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Homing Impulse

November 16, 2017

Our passionate preoccupation

with the sky, the stars,

and a God

somewhere in outer space

is a homing impulse.

We are drawn back

to where we came from.

~Eric Hoffer

(1902-1983, American Philosopher)

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Poise of Mind

November 15, 2017

Pink LotusDevelop the mind

of equilibrium.

You will always be getting

praise and blame,

but do not let either affect

the poise of the mind:

follow the calmness,

the absence of pride.

~ Sutta Nipata

(circa 400-500 BCE,

from the Pali Canon

of Theravada Buddhism)

The Sun Is The Perfect Example

November 14, 2017

The Sun Is The Perfect Example by Vinoba Bhave

The sun is the perfect example of acting without desire. When the sun rises does the idea enter its mind to say, ‘I shall banish the darkness, I shall urge the birds to fly, and I will set people working’? No, the sun always stays still, and yet its stillness makes the world go around.  If we were to thank the sun by saying, ‘Your help is infinite, you have dispelled so much darkness’ that would be absurd. The sun might say ‘What are you talking about? Does darkness exist? Bring a little of it to show me, then I will know whether I have dispelled it.  Then I shall accept that I am the doer; the maker of light.’  The sun is totally neutral and detached. It does not control or dictate. It just is. In the light of the sun, one person may read a fulfilling book and another a trivial one. One may help a neighbor, another may commit murder. The sun is not responsible for the good or the evil of these acts; therefore, the sun does not accumulate any consequences. The sun would say, ‘Light is my nature. For me, to be is to shine.’  Even when we have night, the sun acts and shines on the other side of the Earth. The sun shines all the time, and yet no one notices that it is working. The sun sets everyone to act. It makes cows graze, birds sing, merchants open their shops, farmers plow their fields, and yet if someone does not wake up and draw the curtains, the sun will not force them to do so. It is enough that it exists.  The sun is the perfect state of being rather than doing. The sun does not have light; it is light. The sun does not do good; it is good.

~Vinoba Bhave

(1895-1982, activist for non-violence

Considered Gandhi’s spiritual successor in India)

Afire with God

November 14, 2017

The earth is crammed

with heaven,

and every common bush

afire with God;

but only he who sees

takes off his shoes;

the rest sit around it

and pluck blackberries.

~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(1806-1861, English Poet)

Twilight Zone

November 13, 2017

Rod SerlingYou’re traveling on a journey

through another dimension.

A dimension not only of sight and sound

but of mind.

It is a dimension as vast as space

and as timeless as infinity.

It is the middle ground

between light and shadow,

between science and superstition,

and it lies between

the pit of man’s fears

and the summit of his knowledge.

A journey into a wondrous land

whose boundaries are that of imagination.

There’s the signpost up ahead-

your next stop:

The Twilight Zone!

~Rod Serling

(1924-1975, writer and philosopher)

Love for God

November 12, 2017

Darshan Singh 3How can we be truly alone

with the Lord?

It cannot come through intellectual effort.

Our mind is a potent and powerful agent,

and we cannot silence it

by force of our own will.

We cannot persuade it to shut off

its constant worldly commentary

simply because we intellectually know

that we should leave everything behind

when we sit for prayer.

No matter how hard we try,

we cannot still the mind

through intellectual effort.

Unless we are filled

with a deep passion and love for God,

we will not be able to forget

the loves of this world.

It is only when our relation with God

means more to us than all the relationships

of the world put together

that we will think wholly and solely of Him.

Such love cannot be taught or bought.

It can only be caught, like an infection.

When we seek his presence through prayer,

we not only leave this world behind,

but we even forget our self.

Such total absorption may seem

a kind of madness to the rest of the world,

but to the devotee,

it is his very life.

Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj

(1921–1989, founder and head

of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission /

Science of Spirituality,

Indian mystical Urdu poet)

Tra-La-La

November 11, 2017

Winnie PoohTra-la-la, tra-la-la,

Tra-la-la, tra-la-la,

Rum-tum-tiddle-um-tum.

Tiddle-iddle, tiddle-iddle,

Tiddle-iddle, tiddle-iddle,

Rum-tum-tum-tiddle-um.

~Winnie-the-Pooh

(1926 to pres., Philosopher Bear)