#4627 - Saturday June 16, 2012
Nonduality Highlights (Justin's Nutritious Groat Clusters and Other Nondigestable Tasty Treats) Issue #4627, Saturday, June 16, 2012
No Way by Ram Tzu
You want your purveyors of Truth
To look and act special.
You want them different
You prefer to imagine them
Cloaked in light
Than sitting on the toilet.
You like them passionless, sexless, Mellow, gentle and kind.
You like the idea of miracles
And will invent them when necessary.
Your strategy is to keep them
Far away from you
Exotic and mysterious.
You revel in the myth
Of the Enlightened individual
Hoping to someday be so empowered.
What you can't tolerate
Is for them to appear
As ordinary as you.
Ram Tzu knows this
You always miss the Truth
Because it is too plain to see.
Ram Tzu knows this. . .
You have tasted ecstasy
Drunk deeply of its nectar.
So you embrace it
Or reject it.
What does it matter?
Addict or ascetic
You are caught in the web
Of your own ego.
The harder you struggle
The more surely you call the spider.
- Ram Tzu
NDM: So where has all this intense suffering brought you to? Do you feel healed, whole and complete or is there something still missing?
Vicki Woodyard: These days I am at peace. Wholeness is my experience. Ups and downs arise from within like the heartbeats on a monitor, the experience of thoughts rising and falling away. All great teachers say the same thing in different ways, "I am. Vernon Howard once said he gave the same talk just using different words. As a writer, that is what I am now doing.
If anything is missing, I chalk it up to the fact that I have momentarily fallen asleep. Having a sense of humor is a great help to me. As I said on my website, "Every guru is trailing toilet paper on his shoe." I have stepped in enough "you-know-what" (Ed note... groat clusters...) to not mind it so much anymore. That is the way of the warrior. You just plow ahead until you reach the still point.
Ultimately nothing is missing, but Lord knows, we have heard that enough times. Hearing it intellectually is one thing. Living it from the heart is quite another. Living it from wholeness demands a surrender that arises from rock bottom.
- Vicki Woodyard, Excerpt from Interview with non duality magazine.
Tribute to Ram Txu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8InPJYj7Vs
This Is It (Charlie Hayes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abq9OvHM9To&feature=related
Wayne Liquorman Total Acceptance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d2mR2Dje1E&feature=related
There is no object external to the self. What you call the object is self itself. Let us take the example of a dream in which a tiger chases a man. He runs in fear and finally climbs up a tree. The tree, the tiger, the chase, etc., are all a projection of his own mind and his dream-personality also is a process of his mind. So the one mind becomes everyone of these in the dream. It is subjective as well as objective. This is what is happening in the waking condition also; and, even as the one single mind became all objects in the dream, the universal mind has become all these external objects around here even in waking life. They are nothing but the universal mind ultimately.
- Swami Krishnananda from Facets of Spirituality compiled by S. Bhagyalakshmi
In the ninth century, there was a Tibetan king named Langdarma who tried to eradicate the Dharma in Tibet.He destroyed many temples and tried to stamp out the Dharma,but he did not succeed.
The lineages of the Dharma and instructions were preserved through that period.If we look at recent history, there was the cultural revolution in Tibet. But even during the cultural revolution, the Dharma did not disappear. They destroyed temples, tore down statues, and burned sacred texts, but the lineage of the Dharma was not lost.
That lineage of the Dharma still exists and you as a Dharma practitioner have the great fortune to read these teachings.You have the opportunity to practice and should remember this great fortune.
- Khenchen Thrangu from Vivid Awareness, posted to DailyDharms.