Sunday, December 17, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 17, 2017

When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process. When Maharaji told me to love everyone and tell the truth, he also said, “Give up anger, and I’ll help you with it.” Maharaji offered me a bargain: “You must polish the mirror free of anger to see God. If you give up a little anger each day, I will help you.” This seemed to be a deal that was more than fair. I readily accepted. And he’s been true to his end of the bargain.

I found that his love helped to free me from my righteousness. Ultimately I would rather be free and in love than be right. 
-  Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Strengthen Skillful Desire

This is how a mature and healthy mind works: conducting a dialogue not so much between reason and desire as between responsible desires and irresponsible ones.

—Thanissaro Bhikkhu, “Pushing the Limits

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

“When we are in the phase of crystallizing the ego, we believe that our personal will is more important than everything else and the idea of surrender can be absolutely terrifying. At this stage, we have a need to control everything. As a result, our personal will is based in fear in which we cling to an image we have built in reference to ourselves and life, and letting go of this can seem like a death. Don’t worry - this is just part of the process. This is how fear transforms into trust. This is how we open ourselves to discover the great Mystery of life.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: No Ego, No Guilt

Relief comes when we can be honest about what we’re thinking, feeling, saying, and doing. We take responsibility for our actions without feeling guilty about them because we don’t attach a big-ego “I.”

—Thubten Chodron, “The Truth About Gossip

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/16/17

“There is a phase in the journey wherein we think that life exists in order to serve us, and thus we require things to go our way. For a period of time, the universe allows this to take place. It offers the conditions for us to fulfill our desires and crystalize the ego. In the end, it is only possible to surrender that which we have. So, we play with free will and use this power to satisfy our needs. But at some point, the game changes and it is necessary to let go of personal will in order to move forward. If we insist upon doing things our way, nothing works and we suffer. In this moment, we need to abandon the selfish and desirous self that inhabits us in order to follow the flow of life, just like a leaf is taken by the wind. This is the beginning of spiritual surrender.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, December 15, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: When Jealousy Dissolves

As jealousy dissolves, universal compassion and unconditional love become more easily available.

—Jorge Ferrer, “What’s the Opposite of Jealousy?

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/15/17

“The majority of the challenges that we face on this planet are due to a human inability to awaken the dimension of love called friendship. The root of all conflict is a lack of love that manifests in the form of animosity. All of our work aims to awaken this dimension of love. Slowly, we are learning to truly be friends with each other.”
Sri Prem Baba

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/14/17

“Spirituality manifests in a practical form through human relationships. Through relationships, we have the chance to ascend to the higher realms, but we may also fall, and plummet into the realms of hell of our lower nature.”

Navaratri 2015
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: At-home Practice

As you walk from room to room in your own home, try to really experience the transition of traveling from one place to another. Notice the differences between motion and stillness. Sense how you relate to various enclosures and open spaces.

—Gary Thorp, “Crossing the Threshold

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Via Ram Dass / 9 of 43 Words of Wisdom - December 13, 2017

You have to be very honest about your spiritual predicaments. You can’t be phony. Phony Holy isn’t going to get us there, in other words, you don’t go dramatically changing everything once you get a new value in your head, because you’re doing it with a certain kind of attachment of mind that’s going to cause you to have a reaction to it anyway. So don’t get voluntary-simple too soon. Let it be something that naturally falls away, rather than you ripping it away. 

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Discovering Nature within You

Nature, earth, the world—whatever you call it—is not simply something I am on but something I am. It is not outside of me: it is me, and I am it. There is no outside.

—Paul Kingsnorth, “The Witness

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/13/17

“Victimhood is a strategy - an instrument of the lower self that steals energy from the other. In order to fulfill our need for affection and to feel that we’re better than the other, we make them feel guilty by blaming them for our own unhappiness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Inexhaustible Generosity

When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter. This is why we transfer merit to others. This kind of light is continuous and inexhaustible.

—Master Sheng-Yen, “Rich Generosity

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

“When we can recognize our own lower nature, we cease to be influenced by it. Once we identify what is acting in us, we can choose to act differently; we can choose not to give energy to that negative aspect and rather give strength to our virtues.” 
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, December 11, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 12/11/17

“So long as our lower nature remains unknown to us, we will easily be lured by it. We feel fear, judgment, doubt, and defensiveness, which makes us fall into compulsive thinking. Then we become frustrated, and feel anger for not having our expectations met, leading us to create more and more desires that can never be met. We enter a vicious cycle that makes us spiral downwards.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Sharing Stress and Happiness

Compassion is not condescension, but a leveling of the playing field, a recognition of yourself in others and an acceptance that their stress is your stress, that their happiness is your own.

—Stephen Schettini, “What to Expect When You’re Reflecting

Sunday, December 10, 2017

via nobhilllife

“I love you
I want to fall asleep with you,
and I could care less
whether it is in
layers upon layers
of clothing
or only our skin -
all I really want is to wake up
not knowing
where I end and you begin. ”

Coco Goes to Costco

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - December 10, 2017

A lot of people try to counteract the ‘I am not good enough’ with ‘I am good enough.’ In other words, they take the opposite and they try to invest it. That still keeps the world at the level of polarities. The art is to go behind the polarities. 

So the act is to go not to the world of ‘I am good’ to counteract ‘I am bad,’ or ‘I am lovable’ as opposed to ‘I am unlovable.’ But go behind it to ‘I am.’ I am. I am. And 'I am' includes the fact that I do crappy things and I do beautiful things and I am. That includes everything and I am.

As you start to rest in the I am-ness, from that place, you can start to set boundaries on the way you play the game and become more impeccable in the way you play it. 

- Ram Dass -