Life 37 (Sep 20 - Dec 20)

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Postby winston » Fri Oct 23, 2020 10:38 am

At times, our prayers remain unanswered. Why? What is the real prayer we must submit before the Divine?

We do not get all that we ask for. What is the reason? Has the Divine no compassion?

The child is sick but it asks for many varieties of sweets which the mother refuses to give. Does it mean that she hates the child? Or is she hard-hearted? Has she lost her affection?

The refusal is itself a sign of compassion. For, each person is an invalid, suffering from recurrent birth and death. Granting whatever is asked can only lengthen suffering.

Hence, arises withholding and the denial. And, you too do not ask for the indispensable!

You do not pray for the peace that knows no break. If you do, the boon will be granted!

The Divine will respond when the call arises from the heart. I know you knock at the door. But, at which door?

Keeping the door of your own heart closed, how can your clamour succeed in getting the other door opened?

Knock at the door of your own heart. The Divine, the Resident, will come into view.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 21, 1982.

Love, tolerance, compassion, non-attachment, and adherence to truth are genuine human traits!

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:15 pm

Abating Emotions

This awareness of emotion is like the sun, which eliminates darkness.

When you are aware of the emotion, it becomes powerless.

—Yongey Mingyur, “Meditating with Beethoven”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:33 pm

Free Yourself from Ignorance

As we loosen our grip and step into not-knowing (or at least being-not-so-sure), we have the opportunity to free ourselves from the self-imposed prison of ignorance.

—Pamela Weiss, “Melting into Freedom”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:12 pm

Speak with Greater Skill

When we speak with greater skill, our true self—our compassionate, loving self—emerges with gentle ease.

—Allan Lokos, “Skillful Speech”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:35 am

Why should we be cautious as to what we fill our lives with?

Aspirants for mental peace have also to reduce the luggage they have to care for;

The more the luggage, the greater the bother.

Objective possessions and subjective desires, both are handicaps in the race for realisation.

A house cluttered with lumber will be dark, dusty, and without free movement of fresh air; it will be stuffy and suffocating.

The human body too is a house; do not allow it to be cluttered with curios, trinkets, trash, and superfluous furnishings.

Let the breeze of holiness blow as it wills through it; let not the darkness of blind ignorance desecrate it.

Life is a bridge over the sea of change; pass over it, but do not build a house on it.

Hoist the Flag on the temple, that is your heart.

Follow the prescription it teaches - subdue the six enemies that undermine the natural bliss in man, ascend the Yoga stage when the agitations are stilled and allow the splendour of the Divinity within (the Atma) to shine forth, embracing all for all time.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 12, 1969.

Desires are like heavy luggage in the journey of your life. Less luggage, more comfort for you!

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:14 pm

Telling the Truth

Non-lying spontaneously arises when I’m willing to be with, hang out with, be conscious of, explore, and compassionately accept everything I am in regard to not telling the truth.

—Nancy Mujo Baker, “Non-lying”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:53 pm

What is the significance of the "Descent of the Divine" that we must not forget?

In the Scriptures, the Divine has declared that in humans, He is the power of discrimination, Buddhi.

Man cannot achieve greatness by the acquisition of all forms of wealth. It is intelligence that makes man respected.

One who does not exercise this power of discrimination is no better than birds or beasts; it is to raise man to a higher level that the Divine comes down as Avatar.

Avatar means descent. To stoop down to lift up the child to cuddle and to raise man, who is caught up in petty desires and trivial pursuits, Divinity descends to the human level and teaches how one can divinise oneself. This is the teaching of the Scriptures.

All great scriptures have originated for the same purpose.

The scriptures by themselves, cannot redeem you. They serve only as guideposts. They indicate the roads to be taken to realise the Divine.

- Divine Discourse, Aug 31, 1983.

The Divine is in every one. But to realise it, there is only one way. It is to cultivate intense love of the Divine.

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:34 pm

Let Anger Rise and Fall

If we can let anger rise and fall naturally, it becomes, in the Buddhist view, self-liberating.

We get into trouble with anger if we try to eliminate it too perilously, through denial or avoidance, or if we turn it into hatred.

—Mark Epstein, “Stopping the Wind”
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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:51 am

What is the one thing we can change in ourselves, that will help us to ascend to the level of Divinity?

Human life is highly sacred and mysterious. Only the Divine can unravel its mystery.

The Divine permeates the entire universe. He transcends all descriptions. He is present in you in the form of Inner-Self (Atma).

There is only one path for the realisation of Atma. Give up the feeling of ‘mine’.

You say ‘this is mine and that is mine’. Once you get rid of such worldly attachment, you will develop purity, steadiness and selflessness. You will be free from suffering, worries and anxiety.
Ultimately, you will attain moksha (liberation).

Having attained humanness, you should make efforts to rise to the level of Divinity. That is your goal.

What is the use if you remain in humaness forever? You should develop "pure mind" to rise to the level of the Divine.

Unity confers purity which will in turn lead to Divinity. Hence, all of you must stand united. You belong to the human race. You belong to one family.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 26, 2006.

Conduct yourself like brothers and sisters in the society. Absence of such a spirit of unity will diminish purity and take you away from Divinity!

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Re: Life 37 (Sep 20 - Mar 21)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:28 pm

Rule Your Life

By widening the gap between action and reaction, you can gain some distance from your automatic responses and also gain an opportunity to know your emotions.

You can stop being ruled by these emotions and instead begin to rule your experience of life.

—Trungram Gyalwa, “The Power of the Third Moment”
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