Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

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Postby winston » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:32 am

What should we do to live in joy & peace and enjoy a good night’s sleep?

Fill the reservoir with water; then, when you turn the taps, the buckets will be full.

Cultivate love and devotion, then your activities will be saturated with compassion and charity; they will yield the golden harvest of joy and peace.

The water must be pure; Love must be unselfish and universal.

You can yourself judge whether your Love is narrow or broad, whether your Devotion is shallow or deep.

Are you content with your achievement? Examine it yourself - pronounce the verdict on yourself, by your own discrimination.

Purity of motive is the best guarantee that you will have peace.

An uneasy conscience is a tormenting companion.

Righteous action will leave no bad effects to disturb your sleep or health. So be righteous and avoid all prejudices against others on the basis of caste, creed, colour, mode of worship, status or degree of affluence.

Do not look down on any one; look upon all as Divine as you really are.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1970.

Adore all religions; they are all pathways to the one Divine.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:11 pm

Attending to the Present Moment

It does not matter how elaborate certain teachings or meditation techniques are, the fundamental aim is still to deal with immediate experience, here and now.

—Traleg Kyabgon, “Accepting the Unacceptable”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:33 am

Why should we be very vigilant against pride?

When one person exudes the pride that he alone can sing "Devotional Songs" well among the group, naturally others develop anger, jealousy, hate, malice and such other deleterious traits.

Love alone can root out the weed of pride from the heart.

Love all considering all as so many forms of the Divine, appearing in these various roles.

A heart without Love is as dreary as a town without a temple.

Spiritual pride is the most poisonous of all varieties of pride; it blinds and leads the person suffering from it into ruin.

Beware of pride; be always aware that you are but instruments in the Divine Mission of The Revival of Righteousness.

Try to be more and more efficient as such instruments. The Hand that wields the Instrument knows how and when it has to be applied.

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in
character, there will be harmony in the home.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 13, 1970.

When there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:32 pm

Coping with a Painful World

In the face of magnitudes of pain in the world that come to us in pictures immediate and raw, many of us care too much and see no evident place for our care to go.

But compassion goes about finding the work that can be done.

Love can’t help but stay present.

— Krista Tippett, “Brief Teachings”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:51 am

What is the real prayer we must offer to the Divine?

You sit before the idol and offer praise and the incense of worship but you do not now try to grasp the significance of the Divine, that you see in the idol.

Inquire into the Will of the Divine, discover the commands of Him, guess what will please Him most, and regulate your life accordingly.

Do not get caught in the sticky tangles of outer nature. Do not harden your heart through greed and hate.

So long as a trace of 'I-am-the-body' consciousness persists in you, you yourself have to search for the Divine; you have to approach the mirror, the mirror will not proceed towards you to show you as you really are!

Soften your heart with love. Cleanse it through pure habits of living and thinking. Use it as a shrine, wherein you install your Divine.

Be happy that you have within you the source of power, wisdom and joy. Announce that you are unconquerable and free, that you cannot be tempted or frightened into wrong!

- Divine Discourse, Apr 16, 1964.

Do not go on adding to the things which bind you to them. Bind yourself to the great liberator, the Divine.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:06 pm

The Choice to Act Mindfully

Craving creates tunnel vision: we see only what we yearn for.

Mindfulness allows us to see that and much more, giving us the choice not to act on our desires.

—Joan Duncan Oliver, “Drink and a Man”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:54 am

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

Ardent seekers have sought keys to all knowledge, the one thing that, if known, all else is known, that is latent in every atom of the Universe.

They described it as something that is beyond words, beyond the ken of human imagination and understanding.

It is best, they have themselves admitted, that the Divine is pictured in the human form, so that man can easily comprehend Him and approach Him and derive bliss out of that contemplation.

Man can conceive only human qualities and human attainments, though he can multiply them to the maximum and allow the resultant quantum to fill and overflow his heart.

Release the twin doors of lust and anger, and remove the bolt of greed, then, you can enter the sacred precincts of Liberation!

Greed is the monstrous evil that drags man down. Greed arises from attachment to the senses and catering to them.

Put the senses in their proper place; they are windows for knowledge, not channels of contamination.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 14, 1970.

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 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:07 pm

Walking into Serenity

How does one come to a confident and positive view that is not naive, given the state of the world?

By walking through one’s own anger and despair and emerging into serenity.

—James Thornton, “Radical Confidence”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:44 am

Is it wrong to have legitimate ambitions and desires too?

Man constantly strives in various ways, to elevate his status and condition.

As he succeeds in one effort, he seeks success in another, and so it goes on.

But, what is the hallmark of a true human being? Human life is bound up with gains and losses, ups and downs. One has to face them.

Only the one who overcomes these challenges with fortitude is a true human being.

What is the reason for the vicissitudes in life? The cause is to be found in one's desires.

It is beyond doubt that desires are inescapable. For instance, one seeks to achieve some ideals.
Another may seek to do well in studies and secure a good job. Yet another may desire to acquire a good name and bring up a good family.

There is nothing wrong in such desires. But what we are witnessing in the Kali Age is the limitless growth of desires.

As a consequence, people fall into bad ways.

There should be limits to every desire. There should be a limit even to the pursuit of power and position.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 14, 1991.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:10 pm

Keep a Relaxed Heart

To realize the pervasiveness of how people suffer, while at the same time having an open and relaxed heart, evokes empathy and compassion for others.

—Gil Fronsdal, “Why I Walk Two Paths”
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