Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Anon I mus

 “Out of the mud of your perceived fears, struggles, pain and confusion; the inner lotus flower of your heart will spontaneously grow.”  



Nisargadatta Maharaj

 All you need is already within you, only you must approach your self with reverence and love.


The One Who Knows the Divine Becomes One with the Divine

 


 The true awakening to mystery of the divine subjectivity takes place not in the framework of the dualistic mind but through the unfolding of the intuitive buddhi. Only by becoming one with the Divine does one really know the Divine, for the Divine is not so much object of our knowledge, but subject of our consciousness: “Only in oneness is it to be seen, the stable atman, immeasurable, free from blemish is it, beyond space, unborn great, unwavering” (Brh. Up, 4,4,20  Kath.Up.9,13; Swet.Up. 6,13: Mait Up. 6,17)



LJ Vanier

 


“When we remove all emotion, all judgement, and all expectation there is only love left. Love is found in the stillness of the soul. Love is without action, without attachment or need. Love is the subtle energy that flows through all of creation. Love transcends your being into ascension. Love is the harmony and the music of the universe, love is all there is.”

 


Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard

 “Today most scientists would agree with the ancient Hindus that nothing exists or is destroyed, things merely change shape or form…the cosmic radiation that is thought to come from the explosion of creation strikes the earth with equal intensity from all directions, which suggests either that the earth is at the center of the universe, as in our innocence we once supposed, or that the known universe has no center.” 



Buddha's final words to Ananda (well near the end anyway)

 Therefore, Ananda, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be ye a refuge to yourselves. Betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the Truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone besides yourselves. And those, Ananda, who either now or after I am dead shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, shall not look for refuge to anyone beside themselves—it is they who shall reach the very topmost height. But they must be anxious to learn. —   Mahaparinabbana sutta





Maharishi Santsevi Ji Maharaj

 The Vedas are the source of all fundamental principles of Indian dharma, religion, philosophy, music, medicine and science. The knowledge expounded in the Vedas is limitless. Since ancient times Saints, Mahatmas (greats souls), Rishis (seers), Munis (ascetics), and scholars of India have considered the Vedas to be eternal and of divine origin (apaurusheya, without a human source). It is believed that the origin of the Vedas came about in the form of knowledge revealed by God. Therefore, just as God, the Vedas are also without beginning, infinite and eternal. The Upanishads describe the Vedas as the out-breath of God.



Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Peter Deunov

  “Peacemakers are living in the Divine Fire.Peacemaking is the Divine beam,

which comes from the depth of the human soul.
The peacemakers are the Sons of God.
Peacemaking is a Divine Light and it comes from the flame that has created it.”



Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

 “If we know, even a little bit, that some of our familiar concepts, feelings, and objects exist only as a dream, we develop a much better sense of humour. Recognizing the humour in our situation prevents suffering. We still experience emotions, but they can no longer play tricks on us or pull the wool over our eyes.”



Adyashanti

 The only thing that can cause me to suffer is when I believe a thought. Without believing thought..we are in harmony with life as it is.



Robert Moss

 

“Poets and mystics have always known that the world of imagination is a real world - a third kingdom between the physical universe and the higher realms of spirit - and that is is possible to travel there and bring back extraordinary gifts.”



SRI NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ

 The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.



Alan Watts

 


Robert M. Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Ch. 15

  The language we’ve inherited confuses (this). We say “my” body and “your” body and “his” body and “her” body, but it isn’t that way.This Cartesian “Me,” this autonomous little homunculus who sits behind our eyeballs looking out through them in order to pass judgment on the affairs of the world, is just completely ridiculous. This self-appointed little editor of reality is just an impossible fiction that collapses the moment one examines it.



Paul Brunton

  Chapter 4: Seek the Deeper Stillness

1

When the personal ego's thoughts and desires are stripped off, we behold ourselves as we were in the first state and as we shall be in the final one. We are then the Overself alone, in its Godlike solitude and stillness.

2

One feels gathered into the depths of the silence, enfolded by it and then, hidden within it, intuits the mysterious inexplicable invisible and higher power which must remain forever nameless.

3

A life with this infinite stillness as its background and centre seems as remote from the common clay of everyday human beings, and especially from their urban infatuation with noise and movement, as the asteroids.

4

This stillness is the godlike part of every human being. In failing to look for it, he fails to make the most of his possibilities. If, looking, he misses it on the way, this happens because it is a vacuity: there is simply nothing there! That means no things, not even mental things, that is, thoughts.

5

The spirit (Brahman) is NOT the stillness, but is found by humans who are in the precondition of stillness. The latter is their human reaction to Brahman's presence coming into their field of awareness.

6

That beautiful state wherein the mind recognizes itself for what it is, wherein all activity is stilled except that of awareness alone, and even then it is an awareness without an object--this is the heart of the experience.



It’s like a dance ~ Tenzin Palmo

 It’s like a dance. And we have to give each being space to dance their dance. Everything is dancing; even the molecules inside the cells are dancing. But we make our lives so heavy. We have these incredibly heavy burdens we carry with us like rocks in a big rucksack. We think that carrying this big heavy rucksack is our security; we think it grounds us. We don’t realize the freedom, the lightness of just dropping it off, letting it go. That doesn’t mean giving up relationships; it doesn’t mean giving up one’s profession, or one’s family,or one’s home. It has nothing to do with that; it’s not an external change. It’s an internal change. It’s a change from holding on tightly to holding very lightly.



Monday, July 15, 2024

SIMONE WEIL, WAITING FOR GOD

 “To give up our imaginary position as the center, to renounce it, not only intellectually but in the imaginative part of our soul, that means to awaken to what is real and eternal, to see the true light and hear the true silence.”



Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

 Like a child at the cinema, we get caught up in the illusion. From this comes all of our vanity, ambition, and insecurity. We fall in love with the illusions we have created and develop excessive pride in our appearance, our possessions, and our accomplishments. It’s like wearing a mask and proudly thinking that the mask is really you.



Pravrajika Brahmaprana

 

 Advaita Vedanta is not mere philosophical speculation or theory; it has direct experience as its basis as well as ultimate proof. To lift the veil of maya, Advaita Vedanta exhorts the spiritual seeker to take the testimony of the scriptures (Vedas) and illumined souls, use reason, reflection, and meditation, and attain direct experience. These are the compasses, maps, and sails needed to steer successfully to the highest union with Brahman. One must transcend the effects of maya in order to know the nature of its cause.



The self is called atman or soul Author unknown

 It is the microcosmic aspect of Brahman, smaller than an atom and vaster than the earth, the ether, the heavens and all the worlds, without qualities and having the same consciousness as that of Brahman. The self is subject to illusion, bondage and the laws of karma. When it achieves liberation it regains its true nature and either rejoins Brahman or exists eternally in its purest state. Different schools of Hinduism interpret the nature of relationship between atman and Brahman differently.



GYALWANG DRUKPA

 Learn to watch and wait. Emotions come and go like waves on the shore, so if you can be mindful of them you will understand where they come from and also that they are impermanent, like everything



SRI ATMANANDA

 Now, what is there in the waking state that does not disappear? Nothing. Therefore, everything objective, connected with the waking state, is unreal.

But what we have just called the unreal appears all the while. Yes. When the unreal appears as real we call it a dream. Therefore, the waking state is all a dream.

But there is one thing that does not disappear in any state – pure Consciousness, the Atma (Self).By a ‘dream’ we mean something which is not real. What is Reality? That which does not disappear at any time.



Ram Dass

 The true self is in the middle of our chest, in our spiritual heart

“I have a practice in which I say to myself, “I am loving awareness.” To begin, I focus my attention in the middle of my chest, on the heart-mind. I may take a few deep breaths into my diaphragm to help me identify with it. I breathe in love and breathe out love. I watch all of the thoughts that create the stuff of my mind, and I love everything, love everything I can be aware of. I just love, just love, just love.



                                            

☀️ SRIMAN NARAYANA ✨


"You cannot move towards Greatness, keeping your littleness with you... Don't call God to your little world. Instead, leave your little world and come to God."



Joseph Campbell

  Eternity isn’t some later time. Eternity isn’t a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere. And the experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life.



Sunday, July 14, 2024

TANTRA THE GOSPEL OF RAMAKRISHNA

 According to the Tantra, the Ultimate Reality is Chit, or Consciousness, which is identical with Sat, or Being, and with Ānanda, or Bliss. This Ultimate Reality, Satchidānanda, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, is identical with the Reality preached in the Vedas. And man is identical with this Reality; but under the influence of Māyā, or illusion, he has forgotten his true nature. He takes to be real a merely apparent world of subject and object, and this error is the cause of his bondage and suffering. The goal of spiritual discipline is the rediscovery of his true identity with the divine Reality.



PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA

 “Beneath the temporary mental masks of those whose behavior I dislike, I see the perfect love of my great Beloved, even as I see it in those worthy souls that I love. To stop loving is to stem the purifying flow of love. I shall loyally love every being, every thing, until I find all races, all creatures, all animate and inanimate objects embraced by my love. I will love until every soul, every star, every forsaken creature, every atom, is lodged in my heart; for in the infinite love of God, my breast of eternity is large enough to hold everything in me.”



Rumi

 


 “I choose to love you in silence… For in silence I find no rejection,

I choose to love you in loneliness… For in loneliness no one owns you but me,

I choose to adore you from a distance… For distance will shield me from pain,

I choose to kiss you in the wind… For the wind is gentler than my lips,

I choose to hold you in my dreams… For in my dreams, you have no end.” 



THE BIRTH OF HEAVEN ON EARTH by SWAMI KRISHNANANDA

 


All great men think alike, and all great masters taught the same religion and the same gospel. Whether it is Christ or Krishna or Buddha, it makes no difference because they are only tongues of the same fire of THE birth of Heaven on Earth 11 religion, rays of the same sun of the Eternal. When this concept of religion rises in our hearts, we can be said to be celebrating the true Christmas because if at all there was anything worthwhile in the life of Christ, it was spirituality; it was God-awareness. His life was saturated with God-being; and our adoration of the Christ, or the incarnation of God, is nothing but an attempt of our own soul to participate in that process of the divine incarnation. It is the soul’s interpretation of the birth of the Divine Eternal through the religious consciousness which is true Christianity, different from the religion of the church, but the religion of the Christ; different from the religion of the temple, but the religion of God and Krishna.



Saturday, July 13, 2024

World Religious Symbols and Their Meanings Art by Talon Abraxas


Meaning of Symbols Common to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism

1.The Dharma Wheel is the main Buddhist symbol, but it also appears in Hinduism and Jainism. It represents Dharmic views on morality and cosmic law. With eight spokes, it denotes the moral virtues on the Buddhist Eightfold Path.

2.The Swastika is an ancient symbol. Clockwise, it represents the motion of the Sun in Hinduism. Counterclockwise, it is the night and the Hindu goddess Kali. In Buddhism, it symbolizes Buddha's footprints and the cycle of life. In Jainism, the arms denote the four types of rebirth for the soul.

3.The Lotus flower symbolizes divinity, perfection, immortality, and various Hindu deities. In Buddhism, it expresses purity of the body and mind. In Jainism, semi-divine prophets are represented by or seated upon them.

4.The Endless Knot or "Srivatsa" and Pair of Fish appear in Ashtamangala: a set of eight symbols (most are pictograms of sacred objects) that differ between traditions. The knot represents unity, the cycle of rebirth, and wisdom entwined with compassion. The fish symbolize happiness, freedom, and fearlessness.

5.Symbols may be combined into Yantra, which usually have T-shapes on their borders to symbolize inner enlightenment. They may be associated with deities, luck, protection, or used as meditative aids.

Meaning of Other Hindu Symbols

1.The Om appears in all Dharmic traditions (variously translated), although it is technically a written symbol. It is included here because it has become the main symbol of Hinduism. It represents the supreme, divine consciousness.

2.The Ouroboros appears in several religious traditions (the oldest may be Ancient Egypt; see below). In Hindu mythology, it is one of the animals that holds up the world.

3.The Conch shell or "Shankha" represents Vishnu, water, female fertility, longevity, and prosperity.

Meaning of Other Buddhist Symbols

1.The Conch shell also appears in Buddhism. It can be used as a trumpet and thus represents the awakening influence of Buddhist teachings.

2.The Triratna represents the three jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha (enlightened one), Dharma (teachings), and Sangha (clergy).

3.A Bodhi tree is where Buddha achieved awakening, and its symbol thus represents liberation and nirvana.

4.Buddha footprints represent Buddha as a man, and as following a path that all humans can therefore follow.

5.Buddha eyes symbolize his all-seeing nature. Their display may promote moral behavior in a society.

Meaning of Other Jain Symbols

1.The Nandavarta symbolizes teaching, enlightenment, joy, and prosperity.

2.The Ahimsa represents the principle of non-violence (beginning with non-violence against oneself).

Meaning of Sikh Symbols

1.The Khanda is the primary Sikh symbol. It stands for the provision of charity and protection to those who need it.

2.The Harr Nishan is a symbol of the Ravidassia branch of Sikhism. It represents the goal of enlightenment through worship, meditation, and singing.




The Diamond Sutra: This world is won by those who let it go. ~ Lao Tzu

 


-Nisargadatta Maharaj

 "'Nothing is me,' is the first step. 'Everything is me' is the next. Both hang on the idea: 'there is a world'.

When this too is given up, you remain what you are,the non-dual Self (Awareness). You are it here and now, but your vision is obstructed by your false ideas about your self."



Muso Kokushi

 "Even if you have not awakened, if you realize that your perceptions and activities are all like dreams and you view them with detachment, not giving rise to grasping and rejecting discrimination, then this is virtually tantamount to awakening from the dream."



John O'Donohue

 Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment.



Banani Ray, Glory of OM: A Journey to Self-Realization


“You do not need any preacher or prophet to learn about God. The teaching is spread on the trees and the mountains, on the stars and the river, on the Sun and the moon. The ultimate teaching is written in your heart. You just need to wake up and see.”



I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 “I am’ itself is God. The seeking itself is God. In seeking you discover that you are neither the body nor mind, and the love of the self in you is for the self in all. The two are one. The consciousness in you and the consciousness in me, apparently two, really one, seek unity and that is love.”



Tagore

 


Born in this great world, full of the mystery of the infinite, we cannot accept our existence as a momentary outburst of chance drifting on the current of matter toward an eternal nowhere. We cannot look upon our lives as dreams of a dreamer who has no awakening in all time.

We have a personality whose nature we have discovered in some measure, in human love, in the greatness of the good, in the martyrdom of heroic souls, in the ineffable beauty of nature, which can never be a mere physical fact nor anything but an expression of the “Supreme” personality.