Life 31 (Oct 18 - Jan 19)

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Postby winston » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:25 am

Listening brings freedom

When you make an effort to listen, are you listening? Is not that very effort a distraction that prevents listening? Do you make an effort when you listen to something that gives you delight?...

You are not aware of the truth, nor do you see the false as the false, as long as your mind is occupied in any way with effort, with comparison, with justification or condemnation...

Listening itself is a complete act; the very act of listening brings its own freedom. But are you really concerned with listening, or with altering the turmoil within?

If you would listen, sir, in the sense of being aware of your conflicts and contradictions without forcing them into any particular pattern of thought, perhaps they might altogether cease.

You see, we are constantly trying to be this or that, to achieve a particular state, to capture one kind of experience and avoid another, so the mind is everlastingly occupied with something; it is never still to listen to the noise of its own struggles and pains.

Be simple ... and don’t try to become something or to capture some experience.

The Book of Life, January 5, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:33 am

What is Truth and Righteousness and how to practice them in everyday life? Bhagawan reminds us today.

When your conscience tells you that something is wrong, you should refrain from doing it. You betray your true humanness when you fail to act up to the dictates of your conscience.

When one’s words are in accord with one’s thoughts, they become Sathya (truth). When the spoken word is translated into action, it becomes Dharma (right action).

The basis for both truth and right action is the conscience, the Indwelling Spirit. The thoughts that emanate from the conscience should find expression in speech.

If the inner feelings are different from what is spoken, can the words be treated as truth or untruth? Clearly, it is untruth.

When one’s action is not in accordance with his words, it is adharma (unrighteous action). Truth and right action are expressions of the promptings from the depths of one’s conscience.

- Divine Discourse, Mar 11, 1994.

In the journey of life, to travel without fear, secure ticket of a good conscience.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:04 am

Time is a poison

In your bathroom you have a bottle marked “poison,” and you know it is poison; you are very careful of that bottle, even in the dark. You are always watching out for it.

You don’t say, “How am I to keep away, how am I to be watchful of that bottle?” You know it is poison, so you are tremendously attentive to it.

Time is a poison; it creates disorder. If this is a fact to you, then you can proceed into the understanding of how to be free of fear immediately. But if you are still holding time as a means of freeing yourself, there is no communication between you and me.

You see, there is something much more; there may be a totally different kind of time altogether. We only know two times, physical and psychological, and we are caught in time.

Physical time plays an important part in the psyche, and the psyche has an important influence on the physical.

We are caught in this battle, in this influence. One must accept physical time in order to catch the bus or the train, but if one rejects psychological time completely, then one may come to a time that is something quite different, a time which is not related to either.

I wish you would come on with me into that time! Then time is not disorder; it is tremendous order.

The Book of Life, October 5, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:08 am

What should we do to live in happiness and peace?

You should have less luggage (desires) in this long journey of life. Therefore, it is said: ‘less luggage more comfort, makes travel a pleasure.’ So, ceiling on desires is what you have to adopt today.

You have to cut short your desires day by day. You are under the mistaken notion that happiness lies in the fulfilment of desires. But in fact, happiness begins to dawn when desires are totally eradicated.

When you reduce your desires, you advance towards the state of renunciation. You have many desires. What do you get out of them?

You are bound to face the consequences when you claim something as yours. When you claim a piece of land as yours, then you will have to reap the harvest. This instinct of ego and attachment will put you to suffering.

Never ever forget that you will be blissful the moment you give up ego and attachment!

- Divine Discourse, Mar 14, 1999.

Remove the roots of the weed of egoism from the field of your heart; that is enough Sadhana.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:06 am

Free from the net of time

Without meditation, there is no self-knowledge; without self- knowledge, there is no meditation. So, you must begin to know what you are.

You cannot go far without beginning near, without understanding your daily process of thought, feeling , and action.

In other words, thought must understand its own working, and when you see yourself in operation, you will observe that thought moves from the known to the known.

You cannot think about the unknown. That which you know is not real because what you know is only in time.

To be free from the net of time is the important concern, not to think about the unknown, because you cannot think about the unknown.

The answers to your prayers are of the known. To receive the unknown, the mind itself must become the unknown.

The mind is the result of the thought process, the result of time, and this thought process must come to an end.

The mind cannot think of that which is eternal, timeless; therefore, the mind must be free of time, the time process of the mind must be dissolved.

Only when the mind is completely free from yesterday, and is therefore not using the present as a means to the future, is it capable of receiving the eternal. ...

Therefore, our concern in meditation is to know oneself, not only superficially, but the whole content of the inner, hidden consciousness.

Without knowing all that and being free of its conditioning, you cannot possibly go beyond the mind’s limits.

That is why the thought process must cease, and for this cessation there must be knowledge of oneself. Therefore meditation is the beginning of wisdom, which is the understanding of one’s own mind and heart.

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

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:12 am

At times, caught up in Illusion, we may fail to see the Divine's hand in our daily lives.

Change the angle of your vision. When you practise seeing the world from the point of view of the omnipresence of the Divine, you will get transformed.

You will experience the power of the Divine in everything in creation. You cannot hide anything from the Divine.

Many imagine that the Divine does not see what they are doing. They do not realise that the Divine has a myriad eyes.

Even your eyes are divine. But you are not aware of your true nature. When you have faith in yourself, you will have faith in the Divine.

Realise that there is nothing beyond the power of the Divine. Love Him with that supreme faith. Then you will be drawn towards the Divine.

It needs purity. A magnet cannot attract a piece of iron covered with rust. Similarly, the Divine will not draw to Himself an impure person. Hence, change your feelings and thoughts and develop the conviction that He is everything.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 27, 1995.

Be always attentive to the signs of His Glory, His Mercy and His Omnipresence.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:00 am

What are a few tips that we must internalize to remain happy, peaceful and blissful, today and everyday?

Every activity in the world today, is centred around money. Request someone to sing a song or do some work for you, they will immediately start bargaining the amount you will pay for their services.

Every activity has become a business today, so much so that business has entered the field of spirituality too. There is no necessity to purchase the Divine with money which, of course, you cannot.

In fact, you yourself are Divine. You are endowed with immense divine power. But you have to keep your mind steady. Let it not jump from one thought to another.

If you write correct answers in your examination, you will get correct marks. If you have a good mind, everything will turn out to be good. But if there are bad thoughts in you, the result will also be bad.

First and foremost, understand the nature of your mind. You can understand the secret of human life only when you understand your own mind.

Be Good, Do Good, See Good. Then everything will become good in your life.

- Divine Discourse, May 02, 2006.

Be like the tongue in the midst of the teeth, carefully, confidently, courageously going about its task, without getting bitten.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:13 am

What is true Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and how to truly practice this virtue?

Ahimsa (nonviolence) is not merely refraining from causing harm or injury to others. It also implies refraining from causing harm to oneself.

How can you ensure this? By constantly examining whether your conduct is right or wrong. For instance, you must examine whether your words are causing pain to others or not.

You must see that your looks are not tainted by evil intentions or thoughts. You should not listen to evil talk. All these cause harm first to yourself and then to others.

How do you determine what is bad? By consulting your conscience. Whenever you act against the dictates of your conscience, bad results follow.

Conscience within you is the form of the Divine within everyone. Whatever you do, your conscience tells you whether it is right or wrong.

To ascertain the directive of conscience, you must wait for some time. Before you say something, practice thinking for a moment if it is proper or not and then speak.

- Divine Discourse, Jan 18, 1996.

Pure Love will be fostered only when nonviolence is practiced.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:21 am

Meditation

I am going step by step into what is meditation. Please don’t wait till the end, hoping to have a complete description of how to meditate. What we are doing now is part of meditation.

Now, what one has to do is to be aware of the thinker, and not try to resolve the contradiction and bring about an integration between thought and the thinker.

The thinker is the psychological entity who has accumulated experience as knowledge; he is the time-bound center that is the result of ever-changing environmental influence, and from this center he looks, he listens, he experiences.

As long as one does not understand the structure and the anatomy of this center, there must always be conflict, and a mind in conflict cannot possibly understand the depth and the beauty of meditation.

In meditation, there can be no thinker, which means that thought must come to an end—the thought which is urged forward by the desire to achieve a result.

Meditation has nothing to do with achieving a result. It is not a matter of breathing in a particular way, or looking at your nose, or awakening the power to perform certain tricks, or any of the rest of that immature nonsense. ...

Meditation is not something apart from life. When you are driving a car or sitting in a bus, when you are chatting aimlessly, when you are walking by yourself in a wood or watching a butterfly being carried along by the wind—to be choicelessly aware of all that is part of meditation.

The Book of Life, December 23, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:36 am

Empty techniques

You cannot reconcile creativeness with technical achievement.

You may be perfect in playing the piano, and not be creative; you may play the piano most brilliantly, and not be a musician.

You may be able to handle color, to put paint on canvas most cleverly, and not be a creative painter. You may create a face, an image out of a stone, because you have learned the technique, and not be a master creator.

Creation comes first, not technique, and that is why we are miserable all our lives. We have technique—how to put up a house, how to build a bridge, how to assemble a motor, how to educate our children through a system—we have learned all these techniques, but our hearts and minds are empty.

We are first class machines; we know how to operate most beautifully, but we do not love a living thing.

You may be a good engineer, you may be a pianist, you may write in a good style in English or Marathi or whatever your language is, but creativeness is not found through technique.

If you have something to say, you create your own style; but when you have nothing to say, even if you have a beautiful style, what you write is only the traditional routine, a repetition in new words of the same old thing.

... So, having lost the song, we pursue the singer. We learn from the singer the technique of song, but there is no song; and I say the song is essential, the joy of singing is essential.

When the joy is there, the technique can be built up from nothing; you will invent your own technique, you won’t have to study elocution or style. When you have, you see, and the very seeing of beauty is an art.

The Book of Life, November 4, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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