Thursday, April 30, 2009

Let Enmity Not Stop You...

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat.

- Proverbs 25:21

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Remember to Forget

"Love begins when we start forgetting that we are just bodies."

~Shubhajit Chakraborty
http://shubhajit-chakraborty.blogspot.com

Monday, April 27, 2009

Consciousness is Always With Us

The obstacles are:
1. Ignorance,
which is forgetfulness of one's pure being.
2. Doubt,
which consists in wondering if the experience
was of the Real or of the unreal.
3. Error,
which consists in the 'I-am-the-body' idea,
and thinking that the world is real.
These are overcome by hearing the Truth,
reflection, and concentration.

Only when the ever-present consciousness
is realized will it be permanent. Consciousness
is indeed always with us. Everyone knows,
'I AM.'

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi
[recorded Nov 13th, 1935]

No Home for Sorrow

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

- Chinese Proverb

Sufi Wisdom on Three Important Qualities

The sign of the friend of God is that he has three qualities: a generosity like that of the ocean, a compassion like that of the sun, and a humility like that of the earth.

- Bayazid in 'Attar, "Tadhkirat"

Friday, April 24, 2009

To Conquer by Love

Conquer your foe by force, you increase his enmity; conquer by love, and you will reap no after-sorrow.

- Fo-Sho-Hing-Tsan-King

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Philosophy Begins With Wonder

"Philosophy begins with wonder, and even now it is wonder that causes philosophers to philosophize. At first they wondered about the obvious difficulties and then they gradually progressed to puzzle about the greater coming to be of the universe. Whoever is puzzled and in a state of wonder believes he is ignorant (this is why the lover of myths is also in a way a philosopher, since myths are made up of wonders). And so, if indeed they pursued philosophy to escape ignorance, they were obviously pursuing scientific knowledge in order to know and not for the sake of any practical need." Aristotle, Metaphysics, 1.2 982b.

Inner Eyes

Hundreds of thousands of inner eyes were opened and through Your breath made ready to reflect upon the unseen.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

Nothing is Inconsequential

Nothing is inconsequential. Each grain of sand holds amazing secrets. Each event contains mysterious messages. Every encounter with another being is a point of contact upon which the universe pivots. When we enter into this frame of mind, reality as we see it becomes a vast opportunity to experience the interconnectedness of all creation. From this perspective, we come to the realization that every piece is integral in the unfolding of creation, including us."

— David A. Cooper (God is a Verb)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In All Creatures

Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
And themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
Delude the one who sees its unity?

-Isha Upanishad

Know it or Not....

Man is by nature a mystic.

- Rav Kook, HaMahshaba HaYisraelit

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

God's Reflection

An object has a reflection: When looking we see two images, yet there is only one thing. Likewise, this world is a reflection of the Supreme Lord. We may see two, yet only One exists…

-Jnaneshwar

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

Humor - Undercover Clergy

A minister, a priest and a rabbi went for a hike one day. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted when they came upon a small lake. Since it was fairly secluded, they took off all their clothes and jumped in the water.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their "freedom." As they were crossing an open area, who should come along but a group of ladies from town. Unable to get to their clothes in time, the minister and the priest covered their privates and the rabbi covered his face while they ran for cover.After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the minister and the priest asked the rabbi why he covered his face rather than his privates. The rabbi replied, "I don't know about you, but in MY congregation, it's my face they would recognize."

(From Beliefnet's Joke of the Day)

On Friendship

Friendship takes many years to establish; so do not fall out with a friend over a single disagreement.

-Sadi, "Gulistan"

From "366 Readings From Islam"

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Wings of Knowledge

Knowledge has two wings. Conjecture is one wing. Conjecture alone is lacking and cuts short the flight. The one-winged bird continues to struggle, hoping to reach the nest somehow with one wing. And then wisdom shows his shining face. Delivered from conjecture, the bird now spreads both wings (and soars once again).

-Rumi, "The Life and Thought of Rumi"

From "The Bounty of Allah," translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What's Hard to Tame

If you’d mold yourself
the way you teach others,
then, well-trained,
go ahead & tame--
for, as they say,
what’s hard to tame is you
yourself.

-Dhammapada, 9, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thursday, April 9, 2009

On Spiritual Pride

Finally Gabriel gave Muhammad these instructions: ‘Do not become proud of your position. Do not become harsh towards those weaker than yourself. And always speak of God’s kindness to you.’ And Muhammad obeyed these instructions diligently throughout his life.

-Ibn Isaq, "The Life of Muhammad"

From "366 Readings From Islam," translated by Robert Van der Weyer.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

That Makes a World of Difference

Sakka asked the Buddha: "Do different religious teachers head for the same goal or practice the same disciplines or aspire to the same thing?"

"No, Sakka, they do not. And why? This world is made up of myriad different states of being, and people adhere to one or another of these states and become tenaciously possessive of them, saying, 'This alone is true, everything else is false.' It is like a territory that they believe is theirs. So all religious teachers do not teach the same goal or the same discipline, nor do they aspire to the same thing.

"But if you find truth in any religion or philosophy, then accept that truth without prejudice."

-Digha Nikaya
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(I'm going out of town today and won't be back until tomorrow sometime. I've really been enjoying the comments and dialog between all of us. I'll catch up then!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Wearing Sun-Glasses

Realization is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realized.

-Ask the Awakened by Wei Wu Wei

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Sacred Bee

"When men in olden times made candles of the beeswax and lighted them, they knew that they performed a wonderful and sacred action... "This wax which we now burn we took from the hive; there it was hardened. When the fire melts it and it evaporates, then the wax passes into the same condition in which it is within our own bodies."

In the melting wax of the candle men once apprehended something that rises up to the heavens, something that was also within their own bodies. This awoke a devotional mood in them, and this mood in its turn led them to look upon a bee as an especially sacred creature, because it prepares something which man must continually work out within himself. For this reason, the further back we go the more we find how men approached the bees with reverence. Of course, this was when they were still in their wild state ; men found it so, and they looked upon these things as a revelation. Later they brought the bees into their household."

- Steiner -Lectures on Bees

It Depends on You

The Daily Meditation Free from Prosveta.
2009-04-04.

"If you are looking for a spiritual guide, you should at least be
aware of what to expect from one. A spiritual master will do all
he can to help you understand the path that it’s in your interest
to follow, but you have got to feel attracted to walking that
path. A master cannot make you love the spiritual life; that
depends on you, not on him. Of course, he can influence you to a
certain degree, the way a friend who loves music or poetry can
influence you, for human beings and all creatures, animals,
flowers or even stones and objects often impart to us something
of themselves without our knowing it.
So something of your Master’s love for the splendour of the
divine world may well communicate itself to you. But if you are
not ready to accept his influence, nothing can force you. So,
whether your Master succeeds in making you love the spiritual
life still depends on you."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Craftsman's Tools

Although this reed pen is in fact sensible,
of a different substance than the writer,
yet it is an intimate friend.
Likewise, every tool of a craftsman, though lifeless,
is the familiar friend of the Human spirit.

-Mathnawi [IV, 875-876]

From "Jewels of Remembrance," by Rumi