Purified by Silence

August 27, 2013

From @Vaate on Twitter.

I practice gratitude. I am fully grateful for the immense Silence that has taken over my inner being, and has expelled my neurotic self.

My practice today is to draw no conclusion about anything whatsoever, (except when immediately needed in a situation).

Enthusiasm is as much a distraction from Silence as fear or anger.

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. ~African Proverb

Can I stay in this moment and this moment only? No goal,no purpose, no wanting, no striving, just being?

I found that truth too when I was meditating on my fear for a desease. My body is innocent and completely dedicated to life . .

Have your attention focussed on inner Silence.

The only solution to all problems is to stay in the awareness of Eternity.

Ordinariness is the cure for all suffering. In the ordinariness of the moment thought cannot push you into the neurotic mind.


Allegiance

August 27, 2013

Shift your allegiance from the mind to Being. – Gangaji


Brahman the Eater

August 25, 2013

The first bowl is for the body. The second is for desire. – Osho

Brahman is the one (bowl) without a second.

Be grateful. I have manifested myself.

The righteous, who eat the remains of the yagya, are freed from all sins. But the unrighteous, who prepare food for themselves alone, truly, they eat sin. (BG 3.13)

Swami Vibhooti Saraswati:

One should not find fault with food.

Food is Devi and should be received, treated and respected as such.

Annapoorna Devi is the goddess of grain, and one who truly understands the value and meaning of her prasad will not wish to waste or spill even one of her precious grains.

According to the law of karma, those who waste or disrespect food in this life, or who do not share it freely with others, will suffer hunger in their next incarnation.

In India, many people before eating will first feed a poor person, or a cow, or even a stray dog. This act of thinking of another being first opens the heart and bestows peace of mind on the giver.

One who shares their food with others, no matter how little it may be, will never go hungry. This is also a karmic law.

The scriptures say that feeding the poor, brahmins and sannyasins helps to purify one’s karma, gladdens the heart and uplifts one spiritually.

While you are eating do not think that it is you who are eating. Think rather that the divine is eating through you, that the process of eating is a divine act, that the food is a part of the divine and that it will transform you into a divine being.

The chanting of mantras before eating helps to prepare the body and mind, and charge the atmosphere.


Forgiveness

August 20, 2013

Forgiveness means “Thank you for giving me this experience.” – JFD


Beyond Order

August 19, 2013

Vishnu and Lakshmi represent more the Divine in its orderly manifestation, but they can keep us confined within the manifest world and its highest Sattva guna, if we don’t look beyond their forms.

Shiva and Kali take us beyond Sattva guna to pure existence, pure Sat itself. To do this they have to violate (show the limitations) of all the rules of the cosmic order. Even the beautiful personal forms of God are limitations that we must go beyond to reach the supreme Brahman.


Where’s My Billion?

August 18, 2013

It is an interesting exercise to consider where your value lies. What is most valuable to you? What is most important?

It is not a question that can be answered easily and quickly, but is something that is excavated over time. Why? Because your highest value is also your highest identity and thus it is a matter of self-realisation.

The more you realise your true identity, the more value there is in your life.


Swami Krishnananda Saraswati

August 14, 2013

“There is a higher kind of work that is not binding but liberating, and it is this work that goes by the name of service, and is above self.” – Swami Krishnananda Saraswati.


Ordering of the Eight Fields of Living

August 13, 2013
  1. Spiritual
  2. Primal Desire
  3. Relationships
  4. Career
  5. Creative Play
  6. Dharma
  7. Mental
  8. Physical

Tarabilda


Cabin in the Woods

August 6, 2013

Imagine if each of your thoughts had its own personality. And imagine that your mind is like a cabin in the woods on a cold dark night.

There is a knock on the door. There is a nice woman (i.e. a nice thought) wanting to come in. You let her in.

There is another knock at the door. This time it is an angry man. You slam the door in his face, but he doesn’t go away. He runs around the outside of the house banging on the windows trying to get in. But you keep saying no.

Another person comes to the door. This time it is a sad man. You say no and he joins the angry man banging on the windows outside.

Another knock at the door. It is a prostitute. You slam the door with moral indignation.

Another knock and it is an arrogant man and his worthless wife. You slam the door.

All these people are outside your cabin clamouring to get in. But you won’t let them in.

The noise gets louder and you worry about your safety. You can’t sleep. You can’t think straight. There is no rest.

It gets unbearable. In an attempt to get some rest you pick a book off the shelf. It says: let them in.

Out of desperation you go against what is natural for you and you open the door.

All the people outside come in and sit down quietly by the fire. There is no more noise. All is peaceful.

Moral of the story: It is the rejection of your own thoughts that makes your mind noisy and makes your life restless. You create the thought and reject it.

The rejection of a thought ceases when you consider how it can be accepted. If you ask over and over, “How does this thought/person benefit me”, then you stop fearing and rejecting it. It stops being an enemy and becomes a friend. You let your friends in.

It reminds me of a quote from Abraham Lincoln that goes something like this: “I don’t like that man, which means I don’t know him. Though I am sure that if I get to know him, I will like him.”

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Passively witnessing thoughts works too, but I suggest that an active and passive approach is best for taming the mind.

So we create the world and then reject it. I find this to be a fascinating study of Brahman. If I see something and say, “That is not me.” Then I have rejected it. It is separated from me in time and space.

But if I say, “That is me.” Then I I have accepted it and illusory senses that perceive time and space give way to the illuminated knowing of the purified intellect which is timeless and spaceless.


There is No Escape

August 6, 2013

If we perceive fire (strength, courage, certainty, etc) to be missing from our life then we put a high value on getting it. We think “I have too much water (weakness, passivity, uncertainty) and I need more fire.”

So we seek to increase fire and reduce water. We accept fire and reject water.

As we find fire we discover that it is very hot and burns, which causes us to crave water to cool us down. But we have a standing condition of rejecting water.

So we crave water (because it is cooling) and reject it (because it is weak) at the same time.

Likewise with fire, we crave it (because we think it is missing and we want to be whole) but we simultaneously reject it (because it is hot and burns).

In other words if we are afraid of failing, then we are also afraid of succeeding.

If we are afraid of being lonely, then we are also afraid of being in a relationship.

If we reject sadness, then we also reject happiness.

If we reject stupidity, then we also reject intelligence.

If we crave intelligence, then we also crave stupidity.

If you are afraid of making mistakes, then you won’t do anything.

If you are happy to make mistakes, then you will try anything.

If you are afraid of what people say, then you will say nothing.

If you are not afraid of what people say, then you will say too much.

If you overvalue yourself, then you undervalue others and you will live alone and have no friends.

If you overvalue others, then you undervalue yourself and you will always feel empty even in a crowd.

If you overvalue yourself, then you simultaneously undervalue yourself. Pride is fuelled by shame.

If you undervalue yourself, then you simultaneously overvalue yourself. Worthlessness is fuelled by conceit.

If you think you are a success, then expect failure to knock on your door.

If you think you are a failure, then you are undervaluing your successes.

If your life is boring, it is because you love boredom.

If you like stable and boring, unstable and exciting will reappear in your life in another form and you will be addicted to it.

If you crave variety and excitement, then stable and boring will haunt you and keep you running.

If we reject bad health, then we reject good health.

Bad health (eg vomiting) is actually the correct functioning of the body as it tries to seek balance. If we don’t see vomiting as a healthy function then we think health is missing and we seek it.

If we see vomiting as unhealthy then we have rejected health.

When we find “good” health we cling to it because we are afraid of “bad” health. Clinging and its accompanying fear are tiring burdens that are unhealthy. So when we get good health we get bad health.

The solution: see that nothing is missing. Fire, health, loneliness, water, happiness, joy never go away. They just change forms.

You’re not really happy until you don’t care if you’re happy or sad.

You’re not really healthy until you realise that heath comprises sickness and health.

You’re not really wealthy until you understand that you will always be rich and poor.

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“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
― Lao Tzu