Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:15 am

How should we respond to scenarios of uncertainty, like the one we are going through?

It is said that the Divine wishes that His devotees should be happier, more content and courageous than the rest.

Devotion ought to make a person so but all devotees do not cultivate these virtuous traits deep enough. Many let precious opportunities go wasted!

If a father gives each of his children hundred acres of land, one may tend it well and reap golden harvests from it: another may allow it to lay barren and sink themselves into misery.

The equipment each brought from their previous lives may be different, so there is no point in blaming the father for this state of affairs. Even within the family, the blood of one person may be fatal when transfused into another person, isn’t it?

It is common for spiritual strength to be less in one and more in another; it is proportionate to the efforts of each, now and in the past.

His grace is blemishless like light: One person does good using light; another executes an evil plan! Make the light within you shine!

- Divine Discourse, Jan 25, 1963.

True Devotion calls for utilizing the mind, speech and body in its full to worship the Divine.

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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:28 pm

Let Solutions Arise from Emptiness

To help focus one’s attention ... it is necessary to find, in your mind, a blankness or emptiness and let the solution arise from that emptiness.

—Interview with Christopher Alexander by Katy Butler,“Nature Unfolding”
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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:24 am

What is the litmus test for a true spiritual seeker?

The student seeking spiritual knowledge must possess kindness, compassion and love toward all living beings.

Kindness to all beings should be the students' very nature. If it is absent, the student becomes a boor.

More than anything else, spirituality is being compassionate toward living beings. If a person bears ill will against any being, his or her education has no meaning.

The advice given in the Scriptures - bear no ill-will toward any or all beings, conveys this message.

In the same manner, the Scriptures warns that any insult or injury or even neglect directed against any living being is an act that insults, injures or neglects the Divine.

The narrow vision that is limited to one’s family or community must be given up.

Uniform compassion shown in this manner transforms itself into well-being for all the recipients.

Wishing well for all is the sign of one who has earned spiritual knowledge.

- Ch 16, Vidya Vahini.

If there is no transformation of the heart, of what avail are spiritual practices?

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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:39 am

Is the Divine partial, being good to some and harsh with some others?

The Divine, it was said, punishes some and favours others. Let Me tell you, He does neither.

He is like the current in this electric wire. It rotates the fan and makes one’s life cooled; it operates the electric chair and makes one’s life shorter. It has no wish to allay the warmth of the atmosphere; it has no eagerness to kill.

His grace is like the wind that blows. Roll up your sails, and the boat lies limp and lame; unfurl them, and it moves faster and faster.

It is like light: One person does good using the illumination; another executes an evil plan with its help.

Have an “inner day” (let the light shine within like it is during the day) but an “outer night” (let the world outside be dark for you).

The Scriptures teach you this truth and impart the discipline needed to attain this fortune.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 25, 1963.

Look upon the body as a shrine in which the divine is installed. Dedicate all actions to the Divine.

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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:23 am

Why Joy Is a Radical Act

Innate joy is a radical act because once we learn to recognize it, we can begin to toss aside the everyday understanding of happiness at the heart of our culture.

—Scott Tusa,“Joy Is a Radical Act”
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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:13 pm

Transforming Emotions into Guidance

Only when emotions are truly attended to, can they be endured and transformed into useful energies, that express our needs and help guide us through life.

—Josh Korda,“A Safe Container for Fear”
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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:52 am

Why should we discriminate and be careful with our feelings and not be influenced by negative emotions of others?

The ideas and pronouncements of others may often be personal, or they may induce feelings of hatred between people. Why should we accept them as ours and mould our feelings accordingly?

We should not try to shape our feelings and patterns of behaviour to conform to those of others. We should not relinquish our faith, our experience, and our innate holiness.

We may not always be able to know the reasons for our faith. It originates and is shaped by our own personal likes and dislikes, our own dominant feelings. But we must not become the target for anger, hatred and jealousy and the evil deeds into which they lead us.

Cultivate wide and inclusive feelings. Only then the aspirant is entitled to acquire higher learning. Only then you will earn respect in society. Keep far away from narrow, selfish thoughts, feelings, and plans.

- Ch 16, Vidya Vahini.

You worship with faith and you experience Grace. Faith results in Grace, without your being aware of it.

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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:34 am

How should we benefit from the scriptures?

It may take many lives for a man or a woman to prove that they know what is best for them, that they are able to chalk out their own future without harming themselves or others, that they are aware of the pitfalls on the way.

So it is best to trust the experience of sages, who were filled with compassion and who were moved by that compassion to illumine the path of liberation.

This experience is enshrined in the Scriptures. Faith in them irrigates the heart and makes it yield the harvest of universal love.

The Scriptutes warn you of false steps, they console you in times of stress, they strengthen you in distress, and they give correct interpretations of moral dilemmas.

They prescribe the dress, the food, the manner of speech, the methods of social conduct, the mode of mutual behaviour, and the lines of onward march. They are the conscience of society.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 25, 1963.

True Morality is adherence to the straight and sacred path of right conduct.

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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:10 pm

Pay Attention to Your Movement

When we pay attention to our movement, our minds and bodies become integrated. ...

We relax. We become calm, concentrated, and as a result, joyful.

It makes us happy to pay attention when we move.

—Cator Shachoy,“A Real Pain in the Butt”
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Re: Life 35 (Jan 20 - Jul 20)

Postby winston » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:02 pm

Deepen Your Understanding of Existence

“Just sit” doesn’t mean to sit passively; it is sitting based on deepening both your intellectual and experiential understanding of your existence.

—Dainin Katagiri Roshi,“You Are Already Here”
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