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 …
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.
You can learn by instruction, by hearing. You can learn by seeing others, by observation. You can learn by inference. And you can learn by experience yourself.
If we study what has been worked out by experiment and confirmed by the classical yogis of the past and in the subsequent centuries, we start with an advantage
Illusions are of two kinds, and it is quite important to remember the distinction between them. One of them has no actual basis and the other has a basis of substratum. For no actual basis, think of Father Christmas. This is a concept, an idea, which we teach to very small
There is a heart but the heart is not visible. We know about the heart from the pulse. And if religion doesn’t have a pulse, doesn’t have a throb, in our lives, the form may be perfect but it will be like a marble statue – without a living heart.
The Buddha faces inward and makes the heart-essence (hon-shin) shine forth. The ordinary man faces outward, and is concerned with the ten thousand things.
If there’s a God who is interested and takes part in our world, people feel one ought to be able to see a tiny little finger now and then intervening in affairs, One has to think carefully about this: where is this God?
Karna-Sharira, causal consciousness from which the thoughts come. Practise of sitting under the blue sky and throwing away thoughts
Those who hold to virtue will at some time find themselves deserted, but those who rely on wealth and power, will always spend their whole life in dread and loneliness
In the Lotus Sutra, one of the old ones, there is a sort of Buddhist prodigal son. The king recognises him, when he sees him from the palace, sends out a guard to bring him in, but the beggar, when he sees the guard, runs away.
The knots become more and more habitual, and then hardened,
There is very little of the heart available for anything flexible or newly constructive.