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Me too.  I have read it a number of times, and I'm one of those who underlines and makes notes on every page.  The IChing, Tao, Bible, Bhagavad Gita are also books that I value, and read constantly.  Frankly I'm considering, wondering, if my time spent on secular things that I enjoy, like sports, politics which is mainly this website, work,,,etc.. is really the right thing for me now.  (also, since you mention it, the book "I am that" by Sri Nisargadatta Maharah is incredible).  We all have different dimensions, sides to our life.  I've often thought to myself how I unveil one side of myself on this blog--which is a small percentage of me--and I speculate that is true for others as well.
by wchurchill on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 04:34:49 AM EST
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I used to have this conflict too. But my solution is to try too practice this "thinking" in everyday live. For me Gandhi is the example in the sense of being fully in this world without being of this world. He was fully involved in everyday live and in politics, but at the same time non-attached. I found that the internet is a place where I can practice Yoga. Thanks to Jérôme et al, here on ET I can do my daily dose of Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga in the sense of selfless action, by setting up the Breakfast thread. At the same time I can practice vairagya or non-attachment in two ways. First by doing it lovingly without expecting any fruits for it and then by staying non-attached when reading (bad)news. Please note, the key-word is practice.

I only read Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj's book "the nectar of immortality".

And thanks, I just learned a new English word from you -luddite.

by Fran on Mon Oct 31st, 2005 at 11:10:29 AM EST
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and thank you also for the nectar of immortality recommendation.  I just ordered it.
by wchurchill on Wed Nov 2nd, 2005 at 02:58:15 PM EST
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