Sunday, October 29, 2017

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 29, 2017

People ask me if I believe there is continuity after death. I say that I don't believe it - it just is. This offends my scientific friends to no end. But belief is something you hold with your intellect, and for me this goes way beyond my intellect.

The Bhagavad Gita also tells us, "As the Spirit of our mortal body wanders on in childhood and youth and old age, the Spirit wanders on to a new body: of this the sage has no doubts." As Krishna says, "Because we all have been for all time... And we all shall be for all time, we all for ever and ever." 

-  Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Tradition's Symbolic Truths

My own teacher . . . said that learning that many of her traditional beliefs were not historically accurate only made her think more deeply about their spiritual meaning. This is really the point. When we cease to confuse history and stories, when we look at traditional stories outside the context of literal truth and sectarian debate, we are freer to appreciate the imaginative truths they convey.

—Rita Gross, “The Matter of Truth

Via Daily Dharma: Treating Fear with Wisdom

In spiritual life, the problem with fear lies in whether we have the wisdom to respond well to it.

—Dharmavidya David Brazier, “The Gift of Fear