Sunday, October 21, 2018

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - October 21, 2018 🍁

I am still a person with an ego, and there is a little bit of stuff in which I’m somebody. So I’m in training to become nobody. And this is my training field, right here. I have to sit day after day with hundreds and thousands of people looking up at me, like this, saying ‘yes, oh yes, oh Ram Dass yes, oh yes, ah thank you, ah Ram Dass.’ That is my fire. It’s all those mind nets saying, ‘This is who you are, this is who you are, this is who you are, this is who you are.’ And if I get stuck in being the actor of being somebody who’s doing good, watch it!

Then my mind creates a reality in which everybody that comes into my mind field is somebody for whom good needs to be done…We can play the roles, but let’s not get stuck in them. …it’s so seductive to get caught in roles.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Everyday Bodhisattva

The bodhisattva aspiration is an everyday matter—everyday both in the sense of needing to be renewed as each day passes, and in the sense of applying to simple tasks, to ordinary actions motivated by a longing to reduce the difficulty and increase the happiness of those with whom we share our lives.

—Manjusura, “An Everyday Aspiration