#2429 - Saturday, March 25, 2006
Nondual Highlights Issue #2429, Saturday, March 25, 2006
"... policymakers are well advised to follow two principles familiar to navigators throughout the ages: First, determine your position frequently. Second, use as many guides or landmarks as are available."
- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, posted to NondualitySalon
If you check your mind over and over again, Whatever you do becomes the perfect path. Of all the hundreds of vital instructions, this is the very quintessence. Fuse everything into this single point, of checking your mind, and recite the six-syllable mantra.
- Patrul Rinpoche
Commentary: The practice of Dharma should bring you to the point where you can maintain the same constant awareness whether meditating or not. This is the quintessential point of all instructions; without it, no matter how many mantras and prayer you recite, however many thousands of prostrations you do, as long as your mind remains distracted, none of it will help to get rid of your obscuring emotions. Never forget this and recite the six-syllable mantra.
- Dilgo Khyentse, from Heart Treasure of The Enlightened Ones, by Dilgo Khyentse, published by Shambhala, posted to DailyDharma
Be vigilant of the present circumstances.
This is quite enough to give you happiness.
BE VIGILANT only of this Moment!
When this happening goes, don't cling to it.
Clinging to past circumstances is the trouble
with everybody. This is the cause of suffering
What has happened cannot be brought back,
so it is reasonable to not cling to it.
Simply do not cling to past circumstances.
Don't cling to the past.
- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay
Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
- Sri Swami Sivananda, posted to AlphaWorld
The first sign of the realization of truth is tolerance.
- Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
A Sufi tries to keep harmony in his surroundings, the harmony which demands many sacrifices. It makes one endure what one is not willing to endure, it makes one overlook what one is not inclined to overlook, it makes one tolerate what one is not accustomed to tolerate, and it makes one forgive and forget what one would never have forgotten if it were not for the sake of harmony. But at whatever cost harmony is attained, it is a good bargain. For harmony is the secret of happiness, and in absence of this a person living in palaces and rolling in gold can be most unhappy.
A soul shows the proof of its evolution in the degree of the tolerance it shows. The life in the lower creation shows the lack of tolerance. The tendency of fighting with one another, which one sees among beasts and birds, shows the reason at the back of it, that intolerance is born in their nature. ... But when a soul has evolved still more, tolerance becomes the natural thing for him. Because the highly evolved soul then begins to realize 'Another person is not separate from me, but the other person is myself. The separation is on the surface of life, but in the depth of life I and the other person are one.' Therefore tolerance is not learned fully by trying to follow it as a good principle. It is learned by having the love of God, by attaining the knowledge of self, and by understanding the truth of life.
The first step to the attainment of the truth cannot be taught in books, or be imparted by a teacher. It must come spontaneously, namely through the love for truth. The next step is to search for it; the third step is the actual attainment. How can one attain? In order to attain truth one must make one's own life truthful. ... Passing from the state of natural man, through the state of being a lover of truth and a seeker after truth, one begins to express truth ... One begins to understand what the great teachers have taught. Then one becomes tolerant to the various religions. Nothing seems strange any more. Nothing surprises. For now one begins to know the innermost nature of man; one sees the cause behind every action. Therefore tolerance and forgiveness and understanding of others come naturally. The person who knows the truth is the most tolerant. It is the knower of truth who is forgiving; it is the knower of truth who understands another person's point of view. It is the knower of truth who does not readily voice his opinion, for he has respect for the opinions of others.
When man gains insight into himself, he also gains insight into the hearts of others. All this desire for learning occult or mystical powers or psychic powers now disappears, because he begins to see all this power in one truth -- loving truth, seeking truth, looking for truth, living the truthful life. That it is which opens all doors.
- posted to SufiMystic
Thinking gives off smoke
to prove the existence of fire.
A mystic sits inside the burning.
There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke
that imagination loves to watch.
But it's a mistake to leave the fire
for that filmy sight.
Stay here at the flame's core.
Rumi, posted to Poetic_Mysticism