Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Via Ram Dass:

 June 8, 2016

The curriculum of service provides us with information about our strengths as well, and we discover how these contribute to genuinely help-full service. Each time we drop our masks and meet heart-to-heart, reassuring one another simply by the quality of our presence, we experience a profound bond which we intuitively understand is nourishing everyone. Each time we quiet our mind, our listening becomes sharp and clear, deep and perceptive; we realize that we know more that we thought we knew, and can reach out and hear, as if from inside, the heart of someone's pain. Each time we are able to remain open to suffering, despite our fear and defensiveness, we sense a love in us which becomes increasingly unconditional.

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do dia - Flor del día - Flower of the day - 08/06/2016

“Ao se deixar ser guiado pela mente condicionada, você inevitavelmente é lançado ao sofrimento. A mente condicionada te leva para o caminho oposto daquele que o seu coração determina; ela te leva a classificar o que é certo e o que é errado e te faz agir a partir dessa classificação. Então você aprende a fazer o que julga ser o correto apenas para receber recompensas, mas isso não quer dizer que você está feliz com isso.”

“Al dejarte guiar por la mente condicionada, eres inevitablemente lanzado al sufrimiento. La mente condicionada te lleva hacia el camino opuesto al que tu corazón determina; te lleva a clasificar lo que es correcto y lo que está equivocadoy te hace actuar desde esta clasificación. Entonces aprendes a hacer lo que juzgasque escorrecto solo para recibir recompensas, pero eso no quiere decir que estás feliz con ello.”

“If we allow ourselves to be guided by the conditioned mind, we inevitably are catapulted into suffering. Our conditioned mind takes us to the complete opposite path of our heart; it makes us classify what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and makes us act from this set of rules. Then we learn to act according to what we believe to be correct in order to fulfill an expectation, but this is not what makes us happy.”

Via Daily Dharma / June 8, 2016: A Living Offering

To cut a bloom is to destroy a living thing. The best flowers to offer are those that have not been picked at all but fall from the tree and are gathered in a cloth before they reach the ground.

—Hans Georg Berger, "The Most Suitable Offerings"