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Saturday, October 13

MICHAEL READ

ice cream, popcorn, lemonade, corn on the cob,
baked potatoes rainbows, sunsets, mountains,
oceans, deserts, forests

babies, toddlers, kids, youth, mommies and daddies,
relatives snow, rain, wind, sun, clouds, thunder
and lightening

These are some of the reasons all this was created.

Body - Mind - Awareness

tall short fat thin lanky stout medium muscular
petite extra-large gigantic dwarf agile clumsy
graceful athletic

quick smart slow dumb bright genius average idiot
savant sane crazy deluded stable sound unhinged

perceptive aware seeing there vacant lost hazy
vague

All this and the universe made flesh too! Who
woulda guessed it?!?!

Is it any wonder I smirk so?

Putt putt putt on through life. And don't let the
crap get you down. Be careful what you wish for -
or someday wild monkeys just may fly out your butt.
Pain sucks - rework is a bitch, so love everybody
the first time. Too much pleasure turns one into a
bore.

Acceptance doesn't care what you've done, may do,
are doing. Compassion cares not for reward. Doing
is doing and will be done - even non doing is
doing. And rama-lama-ding dong makes a good song.

These words were destined to be written - I know
because I do choose to write them.

If you are in a pickle, I hope it has something to
do with your new job - in Hollywood. Maybe you are
in a jar of shaving cream, or a hot dog. Seen you
on TV perhaps?

I am nothing more than a character in the infinite
play - a speck. I do what I want, what is before me
to do, what I imagine is good and fun, what is
needed, what is frivolous and so on and so on and
so on.

I am vast awareness in all places and all times all
dimensions. All beings arise in me. I am both the
laughter and the scream of life - the joy and the
terror are all the same in me. For what I am there
is no word unless it is you.

No big deal!

Just imagine that you have stopped all imagining.

HAHAHAH and HOHOHO!

Peace - hiya mule! giddup there! - Michael

________________________________________________________________

GLORIA LEE

IF THE FALLING OF A HOOF

If the falling of a hoof
Ever rings the temple bells,

If a lonely man's final scream
Before he hangs himself

And the nightingale's perfect lyric
Of happiness
All become an equal cause to dance,

Then the Sun has at last parted
Its curtain before you -

God has stopped playing child's games
With your mind
And dragged you backstage by
The hair,

Shown to you the only possible
Reason

For this bizarre and spectacular
Existence.

Go running through the streets
Creating divine chaos,

Make everyone and yourself ecstatically mad
For the
Friends beautiful open arms.

Go running through this world
Giving love, giving love,

If the falling of a hoof upon this earth
Ever rings the Temple Bell.

("The Gift" - trans. by Daniel Ladinsky)

__________________________________________________________________

LAURA

Hi everyone,
I used to post here a year or two ago. I think I
introduced myself at the time with a plea for the
best way to get enlightened. I was in a hurry :-)
Well, I haven't reached my goal yet, but have
calmed down quite a bit. I was glad to see that a
lot of the same people are still posting. I was
more of a reader than a poster, so though I might
not have said much many of you feel like old
friends to me.

In the time since I was last hanging out here I
moved from West Virginia to California. The NDS web
site mentioned that there are people who read the
list that live in the Sacramento CA area that are
interested in getting to know others who are
interested in non-duality. I'm in Sac now, and
looking for people who are "on the path" or who can
point me toward some resources in the area. I've
hooked up with some people who are into
Anthroposophy-a philosophy by a guy named Rudolph
Steiner. It's sort of like Theosophy...Have any of
you heard of Rudolph Steiner? I had never heard of
him until I found this school that teaches his
stuff. What he taught is interesting, but it means
I have to learn a whole new set of terms and
translate them into the other stuff I've studied.
I'd really like to meet some people who talk in
terms I already know. I'm getting tired from all
the reading and trying to figure out how all these
different philosophies and religions fit together.

Thanks to you all for keeping NDS alive. I was
afraid when I started looking for it again it would
be gone like so many other internet communities
I've come across in the past. It's great to be
back.

GREG GOODE

Hi Laura,

Welcome back!

Funny you should mention Steiner and Theosophy. For
years I studied many of Steiner's books and looked
into Anthroposophy, Theosophy, Rosicrucianism,
Hermeticism, Tarot, Kabbala, Freemasonry,
Co-Masonry and a few others. Much of it is either
veiled Christic mysticism, like an indirect version
of the DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL or the CLOUD OF
UNKNOWING, or cribbed from Vedanta and Buddhism.
These mystical schools are fun, mysterious, secret,
with covert, secret meetings, veiled teachings,
secret documents, passwords, code-words, some even
having uniforms and regalia, lodges, temples,
musical meditations. My Rosicrucian lodge here in
NYC even served Haitian food after the weekly
"Mystical Convocations." MMmmm, mmmmm, good! What a
sense of belonging and cosmic purpose! We can speak
in terms of these schools - surely! But if one is
not quite ready to let fall the grandiose
conceptual structures, why then it's much easier to
find a simpler scheme - one containing fewer
concepts doing the same work as the more
multifarious ones in the more ornate schools....

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