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  • Jerry Katz
    JOYCE SHORT Mistakenly discerning a self, one mistakenly perceives there to be a myriad of things other than oneself. With this delusion as it s basis, no
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      "Mistakenly discerning a self, one mistakenly
      perceives there to be a myriad of things other than
      oneself. With this delusion as it's basis, no
      matter how much cultivation is amassed and no
      matter what states of consciousness open up, it's
      all delusion. Sentient beings are deluded; losing
      themselves, they chase after things. When the
      deluded dream of ego breaks up, you become aware
      that all existence is the self. 'There is no self
      in the sage. Because there is no self, there is
      nothing which is not the self." Snatch away the
      person but not the objective world'. Pursue
      practice in the midst of delusion. All delusion is
      manifest reality."

      Hakuun Yasutani Roshi commenting on Genjokoan.




      Consciousness at play

      In different colors

      In the form of little toddlers

      Paving it's way into myriad toys

      Catching the attention of the little guys

      Oh! Consciousness your very gaze

      Could it be more wondrous

      Than your tender babes



      The witness is witness whenever, whatever.
      Ever unaffected, untouched, no matter what happens,
      no matter what doesn't happen.


      NET SUFI


      There's something in us, in our nature, which
      compels us to discover. I remember a very powerful
      moment with the old guru who I studied with,
      Nisargadatta Maharaj, who taught the way of Nisarga
      Yoga. "Nisarga" means natural. The basic
      translation of his name was "Mr. Natural". He was
      this 80-year old cigarette-smoking man. He had a
      little cigarette stand. He was kind of a
      combination like Krishnamurti and Fritz Perls. He
      would put you on the hot seat when you came in and
      ask you about your spiritual life. One day we were
      in a room about this big. People were coming in and
      asking questions. Somebody came in and asked a
      question and was a little bit dissatisfied and
      left. And another person raised their hand and
      said, "Maharaj, what will happen to that person who
      came and asked that question and left? Is it all
      over for them in this life? They didn't stay here.
      You are a great guru, and they weren't interested,
      and they went home." And he twinkled at that
      moment, he really lit up, and he said, "It's too
      late. Even the fact that they put their foot in
      this room, even if they hadn't asked the question,
      means that somewhere in there there's a seed of
      really knowing who we are and what this life is
      about. Not what you were taught in elementary
      school or what's on TV or the newspapers, but a
      deep seed of knowing our true nature, that wants to
      discover; it's like coming home. The fact that he
      just walked in the room means that that seed has
      started to sprout. And no matter if he tries to
      forget it and goes back and gets lost, sooner or
      later that will manifest in awakening."

      Jack Kornfield



      .............of course old "mr. natural" failed to
      mention that it would most likely be much later
      (ie:not this lifetime), cause thats just too
      depressing for hopeful seekers to hear. Can you
      even consider not "getting it" this lifetime? I
      don't mean giving up. I don't mean not practicing.
      Just giving up any hope of it ever happening. Ever.
      But continueing on as if it could happen in the
      next moment (cause it could). What else is there to
      do anyway? .............matthew




      from www.jancox.com

      November 9, 2001.


      Those who seek enlightenment; those who crave
      awakening those who long for liberation, all want
      the same thing -- peace; that is all it is --

      And what is the great-disrupter-of-peace? -- the
      desire for fame? -- for wealth? -- for power? --
      no, the desire in your mind to be right -- even in
      disputes with your own thoughts.

      Peace comes from being in step with a certain
      rhythm; in the old infra cortical homeland there
      was graceful, peaceful rhythm in life which
      everyone felt, but the tempo of life in the new
      city of consciousness is different; thinking caused
      man to become jerky and agitated; he lived longer
      and in greater comfort, but at the cost of his
      sense of original rhythm -- -- which resulted in
      the loss of peace.

      While thought is responsible for the changes in
      man's physical life that allows him to live in
      greater peace with his external environment it is
      also the cause of his lack of internal peace. Tit
      for tit and also tit for some men's anti tit
      attitude; fair's fair and fairs are fair, and top
      prizes always go to the most docile cow

      On a mountain top above the city and in a valley
      below are two armies who fight incessantly over
      possession of that singular territory which lies
      between them. There are no casualties in this
      conflict – save those who report on it.

      Cocking his inner ear, one man said: "Hark! Is that
      what I think that is?" Then thought: "What else can
      that ever be but that. A is always A and can never
      be B."

      "Okay sergeant -- smoke out the disrupters with the
      laughing gas; spray `em with the self-directed
      insouciance & drive-by dismissal."

      Words may not be mightier than a sword, but
      laughter can be almost as cutting -- and worse
      dreaded by many.

      Men lived at home in peace -- until the right &
      wrong knuckles of the mind came rapping on their

      Those hip to city ways stop answering the door.

      MECHANIC'S FACT If you do not know where a noise
      comes from, you cannot stop it.

      EVERYBODY'S FACT Nobody knows where the noise comes

      AN ADVANCED CONFLICT Just above the left & right
      ears of a mighty giant in another mighty universe
      are two kingdoms who have, immemorially waged
      endless battle over possession of the territory
      that lies between them laterally. Those wise to
      city ways on this planet wipe the word, "lateral"
      from their shirt front.

      Measure things mentally to yourself only in the
      simplest possible sentences with no multiple
      objects, adjectives or adverbs; as strange as this
      may sound, it can be of extreme assistance in
      clarifying your inner sight.

      (Remember that herein, "knowledge-of" &
      "thinking-about" refers to things untouchable.)

      He who thinks, argues; he who argues, argues with
      himself; he who argues with himself -- debates the

      The adding to of ideas in the quest for peace
      further destroys peace, thus is only the hollow man
      enlightened; the blank man awakened; the empty man
      liberated; them all restfully at peace in the
      silent bosom of the-great-knowing; the knowing that
      there is nothing worth knowing to be known.

      village of people who were cultured & asleep, and
      down the road another village of people who were
      rustic & not asleep, and you would prefer to live
      among one group rather than the other -- you are
      asleep & between worlds.

      If the wise man of the kingdom did not attempt to
      impose the right-way-of-thinking on the people,
      peace would reign and the land would awaken.

      Moving to the city caused men to be in a hurry,
      Moving to the city caused men to become clumsy.
      Moving to the city caused men to lose their ability
      to peacefully nap. Moving to the city caused men to
      develop cloudy sight, (inner cataracts). Moving to
      the city caused men to have questions,
      uncertainties, fears. Moving to the city caused men
      to believe they know things they do not. Moving to
      the city caused men to wrangle over trifles. Moving
      to the city caused men to be in two places at once.
      Moving to the city caused men to wear watches.
      Moving to the city caused men to want wealth.
      Moving to the city caused men to seek recognition,
      moving to the city caused all of these neat things
      to happen to men so that, in essence: moving to the
      city caused man to become Man.

      One man's motto is: "From the thalamus up: life is
      a dream; from there down: either a nightmare or a

      Those who urge the king to war are fools, likewise
      those who plead with him to seek peace, and anyone
      who will not or cannot point this out to his
      majesty is the biggest fool of them all. (No trope
      here fer sure, huh?!)

      Once a man is awake enough to know what the word
      really represents, his aim then is just to get by
      -- to just get by -- IN PEACE.

      Never show a righteously driven reformer your best
      side; it will but inflame him, and he will disrupt
      your peace even more. There is no wrestling to
      satisfaction with one who is dumber than you are,
      and all voices in consciousness who call-you-out
      and challenge the incorruptibility of your natural
      sight, are your mental inferiors.

      Tangling with those who understand nothing keeps a
      kingdom in turmoil. Unspoken sight knows what it
      sees, while the spoken sort sees nothing; and a
      debate between the two only blinds the sighted, and
      raises the blind's stupid esteem of himself.

      The peace sought by the few comes not from
      struggling with the voices which are the cause of
      all disquiet.

      Even though the unsighted are said to be asleep,
      unlike matters in the external world, it is this
      internal disquiet that produces the sleep.

      The peace of clear sight is the only sleep of the

      The enlightened -- the unmoved -- the indifferent:
      none make trouble for themselves – and live
      (internally) in something resembling peace.

      You cannot be both right and at peace; you cannot
      be both right and awake; struggling to be right
      makes you lose all sense of rhythm, and being in
      step with the rhythm in life IS being awake.


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