Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday, March 24, 2007

life and life situation

Forget about your life situation and pay attention to your life. Your life situation exists in time. Your life is now. Your life situation is mind-stuff. Your life is real.

- Eckhart Tolle

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

word for the day

Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest.
Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion.
Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.

-- Margaret Fuller

Friday, March 02, 2007

body as a buddy

The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.
– Bhagavad Gita

When I say that this body is not me, I am not making an intellectual statement. It is an experiential statement. If you were to ask me, "Who is this body?" I would make an awful pun: "This is my buddy. I give him good food and good exercise, and I look after him very well, but he is not me."

My body has always been my faithful buddy, through many trials, and during many difficult times; and I let him know how much I appreciate his faithful service. We have an understanding: I take very good care of him, and he looks up to me as the boss.

As Saint Francis used to say, "This body is Brother Donkey. I feed him, I wash him, but I am going to ride on him." Whenever we use drugs, or smoke, or drink, or even over-eat, the donkey is riding on us. Francis challenges us: "Don't you want to get that donkey off your back and ride on it ?"

- Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By
(Copyright 1999 and 2005 by The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation.)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Q&A with Ramana Maharshi

12th June, 1937

426. Mr. Das, of Allahabad University: Has the food which one usually takes anything to do with increase or decrease of one's spirituality? That is, does it influence spirituality for good or bad?

M.: Yes. Sattvic food in moderate quantity is helpful to spiritual development.

D.: For a grihi, i.e., a man of the world (householder) what conduct in life will help him most spiritually?

M.: Dhyana or Bhakti, which means the same thing.

D.: What is meant by taking the name of God? How to reconcile the following two ideas?

The Bible Says: "Do not take the name of God in vain."
The Sastras enjoin taking the name of God all the time.

M.: One should not use the name of God artificially and superficially without feeling. To use the name of God one must call upon Him and surrender to Him unreservedly. After such surrender the name of God is constantly with the man.

D.: Has man any Free-Will or is everything in his life pre-destined and pre-ordained?

M.: Free-Will holds the field in association with individuality. As long as individuality lasts so long there is Free-Will. All the Sastras are based on this fact and they advise directing the Free-Will in the right channel.

Find out to whom Free-Will or destiny matters. Abide in it. Then these two are transcended. That is the only purpose of discussing these questions. To whom do these questions arise? Find out and be at peace.