Words Heard By Chance

“To hear the pounding on the door, we have to remember to pay attention to what we have lost and to what is calling for us. Not a day goes by when the world doesn’t cry out for us, signal us with signs and sounds, calling us home. Listening closely is nearly a lost art, but a retrievable one. The soul thrives on it. Words heard by chance have been known to change lives.”

– Phil Cousineau –

You Are That

“You are what your deep driving desire is.”

– Brihaduranyaha Upanishad –

Letting Go

“Our habits become rigid and old; but we call it discipline. Our beliefs and ideas are rooted in the reality of yesterday, not today; but we call it virtue. Emotionally we respond not to what we hear, see and receive today but to how it reminds us of what we heard, saw and received yesterday, the day before and 30 years ago. Erroneously, we call it truth. We are so busy complaining about the damp chill of winter that we don’t notice the bright rays of the spring sun peaking through the clouds. This is not the way to live. Like the tree who gladly gives her green leaves of spring to the Divine Painter to turn red and yellow in Autumn, and then lets them fall to the ground as the winter frost sets in, similarly, in order to stay ever-young, ever-free and ever-joyful we need to be able to let go.”

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

That Which Ages Us

“It is not¬†responsibilities that age us. It is not the jobs we do, the homes we build, the families we create or the passing years. What actually ages us, what actually is the difference between those who are seventy “years young” and those who are thirty “years old” is the ability to let go. The more we hold on, tenaciously and unrelentingly, to our own conceptions, our own expectations, our own egos, the more stuck we become. A rule of nature is that that which stops flowing stagnates and putrefies. That’s what happens in our own lives. When we stop being able to shed the old in favor of the new, we become old. We stagnate.”¬†¬†

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

Attachment and the Mind

“The nature of the mind is to interpret nonessentials essential. The mind creates artificial needs, believing it cannot live without them. In this way we carry a great burden of attachments throughout our life. Attachment is itself a great burden on our minds. We may never understand the extent of the burden till we’re free of it. But if we find joy within, we can live a simple life, free of endless complications.”

– from The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami –

Transformation

“To transform the world, we must begin with ourselves; and what is important in beginning with ourselves is the intention. The intention must be to understand ourselves, and not to leave it to others to transform themselves. This is our responsibility, yours and mine; because, however small may be the world we live in, if we can bring about a radically different point of view in our daily existence, then perhaps we shall affect the world at large.”

– J. Krishnamurti –

Screen Savers

“Computers have a very clever device called a “screen saver” which comes on after the screen has been idle for a certain number of minutes. Rivers, flowers or even flying saucers move across the monitor in order to prevent the idle screen from literally imprinting permanently upon the fibers of the monitor. If we didn’t have screen savers, our screens would be rendered useless quite quickly because wherever we stop for too long, it would permanently fix upon the monitor. The same is true in our lives. If we get stuck with a desire, an expectation, a grudge, a fear, a misconception, it imprints upon our consciousness, preventing us from seeing that which is new with clear, pure vision.”

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

Intuition

“Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch”, or has transferred his thoughts effectively to another person.

The human mind, free from the static of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms – sending and receiving thoughts, and tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will possessed by each individual.

All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.”

From: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

God is Everywhere

“God is one, and everything originates only from Him. The cause of all suffering is when we forget our identity with God. That is called Maya, or illusion. God is everywhere. You need not search to find Him. If you call Him with sincerity, He will reveal Himself to you. God sees within the heart not the externals. There must be no duplicity. You may wander through the jungles your whole life, but God is within your heart. When you meet Him there, you will see that He is everywhere.”

– words spoken by Mahavirdas Tat Walla Baba as recorded in The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami –

Gratitude and Divine Awareness

“Recognize yourself as a Divine Being. Seek to have your actions be in alignment with this divinity. Ask yourself, “Is this choice I’m about to make honouring the Divine within me?” Along with this, attempt to see the Divine in every experience, from the grandeur of nature to the tedious and mundane aspects of daily life. Recognize that there is a Divine Plan and a Divine Essence permeating all things. Have gratitude for all experiences, all difficulties and all challenges. In cultivating gratitude and recognizing and surrendering to this sense of higher power, we move most closely towards the essence of Yoga.”

From: Deep Yoga: Ancient Wisdom For Modern Times by Bhava Ram

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