Sunday, May 31, 2009

Where is righteousness? It is in your conduct, thoughts, words and deeds. Righteousness dwells in your heart. When the impulses arising from the heart are expressed in words, that is Sathya (Truth). To translate those words into action is Dharma (Righteousness). For all these, Love is the primary requisite. Love in action is righteousness. Love in speech is Truth. Love in thought is Peace. Love in understanding is Non-violence. When you realise that God is in everyone, you will practise non-violence. God is one, though He may be worshipped in different forms and by different names - Rama or Krishna, Allah or Jesus, Hari or Sai.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Last night, as I was sleeping

Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt -- marvelous error!—

that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,

Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life that I have never drunk?

Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt -- marvelous error!—

that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.

Last night, as I was sleeping,

I dreamt -- marvelous error!—

that a fiery sun was giving light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth, and sun because it gave light and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night, as I slept,

I dreamt -- marvelous error!—

that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

Antonio Machado, Antonio Machado poetry, [TRADITION], [TRADITION] poetry, [TRADITION SUB1] poetry, [TRADITION SUB2] poetry, [TRADITION2] poetry
Antonio Machado

Sunday, May 24, 2009

When we are in a negative frame of mind, it is only natural to doubt rather than to believe.

From a Buddhist point of view, doubt is a sign of a lack of complete understanding and a lack of spiritual education, but it is also seen as a catalyst in the maturing of faith. It is when we face doubts and difficulties that we discover whether our faith is a simplistic, pious, and conceptual one, or whether it is strong, enduring, and anchored in a deep understanding in the heart.

If you have faith, sooner or later it may well be put to the test, and wherever the challenge may come from - from within you or from outside - it is simply part of the process of faith and doubt.

~Sogyal Rinpoche

Friday, May 01, 2009

"If you spent one-tenth of the time you devoted to distractions like chasing women or making money to spiritual practice, you would be enlightened in a few years!"