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  • Gloria Lee
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      Sherab_Mia ~ Daily Dharma
      "Don't we all need some concrete form of retraining so
      we may learn to be more generous and let go more
      gracefully? We all-each of us without exception-have
      so much to give, if we only knew it! We can make
      gifts of kindness, prayers, support, time, and
      empathy; we can give to friends, family, strangers,
      and even to the earth itself. We can train ourselves
      to be come more yielding, equanimous, and flexible,
      giving up our rigid stances and fixed ideas. Each act
      of giving is a good deed that will be carried with you
      as part of your good karmma. We can't take our
      wealth, possessions, or friends with us beyond the
      grave, but we can ride good karma as far as we can
      imagine and even further. Give now; use your wealth,
      talent, and energy for the greater good."
      ~Lama Surya Das

      Robert Cooper ~ Daily Dharma
      "Compassion is not a theory.  It is a feeling, an experience.  It is not
      something we acquire, nor is it created by some biochemical process.
      Compassion arises in the immediacy of the moment, when we see suffering
      directly and realize the plight of beings, who almost invariably respond to
      suffering in ways that will only intensify their tragic condition.  A
      natural quality, an aspect of our own true nature, compassion lies dormant
      within us and must be awakened.  This awakening is painful because it
      requires us to contemplate deeply the suffering of countless beings.
      Without understanding their predicament, we cannot feel compassion.  But
      once we truly comprehend it, compassion begins to arise within us and we
      cannot stop it from flowing."
      ~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

      Dharma G ~ Daily Dharma
      Of all the practices I know, the practice of Tonglen, Tibetan for
      'giving and receiving,' is one of the most useful and powerful.

      When you feel yourself locked in upon yourself, Tonglen opens you to the
      truth of the suffering of others; when your heart is blocked, it
      destroys those forces that are obstructing it; and when you feel
      estranged from the person who is in pain before you, or bitter or
      despairing, it helps you to find within yourself and then to reveal the
      loving, expansive radiance of your own true nature. No other practice I
      know is as effective in destroying the self-grasping, self-cherishing,
      self-absorption of the ego, which is the root of all our suffering and
      all hard-heartedness.

      Put very simply, the Tonglen practice of giving and receiving is to take
      on the suffering and pain of others and give to them your happiness,
      well-being, and peace of mind."

      ~Sogyal Rinpoche

      Zen Oleary ~ True Vision
      Any Morning

      Just lying on the couch and being happy.
      Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
      Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
      so much to do in the world.

      People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t
      monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
      When dawn flows over the hedge you can
      get up and act busy.

      Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
      left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
      People won’t even see that you have them,
      they are so light and easy to hide.

      Later in the day you can act like the others.
      You can shake your head. You can frown.

      -- William Stafford

      If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless
      manner, you have learned how to live.
      -- Lin Yutang quoted in "Zen and the Art of Anything" by Hal W. French

      To Practice This Thought: Every once in a while, abandon utility.

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      John Champneys ~ MillionPaths

      Om Namo Bhagavathe, Sri Ramanaaya
          Robert Butler, who translated Muruganar's Non-Dual Consciousness — The Flood Tide of Bliss into English, has written a book on the Forty Verses of Reality by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. The exposition is presented in a series of Lessons which teach Tamil, using the Forty Verses as the framework on which the book is based.
           A forum has been opened, where sections of the book are uploaded, and members are invited to read and add their own comments. Questions are particularly welcomed, and a series of posts is under way which will present Bhagavan's original Tamil, to run alongside the English phrases, so that even beginners, with a little perseverance, can start to read Bhagavan in the original.
           It is a group where persistence is required. However I have found that perseverance yields a wealth of spiritual peace and trtanquillity, as one drinks in the master's blessed words.
          The Tamil community is welcome to contribute and help out with the book before it is published.

      Viorica Weissman ~ MillionPaths

      Sri Ramana Maharshi's insistence that awareness of the
      "I" thought was a pre-requisite for Self-realisation led him
      to the conclusion that all spiritual practices which did not
      incorporate this feature were indirect and inefficient:

      Sri Ramana Maharshi said "This path (attention to the ' I ' ) is
      the direct path; all others are indirect ways. The first leads to
      the Self, the others elsewhere. And even if the others do arrive at the Self it is only because they lead at the  end to the first path which ultimately carries them to the goal. So, in the end, the aspirants must adopt the first path. Why not do so now? Why waste time?"

      [Note: By David Godman: That is to say, other techniques may sometimes bring one to an inner state of stillness in which self-attention or self-awareness inadvertently takes place, but it is a very roundabout way of reaching the Self.  Sri Ramana maintained that other techniques could only take one to the place where self-enquiry starts and so he never endorsed them unless he felt that particular questioners were unable or unwilling to adopt self-enquiry.]

      Sri Ramana Maharshi said: "The goal is the same for the one who meditates [on an object] and the one who practises self-enquiry. One attains stillness  through meditation, the other through knowledge. One strives to attain something; the other seeks the one who strives to attain. The former takes a longer time, but in the end attains the Self."

      [Note: Although Sri Ramana vigorously defended his views on self-enquiry he never insisted that anyone change their beliefs or practices and, if he was unable to convince his followers to take up self-enquiry, he would happily give advice on other methods.]

      Question by a disciple:
      "There is more pleasure in dhyana
      (concentration) than in sensual enjoyments. Yet the mind runs
      after the sensual enjoyments and does not seek the former.
      Why is it so?"

      Sri Ramana Maharshi: "Pleasure or pain are aspects of the
      mind only. Our essential nature is happiness. But we have
      forgotten the Self and imagine  that the body or the mind is the Self. It is that wrong identity that gives rise  to misery. What is to be done? This mental tendency is very ancient and has continued for innumerable past births.Hence it has grown
      strong. That must go before the essential nature, happiness,
      asserts itself."

      Meditation Society of America
      Music, especially by
      Bach, helps reduce stress

      By Helen Altonn

      Music, particularly classical compositions by Bach, relieves stress,
      says a University of Hawaii music professor.

      "Of all the music we tested in medical school with patients,
      colleagues and others, Bach's music consistently made the brain work
      in a balanced way better than any other genre," said Arthur Harvey,
      who is also an internationally known neuromusicologist.

      Loudness, speed or tempo of music, the degree of dissonance and tone
      quality are primary elements of music that can affect health, behavior
      and emotions, Harvey said.

      A Net of Jewels
      The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

      "The world is like a sheet of paper on which something is typed. The
      reading and the meaning will vary with the reader, but the paper is
      the common factor, always present, rarely perceived. When the ribbon
      is removed, typing leaves no trace on the paper. So is my mind - the
      impressions keep on coming, but no trace is left."

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