Freedom

August 15, 2017

Someplace inside of us, we believe enlightenment will set us free from our suffering. But what awakening actually does is to open a door to our suffering, while simultaneously redeeming it in a new idea of what freedom actually is.

The only surprise in awakening is that it was there all along.

Finally, we are free. But this freedom is not a freedom from, but rather a freedom with.

What we call “life” is the union of the faraway and the near. The faraway is the seemingly outer world. The near is ourselves. A nameless, characterless quality pervades and supports both.

– Jason Shulman


Eating Meat

July 13, 2017

– Sri M, The Little Guide to Greater Glory and a Happier Life


Restraint

July 5, 2017

Swami Yukteshwar says:

“Just as the purpose of eating is to satisfy hunger, not greed, so the sex instinct is designed for the propagation of the species according to natural law, never for the kindling of insatiable longings. Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will follow you after the astral body is torn from its physical casing. Even when the flesh is weak, the mind should be constantly resistant. If temptation assails you with cruel force, overcome it by impersonal analysis and indomitable will. Every natural passion can be mastered. Conserve your powers. Be like the capacious ocean, absorbing within all the tributary rivers of the senses. Small yearnings are openings in the reservoir of your inner peace, permitting healing waters to be wasted in the desert soil of materialism. The forceful activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don’t kick you around.”


Simplicity

June 25, 2017

Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said “For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.”


Become One

June 22, 2017

The more you can ‘become one’ with the body part, the deeper your consciousness will be instilled into the physical layer. Tune into the body part and let its qualities become alive in you, as described in Chapter 11. The feeling that comes from tuning in is a knowledge through identity: you ‘become’ the body part. One of the secrets of the physical transformation lies in reaching this metaphysical unity, far beyond a mere mental awareness of the body part.

– Awakening the Third Eye by Samuel Sagan


Devachan

June 20, 2017

On the other side of the astral worlds is another world, called devachan by western occultists and svarga-loka or world of the gods by the Hindu tradition. In this world, again a completely different range of lights is perceived. These are to the astral colours what day is to night.

– Awakening the Third Eye by Samuel Sagan


Beauty

June 20, 2017

At a certain stage in the opening process, you even become able to simultaneously encompass the physical world in your vision. In this explosion of colours, the magnificence of the universe becomes such that it forces your heart open. Beauty is sometimes at the limit of what is bearable. Life becomes a constant wonder, and great fun.

– Awakening the Third Eye by Samuel Sagan Pg.75