Wednesday, September 28, 2005
How strange and mystical it is that our own life is so unknown to us ! It is more unknown than our own vague shadow !
I'm collecting your view points about LIFE. Pls post your comment in the following post. I hope this will help us to be more (even if its an atom bit) conscious of our 'precious beautiful gift' that we call LIFE.
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Monday, September 26, 2005
Lets use our minds together. Surely when we see things together with different perspective, more dimensions open up.
Here are two questions for you. Post your answer (never mind if its brief) in the comment section. Pls be honest with your answer and write that which comes from your own understanding. Indeed all of us have an unique and unparallel life.
1. What is the meaning of life?
2. What is the best thing one can get in life?
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- The journey is very hard and long. Many of my prayers are answered. But many of the questions are still with my Master.
- It is good having some unsolved question with us always.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
The master asked the disciple to go to a nearby bush and cut off a branch. The disciple obeyed. "Is the bush still alive?" asked the master. "Just as alive as before," answered the disciple.
"Now go and cut the roots," said the master."If I do that, the bush will die," said the disciple.
"Prayers are the branches of a tree, whose roots are called faith," said the master.
"There can be faith without prayer. But there can be no prayer without faith."
~ "Maktub" – Paulo Coelho
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your eternal and persistent student,
This is a wonderful prayer Mark did. May God bless him and return favours on him. Here is my prayer for my eternal friend, Mark Walter.
To The True One, Who encompasses everything and Whom nothing encompasses,
Here are few quotes from it i liked most,
The way towards God always involves an inversion: from outwardness one must pass to inwardness,
from the multiplicity to unity,
from dispersion to concentration,
from egoism to detachment,
from passion to serenity.
- F. Schuon
Fear not the path
of the Truth
because of the lack
of people walking on it.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Actually its our view point that makes it blurry or b&w. In reality, life is full of color. Surely life is wonderful. Its beautiful my friend, its really beautiful !!
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Friday, September 23, 2005
Here are few links to explore in this wonderful website:
Never hurt the heart that Loves you.
Make my thoughts beautiful,
O The Source of Everything, make me part of Your Infinite Beauty.
My Lord, you have promised that when Your servant remember You,
So as to that promise,
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Thursday, September 22, 2005
In response to his ‘no-religion’ statement i wrote, "Just as universities are need as an infrastructure for research and higher studies relig ion is needed for practicing God consciousness and Spirituality.
Religion is nothing but a system with a purpose. If we cancel all universities and ask scholars do study on their own do u think that would be better? I guess we need a balance between religion and no-religion. My understanding is that, it doesn't help to put blame or down play religion."
Now he answers very beautifully, "Yes My Dear, But if we come to University and only obey university instructions will we become scientist? You know universities have ranking. some of them are very low rank. Universities are only an environment to make us engineer (i.e.) not scientist. from any book they teach 2-3 chapters because they are enough for engineer. Understanding the Soul of the Science is not the aim.
Yeah maybe MIT is good. But not true about every university. What I mean?
Look, religions have ranking. Some believe that Islam is MIT. Others may believe that Christianity is MIT and etc. I am trying to say my friends not to speak so much about ranking of University and etc. and instead of wasting their time try to understand the Soul of Science, which can obtain it even in a very ordinary university. Yeah any how the student in an average university should try more than that in MIT (two similar students) but I am sure that at end both will reach the destination, because Soul of Science needs only MIND and good scholars and environments are needed only for few elementary steps. Then everything depend on students.
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Verily We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him (the gifts), of Hearing and Sight.
Surely We have shown him the way: he may be thankful or denier.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Since You have given the soul in my body from Your Holy Spirit,
I seek refuge in You from the corruption of my heart and soul.
O You who is the Witness over all thing,
Remove from me all that become the veil
between You and me.
Have mercy on me O the Most Compassionate One.
Make my heart pure, and
Help me to return to my innocence.
O You the Most Sacred,
Make my heart sacred.
Make my heart as sacred as it becomes worthy of Your Throne.
O You the Most High,
Help me to strive to achieve Your Ideals.
O my Lord, You are my Ideal,
So let me seek nothing but You.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
- Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks p. 53
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Religion represent a human trait which is as old as the species itself. The debate about religion continues becaues it talks about things not susceptible to objective tests. For instance, God, Soul and Heaven.
But the point is not exactly that. Religion justifies iteself by the results it produces. it may not be able to explain God, Soul or Heaven but it certain can change a sinner into a saint.
But how does it do so? Through the urge for progress that is innate in man. Religion will carry him further till he reaches a state where he feels he has no further to go. It is an impatience, restless, that is never to be satisfied short of the hightest and the best.
Excerpts from Practical Spirituality by Swami Lokeswarananda.
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Auguries of Innocence
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour
Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine
Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.
God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day?
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Thursday, September 15, 2005
Think about this son of Adam. God has given him God’s own Holy Spirit. He has given the soul a body. God has created, fashioned and designed the whole process of the child’s coming to earth in such a beautiful and mystical manner. He created the child's soul out of no existence.
With His unlimited grace and mercy God has created unparalleled love in the heart of the child’s parents who will subsequently do a lot of sacrifice in the coming days. The child will have a body which is absolutely miraculous piece of heavenly technology.
The mind is even more astonishing. Each individual mind of billion billion people on earth is unique. Just think what a miracle it is that no two minds of two people on earth thinks the same thing at the same time. They all have their own flow of thoughts at all time.
After the child grows up, when his or her parents are no longer there; again God designs a mechanism by which another person will come in the life and will be the comforter as Eve for this Adam. In the whole lifecycle of our life there are so many things which makes us wonder how beautiful is the design !!
Soli Deo gloria (to God alone the glory).
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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Marriage can be a healthy way for two people to feel one. But unfortunately, society has re-defined marriage to be a one-to-one and dependent and needful relationship between two people. We have been trained to listen rather than to live. What a pity!… True love exists without any dependencies, any expectations… just you and the Universe. Just you and the Beloved.
Loving one another is half of wisdom.
A friend cannot be considered a friend unless he is tested on three occasions: in time of need, behind your back and after your death.
There are many educated people who have ruined their future on account of their ignorance of faith or religion. Their knowledge did not prove of any avail to them.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Generally one starts by struggling with others,
~ Sufi Inayat Khan
Monday, September 12, 2005
The caliph requested al-Masak to instruct him. Al-Masak said, " If you were dying of thirst and a cup of water was offered to you in exchange for your kingdom, you would gladly accept the bargain, wouldn't you?" The caliph agreed.
"Then why are you proud of a kingdom that is not worth more than a drink of water, and why aren't you grateful to the Lord for having supplied you with so much water for free?" - Al-Ghazzali
I found this beautiful story in Habibee's Blog. It sparked the thought that how strangely the worthiness of a thing changes according to situations. I just wonder at time how one thing, which we hold so dear to us, become worthless. And at those moments we realize the illusions of this world which covers us.
Love of Money, Career, Love for woman all often engross us and make us feel they are too worthy, too precious. May we see the Reality and transcend beyond the false illusion. Amen.Pin It Now!
Sunday, September 11, 2005
What is stopping us from visualizing ourselves as God? We all love to decorate our altar. What is stopping us from decorating the temple? God loves to be admired for Her beauty. Remember that She also loves to admire the beauty of Her children. Feel beautiful. You will look twice as beautiful !
The body holds the seed for pro-creation. The body has the power to make love, to make a new life and to give birth. Use the body to take you closer to God. Invoke God in you by namaz, by prayer, by meditating, by Rei-ki, by Yoga, by Tai chi, by Pooja, by Tantra… whatever makes you feel good at heart. God exists in you… and in everybody around you. Indeed He encompasses everything !!
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Saturday, September 10, 2005
If you are a rebel and confused about God,
Then please take my advice, and stop thinking about God.
Better start thinking about yourself, my friend.
And the same applies to me,
Cause I still don’t know much,
I’m as confused as your are, my friend
So please excuse me for my babbling.
Without knowing ourselves,
How can we know ‘Something’
From which we all are derived?
If you are an ‘Atheist’, then
Please accept my congratulations, and
Stop arguing about God.
Perhaps for your being atheist
is the first step- In realizing the Truth.
God will never come into your proof,
No matter how hard you try,
Cause He is beyond your limited, rational proofs.
And He will always be above all those proofs.
Better start argue about
your own existence.
Be self conscious, then
the higher consciousness will follow.
By knowing our own selves,
Surely we will be able to see
the glimpse of that ever sought Light.
I wish for you my friend,
that you be among them
who have been successful in
experiencing the glimpses of that Light.
I wish you to be the Buddha,
Enlightened and Enlightening.
Whose self-consciousness merges
into Sunnyata, the Ultimate emptiness of the Cosmos.
8/14/2005 2:08 PM / Singapore / Sadiq M. Alam
Friday, September 09, 2005
He said, if you look at great religious personalities, they all first from Human Nature try to discover God. Once they discover God, they seek nearness of God, after this state they are absorbed in God. At this stage of evolution they separate themselves from the general people.
After they are absorbed in God, they realize the Truth and the Reality. And then that they comeback to Human Nature. They go back into general people to serve them.
It is the connection of God and people that is necessary. You can not love only God without loving His creation, people. Serving people is equivalent to serving God.
The above situation can be illustrated by the examples of Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. All of them at one point of time became wanderer. One went into forest for meditation and to undestand the Reality. Another went to desert seeking and meditating on God; another went into mountain for long retreat and meditation. But interestingly all of them after discovering Divine and attaining Spiritual Enlightenment; came back to the people to give guidance. To make people conscious, to awake them from sleeping state and state of denial of Reality.
About Imam Hussein (also written as Husayn). Link 1.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Perhaps you have noticed that romance become strong when the beloved is away from you. It is similar that God is hidden and mysterious, yet He is present in all things. He often manifest in our wonderful thoughts and feelings, yet He vanishes and we lament for the separation. It is because God is the most romantic (most suitable for Love). Our soul often feel the pain of separation from Him. It is the Divine Romance between God and Creation that He is the Hidden and yet, the Manifest.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Everyday onward i want to return to my
Original innocence with which i came to this world .
Let me reach my innocence inch by inch, everyday.
Before i reach the day when i leave my body
And journey to the One and Only Pure Soul,
Let me live in my original innocence.
Let me unite with my Origin, the Supreme Soul in a state of worthyness.
Let my longing for it be blessed.
The purity which was my birth right,
Let me regain that as my life right.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Perhaps the most beloved of all the sutras, the Heart Sutra plays a key role in the Buddhism of Tibet, Korea, China and Japan, where it is chanted, studied and meditated upon. Heart-sutra is quite a meaningful and important sutra. In this sultra, the relationship between 'VOID' and 'FORMS' is significantly explained... Listen to Heart Sutra in Sanskrit in real player. The chanting is very beautiful and Zen.
THE HEART SUTRA
When the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Was Coursing in the Deep Prajna Paramita.
He Perceived That All Five Skandhas Are Empty.
Thus He Overcame All Ills and Suffering.
Oh, Sariputra, Form Does not Differ From the Void,
And the Void Does Not Differ From Form.
Form is Void and Void is Form;
The Same is True For Feelings,
Perceptions, Volitions and Consciousness.
Sariputra, the Characteristics of the
Voidness of All Dharmas
Are Non-Arising, Non-Ceasing, Non-Defiled,
Non-Pure, Non-Increasing, Non-Decreasing.
Therefore, in the Void There Are No Forms,
No Feelings, Perceptions, Volitions or Consciousness.
No Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body or Mind;
No Form, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch or Mind Object;
No Realm of the Eye,
Until We Come to No realm of Consciousness.
No ignorance and Also No Ending of Ignorance,
Until We Come to No Old Age and Death and
No Ending of Old Age and Death.
Also, There is No Truth of Suffering,
Of the Cause of Suffering,
Of the Cessation of Suffering, Nor of the Path.
There is No Wisdom, and There is No Attainment Whatsoever.
Because There is Nothing to Be Attained,
The Bodhisattva Relying On Prajna Paramita Has
No Obstruction in His Mind.
Because There is No Obstruction, He Has no Fear,
And He passes Far Beyond Confused Imagination.
And Reaches Ultimate Nirvana.
The Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future,
By Relying on Prajna Paramita
Have Attained Supreme Enlightenment.
Therefore, the Prajna Paramita is the Great Magic Spell,
The Spell of Illumination, the Supreme Spell,
Which Can Truly Protect One From All Suffering Without Fail.
Therefore He Uttered the Spell of Prajnaparmita,
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Sunday, September 04, 2005
Today i just watched a movie of 2003; titled, Love Actually. Its a fantastic movie. I was moved particulalry with the intro where it philosophically describe the fact that love is everywhere. The narration goes like this,
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrival gates at Heathrow Airport. General opinion starting to make up that we live in a world of hatred and greed. But I don't see that. Seems to me that Love is everywhere.
Often it is not particularly dignfied or news worthy, but its always there. Fathers and sons, mothes and daughter, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin tower, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board was messages of hate or revenge, they were all messages of Love. If you look for it, I have got a sneaky feelings that you will find that, Love actually is all around."
The plot is also brilliant. It gives a demonstration that there are many kinds of Love all around us. I generally don't post about movies in this blog, but i really enjoyed this movie today. So can't help it. Here is the beautiful theme song of the movie,
Love is all Around
written by Reg Presley
I feel it in my fingers / I feel it in my toes /
The love that's all around me / And so the feeling grows /
It's written on the wind / It's everywhere I go /
So if you really love me / Come on and let it show /
You know I love you, I always will / My mind's made up by the way that I feel / There's no beginning, there'll be no end / 'Cause on my love you can depend / I see your face before me / As I lay on my bed /
I cannot get to thinking / Of all the things you said /
I need someone beside me in everything I do /
You know I love you, I always will / My mind's made up by the way that I feel / There's no beginning, there'll be no end / 'Cause on my love you can depend / I got to keep it moving / It's written in the wind / Oh everywhere I go / So if you really love me / Come on and let it show / Come on and let it / Come on and let it / Come on and let it / Come on and let it show. /
"From my point of view there are two distinct issues with the 'knowing yourself' idea and it links in with you thoughts on 'seeing' God.
Firstly, in most mystical and montheistic traditions, it is generally held that God is a 'Oneness' or that there is a 'Unity' at the end of the quest. Knowing this, how can there be an 'I' and also a 'God'? One must be false/illusory. As God (or 'reality' if you prefer) cannot be an illusion then it must be 'I' that is unreal. Perhaps this is why we are told to 'know ourselves' - to find this out.
Of course teachers and wise men could also just tell us that the self is an illusion (and they do) but we need to experience it personally and not as an intellectual belief - hence the quest to know ourselves and find out who we are. thge end of that quest of knowing ourselves is a paradox - we come to 'know ourselves' in the sense that we know we do not exist.
The second point re 'seeing' is an interesting one in my opinion. Of course, no-one can see 'God' because we cannot conceive of God. How can we if we are not real? All the things we conceive of and 'see' (in the usual sense) are also an illusion - and God is not an illusion, He is the sole reality.
On another level, God manifests through all things that appear to exist - He is the reality behind them. People do not realise this, do not 'see' it - even 'spiritual' people like us here! - in our everyday concerns. We are prisoners of the false vision.
If someone works on themselves, or if God is gracious to someone, then that person may get a glimpse of how things really are - a mystical experience or altered state. In such a state (which is usually brief) then things are 'seen' very differently.
I believe this 'seeing' idea is a reference to that as it is quite literal - the things one sees look very different - to all intents they are different things than they normally are: trees, flowers, ashtrays - all appear as never seen before. This is seeing 'God' in all things.
Of course these things are not God but God is in everything - if He is ultimately the only thing that exists then if one sees through the veil of the false things (however briefly) then what you see must be God.
I think the 'seeing' is sometimes meant literally rather than as a metaphor. It is what we see around us with our own eyes when we are temporarily not perceiving the illusory aspect of things. Everything has a false self not just us - objects do too. When we see through that and ourselves we see 'God'."
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More than a century ago an adolescent boy of Calcutta, Narendra Nath Dutta was obsessed with the idea of seeing God. He was firmly grounded in the works of occidental philosophers, but none could fulfil his cherished aspiration. His search took him to the ghats of Ganges where atop an anchored barge sat the leader of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj, Maharshi Devendra Nath Tagore, a Guru in spiritual matters, father of the poet Tagore. But the 'Great Seer' was taken aback by Narendra's question - 'Sir, have you seen God?' - and tried to assuage him by saying that his eyes resembled that of a yogi, and that he should spiritually prosper by meditation.
Disappointed and desperate the young man one day, along with his friends, went to meet Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, a somewhat eccentric priest of the Kali temple at Dakshineswar in Calcutta. At the first opportunity Narendra put him the same famous and bold question - "Sir, have you seen God?"
But this practically illiterate priest, unlike the erudite Maharshi, replied in rural dialect without mincing words
- "Yes, I have seen God, just as I see you here, only in a more clear sense.
I have talked with him more intimately than I am talking to you.
But my child, who wants to see God !
People shed jugs of tears for money, wife and children.
But if they weep for God for only one day they would surely see Him."
Narendra intuitively knew that here was a genuine man to whom God was a living reality and not at all a philosophical concept or an intellectual pastime. As we know it was under the ecclesiastical tutelage of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-86) that Narendra Nath Dutta graduated into a full-blossomed spiritual soul, later to be known as Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902).
According to Vivekananda, "My master was not learned but learning personified." This inhibition of highest spiritual knowledge comes not from cramming spiritual texts but from attaining direct realization of Divinity through various paths prescribed by the spiritual masters of yore. The boldness of 'Sanatan Dharma' we call Hinduism is that it emphasises nothing short of direct perception of Truth as the goal of human life.
Vivekananda also speaks about his great master, "For the first time I found a man who dared to say that he saw God, that religion was a reality to be felt, to be sensed in an infinitely more intense way than we can sense the world. I began to go to that man, day after day, and I actually saw that religion could be given. One touch, one glance, can change a whole life. "Tag: Spirituality, See God, God, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda. Pin It Now!
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Why does sages, gurus, saints, prophets, messengers keep saying it, If you know yourself, you shall know God !
What great mystery is hidden in that statement?
Is it because we are instruments and He is the player?
Is it because it is only He who acts?
Is it because we live in Him?
Is it because we are created out of His Essence?
Or is it because He is only Real, our selves are just illusion?
Can you help me, my friend?
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Friday, September 02, 2005
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.
The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese poet, artist and Maronite Christian. Famous for his use of spiritual insights.
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He is your field which you sow with love
and reap with thanksgiving.
And let there be no purpose in friendship
save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the dis-
closure of its own mystery is not love but
a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable
And let your best be for your friend.
And in the sweetness of friendship let
there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart
finds its morning and is refreshed.
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