Tuesday, April 15, 2008

death, taxes, and some real stuff

you know, the dumb phrase:
death and taxes

i guess it has something to do with the

my, my
they could have said:
gravity and breath
and these would have been more useful
as everyday constants for life on Earth

even now
you know this good old now
thing i like to write about
and live from
where i sit
where you sit, stand, gravity is there

and air
and we breathe
and know it
or breathe
and don't know it


here are some nice
about the real deal,
one from adyashanti
a sweet spiritual teacher,
who kind of enhances the Byron Katie Work

the quote goes like this:

"Enlightenment is nothing more
that the natural state of being.
If you strip it of all the complex terminology and complex jargon
enlightenment is simply returning to our
natural state of being."

This from a book, True Meditation.
He also has an article
in Yoga Plus
becoming something of an industry
and that's his business

the other quote
is one of many brilliant quotes
that could be "shared" from ,
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's
New Translation of War and Peace

it's from a dream
Pierre, a central character,
who starts the book as a befudled
and "absent minded and ridiculous man,"
and ends the book, still a bit absent minded and
ridiculous, but full of wisdom

in the dream
a voice speaks to him
and says:

" ' Life is everything.
Life is God.
Everything shifts and moves, and this movement is God.
And while there is life, there is delight
in the self-awareness of the divinity.
To love life is to love God.
The hardest and most blessed thing is to love this life
in one's suffering, in the guiltlessness of suffering."

Page 1064.
you've been through a lot
by the time you get there.
Pierre is suffering
and growing hugely
when he has this dream.

Hint, for Pierre,
though not for everyone,
the book has a "happy ending."


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