Wednesday, July 28, 2004

No Hope?

A life lived with no hope is a peaceful, joyous and compassionate life.  As long as we identify with this mind and body -- and we all do -- we hope for things that we think will take care of them. We hope for success, we hope for health, and we hope for enlightenment. All hope is, of course, about sizing up the past and projecting it into the future. 
                                                                              Everyday Zen 
                                                                         by Charlotte Joko Beck
(We really need to pay attention to what our hopes are about)

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

What did it?

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow, it will split in two; and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before. 
                                                                                                                        by Jacob Ris
(Perhaps our prayers work the same way)

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Points to Ponder

I have observed the power of the watermelon seed.  It has the power of drawing from the ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight.  When you can tell me how it takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of it a white rind and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each of which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight-- when you can explain to me the mystery of a watermelon, you can ask me to explain the mystery of GOD.                                                                                                                                           by William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)

Monday, July 19, 2004

Love for God

Do we really love God?

God is formless and beyond our intellect, do we really know how to love him?

If we can't love the unmanifested God then let's love his manifestations - his creation. Let's see God in every living being and love them.

When we love your close family members such as our siblings, we don't think about negative aspects of their personlaity. If we truely consider other people as our sisters and brohters than we won't be judging them by concentrating on their negative aspects. We might be able to learn to love everyone and be compassionate towards them - another way of loving the creator.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Welcome to the Group

During your day you might learn something or an insight may comes to you from nowhere  which may feel like another forward step in your spiritual journey.  Put that insight in words and post it on this blog. Let others learn from it and share their experience on the same with the group.