- ******************RASHMI MOORJANI
Here are some powerful words by Maharaj Nisargadatta.
Does your waking state come about by itself, or do you awaken
yourself as an act of volition ? Indeed, the least effort on `your'
part will prevent what otherwise might have happened naturally and
And the joke wihin the joke is that your deliberately not doing
anything will also prevent it from happening! It is simple
really; `doing' something and `not doing something' are both
volitional efforts. There must be a total absence of the `doer', the
total aspects of both the positive and negative aspects of `doing'.
Indeed this is true surrender.GARY MERRILL
If there isn't a 'doer' now, there never was a doer and there never
will be one.
What we have bought into is a cause and effect philosophy which has
value within restricted limits, for instance firing the gun causes
the bullet to fly. But that explanation is always partial unable to
explain the cause of the cause.
That there could be a 'doer' then that somehow has causal
independence is a fallacy, and who is writing these words.....GREG GOODESame goes for a non-doer!!Yes, I actually do mean just what you said - nondoing as a subtle form of
doing! The fallacy can be seen working in people's desire to become
non-doers. This desire is fueled by some Westernized advaita
teachings. It is a subtle way of personalizing these teachings.
"What is the actuality of the situation?" you ask. The actuality of the
situation is that there is no situation with an independent
actuality. That includes this question and this answer!!
Doership is just one phenomenon that has no independent existence. There
is no operational or perceptual center.
But striving for non-doership as IT, as the end of the line -- this puts
the cart before the horse. Doership lacks independent existence simply
because *all* phenomena lack independent existence. Nothing is really Out
There or In Here the way it might seem. Planes, trains, automobiles,
subtle essences, thoughts, levels of consciousness, nothingness,
uncertainty, or operational centers. None of it stands on its own,
separate and apart. None of it is seen apart from the seeing. This goes
for seeing as well.
Doership seems to be a very catchy, high-profile thing. It has been
fruitful for people to focus on. It has been a psychologically pivotal
teaching point, because so many folks are fascinated with issues
surrounding doing and action -- issues such as guilt, control, success, etc.
I notice, for example, the students of Wayne Liquorman, a friend of mine
who talks about non-doership. Most of the people who go to these talks ask
questions on the issues of controlling, and guilt. These are their
issues. Other teachers get questions on totally different topics....ANDREW MCNABon woodworking
Enlightenment is freedom. Freedom to chop wood, freedom to carry water.
Freedom to appreciate and understand people, everyone in general, and every one in
particular. It's the great leveller, it's ease. Disease is the absence of ease, or
rather the obscuration, since ease is never absent. This is what it means to say
everyone is enlightened; ease is everpresent. Talents are an outpouring of ease.
Without ease there could be no disease,
With or without disease, there is ease.MATTHEW
..........enlightenment is slavery. slavery to the will of god, to
the movement of the divine, the absolute. Freedom to do this or that
means having choices. In a life of spiritual slavery (enlightenment)
there are no choices, no options. One can only serve. Having a
personal life becomes a mute point, as a personal life is about
what "i" want to do.JOHN METZGERHi good people, A follow-up on the last line from Hafiz that Gloria posted, thanks Glo,: "The extraordinary humor........of God."Excerpt, fierce invalids home from hot climates, Tom Robbins"Well," said Switters, "this pyramid-headed *curandero* from deep inthe Amazonian jungle seems to have concluded that light and darknesscan merge in a similar fashion on the biomolecular plane, the socialplane. He says it occurs during laughter. That a people who couldmove in the primal realm of laughter could live free of all of life's duali-ties. They would be the first since the original men, the ancestors ofthe Real People, to live in harmony with the fundamental essence ofthe universe. The essence our quantum physicists are talking about.Today Is Tomorrow says the civilized man can't perpetuate that statebecause he lacks the Kandakandero knowledge of the different levelsof reality, he's become emotionally invested in one narrow, absurdlysimplistic view of the nature of existence; and the Indians can't do itbecause they lack the buoyancy of the civilized man's humor. But thepeople strong and nimble enough to combine unlimited intellectualflexibility with the mysterious energy of the laugh, well, they wouldbecome...""Enlightened?" ventured the abbess."Enlightened and endarkened," Switters corrected her. "Enlight-ened *and* endarkened. The ultimate."Masked Beauty wasn't convinced. "A sense of humor is a finething," she agreed, "but it is not a way of life, and it certainly is not ameans of serving our Lord. This strange savage of yours does not even*know* our Lord."............................................................"Perhaps I am just a stupid old woman, but I fail to understand how yourshaman's ideas are at all practical or applicable. How can a mere sense ofhumor....""And a flexible, expansive definition of reality," Switters re-minded her."Okay, that as well. But in a troubled world such as ours, onecannot walk around laughing at everything like a mindless magpie.Where is the hope in that?"He didn't seem to have a ready response. Tugging at a curl, asif the pressure on his scalp might activate cerebration, he clearedhis throat but said nothing. He was entertaining notions about howa radical and active sense of humor could puncture the sterilebubble of bourgeois respectability, how it could destroy smug illusionsand in so doing, strengthen the soul; how if the essence couldsomehow be extracted from laughter, that essence might prove lesslike sound than like flavor, the flavor of the soul tasting itself at the rawbar of the absolute. Yet, he was neither informed enough(he hadn'tpreviously given it much thought) or drunk enough to put suchnotions into words. What the hell? Since when was he the shaman'smouthpiece?Observing his hesitation, Domino spoke up. "I don't believe Mr.Switters is advocating mindless laughter, auntie. I don't believe he isadvocating anything. He's simply trying to solve the riddle of the thirdprophecy. And I must say, I find it an attractive alternative to our owninterpretation.""What? Laughing one's way into Heaven?""I think what is at issue here," Domino went on, "is a kind ofmindful playfulness. I have observed it in Mr. Switters, and I suspect itcould be extricated from Today is Tomorrow's philosophy---a philoso-phy, by the way, that seems almost to have resulted from combiningaspects of an archaic shamanic tradition with a kind of Zen nonattach-ment and an irreverent modern wit. Mr. Switters defeats melancholyby refusing to take things, including himself, too seriously.""But many things *are*----""Are they? What I've learned from Mr. Switters is that no matterhow valid, how vital, one's belief system might be, one underminesthat system and ultimately negates it when one gets rigid and dog-matic in one's adherence to it."Masked Beauty rubbed her scar as though trying to erase it. Or tostimulate new growth. "I realize that happiness is relative and oftendependent upon or at least affected by external circumstances, whereascheerfulness can be learned and consciously practiced. Both youand Mr. Switters seem to have a knack for practicing cheerfulness---oh, but I can see that our discussing Mr. Switters in this way is makinghim uncomfortable. Let us return to the ideas of his pyramid man.Assuming that a deliberate comic cheerfulness can evolve into a sus-tainable joy, where does the wisdom come from?"Domino deferred to him, but he nodded for her to answer. "Iwould guess," she said, "that what might be extrapolated from Today IsTomorrow's epiphany is that joy itself is a form of wisdom. Beyondthat is the suggestion that if people are nimble enough to move freelybetweeen different perceptions of reality and if they maintain a relaxed,playful attitude well-seasoned with laughter, then they would live inharmony with the universe; they would connect with all matter,organic and inorganic, at its purest, most basic level. Could not that beour Lord's plan for us, his goal for his children? Now, auntie, don'tmake a face. Perhaps....perhaps that's even where God resides, therein that---how did Switters call it?----that energized void at the base ofcreation. It makes more sense than on some poof-poof Riviera amonggold-plated clouds."Pausing to let that sink in---to sink into her own consciousness aswell as her aunt's----Domino took a Switters-sized swallow of wine."Perhaps, too," she resumed, "Today Is Tomorrow's ideal is preciselywhat is needed to rescue the human race from its tragic flaw: pride-ful narcissism. Isn't that where all this 'seriousness' comes from? Adilated ego?"from the jacket: Switters is a contradiction for all seasons:an anarchist who works for the government, a pacifist whocarries a gun, a vegetarian who sops up ham gravy, acyberwhiz who hates computers, a robust bon vivant whocan be as squeamish as any fop, a man, who, thoughobsessed with the preservation of innocence, is aching todeflower his high-school-age stepsister (only to becomeequally enamored of a nun ten years his senior.)