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OTHER NON-DUAL POINTERS FROM MORE MODERN SOURCES

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The quotations and pointers are being arranged by category and subject matter.

To continue with the sharing of certain quotes which point toward the non-dual understanding:

excerpted from the book 

QUOTATIONS AND POINTERS dealing with NON-DUALITY, ADVAITA, NISARGA YOGA and more

OTHER NON-DUAL POINTERS FROM MORE MODERN SOURCES 

Russell Brand 

"It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe." 

G.I. Gurdjieff 

"Without self knowledge . . . man cannot be free and . . . he will always remain a slave." 

"A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror." 

"A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows." 

" . . . Man will renounce any pleasures you like but will not give up suffering." 

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson 

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life.” 

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” 

“The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent force that has anything to do with it, at all.” 

 “I want to put on the table, not why 85% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences reject God. I want to know why 15% of the National Academy don’t.” 

“After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?” 

“I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS'?” 

“People cited violation of the First Amendment when a New Jersey schoolteacher asserted that evolution and the Big Bang are not scientific and that Noah's ark carried dinosaurs. This case is not about the need to separate church and state; it's about the need to separate ignorant, scientifically illiterate people from the ranks of teachers." 

“While the Copernican principle comes with no guarantees that it will forever guide us to cosmic truths, it's worked quite well so far: not only is Earth not in the center of the solar system, but the solar system is not in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy is not in the center of the universe, and it may come to pass that our universe is just one of many that comprise a multiverse. And in case you're one of those people who thinks that the edge may be a special place, we are not at the edge of anything either.” 

“Again and again across the centuries, cosmic discoveries have demoted our self-image. Earth was once assumed to be astronomically unique, until astronomers learned that Earth is just another planet orbiting the Sun. Then we presumed the Sun was unique, until we learned that the countless stars of the night sky are suns themselves. Then we presumed our galaxy, the Milky Way, was the entire known universe, until we established that the countless fuzzy things in the sky are other galaxies, dotting the landscape of our known universe. Today, how easy it is to presume that one universe is all there is. Yet emerging theories of modern cosmology, as well as the continually reaffirmed improbability that anything is unique, require that we remain open to the latest assault on our plea for distinctiveness: multiple universes, otherwise known as the 'multiverse,' in which ours is just one of countless bubbles bursting forth from the fabric of the cosmos.” 

Next:

A series of articles combined and published as Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind (1901) influenced a fellow named William ("Bill") Griffiths Wilson considerably. He became interested in Eastern teachings, so when he wrote a book which has become "The Bible of Alcoholics," he included much material which he "co-opted," some of which was from articles and books which he read about Eastern Teachings. 

Many of the pointers he repeated, of course, deal with pointers that "non-dualists" can relate to: 

From "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS" (a.k.a., "the A.A. Big Book") 

References are made to “The Great Reality” and use of “the sixth sense” and “the intuition” and it is advised to “cast aside ideas and emotions and attitudes.” 

In later writings, the author of that book spoke of "physical intoxication, mental intoxication, spiritual intoxication and emotional intoxication" as well as "physical sobriety, mental sobriety, spiritual sobriety and the final level of sobriety, emotional sobriety." 

[To no longer be "physically intoxicated" while remaining "mentally intoxicated," "spiritually intoxicated" and "emotionally intoxicated" can - in many ways, relatively speaking - be even worse than just being physically drunk.]

Wilson explained that his audience did not have a drinking problem but had a "thinking problem." 

In his writings, the author of that book also spoke of "a total psychic change" that restores one to sanity; of a movement beyond the Realm of the Material and the Realm of the Spirit, reaching a state of awareness that is the essence, and connecting with what he called in the A.A. Big Book one’s "inner resource" (a.k.a., "the inner guru"); 

and he spoke of a movement beyond the limited physical 5-sense existence into a constant use of the vital sixth sense; 

and of a movement beyond the three-dimensional (height, width, depth) limitations of this (phenomenal) world and into the fourth dimension (or, in non-dual terms, "the Noumenal). 

He wrote about the fallacy of mistaking appearance for the real, writing . . . 

"The prosaic steel girder" is not actually what it appears to be but is instead "a mass of electrons." 

He wrote, "With few exceptions, our members find that they have tapped an unsuspected inner resource which they presently identify with their own conception of a Power greater than themselves." [Those see "their resource" as within, not without.]

Also from the A.A. Big Book, a quotation from Dr. Silkworth regarding those with addictions: " . . . They cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false.” 

Wilson also wrote, “The main problem . . . centers in his mind . . . .” 

and

“The first thing apparent was that this world and its people were often quite wrong.” [Note: That means, there is not just something "wrong" with alcoholics but there is something "quite wrong" with all people instead. In other words, all persons are just not quite "right."

He wrote: "It is constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that outward appearances are not inward reality at all." 

The solution is to be “catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace . . . .” 

He wrote: "The terms 'spiritual experience' and 'spiritual awakening' are used many times in this book which, upon careful reading, shows that the personality change sufficient to bring about recovery from alcoholism has manifested itself among us in many different forms." 

[So, yes, he understood that mental and personality disorders were at the root of the illness and originally wrote that the illness is a "two-part sickness of body and mind." 

He had arranged for certain men in Ohio to write their "stories," sharing how they were recovering from alcoholism via the A.A. program (which he had "co-opted" from the Oxford Group). When those men read the rough draft of his book and saw that Bill was speaking of "a two-fold illness" - of body and mind - they explained that if he did not make clear that the sickness is, above all else, a "spiritual malady," then he would not get their stories which he needed to add to his 164 pages in order to make a "big book." 

He succumbed to the blackmail and talk would thereafter be about "a three-part illness involving body, mind, and - above all else - one's 'spiritual condition," abandoning his original plan to show that the main root of the problem with the Addictive Personality Disorder centers in the mind and in personality disorders."

For the second and subsequent edition, he had the final word when he wrote, "Most of us think this awareness of a Power greater than ourselves is the essence of spiritual experience. Our more religious members call it 'God-consciousness'.” 

[So he made clear that, in the beginning, "the God part" was a part which only their "religious members" spoke of, those members originally being a group of Catholics from Cleveland whose priest made them split from the original Akron Oxford Group - with threat of excommunication otherwise - and who were the men who made the original "no-spirituality, no stories" demand.] 

While he was able to insert many pointers in the book based in Eastern teachings, the original intention was to offer a far-greater emphasis on the non-dual understanding than was included in the end. As for the explanation that only the original "religious members" talked about "God," that point was relegated to an appendix at the end of the book which is printed in a small font, so it is seldom given much - or any - attention nowadays.

At any rate, non-dual pointers have long been shared, even by those who never heard the term "non-dual." That has long been the case among those who have, to use the words Bill "co-opted" from someone else, "tapped into the inner resource." 

Please enter the silence of contemplation.

To be continued.

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Here, with those who are still driven to talk about "god," the "Son of god," the "Holy Spirit," "Buddha," "Krishna," etc., etc., etc., the invitation to them is to view those as verbs, not nouns.

THE EXPLANATION


If looked at as nouns, they point to illusions and are, therefore, a total waste of time to even discuss; if looked at as verbs which are resulting in certain sane but rare behaviors among humanity, then they are worthy of some attention during the relative existence.

Meaning? There are members of certain groups who say things such as "My concept of god in the past was of a weak god, an absentee god, A Santa Claus-type god, a mean, punishing, vindictive god, etc. Today, I am in close contact with a loving and caring god whom I worship and praise and glorify and give thanks to."

The reply to that usually goes like this: "If you are in contact with a god that wants to be worshipped and praised and glorified, then you're dealing with someone like yourself - a narcissist - and hanging out with narcissists will never bring an end to your narcissism (that narcissism evidenced by the fact that you think you are "godly").

Next, in the phrase 'loving and caring god,' any supposed god that truly had her or his act together would tell you that the totally irrelevant part of that phrase is 'god' and that the only part that is relevant is the "loving and caring" part.

"That is, a non-narcissistic their god / their goddess would say, "I care not an iota about being worshipped and praised and glorified by you or anyone else. How arrogant and insecure and needy would I have to be to want that? Forget the man-made, dreamed up noun 'god' and focus on the 'god as a verb' understanding and then go forth and let loving and caring be verbs - not adjectives - and let them generate the act of love and the act of caring and let those actions manifest through you." 

Yeshu'a (Jesus) and Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis were spot on:


"No one shall ever see 'the kingdom of heaven.' It is within"

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and 


"Heaven and earth shall fade away."

--Yeshu'a (Jesus)

and 


"Heaven and hell are not geographic places

but are states of mind, nothing more than

concepts dreamed up by men."

--Pope John Paul II 

"There is no hell."

--Pope Francis, the current pope

in an interview with journalist Eugenio Scalfari,

a writer used by the Pope to issue off the record

teachings which become a part of the Papal Magisterium.

[That said, would that the popes who have shown the courage to reject a core concept of their dogma - namely, "hell" - would find the additional courage required to question the very existence of their institution in light of the centuries-long cover-up of their history of raping children and in light of the mental and emotional and psychological scarring of billions of their members past and present.

And that need for courage also applies as questions need to be asked about why so many other sky cults are still being supported and allowed to continue to exist as well. When certain types of programming and conditioning have been shown to blind the masses, they should end. Will they? Not likely. Why?

Because what the masses think and say and do is most influenced by the international crime families which hold sway over the masses as criminals conduct their planet-wide operations. What are the major international crime families and which are the most influential and have the largest memberships?

The Mafia / La Cosa Nostra; the Catholic Church (with it 1.2 billion followers) whose Vatican Bank worked for decades with the Mafia while laundering mob earnings (for a 15% all-profit charge by the Bank); Protestant and Evangelical Churches (with over 1.2 billion followers) like the one I was raised in where the youth director molested and sexually assaulted young girls; big business which has long created environments in which people have been abused; powerful political bodies like the U.S. Congress, etc., etc., etc.)

With all of those crime families, neither the followers nor the leadership ever voluntarily step down or shut down their criminal activities. Be they gangs, organized crime families, religions, big business, politicians, etc., they all want control and they all want power and they all want money, and nothing internal will interfere with the driving forces at play.

The masses must demand that all those in charge must step down and their groups and institutions must shut down, and there's the real problem because the continuation of their crimes are enabled not as much by the people running such crime organizations as they are enabled by the masses of people who - wanting some perceived "payoff" - remain involved with them and give them money and support them and aid and abet the continued existence of those criminal enterprises and thus facilitate the ability of church criminals and political criminals and other types of criminals to continue to commit their crimes.] 

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