Swami Ramdas : What is Yoga ?

 

swami-ramdas-pictureYoga is not a thing to be merely talked about, read in books, and heard through others. Yoga is for practice in life. Yoga which does not soften the heart and fill it with the pure emotion of love, compassion, and peace is not worth the name. Real concentration of mind and meditation of God in the chamber of his heart does bring about an enormous change in the devotee. His transformed life becomes a beacon light for others. Through thought, word, and deed he pours out love and bliss upon all. If not to live such a life, what use is there for someone to speak of and wish to hear of yoga ?

Swami Ramdas  The Divine Life

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Edward Salim Michael : exercise in the street

paris1980-1While he is walking in the street, he will need not only to be continually listening to the particular sound within his head and his ears mentioned earlier, but he must also, while he is looking at anything, try to perceive and to encompass simultaneously out of the corners of his eyes all the various movements that come into his field of vision and to maintain this simultaneous perception for the duration. Wherever he turns his head, when his gaze is attracted by any sort of object or movement, he needs to remain, without interruption, conscious and concentrated on all the other movements that are taking place to his left, to his right, in front of him—and even to try to sense those that are happening behind him.

Somehow the visual organs constantly capture all that enters into their field of perception (and not only the object looked at), but the problem lies in the fact that human beings are never conscious of what is also being transmitted at the edge of their field of vision; moreover, in their customary state of being, they do not really look at the object in front of them. Everything that presents itself to their eyes is, so to speak, vaguely perceived.

At the same time that he is looking at something, the seeker needs to also succeed in being conscious not only of the thing seen, but also of all the other objects or movements that are perceived to the side, even down to their shapes and colors—but which, because of this curious absence to himself, ordinarily escape him.

He will discover that it is very difficult for him, at the beginning, to accept letting go of his futile preoccupations and imaginings (which ceaselessly go around in his head without purpose) to remain simultaneously conscious of and concentrated on all these different movements that are occurring around him; in a very short time, he will notice that his field of vision has narrowed and become fixed on a single movement at a time, whereas all the other movements will withdraw into the background and once again become vague. He will, once again, be immured within himself, in his customary state of diurnal sleep and, so to speak, absent, plunged into his habitual daydreams and futile torments. He will look, but he will no longer see.

If the aspirant finds within himself the strength to “hold” this exercise long enough, without allowing his concentration, on both the sound within his ears and the totality of the movements taking place around him in all directions, to slacken even for a moment, the field of his consciousness will gradually expand; an expansion of his consciousness will take place within him and, with this expansion of his consciousness, he will feel not only an astonishing liberation from what he habitually is, but also that he has been relieved of a heavy burden.

Through this exercise, he will not fail to notice that, every time this expansion of his consciousness takes place within him (as a result of sustained concentration on the various movements around him), it will be accompanied by this strange liberation of himself and that, every time he loses this expansion of his consciousness, his field of vision will also shrink and he will once again become absent and immured internally in a world that is so narrow and illusory.

So as to help him further in this difficult spiritual journey, it is necessary once again to emphasize something already mentioned several times, but that the aspirant must always remember, that is, the more one does, the more one will be able to do, and the less one does, the less one will be able to do. In reality, the problem with human beings does not lie in the fact that they cannot do, but rather that they do not want to do.

The Supreme Quest Chap 19

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The Buddha speaks : The right method

buddha teachingA puzzled seeker asked the Buddha : “I have heard that some of your disciples meditate with expectations, others meditate with no expectations, and yet others are indifferent to the result. What is the best ?

The Buddha answered : Whether they meditate with or without expectations, if they have the wrong ideas and the wrong methods, they will not get any fruits from their meditations. Think about it. Suppose some people want to have some oil and put sand into a bowl, then sprinkle it with salt. However much they press it they will not get oil, for that is not the method. Others are in need of milk. They start pulling the horn of a young cow. Whether they have any expectations or not, they will not get any milk out of the horn for that’s not the method. Or if some people fill a jar with water and churn it in order to get butter, they will be left only with water.

But if seekers meditate with a wholesome attitude, with right intention and mindfulness, then whether they have expectations of not, they will gain insight. It’s like filling a bowl with oil seeds and pressing them or milking a cow by pulling the udder or filling a jar with cream and churning it. It’s the right method.

Majjhima Nikaya

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Einstein on God : The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion – video

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The  religion  of  the  future  will  be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.

 

 

 

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Jetsunma Yenzin Palmo : Bringing meditation in our daily life

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There is no greater obstacle to God than time – Meister Eckhart

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« Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time. And not only time, but temporalities, not only temporal things, but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time. »

Meister Eckhart

 

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Bede Griffith : the woundedness of our human nature

bedegriffithslrg“To enter deeply into meditation is to enter into the mystery of suffering love. It is to encounter the woundedness of our human nature. We are all deeply wounded from our infancy and bear these wounds in the unconscious. The repetition of the mantra is a way of opening these depths of the unconsciousness and exposing them to light. It is first of all to accept our woundedness and thus to realize that this is part of the wound of humanity. All the weaknesses we find in ourselves and all the things that upset us, we tend to try to push aside and get rid of. But we cannot do this. We have to accept that “this is me” and allow grace to come and heal it all. That is the great secret of suffering, not to push it back but to open the depths of the unconscious and to realize that we are not isolated individuals when we meditate, but are entering into the whole inheritance of the human family.”

Bede Griffith Beyond the Darkness (by Shirley du Boulay)

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Edward Salim Michael : Changing the past

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As the past and the future converge at every instant in the present, the seriousness with which a motivated aspirant accomplishes his spiritual practice in the present (meditation or other exercises) is not only tracing the future for him, but in the most mysterious and ordinarily incomprehensible manner, it is also changing the past, so that it will no longer be able to repeat itself in the same way. (…)

It is only “now” that one can escape the tyranny of Time, because it is “now” that liberates us from the flow of Time and of becoming, and connects us to Eternity. And, being conscious of oneself in the present in a very particular manner constitutes the key that opens the gate to Eternity.

Edward Salim Michael The Supreme Quest

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Why being vegetarian ? Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – Edward Salim Michael

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Because of the tremendous terror, physical pain, and moral agony dumb creatures must inevitably go through when faced with their bewilderingly precipitate and harsh death at the hands of humans—an agony they cannot even give voice to in their total helplessness to plead with those who are cutting short their lives—it is better, if possible, to refrain altogether from eating animal flesh. For every piece of meat less that is consumed means in time one animal less will go to the slaughterhouse.

The suffering and unhappiness these dumb beings sustain when being slaughtered can never be easily borne by any sensitive being endowed with a certain capacity for thinking and the power of physical movement, and in whose veins red blood also flows. This, the symbol of passion, indicates a degree of intelligence in animals comparatively greater than in the vegetable kingdom (which has white sap) and relatively nearer to the human one.

Furthermore, as these animals are put to death coldly and often under cruel conditions, their moral agony is all the greater. Every cell in their bodies becomes infused with the sensations of utter hopelessness and anguish of their premature and brutal death.

At such an atrocious moment, these unfortunate creatures become intensely alert and concentrated. The feelings of terror, helplessness, and despair that they go through during these fearful instants—not to mention also the anger and hatred that they bear toward the humans who are slaughtering them—are, in keeping with the violence of these moments, extremely powerful. These final terrible emotions that they take with them when dying inevitably infect their flesh and remain highly active in it, and when consumed by people—especially in the heedless manner in which they generally do so—it is bound to influence their inner state adversely and gradually fill them with sentiments corresponding to those that these ill-fated beings had in them at the time of their death.

Edward Salim Michael – The Law of Attention chap 46

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Ramana Maharshi – video

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