#4683 - Sunday, August 19, 2012
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Nonduality Highlights Issue #4683, Sunday, August 19, 2012
When you realize your integral connection with the Absolute, you will realize in every sand particle, in every dust particle, everywhere is God himself. That is meditation. You need not close your eyes and sit in the meditation hall. The moment you are aware of this, you are in a state of meditation. That is the way to be happy. Otherwise you are happy inside the meditation hall and unhappy outside.
- Swami Krishnananda from Facets of Spirituality, compiled by S. Bhagyalakshmi, posted to AlongTheWay
One night, the moths gathered together, tormented by their longing to unite themselves with the candle. They all said, "We must find someone to give us news of that for which we long so earnestly." One of the moths then went to a castle and saw the light of a candle within. He returned and told the others what he had seen. But the wise moth, the chief of their assembly, said, "He has no real information to give us about the candle."
Another moth then visited the candle and passed close to the light, drawing near to it and touching the flame with his wings. He, too, came back and explained something of what union with the candle meant, but the wise moth said to him, "Your explanation is really worth no more than your comrade's."
A third moth rose up, and threw himself forward and stretched out his antennae toward the fire. As he entered completely into its embrace, his members became glowing red like the flame itself. The wise moth saw from afar that the candle had identified the moth with itself and had given the moth its own light. He said, "This moth alone understands that to which he has attained. None other knows it, and this is all."
In truth, it is the one who has lost all knowledge and trace of his own existence who has, at the same time, found knowledge of the Beloved. So long as you will not ignore your own body and soul, how will you ever know the Object you love?
- Fariduddin Attar as collected by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, posted to The_Now2
I am perfect Love, and I am you. You have all been taught that you are born, that you live a certain length of time, and you die. No one is ever lost, physical bodies come and go, but the consciousness that created them is still the same. It is only that one of you now ceases to wear the costume of limitation.
I no longer wear this costume and offer you a faithful mirror in which you can see the truth of who you are. Which is far more than your intellects can possibly stretch to imagine. You are here on a journey of transformation to bring yourselves back into Oneness even as you remain in human form. You have spent your lives seeking to find what you have never lost, which is the essence of your being, the nobility of your purpose, the perfection of who you are.
You all hold within you the answers to every question, every confusion, without exception, but you have been taught to bury that awareness. There is nothing you do not know. You hold divine remembering, the eternal spark of perfect Love.
So look within yourself for a moment of silence... take a breath... quiet your mind and open your soul... and with your remembering, you will find your way back to the truth of who you are, and your divine presence will be your gift to the planet.
It is time to begin to stretch yourselves beyond the wildest considerations of who you are and what is possible to do. You come with infinite capacity to create the entire wondrous panorama of the lives you are living.
- Emmanuel via Pat Rodegast