Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The power of the Dharma, Stephen Knapp


Generally speaking, many Hindus will respect all religions. They may be initiated by a Vedic guru, devoutly practice yoga, attend the temple regularly, yet still go to see some Christian preacher, or Buddhist teacher, or even hear an Islamic Imam talk about God. They may do this with the idea of attaining new insights, yet still not consider themselves falling away from their own path or converting to a different religion. Yet, if a Christian or Muslim would do such a thing as participate in an alternative religion, or even a different sect from which they belong, they may be considered sinful and apostates, or at least hypocrites and deserving of some punishment. But such narrow-mindedness hardly touches the person following the Vedic path.



Jon Kabat-Zinn

 Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more ..


 

-J. Krishnamurti

 Truth comes into being when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything that is happening.



Monday, September 26, 2022

Sri Yukteswar

 Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

                                                 


 

The following quote, which teaches us about acquiring ‘spiritual eyes’ is taken from, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah, Vol. 2, p.31 by Adib Taherzadeh:


“Baha’u’llah teaches [quoting from] the Mathnavi [written by Rumi, the Sufi poet] that: ‘man will not be able to receive the Light of God in this day unless he acquires a new Eye. Eyes which are fixed on the things of this world can never see the glory of His Revelation, and ears which are tuned to the voices of the ungodly cannot hear the Melodies of the Kingdom.’ By ‘new eyes’ and ‘new ears’ He means spiritual eyes and spiritual ears. He states that since the Eye of the Spirit receives its Light from God it is shameful to let it turn to a stranger, and re-affirms that the purpose of God in creating the inner Eye was that man might behold the beauty of His Manifestation in this world.

                                                                     


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Paramahansa Yogananda

 

"Do not take life's experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role."

Robert Adams

 Everyday remember what you are. Use whatever method suits you, meditation, inquiry, walks in nature, to stand outside the dream of being an identity trying to make do in a world. See that you are beyond anything the mind can conjure. There should be no such thing as not having the time to do this everyday. You have enough time to do all the foolish things you do. So take the time to do this also.


Ram Dass, Be Here Now

This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.”