Tuesday, January 21, 2014

You Are A Book

You are a book
You have to write, nothing else
You have to write what is said, nothing else
The book should not talk
If it does, it wastes time
You have to write...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

All That Is Seen Is A Shadow

All the bodies that we saw were shadows
All that we caught hold were shadows
It is the shadows that suffer
All that is seen is a shadow
Everything we do is a shadow.

Everything we see is a series of dreams
We see the scenes of the earth as shadows
We see the scenes of the earth
and then gather them into our thoughts and memories
They are all shadows
We conduct our lives within the territory of our thoughts,
within the darkness of the mind.

That is where we have those dreams
The dreams of our thoughts
are what we inflicted upon the prophets.
The prophets themselves experienced no pain
They had a different inner body - Light
That Light is made of God's word, God's qualities and God's actions.

Therefore, they had no sorrow
They experienced no pain
They did not say, "God, do You even exist? or are You just deaf?"

If You Want God To Work Within You

If you want God to work within you,
the truth must work within you.
If you want the truth to work,
God's qualities must work within you.
For those qualities to work,
compassion must work within you.

If you want compassion to work,
justice must work.
If you want justice to work,
conscience must work.
If you want conscience to work,
love must work.
If you want love to work,
God's qualities, speech, actions
and all that is true must work.
WHen those actions come into being,
God's power will work.

When that Power works,
this is what is called wisdom:
Duty without selfishness.
Prayer without self.
Regarding the lives of others
as one regards one's own life.

Not Every Creation Is Human

The point withing the point within the point that is capable of understanding His creation is what connects man and God; that what is called a human being.
He is human. He is called man.
Not every creation is human.
Only one who has this connection is human.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Not All That Is Learned Is Knowledge

Not all that is learned is knowledge.
Knowing the truth, knowing His grace,
Knowing what is wrong and what is right,
Knowing the happiness and sadness,
Knowing the birth and the death of this life,
Knowing what will die and what will not die is knowledge.
Correctly knowing what is correct and acting accordingly is knowledge.
That is knowledge.

(M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Breaking Through A Tyranny of Custom

The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without  the co-operation or consentr of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious, common object rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected.

As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find, that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom.

Thus, while diminishing our feeling of certainty as to what things are, it greatly increases our knowledge as to what they may be; it removes the somewhat arrogant dogmatism of those who have never travelled into the region of liberating doubt, and it keeps alive our sense of wonder  by showing familiar things in an unfamiliar aspect.

- Bertrand Russell

Monday, January 6, 2014

Be Aware of the Thoughts

Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.
Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which is always as it is.
There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it.
Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts.

For example, Ï am ruined"is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action.
Ï have fifty cents left in my bank account" is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering.

Be aware that what you think, to a large extent, creates the emotions that you feel.
See the link between your thinking and your emotions.
Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be awareness behind them.

(Eckhart Tolle, Oneness With All Life)