Sunday, May 28, 2017

Via Ram Dass

When we first understand there’s a journey, a path, we tend to get somewhat hysterical. We want to sell it to everybody, change everybody, and whichever path we buy first, we try to convert everybody to it. The zeal is based on our lack of faith, 'cause we’re not sure of what we’re doing, so we figure if we convince everybody else...

But we’re all kind of moving into a new space, we’re sort of finished with the first wild hysteria, and we’re settling down into humdrum process of living out our incarnation as consciously as we know how to do. If in the course it turns out this is your last round to get enlightened, fine. If not, that’s the way it is. Nothing you can do about it.

You can’t bulldoze anybody to beat the system – you are the system. The desire to beat the system is part of it.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/28/17

“Spirituality is a commitment to the truth. Committing to the truth means committing to the end of illusion. It means committing to the de-identification from all the stories and characters that you have created, and that you now believe are your identity. This commitment is what makes true freedom possible, because freedom means being who you really are.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: When Things Don't Bring Us Happiness Inbox x

We keep assuming that because things aren’t bringing us happiness, they’re the wrong things, rather than recognizing that the pursuit itself is futile—that regardless of what we achieve in the pursuit of stuff, it’s never going to bring about an enduring state of happiness.

—Daniel Gilbert, “The Pleasure Paradox

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/27/17

“The human being’s greater purpose is to unveil love. For this to take place, we inevitably have to undergo difficult tests in our relationships. These tests require us to learn to deal with our emotions, suppressed feelings, and mental conditionings. We do this until we can free ourselves from our own issues. The less love we received in childhood, the more difficult this test will be for us. This is because the more we missed out on, the more we will fear loneliness, and consequently, the more we will need to control the other.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Taking Care of What Is Not Broken

The most comfortable and wisest people are those who watch their health when they are healthy; guard their country when it is untroubled; and cultivate their fields well when weeds are nonexistent or scarce.

—Venerable Chwasan, “The Grace in This World

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/26/17

“Our work is to activate our memory in order to access what we already know but have forgotten. Forgetfulness is part of the game on this plane. We forget and remember. We remember and forget. We lose things and find them.
We open and close. This is natural; it’s inevitable. It will continue to happen until we are able to eliminate all contradiction from our systems; until we can attune ourselves to the cosmic symphony and sustain an open heart.
This is the only way to get a one-way ticket to Heaven.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Challenging Your Ego

When you challenge ego-mind, be firm but gentle, penetrating but never aggressive. Just say to your ego-mind, “Show me your face!” When no mind shows up saying, “Here I am,” ego-mind will begin to lose its hold on you and your struggles will lighten up.

—Dzigar Kongtrul, “Searching for Self

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Those who dance...

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/25/17

“Our work is to open paths to a new way of life that includes love, respect, kindness and honesty. We propose a true revolution of human consciousness - a change in global culture that, in essence, represents the transition from fear to trust, from hatred to love, from selfishness to altruism and from a state of separation to a state of union.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Embracing Difference

Diversity strengthens us. Diversity is not something to be tolerated—it is to be celebrated. We should welcome it with curiosity, delight, and joy. This is what fear fears.

—Gyalwang Drukpa, “How to Combat Fear

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/24/17

We need to be the change we want to see in the world."

This means that the work starts here, inside of us. But how can we promote internal change without self-knowledge? How can we transform the world if we still cannot understand the mechanics of the mind and the ego? In the first place, we need to understand that we are where we have put ourselves - that the external is a reflection of the internal. Whether it’s happening in our own homes or elsewhere on the planet, everything that happens in our lives is a manifestation - a materialization - of our thoughts and feelings.
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: We're All in the Same Boat

We’re all in the same boat. I don’t know how to save the world, yet I must save the world. I don’t know how to save myself, yet I must save myself. I don’t know where my soul resides, yet I must discover my soul because I live within it.

—Josh Fox, “What Makes Humanity Worth Saving

Via Ram Dass

When you look at another person, what do you see? Body? That’s desire. What do you see? Personality? …That’s attachment.

Beyond body, beyond personality, way back in here, way back behind all the things you think you are, here we are. That’s the being you serve.

- Ram Dass -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/23/17

“Self-knowledge needs to be offered on a large scale because it is the only way out for the human race in this moment where we are on the brink of collapse.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharam / Confidence in Our Basic Nature

Letting go of incessantly measuring and comparing ourselves to others leads to spontaneous acts of courage and compassion. It’s like learning a dance step well enough that we no longer need to keep looking down at our feet.

—Gaylon Ferguson, “Natural Bravery

Monday, May 22, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/22/17

“It is natural that the masculine searches for the feminine and vice versa. Eros is the aspect of human consciousness that seeks this fusion. It is the force that moves us in the direction of the experience of union through the meeting of these polarities. This happens when the masculine and feminine principles unite inside of us. However, often before being able to achieve this inner alchemy, we need to stop looking outside to the other and look within.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma / Suffering Makes Way for Joy

Our suffering is not our enemy. It is only through a relationship with my pain, my sadness, that I can truly know and touch the opposite—my pleasure, my joy, and my happiness.

—Claude AnShin Thomas, “Conceptions of Happiness

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 05/19/17

“It is not possible to control the process of the expansion of consciousness. It is a flowering. We can plant the seed but it is not possible to determine when it will sprout, flower and bare fruit. We do our part without being concerned with the result. We keep the seed nourished through spiritual practices and by the cultivation of silence, and we focus on the present moment. Everything we need flourishes from presence. In the here and now exists the possibility of a miracle.”
Sri Prem Baba