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Postby winston » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:24 am

Sensitivity in its highest form is intelligence.

Sensitivity in its highest form is intelligence. Without sensitivity to everything - to one's own sorrows; to the sorrow of a group of people, of a race; to the sorrow of everything that is - , unless one feels and has the feeling highly sensitivized, one cannot possibly solve any problem.

And we have many problems, not only at the physical level, the economic level, the social level, but also at the deeper levels of one's own being - problems that apparently we are not capable of solving.

I am not talking of the mathematical problems, or the problems of mechanical inventions, but of human problems: of our sorrows, of despair, of the narrow spirit of the mind, of the shallowness of one's thinking, of the constant repetitive boredom of life, the routine of going to office every day for forty or thirty years.

And the many problems that exist, both consciously and unconsciously, make the mind dull, and therefore the mind loses this extraordinary sensitivity. And when we lose sensitivity, we lose intelligence.

- Madras 2nd Public Talk 20th December 1964, Collected Works Volume 15


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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:17 am

What is a litmus test to understand if we are pursuing real happiness?

If the intellect is dull and derives happiness from sleep and slothfulness, points out other’s faults, it characterises Passivity. This nature will make one ignore the knowledge of Self throughout one’s life.

True education is that which directs and counsels the mind and intellect of man towards earning Pure Happiness. The scriptures declare "Happiness cannot be derived from happiness", that by undergoing unhappiness alone can happiness be won.

This truth has to be instilled through "Self-knowledge". If you understand the joy of Pure happiness, true Learning will be found to be easy and palatable.

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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby kennynah » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:44 am

winston wrote:[b]What is a litmus test to understand if we are pursuing real happiness?[/b]


this is my litmus test..


when you are happy and you know, you clap your hands (clap clap)
when you are happy and you know, you clap your hands (clap clap)
when you are happy and you know, and you really wana show,
when you are happy and you know, you clap your hands (clap clap)



and if you find yourself singing to this jingle....you know you are happy....else... i feel for you... :mrgreen:
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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:22 am

Awareness is not the outcome of practice

Problems will always exist where the activities of the self are dominant.

To be aware which are and which are not the activities of the self needs constant vigilance. This vigilance is not disciplined attention, but an extensive awareness which is choiceless. Disciplined attention gives strength to the self; it becomes a substitute and a dependence.

Awareness, on the other hand, is not self-induced, nor is it the outcome of practice; it is understanding the whole content of the problem, the hidden as well as the superficial. The surface must be understood for the hidden to show itself; the hidden cannot be exposed if the surface mind is not quiet.

This whole process is not verbal, nor is it a matter of mere experience. Verbalization indicates dullness of mind; and experience, being cumulative, makes for repetitiousness. Awareness is not a matter of determination, for purposive direction is resistance, which tends towards exclusiveness.

Awareness is the silent and choiceless observation of what is; in this awareness the problem unrolls itself, and thus it is fully and completely understood. A problem is never solved on its own level; being complex, it must be understood in its total process.

To try to solve a problem on only one level, physical or psychological, leads to further conflict and confusion. For the resolution of a problem, there must be this awareness, this passive alertness which reveals its total process.

- Commentaries on Living Series I Chapter 41 Awareness


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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:43 am

What can give us real peace?

Even the most comfortable house equipped with all the luxuries man craves for; even heaps of treasures are helpless to endow one with Peace.

Peacei can be won only by surrender to the Divine, who is the very core of one's being, the very source of all life and living.

Consider this: Are those lucky enough to possess wealth, gold, property and comfort having Peace? No! Are persons of high scholarship or extraordinary beauty or super-human physical strength at peace with themselves and the world?

What is the reason for the misery of even these people? The reason is: they have forgotten the Divine basis of Creation; they have ignored the one Absolute Underlying Principle. All lives lived without faith and devotion to the One Supreme Overlord are despicable; lives spent without tasting the Nectar of the Divine Principle are all wasted chances.

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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:56 pm

To be open is to listen

Who cares to listen to the troubles of another? We have so many problems of our own that we have no time for those of others. To make another listen you have to pay either in coin, in prayer, or in belief.

The professional will listen, it is his job, but in that there is no lasting release. We want to unburden ourselves freely, spontaneously, without any regrets afterwards. The purification of confusion does not depend on the one who listens, but on him who desires to open his heart.

To open one's heart is important, and it will find someone, a beggar perhaps, to whom it can pour itself out. Introspective talk can never open the heart; it is enclosing, depressing and utterly useless. To be open is to listen, not only to yourself, but to every influence, to every movement about you.

It may or may not be possible to do something tangibly about what you hear, but the very fact of being open brings about its own action. Such hearing purifies your own heart, cleansing it of the things of the mind.

Hearing with the mind is gossip, and in it there is no release either for you or for the other; it is merely a continuation of pain, which is stupidity.

- Commentaries on Living Series I Chapter 56 Possessiveness

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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:52 am

What should be our focus if we avoid sorrow and misery?

Everything in this world is ephemeral, transitory; it is here today, but it may not be here tomorrow.

So, if you desire for something, seek the Divine, who has no decline. Instead, if you crave for progeny, wealth and all comforts, you will suffer untold misery when you are called upon to leave everything and depart.

At that moment, you would lament, “Oh, did I love so deep that I may weep so loud?” In this transitory life, joy and pain are also perforce transitory. There is nothing here fit to be worshipped as eternal.

So, to get immersed in this search for the evanescent and to forget the Supreme and the Everlasting is indeed unbecoming of man.


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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:24 am

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn
By Martha Beck

In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned:

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Re: Life 7 (Apr 10 - Jun 10)

Postby winston » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:08 pm

Self-knowledge cannot be gathered through anybody

That is why it is important, as I said, to understand the process, the ways of our own thinking.

Self-knowledge cannot be gathered through anybody, through any book, through any confession, psychology, or psychoanalyst. It has to be found by yourself, because it is your life; and without the widening and deepening of that knowledge of the self, do what you will, alter any outward or inward circumstances, influences - it will ever be a breeding ground of despair, pain, sorrow.

To go beyond the self-enclosing activities of the mind, you must understand them; and to understand them is to be aware of action in relationship, relationship to things, to people, and to ideas.

In that relationship, which is the mirror, we begin to see ourselves, without any justification or condemnation; and from that wider and deeper knowledge of the ways of our own mind, it is possible to proceed further; then it is possible for the mind to be quiet, to receive that which is real.

- Ojai 4th Public Talk 24th July 1949 Collected Works, Volume 4


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