Daniel Sleeth on Adi Da Samraj

#2857 – Thursday, June 28, 2007 – Editor: Jerry Katz 
The Nondual Highlights – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights  

One: Essential Writings on Nonduality: http://tinyurl.com/2blmhy    


Daniel Sleeth has sent me some letters and material which I’m including here with his permission. Adi Da Samraj has been a huge influence on many people, through his books alone. People have been put off, to put it mildly, by elements of controversy in Adi Da’s circle, his claim that you must turn to him in order to understand, and the sense that no devotee has ever become enlightened. 

The Smokable Sacredness: A Consideration of Cigars & Nonduality

by Jerry Katz

The cigar holds an essence of nature that is released in the smoke. This essence resonates with the most essential part of what I am. That resonance is what I feel, enjoy, and contemplate as a smoke.

Nonduality means not-two and refers to non-separateness as the nature of reality.

Cigar smoking reveals there is no separation between the natural world and myself.

Nonduality in the Architectural Theory of Christopher Alexander

The purpose is to show how some of the writings of architect Christopher Alexander bear on nonduality.

The fundamental message is that architects who work from realization of their true nature could build structures that inspire realization of true nature.

Nonduality means non-separation, which refers to all things being the same at some level of understanding, while retaining their individuality. A  classic metaphor pointing to nondual reality is that of the wave and ocean. Though each wave is unique, each one is the substance of the ocean and not separate from the ocean itself: Nonduality, non-separation.

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What is the “I”? Continue reading

Oneness and the Embracing of Opposites in Some Songs of Grace Vanderwaal

[All song lyrics are from http://gracevanderwaal.com/lyrics/]

Grace Vanderwaal is a 13-year old singer, musician, and songwriter who won America’s Got Talent (AGT) in 2016 at age 12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sgjgPSdADE. I want to look at lyrics which, in my opinion, contain themes of oneness and of authentic living in the midst of ordinary, everyday life.

These are only my interpretations of some of her songs, set forth for the reader’s consideration. I accept that there are multiple valid interpretations. Continue reading

The Evan Gattis Story: A Milestone

The Evan Gattis story reaches a milestone. He has gone from high school baseball star, to suffering depression, to quitting baseball, to discovering nonduality, to finding out his true nature, to getting back into baseball, to playing professionally. His story is best told in this Sports Illustrated article.

Last night his team, the Houston Astros, won the World Series (advance to 9:22 if you do not wish to watch all the game’s highlights). Winning the Series is every baseball player’s dream and few achieve it.

Gattis does not make a public display of nondualistic claims and confessions as do Jim Carrey and Prince Ea. Some day in a book or movie he may do so. Or not. Meanwhile there’s more to come. He’s only 31 and has more years to play baseball.

Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals

Photo: Evan Gattis

#5232 – Krishnamurti’s Notebook: Long Dialogue from Nonduality Salon

The name of the thread is Krishnamurti’s Notebook.

Terry writes:

From Krishnamurti’s Notebook

27 June 1961

Formulation and words about all this seem so futile; words, however accurate, however clear the description, do not convey the real thing.

There is a great and unutterable beauty in all this. There is only one movement in life, the outer and the inner; this movement is indivisible, though it is divided. Being divided, most follow the outer movement of knowledge, ideas, beliefs, authority, security, prosperity and so on. In reaction to this, one follows the so-called inner life, with its visions, hopes, aspirations, secrecies, conflicts, despairs. As this movement is a reaction, it is in conflict with the outer. So there is contradiction, with its aches, anxieties, and escapes.

#5216 – Conversation between Dhanya Durga Moffitt & Jody Radzik

Edited by Jerry Katz

Some new books from Non-Duality Press:

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This issue of the Nonduality Highlights follows a discussion between Dhanya Durga Moffitt and Jody Radzik  held in the Nonduality Highlights group on Facebook (which all readers are welcome to join, by the way) and inspired by the interview with Jody featured in the previous issue of the Highlights. Continue reading

Hiphop and Nonduality, by Ascience Gnown

Hiphop and Nonduality. Lyric by Ascience Gnown. Music: Hot in Herre by Nelly. Karaoke performed by Jerry Katz at the Lion’s Head tavern in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, July 11, 2013, hosted by DJ Laurie the Guy. Video by Mary-Jean Doyle.

Here is the article by Ascience Gnown from which the lyrics were taken:

Hiphop and Non Duality

by Ascience Gnown

Hiphop doesn’t exist. Show it to me. And please don’t point to an album, your iTunes library, a microphone, a website etc. because we don’t call that Hiphop. We have names for those things. But what can be named can be identified, it has color, shape, and place in space in reference to another object. So where is the thing that we call Hiphop. Or is it a thing at all? Is it a feeling? An experience? If so what is the experience? What drives us to label things Hiphop or not Hiphop? What is the difference between the two? Afrika Bambaataa says Hiphop is peace, love, unity, and understanding. Well where are those things? Do those qualities exist as tangible objects or are they something more subtle and tacit? All things have a beginning and an end. They have an origin, at least relatively, but did peace, love, unity and understanding have a beginning or have they existed before there was a mind to perceive them? If we entertain the latter then we have to look at what we call Hiphop as something free of coming and going, something that is free of origins and endings, free from conditions, in fact I postulate that Hiphop is freedom from conditions simply because it allows all conditions to exist. It does not fight, it does not reject, it embraces and incorporates. It becomes more whole through allowing whatever arises to arise. It freely samples the world and finds it beautiful.

A Little Known Book Edited and Introduced by Nisargadatta

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Did you know that Nisagadatta Maharaj took notes of his teacher’s talks, edited them, and compiled them into two books? He also wrote prefaces to the books. The books make up the major portion of
Master of Self-Realization: An Ultimate Understanding
by Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj
Recorded and Edited by Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj 
“Every sentence in this book has the potency of giving you the fruit of Self-Realization. One who will read regularly and ponder over these discourses will himself become the channel for the expression of the inherent spirit of these words.” -Nisargadatta Maharaj
 
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Psychiatry, Society, Industry, Economics, and Nonduality

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.
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.

Nonduality Teacher Albert Blackburn and Now Consciousness

Now Consciousness: Exploring the World Beyond Thought


by Albert Blackburn

Selections:

To me, the valuable characteristic of Now Consciousness is the universal availability for anyone. It can be experienced by rich or poor, in a palace or a hovel, by an intellectual or a simple person. It is the common heritage of everyone. Because of its simplicity, it is easily overlooked by the erudite.

The Only Two Guides You Need in Your Pursuit of Nonduality

Pursuing nonduality? In the old days you had to do Google searches, join email forums, read books, watch videos, listen to podcasts, go to satsangs, make pilgrimages to see gurus.

All that has changed. Now you only need two guides.

1. Facebook.
2. MeetUps.

Have a question about the reputation of a teacher? Want to know whether nonduality will affect your relationships? Ask your friends on FB. Want to hear the latest utterances of some enlightened dude or girl? Facebook. Want to chat with the hottest guru? Want to post your own confessions about the nature of reality? Want to know who’s who and who’s doing what? All you need is Facebook.

For your offline experience, no need to travel far to see a sage or guru. Attend a local nonduality MeetUp group. If there isn’t any, or if there isn’t one to your liking, start one.

Facebook and MeetUps are the only two basic guides needed for your journey to nonduality.

If there’s a third guide, may I suggest the place where the vision for popular nonduality found a home: Nonduality.com

-Jerry Katz

What Is Nonduality, Really?

Nonduality today consists of a wide array of expressions on themes of oneness, interconnectedness, non-separateness, and paradox. These expressions are found in many fields of knowledge and endeavor: science, psychology, religion, spirituality, martial arts, poetry, music, art, literature, communication, education.

The desire to awaken often leads to a search and the discovery of some form of nonduality.

The purpose of my work in nonduality is to provide many opportunities for discovery. It considers nonduality as both a practical tool for more effective living and a pointing to what is. My work also includes the deconstruction of nonduality, and the deconstruction of deconstruction.

In other words, there’s both something to nonduality and nothing to it. Out of some colors of existence something is fashioned and it is called nonduality. But what is nonduality, really? Knowing what it really is, there is laughter, enjoyment … and another email to open!

-Jerry Katz

On applying mindfulness practices to the care and maintenance of toddlers, by Dustin LindenSmith

The following was published in the Halifax Shambhala Banner Newsletter, April 2010:

http://www.halifax.shambhala.org/banner_10/banner_april2010.pdf

On applying mindfulness practices to the care and maintenance of toddlers

by Dustin LindenSmith

I’ve been a full-time, stay-at-home dad since 2004; first with our daughter who’s seven, and now with our two sons, 2 and 3 years old. With both of our boys now firmly in the terrible twos, I’ve found myself questioning if I’m destined to keep any shred of my sanity by the time they reach school age.

Many toddlers require nearly constant supervision. They’re quick to shun their basement playroom full of safe toys, games, puzzles and train sets, choosing instead to empty the kitchen cupboards and drawers of the most breakable and delicate contents; to relieve the filing cabinet of its most important papers; or to raid their sister’s doll house and toy chest of her most prized treasures.

Beyond Lucid Dreaming and Waking

While it is fascinating to dream lucidly, that is, to be aware that you are dreaming and to be able to manipulate your environment — whether sleeping or awake — it is not a recognition of your natural self. It’s a recognition of your cool self.

The natural self, the Self, is stillness. It is dreamless sleep and dreamless waking.

Instead of trying to experience a lucid dream, upon lucidity in a dream, be still. There’s nothing to chase, nothing to manipulate. Carry this stillness to the waking world, to the greatest extent possible. In this way you will come to your natural way of being.