Life 31 (Oct 18 - Jan 19)

Life 31 (Oct 18 - Jan 19)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:28 am

Do ideas limit action?

Can ideas ever produce action, or do ideas merely mold thought and therefore limit action?

When action is compelled by an idea, action can never liberate man.

It is extraordinarily important for us to understand this point.

If an idea shapes action, then action can never bring about the solution to our miseries because, before it can be put into action, we have first to discover how the idea comes into being.

The Book of Life, February 18, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Life 31 (Oct 18 - Jan 18)

Postby winston » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:28 am

Do ideas limit action?

Can ideas ever produce action, or do ideas merely mold thought and therefore limit action?

When action is compelled by an idea, action can never liberate man.

It is extraordinarily important for us to understand this point.

If an idea shapes action, then action can never bring about the solution to our miseries because, before it can be put into action, we have first to discover how the idea comes into being.

The Book of Life, February 18, Harper San Francisco, 1995

Source: jkrishnamurthi.com
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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:45 am

The untethered mind

The transformation of the world is brought about by the transformation of oneself, because the self is the product and a part of the total process of human existence.

To transform oneself, self-knowledge is essential; without knowing what you are, there is no basis for right thought, and without knowing yourself there cannot be transformation.

One must know oneself as one is, not as one wishes to be, which is merely an ideal and therefore fictitious, unreal; it is only that which is that can be transformed, not that which you wish to be.

To know oneself as one is requires an extraordinary alertness of mind, because what is is constantly undergoing transformation, change; and to follow it swiftly the mind must not be tethered to any particular dogma or belief, to any particular pattern of action.

If you would follow anything, it is no good being tethered. To know yourself, there must be the awareness, the alertness of mind in which there is freedom from all beliefs, from all idealization, because beliefs and ideals only give you a color, perverting true perception.

If you want to know what you are, you cannot imagine or have belief in something which you are not. If I am greedy, envious, violent, merely having an ideal of non-violence, of non-greed, is of little value....

The understanding of what you are, whatever it be—ugly or beautiful, wicked or mischievous—the understanding of what you are, without distortion, is the beginning of virtue. Virtue is essential, for it gives freedom.

The Book of Life, January 24, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:53 am

How can we remain happy and peaceful?

When the seven colours of the spectrum revolve together, the effect is ‘no colour’; when they stop revolving, the seven colours can be separately identified.

When three blades of the electric fan revolve fast and no blade is separately noticeable, they give cool comfort. So too when the qualities of purity, action and inertia are unrecognisably intertwined, then all that remains is pure happiness and nothing else.

Areca nut is brown; betel leaf is green; lime is white, but when these three are together chewed, the colour is red!

When your three gunas are moderated adequately through spiritual practice, the result is shanti or peace.

The lamp is the satwa guna, the wick is tamo guna and the oil is rajo guna. When they are integrated, they give the Light of Wisdom which illumines through all problems.

- Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 6, Ch 27.

When your heart is filled with good thoughts and feelings, all that comes out of your senses -
speech, vision, and action - will be pure.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:26 am

How can we raise ourselves to the level of kinship with the Divine?

A green gourd sinks in water; but a dry one floats.

Become dry, rid yourselves of attachments, desires, avoid anxieties and worries. Then you can float unaffected on the waters of change and chance.

Even water, when it becomes steam, can rise into the sky.

Become light and lose weight, so that you may rise higher and higher.

Yoga is the prevention of impulses that agitate the inner consciousness of man. These impulses add to the ballast.

Be free from desires that drag you down; have only the yearning to come face to face with the Truth. That Truth is shining inside you, waiting to be discovered.

The Divine is Indweller and so, when He is sought in the outer world, He cannot be caught. Love Him with no other thought; feel that without Him nothing is worth anything; feel that He is all. Then you become His and He becomes yours. There is no nearer kinship than that.

- Divine Discourse, Oct 17, 1966.

There is no more dreadful disease in the world than insatiable desire.

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:30 am

Passive awareness

In awareness, there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding.

In this process, when thought and feeling unfold themselves, which is only possible when there is neither acquisition nor acceptance, then there comes an extensional awareness, all the hidden layers and their significance are revealed.

This awareness reveals that creative emptiness which cannot be imagined or formulated. This extensional awareness and the creative emptiness are a total process and are not different stages.

When you silently observe a problem without condemnation, justification, there comes passive awareness. In this passive awareness, the problem is understood and dissolved.

In awareness, there is heightened sensitivity, in which there is the highest form of negative thinking.

When the mind is formulating, producing, there can be no creation. It is only when the mind is still and empty, when it is not creating a problem—in that alert passivity there is creation.

Creation can only take place in negation, which is not the opposite of the positive. Being nothing is not the antithesis of being something.

A problem comes into being only when there is a search for result. When the search for result ceases, then only is there no problem.

The Book of Life, June 20, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:00 am

All of us now have experienced observing a plane flying. What should we learn from it to practice in our daily living?

When a plane flies across the sky, it leaves no mark on it, no streak that lasts, no furrow or pothole that interferes with further traffic. So too, allow all feelings and emotions to cross your mind, but do not allow them to cause an impression.

This can be done by inquiry, by quiet reasoning within oneself, more than listening to lectures or study of books.

Little children are trained to walk by means of a three-wheeled contraption which they hold and push along.

The Pranava is such a contraption, with the three wheels of A, U and M - the ‘Omkara Tricycle’. Holding it, you can learn to use the two feet of Devotion and Detachment. When you give up your hold on the Omkara, you slump down on the floor helplessly.

When you walk everyday reciting, you will definitely realise the glory of the Divine, which is the very substance of the Universe.

- Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 6, Ch 27.

Contemplation on the Divine is the only way to keep your senses pure

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:01 am

The central cause of conflict

Do not think by merely wishing for peace, you will have peace, when in your daily life of relationship you are aggressive, acquisitive, seeking psychological security here or in the hereafter.

You have to understand the central cause of conflict and sorrow and then dissolve it and not merely look to the outside for peace.

But you see, most of us are indolent. We are too lazy to take hold of ourselves and understand ourselves, and being lazy, which is really a form of conceit, we think others will solve this problem for us and give us peace, or that we should destroy the apparently few people that are causing wars.

When the individual is in conflict within himself he must inevitably create conflict without, and only he can bring about peace within himself and so in the world, for he is the world.

The Book of Life, June 24, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:03 am

Freedom from fear

Is it possible for the mind to empty itself totally of fear? Fear of any kind breeds illusion; it makes the mind dull, shallow.

Where there is fear there is obviously no freedom, and without freedom there is no love at all. And most of us have some form of fear; fear of darkness, fear of public opinion, fear of snakes, fear of physical pain, fear of old age, fear of death. We have literally dozens of fears. And is it possible to be completely free of fear?

We can see what fear does to each one of us. It makes one tell lies; it corrupts one in various ways; it makes the mind empty, shallow. There are dark corners in the mind which can never be investigated and exposed as long as one is afraid.

Physical self-protection, the instinctive urge to keep away from the venomous snake, to draw back from the precipice, to avoid falling under the tramcar, and so on, is sane, normal, healthy. But I am asking about the psychological self-protectiveness which makes one afraid of disease, of death, of an enemy.

When we seek fulfillment in any form, whether through painting, through music, through relationship, or what you will, there is always fear. So, what is important is to be aware of this whole process of oneself, to observe, to learn about it, and not ask how to get rid of fear.

When you merely want to get rid of fear, you will find ways and means of escaping from it, and so there can never be freedom from fear.

The Book of Life, March 22, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 30 (Jun 18 - Nov 18)

Postby winston » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:10 am

Choose one path that best suits your personality and persist in practice until you attain victory!

Release from bondage to inborn impulses is the Real Liberation.

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