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Wednesday, November 1


SARLO

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in Nepal

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JANPA

i am living in a dream. So much time spent looking out from
within.

How can I engage you from here?! so much seperation, and effort
to maintain these walls that define me and define you.

when touching deeper, just a little bit deeper, to find the soft
place that hurts in my heart. that soft place...is empathy. ego
feels hurt because it misunderstands the signals. Another's
suffering is a key to open the heart, but ego sees this as a
signal to close.

feel everything, but don't own the feeling. act from a calm
place that knows tears are keys. tears *are* human state.
Samsara in a rainbow seed falling from your eyes. You cry my
tears, and i cry yours.

so what do you think of my dream?

maitri,(this means 'lovingkindness' in sanskrit)

--janpa (hehehe, this means 'maitri' in Tibetan)

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JB AND JODY

JODY: Whether or not you choose to consider it "dirty work," the
fact is that the contents of the mind (including all the
samskaras, habits of personality, memory, etc.) are still very
much in existence after realization occurs.

JB: I can't really comment on that as in my case the dominant
samskara was the one that burns out the others. So the event of
Self-realization has become a minor event like doing the dishes
- nothing special.

JODY: The only thing different is that now you have a little
perch from where you can survey the mess. That is, instead of
being identified with it exclusively, you have a vantage point
with which you can get an idea of just how much devastation
there is.

JB: When figuratively speaking, I came to my senses again, that
coming to the senses again was precisely what wasn't
appreciated. And I understood that it takes very long for "ego"
to die. "Ego" in the sense of how Ramana it once described:
(Rendered in my words): "The body by itself is like an
insentient log. Ego is the entity providing the illusion it has
feelings".

JODY: Whether or not you see it as dirty, it's a hellava lot of
work to "clean" up. It doesn't happen magically, drugs don't
take care of it, and your guru can't do it for you.

JB: The cleaning up often is attributed to Kundalini, depicted
as a snake. The end of all cleaning then, is the snake having
swallowed its own tail. But with the exception of a rare
occasion, when during 120 hours some yoga practice was held,
there was no idea of "doing work".

JODY: All you can do is fall back on yourself, haul your ass up,
and get to work. Don't expect to hold to any timetables though,
as God is always ready to throw a monkey wrench or two in the
works, just to keep you on your toes.

JB: The idea of "work" is notably manifest in alchemical
writings but it refers only to the "mystical union", not to the
annihilation of "ego" in the above meaning. Rosicrucianism
(Dutch) is a bit more clear, also considering the "mystical
union" to be "work" or transmutation, after which the notion of
"work" is absent. You are right about time tables, they are
foolish and a thing of the "ego" which cannot annihilate itself.
And when sleep deprivation of say, 5 days, doesn't cause a
change in emotionality anymore, one either is "progressing with
the work" or dead :)

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GREG GOODE WRITING TO IVAN

Wayne's book was written before Wayne got into the teaching biz,
and at the time the book was written, he really didn't want to
be known. He's got a strong, Falstaffian personality, in person,
accentuated by a booming voice and sharp delivery. He doesn't
read this list I'm pretty sure, but has dipped in and out of NDS
in the past, and knows something about it, at least the site. He
has his own message board at advaita.org.

One thing I can say about the content of his book and perhaps
about the tone. It was written after years of attending
advaita-satsang-style talks given by Ramesh. There are certain
repeating patterns that attendees exhibit in their questions,
from satsang to satsang. Especially with Ramesh's talks (the way
they are done, not addressing personal emotional issues like
other satsangs do), there are plenty of questions, but only a
small number of *different* questions. The rest of the questions
are the same ones with different wording, mostly about Ramesh's
concept of enlightenment and how to "get" it for one's "self."
Wayne had been at lots of the talks in many different locations,
and the book reflects his reaction to the common questions. Have
you ever been to any satsang-style talks? If so, you'll sort of
recognize what I mean. If I say more, it won't make too much
sense (as if the rest has!) unless you have lots of satsangs
under your belt, either as a questioner or answerer.

__________________________________________________________________

GARY, SANDEEP AND CEE

GARY: To practise stillness implies movement so to practise is
not to practise Not to practise stillness implies no movement so
not to practise is to practise the problem is in the actor who
believes he/she is doing something wu wei non doing is to
practise by not to practise no self involved except illusion
therof stillness pointed to but not practised

SANDEEP: Practise (whatever the particular form of practise be)
and non-practise (whatever the particular form of non-practise
be), if either occur, are both movements, happenings,
non-volitional occurrences.

The "me-entity" thinking that it is pactising or that it has now
understood the futility and is now non-practising, is one and
the same game.

So the "doing" whether in the form of practise or in the form of
non-practise is hardly relevant. Is there any "entity" which
adds a sense of volition to either is the key.

Mis dos Centavos

CEE:

yes,

without me
there is no one to practice
perfect, limitless, stillness!

but if there is a me
(as nonexistent as it is)
my one cent is

practice!

there is no doubt
when me is gone
not a single thought of
practice

only you yourself know

love , cee

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GLORIA'S PRESENT FOR MARY BIANCO

The Holy Fire

[...]

I am the Beloved gazing upon and reflecting the Beloved.

I who am one, am two, both Lover and Beloved, sweet paradox.

She, who is neither one nor two, is me. We, together, are One.

Without the Lover meditating upon the Beloved there is no Other.

Without the Beloved meditating upon the Lover there is no Love.


Until you understand this, you are less than a shadow in dreaming.

Mark Christopher Valentine

________________________________________________________________________

SKY

We're taught to feel, think and act selectively, depending on
variables of social recognition.

But if we feel this incomplete, if it is, therefore, indeed,
incomplete, some feeling, thought and/or action, is therefore
being neglected.

What is being neglected?

To feel God, it must be OK to feel everything, think everything,
do everything. Only we can give ourselves that permission.

Experience all the subtlety. Experience all the extremity, if
you wish to experience God.

If, for some reason, the experience of God, you believe, has
been neglected.

Be God, if this, you believe, has been neglected.

__________________________________________________________________

SKY AND XAN

XAN: My offering of unwanted advice, sky, is: when all these
pains and pleasures arise, apply the infamous "So What"
technique. Try it... it is free

SKY: But I love my feelings, both of pleasure and of pain.
Besides, "so what" is also a feeling.

XAN: I am not saying you need to change in any way, sky. And I
would never suggest that anyone try to get away from their
feelings.... that foolishness doesn't work for long.

As I see it "so what" is a thought that leads to a feeling. I am
curious about what feeling the "so what" thought would give you.

For me there follows a sense of outrageous subtle laughter and
expansion. With these glories, I have given up my romance with
emotions.

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HARSHA AND XAN

XAN: As my friend said, "The problem is not what you are
thinking, but that you are thinking."

HARSHA: Whether you are thinking or not cannot be the problem.
Thinking is automatic. Its stoppage is automatic in deep
dreamless sleep and in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. In deep meditation,
thoughts can be seen clicking precisely like a clock as they
come to the surface.

So thinking is not a problem at all. Thinking has its own nature
but you want to tinker with it. That is a problem! You are
giving the natural mechanism undue importance - that is a
problem!

Ultimately, the only real problem is that you think there is a
problem! :-).

....

Things have their nature. Trees are not cats. Trees cannot say
"meow" unless the wind rustles through the leaves precisely in a
certain way. Even then it is not quite convincing. Well, anyone
can say "meow" once in a while. Mind has its own nature.
Supermind has its own nature. All these states,...you can call
them risings in consciousness, occurrences in the universe, or
just things and conditions existing in emptiness. It does not
matter.

When you hear a lion roar, you will not mistake it for a dog!

Do you carry a mirror around just in case you forget your face?

___________________________________________________________________

ANDREW MACNAB

The entity which each of us is, we find in the assertion "I am".
In the ordinary everyday world, there are many ways of being.
Thinking is one of those ways. (For a human being, being human.)
The "isness" of all ways of being is "I am". The problem
(mystery) for the thinking being is... what does being mean?

Did someone say "Doobeedoobeedooo"?

----------------

I am in the world, the world I am in is in me.

The world is not avoidable. This state was not chosen.

Still there are possibilities.

___________________________________________________________________________

ED ARRONS, JANPA, MARCIA, MATTHEW ON PARENTING

ED:

I have often wondered if there wasn't some significant divide
between those on this list with children involved in the
education system, and those who had no children.

It seems to me as a parent concerned with the pressures my
daughter faces in memorizing information, following strict
schedules, and meeting standards, that there isn't a stronger
world dream pressure to deal with by parents than those who are
not parents.

What do you parents have to say about this, and to what extent
do you non-parents enpathize with this issue?

Wondering parent

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JANPA

i am planning to have a child. or more specifically, to adopt a
child. will probably go to CHina and adopt a little girl. She'll
be named in part after my late sister.

She, i expect, will raise me. ;)

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MARCIA

I have three children and each of them is quite different. I am
going to talk about the middle one.

She and I were just sitting at the table. I was playing with the
kitten and she was writing an essay and reading it to me. This
child is such a go-getter. She is determined to be the
valedictorian with an IB diploma. IB class earn you 5 points for
an A and with an IB diploma you go straight into the sophomore
year of college.She is in six IB classes and she has an A in all
of them. She is president of the key club and president of the
young women's organization in the church she went out and
joined. She is on the badminton team and it just goes on an on
and on. I look at her and I realize she is doing everything just
the opposite of what I did. I asked her how she saw me and she
said ..."No offense mom but you are uneducated." :-)

I tell her she doesn't have to work so hard. It doesn't have to
be perfect. She says she doesn't want to be like me. She wants
to accomplish something with her life. I hear her discussing
politics and other current issues. She sounds so informed but it
sounds so boring to me. I want to romp in the woods with the
kitty.

I guess what I am saying is that I don't see her as a victim of
pressure. She is thriving on it. She wouldn't have it any other
way.

...

I have been watching the next generation. It seems that many of
them are taking the bull by the horns. My generation of flower
children and drugs and love children seems to be producing a
fair amount of serious go-getters. And in some ways it seems as
if this may be just what the world needs to solve some the major
problems facing the adults of the 21st century.

It is a surprise to hear my children have well thought out
opinions on abortion, ecology, politics. It seems to me that
this is what they are meant to do at this stage of their lives.
They have to get a little life under their belts before they
will be interested things like the "world dream".

My daughter is on the phone right now with one of my friends who
is interested in history. She always talks to him when she is
working on history. Another call came in and she takes it and
says that she can't talk cause she is talking to a fifty year
old man. (actually he is fifty-four but who is counting) Think
of how they see us and see who you really think thinks the other
guy is suffering.

---------------------------

MATTHEW FILES

MATTHEW: I do not think that there is a stronger "world dream
pressure" for parents to deal with than non-parents. The "world
dream pressure" as you call it is the same for every one. Like
living at the bottom of the ocean the pressure is the same for
all. We just all deal with that pressure differently and have
different capacities to keep from being crushed by it. The
strongest role models for children are adults in their
environment, usually parents, so if we are looking to find a way
for our children to deal with the "world dream pressure" then we
need first to look to ourselves to be examples. I have been
fortunate with my girls (21+13)in that we raised them in a
communal setting where they had other adults than just the two
of us to choose from for role models. We home schooled them till
they were 13, raised them as vegetarians, have no TV, introduced
them to meditation and devotional practices, have travelled
widely with them to europe and india, they have studied
classical ballet and aikido, and are both exceptional artists.
But all this is just experience / form. The most beneficial
thing in terms of the "world dream pressure" has been for them
to live amongst people who are committed to piercing the
illusion of separation, the identification with "me". That kind
of thing is just picked up by them through "osmosis".

ED: What concerns me, and I don't think it was addressed by
Marcia was: knowing that to be caught in the world dream is to
suffer, and for the child to be seen by the parent as separate
and suffering, what thoughts, if any, arise in the parent to
address that issue?

MATTHEW: The way i look at it is that just by the fact of
incarnating we are all caught by the world dream. Another name
for the world dream is identification, or the illusion of
separation. And it is painful to see our children suffering the
illusion of separation. All humans suffer this way no matter
what the form of our lives. The most beneficial thing we can do
for our children is to Work to pierce that illusion in
ourselves. Seeing our own children suffer is a good stepping
stone for the developement of Compassion toward all sentient
beings.If perhaps you are wondering whether just madly loving
them is enough,it isn't.

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