Sunday, March 29, 2009

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life:

"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."

When You Wish Upon a Star

High-Z Supernova Search Team, HST, NASA

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thoughts Have Wings

Drawing from an old AMORC publication in 1940.

Sutra of Wei Lang

The Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us. It is because of the delusion under which our mind works that we fail to realize it ourselves, and that we have to seek the advice and guidance of the highly enlightened one before we can know our essence of mind. You should know that so far as Buddha-nature is concerned, there is no difference between an enlightened man and an ignorant one. What makes the difference is that one realizes it, while the other is kept in ignorance of it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How to Stay Young

We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What About You?

Focus,
not on the rudenesses of others,
not on what they've done
or left undone,
but on what you
have & haven't done
yourself.

-Dhammapada, 4, translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Monday, March 23, 2009

All is One

In the light of the Sun
there is no difference between day and night.
In the light of the Supreme Truth
there is no difference between Shiva and Shakti.

-Jnaneshwar (also known as Jnanadeva)

From "Teachings of the Hindu Mystics," © 2001 by Andrew Harvey.

Always Be a Beginner

If the angel deigns to come, it will be because you have convinced him, not by tears, but by your humble resolve to be always beginning: to be a beginner.
-Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Sword of Truth

XIX.

And the inner most shrine
is the shrine of 'I'.
And when the Truth-seeker
storms this citadel,
bearing the sword of Truth,
he slays himself:
his head bows and falls.

XX.

Another emerges,
triumphant, joyous, free.
Not self, but Being;
the tremulous Awareness
'I'-'I'--
not the historical personality,
but the creative movement of silence.

--Sri Ramana--

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Imperishable

It is true the body is perishable, but
within it dwells the imperishable Self. This
body is subject to pleasure and pain; no one
who identifies with the body can escape from
pleasure and pain. But those who know they
are not the body pass beyond pleasure and
pain to live in abiding joy.

-Chandogya Upanishad

Friday, March 13, 2009

Applying Will

"Keter is the source of man's free will—his ability to choose how he acts and reacts to life's situations. When it is directed towards good, this will can bring a person to the level of Keter. Yet it can also become a detrimental force in ones life.

When asked by a follower to define free will, Rebbe Nachman [of Bratzlav] replied: 'It is really very simple: If you wish, you do. If you do not wish, you don't do.'.....

People generally act as if they are trapped by their desires or impulses. Sometimes people justify a negative action or reaction by claiming that that is the way they are: they can't change......Every person at any time during his life, can change, simply by choosing differently.....

By applying his will, a person can either break away from his past, by ascending to the Keter of his current level and from there to points beyond, or he can break away from any good he might have achieved and descend to levels far beneath those of his current standing. Will controls both behavioral and spiritual movements. As man's primal instinct, will becomes the first step to in the quest for spirituality."

—Chaim Kramer (Anatomy of the Soul)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Boundless Love

Whatever living beings there may be--feeble or strong, small or large, seen or unseen, those who live far or those near, those who are born and those who are yet to be born--may all beings, without exception, experience a happy mind.

Let one not deceive another nor despise any person whatever in any place. In anger or ill will let one not wish any harm to another.

Let one's thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world without any obstruction, without any hatred, without any enmity.

-Samyutta Nikaya

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Holy Longing

Tell a wise person or else keep silent
For the massman will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive
And what longs to be burned to death.
In the calm waters of the love nights
Where you were begotten,
Where you have begotten,
A strange feeling comes over you
When you see the silent candle burning.
Now you are no longer caught in this obsession with darkness
And a desire for higher lovemaking sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
And now, arriving in magic, flying
and finally, insane for the light
You are the butterfly.
And you are gone.
And so long as you haven’t experienced this,
To die and so to grow,
You are only a troubled guest on a dark earth.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One Without a Second

Said Uddalaka to Shvetaketu:
"In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that."

-Chandogya Upanishad