Sunday, June 25, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/25/17

“Many people take pleasure in watching violent scenes and unaware of this, end up feeding their own suffering. The one who feels pleasure in the other’s suffering is the suffering self, an entity that feeds on negative emotions and cruelty, even if it’s just a movie. This is a form of negatively oriented pleasure. It means that the vital energy is joined together with suffering.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Pure Land Is in This Life

The Pure Land isn’t like heaven, because it’s not a place that you go to—it’s more a state of mind, and it can be accessed in this life.

—Reverend Patricia Kanaya Usuki, “The Great Compassion

Corruption is Legal in America


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/24/17

“When I say that we need to free ourselves from the past to become truly free, I am referring specifically to the pacts of revenge we carry. These pacts are what keep us trapped in the suffering we experienced in our past. Many unconsciously choose not to succeed in life in order to take revenge, just as they choose to use their life energy to sustain and feed their negative patterns and addictions. These negative behaviors which repeat indicate that our consciousness is imprisoned somewhere in the past.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Keep All Views in Check

Views are colorful and interesting and life-enhancing—as long as we know they are views.

—A. J. Bocchino, “Beyond Language

VIA FB:

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.” 

― Andy Warhol ―

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ian McKellen on Trump failing to protect LGBT rights: 'It’s appalling'


Dissolving the Fear, Finding Your Own Beauty - Ram Dass


Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/23/17

“You are like a river running towards the ocean. Sometimes the river runs close to the spring; sometimes it is mid-way through its course, and sometimes, it has arrived very close to the ocean. But, wherever you are, the more aware of who you are and what you have come here to do, the more you feel as though you belong and the greater the chance you have of unfolding the mysteries of existence.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Lovingkindness Shows, Literally

The energy of metta spreads through your bloodstream and nourishes your whole being. You look bright and clear, calm and peaceful.

—Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “11 Benefits of Loving-Friendliness Meditation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stephen Fry on Trump, Liberals, and Bullies - 2017


Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken / Flower of the Day: 06/22/17

“The impermanent truth of the smaller self can be absurdly unpleasant. Becoming aware of our own misery can be extremely painful, but it is absolutely necessary. We must face the transitory truth of the smaller self as we travel along the path towards the permanent truth of the real self. Often, it is necessary to live the joys and sorrows of human love in order to open up space for divine love.”
- Sri Prem Baba -

Via Daily Dharma: Why We Suffer

We suffer because we take things to be real, and we suffer in direct proportion to how solid we make the contents of our mind.

—Andrew Holocek, “How Far Are You Willing To Go To Wake Up?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Via NPR: Pride Events Honor Memory Of Gilbert Baker And His Rainbow Flag



http://www.npr.org/2017/06/21/533844029/pride-events-honor-memory-of-gilbert-baker-and-his-rainbow-flag

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - June 21, 2017



Miracles and gatherings of Satsang, reading or hanging out with holy books, chemicals, they’re all traps, but they are useful because they keep strengthening your faith. Faith can touch that place inside, which is called the Atman. It’s naive to think that any one route will bring you faster than any other route, other than what is supposed to be your route. In Zen, they say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Your work on yourself starts exactly where you are at this moment. Like, at this moment, if you’re thinking about the future or the past, if you’re planning, if you’re collecting this for later, what about right here? Now. This is what it’s all about. Everything you’ve ever done in your life and all your incarnations are for this moment. This isn’t for that, this is it – this is what it’s about.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/21/17

“If you discover that your soul wishes to live in the Himalayas and you are living in New York, you may face severe challenges ahead. After all, this would amount to a radical change of lifestyle. However, it is necessary to understand that when becoming conscious of the purpose of life, what is important is the internal change of focus. Often, it is not necessary to change the country or lifestyle, it is just a matter of acting from your truth, the truth of your Being, and not from your mask.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: You Need Both Wisdom and Compassion

Both wisdom and compassion shift our sense of identity away from ourselves toward the wider human, biotic, and cosmic community to which we belong. But where wisdom involves a cognitive grasp of this fact, compassion operates viscerally.

—Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, “The Need of the Hour

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Via Outsports: Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay


Ryan O’Callaghan’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself.
Growing up in Redding, Calif., he didn’t see any other option. From a deep red corner of a blue state, the conflicted young man had decided in high school that he would never — could never — live as a gay man. While the 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle didn’t fit any of the gay stereotypes, he decided shortly after coming out to himself in junior high school that he could never let anyone else in on his darkest secret.

Over the years he had heard general comments from friends and family members about gay people. Every utterance of a gay slur or a joke about gay men — and he heard them plenty when he was young — was like a knife to the gut.

"If you’re a gay kid and you hear someone you love say ‘fag,’ it makes you think that in their eyes you’re just a fag too," O’Callaghan told Outsports on a recent visit to Los Angeles for his first-ever Pride celebration. "That got to me a lot."

Growing up in a conservative area light years away from nearby San Francisco, his own views of gay people had been shaped by those off-color comments and the rare image on television showing a gay man he couldn’t relate to. He knew that the people in his world would never accept him being gay, and he could never truly accept it either.

O’Callaghan decided early on that he would hide behind football. The sport would be his "beard," and the jersey on his back would throw off the scent and keep his secret hidden for over a dozen years on a journey that saw him playing college ball at the University of California and in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

He spent his time in football preparing for his suicide, yet thanks to a small group of people within the Chiefs organization he ultimately found the will to live as the real Ryan O’Callaghan.