Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:54 am

Everyone strives for happiness. How can we attain it?

It is most essential you understand that everything happens as per His will. Whatever happens is for your own good.

With such firm conviction, you should accept pleasure and pain, good and bad with equanimity.

It may be difficult for you to bear misfortunes. You should pray to the Divine to grant you the necessary strength to bear them.

Difficulties are like passing clouds. They will certainly give way to happiness.

Man always strives for happiness. How can one attain it? True happiness lies in union with the Divine.

In fact, He is beyond happiness and sorrow. Whatever you may do, He says, "So shall it be".

He showers His blessings on you saying, “Let it be for your own good”. You will be free from sorrow once you understand the nature of Divinity.

If you are undergoing difficulties, do not get disheartened. Have faith that the Divine is making you go through the ordeal for your own good.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 2006.

Happiness and sorrow coexist. You cannot attain happiness without undergoing difficulties.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:15 pm

Maintaining Hope

Hope opens the door to possibility and allows us to envision change, particularly change that we desire.

But hope alone will not affect change—that requires movement.

—Andrew Mellen, “Unstuff Your Life”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:38 am

What is the absolute way to overcome unrest and suffering?

There is nothing other than Divinity in this world. The principle of Divinity present in a grain of sand and in a delicacy, is one and the same.

Once you realise this truth, you become Divinity verily.

You are subjected to unrest and suffering because of your dualistic feeling. You perceive unity as diversity, instead of visualising unity in diversity.

Number one is the basis for all other numbers. Likewise, names and forms vary, but all are essentially one.

There is no second person. Other than Divinity, there is no second entity in this world.

Many spiritual aspirants and yogis have made concerted efforts to understand the principle of Divinity. They ultimately realised, "Truth is one but the wise refer to it by various names".

As you have not understood this truth, you are deluded by the apparent duality.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 2006.

Mankind can find happiness only in unity, not in diversity.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:21 pm

Letting Go of Our Fears

It is important to remember that patterns don’t have to repeat themselves.

Through remaining in the present, we can let go of the past and the future—the headquarters of our fears.

—Lama Tsony, “Facing Fear”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:41 am

What is the one immediate correction we must do in ourselves?

Good and bad lie in your mind; they are not outside. Hence, correct your feelings in the first instance.

Get rid of all animal qualities so that humanness can blossom in you. If you notice even a trace of hatred in yourself, drive it away at once.

Having attained human birth, it is shameful on your part to have evil qualities like hatred.

Do not fall prey to infatuation. You should be attracted only towards the Divine and none else.

You love your son because you consider him to be your reflection. In fact, the one who loves you, the one who hates you, or the one who criticises you - all are your own reflections.

At one time, one may be angry and later the anger may give way to love.

Love the Divine with all your heart. Love for Him will transform your heart.

It will drive away hatred and other evil qualities. You can achieve anything through love.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 2006.

The best spiritual discipline is: strengthen the inward vision.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:07 pm

Beginning Again

As with breathing practice, walking meditation, lovingkindness practice or living in harmony with the precepts, we take refuge over and over again.

We make progress, we slip backwards and sideways, we get distracted, we get discouraged, we get elated, and we begin again.

—Beth Roth, “Family Dharma: Taking Refuge (On the Wings of Angels)”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:49 am

Why should we never lose sight of the Divine in our lives?

You should understand spiritual mathematics in order to know that Divinity is one. It is most essential that you understand this principle of oneness and conduct yourself accordingly.

When you understand this oneness, you will experience Divinity. When you put a zero after the numeral 1, it becomes 10; put one more zero it will become 100.

In this manner if you go on adding zeros, the value also increases to 1000, 10,000, and so on and so forth. Zeros gain value only when they are positioned next to the numeral one. ‘I’, ‘my wife’, ‘my children’, ‘my property’, etc., all these are like zeros.

They will have value only when they are associated with the Divine, who is like the numeral one.

The entire world is like a zero. It has emerged from the Hero, the Divine. It is because of your delusion that you mistake zero for Hero.

So long as you are immersed in delusion you will never be able to realise Divinity.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 2006.

Desires are like heavy luggage in the journey of your life. Less luggage, more comfort for you! -

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:23 pm

Twenty-Four Hours of Opportunity

If you are aware that you are alive, that you have twenty-four hours to create new joy, this would be enough to make yourself happy and the people around you happy.

—Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh by Helen Tworkov, “Interbeing with Thich Nhat Hanh: An Interview”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 03, 2020 11:37 am

What should we do to travel comfortably and happily on this journey of life?

Life is like a train journey.

Young children have a long way to go; but elders have to alight from the train pretty soon.

You must learn to make your journey comfortable and happy. Do not carry heavy unwanted luggage with you. That will make your journey miserable.

Anger, hatred, envy, jealousy, etc. are the heavy luggage I asked you to avoid taking with you on this journey.

Do not indulge in fault-finding and in picking quarrels with others. Don't desire to have the best things for yourselves only. Share with others around you the good things you are given.

I must give some advice to the elders and the parents who are here in large numbers. Do not set bad examples for these children to follow.

If you are truthful, just, maintain calmness even when provoked and full of love in all your dealings with others, children too will grow up in satya (truth), dharma (righteousness), shanti (peace) and prema (love).

- Divine Discourse, Jan 06, 1975.

The body is the vehicle for the journey of life. If the vehicle is not properly maintained,
then one would have to face serious problems on the way.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:06 pm

Sharing Your Vision for Society

With a pure motivation, voting and being politically active, can be ways of sharing our vision and values with others, in an attempt to stop harm and create happiness in society.

— Thubten Chodron, “Should Buddhists Vote?”
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