Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Atharva Veda V, 24, 8
May the Sun, Lord of every eye, protect me in this my prayer, in this my act, in this my priestly duty, in this my performance, in this my thought, in this my purpose and desire, in this my calling on the Gods! All Hail!
Atharva Veda V, 24, 9
May the Moon, Lord of constellations, save me in this my prayer, in this my act, in this my priestly duty, in this my performance, in this my thought, in this my purpose and desire, in this my calling on the Gods! All Hail!
Atharva Veda V, 24, 10
May Indra, the Lord of the Gods, protect me in this my prayer, in this my act, in this my priestly duty, in this my performance, in this my thought, in this my purpose and desire, in this my calling on the Gods! All Hail!
Atharva Veda V, 24, 11
May the Father of the Winds, Lord of cattle, save me in this my prayer, in this my act, in this my priestly duty, in this my performance, in this my thought, in this my purpose and desire, in this my calling on the Gods! All Hail!
Atharva Veda V, 24, 12
Saturday, April 28, 2012
"When another person makes you suffer,
it is because he suffers deeply within himself,
and his suffering is spilling over.
He does not need punishment; he needs help.
That’s the message he is sending."
―Thich Nhat Hanh
Friday, April 27, 2012
~~~ "Supplementary Papers, Religion ", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
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.
~ SOYGAL RINPOCHE
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Even Buddha died. His death was a teaching to shock the naive, the indolent, and the complacent, to wake us up to the truth that everything is impermanent and death an inescapable fact of life. As he was approaching death, Buddha said:
Of all footprints
That of the elephant is supreme.
Of all mindfulness meditations
That on death is supreme.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Akshaya Tritiya is considered one of the most auspicious days in Hindu calendar. This day is chosen as the best time to perform religious activities like Homa & Pujas. People start new ventures and businesses on this day of Akshaya Tritiya hoping that this will bring in sheer fortune and opulence to their lives. People worship Devi Lakshmi and purchase Gold coins, lands and jewelry on Akshaya Tritiya to retain fortune and wealth forever.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Very often people ask, 'How long has one to go on the spiritual path?' There is no limit to the length of this path, and yet if one is ready, it does not need a long time. It is a moment and one is there. How true it is, what the wise of past ages said to their followers, 'Do not go directly into the temple; first walk around it fifty times!' The meaning was, first get tired and then enter. Then you value it. One values something for which one makes an effort.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Taking impermanence truly to heart is to be slowly freed from the idea of grasping, from our flawed and destructive view of permanence, from the false passion for security on which we have built everything. Slowly it dawns on us that all the heartache we have been through from grasping at the ungraspable was, in the deepest sense, unnecessary.
At the beginning this too may be painful to accept, because it seems so unfamiliar. But as we reflect, slowly our hearts and minds go through a gradual transformation. Letting go begins to feel more natural, and becomes easier and easier.
It may take a long time for the extent of our foolishness to sink in, but the more we reflect, the more we develop the view of letting go. It is then that a complete shift takes place
Thursday, April 19, 2012
In India there is a well-known story exemplifying this fact: that some blind men were very anxious to see an elephant. So a kind man one day took them to see one. There, standing by its side, he said, "Now, here is the elephant, see what you can make of it." Each one tried to make out by touch what the elephant looked like, and afterwards when they met together they began to discuss its appearance. One said, "It looks like the big pillar of a palace," another said, "It looks like a fan." And so they differed and discussed amongst one another, then they quarreled so much as to come to a hand-to-hand fight. Each one said, "I have seen it, I know what it is; I have touched it." Then the man who took them to the elephant came and said, "You are every one of you right, but you have each seen only a part of the elephant."
So it is with the religions. A person says, "This religion is the one, this doctrine is the only one, this truth is the only truth possible." That shows a lack of knowledge of the ultimate truth. As soon as one comes to the realization of the depth of truth, one begins to discern that it is the same truth which the great ones have tried to express in words. They could not put it fully into words. They have done their best to help humanity to evolve and reach to a point at which it is able to understand what can never be explained in words.
~~~ "Supplementary Papers, Philosophy V", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
~ PATRUL RINPOCHE
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
I who don’t know the
the line. They
(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was
what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,
and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,
assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
most of all.
—Denise Levertov from O Taste and See.
Monday, April 16, 2012
“Disturb us, O Lord when we are too well-pleased with ourselves when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the water of life when, having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of eternity and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim. Stir us, O Lord to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas where storms show Thy mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow. Amen.”
―Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu adapted from an original prayer by Sir Francis Drake
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
You will see that it is like a flea, constantly hopping to and fro. You will see that thoughts arise without any reason, without any connection. Swept along by the chaos of every moment, we are the victims of the fickleness of our minds. If this is the only state of consciousness we are familiar with, then to rely on our minds at the moment of death is an absurd gamble.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Our greatest enemy is ourself. All weakness, all ignorance keeps us from the truth of our being, from all the virtues hidden in us and all perfection hidden in our souls. The first self we realize is the false self. Unless the soul is born again it will not see the kingdom of heaven. The soul is born into the false self; it is blind. In the true self the soul opens its eyes. Unless the false self is fought with, the true self cannot be realized.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
“You wake from dreams of doom and--for a moment--you know: beyond all the noise and the gestures, the only real thing, love's calm unwavering flame in the half-light of an early dawn.”
―Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Eating is An Act of Creation.
The Yoga of Eating – Part 2 of 3.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine announced "Vegetarian Diets
Improve Mood and Lower Stress"
Saturday, April 07, 2012
It is said, 'By the vision of God, their self will become God.' This happens when we come to see God in everybody. We develop goodness in our actions; our words become God's words because we are impressed with all that reflects only goodness and is mirrored around us. Then we become a museum or a picture of goodness. We reflect it from morning till evening, we reflect forgiveness, we reflect tolerance, and we reflect all these lovely qualities. As it is said, 'If my Beloved is in every kind of man, how considerate I ought to be towards all!' The lover is always very careful when he is with his beloved; he becomes thoughtful and tender. ...
Divine perfection is perfection in all powers and mysteries. All these are manifested without specially striving for them. Perfection and annihilation is that stage where there is no longer 'I' and no longer 'you', where there is what there is.
Friday, April 06, 2012
When we allow ourselves to be inspired by the wisdom we see and hear, we empower ourselves to integrate the principles we observe into our own lives. Frequently, we encounter information that excites our intellectual and emotional minds yet finds no permanent place in the landscapes of our memory. Drawing inspiration from knowledge and insight allows us to make it a functional part of our experience. As we find a place for facts and ideologies in our existences, we commit them to memory by making conscious use of them. And the greater our comprehension of the wisdom we retain, the more effectively we can apply it to the circumstances we find ourselves in each day.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Ah! how desirous I was to see the divine Beloved!
It is not the fault of the Beloved that you do not see;
He is before you!
It is the fault of you who recognize Him not.
Everything, whatever you see is nothing else but
The Presence of God!
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
The soul brings its light from Heaven; the mind acquires its knowledge from earth. Therefore, when the soul believes readily, the mind may still doubt.
~ Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Buddha sat in serene and humble dignity on the ground, with the sky above him and around him, as if to show us that in meditation you sit with open, skylike attitude of mind, yet remain present, earthed, and grounded. The sky is our absolute nature, which has no barriers and is boundless, and the ground is our reality, our relative, ordinary condition.
The posture we take when we meditate signifies that we are linking absolute and relative, sky and ground, heaven and earth, like two wings of a bird, integrating the skylike deathless nature of mind and the ground of our transient, mortal nature.
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