Thursday, June 30, 2011
What is born will die,
What has been gathered will be dispersed,
What has been accumulated will be exhausted,
What has been built up will collapse,
And what has been high will be brought low.
TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST SCRIPTURE
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Throw a pebble into a pond. It sends a shiver across the surface of the water. Ripples merge into one another and create new ones. Everything is inextricably interrelated: We come to realize that we are responsible for everything we do, say, or think, responsible in fact for ourselves, everyone and everything else, and the entire universe.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
One day, when the man became elderly, a bad thing happened. When he was showing his garden to a group of visitors, a cow wandered through the open gate and began eating some of his flowers. The man grabbed a stick and gave the cow a sharp blow on the behind, trying to push it back into the street. To everyone's surprise and horror, the eyes of the cow grew very wide, and then it fell down and died.
Everyone knows killing a cow is a great sin. The man was shocked at what he had done. His visitors looked alarmed and quickly excused themselves. Pretty soon, the rumor went through the village that the man was a cow - killer. People now avoided his garden as an inauspicioius place.
The man became very distraught. "God has abandoned me" he kept thinking to himself. "Why did God contrive that a sick cow would get into my garden, when I normally keep the gate so firmly locked? My blow was very light - surely God is punishing me somehow by playing this cruel trick on me. Because of this, I am no longer respected, and my life work is ruined." Such thoughts kept going through his mind, as he sunk deeper and deeper into despair.
As it turns out, God had not abandoned him, but was testing him. One day, God took the form of an elderly monk, and entered the garden. The monk started wandering around, admiring all the trees, flowers, and shrubs. The retired businessman was happy to see that at least one person had come to admire his garden again. The monk approached the retired businessman. "What a wonderful garden!" he exclaimed. "Thank you" said the man. "Who built such a wonderful garden, I wonder?" said the monk. The man blushed. "It is my life's work" said the man. "You created this whole garden yourself, without anyone's help?" said the monk. "Yes" the man said, with his pride evident in his voice.
"It is ironic that you would take all the credit for this garden" said the monk, his voice growing a little colder. "When something good happens, like this garden, you take all the credit. But when something bad happens, like the cow dying, you seem to place the blame entirely on me!" Saying that, the "monk" disappeared into thin air!
The man stared in disbelief! Had God just visited him? He then began to review his own actions. What God said was true. When people complimented him on the garden, he let his ego swell, and he took all the credit. When disaster struck, he blamed God. The man thanked God from the bottom of his heart for opening his eyes. Henceforward, he resolved, he would thank God for whatever happened, good or bad.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Consider the life of a house-holder and children as a training ground for spiritual life. You wear glasses to correct the vision, to improve the sight. Use the opportunities confronting you for developing detachment and self sacrifice. If you do not, you are the fool who puts on wrong glasses and spoils the vision.
Failure are not boulders that block your way! Remember, they are stepping stones to victory!
~ SAI BABA
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Devotees make plans, but they do not know their own benefit. Guru alone knows the devotees' interest, future, past and present. - Shirdi Sai Baba
We must realize that our joys and sorrows are the reflections of our own actions; they are not caused by others. To blame others or God for our sorrows is a big mistake. You are your own witness. Every happening in this world is nothing but a 'reaction, reflection and resound. - Sathya Sai Baba
Saturday, June 25, 2011
You can limit yourself by the story you have created about you. Here are some simple examples of how the story we have created about ourselves can limit us:
I am no good at math. I have never been able to dance. I am not a very good writer. I am very stubborn. I don't sleep well. I am very moody. I struggle with my weight. My English is not good. I am always late. I am not a very good driver. I can't see without my glasses. It is hard for me to make friends. Money seems to slip through my fingers.
The moment you become aware of what you are saying, you can delete these things and rewrite your story!
May the joy be with you,
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
There are really two journeys. There is the journey from the goal to the life in the world, and there is the journey from the life in the world to the goal. And both journeys are natural. As it is natural to go forth from the eternal goal, so it is natural to go from the changing life to the life which is unchangeable.
Which is the most desirable thing in life, to seek for the goal or to dwell in this changing life? The answer is that every person's desire is according to his evolution. That for which he is ready is desirable for him. Milk is a desirable food for the infant, other foods for the grown-up person. Every stage in life has its own appropriate and desirable things. The desire to attain to a goal must be there before reaching it; when he does not feel the desire, it is not necessary for a man to seek it.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Mornings at Blackwater
For years, every morning, I drank
from Blackwater Pond.
It was flavored with oak leaves and also, no doubt,
the feet of ducks.
And always it assuaged me
from the dry bowl of the very far past.
What I want to say is
that the past is the past,
and the present is what your life is,
and you are capable
of choosing what that will be,
So come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing,
and put your lips to the world.
—Mary Oliver from her book of poetry Red Bird.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
A beautiful treasure, a wonderful gem of golden color and brilliant light lies in each of our hearts! But why don't we see it? Like a diamond in an ugly stone, the Master Gem Cutter has to chip away the rock to reveal the dazzling stone. This surrender to God, the Master Gem Cutter, is the purpose of all the spiritual practices - to wipe away the grime, the vasanas, the desire, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and jealousy. These are the "rocks" that hide the gem within.
Follow the advice of the saints. Drop bad habits and adopt spiritual practices that suit your own nature. Imagine a young man, in superb health, with wealth, power, and fame, very happy, at the height of his glory. The Atmic bliss is like that, only a trillion trillion times greater. It is a goal worth striving for. "Even a little of this medicine delivers a man from great fears" says Lord Krishna in the Gita.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in the sky.
DILGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
“It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond - only a glimpse - but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.”
—L. M. Montgomery
Monday, June 13, 2011
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
In a sense everything is dreamlike and illusory, but even so, humorously you go on doing things. For example, if you are walking, without unnecessary solemnity or self-consciousness, lightheartedly walk toward the open space of truth. When you sit, be the stronghold of truth. As you eat, feed your negativities and illusions into the belly of emptiness, dissolving them into all-pervading space. And when you go to the toilet, consider all your obscurations and blockages are being cleansed and washed away.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
~ Joseph Campbell
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 09, 2011
"He is born in vain who, having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realize God in this very life."-
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
However hard ego may try to sabotage the spiritual path, if you really continue on it, and work deeply with the practice of meditation, you will begin slowly to realize just how gulled you have been by ego’s promises: false hopes and false fears. Slowly you begin to understand that both hope and fear are enemies of your peace of mind; hopes deceive you, and leave you empty and disappointed, and fears paralyze you in the narrow cell of your false identity. You begin to see also just how all-encompassing the sway of ego has been over your mind, and in the space of freedom opened up by meditation, when you are momentarily released from grasping, you glimpse the exhilarating spaciousness of your true nature.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
There is no ideal that can raise the moral standard higher than the God-ideal, although love is the root of all and God is the fruit of this. Love's expansion and love's culmination and love's progress all depend upon the God-ideal. How much a man fears his friend, his neighbor, when he does something that might offend him whom he loves, whom he respects; and yet how narrow is his goodness when it is only for one person or for certain people! Imagine if he had the same consideration for God, then he would be considerate everywhere and in dealing with all people; as in a verse of a Sufi which says, 'Everywhere I go I find Thy sacred dwelling-place; and whichever side I look I see Thy beautiful face, my Beloved.'
Sunday, June 05, 2011
"After all, it is no more surprising to be born twice than it is to be born once."
“If we have lived before,” I’m often asked, “why don’t we remember it?” But why should the fact that we cannot remember our past lives mean that we have never lived before? After all, experiences—of our childhood, or of yesterday, or even of what we were thinking an hour ago—were vivid as they occurred, but the memory of them has almost totally eroded, as though they had never taken place. If we cannot remember what we were doing or thinking last Monday, how on earth do we imagine it would be easy, or normal, to remember what we were doing in a previous lifetime?
Saturday, June 04, 2011
“In this world … there are three things of value for one who gives.
What are these things?
Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy.
While giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful.
After having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”
Friday, June 03, 2011
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I see your beauty.
I hear your need.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the Highest Source.
I salute that Source in you.
Let us work together for unity and love.
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