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  • Michael Read
    The Nondual Highlights outstanding posts sent to the Nonduality Salon email list Tuesday, March 5, 2002 The 994nd Edition Search all Editions of the Nondual
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      The Nondual Highlights
      outstanding posts sent to the Nonduality Salon email list
      Tuesday, March 5, 2002 
      The 994nd Edition 
      Search all Editions of the Nondual Highlights: 
      Editors: Jerry Katz, Gloria Lee, Christiana Duranczyk, Michael Read, Joyce Short
      Today's Highlights Edited by
      Michael Read
      Due to the problems with Yahoo! and the delays in posting, the few posts that did make it through to NDS were somewhat contentious save for one notable
      piece by Mr. Katz. Jerry has always been good company so this editor just
      has to include him in with some other nice folk and gentle thinkers.

      Jerry Katz
      (from NDS)

      I see compassion as being. Isn't that the most compassionate thing?
      Everything else is simply a gesture. Gestures could be understood.
      When fully understood to their core, there lies compassion. There are no
      compassionate acts, as such. There are gestures that have motives which could be understood. When understood to their core, there is compassion.
      Compassion is a stillness. It's not an act. Acts arise out of compassion and they
      are labelled 'compassionate', 'nice', 'selfish', 'saintly', and so on. By
      imitating the labeled act, one is not knowing compassion as being.
      However, such imitation would place one closer to the core of all gestures,
      which is compassion. Spiritual systems, such as Buddhism and Sufiism, have
      extraordinarily beautiful and elaborate systems to bring one to the
      core, which is being or compassion. Even NDS has such a system. Thank God we don't know what it is!

      Leo Tolstoy
      (link given at end of quotes)

      Leo Tolstoy on the Law of Love

                         "A Christian does not quarrel with any one,
                     does not attack any one, nor use violence against one;
                  on the contrary, he himself without murmuring bears violence;
                  but by this very relation to violence he not only frees himself,
                          but also the world from external power. "
                                      Leo Tolstoy

                        " War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it
                  must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves."
                                      Leo Tolstoy

                     "The evil committed by man not only weakens his soul
                             and deprives him of true happiness,
                                  but more often than not
                            falls back on the one who commits it."
                                      Leo Tolstoy

                       "Eventually institutional violence will disappear,
                              not as a result of external action,
                       but thanks only to the calls of conscience of men
                             who have awakened to the truth."
                                      Leo Tolstoy

                     "Every man, in refusing to take part in military service
                              or to pay taxes to a government
                          which uses them for military purposes, is,
                    by this refusal, rendering a great service to God and man,
                   for he is thereby making use of the most efficacious means
                      of furthering the progressive movement of mankind
                     toward that better social order which it is striving after
                                and must eventually attain."
                                      Leo Tolstoy

      Tolstoy delineates the following five ideals and commandments of Christ expressed in the Sermon on the Mount:

           1) have no ill-will against anyone, but love all; don't even offend with a word;
           2) complete chastity, even in thought;
           3) live only in the present and don't worry about the future; don't swear and
           don't promise;
           4) never use violence nor repay evil with evil, but suffer insult and give up
           possessions; and
           5) love our enemies and those who hate us by treating them as ourselves.

      For Tolstoy these commandments are to be practiced now, and they will be followed by higher ones on the path to perfection. These teachings transcend the social conception of life which may be limited by exclusive love of one's family, tribe, nation, race, or even humanity. These and socialistic brotherhoods are based on the love of personality, but the Christian love ever expands because it is based on the love of God.


      Einstein on Peace in the Atomic Age

                 "Every thoughtful, well-meaning and conscientious human being
                              should assume in time of peace,
                           the solemn and unconditional obligation
                         not to participate in any war, for any reason
                    or to lend support of any kind, whether direct or indirect."
                                     Albert Einstein

                   "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything
                                save our modes of thinking,
                      and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe."
                                     Albert Einstein

                         "Mankind's desire for peace can be realized
                         only by the creation of a world government."
                                     Albert Einstein


      Jesus and the Early Christians

                              "Blessed are the peacemakers,
                         for they shall be called the children of God."

                             "But I tell you: love your enemies,
                               do good to those who hate you,
                      bless those cursing you, pray ,for those abusing you,
                    so that you may become sons of your Father in heaven."

                   "Shall it be held lawful to make an occupation of the sword,
                     when the Lord proclaimed that he who takes the sword
                              shall also perish by the sword?"

                       "For we no longer take up 'sword against nation'
                              nor do we 'learn war any more,'
                              having become children of peace,
                          for the sake of Jesus, who is our leader."

      Women and Peace

                           "If nonviolence is the law of our being,
                                 the future is with women."
                                    Mahatma Gandhi

                           "Our function is to establish new values,
                    to create an overpowering sense of the sacredness of life,
                               so that war will be unthinkable;
                           so that when international disputes arise,
                  even of the most grave character - when lives have been lost,
                         when our rights have been clearly invaded -
                   we shall not turn to wholesale, deliberate destruction of life
                           as the means of settling those disputes,
                      of avenging those deaths, of asserting those rights."
                                     Crystal Eastman

                              "As women entered into politics
                        when clean milk and premature labor of children
                               became factors in political life,
                      so they might be concerned with international affairs
                            when these at least were dealing with
                  such human and poignant matters as food for starving peoples
                     who could be fed only through international activities ...
                  There might be found an antidote to war in woman's affection
                         and all-embracing pity for helpless children."
                                      Jane Addams

                       "Love is the measure by which we will be judged."
                                      Dorothy Day

                      "Feminism can help women respect their own power.
                     Nonviolence can help them use their power effectively
                            in a way which maintains that respect
                                 and extends it to others."
                                     Jane Meyerding

                    "Experiment with nonviolent struggle has barely begun.
                        But in a world in which traditional violent battle
                               can escalate into nuclear war,
                        it is an experiment that is absolutely necessary
                               to push to its furthest limits."
                                     Barbara Deming

      And for those who love space stuff:


      interesting link at: (also the source for the above quotes)


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