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    Post  ClearWater on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:18 am

    "The beginning of meditation is the end of our outer search for the remedy. It is the recognition that we have only one problem in our lives and that problem is ourselves. Meditation is the end of hiding in our hobbies, religions, food, alcohol, drugs, etc.
    In meditation, we give up the search and finally just sit with ourselves with nothing else to do. We are simply present. And for most of us, this is a horrifying experience. Few of us are able to just be present with no distractions or fantasies for more than a few moments, because our minds begin to go wild as our egos are exposed. We begin to see how we constantly create the melodrama of our lives.

    Now we are sitting quietly, doing nothing but being present with ourselves. And we are thinking. The mind is flooded with thoughts. And as we watch our thoughts, we notice that we always have a favorite subject to think about ourselves! We are truly self-obsessed! We carefully filter all our experience in life through our mantra of I, Me, Mine. We are self-obsessed, and yet we honestly do not have a clue who we really are. Whenever we begin to talk about who we think we are, we are in fact reciting programs and scripts we have received throughout our lives as human robots. The fact that we don't know who we really are is the source of our desperation, and yet at the very same time, to recognize this fact is the beginning of our true awakening into life."


    An excerpt from...http://www.theawakenedheartcenter.com/meditation.htm
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    Post  ClearWater on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:27 am

    They are the real lovers of God
    Who feel others' sorrow as their own.
    When they perform selfless service,
    They are humble servants of the Lord.
    Respecting all, despising none,
    They are pure in thought, word, and deed.
    Blessed is the mother of such a child;
    And in their eyes the Divine Mother
    Shines in every woman they see.
    They are always truthful, even-minded,
    Never coveting others' wealth,
    Free from all selfish attachments,
    Ever in tune with the Holy Name.
    Their bodies are like sacred shrines
    In which the Lord of Love is seen.
    Free from greed, anger, and fear,
    These are the real lovers of God.

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    Post  ClearWater on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:29 am



    God is silent. Everything comes out of silence.
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    Post  ClearWater on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:34 am

    Thank You! everyone for filling this space with your presence.
    You are all so beautiful.



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    Post  Guest on Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:51 pm

    Your presence is a very bright light here, ClearWater.
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    Post  mudra on Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:22 pm

    Thank you for having moved some of your posts from invision to here Clearwater .
    I love the dynamic of this thread colored by each one's soul signature .

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    Post  mudra on Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:40 pm

    "Do not waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good."

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Post  mudra on Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:51 pm

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
    If you are honest and frank, People may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
    If you find serenity and happiness, They may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway.
    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.

    Mother Teresa

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    Post  mudra on Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:53 pm

    When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
    Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience.
    No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.

    -- Thich Nhat Hahn

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    Post  mudra on Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:54 am

    IMPORTANCE OF SANGHA
    Lama Surya Das


    In looking for ideas that are useful here, I have been thinking a lot lately about friendliness, friendship, and cheerfulness. You don't hear so much about that in the meditation halls. I think that sangha and collaboration is the path, of the coming decade, maybe the coming centuries. This requires a sense of ourselves as kindred spirits working and exploring and playing together. There is wisdom and higher consciousness in that. There is everything that we talk about built into that, and without that we are dead in the water, like dinosaurs.

    There is a story in the sutras: Ananda, Lord Buddha's long-time personal attendant and monk-disciple, asks Buddha:&quot;Lord, is it true what has been said, that good spiritual friends are fully half of the holy life?&quot;The Master replied, &quot;No, Ananda, good spiritual friends are the whole of the holy life. Find refuge in the sangha community.&quot;

    read on: http://www.dzogchen.org/april-2010-newsletter/#Importance

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    Post  mudra on Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:27 am

    Lost at Last

    The Self- Initiation of God

    “the Great Emptiness of being fully conscious”
    Being Everything
    One becomes
    One’s Self !
    And
    Is lost again !

    I love this part so much !

    OM

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    Post  Guest on Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:56 pm

    mudra wrote:"Do not waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good."

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    When such as I cast out remorse,
    So great a sweetness flows into the breast.
    We must laugh and we must sing,
    We are blest by everything,
    Everything we look upon is blest.

    -Yeats


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    Post  mudra on Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:15 am

    Question: How can Dzogchen help us in our daily jobs and careers?

    Dalai Lama: ...it is quite difficult to have an experience of Dzogchen, but once you do have that experience, it can be extremely beneficial in dealing with your day to day life, your job, and your career. This is because that kind of experience will give you the ability to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by circumstances, good or bad. You will not fall into extreme states of mind: you will not get over-excited or depressed. Your attitude toward circumstances and events will be as if you were someone observing the mind, without being drawn away by circumstances.

    For example, when you see a reflection of a form in a mirror, the reflection appears within the mirror but it is not projected from within. In the same way, when you confront the situations of life, or deal with others, your attitude too will be mirror-like.

    Also, when a reflection appears in the mirror, the mirror does not have to go after the object that is reflected: it simply reflects, spontaneously, on the surface. The same with you: since there is no attachment or agitation at having these 'reflections' in your mind, you will feel tremendous ease and relief. You are not preoccupied by what arises in the mind, nor does it cause you any distress. You are free from conceptuality or any form of objectifying. And so it really does help you, in allowing you to be free from being caught up in the play of emotions like hatred, attachment, and the like. "

    --from Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
    translated by Thupten Jinpa and Richard Barron


    For a definition of Dzogchen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzogchen

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    Post  mudra on Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:32 am

    "The Higher Power is fine, as far as that term and the common usage of it goes. However, mostly its a placeholder for something beyond ourselves that we long for but don't understand very well. I'm far more interested in cultivating the Common Power to be found within each and every one of us, the recognition of which transforms all of our lives and relationships."

    Lama Surya Das, "New Dharma Talks"

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    Post  mudra on Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:33 am

    "Let go the past,” the Buddha said, “let go the future, and let go what is in between, transcending the things of time. With your mind free in every direction, you will not return to birth and aging.”

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    Post  mudra on Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:05 pm

    Centering in truth

    Truth involves establishing an aware relationship between your inner core and the circumstances in your life. Centering in truth involves the ability to perceive a fundamental wisdom, reflected within yourself and the people you know.

    Arrow http://lightworkers.org/blog/102458/centering-truth

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    Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere, and does not know where to go.
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    Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.
    ~Georges Gurdjieff

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