Amma

August 27, 2016

Fighting the wounds of the past will only deepen those wounds. Relaxation is the method that heals the wounds of the mind, not reaction.

~ Amma


Meher Baba on Karma

August 25, 2016

This is how Meher Baba describes karma (in Vladimir Stojakovic’s book):

The Sanskaras (impressions or accumulated imprints of past experience) deposited by specific actions and experiences render the mind susceptible to similar actions and experiences; but after a certain point is reached, this tendency is checked and counteracted by a natural reaction consisting of a complete change over to its direct opposite, making room for the operation of opposite sanskaras.

A person soon realizes the incompleteness of the experience of one opposite, and unconsciously seeks to restore the lost balance by going over to the other opposite. Thus the person who has had the experience of killing will develop a psychological need for and susceptibility to getting killed.

In killing another person he has appreciated only one portion of the total situation in which he is a party, namely, the part of killing. The other complementary half of the total situation, namely, the role of being killed, remains for him an unknown, which, nevertheless, has introduced itself in his experience.

Thus there arises the need to complete the experience by attracting on oneself the opposite of what one has personally undergone, and consciousness has a tendency to fulfill this new and pressing need. The person who has killed another will soon develop a tendency to get himself killed in order to encompass the entire situation with personal experience.

Like the shuttle of a weaver’s loom, the human mind moves within two extremes, developing the warp and the woof of the cloth of life. To use a geometrical metaphor, the development of our psychic life is best represented not as a straight line but as a zigzag course.

The amount of oscillation becomes less and less as the individual approaches the goal, and it completely subsides when he realizes it.


Amma

August 24, 2016

“Never ask for anything, never demand anything. Let Him decide what to give and what not to give.”

~ Amma


Prarabdha

August 23, 2016

According to the prarabdha of the jiva, the Supreme makes the jiva act until the prarabdha comes to an end. Efforts made will be a failure due to prarabdha; even in spite of obstructions, the prarabdha will bear fruit. Therefore remain silent without trying to oppose one’s prarabdha is best.

– Sri Ramana Maharshi  (Guru Vachaka Kovai, v. 1190.)


Helpless

August 21, 2016

You will also be tested by God for your sincerity and patience. He will make you utterly helpless and watch and see whether you have devotion or not?

– Swami Chidananda


Surya

August 19, 2016

The Shrutis have said that Surya can be worshiped as Vedasvarupa (of the form of the Vedas). Worshiping Surya is an integral part of our Dharma.

– Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal


Place of Patience

August 18, 2016

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me and without pain.” – Rumi

I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit this week. Voids exist within us and they arise of their own accord. There is no need to “run after what I think I want.” Instead it is much wiser to be inwardly still and remain in one’s own “place of patience.”

Voids are self-healing if left alone. But most of the time we scratch that itch and it just gets worse. The void gets reinforced and the value becomes more elusive.

Voids are like complaints. They are misperceptions that get recorded on some level of our being. Complaints are uncomfortable and eventually we just want to speak up and get them out.

If your partner starts expressing complaints then very often the best thing you can do is just to listen. Allow it, be present, and don’t try to fix anything! The moment you get involved with the expression of the complaint – whether to fix it or fight it – the healing stops. But if you just let it arise without interference, then it will resolve itself and harmony will be restored.

Unfortunately, most people have no “place of patience” within them. Instead, life is a “furnace of stress and anxiety.” In many Eastern traditions the “place of patience” is the primary goal because it allows complaints to arise and self-heal. It comes with regular meditation.

Voids are resentments. They are a rejection of something. When that rejection ceases then the thing you rejected “flows to you without pain.” Try to get the thing you are rejecting and it keeps running away from you. This doesn’t mean you do nothing to achieve your goals, rather you occupy your place of patience as you go about your business. Then you act from a place of contentment instead of the furnace of stress and anxiety.


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