Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:10 am

Choose one path that best suits your personality and persist in practice until you attain victory!

Release from bondage to inborn impulses is the Real Liberation.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:18 am

What is an important lesson we must learn and continuously practice to reach the state of Divinity?

When a person dies, the property and things remain at home; they do not go with the person into the beyond. Even the relatives cannot accompany; only the good or the bad name one has earned will last.

So every one of you must live in such a way that posterity will remember you with gratitude and joy.

To lead the good life, constant prompting from the Divine within is a great help. That inspiration can be got only by constantly reciting the Divine's Name and calling on the inner springs of Divinity.

Practice incessant reciting of the Divine's name. Also remember, by simply singing loud or shouting the Divine's name, you cannot become Him; you must develop the qualities of Divinity like universal love, absence of attachment, etc.

Then you will be entitled to assert Divinity, and even if you do not assert at all, you will be Divine, for you will then have no egoism.

Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 6, Ch 27.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:52 am

The unguarded intellect

You can know yourself only when you are unaware, when you are not calculating, not protecting, not constantly watching to guide, to transform, to subdue, to control; when you see yourself unexpectedly, that is, when the mind has no preconceptions with regard to itself, when the mind is open, unprepared to meet the unknown.

If your mind is prepared, surely you cannot know the unknown, for you are the unknown. If you say to yourself, “I am God,” or “I am nothing but a mass of social influences or a bundle of qualities”—if you have any preconception of yourself, you cannot comprehend the unknown, that which is spontaneous.

So spontaneity can come only when the intellect is unguarded, when it is not protecting itself, when it is no longer afraid for itself; and this can happen only from within. That is, the spontaneous must be the new, the unknown, the incalculable, the creative, that which must be expressed, loved, in which the will as the process of intellect, controlling, directing, has no part.

Observe your own emotional states and you will see that the moments of great joy, great ecstasy, are unpremeditated; they happen, mysteriously, darkly, unknowingly.

The Book of Life, September 7, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:56 am

Desire has to be understood

Let us go on to consider desire. We know, do we not, the desire which contradicts itself, which is tortured, pulling in different directions; the pain, the turmoil, the anxiety of desire, and the disciplining, the controlling.

And in the everlasting battle with it we twist it out of all shape and recognition; but it is there, constantly watching, waiting, pushing.

Do what you will, sublimate it, escape from it, deny it or accept it, give it full rein—it is always there.

And we know how the religious teachers and others have said that we should be desireless, cultivate detachment, be free from desire—which is really absurd, because desire has to be understood, not destroyed.

If you destroy desire, you may destroy life itself. If you pervert desire, shape it, control it, dominate it, suppress it, you may be destroying something extraordinarily beautiful.

The Book of Life, April 3, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:59 am

Spiritual progress is right living, good conduct and moral behaviour.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:23 am

What are the truths we must keep in mind to make this journey quicker, lighter and worry-free?

You have come from the Divine, a spark of His Glory, a wave of that Ocean of Bliss; you will be peaceful only when you again merge in Him. Like a child who has lost his way, you can have joy only when you rejoin your mother.

The ocean drop rose as vapour, joined the congregation called cloud, fell on the earth, flowed along the ravines, and at last reached the ocean.

Start on that journey and travel quick and light.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 17, 1966.

When animal feelings are washed out, Divine feelings begin to flow freely.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:32 am

The art of listening is the art of release

Somebody is telling you something, you listen. The very act of listening is the act of release.

When you see the fact, the very perception of that fact is the release of that fact. The very listening, the very seeing of something as a fact, has an extraordinary effect without the effort of thought.

... Let us take one thing—say ambition. We have gone sufficiently into what it does, what its effects are.

A mind that is ambitious can never know what it is to sympathize, to have pity, to love. An ambitious mind is a cruel mind—whether spiritually or outwardly or inwardly.

You have heard it. You hear it; when you hear that, you translate it and say, “How can I live in this world which is built on ambition?” Therefore, you have not listened.

You have responded, you have reacted to a statement, to a fact; therefore, you are not looking at the fact. You are merely translating the fact or giving an opinion about the fact or responding to the fact; therefore, you are not looking at the fact. ...

If one listens—in the sense without any evaluation, reaction, judgment—surely then, the fact creates that energy which destroys, wipes away, sweeps away ambition which creates conflict.

The Book of Life, June 7, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:22 am

Knowledge is Divinity

The Scriptures have given four divine axioms to the world.

One of which is, "Knowledge is Divinity". Is it bookish knowledge? Is it the knowledge that is forgotten with the passage of time? Is it related to the experience of the body? No. Not at all.

It is the unchanging and eternal principle, which is in you at all times and under all circumstances.

People call it supreme knowledge but the correct translation for this term is "Constant-Integrated-Awareness". Though the Divine is present within, man goes in search of Him thinking that He is present only in a particular place. It is tantamount to somebody going in search of one’s own self elsewhere.

Realise that the five elements present in you are the very forms of Divine. Divinity is present in every being. The life principle that flows through each and every nerve of the body is verily divine.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 9, 2001.

Be good, do good and make everyone happy. This is the purpose of human birth.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:32 am

Freedom from the Known

"When you look at those mountains on a sunny morning, clear against the blue sparkling sky, the very majesty of that drives away all the accumulated memories of yourself for a moment.

There the outward beauty, the outward magnificence, the majesty and the strngth of that mountain wipes away all your problems...

You have forgotten yourself. Where there is total absence of yourself beauty is."

– J. Krishnamurti
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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:45 am

The duality of thinker and thought

As you watch anything—a tree, your wife, your children, your neighbor, the stars of a night, the light on the water, the bird in the sky, anything—there is always the observer—the censor, the thinker the experiencer, the seeker—and the thing he is observing; the observer and the observed; the thinker and the thought. So, there is always a division.

It is this division that is time. That division is the very essence of conflict. And when there is conflict, there is contradiction.

There is “the observer and the observed”—that is a contradiction; there is a separation. And hence where there is contradiction, there is conflict. And when there is conflict, there is always the urgency to get beyond it, to conquer it, to overcome it, to escape from it, to do something about it, and all that activity involves time.... As long as there is this division, time will go on, and time is sorrow.

And a man who will understand the end of sorrow must understand this, must find, must go beyond this duality between the thinker and the thought, the experiencer and the experienced. That is, when there is a division between the observer and the observed, there is time, and therefore there is no ending of sorrow.

Then, what is one to do? You understand the question? I see, within myself, the observer is always watching, judging, censoring, accepting, rejecting, disciplining, controlling, shaping. That observer, that thinker, is the result of thought, obviously.

Thought is first; not the observer, not the thinker. If there was no thinking at all, there would be no observer, no thinker; then there would only be complete, total attention.

The Book of Life, August 15, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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