Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:37 pm

Self Acceptance Comes First

Only after the ground of self-compassion has been established, can the wisdom born of self-analysis and critical discernment, deepen our process of healing.

—Miles Neale, “How to Heal After Your Teacher Crosses the Line”
It's all about "how much you made when you were right" & "how little you lost when you were wrong"
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:50 am

Why should we truly love, honour and be cordial with everyone, in our daily living?

You must offer the Divine, not flowers that plants grow; that will reward the plant, not you!

The Divine wants you to offer the lotus that blooms in the Lake of your Heart, the fruit that ripens on the tree of your earthly career, not the lotus and the fruit available in the marketplace!

You may ask - "Where can we find the Divine?" Well, He has given His address, in Chapter 18, Shloka 61 of Bhagavad Gita.

Turn to it and note it down - “O Arjuna, the Lord resides in the heart of all beings."

Now, after knowing that, how can you look down on any living being in contempt or how can you revel in hating him or indulge in the pastime of ridiculing?

Every individual is charged with the Divine Presence, moved by Divine attributes.

Love, honour, friendliness - that is what each one deserves from you. Give these in full measure.

- Divine Discourse, Apr 16, 1964.

Prayer alone makes life happy, harmonious and worth living in this universe.

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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:35 pm

Create Space for All Things

When we take the one seat on our meditation cushion we become our own monastery.

We create the compassionate space that allows for the arising of all things: sorrows, loneliness, shame, desire, regret, frustration, happiness.

—Jack Kornfield, “Take the One Seat”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 09, 2020 4:13 pm

What should we do to build a strong and prosperous nation?

Reform the body, reconstruct the mind, and regulate the way of living; then, the country will become automatically strong and prosperous.

Do not wail that it is a mud pot if it contains nectar; it is far better than having a gold pot with poison in it.

The land may be rich but if life is mean, it is deplorable.

It does not matter if the standard of life is poor, provided the way of life is pure, full of love, filled with humility, fear-of-sin, and reverence towards elders.

It is easy to restore this way of life, provided the Scriptures are once again studied and followed.

The Scriptures will foster in you love and kindness.

Have faith; do not discard a diamond, dismissing it as a piece of glass.

The Right Actions laid down in the Vedas is the best armour to guard you against sorrow.

- Divine Discourse, Aug 15, 1964.

Just as wholesome food gives health and strength to the body, prayer purifies the mind and strengthens the spirit.

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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:16 pm

Receiving Life’s Wisdom

We [can] realize the nature of our true selves as we really are, with our imperfections and so on, and at the same time we [can] understand that we are the recipients of this immeasurable wisdom and compassion of life that sustains us and embraces us at all times.

—Interview with Patricia Kanaya Usuki by Jeff Wilson, “The Great Compassion”
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby behappyalways » Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:27 pm

Why embracing change is the key to a good life
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Re: Life 36 (May 20 - Dec 20)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:39 pm

What is the royal path in the spiritual journey?

Some, afraid of cynical criticism by unbelievers, are reluctant to participate in Devotional Singing.

When you have the very Embodiment of Fearlessness installed in your heart, why should the slightest tremor of fear affect you?

If others do not join, for fear of derision or ridicule, move out alone, singing the Name.

You came into this world alone, with no companion, isn't it? During the years of life, you collected all this kith and kin, and acquaintances who attached themselves to you.

When you return to the realm from which you came, you enter the portals alone, with no one to keep company. So too let it be with the journey called Devotional Singing.

Come into the street alone, collect kith and kin, if they come unto you; move with them, unconcerned and unaffected; revel in your own sweet solitariness; and finally enter your home, in the satisfaction that your job is well done.

People may laugh at you as insane, but this insanity is infectious and very soon, even the irreverent will be initiated into the fold.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1970.

To experience the proximity of the Divine the easiest path is "chanting and remembering constantly the name of the Divine".

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:01 pm

Live with Genuine Intention

The wisdom and insight cultivated from meditation allow us to see things as they are and act in the most skillful way.

All situations, no matter how similar, are fluid and require their own genuine responses.

—Brent R. Oliver, “I Take Refuge in the Humor”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:35 am

How can we move closer to the Divine?

The Divine cares for concentration and purity of mind.

You need not feel that you are physically away from Him. He has no 'near' and 'far'.

Provided the address is clear and correct, your letter will be delivered, either at the next street or at Calcutta or Bombay for the same stamp.

Remembering is the stamp; Recapitulation is the address.

Have the Name for "Remembering"; the Form for "Recapitulation", that is enough.

Select one Name and one Form for Remembering and Recapitualtion but do not talk ill of other names and forms.

Behave like the woman in a joint family; she respects and serves the elders of the family such as the father-in-law, and his brothers and her own brother-in-law but her heart is dedicated to her husband, whom she loves and reveres in a special manner.

If you carp at the faith of others, your devotion is fake.

If you are sincere, you will appreciate the sincerity of others. You see faults in others because you yourself have those faults, not otherwise.

- Divine Discourse, Apr 15, 1964.

There is no greater spiritual practice than adhering to the principles of Truth and Love.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:26 pm

Maintain a Questioning Mind

A closed mind...is a great disadvantage for those who aspire to follow any spiritual path.

But an open mind, which questions and doesn’t accept things simply because they are said, is no problem at all.

—Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, “Necessary Doubt”
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