July 28, 2016
Sri Ramana Maharshi ~~~ Talk 371.
Q.: How are lust, anger, acquisitiveness, confusion,
pride and jealousy overcome?
M.: By dhyana.
Q.: What is dhyana?
M.: Dhyana is holding on to a single thought and
putting off all other thoughts.
Q.: What is to be meditated upon?
M.: Anything that you prefer.
Q.: Siva, Vishnu, and Gayatri are said to be equally efficacious.
Which should I meditate upon?
M.: Any one you like best.
They are all equal in their effect.
July 24, 2016
I’ve been going through my notes looking for ideas about anger and I found this quote from Vernon Howard.
“Anyone can conceal anger, but the spiritual hero is one who ends its cause, which is unconscious egotism.”
Unmet expectations can create all kinds on emotions but what conditions create anger? I think it is self-righteousness. When a person over-values themselves and under-values others then the tendency is toward anger.
Anger with its excess energy yells, “How dare you do this to ME!!!!” Which is to say its high self-opinion says, “I’m worth so much more than this. Don’t you know who I am?” Anger and superiority seem to go together.
Simultaneously with anger comes the great cooling factor: desire. Lust, greed, gluttony, intemperance, etc.
Self-wrongeousness would say, “Of course you would do this to me. I’m not worthy. I’m not deserving. I ought to be punished.” It goes down into depression and worthlessness.
When we perceive voids within then we become hungry for them. We become a predator. That hunting is putting your own needs above others – it is the desire to consume, take and even kill. It is the path to violence and anger.
Self-righteousness appears to be the product of ignorance – the inability to see full quantum. Thus the antidote for anger is owning what is missing, recognising equality with others and the contentment of full quantum awareness. ie humbling and levelling down.
July 24, 2016
It is very difficult to understand what contentment is. Some argue that contentment would put a stop to all progress and that only when man has got greater and greater ambitions, he will be goaded to do further actions and make further progress. But what is progress? Progress in worldly matters will only bind us more and more. This world is a mere valueless husk to be rejected, and therefore, such progress is a virtue which has got no value in the eye of a seeker. For him the sense of value is different. The seeker says that in the pleasures of the world does not lie the realisation of his true nature.
July 21, 2016
Why continue learning the principles when you can talk tactics all day long?
– Alexander William Ford
July 20, 2016
Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about.
As you begin to walk out on the way
The way appears.
A good man complains of no one, he does not look to faults.
~ Shams Tabrizi
I do not want to waste my words on tired minds. I can only talk to those who are thirsty for the sea.
July 20, 2016
“Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to you. Do not rely on your work for realization. It may profit others, but not you. Your hope lies in keeping silent in your mind and quiet in your heart. Realized people are very quiet.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
July 18, 2016
Man cannot achieve anything by himself. There is only one thing to be done – pray to God and pray unceasingly. Thus we may get rid of the ego altogether and remember that God alone is true, that He alone is the real. Then only we can be freed from the clutches of ego and ignorance.
– Swami Chidananda