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11958Re: Keeping a Secret Journal

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  • Jeff Belyea
    Dec 8, 2003
      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Nina" <
      murrkis@y...> wrote:
      > > > > devi: that's awesome! because i was just
      > > > > thinking of doing the same
      > > > > activity..not because of self-inquiry
      > > > > though..it is becuase i want to
      > > > > make myself more perfect...which tony
      > > > > is this...from harshaji
      > > > > satsang? hmmm..i would add a recording of the nights dreams...
      > > >
      > > > Yep, just as I suspected, it is a tool
      > > > to make oneself more perfect, not
      > > > a tool make oneself more one with oneself...
      > >
      > > nina my love and inspiration,
      > >
      > > tell me, whats the difference that you see between making oneself
      > > more perfect and making onseself more one with oneself?
      > >
      > > do you think that if you are one with yourself that you don't have
      > > any room for a more perfect living?
      >
      > Hello, Devi,
      >
      > Of course, this may only be my interpretation,
      > but I detected in your first letter the sense of
      > 'perfecting' equating to 'making better', as it
      > relates to behaving in a certain way as can be
      > inferred from Sivananda's set of journal questions.
      >
      > Does the application of those behavioral constraints
      > create a more perfect person? No, though it may allow
      > one to feel more 'spiritually correct', and provide
      > leverage for the battles that are waged on the
      > plains of spiritual conquest.
      >
      > What if, in the spirit of neti neti, we assumed that
      > all the rules for correct spiritual behavior had
      > fallen away. What would remain? How would we live our
      > lives? What would dictate our quality of being?
      >
      > It is awfully easy to assume Sivananda's implied
      > behavioral mores via journal questions as the
      > 'correct way to live', and perfect ourselves to
      > his vision (however valid it may be) of perfection,
      > while all the time completely ignoring our own
      > heart path, which has at its root, a perfection
      > which exists apriori to any behavior.
      >
      > I would propose, that rather than taking on new
      > patterns of behavior, and enforcing them upon
      > oneself, that one discover the most perfect patterns
      > of behavior within, and allow those to move into
      > effulgence.
      >
      > I guess the next question might be:
      > what's perfect?
      >
      > Nina

      Everything (ΓΌ)

      Jeff
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