Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jan 20)

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Postby winston » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:18 pm

Letting Go of Judgment

The more we can witness our experiences without judgment, the less suffering we will experience in our lives.

We eventually learn to rest in the ebb and flow of the present moment, experiencing it as pure, often pleasant, and ever-changing.

—Ruth King, “Soothing the Hot Coals of Rage”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:03 am

Why should we nourish the body appropriately and never neglect it in the name of spirituality?

“Eating” doesn’t mean placing food on the tongue and tasting it; it is worthwhile only when food is chewed, swallowed, digested, assimilated into blood stream and transformed into muscle and bone, into strength and vigour.

So too, spiritual understanding must permeate and invigorate all moments of life. It must be expressed through all the organs and senses.

One must pace up steadily and reach this high stage. Mere accumulation of learning is not spiritual wisdom. Only good conduct is spiritual wisdom.

In order that one might do selfless service, a little eating has to be gone through. Such eating is part of the sacrifice.

To make this body-machine function, the fuel of food has to be used. Food is not sacrifice but it makes sacrifice possible. Therefore, eating food must not be laughed at as catering to greed or as feeding of the stomach. It must be understood as part of worship.

- Prema Vahini, Ch 12.

An ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:29 pm

How Can We Stop Suffering?

The Buddha understood that suffering arises from and is fueled by clinging. When the fuel is removed, suffering is extinguished.

—Gil Fronsdal, “Nirvana: Three Takes”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:15 pm

Savor the Present Moment

Chronic wanting keeps us from ever really arriving in the moment and seeing it as it is.

When we’re always on our way somewhere else, we are not living the life that is here.

—Tara Brach, “In Brief”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:03 am

What must we do to experience the Divine and attain freedom from fears?

If you yearned for the Divine with the same intensity with which you yearn for many other things, you too would experience Him.

People shed tears for relations, wealth and many other aspects but how many shed tears for the Divine?

Yearn for the Divine with all your heart and soul. The Divine is then bound to manifest Himself to you.

If you are keen to experience the Divine, you must devote yourself to the Divine.

People undertake various troubles to achieve wealth, relations, position, and power. If they devote a small fraction of that time to thoughts of the Divine, they would definitely experience freedom from the fear of death.

- Divine Discourse, July 9, 1998.

Consider all your acts as worship. Duty is Divine, Work is Worship. Whatever happens
accept it gladly as His handiwork, a sign of His compassion.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:42 am

What does the Divine really want from you and me?

Concentrate on the love of the Divine. Although one’s mother, father and preceptor are to be adored as divine beings, they are not Him.

The Divine should be worshipped as mother, father, preceptor, kinsman, and friend. They all dwell in their respective abodes but He dwells in your heart.

Love the Lord who resides in your heart. All other objects of love are impermanent.

By developing love, one sees the Divine in all beings. It is like wearing coloured glasses.

If you see the world through the glasses of love, you will see love everywhere. The glasses and vision must be in harmony and only with love, you can see loveliness in the world.

It is through love that noble qualities such as kindness, compassion and empathy are fostered.

You are carrying on a variety of spiritual exercises (sadhanas). The Divine does not seek your sadhana. Nor does He seek your devotion. He seeks only your love.

- Divine Discourse, July 9, 1998.

There is no greater spiritual path than the path of love.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:54 am

How Faith Leads to Action

Faith reminds us that there is a transcendent force for good at work behind the scenes and it also tells us that the task of creating a better world, begins with the effort to change ourselves.

—Bhikkhu Bodhi, “On Hope and Hype”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:32 pm

Learning to Rest in Unease

Chaos is distressing and the tendency is to bring about order as fast as possible, by whatever means necessary.

The trick, of course, is to be at ease with unease.

—Alex Tzelnic, “(Meta)Physical Education”
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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:22 am

What should we do to lead a sacred life?

From today onwards, develop noble feelings. Follow the sacred path. Then, your future will certainly be safe and secure.

With prayer to the Divine, you can achieve anything in life. Make efforts to instill such faith and devotion in fellow human beings.

Happiness lies in union with the Divine. Hence, contemplate on Him incessantly.

Never give scope for anxiety or worry thinking. Have faith in the Divine.

Do your duty and face any situation with courage. Then, the result is bound to be good.

Love is everything. Love is Divine. Live in love.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 2006.

Avoid hating, envying or even disliking anyone. Put love into practice through selfless service.

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Re: Life 34 (Sept 19 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:11 am

What is real worship? Why should we blend spirituality into our daily living and make our every action a worthy offering?

Worship (puja) is not merely plucking a flower and placing it on top of a beautiful image of the Divine; do not forget the gardener who toiled to nurse the plant and gave the flower – remember, he is also a worshipper.

Real spiritual wisdom (jnana) is true understanding, it is not merely an intellectual accomplishment.

It is only when food is given, that the body can function. Even the acts preceding a sacrifice is an offering (yajna).

One utilises the world to worship the Divine, to establish peace and justice in society, and to control and coordinate the functions of the body. nAll action done for the sake of these three goals is sacrifice.

The first is called a sacrificial ritual (yajna); the second, charity (dana); and the third, penance (tapas).

All human acts, by everyone, anywhere in the world, must subserve these three needs!

- Prema Vahini, Ch 12.

A peaceful mind is the abode of love.

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