#1599 - Monday, October 27, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
Dhakshinamurthy Stotra # 3
The Self is the Primal
The Import Gracefully Suggested by Sri Bhagawan
Salutation to that (Spiritual) Preceptor, Dhakshinamurthy,
2 He, who, by (the
Power of) His Self-Will,
3 like the Siddha (one endowed with 8 supernatural
faculties) and the
magician (one skilled in magical arts),
4 by the
subjection to work, time and space, appearing falsely due to
6 later spreads outside "as the mysterious many",
this world that existed (before) without differentiation in the Self,
the seedling (existing) before (sprouting), inside the
Yours in Sri Bhagawan
How Rich Are You
To not mind the mind
Some say that Enlightenment is
as if struck by lightening,
and one is never the same.
Some say that Realization
takes place "gradually"
just as the
dissipate with the wind and the rain,
eventually shines brightly.
Both views are meaningful
at some point
and may indeed be helpful.
No perspective can
to embrace the Truth
without a frame of reference.
embraces all perspectives
and admits no reference point.
There is no
in clinging to either
the "sudden" path or the "gradual"
and no point in resisting clinging.
nothing to gain or lose,
One does not worry about appearances
the inconsistencies of the mind.
Love to all
Today I was good for nothing.
I went to the grocery store and put comfort
foods into my basket.
Fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and cookies. I
came home and
spent the day sitting in front of the television set.
Of course I would
like to eat only pure foods and have invigorating thoughts;
that just didn't
happen. Today was a day to admit to myself that anything is
not right this minute. I suppose you could call it tamas, or
that was in the ascendancy. I know that my scales will show a higher
number in the morning.
Bob was not feeling like having his chemo and
we decided to cancel the
appointment until he regained a little
energy. We didn't talk much -just what
was needful was said. He
enjoyed the fattening chicken tenders and gasp,
white bread with
butter. Pepperidge Farm is okay in my book.
Does this mean that we
are not worthy? That we register zero on the
meter....I hope not. It does mean that sometimes grace is
grease. Sattva will return, but not until I polish off a bag of
We think we are supposed to somehow be different than
what we are in the
moment. It is that thinking itself that
keeps us from experiencing what we
are right now this
moment. Here you are concerned about what you eat
the thoughts in your head brain.
My friend is coming up on the
anniversary of her husband
dying a year ago. She is suffering about whether
the right thing in how she cared for him. I felt like shaking
I said..."Linda you act as if Damon died and you were
just standing still.
You were going through it also. He was
dying and you were caring for the man
that you were married
to for thirty years. Give yourself a frigging
In some ways it is easier to be the one who is
Of course you are right. Many times I fast forward
and realize the guilt that
will inevitably come down the road because I
didn't "love perfect." It is just
the way that we are wired. My
suffering is more emotional whereas Bob's is
physical....but there are no
nice neat boundaries.
As someone who did the Work for a good many years,
I now allow myself to
just be in the moment. Have a
I feel that way about my father. He lived with us for four
Alzheimers. I was listening to a program today
on being with people in this
condition. I really could have
enjoyed him so much more than I did. I missed
sharing that stage of his life with him. I was still mad
him for being emotionally absent with me when I was young.
that was. I sure hope my children don't hold
so much against me. They will of
course. It is in the nature of
life that this happens.
Yes, it is. However, I find that honesty with others about it helps
That is where I part with many so called nondualists.
I see that idealism
doesn't cook the rice or assuage the guilt. So
telling it like it is often helps
us, even if indirectly.
instance, I know how you feel about your father because I know how I feel about
my husband. We are all alike. Have another Snickers (the bag is
almost empty....you will have to buy the next one.)
with Dharma Grandma (dg, aka OH)
"What allows us to stop negative behaviour is a basic feeling that we
not have to be afraid of what we are feeling right now, that we do
have to look for alternatives, that we aren't ashamed of what we
feeling in this moment. We are scared of what we are feeling.
we can just let our warmth toward that instant of time just be there
the working basis.
Compassion for ourselves is settling down with
the situation without
looking for alternatives."
Whatever is causing us a "problem," let's take a deep look
at it. Are
we just trying to make things turn out the way we want them
to? Are we
trying to manipulate the situation to avoid pain and bring us
Are we afraid of what might happen if we do not exert control -
things to be the way we think is best?
Ironically, the Buddha
tells us that to stop all the effort, the trying
to make things be different
than they are and just accept whatever is
presented to us is what brings us
Let go, dears. As an old friend told us, "Let it
Muslims focus on fasting, spirituality during Ramadan
By Alison Go, Daily Staff Reporter October 28, 2003
At sunset yesterday, 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide broke from
worth of fasting. Yesterday marked the second day of
Islam's holiest month,
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during
Muslims forego food, drink and other sensual pleasures.
"Abstaining from food is a way for Muslims to feel for the
those who are not as fortunate," said LSA senior Lena
Masri, vice president
of the Muslim Students Association.
While Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk,
from sensual and material pleasures is practiced
throughout the month of
"On one hand, you control your appetite, and on the other,
your sexual urges and be careful of what you
listen to and what you say,"
Business School junior Nauman
Syed said. "When you're fasting, it's a
reminder of what you
should and shouldn't be doing."
Ramadan is also a time of intense spirituality, and students
fasting fosters connections of spirituality and
"We abstain from anything that might distract us from our
spirituality," Masri said. "Fasting brings people together.
Muslims who they are and why they are here."
Followers of Islam believe that the first revelation of Quran
revealed during the month of Ramadan.
"Ramadan is the holiest month," Syed said. "This is the best
the year to focus and build on your faith. It is an
opportunity to do good
deeds and avoid bad ones."
"It's a lot about patience and self restraint on all levels,"
senior Halim Naeem said. "You have to put God before your
Because Ramadan is one of Islam's five pillars, all Muslims
required to observe it, which fosters a sense of unity.
Muslims break fast,
attend special prayer and celebrate the
end of Ramadan as a community.
"When the sun sets, it is a blessing to eat together and feed
other," Naeem said. "This is when we experience a lot of
brotherhood and companionship."
There is an additional special prayer after the usual
Each night of Ramadan this year, hundreds
of Muslims will gather at the Ann
In light of doing good deeds, altruism is another important
that is especially obeyed during Ramadan.
"We believe our good deeds are worth more this month," Syed
MSA is holding a series of events in honor of Ramadan and its
outreach and philanthropy.
"This is a time when the mosques all over the world are very
people can go, ask questions and learn about Islam,"
said Rackham student
and MSA President Omar Khalil.
MSA is also hosting "Fastathon" on Nov. 13. Each local
participates will donate $1 for every person
who participates in Fastathon.
All the money raised will go
to the Ann Arbor Food Gatherers.
"Later, we will have people come and talk about what they
there were fasting and what they thought of the
experience," Khalil said.
"It's for people who would not be