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ATTD News Letter number 6
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Q & A
If or when you have a question you'd like to see answered in this newsletter mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Question: I met some one, and from the second I saw him I recognized him, I think it must be from another life. The same happened to him. Since then , there is this constant presence in my soul of him. What can this mean?
Answer: From where this answer comes there is no past life nor a future, just presence. Of course, it can mean whatever you want it to, but what IS it?
It sounds like pure recognition. In this recognition there is no you and other, only Self meeting Self. The mind cannot understand this and looks for a rational explanation. You say correctly 'I think' and then comes the apparent rationalization 'it must be from another life.' Why explain or question it? Explanations are fine for practical matters, but out of place for beauty, love and simple presence. Just let it be. Enjoy the mystery instead of solving the riddle.
I am not this person, this body-mind, or any thing. As I can't be what I perceive, I am not this body-mind or any thing that I am conscious of.
As there must be something unchanging to register discontinuity, I am not this body-mind, which is neither continuous nor permanent.
As the person is a changing stream of mental objects that I as the subject take to be my body-mind, I cannot be a person. I am, but I can't be this or that.
As it is my presence, which is always here and now, that gives the quality of actual to any event, I must be beyond time and space. I was never born, nor will ever die.
Excerpts from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's I AM THAT at:
Nonduality Salon http://nonduality.com/asmi.htm
Question to God "What surprises you most about mankind?"
And God answered:
"That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived..."
From the book Awakening to the Dream If you could just STOP, you'd realize that you're already there-or rather HERE. At this ever present still point it is impossible to distinguish between meditation and simple being. To accept this is to understand why seeking and working on your self are not helping at all. You can become professional at spiritual practice; and you can get stuck in seeking, thereby affirming that this, as it is, is somehow incomplete and in need of your efforts to fix and improve it.
When I say "here and now" I do not mean the fleeting moment between past and future, but the eternal present, which contains the apparent flux of time.
There is no 'You' or 'I,' no object
to over come, no contemplation!
Everything is That lost in That.
The blind theologians didn't understand,
Then they saw, and their seven levels
of attainment dissolved to nothing.
From: Lalla. Naked Song. Translated by Coleman Barks. Maypop books ISBN 0-9618916-4-5
The angels fly because they take themselves lightly
(G. K. Chesterton)
Recently this picture appeared on the front page of Holland's largest news paper. The owner of the burning house has done all he could do and now sits enjoying the early spring sun shine, while smoking a cigar on his front porch.
The accompanying story tells that his home office was destroyed, that his house was saved and that there was over 100.000 euro in damages. Apparently this will be covered by his insurance.
Quote of the moment!
I think it would be a great idea.
Gandhi's response to the question what he thought of Western Civilization
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