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When terrible things happen I go back to the eternal truth-tellers that matter most in the long run.

1 FROM JEWISH TEACHINGS: The great Jewish poet, philosopher & activist Rebbe Abraham Joshua Heschel describes the two worlds exquisitely ;

“The Search for reason ends at the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding.

Neither of them is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore, and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh.

We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore.

Citizens of two realms, we all must sustain a dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm, we name and exploit reality in another. Between the two we set up a system of references, but we can never fill the gap.

They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, in Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion.

A simpler way of presenting the key idea is to be found in this metaphor: “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of mystery.” Notice that even reason stops at the shoreline of mystery. The key is this – to realize Nondual Reality we have to surrender to the impossibility that language, words, concepts, even mind and reason can play a part. We either feel the Nondual whole or we don’t. But the good news is that we can clear away the inner clutter that comes with the ‘dual world’ and find that our true Self is there all the time. This is Awareness, but Awareness is us only when we have stopped ‘selfing’. Then, relatively, we sense that God is closer to us than our life-vein as in We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Qur’an 50:16). As in the one set of footsteps in the sand God carries us, even when we are not fulfilling our covenantal obligation. To transcend we have to get our false egoic self sufficiently surrendered to allow our true Self to be reflected from our heart.

2 FROM BUDDHIST TEACHINGS: – The two realms are pointed to in this ancient Zen teaching telling us that the great Master Dogen taught, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”……… To be enlightened by the 10,000 things is to recognize the unity of the self and the 10,000 things. Elsewhere it is said with the greatest brevity, ”No self – no problem.”

3 FROM SUFI ISLAMIC TEACHINGS: Rumi in one of his poems says; “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim. Not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the east or the west. Not out of the ocean or up from the ground. Not natural or ethereal. Not composed of elements at all. I do not exist. Am not an entity in this world or the next. Did not descend from Adam & Eve or any origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace of the traceless – neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one & that one call to & know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath, breathing, human, being.” – Rumi – 13thC Sufi mystic – (C Barks).

4 FROM HINDU TEACHINGS:

“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the

individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the

self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree;

the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

“The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the

divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he

recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his

glory, he grieves no more.” -0- SOURCE This trans. is in ‘The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal’, by Swami Prabhavananda.

5 FROM CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS:

Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." The Gospel of Thomas HERE

Fr. Richard Rohr comments; "Western Judeo-Christians are often uncomfortable with the word "nonduality." They often associate it (negatively) with Eastern religions. I am convinced, however, that Jesus was the first nondual religious teacher of the West, and one reason we have failed to understand so much of his teaching, much less follow it, is because we tried to understand it with a dualistic mind." – Fr. Richard Rohr, in The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

6 FROM BAHA’I TEACHINGS: “The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. Whoso hath recognized the Day Spring of Divine guidance and entered His holy court hath drawn nigh unto God and attained His Presence, a Presence which is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but a symbol.” – Bahá’u’lláh – Gleanings XXIX

The goal for the individual is to become free of ‘egoic-self’; “Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.” – Bahá’u’lláh – Persian Hidden Word No 40

7 FROM TAOIST TEACHINGS: The first chapter of the Tao Te Ching says;

The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery & manifestations arise from the same source…..

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freddie marriage@fredmarriage

“God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” – Empedocles

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Tomorrow we will be doing Meditation Part 3

TEXT 1:
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Bhikkhus, the teaching is merely a vehicle to describe the truth. Don’t mistake it for the truth itself. A finger pointing at the moon is not
the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know
the real moon.
The teaching is like a raft that carries you to the other shore. The raft is needed, but the raft is not the other shore. An intelligent person
would not carry the raft around on his head after making it across to the other shore. Bhikkhus, my teaching is the raft which can help you
cross to the other shore beyond birth and death. Use the raft to cross to the other shore, but don’t hang onto it as your property. Do not
become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

Greg Rakozy @grakozy

TEXT 1 We should discipline ourselves in the realization and patient acceptance of the truths of the emptiness, un-bornness, no self-natureness, and the nonduality of all things. This teaching is found in all the sutras of all the Buddhas and is presented to meet the varied dispositions of all beings, but it is not the Truth itself.

These teachings are only a finger pointing toward Noble Wisdom. They are like a mirage with its springs of water which the deer take to be real and chase after. So with the teachings in all the sutras: They are intended for the consideration and guidance of the discriminating minds of all people, but they are not the Truth itself, which can only be self-realized within one’s deepest consciousness. – The Lankavatara Sutra, (milieu Ve siècle), Buddhism, Mahayana SOURCE ‘One Little Angel’.

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This is about the Tahirih Centre in the USA and how it is inspired by the life of the heroine-martyr Tahirih and the spiritual teaching that says;
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.
See the wonderful things below this picture;

Photo by Joel & Jasmin @theforestbirds

What is the Tahirih Justice Center – see here https://www.tahirih.org/

Who Was Tahirih?

Illustration by Ivan Lloyd from "Tahirih: A Poetic Vision"

Illustration by Ivan Lloyd from “Tahirih: A Poetic Vision”

THIS IS WHAT THE TAHRIH CENTRE SAYS: Tahirih Justice Center is named after a prominent figure in 19th century Middle Eastern history and the persecuted Bahá’í faith. Born in 1814, Tahirih (TAH-heh-ray) was an exemplar of women’s strength in Persia, at a time when most women were kept illiterate and hidden from the public sphere.

Tahirih is remembered for her renowned skill as a poet, her theological insights, her leadership as one of the earliest Bahá’ís, and her ability to organize and inspire women to reject their oppressed status. In a particularly dramatic display of her leadership, Tahirih appeared unveiled before an assemblage of men and gave an eloquent speech about the need to reject old patterns of society. The act was so shocking to the audience that one man stood up and slit his own throat at the sight of her face.*

In 1852, at the age of 38, Tahirih was executed for her beliefs and activities. Her last recorded words were, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you will never stop the emancipation of women.”

Like Tahirih, our clients have decided for themselves to refuse the violence and oppression imposed upon them. By the time they arrive at our doors, in the legacy of our namesake, they are already heroes.

*Please note: We take no position on veiling and support our clients in their decisions regarding their manner of dress.

To find out more go here https://www.tahirih.org/

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"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung

Photo by Bruno on Unsplash

We each are a ‘Buddha’ – if we let go sufficently of ‘the mud of accumulated negatives’ so that our True Self can flower.

See my book;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daily-Soul-Food-Mindfulness-knowing/dp/1097415694/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Daily Soul Food: mindfulness ways for knowing your true Self (DSF). Knowing your Self was never so simple or so profound. Practice-based DSF can help us see our hurts and negatives as challenges to transform spiritual stress & anxiety through deeper experiences of realizing Oneness. DSF is for those ‘independent seekers’ who feel themselves ‘spiritual but not religious’ and those who are sick of what degenerate forms of religion have been doing but who still appreciate the Perennial Wisdom found in Baha’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Sufi-Islamic, Taoist & other sources.This unique book shows the way to recover & restore what got de-tuned in us through hurts & other negative stuff. It uses the wisdom of great teachers, as you walk your own personal ‘Inter-spiritual Way’ to inspire heart, head & soul. At its core is learning to rest the mind in Nondual Presence. When you gaze at a star-filled night sky, or sit in front of a beautiful landscape, or get captured by the smile of a baby or young child, you can lose all sense of your ‘self’. But as time goes on the mirror of our heart-mind gathers veils of dust. As John Lennon said; ‘Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.’ With your copy of DSF you can practice inner-decluttering. The many meditations in the book bring together the spiritual practices and wisdom of many of the world’s most outstanding spiritual teachers, focused on your uniqueness. DSF is a self-help bridge into teachings that are easy to apply, as we practice and study mindfulness in our day-to-day lives. Oneness-based living, rooted in Perennial Wisdom, can take us to our True Self. The journey is into Nondual being.

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Here are one or two of mine;

I love the fact that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says , "Invite the bell to speak." (Instead of "Bang the bowl.")

I love that I have found out that Tathātā is variously translated as "thusness" or "suchness".

I love this photograph by Kyle on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/s/photos/creation

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UNSPLASH PHOTO – Peter Lloyd @plloyd

See – https://www.realityfiles.com/master-archive/resources/bird-symbolism-meanings-full-resource-animal-spirit-guides-omens-spirit-animals-totems/

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