Monday, September 6, 2010

Pointers

The purpose of nonduality is to point to your sky-like nature.


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Awareness is the ever-present witness to your varying states of consciousness (waking, dreaming, dreamless sleep, etc). It is not only
what you are, it is the Reality that pervades the universe. There is nothing that it isn't, nowhere where it is not.


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Shankara said that "the treasure I have found cannot be described in words." Amen to that.


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When it comes to this understanding, there is no "spiritual union" of any kind. In fact, any idea related to your "joining" anything automatically cancels the possibility of your discovering your true Self.


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You cannot "Be Here Now" because you
are here now.


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True salvation, freedom, fulfillment, liberation, moksha, and enlightenment are nothing but the perceiving of your natural and ever-present state, which is, at once, consummate and simple, subtle and profound. It is a mere glance away, and not even that, really. For one of the central difficulties with presence is articulating the ease with which it can be recognized.


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Nonduality isn't about morality, character-building, or perfect equanimity. Compassion and peace are natural results of this seeing and understanding. Though one's personality stays largely the same, there is now this quiescent ground of being from which life is fully witnessed.


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Gathering knowledge will not lead you to Knowledge. Just see that your thoughts, emotions, and sensations (which are nothing but the mind) arise in a
presence of extraordinary spaciousness that you have simply overlooked.


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Truly, you lack for nothing. Your own radiance is resplendently shining. You neither have to "come to grips" with anything, nor "let anything go." Those actions are as nonproductive as any practice in which you might indulge, no matter how intense, sustained, or rarefied that practice may be. Futile too is leaving everything up to grace. For
who, precisely, would be doing that? And what is it that you think that Grace has not already bestowed upon you?

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Here is an interview that I recently did for the new online publication,
Nonduality Magazine: http://www.nondualitymagazine.org/nonduality_magazine_volume_1.contents.htm

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1 comment:

Tom said...

Rodney, these are brilliant. As you say, "for one of the central difficulties with presence is articulating the ease with which it can be recognized." I find this really challenging to convey myself. It's like this is too good to be true in all respects. Very refreshing, Rodney. Thanks so much. Tom