Life 31 (Oct 18 - Jan 19)

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Postby winston » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:29 am

Effort is distraction from what is

We must understand the problem of striving. If we can understand the significance of effort, then we can translate it into action in our daily life.

Does not effort mean a struggle to change what is into what it is not, or what it should be, or what it should become?

We are constantly escaping from what is, to transform or modify it.

He who is truly content is he who understands what is, who gives the right significance to what is.

True contentment lies not in few or many possessions, but in understanding the whole significance of what is. Only in passive awareness is the meaning of what is understood.

I am not, at the moment, talking of the physical struggle with the earth, with construction or a technical problem, but of psychological striving.

The psychological struggles and problems always overshadow the physiological. You may build a careful social structure, but as long as the psychological darkness and strife are not understood, they invariably overturn the carefully built structure.

Effort is distraction from what is. In the acceptance of what is, striving ceases. There is no acceptance when there is the desire to transform or modify what is.

Striving, an indication of destruction, must exist so long as there is a desire to change what is.

The Book of Life, August 28, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:38 am

What role has emotion in life?

How do emotions come into being? Very simple. They come into being through stimuli, through the nerves.

You put a pin into me, I jump; you flatter me and I am delighted; you insult me and I don’t like it.

Through our senses, emotions come into being. And most of us function through our emotion of pleasure; obviously, sir.

You like to be recognized as a Hindu. Then you belong to a group, to a community, to a tradition, however old; and you like that, with the Gita, the Upanishads and the old traditions, mountain high. And the Muslim likes his and so on. Our emotions have come into being through stimuli, through environment, and so on. It is fairly obvious.

What role has emotion in life? Is emotion, life? You understand? Is pleasure, love? Is desire, love? If emotion is love, there is something that changes all the time. Right? Don’t you know all that?

... So one has to realize that emotions, sentiment, enthusiasm, the feeling of being good, and all that have nothing whatsoever to do with real affection, compassion.

All sentiment, emotions have to do with thought and therefore lead to pleasure and pain. Love has no pain, no sorrow, because it is not the outcome of pleasure or desire.

The Book of Life, May 2, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:36 am

How has the sacred Indian culture been preserved and what must be done to take it forward further?

Bharatiya Culture has world-wide presence since it can correct and canalise the human emotions and motives along healthy productive routes.

It is sacred and it can establish peace and joy in the hearts of all. It seeks to strike roots into life through the mothers, and the children on their laps.

Women have been its custodians and promoters; men have a secondary role. And, among women, the young students who in the coming days will become leaders must become examples whom all women will wish to emulate; they must understand and practise this culture, so that it may be preserved and it may flourish.

The keenness to acquire education is now very evident among the daughters of the nation, and so great hope can be placed on them, in this field of reconstruction. Education must be for life, not for a living.

Women have proved throughout the centuries in Indian history that they have the courage, the vision, and the intelligence needed to dive into the depths of spiritual science and discipline.

- Divine Discourse, Jul 26, 1969.

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.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:05 am

Truth is a state of being

There is no path to truth, and there are not two truths.

Truth is not of the past or of the present, it is timeless; and the man who quotes the truth of the Buddha, of Shankara, of the Christ, or who merely repeats what I am saying, will not find truth, because repetition is not truth. Repetition is a lie.

Truth is a state of being which arises when the mind—which seeks to divide, to be exclusive, which can think only in terms of results, of achievement—has come to an end. Only then will there be truth.

The mind that is making effort, disciplining itself in order to achieve an end, cannot know truth, because the end is its own projection, and the pursuit of that projection, however noble, is a form of self-worship.

Such a being is worshipping himself, and therefore he cannot know truth. Truth is to be known only when we understand the whole process of the mind, that is, when there is no strife.

The Book of Life, August 2, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:05 am

Truth is a state of being

There is no path to truth, and there are not two truths.

Truth is not of the past or of the present, it is timeless; and the man who quotes the truth of the Buddha, of Shankara, of the Christ, or who merely repeats what I am saying, will not find truth, because repetition is not truth. Repetition is a lie.

Truth is a state of being which arises when the mind—which seeks to divide, to be exclusive, which can think only in terms of results, of achievement—has come to an end. Only then will there be truth.

The mind that is making effort, disciplining itself in order to achieve an end, cannot know truth, because the end is its own projection, and the pursuit of that projection, however noble, is a form of self-worship.

Such a being is worshipping himself, and therefore he cannot know truth. Truth is to be known only when we understand the whole process of the mind, that is, when there is no strife.

The Book of Life, August 2, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:23 pm

How should we deal with the peaks and troughs in our daily life?

All men and women are caskets containing the Divine Glory. But you love some of them as friendly, hate some others as unfriendly, and divide them into camps and groups.

When someone is good to you, attribute that goodness to the divine in them; when someone is bad to you, be happy that you have given them some satisfaction, by becoming the target for their attention.

If anyone harms the body, sages are unaffected, because they know they are not the body! If anyone tries to harm the soul, sages know that it is impossible, for soul is ever in bliss!

By means of Spiritual Practices, become that type of sage, unaffected by pleasure and pain, loss or gain, victory or defeat.

Be a witness, a disinterested witness of all the gyrations of fortune. Inquiry will reveal to you that these are mere fleeting fantasies of your mind. By means of repetition of and meditation on the divine, attain oneness with the Universal Absolute.

- Divine Discourse, Jul 22, 1969.

Practise detachment from now on, little by little; For a day will come sooner or later when you must give up all that you hold dear.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:24 am

What should be the impact of a pilgrimage to a sacred place, on our hearts and minds?

If you visit holy places like going for a picnic without necessary mental preparation to receive the Divine’s Grace, you will be a nuisance, spoiling the atmosphere of the sacred place.

You go from place to place, like postal parcels, collecting impressions on the outer wrapper, not on the core of your being.

You do not allow the holiness of the place to act on your mind. As a result of the pilgrimage, your habits must change for the better, your outlook must widen, your inward look must become deeper and become more steady.

You must realise the omnipresence of the Divine, and the Oneness of Humanity. You must learn tolerance and patience, charity and service.

After the pilgrimage is over, sitting in your own home and ruminating over your experiences, you must determine to seek the higher, the richer and the more real experience of Divine-realisation. Form that determination and strive step by step to achieve that Goal.

- Divine Discourse, Feb 28, 1964.

You must keep the goal of Divine-realisation before your mind’s eye, while being engaged in the noisy and hilarious procession of daily life.

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:40 am

Generosity of the heart is the beginning of meditation

We are going to talk about something which needs a mind that can penetrate very profoundly.

We must begin very near because we cannot go very far, if we do not know how to begin very close, if we do not know how to take the first step.

The flowering of meditation is goodness, and the generosity of the heart is the beginning of meditation.

We have talked about many things concerning life, authority, ambition, fear, greed, envy, death, time; we have talked about many things.

If you observe, if you have gone into it, if you have listened rightly, those are all the foundation for a mind that is capable of meditating.

You cannot meditate if you are ambitious—you may play with the idea of meditation. If your mind is authority-ridden, bound by tradition, accepting, following, you will never know what it is to meditate on this extraordinary beauty. ...

It is the pursuit of its own fulfilment through time that prevents generosity. And you need a generous mind—not only a wide mind, a mind that is full of space, but also a heart that gives without thought, without a motive, and that does not seek any reward in return.

But to give whatever little one has or however much one has—that quality of spontaneity of outgoing, without any restriction, without any withholding, is necessary.

There can be no meditation without generosity, without goodness—which is to be free from pride, never to climb the ladder of success, never to know what it is to be famous; which is to die to whatever has been achieved, every minute of the day.

It is only in such fertile ground that goodness can grow, can flower. And meditation is the flowering of goodness.

The Book of Life, December 30, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:10 am

To be alone

To be alone, which is not a philosophy of loneliness, is obviously to be in a state of revolution against the whole setup of society—not only this society, but the communist society, the fascist, every form of society as organized brutality, organized power.

And that means an extraordinary perception of the effects of power.

Sir, have you noticed those soldiers rehearsing? They are not human beings any more, they are machines, they are your sons and my sons, standing there in the sun.

This is happening here, in America, in Russia, and everywhere—not only at the governmental level, but also at the monastic level, belonging to monasteries, to orders, to groups who employ astonishing power.

And it is only the mind which does not belong that can be alone. And aloneness is not something to be cultivated.

You see this? When you see all this, you are out, and no governor or president is going to invite you to dinner.

Out of that aloneness, there is humility. It is this aloneness that knows love—not power. The ambitious man, religious or ordinary, will never know what love is.

So, if one sees all this, then one has this quality of total living and therefore total action. This comes through self-knowledge.

The Book of Life, March 12, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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Re: Life 31 (Oct 18 - Feb 19)

Postby winston » Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:49 am

Virtue has no authority

Can the mind be free from authority, which means free from fear, so that it is no longer capable of following? If so, this puts an end to imitation, which becomes mechanical.

After all, virtue, ethics, is not a repetition of what is good. The moment it becomes mechanical, it ceases to be virtue.

Virtue is something that must be from moment to moment, like humility. Humility cannot be cultivated, and a mind that has no humility is incapable of learning. So virtue has no authority.

The social morality is no morality at all; it’s immoral because it admits competition, greed, ambition, and therefore society is encouraging immorality.

Virtue is something that transcends morality. Without virtue there is no order, and order is not according to a pattern, according to a formula.

A mind that follows a formula through disciplining itself to achieve virtue creates for itself the problems of immorality.

An external authority that the mind objectifies, apart from the law, as God, as moral, and so on, becomes destructive when the mind is seeking to understand what real virtue is.

We have our own authority as experience, as knowledge, which we are trying to follow. There is this constant repetition, imitation, which we all know.

Psychological authority—not the authority of the law, the policeman who keeps order—the psychological authority, which each one has, becomes destructive of virtue because virtue is something that is living, moving.

As you cannot possibly cultivate humility, as you cannot possibly cultivate love, so also virtue cannot be cultivated; and there is great beauty in that.

Virtue is non-mechanical, and without virtue there is no foundation for clear thinking.

The Book of Life, January 16, Harper San Francisco, 1995

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