Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Everyday Sublime | July 6, 2014
To experience the everyday sublime one needs to dismantle piece by piece the perceptual conditioning that insists on seeing oneself and the world as essentially comfortable, permanent, solid, and mine. It means to embrace suffering and conflict, rather than to shy away from them, to cultivate the radical attention (yonisomanasikara) that contemplates the tragic, changing, empty, and impersonal dimensions of life, rather than succumbing to fantasies of self-glorification or self-loathing.
—Stephen Batchelor, “The Everyday Sublime”
“Gratitude opens the portals to ascension. It has the great power of illuminating your life. When gratitude blossoms, the idea of the victim disappears from one’s system. All complaints, all self-criticisms, and all the games of accusation fall away. Gratitude is an immunizing agent that protects you against evil. It increases trust and opens the paths towards the Infinite. One can seek gratitude, but one cannot create it with the mind. Gratitude blooms when you are mature enough for it.”
Sri Prem Baba