As I write the title, I have no clue what will happen in this thread. My plan is simple. Open the first book I see, then walk my library opening to
random pages, showing you what I find. Am I bored? Not at all. I know a secret to non-attached seeking. Without a plan, the universe takes you on
a journey. Tonight, we find out what happens.
--Dictionary of Word roots and Combining Forms - Donald J. Borror
Xen - A Stranger, Guest
The Teachings of the Buddha, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai - p. 476
The Harmony of the Brotherhood
"Let us imagine a desert country lying in absolute darkness with many living things swarming blindly about in it. Naturally, they will be frightened
and as they run about without recognizing one another during the night, there will be frequent swarming and loneliness. This is indeed a pitiable
sight. Then let us imagine that suddenly a superior man with a torch appears and everything around becomes bright and clear. The living beings in
the dark solitude suddenly find a great relief as they look about to recognize one another and happily share their companionship.
By "a desert country," is meant a world of human life when it lies in the darkness of ignorance. Those who have no light of wisdom in their minds
wander about in loneliness and fear. They were born alone and die alone; they do not know how to associate with their fellow men in peaceful harmony,
and they are naturally despondent and fearful.
By "a superior man with torch," is meant Buddha assuming a human form, and by His wisdom and compassion he illuminates the world. In this light
people find themselves as well as others and are glad to establish human fellowship and harmonious relations. Thousands of people may live in a
community but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other mutually and have sympathy for one another. A true community has faith and
wisdom that illuminate it. It is a place where the people know and trust one another and where there is social harmony. "
My own thoughts are in awe right now. Do you see what I mean by a walkabout of the mind showing something wonderful? Although I have more books
right here around me, I will walk into the study and drag one from the shelf at random.
The Book of Equanimity - Gerry Shishin Wick, p. 176
"Who can be turned beyond what is and what is not?
Though all persons want to leave the ever-flowing stream, each
returns to sit among the coals and ashes.
Nag Hammadi Scriptures - Marvin Meyer, p. 124
"With a sacred command the Mother-Father sent five luminaries down upon the place of the angels of the first ruler. They advised him so that they
might recover the mother's power."
J.R.R Tolkien - Silmarillion, p. 304
'Take now the ring,' he said; 'for thy labours and they cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this
is the Ring of Fire, and herewith, maybe, thou shalt rekindle hearts to the valour of old in the world that grows chill."
The Eternal Way - The Inner Meaning of the Bhagavad Gita - Roy Eugene Davis, p. 216
"22. The Spirit [soul] in relationship to the body is called the witness, that which gives conscent, the supporter, the experiencer, the ruler of the
mind and senses, and the Supreme Self.
In relationship to the cosmic body (the universe) God as the Oversoul is the witness of all that transpires and plays various roles. It is the
reality that is supreme above all manifested aspects of nature. The soul is the witness, the consenter, the supporter, the experiencer, and ruler of
mind and senses in the body because it is individualized Spirit. Even when we are intent upon right living endeavors and spiritual growth practices,
inwardly we should know, "I am pure consciousness."
Plato Complete Works - John M. Cooper, p. 880 (MENO)
"As the soul is immortal, has been born often and has seen all things here and in the underworld, there is nothing which it has not learned; so it is
in no way surprising that it can recollect the things it knew before, both about virtue and other things. As the whole of nature is akin, and the
soul has learned everything, nothing prevents a man, after recalling on thing only--process men call learning--discovering everything else for
himself, if he is brave and does not tire of the search, for searching and learning are, as a whole, recollection.
RUMI - Big Red Book - Coleman Barks, p. 66
Unfold Your Own Myth
Who gets up early
to discover the moment light begins?
Who finds us here circling, bewildered, like atoms?
Who comes to a spring thirsty
and sees the moon reflected in it?
Who, like Jacob blind with grief and age,
smells the shirt of his lost son
and can see again?
Who lets a bucket down and brings up
a flowing prophet?
Or like Moses goes for fire
and finds what burns inside the sunrise?
Jesus slips into a house to escape enemies,
and opens a door to the other world.
Soloman cuts open a fish, and there's a gold ring.
Omar storms in to kill the prophet
and leaves with blessings.
Chase a deer and end up everywhere!
An oyster opens his mouth to swallow on drop.
Now there's a pearl.
A vagrant wanders empty ruins.
Suddenly he's wealthy.
But don't be satisfied with stories, how things
have gone with others. Unfold
your own myth, without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.
Start walking toward Shams. Your legs will get heavy
and tired. Then comes a moment
of feeling the wings you've grown,
edit on 8-3-2017 by DayAfterTomorrow because: Bring me a question and I'll tell you....