Thursday, March 22, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Know Your Mind, Live Your Life

If you want to be happy, you have to check the way you lead your life. Your mind is your religion.

—Lama Thupten Yeshe, “Your Mind Is Your Religion

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/22/18

“It is only possible to find ourselves when we become aware that we are lost. It is only possible to move towards that which is undivided within us when we become aware of our divisions.”

Sri Prem Baba

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Via Ram Dass

The final awakening is the embracing of the darkness into the light. That means embracing our humanity as well as our divinity. What we go from is being born into our humanity, sleepwalking for a long time, until we awaken and start to taste our divinity and then want to finally get free.

We see as long as we grab at our divinity and push away our humanity we aren’t free. If you want to be free, you can’t push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It’s all God.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: What’s at the Root of Happiness?

It takes some training to equate complete letting go with comfort. But in fact, “nothing to hold on to” is the root of happiness. There’s a sense of freedom when we accept that we’re not in control.

—Pema Chödrön, “The In-between State

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/21/18

“God acts in us and through us. He is our higher self. God is the presence inside, outside, above, below—everywhere. This presence is what guides our path until we become aware that we are one with it, until there is no difference between us and God. And when we can sustain this connection, our work in the world becomes a service. We work so that others can experience this same connection.”
Sri Prem Baba

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: A Practitioner’s Basic Question

The basic problem is one of self-knowledge: do we really understand what motivates us?

—David Loy, “The Nonduality of Good and Evil

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/20/18

“It is not possible to control life. This is the great illusion of the ego: the belief that it controls something. The ego says: ‘I control, I dictate.’ During a phase of the journey it is important for the ego to believe this. The ego needs to feel that it can achieve some things, because this is part of learning how to move through this world. But a moment comes when we realize that this is illusory. When we mature, we see that there is something greater carrying us along. There is an intelligence guiding our actions and we are just a channel for it. This higher intelligence is what some call God.”
Sri Prem Baba

Monday, March 19, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: We All Need External Support

Before meditating, we pay homage to what’s traditionally known as the three jewels [the Buddha, dharma, and sangha], which buttress our practice . . . We aren’t meant to go at it alone.

—Elizabeth Zach, “Health Care for All Beings

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/19/18

“The false self is like a crowd. In every situation, a new aspect of this self manifests. Sometimes one self wants one thing while another self wants something else. One false self loves another false self. This is the origin of our madness.”
Sri Prem Baba

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Allow Space for Serenity

Many of us try to do so many things at once that there is no space for serenity. We wonder why we are unhappy, why we feel alienated. We just need to remember to practice relaxing into our life, in all its joys and sorrows, and to relinquish the need to know what’s going to happen next.

—Michele McDonald, “Finding Patience

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

  If I am in my soul, when I look at others, I see their souls. I still see the individual differences – men and women, rich and poor, attractive and unattractive, and all that stuff. But when we recognize each other as souls, we are seeing each other as aspects of the One. Love is the emotion of merging, of becoming One. Love is a way of pushing through into the One.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/18/18

“As the false self dies, we prepare ourselves for the great initiation which is to consciously leave the body. To die before death is a symbol of the transformation of the lower self. It is when lies become truth, pride becomes humility, fear becomes trust, lust becomes devotion, gluttony becomes temperance, and so on. When the lower self is transmuted, we are better prepared for this great passage.”
Sri Prem Baba

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: You Are Not Your Thoughts

Simply see the natural phenomena of physical and mental events as they arise and pass away. They’re not you. They’re not really yours. You don’t have any real control over them.

—Upasika Kee Nanayon, “Tough Teachings to Ease the Mind

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/17/18

“Death is a lie that the material world seeks to prove. There are many fantasies around it, but what we need to know is that death is a spiritual initiation - a portal to be crossed. And we prepare ourselves for this initiation by freeing ourselves from the false ‘selves’ that inhabit us. Because, in truth, what dies is the idea of self - the spirit is immortal.”
Sri Prem Baba

Friday, March 16, 2018

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/16/18

“Life is a challenging journey towards the divine. This journey involves detachment...detachment...detachment... Life gives and it takes away. This is the game of life. Accepting this game is reserved for the great ones, and the truly great ones are in fact, the tiny ones - the humble ones. Life always offers up challenges to make the ego tiny so it can accept and finally experience the greatness of life.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Breathing Is an Anchor to Awareness

The breath changes and you change. Nothing stays the same, yet there is constancy. The breath reminds us that we are here and alive: let it be your anchor to the present moment.

—Elana Rosenbaum, “Guided Meditation: Awareness of Breathing

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Via Daily Dharma: Embodied Enlightenment

In its most ancient Buddhist form, meditation is a technique for letting go of the objectifying tendency of thought and of entering deeply and fully into communion with our embodied experience. And hence it leads to “touching enlightenment with the body.”

—Reggie Ray, “Touching Enlightenment

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 03/15/18

“The truth of who we are emanates the scent of love. This is why I say that we are moving towards love. We - humanity as a whole - are moving in this direction because it is our destiny to do so. Just as the river inevitably merges with the sea, it is inevitable that we will merge with the truth. At some point, we will realize the truth of who we are and we will become love.”
Sri Prem Baba