Tuesday, April 26, 2005

More Life In The Day

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Anne Twitty retells a classic Indian story on the nature of realization:

"A Student lives in India, a student of Vedanta. For years, forever, it seems, he has been receiving secret teachings from his guru, and at last he's got it, he not only hears, he KNOWS, he comprehends, that there are no opposites, all distinctions are illusory. God is All and All is God.

Deeply grateful and filled with bliss, he declares: God is the sole Reality. Then he bows deeply to his teacher and goes out into the world.

This being the time and place when the story is told, he finds himself walking along a narrow jungle path, uplifted, weightless, savoring his realization. Coming the other way, an elephant with its rider, the mahout, shouting to warn travelers of its approach.

But why should he concern himself with that? All is one; he and the elephant are one. Blissfully, he continues on his path. The mahout's cries, we assume, grow louder and louder, but our starry-eyed initiate is absorbed in his elation.

All obstacles have disappeared, there is no need to pay attention to duality, only this revelation, which is unchanging and will last forever. I am God, and the elephant is God. He proceeds to put his realization to the test of materiality.

A moment later, he is lying in a ditch, covered with bruises and smeared with mud. He returns, limping perhaps, and certainly filled with confusion, to his teacher. And what does his teacher tell him?

Yes, it is true that you are God and that the elephant is God. But why didn't you listen to the voice of the mahout, who is also God, shouting to you to get out of the way?

And from this, for us, arise unending questions:

Why don't we listen to the voice of the unexpected, shouting to us to change our course?

Why don't we listen to the voice of the fact that doesn't fit our theory?

Why don't we listen to the music of what happens instead of our inner dialogue?"

from Parabola Magazine, Spring 2005 Issue: " Awakening"

Monday, April 18, 2005

Life In The Day

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

All The Fuss

"There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We think that there is something hiding reality and that this must be destroyed before reality is gained. How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh at all your past efforts. That which will be the day you laugh is also here and now."
Ramana Maharshi

"You are all Buddhas! There is nothing you need to achieve. Just open your eyes."
Siddhartha Gautama

"The second coming will not be Jesus coming again, but an inflowing of the Christ consciousness energy. This Christ energy is available to all who have chosen. Many have chosen this path, but have forgotten. Now is the time of awakening or remembering their choices."
Rachel Rains with Linda Luke

"I Am- with you always."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Riding Down the Backroads.....

Riding down the backroads of some
long- lost Georgian daydream....

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

To Do List (part II)

What I really want to do:

1. Clear out the refrigerator and pantry- totally, and restock with brown rice, vegetarian, and water

2. Take hammer dulcimer lessons.

3. Throw all our TV’s in the ocean.

4. Use my computer at work as a boat anchor.

5. Spend the weekend with my wife reintroducing ourselves to each other (red wine, Corona, massage oil, and privacy are required.)

6. Curl up with my little boy and take a long nap.

7. Get a tattoo (a small Sanskrit Om).

8. Camp with the family on the Catawba River this weekend.

9. Visit my cousin in Chapel Hill, NC while he’s ill.

10. Move the family to a log cabin in Hot Springs, NC and guide rafts down the French Broad River for the season.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Thoughts on Writing

I come here to this place where I write-not a cluttered desk or table, but to the edge of my limitations, a vastly unpredictable space inside where I sometimes disappear into thin air…

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