Sunday, June 17
Thank you for responding to the poll.
MANUEL V. HERNANDEZ
RAMESH S. BALSEKAR:
What people call realization or enlightenment already exists
- it is not 'something' to be acquired. Therefore, any and
every attempt to 'attain' it is an exercise in self-defeating
There is no difference between ignorance and enlightenment as
long as there is a conceptual entity to experience either
Comment: "Good to know that everything is just imagination."
Question: "Now... what to do with that information?"
The imagination is fine, it's the view that the mind's focus
of attention on a limited area of that imagination is the
basis for an identity between the all-pervasive Self/Light
and the images seen in the mind's lense that are mistaken.
Enquiring to whom the images occur or hearing that one's Self
is different from the images, there arises a sense of
recollection that dissolved the identity between the 2 and
with that release comes a sudden outshining and expanse of
consciousness, that becomes more and more pervasive while you
are pulled into the Singularity of the Self.
Thus, the information is really to note that when attention
is relinquished, the identity with the images also ceases
I have heard from 'A.R.' in Sacramento. If there is anyone in the
Sacramento area open to meeting another 'nondualist', please let me
Write Jerry at umbada@...
Also, write me if you are interested in contacting this person:
Interested in meeting advaita-inclined people in the
Wiltshire/Somerset sort of area. I'm in Devizes, and
particularly drawn to the Nisargadatta/Ramesh Balsekar/Wayne
Also, this person:
"I have a great desire to meet other people here in Toronto Canada."
Also, Erich wrote:
Erich here, interested in "corrsponding" with others in their
region. I seem not to understand the corresponance point of
us so well yet so if you're happening to drop by in Oaxaca /
Mexico let me know.
"One went to the door of the Beloved and
knocked. A voice asked, 'Who is there?'
He answered, 'It is I.'
The voice said, 'There is no room for Me and Thee.'
The door was shut.
After a year of solitude and deprivation he returned and knocked.
A voice from within asked, 'Who is there?'
The man said, 'It is Thee.'
The door was opened for him."
I will be offline most of this month and next and will be on
and off rest of the summer periodically. I want to thank the
generous participation of everyone in the Haiku contest.
There was compassion, humor, wisdom, and brilliant
enlightenment in each one of your Haiku poems and they were
truly savored. Thank you for these precious gifts that came
from the great reservoir of creativity. We are all grateful
for your sharing.
As I went through the Haiku poems, the impossibility of
judging the best Haiku finally dawned upon me. I had bit more
than I could chew. My dharma and nature are more inclined
towards serving than judging. I am a poor Judge. I could
probably be a good Judge for the Miss America contest. But
even there I would have trouble picking the "best". The
stories I could tell would make you weep! But this is a
By the way, David Hodges, the American Haiku master offered
his help in selecting the best Haiku poem and I am grateful
for that. However, I felt that shifting the responsibility of
judging on someone else does not change the act of judgment.
So here we are. All the Haiku information was standardized
using sophisticated statistical programs and powerful
servers. In addition, we used super high artificial
After analyzing all the Haiku poems, our super computer
(which had been listening to oldie goldies) printed out its
The joy is in the journey
Big wheels keep on turning
Proud Mary keeps on burning
Rolling on the river
Love to all