Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Worldly affairs are all deceptive;
So I seek the truth Divine.
Excitements and distractions are illusions;
So I meditate on the non-dual Truth.
Companions and servants are deceptive;
So I remain in solitude.
Money and possessions are also deceptive;
So if I have them, I give them away.
Things in the outer world are all illusion;
The Inner Mind is that which I observe.
Wandering thoughts are all deceptive;
So I only tread the path of wisdom.
Deceptive are the teachings of expedient truth;
The final truth is that on which I meditate.
Books written in black ink are all misleading;
I only meditate on the pith-instructions of the whispered lineage.
Words and sayings, too, are but illusion;
At ease, I rest my mind in the effortless state.
Birth and death are both illusions;
I observe but the truth of no-arising.
The common mind is in every way misleading;
And so I practice how to animate awareness.
The Mind-holding Practice is misleading and deceptive;
And so I rest in the realm of reality.
-Milarepa, The Song of the Twelve Deceptions
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
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"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
-St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, November 13, 2014
“I'm simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I'm saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.
"It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.
"It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.
"And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
"That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
"Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms. When your conviction of a truth is not merely in your brain but in your being, you may diffidently vouch for its meaning.
"The rishis wrote in one sentence profundities that commentating scholars busy themselves over for generations. Endless literary controversy is for sluggard minds. What more quickly liberating thought than ‘God is’ - nay, ‘God’?
"But man does not easily return to simplicity. It is seldom ‘God’ for an intellectualist, but rather learned pomposities. His ego is pleased, that he can grasp such erudition."
Thursday, October 23, 2014
“Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that is the way to live in this world.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda, In the Sanctuary of the Soul: A Guide to Effective Prayer
*A new documentary about Parahansa Yogananda screens this week at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Showtimes here.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
"Detachment is not indifference. It is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachments to our opinions. We want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy. It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others' needs and understand how to serve them."
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Question: What should one do to have success in Yoga?
Chandra Om: "Surrender oneself to the Lord. It is important to remember the Lord is dwelling inside of you, right there in the heart, as the real Self, as the Supreme teacher. So when you say you are surrendering to the Lord, you are truly surrendering to the higher Self. You are eradicating the ego, the lower nature, by continual practice of the Yamas and Niyamas, by constant practice and detachment. This is key. You must move from the mind to the heart. The mind is only a temporary phase, only an instrument of knowledge. Investigate what the mind is, and it will disappear and duality will cease. There is no such thing as mind apart from thought. Mind leads to doubts. But there is no end to doubts, so don’t focus on trying to remove them or ‘figure things out’. Seek the source of the doubts, the “I” or “ego”, and you will find they are truly non-existent. Only then, doubts will cease.
"You must move from the mind to the heart. When the mind gets absorbed in the heart there is not the slightest trace of “I” thought. Remain without distractions. The heart is the only reality. Your real Self is dwelling in the heart. To remain as one’s Self is to enter the heart. Self-surrender will lead to Self-realization. Surrender can only happen when the mind is done trying to comprehend or understand what true surrender means. Surrender is to give oneself up to the origin of one’s being. But remember, this original source exists within you—not outside of you. God Bless You."
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
“If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.:
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
"Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours."
-St. Teresa of Ávila
Thursday, August 28, 2014
“…Actions by themselves do not bind a person. It is the attachment and identification in regard to the work that binds us and brings ups pain and misery. It is the motive that binds you. It is the motive that liberates you.
“Work, but work with detachment. In every act kindle the light of divine love. Always remember your essential divine nature and act in the world in a spirit of divine dedication. This world is ruled by the Lord’s eternal laws. In the east, the great law of cause and effect is called karma. In the New Testament the same truth is expressed in the words: ‘Whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.’ (Gal. 6-7).
“Actions produce samskara that coalesce and form tendencies. Tendencies develop into habits and character. Evil deeds generate bad character.
“Actions, without the idea of agency, without expectation of fruits, without attachment to the action, and not being balanced in success and failure, will not bind you. Selfless actions purify your heart and lead to the attainment of wisdom of the self.
“Karma yoga is skill in action. It is a great art. You have to take as much interest in each act that you perform daily, as an artist takes in his dearly loved paintings. Note how, after keen deliberation, the artist puts the brush – his entire mind is centered on the work in hand – his entire being is focused on the painting – he works self-forgetfully. This should be your attitude. Take this interest in all that you do and at the same time be detached from all of your actions. Then you will not be bound to samsara.”
-Sri Swami Sivananda
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
"The quality of a yogi's meditation and other actions, the guru's help, and God's grace—these are the three requisites of liberation. No matter how much a devotee strives for salvation — and he is required to make the effort wholeheartedly for God — that effort constitutes only 25% of the requirements for liberation. Another 25% depends upon his guru's blessing, spiritually stimulating the disciple's striving. But the guru's help and the devotee's effort notwithstanding, it is necessary to have also God's grace, which may be said to constitute the remaining 50% of the requirements."
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
“Peace originates from inside, but it manifests outside. Love is the same; love for a person develops into a broader love....
“You start with inner peace. When we find inner peace, all have a way of coming to us."
-Swami Sankarananda Saraswati
(who is in the middle of a peace walk across America that brought him to Chicago last weekend)
Thursday, July 03, 2014
"In all cultures there are legends about a war between demons and divine beings, and often the forces of light lose the battle. In Indian mythology the defeated bright souls either run to higher powers for protection or hide in remote regions, often on isolated mountain peaks, and commit themselves to intense spiritual practices. Only after they have gained the grace of God and attained inner strength do they challenge their opponents again and reclaim their rightful status. During these 'divine calamities' the sages come forward and help the defeated souls gain self-mastery by gathering up the virtues of fearlessness, self-confidence, unwavering faith, and the indomitable power of will and determination. Self-mastery entails cultivating all of these qualities collectively. It enables us to conquer our subhuman tendencies and allows us to become fully human. But achieving mastery over ourselves is a gradual process which keeps unfolding as we continue to walk on the path of self-transformation. The purpose of life, as Swamiji often said, is not to know God as an external being, but to transform ourselves so that we are constantly aware of the divine within - which is our essential nature."
-Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"We are all portions of this universe of Consciousness. We are not different from one another and we are not different from God. We believe ourselves to be men or women, rich people or poor people. We believe that we are teachers, soldiers, psychiatrists. We believe that we are young or old, fat or thin, happy or miserable. We believe that we are Americans or Indians, Russians or Arabs, Hindus or Christians, Muslims or Jews. But in reality the Truth within us is one. We all come from the same seed and that seed is God. We are simply playing different roles. If we could only penetrate beneath these roles to our own divinity, then once again we would all know that we are God."
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Thursday, June 05, 2014
“Live the golden rule. Purify your heart. Lose the ego. The greatest impurity, the most negative energy, is ignorance. You must accept non-duality and God consciousness. If you devote all your actions to the Lord, he’ll show you bliss.”
- Sri Dharma Mittra
Thursday, May 29, 2014
“Be young. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity; of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than in a boy of twenty…Youth is not a time of life—it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions. It is freshness of the deep springs of life. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
— Swami Bua (lived untill age 121)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
“If the many and the One be indeed the same Reality, then it is not all modes of worship alone, but equally all modes of work, all modes of struggle, all modes of creation, which are paths of realization. No distinction, henceforth, between sacred and secular. To labour is to pray. To conquer is to renounce. Life is itself religion. To have and to hold is as stern a trust as to quit and to avoid.”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः ।
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः ॥१॥
Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |
Gurure[-I]va Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1||
1.1: The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva),
1.2: The Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman); Salutations to that Guru.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
“The best thing to give
your enemy is forgiveness;
to an oponent, tolerance;
to a friend, your heart;
to your child, a good example;
to your father, deference;
to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you;
to your self, respect;
to all men charity.”
― Swami Sivananda Radha
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same."
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"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
"Detachment is not indifference. it is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachments to our opinions. We want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy. It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others' needs and understand how to serve them."