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The Non-Dual World of Advaita, Zen, Dzogchen & Mahamudra

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Philosophy One to One Beautiful Words Sights & Sounds Funny One!


The Over-Soul

THE ONLY PROPHET of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man's particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart, of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains every one to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character, and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand, and become wisdom, and virtue, and power, and beauty.

We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.


 Writing: From The Over-Soul
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art: Gwen Meharg

One to One

Living Truth

Q: I want to ask a question about what you said once about listening and welcoming. When I first heard you talk about this it struck me like a revelation. This condition seemed a most appropriate way to be, but I found that it also showed me that I seemed to be constructed in exactly the opposite way. In other words, I find that I never really welcome, I never really listen. I assume a posture of defense, of not listening to myself, not being open. What can you say that would be an indication as to how it would be possible to be in the welcoming, since it is really the opposite of how I always am?

A: Very often when you listen to something, you emphasize the object. There is still an action; there is still eccentric energy, I would say. In welcoming, you emphasize the welcoming. That means in welcoming you are completely open, open to the perception. In welcoming you are waiting, completely directionless. You live freely without any representation, without psychological memory. Your real nature is welcoming.

When you come to the understanding that there is nothing to achieve, nothing to obtain—that all knowledge is a going away from what you are looking for—then there is a spontaneous giving up. You do not give up, it gives itself up. Then there is welcoming and another way of listening where the listening and the welcoming are open to themselves. It refers to itself. Welcoming, listening, is an impersonal state where there is no place to be somebody, to be a person. That is why in welcoming you are spontaneously excited. Excited is not really the word—you are completely expanded.


 Writing: from Living Truth -Jean Klein
Art: Gwen Meharg

Beautiful Words


I have thrown from me the whirling dance of mind
And stand now in the spirit's silence free,
Timeless and deathless beyond creature-kind,
The centre of my own eternity.

I have escaped and the small self is dead;
I am immortal, alone, ineffable;
I have gone out from the universe I made,
And have grown nameless and immeasurable.

My mind is hushed in a wide and endless light,
My heart a solitude of delight and peace,
My sense unsnared by touch and sound and sight,
My body a point in white infinities.

I am the one Being's sole immobile Bliss:
No one I am, I who am all that is.


Art: Dhira Lawrence


Sights & Sounds

Alan Watts
Life and Music 2:20 min


Funny One

A Walk in the Woods

A MAN WAS WALKING through a forest pondering life. He walked, pondered, walked, and pondered. He felt very close to nature and even close to God. He felt so close to God that he felt if he spoke, God would listen.

So he asked, "God, are you listening?" And God replied, "Yes, my son, I am here."

The man stopped and pondered some more. He looked towards the sky and said, "God, what is a million years to you?" God replied, "Well, my son, one second to me is like a million years to you."

So the man continued to walk and to ponder. Then he looked to the sky again and said, "God, what is a million dollars to you?" And God replied, "My son, a million dollars is like a penny to me. It means almost nothing."

The man looked down, pondered a bit and looked up to the sky and said, "God, can I have a million dollars?" And God replied, "Yes, my son, just a second."


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