Pride is Crushed

November 29, 2014

And he [Virgil] to me: “Whatever makes them suffer their
heavy torment bends them to the ground;
at first I was unsure of what they were.
But look intently there, and let your eyes
unravel what’s beneath those stones: you can
already see what penalty strikes each.” (Purg. X, 115-120)

On the first terrace, the Prideful are punished by carrying heavy stone weights on their backs that force them to “bend to the ground” in a submissive position so humiliating that Dante does not even recognize them as human at first glance.

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Being is the Great Transformer

November 23, 2014

“…silence and energy, stillness and movement, inaction and the highest transformation, Shakti and Shiva always go together. The highest transformation arises from Being itself.”

Yoga and the Sacred Fire by Dr David Frawley (Pg 221)


Ways

November 21, 2014

Reaching out and touching your inner being can be either through the power of your mind—feeling, thinking, and directing the entire stream of your concentrated thought towards the inner Self; or it can be through your intellect—reasoning, probing, analyzing, discriminating, reflecting, contemplating; or it can be feeling, going deeper and deeper with intense feeling for Him, with great love, great devotion, great supplication, intense affection; these are the faculties through which you can reach towards the Divine.

Swami Chidananda


Secret Powers and Why We Should Not Use Them

November 19, 2014

An excellent lecture by Manly P Hall.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3WiuG6uTJQ


Quiet

November 19, 2014

Do not speak to foolish people about the Truth,
just share the Love and Happiness,
because the greatest gift is an empty mind.
But even if you do not speak
your Silence will reach the whole planet
as a silent rose radiates beauty.
Sit Quietly and send peace from your heart
to all beings of all the worlds.
Oceans may empty, but there is no end to Love and Peace,
so share it always in selfless service; this is worship.

~ Papaji


Tide

November 18, 2014

There is no point in swimming against the tide.

– Anon


Law of Prosperity

November 17, 2014

The secret of prosperity, of course, would be to live within your income, to spend less than what you earn, and not go into debt. That would be the greatest wisdom in a nutshell! If you have not got the cash, then don’t purchase items—go without them.

Yet, there are certain laws of prosperity which stem from eternal spiritual truths. If you begin to feel and think lack (want), you experience lack. If you assert your abundance, then, as the shadow follows the person, abundance follows you.

Desire is poverty. Desire is a feeling of inadequacy. When you begin to desire, you are a beggar already. A millionaire who is always wanting to make another million is really a beggar. A porter who is getting, say, four dollars a day and says, “That is quite enough for me” is greater
than a millionaire. For he has not that nagging feeling of lack and the beggarly attitude of desire.

To this end, contentment is the true secret of affirming your abundance. Whatever comes, feel full. Once you have contentment, there is nothing that can make you unhappy. If you don’t have contentment, nothing can make you happy. The moment desire arises, just reject
it. Then you will begin to experience that the desired object comes by itself to you. This is an eternal law.

So, the inner secret of prosperity is to affirm your plentitude, your abundance. The moment you start affirming it, you will find conditions changing, for your conditions are the product of your own thoughts. The vital factor that goes to make up all your life is your thoughts. They are as tangible and substantial as bricks that piles up to become a great mansion. They can build your whole life. They can create any condition in your life. Therefore, the secret of prosperity is to affirm your true abundant nature. After all, you are the master of the whole creation, for you are heir to the One who is Master of everything. In truth, you lack nothing. All plenitude, all abundance is our real Self. Your true nature is plenitude. The more you begin to affirm this fact with perfect confidence, not as a thing to be, but as a fact that is, prosperity is yours.

This is a law which has been proved in the life of all those who have discovered and applied it. The more you desire, the more does your want increase. The more you assert your abundance, the more abundance follows you. Let this theorem be in your mind. Let it be in your
heart.

Swami Chidananda