Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fastest Growing Religion

Do you know what is the fastest growing religion?

Read the article published in the National Geographic HERE

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http://hackspirit.com/new-study-reveals-worlds-fastest-growing-religion-not-christianity-islam/

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Truth

The ultimate truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They are not the Way. - Bodhidharma

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Quantum Physics and Spirituality

The Dalai Lama explains the connection between Quantum Physics and Spirituality

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Kitten and the Fly - A Zen Parable

A young student approached the master who was seated in the garden and asked “Master, no matter how hard I try I just can’t achieve mindfulness."

The master said nothing but pointed to a corner of the garden where a kitten was attempting to capture a fly.

The kitten lunged, gasped and stalked the fly. Yet for all of her efforts, the fly stayed just out of her reach.

Finally the kitten wore herself out and curled up in a ball at the master’s feet.

The fly, promptly landed, of its own accord, right on the tip of the sleeping kitten’s nose.

The young student, seeing this, understood.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Spiritual - Quotes

The dance of the flower in the wind, in the sun, in the rain, cannot be understood by the head; the heart has to be open for it. - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and to know the place for the first time. - T. S. Eliot

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. - Joseph Campbell

The heart is peaceful and joyful when we no longer imagine that we need something. - Eric Baret

The Heart is the only Reality. The mind is only a transient phase. To remain as one’s Self is to enter the Heart. - Sri Ramana Maharshi

The heart of all spiritual teaching is simple. Be love. Be peace. Be harmony. Be compassion. Be joy. - Unknown

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation. - John Cage

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms. - Thich Nhat Hanh

The quieter you become the more you can hear. - Ram Dass

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. - Caroline Myss

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Newest Major Religion

The World’s Newest Major Religion: No Religion

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Hold on to Nothing

Hold on to nothing.

Try to keep your mind in the present. Whatever there is that arises in the mind, just watch it. Let go of it.

Don't even wish to be rid of thoughts. Then the mind will reach its natural state. No discriminating between good and bad, hot and cold, fast and slow. No me and no you, no self at all. Just what there is.

No need to cling to isolation or seclusion. Wherever you are, know yourself by being natural and watching. If doubts arise, watch them come and go.

It's very simple. Hold on to nothing.

It is as though you are walking down a road. Periodically you will run into obstacles. When you meet defilements, just see them and just overcome them by letting go of them. Don't think about the obstacles you have passed already.

Don't worry about those you have not yet seen. Stick to the present. Don't be concerned about the length of the road or about the destination.

Everything is changing. Whatever you pass, do not cling to it.

Eventually the mind will reach its natural balance where practice is automatic. All things will come and go of themselves.

Don't try to get anywhere in the practice. The very desire to be free or to be enlightened will be the desire that prevents your freedom.

You can try as hard as you wish, practise ardently night and day, but if it is still with the desire to achieve in mind, you will never find peace.

The energy from this desire will be a cause for doubt and restlessness. No matter how long or how hard you practise, wisdom will not arise from desire.

So, simply let go. Watch the mind and body mindfully but don't try to achieve anything.

Don't cling even to the practice of enlightenment.

- Ajahn Chah

Text source: Questions & Answers with Ajahn Chah

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Dalai Lama

We can spend our life trying to ‘tame’ the world, a task that would never end; or we can take the more practical path of ‘taming’ our own minds. The latter is by far the more effective approach, and brings the most immediate, stable and lasting solution. It contributes to our own inner happiness, and also contributes to establishing an atmosphere of peace and harmony in the world around us. - Dalai Lama

If you can cultivate wholesome mental states prior to sleep and allow them to continue right into sleep without getting distracted, then sleep itself becomes wholesome. - Dalai Lama 

I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter. Far more important is that they be a good human being. - Dalai Lama

Friday, July 6, 2018

The King and the Sage

The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man. - José Ortega Y Gasset


A king asked a sage to explain the Truth. In response the sage asked the king how he would convey the taste of a mango to someone who had never eaten anything sweet. No matter how hard the king tried, he could not adequately describe the flavour of the fruit, and, in frustration, he demanded of the sage, "Tell me then, how would you describe it?" 

The sage picked up a mango and handed it to the king saying "This is very sweet. Try eating it!"

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Spiritual - Quotes

Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul. - Unknown

Religion is belief in someone else’s experience. Spirituality is having your own experience. - Deepak Chopra

Rely entirely on your clarity of thought, purity of motive and integrity of action! - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. - Carl Sagan

Separate we come, and separate we go, And, this be it known, is all that we know. - Conrad Aiken

Simply being with other people who are also seekers and who are involved in the same quest you are is very meaningful. - Dan Wakefield

Sit quietly and tune into your Self. You will find that within that calm and peace, there are many answers. - Unknown

Sometimes we have to stop looking at our problems and start appreciating how beautiful our lives have become. - Antonie Crowley

The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results. - Krishna 

The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. - The Dalai Lama

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Religion

American Bishop Explains How Religion is ‘Made Up’ and Used to Control People.

Finally, someone with enough sense, and guts from within the organization. Click on the link to read the article

American Bishop Explains How Religion is ‘Made Up’ and Used to Control People

Monday, July 2, 2018

Renunciation

Renunciation is not only for the monks and nuns. Whoever is seeking liberation or enlightenment needs renunciation of the senses. The meaning of renouncing the world is that we have less craving for and grasping at sense objects. Renouncing sensory pleasure doesn’t mean throwing nice things away. Even if you do, it doesn’t mean you have renounced them. Renunciation is a totally inner experience. - Unknown

In enjoyment, there is fear of disease; in social position, the fear of falling off; in wealth, the fear of (hostile) kings; in honour, the fear of humiliation; in power, the fear of foe men; in beauty, the fear of old age; in scriptural erudition, the fear of opponents; in virtue, the fear of traducers; in body, the fear of death. All the things of this world pertaining to human beings are attended with fear; renunciation alone stands for fearlessness. - Vairagya Sakatam of Bhartrihari

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Dalai Lama

The work of a person laboring in some humble occupation is no less relevant to the well-being of society than that of, for example, a doctor, a teacher, a monk, or a nun. All human endeavor is potentially great and noble. So long as we carry out our work with good motivation, thinking, “My work is for others,” it will be of benefit to the wider community. But when concern for others’ feelings and welfare is missing, our activities tend to become spoiled. Through lack of basic human feeling, religion, politics, economics, and so on can be rendered dirty. Instead of serving humanity, they become agents of destruction. - Dalai Lama 

The work of a person laboring in some humble occupation is no less relevant to the well-being of society than that of, for example, a doctor, a teacher, a monk, or a nun. All human endeavor is potentially great and noble. So long as we carry out our work with good motivation, thinking, “My work is for others,” it will be of benefit to the wider community. But when concern for others’ feelings and welfare is missing, our activities tend to become spoiled. Through lack of basic human feeling, religion, politics, economics, and so on can be rendered dirty. Instead of serving humanity, they become agents of destruction. - Dalai Lama

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. - Dalai Lama

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Zen

Do not think of what has not happened yet, or to be overly concerned about what has already passed; instead to be like a mirror which just sees things everything as is, with no "then what' or "what if?" This is Zen. - Unknown

Friday, June 29, 2018

Fasting

Yen Hui: What is fasting of the heart?
Confucius: The goal of fasting is inner unity. This means hearing, but not with the ear; hearing, but not with the understanding; hearing with the spirit, with your whole being... The hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear, or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind. Fasting of the heart empties the faculties, frees you from limitations and from preoccupations. Fasting of the heart begets unity and freedom.
Yen Hui: I see. What was standing in my way was my own self-awareness. If I can begin this fasting of the heart, self-awareness will vanish.

An article on Fasting