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You will only have a finite number of experiences this incarnation. Don't squander any of them on self pity, daydreaming, rehashing the past, or plotting revenge. Or thinking about this or any other advice.

Kir Li Molari
This last in closing today's NDHighlights, which was prepared by the inimitable Michael Read. Sometimes his highlights don't do it for me, but I really dig the way he wrote about enlightenment in this issue.

The Nondual Highlights 2121 - Friday, April 22, 2005 - Guest Editor: The Only Truly Enlightened Being in the Entire Universe

Hi there Everybody! Gosh, you all sure are looking great. No, really, it's true!

Because I Am who I Am, I am often asked a lot of questions. Questions about enlightenment, religion, meditation, spirituality and (of course) non-duality. My usual answer to all these questions is merely an enigmatic smile.

Simple answers never seem to satisfy very many people and detailed answers tend to set the mind to spinning and weaving.

Now, if a seeker asks, "Where can I find God?" And, if I reply, "You are what you seek." Then, what is the seeker to understand? That they are the Being Supreme, the Creator of Everything, the Big Kahuna and Lord of all Creation? Well, then the seeker will just fill his or her little head with more fantasy and such and everything will seem fine until the next time something untoward (like a stubbed toe) happens. Then the seeker will just 'curse my name' and go off looking for some other Truly Enlightened Being who will impart the truth... happens alla time.

Sometimes I am asked what it's like to be enlightened. The answer I like to offer is that it's OK.  And, it's not a big deal at all. Sure, it has it's moments of unrestrained joy, laughter, bliss, nirvana, etc. By and large though it is life as usual. But without all the botheration...

When asked how I became The Only Truly... Actually, I didn't 'become' anything. It just happened one day that I stopped thinking for a moment. And boom! there it was or is. Know what I mean? Gee, it was all so simple. It had nothing at all to do with my hopes and fears, dreams or ambitions, or my pain and suffering. And yet, all those things (and more) were somehow included! Wow, what a deal!

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kumaraka April 23rd, 2005
Is this guy being sarcastic?

iamom April 23rd, 2005
Heh heh -- uh, no, I don't think so. His writing is definitely tongue-in-cheek, though.

A common theme to many of his writings is that he doesn't take anything, even enlightenment, too seriously. He advocates a lot of laughter and humour at all times, and perhaps especially so in the case of enlightenment.

I think that's a good message, because perhaps especially so in the case of enlightenment, it's really easy to think that we're working on something supremely important to humankind or something. And while positive things can and do come out of enlightenment, it can be easy for that seriousness to turn into selfishness or at least self-righteousness, you know? Whenever we become filled with too much self-importance in our spiritual path, it's usually not a good thing.

vyus April 24th, 2005
that's very dalai-lama-ish.

seriousness can really be a horrible trap when practicing awareness.

violence, too. i always assumed those were things taught to be avoided because of that (even tho some folks seem able to use them as tools rather than as states-of-being).

how the heck do you manage to keep your ground? set some time aside each day to recenter? i'm so far away from nondual it's not funny.

iamom May 1st, 2005
how the heck do you manage to keep your ground? set some time aside each day to recenter?

Assuming these aren't rhetorical questions, I'll answer them thus: I don't always keep my ground (although I always try); and yes, I do set some time aside each day to recenter. I try to meditate for at least 15 minutes every morning.

More important than that short meditation session though is that I try constantly (literally constantly) to imbue every moment of the day with that same meditative awareness. I picture myself going through my activities each day as some sort of a zen warrior, with precise measured movements and mindful action and thought all the time.

It's not hard work to do that, though -- I don't make that practice onerous. I just try to sort of float gently and smoothly throughout each day and most of the time it really works for me.

(That airy-fairy shit about the peace found in meditation doesn't do it for me -- I have to have a simple approach to life that just affects all of my wakeful hours instead, you know? 15 minutes of peaceful thoughts every morning and then a whole day of crazy shit is no fun for me. It has to be all the time...)

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seekerofsages April 24th, 2005
"You will only have a finite number of experiences this incarnation. Don't squander any of them on self pity, daydreaming, rehashing the past, or plotting revenge. Or thinking about this or any other advice.

Kir Li Molari"

Oh--this made my day...still laughing & loving this!

Thank you!

baal_kriah April 25th, 2005
Michael Read is wise, hilarious, and a refreshing change from the all-too-common over-intellectualized pomposity that haunts much discussion of nondualism. He also hangs out sometimes at Guru Ratings Forum, a pretty free-wheeling Yahoo egroup.

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