It was a terrible insult if a samurai’s scabbard was touched by anything in passing. So a samurai who was orderly and did not want a fight, kept his scabbard close to his side in the street.
The shadow of the bamboo sweeps the steps,,but the dust does not stir;the moon’s disc bores into the lake, but the water shows no scar.
Dr Shastri used to give before a spiritual meeting the practise -just a touch between the eyebrows, just bring the attention to this point for just a few seconds. So if you would like to try now just touch there and use the after sensation to bring the mind to this point. Ormmmmmmm. Ormmmmmmm. The text, the holy text, on which our teacher based much of his instruction is called a Bhagavad Gita. He translated some of the important verses for the commentary, it is on the book store ‘Teachings from the Bhagavad Gita’ by Hari Prasad Shastri. Now one of the verses of chapter two says, in rough translation, ‘when you begin to pass beyond the tangle of illusions you will get adverse to, our teacher said sometimes you will get sick of all you have been told and all that they are going to tell you, the tangle of words, and then you will turn away from words and you will bring your mind within and then you will bring it to a stationary unmoving concentration called samadhi’. This is in verse 52 and two verses later the disciple Arjuna asked ‘what is this man like who has brought …
Every man must be able to go into voluntary mental and nervous relaxation and concentrate his mind on a symbol of God, whether it be a word, a concept or an image.
“He who does works for Me, who holds Me as his supreme, devoted to Me, free from attachment, without hatred, he comes to Me.”
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OM is all this. All that is past, present or future Is verily OM. Whatever is beyond the three periods of time is also verily OM. All this is surely Brahman.