Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: A Practitioner’s Basic Question

The basic problem is one of self-knowledge: do we really understand what motivates us?

—David Loy, “The Nonduality of Good and Evil

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/20/18

“It is not possible to control life. This is the great illusion of the ego: the belief that it controls something. The ego says: ‘I control, I dictate.’ During a phase of the journey it is important for the ego to believe this. The ego needs to feel that it can achieve some things, because this is part of learning how to move through this world. But a moment comes when we realize that this is illusory. When we mature, we see that there is something greater carrying us along. There is an intelligence guiding our actions and we are just a channel for it. This higher intelligence is what some call God.”
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, March 19, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: We All Need External Support

Before meditating, we pay homage to what’s traditionally known as the three jewels [the Buddha, dharma, and sangha], which buttress our practice . . . We aren’t meant to go at it alone.

—Elizabeth Zach, “Health Care for All Beings

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/19/18

“The false self is like a crowd. In every situation, a new aspect of this self manifests. Sometimes one self wants one thing while another self wants something else. One false self loves another false self. This is the origin of our madness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Allow Space for Serenity

Many of us try to do so many things at once that there is no space for serenity. We wonder why we are unhappy, why we feel alienated. We just need to remember to practice relaxing into our life, in all its joys and sorrows, and to relinquish the need to know what’s going to happen next.

—Michele McDonald, “Finding Patience

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

  If I am in my soul, when I look at others, I see their souls. I still see the individual differences – men and women, rich and poor, attractive and unattractive, and all that stuff. But when we recognize each other as souls, we are seeing each other as aspects of the One. Love is the emotion of merging, of becoming One. Love is a way of pushing through into the One.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/18/18

“As the false self dies, we prepare ourselves for the great initiation which is to consciously leave the body. To die before death is a symbol of the transformation of the lower self. It is when lies become truth, pride becomes humility, fear becomes trust, lust becomes devotion, gluttony becomes temperance, and so on. When the lower self is transmuted, we are better prepared for this great passage.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: You Are Not Your Thoughts

Simply see the natural phenomena of physical and mental events as they arise and pass away. They’re not you. They’re not really yours. You don’t have any real control over them.

—Upasika Kee Nanayon, “Tough Teachings to Ease the Mind

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/17/18

“Death is a lie that the material world seeks to prove. There are many fantasies around it, but what we need to know is that death is a spiritual initiation - a portal to be crossed. And we prepare ourselves for this initiation by freeing ourselves from the false ‘selves’ that inhabit us. Because, in truth, what dies is the idea of self - the spirit is immortal.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, March 16, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/16/18

“Life is a challenging journey towards the divine. This journey involves detachment...detachment...detachment... Life gives and it takes away. This is the game of life. Accepting this game is reserved for the great ones, and the truly great ones are in fact, the tiny ones - the humble ones. Life always offers up challenges to make the ego tiny so it can accept and finally experience the greatness of life.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Breathing Is an Anchor to Awareness

The breath changes and you change. Nothing stays the same, yet there is constancy. The breath reminds us that we are here and alive: let it be your anchor to the present moment.

—Elana Rosenbaum, “Guided Meditation: Awareness of Breathing

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Embodied Enlightenment

In its most ancient Buddhist form, meditation is a technique for letting go of the objectifying tendency of thought and of entering deeply and fully into communion with our embodied experience. And hence it leads to “touching enlightenment with the body.”

—Reggie Ray, “Touching Enlightenment

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/15/18

“The truth of who we are emanates the scent of love. This is why I say that we are moving towards love. We - humanity as a whole - are moving in this direction because it is our destiny to do so. Just as the river inevitably merges with the sea, it is inevitable that we will merge with the truth. At some point, we will realize the truth of who we are and we will become love.”
Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

tUnE-yArDs - Bizness (Official Video)

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - March 14, 2018

After one progresses in his or her sadhana, after meditation gets deeper, he or she lets go of the model of themselves more and more, and begins to touch and enter deeper into that space of love. One begins to experience love toward more and more people.

Sooner or later you are going to be in love with just the universe. You’ll be sitting in that place that is love where all is One. Then when you look at another being, you are looking at love. You are love, you are with love. You are then in the state of love with all beings. At this point you’ve given up all the stuff that’s going to pull you out of this place. At this point, all of the fear in a love relationship is dissipated.

- Ram Dass -

Tune-Yards - Heart Attack (Official Video)

Via Daily Dharma: Listen Closely

A useful technique for developing inner silence is recognizing the space between thoughts. Attend closely with sharp mindfulness when one thought ends and before another begins—there! That is silent awareness!

—Ajahn Brahm, “Stepping towards Enlightenment

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/14/18

“It is not possible to run from our true identity forever. We can’t always run from ourselves because doing so comes with consequences - and the main consequence is suffering. To not be ourselves is a cruel form of violence, not only towards others, but towards ourselves. But at some moment we wake up and become aware of this suffering; we become aware that we are channels of this violence. And when this happens, we begin to consciously move towards truth.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/13/18

“This journey is challenging. We find, we suffer loss; we open, we close; we ascend, we descend. It’s like a child who is learning to walk. A child falls and needs to get up again until, at some point, he or she is able to stand on their own feet. Then, the child wobbles until it is able to find its balance. In this case, ‘finding balance’ means we cease to accept the invitations to suffer. We stop accepting invitations from the wounded personality which still wants revenge. When this happens, we are ready to keep our hearts open and sustain ecstasy.”
Sri Prem Baba