11958Re: Keeping a Secret Journal
- Dec 8, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Nina" <
> > > > devi: that's awesome! because i was justEverything (ü)
> > > > 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
> I guess the next question might be:
> what's perfect?
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