Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

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Postby winston » Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:18 am

Guard Your Mind’s Door

Mindfulness is said to protect the mind from the intrusion of unwanted elements—whether they be from the senses or from thoughts—like a guard at the door.

—Robert E. Buswell, Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr., “Which Mindfulness?”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:04 pm

Recognizing Our Dependence

There is no self-grounding inner core of the individual.

Our lives are entirely dependent processes.

—William S. Cobb, “The Game of Go”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:16 pm

What do we need to do to experience Supreme Calm (Prashanthi) every day in our life?

Mind wills, yearns, prompts and insists on effort and action. This process is called "determination", these are like commands.

Everyone has to be aware of the variety and validity of actions, induced by these promptings.

Mind is host to fifty million such! Of thoughts that appear and vanish like clouds that pass silently, many stay and stir the mind into activity. These are "determinations (sankalpas).

Until these are understood against their vast background, one cannot live happily and in peace.

Good sankalpas elicit best out of one and help one to use all strength for uplift.

A person has to recognise bad sankalpas or urges as soon as they arise, render them ineffective by systematic cultivation of beneficial sankalpas.

These alone can save from disaster and keep one close to "supreme calm".

Ships at sea are guided by compass along desired direction; without it, they risk being wrecked. Man has to sail safe across the ocean of samsara (worldly existence).

- Divine Discourse, Jul 10, 1986.

Everyone needs a one-pointed agitation-less mind to guide you and guard you.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:07 pm

Develop a Balance

Just as meditation requires ... determination to carry it out, likewise it requires a sense of balance to determine when to push ourselves harder and when to step back and relax where we are.

— Dudjom Dorjee, “Heartfelt Advice”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:44 am

What is the message of the Avatar that we must internalise?

Avatars are children among children, men among men, and women among women, so that they may respond to their joy and sorrow and console them, and infuse confidence and courage into their drooping hearts.

The Avatars appear among humans since birds, beasts, trees and the like, have not slid into the unnatural and the strange.

It is only humans who, pursuing the mirage of worldly happiness and sensual pleasure, have forgotten the task for which they have come to earth.

Since the Divine assumes human form in order to restore Dharma and lead man back into the path of virtue and wisdom, nothing can please Him more than rigorous adherence to Dharma.

One can stick to the path of Dharma if one is conscious of the Divine in everything that one sees or hears, touches or tastes. That will fill every moment of one’s life with the thrill of self-realisation.

- Divine Discourse, Nov 1970.

To win the Divine’s bounteous grace, you must become permeated with righteousness (dharma) so that every act is Divine-worthy.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:43 am

What is the significance of having a Guru?

When the thirst for liberation and the revelation of one’s reality is acute, a strange and mysterious force in nature will begin operating.

When the soil is ready, the seed appears from somewhere!

The spiritual guru will be alerted, and the thirst will get quenched. The receiving individual has developed the power to attract the giver of illumination. That power is strong and full.

Therefore, naturally the splendour that can confer illumination will get ready to bless. Though gurus of the common type have increased in number, a Guru is available for one who is far more supreme and compassionate than any or all gurus. He is none other than the Avatar of the Divine.

He can, by the mere expression of His will, confer the highest consummation of spiritual life. He can gift it and get one to accept it. Even the meanest of the mean, can acquire the highest wisdom, in a trice.

He is the Guru of all gurus. He is the fullest embodiment of the Divine as a human.

A person can cognize the Divine only in human form. Unless He incarnates as a person, people can never hope to see the Divine or listen to His voice.

- Ch 13, 'The Avatar as a Guru', Sathya Sai Vahini.

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

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:20 pm

Fall in Love with Silence

I no longer sit because I long for awakening.

I sit because I have fallen in love with the silence.

—Nina Wise, “The Psychedelic Journey to the Zafu”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:29 am

Why does the formless come in our midst as an Avatar? Why doesn’t an Avatar remove all suffering?

We should examine the reason why the formless Divine takes the form of a human being and comes into the midst of humans. It is so that He may mix with the human beings and set up examples and ideals for them and to convey to them all aspects which they should learn.

Many people ask very innocently and ignorantly why an Avatar, who possesses all powers, should subject Oneself to all troubles; and why should the Avatar tolerate hunger and suffering all around. An Avatar who has all the powers should be able to remove all such suffering in one moment.

If there is any meaning in such a question, why should an Avatar come in human form at all?
The Avatar can remain as a formless Divinity and do all these things from that position itself.

In time, and under certain conditions and environment, whatever has to be done must be done and such acts, at a human level, have to be performed.

- Summer Roses On Blue Mountains, 1976, Ch 6.

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 Nov 13, 2020 10:06 pm

A Task for Us All

I encourage you and me to ask ourselves how can each of us find our way to compassion and connection;

Maybe through spiritual practice, compassionate work for others and our world, or connection with trees, mountains, and the Earth?

—Radhule Weininger, “Practicing in a Pandemic”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:41 pm

Why is Namasmarana ( constant remembrance and chanting of the Name of the Divine) an important activity for every devotee?

This is being done not for the sake of one individual, one nation or community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole.

The bhajans ( devotional songs) that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment gets purified.

Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get sanctified. Reciting the Divine's name is a process of give and take.

Singing His name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness. It should be remembered that the sounds we produce reverberate in the atmosphere. They remain permanently in the ether as waves and outlast the individual uttering the sounds.

Today, the atmosphere is polluted by unholy and vicious sounds. This results in the growth of evil thoughts and feelings, which lead to evil deeds. If the atmosphere has to be purified, it has to be filled with pure and sacred sounds.

- Divine Discourse, Nov 08, 1986.

Singing the Divine's name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness.

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