Monday, April 23, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Active Refuge

Committing to this path is not an act that we can carry out once and for all, like a “conversion” or a baptism, but an act that must be renewed each day.

—Fabrice Midal, “Brief Teachings

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/23/18

“Fear of loss is what imprisons us. We can only be free if we can truly love, which means leaving the other free, even free to not love us. Freedom is love; it’s being prepared to keep loving, even if the other wants to leave. To love is to be free.”
Sri Prem Baba

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

The environment is not merely the place where we live and act, for the biosphere is the ground from which and within which we arise. The earth is not only our home, it is our mother.

—David Loy, “Healing Ecology”

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - April 22, 2018

Surrender who you think you are and what you think you are doing into what is. It is mind boggling to think that spirituality is dying into yourself.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Mother of All Beings

The environment is not merely the place where we live and act, for the biosphere is the ground from which and within which we arise. The earth is not only our home, it is our mother.

—David Loy, “Healing Ecology

Via ri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/22/18

“To live detached is to live without leaving footprints or open accounts. This is true freedom. If we are dependent on the things and people around us, we become slaves to the world. And in our attempt to not lose these things and people, we end up clinging more and more to the webs of karma.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/21/18

“Attachment and possessiveness are thieves of joy. There cannot be joy without freedom. And there cannot be freedom without love. Attachment is not love. It’s fear. This is why it is quite wise to learn the art of living detached, without hanging on to what passes by. Enjoy life, but don’t get attached to it. Love, but don’t try to tie the other to the foot of the bed, because if you do so, you will lose the joy of living. You will become tormented by the fear of loss.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: We Are Temporary Too

Know that your precious, infinitely beloved, and irreplaceable self will dissolve like a sand castle, grain by grain—and what a relief it is to know. You exist in a great space of knowing, filled with the shared ephemerality of all things.

—Sallie Tisdale, “Self-Care for Future Corpses

Friday, April 20, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/20/18

“One day a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, but this process of transformation comes with challenges. These challenges need to be understood and accepted if we want to absorb the lessons and get through the process with the minimal amount of suffering. The amount of suffering we experience is proportional to our resistance to the process: the more we oppose the changes that present themselves, the greater the suffering. When we oppose change we are trying to repress the flow of life and this is impossible.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: How to Truly Relax

When we understand that nothing exists independently, everything that does arise seems more dreamlike and less threatening. This brings a deep sense of relaxation, and we feel less need to control our mind and circumstances.

—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, “The Theater of Reflection

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: How to Speak with Care

When we speak with greater skill, our true self—our compassionate, loving self—emerges with gentle ease. So before you speak, stop, breathe, and consider if what you are about to say will improve upon the silence.

—Allan Lokos, “Skillful Speech

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/19/18

“Only forgiveness frees us from the idea that we have enemies. We’re held hostage to this idea by our own pacts of revenge. Forgiveness cannot be fabricated; it is a blossoming that takes place when we are sufficiently mature. Our work is to encourage this blossoming through knowledge. Knowledge generates comprehension and comprehension allows space for forgiveness. Forgiveness frees us from the past and opens the doors to the infinite.”
Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - April 18, 2018

Ramana Maharshi said that God, guru, and the Self are the same. The guru, the true guide, awakens our own deeper being, or ātman, which is God itself. Ramana Maharshi realized that Self directly. His view from the Arunachala mountain, his darshan, his teaching, pointed directly at the ātman, at Self-realization. That unity of God, guru, and Self is the higher truth, and if your veil of attachment is very thin, you may be able, like Ramana, to penetrate directly to that essence in the heart.

But most of us, to get through our busy human incarnation and the profusion of forms we find in our lives, need guidance and help. Seeing the guru as separate from oneself is a way to approach it in steps of lesser truths. It’s a first step toward becoming the One. The reality of the guru or guide as separate from oneself is a method or vehicle for coming to God. It’s using a relationship with a separate entity, dualism, to get to the One, to the reality that the guru is identical with your inmost being.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: The Joy of Giving

At its most basic level, dana [generosity] in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return.

—Gil Fronsdal, “The Joy of Giving

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/18/18

“I am working to give new meaning to the concept of spiritual enlightenment because many people get lost in the search for enlightenment and end up becoming selfish. Enlightenment means becoming a friend to our brother, regardless of what he is, what he has done or what he does. This should be our goal. When we truly become friends with the other, especially with the one, which at some point we considered to be an enemy, we become enlightened. Friendship is a dimension of love and enlightenment is a consequence of love.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/17/18

“The idea of the victim and that we have enemies are great distractions on our journey. These ideas take us away from presence and rob us of the most valuable thing we have: time. In this life, when we least expect it, time’s up.  We waste our time fighting, blaming and believing that we have reason to take revenge. We miss the opportunity to awaken, which is the most precious gift that life offers us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Self Will Surprise You

The realization of no self is not at all nihilistic. It simply means that the self is something different from what we habitually assume it to be.

—Guo Jun, “The Calligrapher’s Apprentice

Monday, April 16, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 04/16/18

“When we are aware of what we came to do in the world, we do what must be done, even if it requires some sacrifices. We do it with joy and devotion, because we are following the commands of the heart. Self-knowledge is a great power, the power that frees us from the lack of purpose.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Let the World Be Your Teacher

When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.

—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, “Bowing