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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

let go ...


Meditation is the practice of release, letting go, surrendering.   What do we release during our practice?  

In a word - everything!  We release our ideas of ownership, our notions of control, and the delusion that anything in this life is permanent.  Let go, let go, let go, and then let go of letting go.  

Why do this?  Happiness comes from cooperating with the design of life rather than fighting it.

Let go; cooperate with the design of life; be happy.  So simple.

To God belongs the east and the west; wherever you go there will be the presence of God. God is Omnipresent, Omniscient. (Quran 2;115)

Such is God your Cherisher and Sustainer, there is no god except He, the Creator of all things. You shall worship Him alone. He is in control of all things. (Quran 6:102)

Know that this worldly life is no more than play and games, and boasting among you, and hoarding of money and children. It is like abundant rain that produces plants and pleases the disbelievers. But then the plants turn into useless hay, and are blown away by the wind. In the Hereafter there is either severe retribution, or forgiveness from God and approval. This worldly life is no more than a temporary illusion. (Quran 57:20)

Peace on you,
bob


Saturday, April 4, 2015

seeing life as it is

Meditation leads us to see life “as it IS” and away from how we think it “OUGHT to be”.  How IS it really?

The many prophets, sages, and messengers of God point to how it IS.  Life is fluid.  Lao Tzu points to the horrible consequences of rigid views of life.  Regular daily practice  will lead you to see the wisdom in Lao Tzu’s teaching.

The living are soft and yielding; 
the dead are rigid and stiff. 
Living plants are flexible and tender; 
the dead are brittle and dry. 

Those who are stiff and rigid 
are the disciple of death. 
Those who are soft and yielding 
are the disciples of life. 

The rigid and stiff will be broken. 
The soft and yielding will overcome.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

As-salamu alaykum
bob