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#4903 - Saturday, April 27, 2013 - Editor: Dustin LindenSmith

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  • Dustin LindenSmith
    Today s Highlight of the Highlights comes from an issue edited by Mark Otter in January, 2007. It reminds me of how long Mark has been such a great curator of
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 27, 2013
      Today's Highlight of the Highlights comes from an issue edited by Mark Otter in January, 2007. It reminds me of how long Mark has been such a great curator of material by Rumi, Nasrudin, and the like. He consistently finds nuggets from those ancient writers which feel fresh and contemporary even by today's standards. Despite all the technological advances, I suppose the human condition hasn't really changed that much in the last thousand years...

      I also always appreciate well-constructed analogies such as the one delivered by Rumi at the end of this issue about an embryo's view of the world. A terribly apt way to look at our own present-day awakening.


      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: markotter <markotter@...>
      Date: Sun, Jan 21, 2007 at 1:26 AM
      Subject: [NDhighlights] #2705 - Saturday, January 20, 2007
      To: ndhighlights@yahoogroups.com

      Archived issues of the NDHighlights are available online: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm

      Nondual Highlights Issue #2705, Saturday, January 20, 2007

      Thinking is a pernicious, acquired habit.

      It is not man's real nature. All that comes
      out of it is sheer nonsense for the strengthening
      of the false sense of ego.

      - Ramesh S. Balsekar, A Net of Jewels, posted to AlongTheWay

      A widow came to the Mulla's court and said: "I am very poor. My young son eats a great deal of sugar: in fact he is addicted to it. This means that I cannot make ends meet. Would the Court forbid him to eat sugar, because I cannot myself enforce this request?"

      "Madam," said the Mulla, "this problem is not as easy as it seems. Return in a week and the decision will be given, after I have examined the case more thoroughly."

      After a week the woman's name was again on the list of supplicants. "I am sorry," Nasrudin said to her when her turn came, "there will be another ajournment of this very tricky case until next week."

      The same thing happened for the following fortnight.

      At length Nasrudin announced: "The Court will now give its injunction. Call the lad."

      The young man was brought the Mulla.

      "Boy!" thundered the magistrate, "You are forbidden to eat sugar, except for half an ounce a day."

      The woman now expressed her thanks to the Mulla, and begged leave to ask one question.

      "Say on," said Nasrudin.

      "Your Worship, I am mystified as to why you did not forbid the boy to ear sugar at any of the earlier hearings."

      "Well," said Nasrudin, "I had to get myself out of the habit first, didn't I? How could I know that it would take so long."

      posted to SufiMystic, as collected by Idries Shah

      "to let go and let god" really
      means realizing that one is not the doer and
      allowing a response from the heart to whatever
      arises, without any attachment, fear or expectations.

      some pious soul said in nasrudin's hearing: "god's
      will shall be done" "god's will is always done
      anyway" responded nasrudin. "oh, really? can you
      prove it?" said the guy, feeling slightly affronted.
      "sure. were it not so, somehow, at least sometimes
      MY will would have been done, wouldn't it?" replied

      - Yosy, posted to SufiMystic

      So I tell you, thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:

      A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;

      A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,

      A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

      - Buddha

      posted to DailyDharma

      A self is like an old house- maintenance intense.
      it requires lots of effort to keep it in shape. My
      self leans unpainted, unkempt, full of holes,
      the roof licks, the floor sags. My self is
      crisscrossed by light's rays. That's where
      the dust gathers to dance.

      Pete, posted to Nondualitysalon

      The Teapot

      The pot in which I brew my tea
      Is dented and more than a bit tarnished,
      But I still enjoy the tea.
      The house I live in
      Needs a coat of paint and several shingles,
      But I sleep well at night.
      The body I use to live my life
      Is wrinkled and slowing down,
      But I am alive and I rejoice.

      I am not the body in which I live,
      I am the life itself.

      - Mark

      The Universe

      What if someone said to an embryo in the womb,
      "Outside of your world of black nothing
      is a miraculously ordered universe;
      a vast Earth covered with tasty food;
      mountains, oceans and plains,
      fragrant orchards and fields full of crops;
      a luminous sky beyond your reach,
      with a sun, moonbeams, and uncountable stars;
      and there are winds from south, north and west,
      and gardens replete with sweet flowers
      like a banquet at a wedding feast.

      The wonders of this world are beyond description.
      What are you doing living in a dark prison,
      Drinking blood through that narrow tube?"
      But the womb-world is all an embryo knows
      And it would not be particularly impressed
      By such amazing tales, saying dismissively:
      "You're crazy. That is all a deluded fantasy."

      One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.
      You'll say, " I can't believe I was so asleep!
      How did I ever forget the truth?
      How ridiculous to believe that sadness and sickness
      Are anything other than bad dreams."

      - Rumi, posted to truevision


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