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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:50 pm
by winston
Connecting to This Experience

Prayer just for itself, just for the act of praying, is a way of connecting to the deep ocean of being that we all are.

It is a way of offering our bows, our incense, our flowers, to the ineffable reality of the moment, to the absolute reality of this experience.

— “Prayer: Sensei Pat Enkyo O’Hara”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:03 pm
by winston
What is true liberation? What should we do today and everyday to achieve it?

“Help ever, hurt never” - That is true liberation!

To get rid of moha (attachment) is true moksha (liberation).

Do not try to find faults with others. If you point an accusing finger at someone, remember that three fingers are pointing at you.

Truth is the true ornament to the neck and charity is the true ornament to the hand.

Your hands are useless if they do not perform acts of charity. You have to sanctify each limb of your body in sacred activities.

You should empathise with those who are in difficulties and try to give them solace. Comfort and console them with soothing words. Those who talk harsh words are verily demons.

If you hurt others’ feelings, you will be hurt twice as much. You cannot escape the consequences of your actions.

You have to bear this truth in mind. Your life will be sanctified when you conduct yourselves in a manner not to hurt others!

- Divine Discourse, Nov 19, 2002.

The person devoted to the Divine knows no failure. The name of the Divine if taken sincerely overcomes all obstacles.


Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:11 pm
by winston
Work with What Arises

The mark of a true practitioner is not what arises in your life and mind but how you work with what arises.

—Dzigar Kongtrul, “The Path of Patience”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:22 am
by winston
Being Free

We are used to thinking of freedom as being free to do what we want but the Buddha sees it as being free from wanting.

—Andrew Olendzki, “The Ties that Unbind”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:20 pm
by winston
Relaxing into the World

The more my actions are motivated by generosity, lovingkindness and the wisdom of interdependence, the more I can relax and open up to the world.

—David Loy, “Rethinking Karma”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:02 pm
by winston
How to best use this body so we ensure its purpose is fulfilled?

The Divine has endowed man with the body and so, every limb and every sense organ is worthy of reverent attention. Each must be used for His Glory.

The ear must exult when it gets a chance to hear the wonderful tales of the Divine.

The tongue must exult when it can praise Him. Or else, the tongue of man is ineffective as that of frogs which croak day and night, sitting on the marshy bank.

The human body has been given to you for a grand purpose - realising the Divine within.

If you have a fully equipped car in good running condition, would you keep it in the garage? The car is primarily for going on a journey; get into it and go. Then only is it worthwhile to own it.

So too, with the body. Proceed, go forward to the goal. Learn how to use the faculties of the body, the senses, the intellect, and the mind for achieving the goal and march on.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966.

The true relationship between a devotee and the Divine is only Heart to Heart and Love to Love.


Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:04 pm
by winston
Seeing the Whole Process

Do not fear things that arise in the mind; question them, know them.

The truth is more than thought and feelings, so do not believe and get caught by them.

See the whole process arising and ceasing.

This understanding gives rise to wisdom.

—Achaan Chah, “Walking: Meditation on the Move”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:49 am
by winston
What is the clarion call to everyone who has taken the Divine's Name?

The animal fears; the beast terrifies. Man should be neither.

He should neither terrify nor get terrorised. He must be neither a coward nor a bully. If he is a coward, he is an animal; if he is a bully he is an ogre.

Every one of you is a temple, with the Divine installed in your heart, whether you are aware of it or not.

He is described as thousand headed; it does not mean that He has just thousand heads, no more, no less.

It means that the thousands of heads have just one heart, which gives life and energy to all, and that heart is the Divine.

No one is separate from his neighbour; all are bound by the one life-blood that flows through the countless bodies.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966.

When the Love Principle is understood and practiced, man will be free from anxiety and fear.


Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:25 pm
by winston
Finding Meaning in the Face of Suffering

If there is power in acknowledging and being thankful for even small blessings, the power of finding meaning in the face of suffering can be transformative.

—Pamela Gayle White, “Skunked by Gratitude”

Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:29 am
by winston
Avoid bad company

Sankalpas or Inner Resolutions tend to be attracted towards one another, when they flow in the same direction or are related to similar desires.

Cranes fly together as flock; they do not mix with crows. Crows form their own groups.

Among beasts of the forest, bisons have herds of their own kind; they have no comradeship with elephants, which keep bisons away and mingle only with elephants.

Deer too form groups by themselves.

Similarly, a musician attracts musicians around him. Teachers seek teachers for company.

Decisions which mind makes, either to commit or omit, are amazing, for, the Cosmos and all its contents can be described as their consequence.

The mind decides on the fact or facet of the objective world, which it has to notice.

The Sankalpa bears fruit and the fruit conforms to the seed from which it springs. It has to reveal its impact, sooner or later.

So, man has to avoid evil sankalpas and cultivate good ones!

- Divine Discourse, Jul 10, 1986.

Test all your actions, words, thoughts on this touchstone: “Will this be approved by the Divine?
Will this rebound to His renown?”