Sunday, July 23, 2017
Compassionate action gives us an opportunity to wake up to some of our motives and to act with more freedom. It gives us the chance to put ourselves out on the edge, and if we are willing to take a clean look at what we see there, we can come to know ourselves better. We can’t, of course, change what is arising in us at any moment, because we can’t change our pasts and our childhoods. But when we listen to our own minds and stop being strangers to ourselves, we increase the number of ways we can respond to what arises.
- Ram Dass -
“Illusion is sustained by the idea that by pretending to be the way society expects you to be, you will be accepted. This is true of any social group. For example, a person is born into a family of criminals and ends up believing that if he is a good criminal, he will be accepted. So, he does his best to become an expert in crime. If one is born into a religious family, one believes that he or she will only be accepted if they are religious. So they force themselves to be so in order to ensure their inclusion. But this religious person or criminal is not real, it’s a mask. The main symptom of wearing a mask is dissatisfaction, but the mask often numbs you so much that you aren’t able to see it.”
Sri Prem Baba
“There are certain areas of your life where you are not able to be yourself, where you can't be spontaneous and love doesn’t flow. You need to wear a mask and have to pretend you are something you are not. You do this because you were led to believe that if you wore this mask in a particular environment, your needs would be met. You thought you would be accepted, respected and loved. But this strategy inevitably leads to suffering because the greater the lie or the greater your identification with the mask, the greater the disconnection is with yourself and consequently, the greater the resulting anguish and dissatisfaction you feel.”
Sri Prem Baba