• December 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    If your body goes in search of a relationship, we call this sexuality.
    If your mind goes in search of a relationship we call this companionship.
    If your emotion goes in search of a relationship, we call this love.
    If your energies go in search of a relationship, we call this yoga.

  • December 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You can smell fragrance of a flower. You cannot see it, but it surrounds you. You cannot touch it; it is not tangible, it is not touchable. And if you make tangibility the criterion of truth, then you will say it is not true. Truth is not thinkable. If you think, you will miss.

    Truth is neither mind nor matter, truth is neither Samsara nor Nirvana, truth is neither unholy nor holy – all distinctions have disappeared.

    If you bring your mind to, the ultimate reality, it will not allow you to see the ultimate reality. It will bring something of its own falsities with it.

    I was reading one anecdote – meditate over it:

    A man arrived at the Pearly Gates, and on being asked his name replied, "Charlie Grab-all."

    "I don’t think we have any notice of your coming," he was informed. "What was your occupation in earthly life?"

    "Scrap metal merchant," the visitor said.

    "Oh," said the angel, "I will go and inquire." When he returned, Charlie Grab-all had disappeared – so had the Pearly Gates.

    Like Charlie Grab-all: scrap metal merchant... you carry your habits to the very end.
    Maybe mind is useful as far as the man-made world is concerned. Maybe mind is useful as far as thinking about matter is concerned. But to carry this mind to the innermost core of your reality IS dangerous. It will disturb there.

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  • October 26, 2010

    Man’s mind has always been trying to do two impossible things. One is: to reform the past – which cannot be done. The past has happened. You cannot REALLY go into the past. When you think of going into the past, at the most you go into the memory of it; it is not the real past, it is just the memory. The past is no more there, so you cannot reform it. This is one of the impossible goals of humanity; man has suffered very much because of it. You want to undo the past – how can you undo it? The past is absolute. The past means: all potentiality of it is finished; it has become actual. Now there is no longer any potentiality to reform it, to undo it, to redo it. You cannot do ANYthing with the past.

    And the second impossible idea that has always dominated the human mind is: to establish the future - which cannot be done again. Future means that which is not yet; you cannot establish it. Future remains unestablished. Future remains open. Future is pure potentiality! Unless it happens, you cannot be certain about it.

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  • October 09, 2010

    I have heard: A journalist died. Naturally, he was a journalist, and even in the president’s house and the prime minister’s house he had been immediately welcomed and taken in; no appointment was ever needed – he was a great journalist. So he rushed towards heaven – but he was prevented by Saint Peter. And Saint Peter said, "Wait! No more journalists are needed here. We already have the full quota; we only need one dozen – in fact, they are also useless because there is no newspaper being printed in heaven."

    In fact, there is no news! Nothing happens there ever. Things are going so smoothly, how can news happen? And what news can you think about saints’ lives: they are sitting under their trees, Bodhi Trees, meditating. So the newspaper is not much of a newspaper, but just to have it published, just as a formality, the newspaper IS published, and every day it is written’ditto’... the same as before.

    "We don’t need any journalists – you go to hell. And there are always more and more journalists needed, because there is much news, and newspapers and newspapers... and new newspapers are being planned – I have just heard. You go there and you will have a great job and great joy!" But the journalist wanted to be in heaven, so he said. ”You do one thing: I know journalists... if I can manage to get some journalist to go to hell, will his place be given to me?"

    Saint Peter took pity on him; he said, ”Okay, how much time do you need to convert a journalist to go to hell?" He said, "Twenty-four hours, just twenty-four hours." So he was allowed into heaven for twenty-four hours. He immediately started circulating a rumor that "one of the greatest newspapers is being planned, and the chief editor is needed, the assistant editors are needed, the sub-editors are needed – and great is the possibility. But, you will have to go to hell."

    For twenty-four hours he went round and round. He met all the journalists, and after twenty-four hours when he went to Saint Peter to see whether anybody had left, Saint Peter simply closed the door and told him, "Don't go outside because they ALL have left!" But the journalist said, "No, then I will have to go – maybe there is something in it. You please don't prevent me. I will HAVE to go."

    He himself has spread the rumor, but when twelve persons have believed then one starts believing it oneself. That’s how mind has become so cunning. You have been deceiving and deceiving... it has become such an expert in deception that it deceives you too.

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  • September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

    An elderly gent named Martin went to a doctor for an examination. "I want you to tell me what’s wrong, doctor. I feel some pains here and there, and I can’t understand it. I’ve lived a very clean life– no smoking, drinking or running around. I’m in bed, alone, at nine o’clock every night. Why should I feel this way?"

    ”How old are you?” asked the doctor.

    "I’ll be seventy-four on my next birthday," said Martin.

    The doctor answered, "After all, you’re getting on in years, you’ve got to expect things like that. But you’ve lots of time left yet. Just take it easy, and don’t worry. I suggest you go to Hot Springs."

    So Martin went to Hot Springs. There he met another gent who looked so old and decrepit that Martin felt encouraged by the comparison. "Brother," says Martin, "you sure must have taken good care of yourself, living to such a ripe old age. I’ve lived a quiet, clean life, but not like you, I’ll bet. What is your formula for obtaining a ripe old age like you have reached?"

    So this shriveled old guy says, "On the contrary, sir. When I was seventeen my father told me, ’Son, you go and enjoy life. Eat, drink and be merry to your heart’s content. Live life to the fullest. Instead of marrying one woman, be a bachelor and have ten. Spend your money for fun, for yourself, instead of on a wife and kids.’ Yeah: wine, women and song, life lived to the full. That’s been my policy all my life, brother!”

    "Sounds like you got something," said Martin. "How old are you’?" The other answered, "Twenty-four."

    Indulgence is suicidal – as suicidal as repression. These are the two extremes that Buddha says to avoid. One extreme is repression, the other extreme is indulgence. Just be in the middle; neither be repressive, nor be indulgent. Just be in the middle, watchful, alert, aware. It is your life! Neither does it have to be repressed, nor does it have to be wasted – it has to be understood.

    It is your life – take care of it! love it! befriend it! If you can befriend your life, it will reveal many mysteries to you.

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  • September 22, 2011

    The Devil was created by the people who created God because they could not think how God can exist without the polar opposite.

    Even Friedrich Nietzsche missed the point when he said, ”God is dead” – he forgot about the Devil. The Devil continues to live because nobody has declared his death. I declare that both were two sides of the same fiction. When God died there was no need for the Devil.

    When there is no other world, a heaven, there is no need for any hell. These are man-made polarities. Seeing that existence always lives with polarities, opposites, contradictions, man feels a little hesitant to accept that there is only heaven.... Then what about the sinners?

    But the reality is the saint and the sinner are not opposites; deep down they depend on each other. If there are no sinners, all saints will disappear. If there are no saints, there will be no sinners. They are not contradictions; they are just part of a beautiful polarity and balance.

    God will be absolutely useless if nobody is sinning. What will he do with his compassion? – out of a job, unemployed... not even the possibility of a retirement pension...!

    When we create fiction, we have to create the anti-fiction. Christians talk about the coming of the Antichrist. In the first place, Christ was an uneducated, poor fellow, a little whimsical: riding on his donkey, preaching to a few idiots – who are always available. And in his whole life, he could only find twelve followers. But Christians had to create the idea of Antichrist. Then only, Jesus becomes a real Christ, a real savior: he will save you from the Antichrist.

    Two thousand years have passed. Nobody has encountered any Antichrist. Many have been condemned by Christianity as Antichrist, but just by your condemnation you are fulfilling your desire to make Christ a reality.

    The people who divided into two were very cunning because that gave them the scope: "If you are poor here, don’t be worried. Just pray to God and in the next life you will be in paradise with all the pleasures that you are being denied here.” That paradise of all the religions is just a consolation for the poor, for the suffering, for the miserable. It does not give you growth, it does not give you more consciousness. On the contrary, it simply gives you a hope which is not going to be fulfilled.

    Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor" – and everybody knows who is blessed. If the poor are blessed then we should destroy all the riches that exist on the earth. Make everybody a beggar, make everybody blessed – because only the blessed ones, the poor, will enter into the kingdom of God! And their different religions for different climates, different geographies, different problems have managed to give, promised to give... You will find beautiful women there; here you have to renounce a poor woman, and there you will find beautiful women who never age. They always remain young, fixed... sixteen years of age. They can only be made of plastic; they cannot be real.

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  • March 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Existence believes in a very slow, silent growth.

    Existence knows no hurry, because it has no shortage of time. Eternity is its time – it has no beginning and no end. For example, in the East people are not very speedy; in the West speed is their God. And the reason is that all the religions which are born outside India – Judaism, Christianity and Mohammedanism – believe only in one life. They give you only seventy years. One third of it you will be asleep, one third you will be working for your livelihood, and the remaining one third you will be watching TV because you are a member of The Couch Potato Movement.

    Only in between you may smoke a cigarette, or you may kiss a woman, in a hurry because the television is on.

    The reason the whole Western world and the education that has spread all over the world from the West has caused you to do everything quickly, is because death is not far away. Seventy years is not long...

    In the East it is totally different....

    When the first railway lines were made in India, a British engineer was observing the work. He saw an old Indian coming every day, sitting under a shady tree, and watching the whole work. The British engineer could not resist the temptation. He said, ”You come here... the whole day you are here – why don’t you join in the work?

    The man said, "For what?" He said, "For what? You will earn money." The man said, "But for what?" The engineer said, "Then you can relax under a tree." The man said, "This is stupid, I’m already resting under a tree. Why should I bother first to work, then to earn money, and then to rest under a tree, when I can relax in the very first place?"

    The Eastern religions – Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism – all three were born in India and believe in reincarnation. That gives a tremendous expansion to your existence. Then you are not going to end in seventy years – there is no hurry. If not in this life, then we will see in the next. If I cannot meet you this life, I can say I will meet you next life... what is the problem?

    The centuries-old ideology that there are millions of lives has taken away the feverish speediness – one life, another life, another life... It has taken away the fear of death.

    I have heard that two birds were sitting on a tree and they saw an airplane, a jet, leaving behind it a line of smoke. One bird said, "Do you see what happened to that poor bird, and what speed he is going at?" The other said, "Don’t bother! When somebody’s tail is on fire he has to be in speed. There is nothing to be surprised at."

    In the West everybody’s tail is on fire. They are going... don’t ask where and why, because they don’t have time to answer such philosophical questions and waste their lives.

    One man was driving at one hundred and twenty miles per hour. His wife was trembling with fear and she said: ”Just at least look at the map, to see whether we are on the right road or not." The man said, ”Forget the map. Just look at the speed! Who cares? The real thing is that we are going with great speed. We are bound to reach somewhere."

    Existence is moving. In this whole existence, except change, nothing is permanent. Only change does not change. Everything else changes. You are growing old, even without feeling it – and it is an absolute certainty that you are growing old. Do you think people suddenly jump and become old?

    They were going home and on the way suddenly they jump and they have become old? They have been becoming old when they were going to the office, when they were coming home. When they were sleeping they were becoming old. Whatever they were doing, change was continuous

    If your silence has become almost like breathing, a part of your being, just as with the circulation of the blood, then there is no need to be worried that you are too slow.

    In the inner world there is no question of speed. In the inner world everything is growing naturally according to its own pace. You cannot make somebody enlightened, forcibly, on the point of a gun: "Become enlightened!" There is no way, even if the person says, "Okay, I am enlightened." He knows and you know that enlightenment does not happen on the point of a gun.

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  • September 15, 2010

    Either you are simple or you are not. There are not categories that one is a little more simple and the other a little more... Simplicity does not belong to the world of categories, measurements. It is a quality, and you have not to do anything to be simple. That is one of the most important things to remember. Millions of religious people have tried to be simple, but when you try to be simple, your simplicity itself becomes tremendously complex. It is not authentic simplicity which is created by effort. Simplicity has to be spontaneous, by understanding and not by effort; by meditation, not by action. You have simply to understand that mind has a certain sickness of making things complex.

    I am in favor of a simpler world where the individuals’ basic needs are certainly fulfilled, and basic opportunities for his spiritual growth are given to him, and where individuality becomes the most fundamental value. Nothing is higher than the individual, and his freedom is sacred.

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  • September 15, 2010

    Emotion is very fragile, very changing. One moment it seems that is all. Another moment you are simply empty.

    Emotions are dangerous in the sense that they overwhelm you and they are almost alcoholic.

    Just a little more awareness is needed and all your overwhelming things will start disappearing. A man is really clean and clear when he never gets overwhelmed by anything, when he is always alert and aware about himself, and is not lost in any emotion, whether it is love or anger or anything else.

    Things are as they are.

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  • September 15, 2010

    Mind creates the idea of God and then starts inquiring what God is. And naturally, you cannot find God so it becomes more and more complex, you have to develop belief systems. God has been the center of all theologies, all religions, and thousands of scholars are worrying about God.

  • August 09, 2010

    This world has to be loved, this world has to be respected, this world has to be your temple, your mosque, your church. This world has to be your gratefulness, your gratitude.

    Enlightenment is not something of another world. Enlightenment happens now and here. And enlightenment is nothing but a purity of everything that you are. It is not renunciation, it is rejoicing.

    And once you are at your being, the whole universe of reality opens up. You cannot find a single contradiction, you cannot find anything against anything else. Everything is supportive to each other; the whole existence is a cosmic, organic whole.

  • August 09, 2010

    Existence has always been here and will always be here. It is up to you – absolutely up to you – to make the best of this great opportunity.

    Purify your love and it becomes prayer.
    Purify your intelligence and it becomes your wisdom.
    Purify yourself completely and you become one with the whole.

    And to be one with the whole is the ultimate benediction, the blissfulness, the experience for which thousands of people have been searching down the ages on wrong paths.

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  • May 15, 2010

    Right now, the combination of these four is what you call 'myself'. The best your body can reach is health and pleasure. The best your mind can achieve is joyfulness and peace. The peak of your emotions is love. Your energies can reverberate either with a mundane feebleness or with a great intensity of ecstasy. These are the only realms of experience that are available to you as of now.

    If you intensify and enhance your life energies more dominant than your mind and your body, then you can effortlessly create what you want.

    Successful people are those people who have a certain amount of mastery over their minds.

    If you have mastery over your physical body, 10 to 15 percent of your life and destiny is under your control. If you have sufficient mastery over your mind, 40 to 60 percent of your life and destiny will be under your control. If you have complete mastery over your life energies, 100 percent of your life and destiny will be under your control.

    As there is a physical science for external well-being, there is an inner science, a yogic science. With this, you can take your destiny 100percent into your own hands. You can take 100 percent of the very process of life into your hands. The very way that you are born you can decide. The very womb that you are born in can be chosen by you consciously.

    If you do not take your destiny into your hands, you live accidentally. When you live accidentally, anxiety is very natural.

    You can create your life the way you want it. Even now it is your choice, but you are choosing it unconsciously;
    [Jaggi: Midnights with the Mystic]

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  • March 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

    When your happiness is dependant upon what is happening outside of you, constantly you live as a slave to the external situation.

    I am interested in making people in such a way that, even if they go to hell, nobody can make them suffer.

    The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.
    [Dalai Lama]

    Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times.
    [Joan Lunden]

    Unhappiness indicates wrong thinking, just as ill health indicates a bad regimen.
    [Paul Bourget]

    By constantly dwelling on thoughts of fear, worry, anger, hate, and failure, you will become depressed and unhappy.
    [Joseph Murphy]

    We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.

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  • March 30, 2010

    God, or Life, does not condemn or punish you. The forces of nature are not evil. The effect of their use depends on how you use the power within you. You can use electricity to kill someone or to light the house. You can use water to drown a child, or quench his thirst. Good and evil come right back to the thought and purpose in man's own mind.
    [Dr. Joseph Murphy]

    Your guilt complex is a false concept of God and Life. God, or Life, does not punish or judge you. You do this to yourself by your false beliefs, negative thinking, and self-condemnation.
    [Dr. Josephy Murphy]

    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

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  • March 21, 2010

    As you become more and more aware of the body, you will see that you and the body are separate.
    As you become more and more aware of the mind, you will see that you and the mind are separate.
    As you become more and more aware of emotion, you and that emotion are separate.
    As you become more and more aware of your physical life energy, you and that physical life energy are also separte.
    So what is 'you' becomes a formless thing. It may not still be a living reality that you truly are formless.

    Formless also means boundless. Form means bound. It may not be an actual reality that you are formless, but slowly the form is becoming weaker; that's for sure.
    [Mystic Musings]

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  • March 21, 2010

    All things are vibrating energy fields in ceaseless motion. The chair you sit on, the book you are holding in your hands appear solid and motionless only because that is how your senses perceive their vibrational frequency, that is to say, the incessant movement of the molecules, atoms, electrons and subatomic particles that together create what you perceive as a chair, a book, a tree, or a body. What we perceive as physical matter is energy vibrating (moving) at a particular range of frequencies. Thoughts consist of the same energy vibrating at a higher frequency than matter, which is why they cannot be seen or touched. Thoughts have their own range of frequencies, which negative thoughts at the lower end of the scale and positive thoughts at the higher.
    [New Earth]

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