Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
How can love be Real when lovers are supposed to be unreal ???
Love to be loved....
Most of us have borrowed our images from those who have no idea who they themselves are.
The road to success is always under construction and that is the beauty of this road....it keeps it lively and adventurous.
Love will warm you, lust will harm you!.
Like water, be gentle to follow the natural paths of the earth and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world.
The "aim of being victorious" has been blindfolding most of the religious institutions.
All the tussles have been for the words and their meanings whereas the Referent is the same.
Love in itself is All Pervasive, without any discrimination...without any reason... without any calculation.
It is we (our mind) who install in it a measurement of flow and time...a discrimination,a reason, a calculation...
Beauty's way is simple and elegant..... that is why it IS BEAUTIFUL.
Ego has enslaved us and we are dancing on its toes
The dichotomy between the Tradition and Observation is what is referred to, "The Veil".
It is our mind who thinks Love resides in the Heart.... by Tradition
It is our mind who thinks Heart is a blood pumping Machine.... by observation..
How can we trust some one who does not know who he/she is?
In That Oneness, loneliness itself becomes undefinable and looses its identity...
Time and place are only in mind...be silent,close eyes and you will find yourself omnipresent...
We can imagine to impart what is commonly known as "Unconditional love" in giving, but when we look the other way round, we find the truth,
" Love is never Unsolicited".
One can never be inclined even to unconditional love unless solicited from the other side of the Veil/Maya.
I wish for every one,who has talent and creativity, in any genre, and encourage to express his/her creativity...
You know, this expression in itself is a worship...
He too, sitting inside the heart, seeks a medium to be manifested...
Who might be better than the human being himself...
that is why He has filled humans with so much of creative powers...
Love is like "Nectar" with its own attractors who keep working....that is why "spontaneous" is beautiful
“If You Depict a Bird, Give It Sufficient Space to Fly”
Most of us do not know how to listen to our bodies. Long ago we turned off the body's voice.
The body obediently went silent as we agreed not to notice our emotional life.
Truth is timeless,
...so is love since it is Truth,
...so is Beauty since it is Love.
Same symmetry is pervading from microcosm to macrocosm...and the Truth is the orchestrating beauty...
Each thought or action is synchronized by negative and/or positive emotional tones.
Follow it to discover the path most suitable to the very purpose of life.
Emotion is the energy that interacts and co-ordinates information between spirit, mind and body.
Positive emotions point to what is enlightening and empowering the mind whereas negative emotions to conflicts or limitations that the mind must find and correct.
Your hope in my heart is the rarest treasure,
Your Name on my tongue is the sweetest word,
My choicest hours Are the hours I spend with You...O' my Self.
How surprising it is, my talkativeness taught me silence, my intolerance, tolerance and my unkindness, kindness...strange.
Intention is a great dramatist in deed; It makes at its will, small actions great and great actions small...
"Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark... are now disqualifications...of rulers...and people support them."
"Love is a great teacher in deed. It Some times holds us upside down. For what? To shake well and squeeze all nonsense out."
Life and death are in the mind, and nowhere else. Mind is revealed as the universal basis of experience, the creator of happiness and the creator of suffering, the creator of what we call life and what we call death.
Who loves whom... at pure level... it is one to thy Self... and at that level, one is never separated from own Self... it is only at this mortal level ...there are attachments or separations...life and death...
"The mind has a way of lying to itself, and does this in the most elaborate and convincing way."
at that level we all are one and the same ...but it is unfortunate.. we humans are divided on various grounds of discrimination causing mutual hatred...
Detached living is not living without. It is a state in which one continuously remains facing his Self, or That or... whatever you call... that One and it goes on in continuous awareness that Only That which I am is real and all the rest is Not.
This leads to vision of oneness for all and compassion...and reduces the greed and ego factor,that is why detached living has been suggested in almost all the Scriptures and is so rooted in Revelations and "Primordial Tradition".
The mind has a way of lying to itself, and does this in the most elaborate and convincing way."
When Truth and Beauty are synonymous. Truth IS Beautiful and Beautiful IS Truth.~ ReNée Aiken ~, why not love and adore beauty ?
We the Indians, not only see beauty but "adore" it... to the extent.. as "beauty is That which is the Truth, Good and Beautiful"... satyam shivam sundaram... and it always rests in our own hearts...
Fight between good and evil is the basis of this phenomenal universe, it is every where, out side us,within us... Bhagvad GitA's Dharm kshetre Kuru kshetre... signifies this conflict...It is only an example from our SanAtan, it is stated in almost all the Scriptures, and the opposing forces in inherent dualities...
Though this conflict goes on in our hearts... the observer dictates what is already written there...
"The most beautiful truth on earth is written right inside our hearts."
"It is unwise to use the imperfections of others as an excuse not to change yourself."
The most beautiful truth on earth is written right inside our hearts.
Be like the sunflower, always turning your face to the Sun of your own Being.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,the fact is that they are difficult because we do not dare to solve them.
If we are aware of our humility, then we are arrogant. Just keep a check on it.
"Recognize the boundaries of your "Intellectual Prison and BREAK IT."
Be yourself beautiful, and you will find the world full of beauty.
In side me,my sun-like majestic presence is a mirror,Whoever comes sees himself in it(me)
There exists a part of our nature of which ordinarily we are completely ignorant, and of whose importance we are usually skeptical.
A common error amongst devotees of mystics is to jump to the conclusion that he possesses miraculous powers because unusual coincidences happen in a few cases, which they universalize.
"Get rid of your doubts" Krishna taught Arjuna! But that did not mean, simply go and believe everything you are told. In the next sloka he explains that the doubt is to be got rid of "by the sword of knowledge."
Authoritarianism merely assumes as true what another says, but what has yet to be proved.
"It is not God that is worshiped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity." ... BEWARE
Burning of this or that Holy Scripture is neither a war of Humanity nor Faith nor Gods, but a "war" between "Religious Institutions" who have been resorting it to raise their follower head-counts.... hence dominance and power... BEWARE
There is a very thin line between "Religious Practice" and "Religious Mal-practice".Be "aware"... but also... BEWARE
The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.
We are blindfolded by our own convictions...
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The scriptures mention a few occasions when the Buddha remained silent to questions posed to Him.
The Buddha who had truly realized the nature of these issues observed noble silence. An ordinary person who is still unenlightened might have a lot to say, but all of it would be sheer conjecture based on his imagination. When the Buddha knew that the questioner was not in a position to understand the answer to the question because of its profundity,or the real significance of the answer to his question or if the questions themselves were wrongly put in the first place, the Blessed One remained silent. Silence itself is a statement. On several occasions the Buddha did not respond to these metaphysical and speculative questions and there are reasons behind His noble silence.
Some scholars, owing to their misunderstanding of the Buddha's silence, came to the hasty conclusion that the Buddha was unable to answer to these questions. According to the Buddha, there are several ways of answering various types of questions.
The first type of question is one that requires a definite answer, such as a 'yes' or 'no'.
The second type of question is one requiring an analytical answer. We need to analyze what conditions make it possible for a murderer to become Buddha within one lifetime otherwise, it will not be answered correctly and comprehensively.
The third type of question is one where it is necessary to ask a counter question to help the questioner to think through. If you ask, "Why is it wrong to kill or hurt other living beings?' the core of the question is, 'How does it feel when others try to kill or hurt you?' Reply then comes by implication.
The fourth type of question is one that should be dropped. It means that you are liable to not to answer it. These are the questions which are speculative in nature, and any answer to such questions may, (though not necessarily, otherwise all the discoveries through theoretical sciences might not have been possible), only create confusion. Buddhism uses as example a question , 'Does the universe have a beginning or not?' People can discuss such questions for years without coming to a conclusion. They can only answer such questions based on their imagination, not on real understanding.
The paucity of our human vocabulary which is built upon relative experiences cannot hope to convey the depth and dimensions of Reality which a person has not experienced himself through Insight. On several occasions, the Buddha had very patiently explained that human language was too limited and could not describe the Ultimate Truth. If the Ultimate Truth is absolute, then it does not have any point of reference for worldliness with only mundane experiences and relative understanding to fully comprehend it. When people try to do so with their limited mental conception, they misunderstand the Truth. The listener who had not realized the Truth could not fathom the explanation given.
Some of the questions to which the Buddha remained silent are as following:
Two basic views
The view of existence as professed in the Brahmainsm;
The propositions that the world is eternal, that the world is infinite, that the Tathagatha exists after death, and that the Self is independent of the body reflect the view of existence.
According to Buddha, the eternalists view this Self as permanent and unchanging. When the body dies, this Self will not die because the Self is by nature unchanging. If that is the case, it does not matter what this body does, actions of the body will not affect the destiny of the Self. This view is incompatible with moral responsibility because if the Self is eternal and unchanging, it will not be affected by wholesome and unwholesome actions. If he says "I," the Self is eternal, people would fall to the position of eternalism.
The view of nonexistence the view of the Materialists and Hedonists
The propositions that the world is not eternal, that the world is finite, that the Tathagata does not exist after death, and that the self is identical with the body reflect the view of nonexistence
According to Buddha, if the self were identical with the body and the self dies along with the body, then it does not matter what the body does. If you believe that existence ends at death, there will be no necessary constraint upon action. But in a situation where things exist through interdependent origination, absolute existence and nonexistence are impossible.
If Buddha says they are not eternal, they would fall to the position of nihilism, since they would not understand his answer, it was,therefore, more skillful not to specify an answer at all.
According to Buddhist teachings, when ignorance, craving, and clinging are present, the world exists; when they are not present, the world ceases to exist. Hence the question of the absolute existence or nonexistence of the world is unanswerable. Existence and nonexistence, taken as absolute ideas, do not apply to things as they really are. This is why the Buddha refuses to agree to absolute statements about the nature of things. According to Buddhist teachings, Buddha saw that the absolute categories of metaphysics do not apply to things as they really are.
The (Hinayana)Theravada Version
Ten unspecified points appears in the Pali canon (Pali: Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta, within the The Collection of Middle-Length Discourses (Pali: Majjhima Nikaya).
In order to turn ,the monk Malunkyaputta, distracted by metaphysical speculation during his meditation, back to his intensive meditation practice,Buddha remained silent when he asked whether:
the universe is eternal,
the universe is not eternal,
the universe is finite,
the universe is infinite,
after death, a Buddha continues to exist,
after death, a Buddha does not continue to exist,
after death, a Buddha both continues to exist and not to exist,
after death, a Buddha neither continues to exist or not to exist,
the body and the “self” are the same entity,
the body and the “self” are totally separate and different entities.
Questions referring to the world: concerning the existence of the world in time
Is the world eternal?
Pali texts omit "both" and "neither".
Questions referring to the world: concerning the existence of the world in space
Is the world finite?
Pali texts omit "both" and "neither".
Questions referring to personal experience
Is the self identical with the body?
or is it different from the body?
Questions referring to life after death
Does the Tathagata exist after death?
The Mahayana Version
Buddha did not answer when they asked, are the "I" or the "self :
not eternal, since they undergo gross impermanence at the time of their destruction?
as both, in the sense that some beings and their environments, like the Creator Brahma and his heaven, are eternal; while all else, such as his creations, are not eternal and end at the time of their destruction,
neither, since it is impossible to know?
Are “I’s” or “selves” and the universe:
both finite and infinite, in the sense that limited beings (sentient beings) are infinite in number, but the universe is finite in size?
neither, since it is impossible to know?
Does the “I” or the “self” of a Buddha:
continue to exist after death?
not continue after death?
both, in the sense that the body does not continue, but the life-force does,
the body and the "self" are the same entity?
totally separate and different entities?
The Buddha did maintain silence to all these questions put to Him. He was under no obligation to respond to questions which reflected gross misunderstanding on the part of spiritual development. He was a practical Teacher, full of compassion and wisdom. He always spoke to people fully understanding their temperament, capability and capacity to comprehend. Questions were answered to help a person towards self-realization, not as a way of showing His towering wisdom.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A False Wisdom
by Thomas Springer on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 at 06:17
As we part the mist of wisdom and journey into the truth of our hearts
The meaning of time and presence become lost in something more than ourselves.
The calling of beauty and understanding reach out from within
Beckoning to our spirits to release the idea of knowing and become one with love.
The days pass by as weeks and months grow into forever
The moments last until we notice that there is no arrival or destination.
When the truth of the mist penetrates the depths of our being
We find what we once believed as logic will defy all we have ever known.
Holding on to the clouds of warmth and comfort
We begin to see for the first time that the essence of all we are lies in this heart of oneness.
Opening the door to accepting the unraveling of our sacred beliefs
We find we belong to none yet are a part of all without question.
The clarity of the mist brings the peace of togetherness
Blinding all the past conditions and thoughts into the perfect understanding of this moment.
Here we live without the need or desire for self
Captured by the endless giving and compassion that is us we begin to flourish without effort