at this point I really don t get it ________________________________ From: dan330033 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent:Message 1 of 176 , Sep 6, 2011View Sourceat this point I really don't get it
From: dan330033 <dan330033@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:11 PM
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Re: "Right Effort"
--- In email@example.com, "walto" <calhorn@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dan330033" <dan330033@> wrote:
> > You don't know what I'm getting or not getting, Walto.
> > What you think you know, is what an image in your mind that you've constructed after reading words - is getting or not getting.
> > But ... really, you don't even know that.
> > There isn't anything to get, my friend, nor anyone existing apart who could get something like that, even if it could have existed ...
> > - D -
> Again, I disagree. In fact, I don't believe there are any such things as "mental images" at all. I think they're a fiction. I may have beliefs that are incorrect, but they need not (and, I believe don't) involve any such thingies as "mental images."
> Anyhow, like most members of this group, I understand English, which is the language you are using to post. and while I disagree with what you are writing, that requires me to understand it--at least to the extent required by communication. Furthermore, as you write as if you are disagreeing with what I've written, (although you also like to write as if you are denying this) I believe you also understand me--to some extent at any rate.
> And I note here (what I believe is perfectly obvious) that not only is it the case that your posts are not identical to my posts, you are not identical to me. (In fact, I've just had some trail mix--have you?) All that, is what there is to get, and, IMHO, you in fact DO get it--just as everyone else reading here does.
There isn't anything to disagree with, Walto.
Unless you feel a need to disagree.
Then, you can construct something to disagree with.
Or not, as the case may be.
- D -
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