is a simple rule, and easy to remember. When I, a thoughtful
and unblessed Presbyterian, examine the Koran, I know that beyond
any question every Mohammedan is insane; not in all things, but
in religious matters. When a thoughtful and unblessed Mohammedan
examines the Westminster Catechism, he knows that beyond any
question I am spiritually insane. I cannot prove to him that
he is insane, because you never can prove anything to a lunatic--for
that is a part of his insanity and the evidence of it. He cannot
prove to me that I am insane, for my mind has the same defect
that afflicts his. All Democrats are insane, but not one of them
knows it; none but the Republicans and Mugwumps know it. All
the Republicans are insane, but only the Democrats and Mugwumps
can perceive it. The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion
our adversaries are insane. When I look around me, I am often
troubled to see how many people are mad. To mention only a few:
Atheist, The Theosophists, The Infidel, The Swedenborgians, The
Agnostic, The Shakers, The Baptist, The Millerites, The Methodist,
The Mormons, The Christian Scientist, The Laurence Oliphant Harrisites,
The Catholic, and the 115 Christian sects, the Presbyterian excepted,
The Grand Lama's people, The Monarchists, The Imperialists, The
72 Mohammedan sects, The Democrats, The Republicans (but not
the Mugwumps), The Buddhist, The Blavatsky-Buddhist, The Mind-Curists,
The Faith-Curists, The Nationalist, The Mental Scientists, The
Confucian, The Spiritualist, The Allopaths, The 2000 East Indian
sects, The Homeopaths, The Electropaths, The Peculiar People,
there's no end to the list; there are millions of them! And all
insane; each in his own way; insane as to his pet fad or opinion,
but otherwise sane and rational. This should move us to be charitable
towards one another's lunacies. I recognize that in his special
belief the Christian Scientist is insane, because he does not
believe as I do; but I hail him as my mate and fellow, because
I am as insane as he insane from his point of view, and his point
of view is as authoritative as mine and worth as much. That is
to say, worth a brass farthing. Upon a great religious or political
question, the opinion of the dullest head in the world is worth
the same as the opinion of the brightest head in the world--a
brass farthing. How do we arrive at this? It is simple. The affirmative
opinion of a stupid man is neutralized by the negative opinion
of his stupid neighbor no decision is reached; the affirmative
opinion of the intellectual giant Gladstone is neutralized by
the negative opinion of the intellectual giant Newman--no decision
is reached. Opinions that prove nothing are, of course, without
value any but a dead person knows that much. This obliges us
to admit the truth of the unpalatable proposition just mentioned
above --that, in disputed matters political and religious, one
man's opinion is worth no more than his peer's, and hence it
followers that no man's opinion possesses any real value. It
is a humbling thought, but there is no way to get around it:
all opinions upon these great subjects are brass-farthing opinions.
a mere plain, simple fact--as clear and as certain as that eight
and seven make fifteen. And by it we recognize that we are all
insane, as concerns those matters. If we were sane, we should
all see a political or religious doctrine alike; there would
be no dispute: it would be a case of eight and seven--just as
it is in heaven, where all are sane and none insane. There there
is but one religion, one belief; the harmony is perfect; there
is never a discordant note.
Can Be a Light Unto Yourself...
be aware is to watch your bodily activity, the way you
walk, the way you sit, the movements
of your hands: it is to hear the words you use, to observe all your thoughts,
all your emotions, all your reactions.
It includes awareness of the unconscious, with its traditions,its instinctual
knowledge, and the immense sorrow it has accumulated not only personal
sorrow, but the sorrow of man.
You have to be aware of all that; and you cannot be aware of it if you
are merely judging,evaluating, saying,
"This is good and that is bad, this I will keep and that I will reject," all
of which only makes the mind dull, insensitive.
awareness comes attention. Attention flows from awareness
when in that awareness there is no choice, no personal choosing,
no experiencing... but merely observing. And, to observe,
you must have in the mind a great deal of space.
A mind that is caught in ambition, greed, envy, in the pursuit of pleasure
and self-fulfillment, with its inevitable sorrow, pain, despair, anguishsuch
a mind has no space in which to observe, to attend. It is crowded with
its own desires, going round and round in its own backwaters of reaction.
You cannot attend if your mind is not highly sensitive, sharp, reasonable,
logical, sane, healthy, without the slightest shadow of neuroticism.
mind has to explore every corner of itself, leaving no spot
uncovered, because if there is a single dark corner of one's
mind which one is afraid to explore, from that springs illusion...
is only in the state of attention that you can be a light
unto yourself, and then every action of your daily life springs
from that light every actionwhether you are doing
your job, cooking, going for a walk, mending clothes, or
what you will. This whole process is meditation... J.
wise speak of the imperishable banyan tree (ashvattha), which
has its roots above and branches below. Its leaves are the Vedas
and he who knows this is the knower of the Vedas. Its branches
extend all about; nourished by the three attributes of nature
(luminescence, mobility and lethargy), the sensory objects are
its shoots and below, in the world of men, its secondary roots
stretch forth, binding them in karma. Its real form (rupa) is
not perceived here, nor its end nor beginning nor its foundation.
Let man first hew down this firm rooted banyan tree with the
strong weapon of detachment." (15.1-3)
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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Any male or Female
who is somehow offended by the sight of a nude body,
probably has some major psychological issues.
Clad. In her absolute, primordial
nakedness she is free from all covering of "Illusion".
She is Nature (Prakriti in Sanskrit), stripped of 'clothes'.
It symbolizes that she is completely beyond name and form, completely
beyond the illusory effects of "Maya" (false consciousness).
Her nudity is said to represent totally illumined consciousness,
unaffected by maya. Kali is the bright fire of truth, which cannot
be hidden by the clothes of ignorance. Such truth simply burns
Just as some of the world’s greatest "spiritual
teachers" have said that Heaven
cannot be accurately described in words, the essence
of Tantra cannot be captured in either "oral
or written words". To truly
understand Tantra, it has to be experienced.
who sees the inaction in action, and action in inaction, is
wise indeed. Even when he is engaged in action he remains poised
in the tranquility of the Atman.”Bhagavad Gita 4:16
our secret acts nourish the common good.
May we meet in peace and harmony.
May our resolve be strong and thoughtful.
May our talks lead to protection and peace.
Through our actions, may we invoke peace and honor the Truth that resides
“If you’re seeing pornography or
sexism, not wisdom and beauty. then go back and start your
Spiritual quest anew, because you have completely missed
by Nudity go here
religion has helped mankind. Paganism increased in
man the light of beauty, the largeness and height
of his life, his aim at a many-sided perfection;
Christianity gave him some vision of divine love
and charity; Buddhism has shown him a noble way to
be wiser, gentler, purer; Judaism and Islam how to
be religiously faithful in action and zealously devoted
to God; Hinduism has opened to him thelargest and
profoundest spiritual possibilities. A great thing
would be done if these God-visions could embrace
and cast themselves into each other; but intellectual
dogma and cult-egoism stand in the way. "Sri
For Open Minds
His Disciples questioned:
"When will the Kingdom come?"
It will never come
If you are expecting it.
Nobody will say
Look here or look there.
Yet the Kingdom of the Father
Is spread throughout the earth
And no man sees it.
Gospel According to Thomas
religion preaches that the essence of all morality is to do good
to others. And why? Be unselfish. And why should I? Some God
has said it? He is not for me. Some texts have declared it? Let
them; that is nothing to me; let them all tell it. And if they
do, what is it to me? Each one for himself, and somebody take
the hinder-most-- that is all the morality in the world at least
with many. What is the reason that I should be moral? You cannot
explain it except when you come to know the truth given in the
Gita: "He who sees everyone in himself, and himself in everyone,
thus seeing the same God living in all, he, the sage, no more
kills the Self by the self." Know through Advaita that whosoever
you hurt, you hurt yourself; they are all you. Whether you know
it or not, through all hands you work, through all feet you move,
you are the king enjoying in the palace, you are the beggar leading
that miserable existence in the street; you are in the ignorant
as well as in the learned, you are in the man who is weak, and
you are in the strong; know this and be sympathetic. And that
is why we must not hurt others. That is why I do not even care
whether I have to starve, because there will be millions of mouths
eating at the same time, and they are all mine. Therefore I should
not care what becomes of me and mine, for the whole universe
is mine, I am enjoying all the bliss at the same time; and who
can kill me or the universe? Herein is morality.
|J. Krishnamurti has not received a Nobel Prize -- and he is one
of those rare human beings, those few of the buddhas, who are really
laying the foundation for world peace. And Mother Teresa has received
the Nobel Prize for world peace. Now, I don't understand what she
has done for world peace! George Gurdjieff didn't receive a Nobel
Prize, and he was working hard to transform the inner core of human
beings; Raman Maharshi didn't receive the Nobel Prize -- because
their work is invisible: their work is that of bringing more consciousness
to people. When you bring bread to people it is visible, when you
bring clothes to people it is visible, when you bring medicines
to people it is visible. When you bring God to people, it is absolutely
passions have governed my life: The longings for
love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity
for the suffering of [humankind]. Love brings ecstasy
and relieves loneliness. In the union of love I have
seen In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand
the hearts of [people]. I have wished to know why the
stars shine. Love and knowledge led upwards to the
pity brought me back to earth; Cries of pain reverberated
in my heart Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless. I long to alleviate
the evil, but I cannot, And I too suffer.
This has been my life; I found it worth living.
is the act of showing reverence to a god, a spirit, or
another aspect of the divine through invocations, prayers,
songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the
Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with the
divine. Most often that contact is facilitated through
an object: an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel,
a painting, or a print.
|J. Krishnamurti A long life: ninety years. His fame started
very early, at thirteen years old; so really he had a very
life of work and disappointments. Even the closest ones betrayed
him. His whole life seems to be just a series of betrayals,
and those who remained never managed to understand what he
was saying. They listened to him for half a century, but
still he could not cross their thick minds and reach to their
being. And every day... if you look at his life, in the beginning
he was very hopeful, very excited that man can be changed,
that a new man can arrive. But slowly, slowly that hope disappeared,
that excitement was no more there. And as he grew older,
he became sadder.
in whom reside all beings and who reside in all beings,
who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul
of the universe, the limitless being--I am That."
|He who knows does not speak.
He who speaks does not know.
|Shiva saved the entire human race and the universe from
swallowing poison. It is believed that the Gods and the demons were churning
Ocean (Sagarmanthan) to obtain amrit (nectar) to stay immortal. In the
they came across many unusual substances, including the deadly poison.
as they touched the poison, it exploded into poisonous fumes that threatened
destroy the entire universe. When the destruction of the universe seemed
inevitable, the Gods ran for assistance to Brahma and Vishnu, but neither
able to help. At last they ran to Lord Shiva, who swallowed the poison
spilling a single drop. That also explains why Lord Shiva's throat is blue
colour for which he is also called Neel Kanth (the one who has a blue throat)
Om Namaha Shivaya!
Love says: 'I am everything.'
Wisdom says: 'I am nothing.' Between the two my life flows.
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated
philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy
HH THE DALAI LAMA
am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_,
a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings as something separated from
the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting
us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty." Einstein
eye cannot see it; the mind cannot grasp it.
The deathless Self has neither caste nor race,
Neither eyes nor ears nor hands nor feet.
Sages say this Self is infinite in the great
And in the small, everlasting and changeless,
The source of life.
Tantra says: You say yes. You
say yes to everything. You need not fight, you need
not even swim you simply float with the current.
The river is going by itself, on its own accord, everything
reaches to the ultimate ocean. You simply dont
create any disturbance, you dont push the river,
you simply go with it. That going with it,
floating with it, relaxing with it, is tantra.
|"In truth everything in life
is about that dance. When the rain goes onto the parched
earth, that's sex in a sense, that's creation, that's
merging. When the wind blows through trees, that's merging.
Everything in life is always dancing with the polarities,
with the interchangeable energies. And so expanding your
understanding of Tantra beyond the body can open up a
world where you're truly living in a very ecstatic state.
And then you just become a dancer in that dance. And
it doesn't even matter how it turns out, it's the joy
of dancing that allows your heart to celebrate every
two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions,
the individual self and the immortal Self are perched
on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes
of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter,
tasting of neither, calmly observes.
individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity
with the divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves
and is sad. But when he recognizes the worshipful Lord
as his own true Self, and beholds his glory, he grieves
own Self is one's chief Guru.
By knowledge of Self [in] communion one gets the great
The first peace,
which is the most important,
is that which comes from within the souls of people
when they realize that their relationship...
Their oneness with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe,
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center
is really everywhere....
you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian
or a European, or
anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you
are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself
by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is
seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion,
to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total
understanding of mankind.
— J. Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known, pp. 51-52
" Truth is
a Pathless land." Man cannot come to it through any organization,
through any creed, through any dogma,
priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological
technique. He has to find it
through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding
of the contents of his own mind, through
observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective
Man has built in himself
images as a fence of security—religious, political, personal.
These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs.
The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his
relationships and his daily life. These images
are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man.
His perception of life is shaped by the
concepts already established in his mind. The content of his
consciousness is his entire existence.
content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name,
the form and superficial culture he
acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man
does not lie in the superficial but in
complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which
is common to all mankind.
So he is not an
Freedom is not a reaction: freedom is not choice. It is man’s
pretence that because he has choice he is
free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without
fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is
without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of
man but lies in the first step of his existence.
In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom
is found in the choiceless awareness
of our daily existence and activity.
Thought is time. Thought is born of experience and knowledge
which are inseparable from time and the
past. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based
on knowledge and therefore time, so
man is always a slave to the past. Thought is ever-limited and
so we live in constant conflict and struggle.
There is no psychological evolution.
When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he
will see the division between the
thinker and the thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer
and the experience. He will
discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there
pure observation which is insight without any
shadow of the past or of time. This timeless insight brings about
a deep radical mutation in the mind.
Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is
negation of all those things that thought has
brought about psychologically, only then is there love, which
is compassion and intelligence.