Cars and Duct Tape
Occasional Picture June 2013

Duct tape for temporary car repairs.

Cars and Duct Tape


© 2013 Marina Rundell

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Excerpts from Be Love Now by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das:

“As I have explored my own and others’ journeys toward love, I’ve encountered different kinds of happiness. There’s pleasure, there’s happiness, and then there’s joy. Addiction, even in the broad sense of just always wanting more of something, gives only pleasure. Pleasure is very earthbound when you’re getting it from sensual interaction, and it always has its opposite; also, the need for satisfaction is never ending. Happiness is emotional, and emotions come and go. It may play into the complex of other emotional stuff that we all carry. But there is also spiritual happiness, which gets very close to joy.”

“As it becomes less personal, spiritual happiness becomes joy. Joy is being part of the One. It’s spiritual, the joy-full universe, like trees are joyful. It’s bliss, or ananda. It’s all those things. The difference is that it comes from the soul.”
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“There are two planes of consciousness operating here. I’m fingering my beads in the grocery store, and the beings around me are in their roles as customers, or clerks, but I see them as souls. Because I’m in my soul, you can see other beings as souls. Maharaj-ji was introducing us to our souls. He rests in his soul and that creates a sympathetic vibration with other souls. That’s how you really serve God, by bringing others into their souls.”
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“Merging into Oneness transcends experience. That scares the hell out of people who are stuck in their ego. The ego doesn’t want that. The ego just wants to keep collecting more and more subtle experiences as a separate self. It makes people think the journey is just one subtle experience after another. The spiritual journey isn’t like that.”
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“It’s scary for the ego when you start to merge. When I sat with Maharaj-ji once and the energy started to rise, I started shaking so hard, I was afraid I’d break my neck. He said, ‘He’s not ready,’ and the energy or whatever it was stopped. I saw the way my mind was holding me back. I still had work to do.”

“Our human conditioning makes the ego react against threats to survival. The experiencer experiences fear when the experiences disappear. That’s why there aren’t very many liberated beings—because you have to let go. Lots of people like to be seeing God, but not too many want to actually get there.”
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“Seeing the world as the Mother, seeing everything as her manifestation, involves a shift in perception. The way you go about your daily life may be the same, eating, sleeping, defecating, reproducing, socializing, gratifying your senses, earning your livelihood, solving problems, contributing to society, relieving suffering. But you see it all as a child sheltered in the loving arms of your Mother, who is all creation. The blue sky is her mind, the green leaves pulse with her blood, the wind is her breath, the rain, her water of life. She is Gaia, the Earth Mother, but also subtler than that.”

“Close your eyes and imagine that all around you is a luminous mist, a substance finer even than the tiniest quantum of energy theorized by physicists. It permeates all forms—in fact all forms are patterns of this mist. That is the living spirit made manifest, the substance of the Mother creating our sensible world. Just think of it as another way of seeing.”

“The intense love between mother and child can apply to every day experience as a way to bring you closer to the Beloved. Your attachments, desires, and impurities are also a manifestation of the Mother, and that makes it easier to deal with them. In your daily life as you work with all the ways you hold on to your own suffering, to your desires, you are reminded that the play of phenomena is all her play, including Maharaj-ji.”

“By telling us to see everything as the Mother, I think Maharaj-ji meant us to use every detail of life as grist for the mill of our spiritual development. Every experience is a mirror reflecting where we are in our consciousness and our work of the moment. In the compassionate embrace of the Mother the layers of old habits, preconceptions, and residues of past experience can dissolve in the ocean of maternal affection.”
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“Once you have drunk the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession. When we were with Maharaj-ji, we were intoxicated with his form, the colors of his blanket, the buttery softness of his skin, his tapering, almost simian fingers, the long eyelashes that so often hid his eyes, the red toenail on his big toe. As with any lover we, too, became fascinated and enamored of every detail, although these cues triggered spiritual bliss instead of physical desire.”
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“…as you contemplate, emulate, and take on the qualities of the Beloved, your heart keeps expanding until you see the whole universe as the Beloved, even the suffering.”
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“In the West surrender implies giving up power. But surrendering to a guru or the Beloved doesn’t mean giving power to another human being—it’s letting go of the stuff that keeps you separate. Each time you surrender, it leads you further in, deeper into yourself. You surrender to that place in yourself that takes you beyond form.”

“Renouncing the attachments and desires that are holding you back can be really difficult when you are trying to do it in an achievement-oriented, driven sort of way. On the other hand, giving things up is incredibly easy in the presence of love.”
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“The truth of this path of the heart is that there is no path. There is only the heart and the love that consumes the lover who becomes the Beloved. Love is a state of being, not a trip from here to there.”

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SAY YES TO THE MARRIED MAN

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To mark and ford their trail
Jack didn’t fall down
didn’t lose his crown
And Jill came mounting after

Jack and Jill got all their fill
Red votes announced their trill
Forgive for love they wore this gown
And Jill came can-can-ing after

Jack and Jill let’s see your skill
When soul mate is your meal
Serve this banquet all over town
And Jill came eating after

Jack and Jill wrote up a bill
Devotion to party is the pill
Trust and heal is the way to go down
And Jill came galloping after


© 2013 Marina Rundell




MARRIED MAN HORNER

Married Man Horner
sat in a corner
tasting a spicy pie
He put in his thumb
And pulled out I succumb
to all the new love that can’t lie

Married Man Horner
Won from the corner
Forgiven when he was lost and sly
He zipped up his shirts
No more playing with flirts
And said “What a trusted boy am I!”


© 2013 Marina Rundell

SAY NO TO THE MARRIED MAN

Mary had a little no
Little no little no
Mary had a little no
It’s integrity is loving as no

And everywhere that Mary spoke
Mary spoke Mary spoke
Everywhere that Mary spoke
The no is sure to go

Mary didn’t break a home
Break a home break a home
Mary didn’t break a home
She’d rather be alone

Mary finds she’s not alone
Not alone not alone
Mary finds she’s not alone
The love she has is not a loan

The love she has is a gift
Is a gift is a gift
The love she has is a gift
That will never shift

When this gift has been opened
been opened  been opened
When this gift has been opened
Myself isn’t the only concern

Mary had a little no
Little no little no
Mary had a little no
It’s a universal loving no


© 2013 Marina Rundell

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