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Are they true?
Or they seem clear and we just assume that
they are true because there is clarity?
How do we know?
How do we know anything?
And how can this passion for truth lead to anything anyway,
as at the end of everything, when one really goes to the end, there is nothing.
Everything falls apart, returns to source.
At the end of everything is Nothing. And at the beginning as well.
All expressions, all intimations, insights, come up and disappear.
Born out of Emptiness and returns.
Only Emptiness remains.
Insights can point to the direction of truth at the moment of expression,
but then they are instantly passed their prime.
Their moment of glory is immediate, never to return.
The pointing to what Is, eternal and unchanging is true, is real.
Is the golden grail all through the ages, the alchemist gold,
the description of nirvana, the diamond of the sutras.
But the language used to express becomes
archaic and out dated in no time.
As This is ever fresh and new, and cannot be captured by any word,
not even the most sublime as it defies all descriptions.
Its beyond the known,
its always pristine,
always experienced in the ever present Now.
Its the ever ongoing open experiencing of all that is.
Try as you might,
you will never not be this,
As this is All there.
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In the old days of TV you’d get a lot of static. You might have a station with a show you wanted to watch but you had to view it through static. So you might change the channel to watch a show you didn’t like as much but at least the picture was clear. There was value in the clarity itself. For one thing, seeing that there was such a thing as a clear picture let you know that the static wasn’t the nature of picture. The picture was inherently clear. The static was a function of the TV set. Satsang is like switching to a clear channel. In color! -jk
I have just heard from Hans Tibben that Douwe Tiemersma passed away today, January 3, 2013. Douwe met Nisargadatta in 1980 and he wrote the foreword to I Am That. He contributed in a major way to the establishment of Advaita culture in the Netherlands. Please read more about Douwe Tiemersma at his blog.
I’m lining up some interviews/conversations for this week and next week with people I haven’t interviewed before. Let me know if you’re interested, especially if we’ve been in touch about this before.
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Western civilization, in my opinion, is shifting from attending to the pointers to our true nature as provided by religion, art, music, and science, to our true nature itself. Science and the liberal arts won’t lose significance or importance in this shift. Rather, they’ll become enhanced as people identify less with them and have less a need to defend, protect, and therefore distort them and stifle their evolution.
Okay, we know how to celebrate nonduality for its diversity and wild freedom. Now we need to back up a little and focus on some of its niches, specifically nonduality and society, and nonduality and psychiatry. Because we can get lost in the celebration and forget that there are some untapped areas.
We’ve got the arts, sciences, psychotherapy, religion, even humor, pretty well covered. Western philosophy, literature, yoga, sexuality, and maybe even sports have some momentum to them. Ecology, which has deep nondual roots, seems to have stalled in the nonduality arena.
Addiction recovery is getting excellent coverage and Gary Nixon leads this effort, running what is essentially a department of nondual psychology at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
Addiction is relevant to all of us, especially — as Rupert Spira notes in the foreword to Fred Davis’s new book — since “most of us are addicts to compulsive thinking.” (More on Fred’s book at a later time; I’m writing a review, as will many others.) Gary exemplifies how one person can establish nonduality within a traditional university located in a community with zero roots in nondual thought. I mean Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada isn’t exactly Marin County, if you know what I mean.
But mostly, in my view, the “economic, social, or industrial infrastructure (quote from Wikipedia under Society)” needs coverage, as does the field of psychiatry. I’ve been in touch with some people in these fields. Maybe there needs to be an international conference on Psychiatry, Society, Industry, Economics, and Nonduality. PSIEN. This is where the rubber meets the road. Enough celebrating.