Monday, June 12, 2006

In Search of Nonduality
(Of course without searching because there is nothing to seek.)

Nothing to do,
Nothing to force,
nothing to want -
and everything happens by itself.

--Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche

To study the way of the Buddha is to study your own self.
To study your own self is to forget yourself. To forget
yourself is to have the objective world prevail in you.

--Dogen

The person is a very small thing. Actually it is a composite, it cannot
be said to exist by itself. Unperceived, it is just not there. It is but the
shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories. Pure being is reflected
in the mirror of the mind, as knowing. What is known takes the shape
of a person, based on memory and habit. It is but a shadow, or a
projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind.

--Nisargadatta Maharaj


God is Within You

When one realizes God, He grants knowledge and illumination
from within; one knows it oneself. In the fullness of one's spiritual
realization one will find that He who resides in one's heart, resides
in the hearts of others as well - the oppressed, the persecuted, the
untouchable, and the outcast.

--Sri Sarada Devi

"One man cannot do right in one department
of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong
in any other department. Life is one
indivisible whole."

--Mahatma Gandhi

6 comments:

Mike said...

Gandhi's quote is especially meaningful to me. It's so easy to rationalize behaviors in certain segments of life—and each of us has his own segments in which we are particularly susceptible—while maintaining strict ethical conduct in other segments. Thanks Don!

Don Iannone said...

Mike,

Glad it hit the spot!

Don

Imemine said...

Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I.
--Alan Watts

Don Iannone said...

Imemine...Yep, Alan was right!

jim said...

I see Gandhi was for 'consistency', that is my old bag, many a person denies the need or value of such, prefering instead the war.

Don Iannone said...

So true, Jim.

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