Thursday, February 22, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/22/18

“The willingness to go beyond defense mechanisms and attune ourselves with the divine codes of love and compassion comes with maturity. We must get sufficiently tired of the game of suffering. Because of this, the new marriage never comes before its time; it only comes when we are able to take responsibility for the internal processes that cause us to close our hearts. This is spiritual maturity.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Antidote to Hatred

Lovingkindness is the antidote to hatred. That is why cultivating it is so beneficial. The practice is about your being able to access and cultivate the healthiest parts of yourself, without allowing anyone to obstruct that.

—Andrew Olendzki, “No Exceptions

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - February 21, 2018

  Did you ever have a bad day? Everything seems to go wrong and you are completely lost in anger, frustration and self-pity. It gets worse and worse, until the final moment when, say, you have just missed the last bus. There is some critical point where it gets so bad that the absurdity of it all overwhelms you and you can do nothing but laugh. At that moment you uplevel your predicament, you see the cosmic joke in your own suffering.

Humor puts things in perspective. There are many levels of humor - there is a humor of survival, a humor of sex and gratification, a humor connected with power. Beyond all these there is a humor that is filled with compassion. It is reflected in the tiny upturn in the mouth of the Buddha, for he sees the humor in the universal predicament: All beings are lost in illusion, yet he knows that they will awaken from that illusion for they are, at heart, already enlightened. He knows that what seems so hard for them is, from another perspective, their own path to liberation.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/21/18

“A fundamental step on the human evolutionary journey is transcending desire. But this cannot be done through repression; we need to come to an agreement with our desires. And for this to happen, we need to first become conscious of them. There is nothing wrong with wanting fame and power, for example, but it is important to be aware of this in order to avoid falling into the trap of self-deception.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Don’t Go It Alone

The sangha speaks to the idea that self-reliance can manifest only when we ourselves are in good health—we aren’t meant to go at it alone.

—Elizabeth Zach, “Health Care for All Beings

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: A Living Tradition

We now have a choice, even if we want to insist on cleaving to Buddhist tradition. Do we emphasize the more authoritarian parts of the tradition, or the more democratic ones?

—James Kierstead, “Democratic from the Start

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love /Flower of the Day: 02/20/18

“We only become ready for spiritual surrender when we grow tired enough of the material world. Many people use spirituality almost as a way to run away from the world. In truth, they are running from their obligations and desires. We must understand that we can only truly tire of that which we have already experienced; we can only let go of what we have.”
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, February 19, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/19/18

“When we can put every molecule in our body into service of the divine will - which means we renounce the desires of the ego - we become a link in the chain of happiness, a ray of realization.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Buddhist Politics

A Buddhist would not hesitate to vote for legislation and political candidates devoted to peace, to undoing injustice, reducing duhkha in its myriad manifestations, healing society’s wounds, and preserving individual freedoms and the environment.

—Charles Johnson, “Accepting the Invitation

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - February 18, 2018

Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery. 

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Everyday Presence

Presence need not be confined to the time spent sitting on our meditation cushion. Every single moment provides an opportunity to relax the tension in the body and unconscious thought patterns in the mind.

—Will Johnson, “Full Body, Empty Mind

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/18/18

“Darkness is the absence of light. It can only sustain itself when we are identified with it, and when this is the case, it has tremendous power over us. Even though it is an illusion, it seems as hard as a rock. But when we de-identify from the shadowy aspects of our personality, we understand that this ‘rock’ is nothing more than a projection of the mind.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: The Source of Equanimity

Equanimity? In the end, it seems to be like dignity: only you can provide it for yourself.

—RJ Eskow, “Above the Fray

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/17/18

“Intuition is the voice of our heart. It always brings us towards union, liberty and trust. The mind gives voice to the ego, and the ego always puts us in the trenches, making us defend and isolate ourselves - always wanting to reaffirm the idea of separation.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, February 16, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Cherishing and Releasing

Bringing order to clutter, I begin to see, is not just about putting my spices in alphabetical order. On a deeper level, it’s about balancing the twin poles of spiritual life: cherishing life and holding it sacred, while knowing that it will pass away.

—Anne Cushman, “Clearing Clutter

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/16/18

“When we are identified with darkness or when we believe we are darkness, we become afraid we will disappear in the presence of light. In order to experience the mystical ecstasy that the Hindus call samadhi, we must first de-identify from the shadowy aspects of our personality. If we don’t, this experience can seem like annihilation.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Via 12 of 29 Daily Dharma: Nothing Is Hidden

Nothing is hidden. We can find it in books. We can find it in the sutras. We can find it by asking. And, most important, we can find it simply by looking into ourselves.

—John Loori, “Asking to Exhaustion

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 02/15/18

“Every living being arrives here on this plane with a program - the program of the soul. This program reveals itself bit by bit, and the more it is revealed, the more love expresses itself through our gifts and talents. When we can manifest our qualities and our potential, we feel like we have a place and a sense of belonging in the world. This gives us a reason to live; we know for what and why we wake up in the morning.”
Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - February 11, 2018

The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there are places where we’re vulnerable, the universe will find ways to confront us with them. That’s the way the dance is designed...

- Ram Dass -