#4663 - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
#4663 - Thursday, July 27, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/
The item below appeared today at 3quarksdaily. Thought you might find it interesting. ~eric.
Ministers In Charge Of Individuals
we have no parents no children no flesh-and-blood
loves we have no homes we have god
we havent got him in the sky and not in the depths not
in stones we have no prophets we have no teachers
we have no permitted books no forbidden
books we have god we dont love him
we dont hate him we arent friendly with him
we have nothing but I nothing but self
we are the ministers of individuals
by Benjamin Shvili
from Shiray ha tie-ar hagadol
publisher: Schocken, Tel Aviv, 1999
translation: Lisa Katz, 2012
from Dutch Treat, by Zil Chezero
If your book was about realization, the title would be You are not what you are, says
the man, grinning and still looking at me with the same friendliness as before. Unmoved
kindness, I find myself thinking. I didnt know that was possible. But still his answer
makes no sense to me. I dont understand, I blurt, trying desperately to get a grip on
his answers. Youre not what you are? How, what ?
Of course you dont understand, he replies, because if you could, it wouldnt be
about realization. But can you follow it? Now I am totally lost, and when I hear myself
answer "Yes," it feels like I have just lost my last ally -still being looked at by those
unmoved friendly eyes.
For an instant there is silence: while I can hear the murmuring sounds around me, this
noise seems to be drawn into a bottomless pit and Im sucked into it too. Im here, but Im
also gone. What is happening?
Just as this question comes to my mind, the man says: Now you are what you are
again. Yes, I hear myself stammer. But a moment ago, you were not, he adds
upon which the pit opens up again.
You are capable of wavering, I hear him say. That is the beginning of bliss and all
you can ever still wish for. After this the wish might still be there, but just like a shimmer
in the background. You have disappeared to nurture it. While youre simply here, you are
not. You might be able to understand there is something like realization, but thats always
looking back, even at that seeming moment. During you can only follow.
The eyes dont let go of me. This you follow, the voice observes. But you will never
understand. Not this. You might understand all the images and conceptions clinging to it,
claiming theyre it, but not this. This is what you are.
What are you doing? I manage to ask. Nothing. You did something. You followed.
The man puts down his book and again Im caught by the friendliest placidity Ive ever
seen. Enlightenment can be the effect of realization. Even more so, where realization is
a fact, enlightenment by definition is the manifest effect. But the other way around,
enlightenment and realization dont necessarily have anything to do with each other.
Again I am able to follow totally what he is saying, and this time I can understand him
too. For some reason this in fact makes my hunger to know more win out: Sorry for
asking, but are you a guru, are you realized yourself?
Nobody is realized, the man says. You may call me Zil Chezero. And I dont work as