October 28th, 2012

Practical Nonduality? Part Five


(And from an entirely different song by an entirely different writer: Kenny Loggins)

"She said no! Hey, boy, would you come home to me.
And she said: hey, ramblin' boy, why don't you settle down,
Denver ain't your kind of town.
There ain't no gold and there ain't nobody like me..."

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LEONARD COHEN - If It Be Your Will

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will
If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

If it be your will.


A Bumper Sticker

The 1991 Suburu that i had driven for over 18 gave out on me a couple of months ago.  It had two bumper stickers which had both been on for a long time.  The newer one advertised that i am the grandparent of an (name) elementary school student; that student is now in the university.  The other was a yellow sticker worn to ilegibility which had once shown a snow leopard, a Tibetan flag, and the slogan "Free Tibet."

I bought the sticker to make a political statement, to say that i thought that Tibet should be made free from domination by China,
that Tibetans should have their own autonomous state returned to them.  For a long time that's all i thought about when i thought about the sticker.  Then one day about five years ago it occurred to me that that two word phrase might have many different meanings. one of them being a statement that, contrary to appearances, "Tibet is free."  I could not wrap my mind around that idea until tonight when i read the following passage in Rohr's The Naked Now.

(Writing about "Awareness" and Non-dualistic thinking and how these subdue the ego ) "I can then begin to enjoy all things in themselves, and not in terms of their usefulness or importance or threat to me.  This "I", this "little ole me" stops being the significant reference point for anything.  (Nothing else deserves to be called freedom except this foundational freedom from the self which is why even imprisoned people and physically limited people can be utterly free.)

I have been told that at the time China occupied Tibet in the 1950s, ten percent of the population had achieved Buddhist enlightenment.  Tibet may not only be free, it may be the most free place in the world!