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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See a video of Ramana Maharshi

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Opening the heart by Ayya Khema

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Albert Einstein : The sense of the mysterious

Einstein’s speech ‘My Credo’ to the German League of Human Rights, Berlin, autumn 1932,

”The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion…. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness….one cannot help but be in awe when (one) contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.

Albert Einstein

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The Bouddha speaks : Samyutta Nikaya

Sorrow is  suffering brought about by myself alone good Buddha?” asked Kassapa.
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then by another?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then both together, myself and another?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then is it brought about by chance?”
“No, Kassapa.”
“Then is there no suffering?”
“No, Kassapa, it is not that there is no suffering. For there is suffering.”
“Well then, perhaps you neither know nor see it, Buddha.”
“It is not that I don’t know suffering or don’t see it. I know it well and see it.”

“But to all my questions, good Buddha, you have answered no—and yet you say you know suffering and see it. Please teach me about it.”

“Kassapa, there are two wrong views. One says that oneself is the entire author of a deed and all consequent suffering one brings upon oneself and this is so from the beginning of time. The other says that it is deeds by other people that bring about one’s own suffering.

You should avoid both these views, Kassapa. Here we teach another way. All deeds, wether your own or another’s are conditionned by ignorance and that is the origin of this whole mass of suffering. By ending that ignorance in youself, and by way of yourself in others, wisdom comes into being and the suffering ceases. »

Samyutta Nikaya

from : The Bouddha speaks (edited by Anne Bancroft)

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Jacques Lusseyran : The attention

Jacques Lusseyran (1924-1971) was a  french author and a blind hero of the French Resistance.. He became totally blind in a school accident at the age of 8.

“At all times, I know of the world only what I deserve to know. The amount of knowledge I have is proportional to my desire to acquire it and my attention…

Attention alone holds sway: it is that which creates the universe.

A completely attentive human being will know the universe completely. Wise men who make serenity a condition for acquiring any knowledge are indeed right, because inner peace puts us in an attentive mood.

Nothing is more dissipating than worry and doubt unless the doubt is methodical, thereby merely consisting of prudence within the mind (…) In the perception of an attentive human, reality is rendered: complete sections peel away with the mere pressure of the hand, or a mere look. However, the hand and the look themselves are then only instruments. It is always within us that knowledge is realized; that is to say, in that place where we are connected to all created things. (…) Inner peace, it is that; and that is also what attention is: it is a state of universal communication, a state of coming together…

Yet, we spend the best part of our lives tearing things apart. We are estranged, in dissent with all things, and above all with ourselves. It is not only a vain revolt but a damaging folly.”

And There Was Light: autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran

 

 

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John of the Cross : The annihilation of the memory

100109_jean_de_la_croix_1The soul that is clouded by the desires is darkened in the understanding and allows neither the sun of natural reason nor that of the supernatural Wisdom of God to shine upon it and illumine it clearly. (…)

The annihilation of the memory in regard to all forms (including the five senses) is an absolute requirement for union with God. This union cannot be wrought without a complete separation of the memory from all forms that are not God. In great forgetfulness it is absorbed in a supreme good. (…)

 If the memory is annihilated, the devil is powerless, and it liberates us from a lot of sorrow, affliction and sadness.

John of The Cross  1542-1591  The Ascent of Mt Carmel

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Pablo Casals : One of the greatest cello players and a man of peace

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Pablo Casals was regarded as one of the greatest cello players and composers (writers of music) of the twentieth century. He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music.

Casals came to understand the suffering of the poor as he walked the streets of Barcelona. He vowed to use his music to help his fellow people.

Casals often wrote letters and organized concerts on behalf of the oppressed, and he refused to perform in countries, such as the Soviet Union, Germany, and Italy, whose governments mistreated their citizens. After the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), when General Francisco Franco took power, Casals announced he would never return to Spain while Franco was in charge. He settled in Prades, France, and gave occasional concerts until 1946, when, to take a stand against tyrants such as Franco, Casals vowed never to perform again.
However, encouraged by friends, Casals resumed playing in 1950, participating in the Prades Festival organized to honor Bach. At the end of the festival and every concert he gave after that, Casals played “Song of the Birds,” a Catalonian folk song, to protest the continued oppression in Spain. In 1956 he settled in Puerto Rico and started the Casals Festival, which led to the creation of a symphony orchestra and a music school on the island. Casals never returned to Spain.

Casals also continued to refuse to perform in countries that officially recognized the Franco government. Until his death in 1973, Casals made only one exception—in 1961 he performed at the White House for U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), a man he greatly admired. In 1971, at the age of ninety-five, he performed his “Hymn of the United Nations” before the United Nations General Assembly. Casals sought to inspire harmony among people, with both his cello and his silence.

 

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