let it breathe.
       
      Say,
      "Love,
      Give me back my wings.
      Lift me,
      Lift me nearer."
       
      Say to the sun and moon,
      Say to our dear Friend,
       
      "I will take You up now, Beloved,
      On that wonderful Dance You promised."
       
      ~ Hafiz
       
      (I Heard God Laughing - Renderings of Hafiz -- Daniel Ladinsky)
      Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Awake_Awhile.html
       
       
      Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
       by Michael Chow of the Associated Press
       

       
       
      Only in the absence of the doer will you know what is to be done"

      ~Jean Klein
       

       
       
      When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no
      relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have
      no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with
      itself. 
       
      ~Gangaji
       

       
      "You have so many different methods to stop your thoughts. All of these
      methods are good to an extent. They make you sort of one pointed, but they
      will not stop your thoughts. This is why people who have been practicing
      pranayamas, breathing exercises, Vipassana meditation, even Zen meditation,
      and other forms of yoga meditation, have been practicing for years, and
      years, and years and years. Perhaps they have achieved a semblance of peace,
      but they have not become liberated, due to the fact that they are using
      methods, whether it is a koan, or it's watching your breath or your feelings, or
      whether it's changing your thoughts to something positive, whatever you've
      been doing, you're using your mind to do it.
       
      And your mind will always fool you. It will make you believe you're getting
      somewhere, you're becoming something great. But it's really the ego. It is the
      ego that is controlling the mind, and you are the ego, the ego trying to control
      the mind.
       
      By not attaching yourself to the thoughts, by not reacting to the thoughts, by
      not responding to the thoughts, they lose their power and begin to fade away.
      Yet do not give any energy. Do not give any power. Do not say to yourself, "I
      have to stop my thoughts." Do nothing like this. Just slow down. Slow down.
      Let the thoughts do what they may. Allow the thoughts to go their own way. Do
      nothing with your thoughts. Do not think about them. Do not fight them. And
      above all, do not try to stop them.
       
      As you begin to let your thoughts alone, not to pay any attention to them, not
      to be attached to them, you'll notice something very interesting happening to
      you. You’ll begin to notice that you're becoming very peaceful, very calm. You
      become happy for no reason whatsoever. All of these dastardly things are still
      going on in this world, man's inhumanity to man, you have your own so called
      problems. Yet you become happy, you become peaceful, you become blissful.
      This comes all by itself, because your thoughts have slowed down.
       
      You have not slowed your thoughts down. This is an important point to
      remember. You have not slowed your thoughts down. Not you, whatsoever. For
      you are the mind, and you have not used your mind to slow down your thoughts.
      You have done absolutely nothing, except to ignore your thoughts. Ignore the
      thoughts completely, totally, absolutely. Again, do not fight your thoughts.
      Ignoring your thoughts is not fighting your thoughts. Do not try to change
      your thoughts. Above all do not try to stop your thoughts. Just do not be
      attached to them, and ignore them.
       
      The example here is, what happens to your friends whom you ignore? If you
      have a friend and your friend is talking to you, telling you things, and you
      ignore your friend, what happens? The friend will walk away. The friend will
      go away and that will be the end of the friend. He or she will no longer be
      your friend, for you have ignored them totally, completely. You have not
      scolded them. You have not lectured your friend. You have not been evil to
      your friend. You have just ignored your friend. Your friend will back away
      and go away, because your friend gets no response from you whatsoever.
       
      It makes no difference if the thoughts are good or bad, they're both
      impostors. In reality there are no good thoughts, there are no bad thoughts.
      We're not trying to replace bad thoughts for good thoughts or good thought
      for bad thoughts. We're trying to leave the thoughts alone. Not to do a thing
      about them. I want to make this perfectly clear. This is the highest way to
      handle your thoughts. When the thoughts slow down, so does the ego. The
      thoughts and the ego are synonymous. As the thoughts slow down, the ego slows
      down, and begins to also disappear with the thoughts. When there are no
      thoughts, there’s no ego. When there’s no ego, there’s nobody left to think.
       
      Many of you still believe you have to have thoughts to function. You think
      you'll become a vegetable, but you will be spontaneous without thoughts.
      You'll be motivated by the self. You will know what to do, where to go, whom
      to speak to, whom not to speak to, much better than you do now. Much, much
      better. Things will happen to you spontaneously.
       
      Why do you want to do all this? For life passes. Pretty soon you become old,
      and you appear to die. Do you want to believe this lie, that you die, that you
      get old, that there are problems in this world? This is all a lie. It's the mortal
      dream..."
       
      ~Robert Adams
       
      via Cullen Anderson
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