Tuesday, May 31, 2011
One way to imagine this is as if you were riding on the sun’s rays back to the sun: You trace the risings back, at once, to their very root, the ground of Rigpa. As you embody the steadfast stability of the View, you are no longer deceived and distracted by whatever rises, and so cannot fall prey to delusion.
Monday, May 30, 2011
If you were to draw one essential message from the fact of reincarnation, it would be: Develop a good heart that longs for other beings to find lasting happiness, and acts to secure that happiness. Nourish and practice kindness.
The Dalai Lama has said: “There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; my philosophy is kindness.”
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Life continually evolves. We’re always moving into new experiences, new possibilities. This constant change unsettles the personality, which finds security in stability. But with life always in flux, that security is an illusion. We experience pain by trying to hold on to things that are not solid.
Life becomes joyful when we can open to the constant flow and ride freely with it. This requires us to let go of the need to control. We need to learn to trust.
Friday, May 27, 2011
People pursue spirituality with their brain: that is where they are mistaken. Spirituality is attained through the heart. What do I mean by the heart? Is it the nervous center in the midst of the breast, the small piece of flesh that doctors call the heart? No, the definition of the heart is that it is the depth of the mind, the mind being the surface of the heart. That in us which feels is the heart, that which thinks is the mind. It is the same thing which thinks and feels, but the direction is different: feeling comes from the depth, thought from the surface. When thought is not linked with feeling it is just like a plant rising up from the earth, the root of which has not gone deep. A thought without feeling is a powerless thought; it is just like a plant without a deep root. A tree the root of which has gone deep into the earth is stronger, more reliable, and so the thought deeply rooted in the heart has greater power.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Now is the moment we abide in primordial essence
luminous nature of mind
empty awake awareness itself
Whatever experience arises
pleasant neutral unpleasant
no need to change it
Whatever arises let it be
without judgement positive or negative
without past or future
without attachment or aversion
without affirmation or denial
without closeness or distance
Whatever arises does so
in the pure clear light of awareness
that opens into the very ground of being
Thus whatever arises is liberated
Now let it be exactly as it is
As it is already accomplished
Simply relax into it
~ David Paul Boaz
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
~ Andrew Cohen, Living Enlightenment
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The big source of problems is our own desires. When we want something and don't get it, we are unhappy and suffer. To reduce problems, reduce desires. This is sometimes a very hard realization for people to make, but it is essntial for spiritual progress: IT IS NOT SOMETHING EXTERNAL TO MYSELF CAUSING ME TO SUFFER - IT IS MY OWN MIND.
What we get in life is the result of our own past and present karmas (actions). Do not blame others for troubles. If in our past or present life, we were rude to our parents, then our children are rude to us. This is the law of karma, and is true in all things.
The Vedas state that anything can be achieved through sacrifice, through austerity. Austerity is like putting money in the bank. If we do not put money in the bank, who will tide us over when hard times hit? Do not rely on your past good karmas continuing forever. Do spiritual practices and good deeds and continue to enjoy health, happiness and prosperity.
All the good fortune coming our way today is the result of past good actions. If we don't have money in the good karma bank, and we want something, it is out of reach.
Standing before Baba and saying "Please give me this, please give me this" is like superstition. It may or may not work.
To get Baba's grace, we must make deposits in the Baba bank. Put a few dollars of love into the bank every day, and before long, you'll have a small fortune.
Start doing spiritual practices every day. Live a moral life, help others. This will provide the protection needed to live a happy, secure life.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Nature, almost envious of the good she has given us,
Tells us often and gives us notice that she cannot
For long allow us that scrap of matter she has lent…
She has need of it for other forms,
She claims it back for other works.”
—Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704), “On Death, a Sermon”
Sunday, May 22, 2011
-Saint Karunamayi in SRI VIDYA, Divine Radiance Within
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Ego will chime in sweetly: “I know I’m sometimes a nuisance, and believe me, I quite understand if you want me to leave. But is that really what you want? Think: If I do go, what’s going to happen to you? Who’ll look after you? Who will protect and care for you like I’ve done all these years?”
Even if we see through the lies of the ego, we are just too scared to abandon it; for without any true knowledge of the nature of our mind, or true identity, we simply have no other alternative. Again and again we cave in to ego’s demands with the same sad self-hatred as the alcoholic feels reaching for the drink that he knows is destroying him, or the drug addict feels groping for the drug that she knows after a brief high will only leave her flat and desperate.
Friday, May 20, 2011
They howled and screeched at him, menacing.
And the yogi simply offered them tea.
The demons said, "Aren't you scared of us?"
He said, "Yes I'm scared. Have some tea."
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Above all else, we need to nourish our true self—what we can call our buddha nature—for so often we make the fatal mistake of identifying with our confusion, and then using it to judge and condemn ourselves, which feeds the lack of self-love that so many of us suffer from today.
How vital it is to refrain from the temptation to judge ourselves or the teachings, and to be humorously aware of our condition, and to realize that we are, at the moment, as if many people all living in one person.
And how encouraging it can be to accept that from one perspective we all have huge problems, which we bring to the spiritual path and which indeed may have led us to the teachings, and yet to know from another point of view that ultimately our problems are not so real or so solid, or so insurmountable as we have told ourselves.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
But there’s another possibility: You can let go and yet keep hold of it. With your arm still outstretched, turn your hand over so that it faces the sky. Release your hand and the coin still rests on your open palm. You let go. And the coin is still yours, even with all this space around it.
So there is a way in which we can accept impermanence and still relish life, at one and the same time, without grasping.
Monday, May 16, 2011
In the ordinary mind, we perceive the stream of thoughts as continuous, but in reality this is not the case. You will discover for yourself that there is a gap between each thought. When the past thought is past, and the future thought has not yet arisen, you will always find a gap in which the Rigpa, the nature of mind, is revealed. So the work of meditation is to allow thoughts to slow down, to make that gap become more and more apparent.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Visualize someone to whom you feel very close, particularly someone who is suffering and in pain. As you breathe in, imagine you take in all their suffering and pain with compassion, and as you breathe out, send your warmth, healing, love, joy, and happiness streaming out to them.
Now, gradually widen the circle of your compassion to embrace first other people to whom you also feel very close, then to those about whom you feel indifferent, then to those whom you dislike or have difficulty with, then even to those whom you feel are actively monstrous and cruel. Allow your compassion to become universal, and to enfold in its embrace all sentient beings, and all beings, in fact, without any exception.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Of all footprints
That of the elephant is supreme.
Of all mindfulness meditations
That on death is supreme.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
When he was a young man, he started a school in India. At the school, there was a pet deer which the children took care of. Everyone loved the deer immensely. At one time, the deer became very ill. All the children became very alarmed that they might lose their favorite pet. They went to Yoganandaji and begged him to intervene on the pet's behalf. They knew he had great yogic powers and hoped that he could save the deer from death.
Yogananda did have great yogic powers. Often he found that things would happen just because he willed them to happen, or because he asked the Divine Mother for them to happen. So he set about in his meditation and prayers to save the deer's life. He struggled with keeping the deer alive. It was a difficult effort to keep the deer's soul from leaving its body. After several days, the deer appeared to him in a dream. "Please do not try and keep me here on the Earth plane any longer" the deer pleaded. "Thanks to all your love, it is now time for me to move onto another plane and another life. You are now holding me back." Yogananda learned a great lesson from this, and he let the spirit of the deer pass from this life.
When praying for others, always add at the end of the prayer "Let Thy will be done." God alone is omniscient and knows the right and wrong of what happens or doesn't happen. We may think our prayer is for everyone's best, but we do not know. So it is best to surrender to God and let Him guide us.
Monday, May 09, 2011
The "namaste" mudra, is best used in worship as follows. Place the tips of the fingers in the direction of the deity. Place the bottom of the hands on top of or above the center of the chest. The center of the chest is where the "heart chakra" is. Mystics call it the "anahata" chakra. When it is activated, unconditional love starts to flow and many miracles happen.
Not only is our body an energy field, but this whole universe is an energy field. (E=Mc2). When the hands are held in the namaste position as described above, cosmic energy from the idol flows into and energizes the heart chakra.
Developing unconditional love is one of the great purposes of human birth. Therefore, practice the namaste mudra while performing worship and get spiritual awakening
Sunday, May 08, 2011
The first aspect of prayer is giving thanks to God for all the numberless blessings that are bestowed upon us at every moment of the day and night, and of which we are mostly unconscious. The second aspect of prayer is laying our shortcomings before the unlimited perfection of the divine Being, and asking His forgiveness. This makes man conscious of his smallness, of his limitation, and therefore makes him humble before his God. And, by humbling himself before God man does not lose any virtue. God alone has the right to demand complete humility.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn."
~ Melody Beattie
Thursday, May 05, 2011
THICH NHAT HANH
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Sit with your legs crossed. You do not have to sit in the “full-lotus” posture, which is emphasized more in advanced yoga practice. The crossed legs express the unity of life and death, good and bad, skillful means and wisdom, masculine and feminine principles, samsara and nirvana, and the humor of nonduality. Rest your hands comfortably covering your knees. This is called the “mind in comfort and ease” posture. If you prefer to sit on a chair, keep your legs relaxed, and be sure always to keep your back straight.
Monday, May 02, 2011
"I never know what the next lesson is going to be, because we’re not supposed to know; we’re supposed to trust ourselves to discover it.
How deeply do you trust your own guidance?
Always trust that you know what's best for you. To move forward in your life, gather information from the 'experts,' consider how their advice relates to your situation and then act only on what feels right for you. What does your whole being (mind, body and soul) say ‘Yes!’ to?
You are the only expert for your own life.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
For most of us, karma and negative emotions obscure the ability to see our own intrinsic nature, and the nature of reality. As a result we clutch on to happiness and suffering as real, and in our unskillful and ignorant actions go on sowing the seeds of our next birth. Our actions keep us bound to the continuous cycle of worldly existence, to the endless round of birth and death. So everything is at risk in how we live now at this very moment: How we live now can cost us our entire future.
This is the real and urgent reason why we must prepare now to meet death wisely, to transform our karmic future, and to avoid the tragedy of falling into delusion again and again and repeating the painful round of birth and death. This life is the only time and place we can prepare in, and we can only truly prepare through spiritual practice: This is the inescapable message of the natural bardo of this life.
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