Discussion of spiritual practices: awakening, meditation, and the freedom that cannot be lost or found. All perspectives are welcome; advaita, christian, buddhist, islam or even no perspective at all. Just pointing to that which is nearest and dearest.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

peace and freedom

To quote Malcolm X: "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."

Through meditation we find that our bondage, at the root, comes from our thinking …

To find true freedom find the source of thought. Then enjoy Peace.

bob

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

fruit of meditation practice

Meditation is emptying - empty yourself utterly until you see the Divine everywhere.

(Quran 57:1-2) Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies God - He is the Almighty, the Wise. control of heavens and earth belongs to Him; He gives life and death; He has power over all things.

empty regularly,
bob

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

release is wisdom

We live in such Mystery! Many of us spend our lives recoiling from the Mystery … we feel more comfortable with the illusion that we are in control, and happier with the mistaken belief that we know what is going to happen in the future. But our direct experience hints at another reality.

In fact, it is our unwillingness to accept our "utter ignorance" that is the root cause of most of our suffering.

While sitting in Silence, we see that we cannot predict even the next thought that will come into our heads. How then can we predict what others will do or what life will offer next? When we realize that we are born into the Mystery, live in the Mystery, and die in Mystery, we find true happiness; gratitude for what is right here right now becomes our dominant experience.

The Quran reminds us of our 'real position' in the scheme of things with:

(18:23) do not say of anything, 'I will do that tomorrow' without adding 'God willing' and, whenever you forget, remember God and say, 'May God guide me closer to what is right'.

This quote is a clear pointer to 'what is right' … living free of the illusion of control.

bob

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eric Hoffer, the Author of "The True Believer" (a must read for those on a 'spiritual path' as it is the clearest warning about cults that I have ever read) points to where meditation eventually leads us:

"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."

meditation is coming home, and regular practice is the key,
bob