... Which is why stick to what makes you uncomfortable. (Yes.. un ). During one full day .....of Sangha........Ananda observed a seeker in the morning, askingMessage 1 of 176 , Jul 6, 2011View Source
> Hi. I was struck by something in your last couple of posts. This:
> "We must always keep the goal
> clear and see that our every action is recorded,
> measured, limited and controlled. Every one of us
> must become navigators."
> may actually be inconsistent with this:
> "The degree of the absence of thoughts is the
> measure of your progress towards Self-realization.
> But Self-realization itself does not admit of progress,
> it is ever the same."
> One takes the position that mindfulness/eye on the goal/etc. is key to
> self-realization. The other that no-mind/absence of goal or direction is the
> Meditation literature is funny that way.
Which is why stick to what makes you uncomfortable. (Yes.."un").
During one full day .....of Sangha........Ananda observed a seeker in the morning, asking Buddha "Is there God?".Buddha, to Ananda's astonishment answered "Yes".
Later on the day another bhikshuk asked the same question and Buddha to Ananda's astonishment, answered" No"
And in the evening of the same day......one approached and stood in silence in Buddha's presence..
...after a little time, tears were rolling down the seeker's face.....
and after some time....the seeker bowed and left......with not a single sound .....being exchanged.
After both had finished dinner and after some satisfied belching by both ...(the yams were a bit over ripe)....
... Ananda confronted Buddha and asked "What gives? You are no better than a used car salesman"
Buddha replied, "The first was an atheist and was merely seeking a validation of his belief.
The second was an theist and was also seeking a validation of his belief.
The third presented beingness..... which met beingness ........in tears and in silence.
Hey little bro, I have a '67 Chevy on which I can get you a great deal"
In a school, where there are no grades to pass and move to the next...
...there is the kindergartner of controlled action, and focused navigation towards a self-created goal....
..and there is the double PhD of .......No degrees in Reality.
I.e. the construct of time and space being notional inferences ....
...thereby any becoming, which has to be within the such notions...... is itself a notion.....
Aka, a display of what would be something like progress....
... if someone, something .......could ever be isolated and its evolution ever be monitored.
And whoever said that consistency is a necessary condition.
Consistent and inconsistent......are both conclusions..... against a parameter, against a paradigm.Which is notions arrived at .....through contrasting.....against another notion.
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt? Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how muchMessage 176 of 176 , Oct 26View Source
Question: How can I know when to serve others and when it is best for me to say no without guilt?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: You yourself should know how much you can give. You cannot give beyond your capacity. If you have done a lot of service that day, and if you are really tired, you should say no. Otherwise, you are saying no to your own body or mind. In the name of helping others, you should not put your body into a situation where it might get hurt. Your conscience will tell you if you are just finding an excuse; but if you really need the rest, then you can honestly say no. You don't have to feel guilty about it.
Why should you feel guilty? Nobody expects you to go beyond your capacity, If you try to do something beyond your capacity, you might even make a mess of it. So, know your capacity, know your limitations. Then offer your services. There's no need to feel guilty at all. If you feel guilty, then maybe you can do it but you just don't want to. If your conscience is clear, you don't have to feel guilty.
Ask advice from your own pure Self. Your conscience is always clean. That's the part of God in you. It's what you call the guru within. It's not necessary to always get advice from someone outside. The conscience is constantly giving us advice, but often we don't listen to it. We don't even want to listen. Someone else can only help you for a while. You should learn to ask that buddy within.
Sometimes you might feel a conflict: "I don't know which is the Self and which is the ego. One says 'Do it;' the other says, 'Don't do it.'" In that case go to someone who is capable of recognizing the difference. But, ultimately, we have to develop the capacity to discriminate within ourselves. That is why meditation is so important. Until you become established in that, at least in meditation you should be able to hear your own inner Self.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi