Friday, October 20, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/20/17

“I’ve received a comment, ‘The more I dedicate myself to the expansion of consciousness, the more difficult it gets.’ This is an illusion. During this process of expansion, what happens is that all the numbing devices of consciousness stop having any effect and you begin to see and feel things that were previously undetected. Everything seemed much easier because you were asleep. Consciousness is light. It is like opening a door to a dark room that has been shut for a long time. Now, you notice that it is very dirty. Before you can enjoy the state of well-being the light offers, a good house-cleaning is in order.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Don't Confuse Awakening with Bliss

There may be bliss with awakening, because it is actually a by-product of awakening, but it is not awakening itself. As long as we are chasing the byproducts of awakening, we will miss the real thing.

—Adyashanti, “Bliss Is a By-Product

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Via Sri Preem Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/19/17

“We are living in a moment where we are being asked to align ourselves with truth. This alignment demands sacrifices. In Brazil, it is very clear that our politics have been a great catalyst for this process of alignment or purification. But this phenomenon is happening worldwide. We are being given the opportunity to become aware of our contradictions which manifest as division, war, fear and selfishness. We are being led to commit ourselves with truth, peace and unity.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Do You Know Where to Look for Spiritual Awareness?

There is always a need for experience and knowledge rooted in traditions, but it is not a spiritual given that these are the places where peace, union, and spiritual awareness are found.

—bell hooks, “Waking Up to Racism

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Via Lionsroar / Buddhist author George Saunders wins Man Booker Prize for “Lincoln in the Bardo”

George Saunders has won the Man Booker Prize — awarded for the best original novel published in the UK — for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders is a Buddhist, and his novel is based on the idea of bardo, the Tibetan Buddhist concept of a state between death and life.

The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln visiting the crypt of his son, William, who died at age 11. In an interview, Saunders told Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod:
“I’d been reading some Buddhist texts and was aware of the bardo as a sort of transitional state between the moment when you die and the moment you’re reincarnated. That struck me as an interesting way to destabilize the usual ghost story.”
On announcing the award, Baroness Lola Young, chair of the Man Booker Prize, said, “The form and style of this utterly original novel reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative.”
Young said that Lincoln in the Bardo stood out from the other books shortlisted for the prize, “because of its innovation – its very different styling and the way in which it paradoxically brought to life these not-quite-dead souls in this other world.”

In 2014, Saunders gave a convocation speech at Syracuse University that went viral and was adapted into a book. Shortly afterward, he spoke with McLeod, and explained how Buddhism comes into his writing:
“In my writing work, I’ve noticed that if you do anything with real intensity, and with a real interest in the truth of the matter, then it ends up being dharmic somehow. If you’re really, really interested in the truth, then you’ll end up with something that looks and feels very much like dharma.”
The Man Booker is widely regarded as one of the top prizes in fiction, assuring success and renown for its winners.

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Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 18, 2017

When you look back at the suffering in your own life, each time you would have avoided it if you possibly could. And yet, when you look at the depth of your character now, isn’t part of that a product of those experiences? Weren’t those experiences part of what created the depth of your inner being?

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Don't Mix Rigidity with Meditation

Global rules, where you have to do the same thing in all instances, are not as helpful as rules that have specific contexts in which they are used.

—Jason Siff, “The Problem with Meditation Instructions

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/18/17

“One of the principles of natural medicine states that sometimes we must get worse before getting better. Before a healing can happen, an illness may get even worse so that its significance may be understood. First, it is necessary to understand what the illness is trying to say to us and what needs to be corrected in order for it to heal. This principle not only applies to physical health, but to other areas of life as well, such as our economic and political systems.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/17/17

“Enlightenment begins when imagination ceases. When the mind stops inventing stories about who we are, it is possible to come to know our true identity.”

Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Mind the Gap (between Object and Mind)

Nonself only begins to be clear when the illusion of seamlessness disappears and we experience the gaps in the continuity, when we actually see the mind and its object arising and dying together from instant to instant.

—Cynthia Thatcher, “Disconnected the Dots

Monday, October 16, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/16/17

“For many people, food is a symbol of affection. When we’re feeling needy or when we can’t find the solution to a situation in our lives, we start to numb the pain to temporarily keep the discomfort at bay.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Struggle Can Lead to Future Courage

For anyone working to become more courageous, suffering can become an ideal source of growth. An indolent life without hardship of any kind is just like an empty ship, easily overturned by a storm.

—Khenpo Sodargye, “Working through Suffering

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Via LA Times

Via Daily Dharma: Learn When to Quit

Strange as it may seem, stopping is as much an important aspect of practice as starting.

—Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, “The Aim of Attention

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/15/17

“The compulsion to eat is related to a need for affection. It is when we project emotions and stories onto food that we hurt ourselves. It is common that when one lives in an environment that is absent of affection and love, food often becomes a substitute.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 15, 2017

To see through the veil of what our senses and thinking minds make real, to the true self, feels often like the highest aspiration of humanity. When we do this, it’s as if we find our rightful place in the order of things. We begin to recognize a harmony that’s been waiting for us to feel and once we do this, it’s not only for the life hereafter or some abstract thing for later, it’s for now, and for the way in which we live our lives day by day.

-  Ram Dass -

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 11, 2017

Being peacefully in relationship to everything made me realize that my happiness isn’t based on the situation being 'this way' or 'that way' – my happiness is one which embraces my sadness, and my love is one which embraces my own hate…

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 10/12/17

“Devotional chanting is a powerful instrument in the process of awakening loving consciousness. The mantras are Sanskrit words that have the power to activate the many dimensions of love that inhabit us. Each divine name awakens a dimension in our own Being.”
Sri Prem Baba