Saturday, October 19
- NDhighlights #1232Saturday, October 19Edited by JohnBrother Void salon.com "the economics of spirituality""The meek shall inherit the Earth but not the mineral rights."
-- John Paul Getty
Though we are different by birth, background and life experience, we are all creatures of the same spirit. Although some of us are young and some old, some white and some black, some rich and some poor, some very rich and some very poor, some extremely rich and some extremely poor, some disgustingly filthy rich beyond human reason and some appallingly miserably poor beyond human comprehension -- we are all children of the Universe. Whether we receive our livelihood through a begging bowl, paycheck or trust fund, we're told that there's a channel connecting each of us to the source of creation. We're told that when our channel is open, money will flow into our life; and when our channel is blocked, the money will stop flowing. We soon notice, however, that no matter how blocked some people's channels get, money still flows through their trust fund.
When my channel is blocked, will money still flow through my trust fund?
Frank Gorin thomasmerton"The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even
spirituality. Ego is constantly seeking to acquire and apply the
teachings of spirituality for its own benefit. The teachings are
treated as an external thing, external to 'me', a philosophy which we
try to imitate . . . We become skillful actors, and while playing deaf
and dumb to the real meaning of the teachings, we find some comfort in
pretending to follow the path . . . everything is seen through the
filter of ego's philosophy and logic, making it all appear very neat,
precise and very logical. But we have simply created a shop, an antique
shop. We could be specializing in oriental antiques or medieval
Christian antiques or antiques from other civilization or time, but we
are nonetheless running a shop."
(Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Chogyam Trungpa, Shambala, 1987)-----John thomasmerton "setting up shop online"
Sam Keen: I find public revelation of intimate sexual and spiritual experiences
increasingly distasteful. I suspect that true saints and great lovers
don't advertise their prowess, parade their tenderness, or exhibit
their compassion to be seen by all. There is something I admire about
the near-obsolete virtues of shyness and modesty. It is not seemly to
speak too much about sacred things in public. Words of endearment,
like prayer, are best spoken in a whisper.
nachiketan123 allspiritThe Guest House
This human being is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenss comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
From The Essential Rumi
Translation by Coleman Barks, with John Moyne, page 109
Bill Rishel NisargadattaIt is due to illusion born of ignorance that men fail
to recognise That which is always and for everybody the
inherent Reality dwelling in its natural Heart-centre and
to abide in it, and that instead they argue that it
exists or does not exist, that it has form or has not
form, or is non-dual or dual.
Per my interpretation, what the above says is:
People fail to abide in the inherent Reality dwelling in
its natural Heart-center.
Instead they argue that it exists or does not exist,
that it has form or has not form, is non-dual or dual.
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