Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

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Postby winston » Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:35 pm

Open Your Heart

If you’re uncertain about what to do in a situation, just open your heart and love.

—Andrew Holecek, “The Best Possible Habit”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:24 am

At times we think our spiritual practices are not bearing fruits, despite the years we have been practicing. What is the root-cause?

Most people confine themselves to ritualistic worship for a brief time everyday. They don’t attempt to know what for they are performing these rituals. There is no meaning in performing rituals without understanding the purpose and goal of life.

The ultimate purpose of all spiritual exercises is to realise the Love Principle (Love of Divine).

To foster love is the purpose of all spiritual endeavors. In no circumstance should love be given up or ignored. Where there is love, there can be no hatred, grief or want.

Time is passing. You are all growing in years. But there is little change in your attitudes.

Purity in thought results in purity in knowledge and wisdom. Self-Realisation comes only through spiritual wisdom (Jnana).

To lead a sacred life and have sacred experiences, engage yourself in sacred actions. The good and evil in the world can be changed only when there is a change in men’s actions. Transformation of society must start with transformation of individuals.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 1, 1998.

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

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:25 pm

A Single Moment of Meditation

Sooner or later our practice brings benefits.

Sometimes you have to be patient; sometimes, the benefits are immediate.

Ideally, you see how even a single moment of meditation has immediate benefits.

—Gil Fronsdal, “Evaluate Your Meditation”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:00 am

How should we lead our lives, every moment of the day?

The eyes should see only what is good. The hands should be engaged in good actions. The ears should hear no evil and listen only to what is good.

Talk no evil. Talk only what is good. Think no evil. Think what is good.

Do no evil. Do what is good. This is the way to the Divine.

The eyes should see only sacred objects. The whole world will be transformed when your vision becomes holy.

Devote every moment to actions that will please the Divine. Develop love for Him, which will confer every blessing on you.

Lead a long life, happy life, peaceful life, loving life and divine life. Redeem your lives by practicing Divine Love.

Life is a Game, Play it! Life is a Dream, Realise it! Life is Love, Enjoy it!

- Divine Discourse, Jan 1, 1998.

Every man has his origin in Truth. He is sustained by Truth. And he merges in Truth. He is the embodiment of Truth.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:18 pm

Turning On the Light

The technique of direct liberation is comparable to being afraid of a monster in the dark and then turning on the light.

When the light goes on we see that there never was a monster in the first place, that it was just a projection of our own mind.

—Tsultrim Allione, “Feeding Your Demons”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Dec 04, 2020 2:29 pm

What kind of food must we intake if we wish to develop sacred thoughts and feelings?

The mind is the puppet of the food that is consumed by man. It is prompted one way or the other by the subtle pull of the food it is fed on.

The quality of the food determines the direction of the desire that diverts the mental flow. That is why in the scriptural texts, Satwik (pure) food is recommended for the upward seeking individual.

Satwik food, according to some, consists in milk and fruits. But it is much more; it may not even be these.

For, the calories that one takes in through the mouth are but a small part of the intake of man. The intake by the senses are part of the food that builds the individual.

The sounds heard, the sights seen, the tactile impressions sought or suffered, the air breathed, the environment that presses for attention, appreciation and adoption - all these are 'food.'

They have considerable impact on the character and career of the individual.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 28, 1971.

As is the food, so is the head. Man’s thoughts, desires, and aspirations are related to the kind of food he consumes.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:21 pm

Make Room for Happiness

The more clearly we see the lack of worth in mental and physical sensations, the less desire we’ll have for them until, thoroughly disenchanted, craving will be snuffed out automatically.

As soon as that occurs, pure happiness will arise by itself.

— Cynthia Thatcher, “What’s So Great About Now?”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:34 pm

As spiritual aspirants, even though we crave for liberation, why are we still going astray at times?

You desire to drink a sweet drink but instead of sugar, you drop salt into the cup, imagining salt to be sugar. That is the state of man today.

He craves for peace but does not know how to attain it. The means he adopts do not lead him to the anticipated end.

A large percentage of people asked for moksha (Self-Realisation or Liberation) from the bondage of grief and joy, birth and death. But when it's offered to bless them with the consummation of their wish, they do not come forward; they would rather have it ten years or five years later.

So all the thirst and craving are just a pose; it is a fashionable slogan, and nothing more.

Man must be sincere; his word must be in conformity with his feeling and his action must be in conformity with his word.

Resolve on this practice, at least from today. Do not be false to yourself.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 15, 1969.

Moksha is not an object that can be acquired from outside. It is a way to life itself.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:14 am

How is the contemplation we should start the day with and define our life by?

Every morning, as soon as you sit up in bed, ask yourself this question: "For what purpose have I come into this world? What is the task set for me? What is the triumph for which this struggle is preparing me? Which is the grand victory for which I have to strive?"

You must’ve witnessed chariot festivals in famous pilgrimage centres. The colossal chariots will be gorgeously decorated; stalwart bands of men draw them along broad roads to the music of blowpipes and conches; acrobats, dancers, chanters, minstrels - all precede it and add to the exhilaration of the occasion.

Thousands crowd around and their attention is naturally drawn towards entertainments provided, but they feel happiest only when they fold their palms and bow before the Idol installed in the chariot. The rest is all subsidiary, even irrelevant!

So too in the process of life, body is the chariot, Atma (Inner-Self) is the Idol installed therein.

Earning, spending, laughing, weeping, hurting, healing and all the various acrobatics of daily life are but subsidiary to the adoration of the Divine, the attainment of Atma (Inner-Self)!

- Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1969.

The realisation of the Divine is the goal and destiny of human life.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:40 am

Discover Your Inner Motivation

When there’s nowhere to turn, nowhere to run, we discover an inner motivation, a strong determination.

—Roko Sherry Chayat, “Nirvana: Three Takes”
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