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Alturisti

What’s wrong with alturism?
What’s wrong is giving up the Life. And why is the happyness of another person is important and good but not your own? Why are you always the outsider and the secrifical animal? In good relationship there should be no victims. No secrifices.

OK so in a relationship, for example,… talk about hetro sexual world for a moment… to secrifice for your loved one…

What I mean by scrifice and what generally meant is give up some values which are important to your for something else which is lesser value or nonvalue. That is sacrifice. I don’t approve of that. Now, if you love your husband or wife, and you have to select between spending money for your spouse who is ill or going to a night club. It is not a sacrifice to spend money for your spouse if he or she is your value. That is what you want to do. But, if you let for your husband or wife die in order to save your neighbour, that would be alturism. If you reject or pass up something or someone which is valuable to you in favour of something or someone who is stranger or in worse an enemy. If you sacrifice a friend in favour of an enemy, that is alturism.

The Ultimate Realization

Seek to know that by which knowing the natuer of all things is known.
Seek to love that by which loving the love beyond all forms is known.
That by which knowing, loving, holding comes… absolute Joy

The one that is unbounded unconditioned, limitless
That which we may call You, or he, or She
Shows through countless faces
While sitll being only that Absolute Reality

May we know That and be free from suffering
Whether with two legs, four legs or no legs
You, Oh, One without a second

Let us meditate on That, the supreme consciousness,
with countless forms, yet yourself formless Being itself…

Like ink and the many words
Like sand, and counless sand castles

Through the Play, the Dance of Illusion
You, the Unity, appear as Diversity

How beautiful you are, Oh, One, in your diversity
Being both joy and sorrow, while still that One

Let us remember that Bliss, which is Always There
Underneath, not dependent on the multiplicy of the second

Let us remember, remember, remember
Like lost keys,
or the misplaced note of an old friend

Let us be still and quiet
Not forcing with analysis

But allowing, inviting
The faded secret to come forward on its own

As the Atlantic need not reject the pacific to know the ocean
We need not reject one another to know the Truth

As we need not reject the ocean to follow the river to its source
We need not reject religions or cultures to recede into the Nondual Reality

All roses are flowers, but not all flowers are roses
One can contain the other
But the second cannot contain the first

The whole contains the part
But the part is not the whole

So too, only the Infinite, Nondual contains the dual

While we peel away the layers of the onion
Let us remember the core,
Which itself, is but a phantom

After all, let us remember, remember, remember
There is no core
There is truly no core

As we are Absolute Nondual Reality
Without a second

Procrastination!?

Today I took a psychological test at Psychology Today website and it described me having Procrastination, a phenomenon of intentionally postponing activities and doing something else that is less important. The report goes as follows:

Procrastination is a strange phenomenon. Experts define it as an intention to do something, but acting contrary to the intention by postponing it or doing something else. It often seems to be a good solution for making life more enjoyable (by delaying unpleasant responsibilities), but procrastination almost always makes things more difficult and stressful. It may provide temporary relief, but that looming deadline, those extra pounds that need to be taken off, or that annoying visit to your Great Aunt Janice, can’t be put off forever. Many people struggle for years to free themselves from its chains in order to forge ahead towards academic success, fulfilling relationships, a clean house, or a healthy body.

Although it may seem as though putting something off until later isn’t a big deal, studies have shown that it can turn into a serious habit. Not only can it pervade into all areas of your life, but it can result in lost opportunities, career troubles, unnecessary expenses (e.g. late fees) and even health problems. The tendency to procrastinate may also be the sign of a deeper issue, often linked to Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Anxiety.

Sufi Quotes

Asking good questions is half of learning.

A donkey with a load of holy books is still a donkey.

Whatever you have in your mind – forget it;
Whatever you have in your hand – give it;
Whatever is to be your fate – face it!

For every sin but the killing of Time there is forgiveness.

Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need.

If someone remarks: “What an excellent man you are!” and this pleases you more than his saying, “What a bad man you are!” know that you are still a bad man.

Happy are those who find fault with themselves instead of finding fault with others.

What is done for you – allow it to be done.
What you must do yourself – make sure you do it.

“The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe me.’

Look what happens with a love like that.
It lights up the whole sky.”

“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God”

IF words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears.

Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm.

Kill the Buddha

Zen Master Dae Kwang

Lin Chi Zen Master said, “If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet a Patriarch, kill the Patriarch.” Zen Master Seung Sahn says that in this life we must all kill three things: First we must kill our parents. Second, we must kill the Buddha. And lastly, we must kill him! This kind of speech is sometimes perplexing to people raised in the Judaeo-Christian tradition since we would never say this about Jesus or one of the Prophets. But the meaning here is very interesting and goes far beyond the martial language of the metaphor. Buddhism is quite unique in that its founder never said, “Believe what I say.” Buddhism means find out for yourself.. i.e., kill the Buddha.

At one time, the citizens of Kesaputta asked the Buddha what they should believe. They were very confused by the many religions in vogue at that time. The Buddha said, “Do not accept anything by mere tradition. Do not accept anything just because it accords with your scriptures. Do not accept anything because it agrees with your opinions or because it is socially acceptable. Do not accept anything because it comes from the mouth of a respected person. Rather, observe closely and if it is to the benefit of all, accept and abide by it.” This Sutta – the Kalama Sutta – is the root of Zen-style inquiry into the true self.

The Buddha says in the Diamond Sutra that in his whole teaching career he never spoke a single word. In Zen, we are admonished that understanding cannot help us. The wind does not read. So, what are we left with? just before he died the Buddha said, “Life is very short, please investigate it closely.” We are left with the great question: What am I? What is a human being? In his great compassion the Buddha leaves us only with footprints pointing the way… in the end he cannot help us; we must find the answer ourselves. Zen, too, asks the question but does not have the answer. But you do, if you look inside.

© Providence Zen Center

Symbolism of Samudra Manthan

The story Story of Samundra Manthan represents the spiritual endeavor of a person to achieve self-realisation through concentration of mind, withdrawal of senses, control of desires and practice of austerities and asceticism.

  • The Devas and Asuras represent the positives and negatives respectively of one’s personality. The participation of both the Devas and the Asuras signifies that when one is seeking bliss through spiritual practice, one has to integrate and harmonise both the positive and negative aspects and put both the energies to work for the common goal.
  • The ocean of milk is the mind or the human consciousness. The mind is like an ocean while the thoughts and emotions are the waves in the ocean.
  • Mandhara, the mountain symbolises concentration. The word Mandhara is made up of two words Mana (mind) and Dhara (a single line) which means holding the mind in one line. This is possible only by concentration.
  • Mount Mandhara was upheld by Lord Vishnu as a Kurma (tortoise). The tortoise here symbolises the withdrawal of the senses into oneself (just as a tortoise withdraws its head into its shell) as one practices mental concentration and meditation or contemplation.
  • Vasuki symbolises desire. Vasuki used in the churning of the ocean denotes that the Devas and the demons held desire (to seek immortality) as a rope and churned the mind with the help of concentration and withdrawal of the senses. Desire, if not controlled will overpower and destroy an individual.
  • The Halahala poison symbolises suffering and pain (counter-reaction of the mind and body) that one undergoes at the beginning of spiritual sadhana (practice). When the mind is subjected to intense concentration, the first thing that comes out of the process is intense suffering and great inner turmoil. These must be resolved otherwise further progress is not possible.
  • Lord Shiva symbolises the ascetic principle. His role in this story as the consumer of poison suggests that one can deal with the early problems of spiritual life by cultivating the qualities of Lord Shiva, namely, courage, initiative, willingness, discipline, simplicity, austerity, detachment, compassion, pure love and asceticism.
  • The various precious objects that come out of the ocean during the churning stand for the psychic or spiritual powers (Siddhis) which one gains as s/he progresses spiritually from stage to stage. The seeker should be careful about these powers as they can hamper her/his progress unless s/he uses them judiciously, not for selfish gains but for others’ welfare. This is the reason why the Gods and demons distributed these objects as they did not want to lose sight of their original aim which was to gain immortality.
  • Dhanvantari symbolises health and signifies that immortality (longevity, to be correct) or spiritual success can be achieved only when the body and the mind are in a perfect state of health.
  • Mohini symbolises delusion of the mind in the form of (or originating from) pride. It is the pride of achievement to which the asuras or the demons succumbed and thus lost sight of their goal. Pride and egoism are the last hurdles one has to overcome in spiritual life before experiencing self-realisation.
  • The Amrit symbolises the ultimate achievement of the goal of self-realistion.

Bhagavad Gita Quotes

He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other take it that such a one has attained Perfection….

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