our prayers WHY OUR PRAYERS SOMETIMES ARE NOT ANSWEREDToday we would like to turn your attention to the subject of prayer. Many people have potent experiences through the avenue of prayer, while others seem to get no positive outcome. What might be the mysterious mechanism behind prayer, and how can we explain such contradictory results? Many religions and wisdom traditions over the ages have declared that all prayers are answered; Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba likewise says this is so. But how can this be, one protests, when so many boons we fervently pray for do not seem to be granted? (more…)

Eckhart Tolle 1 Eckhart Tolle: Reincarnation, Karma and PresenceEckhart Tolle, Ramana and the Zen Master Dogen

The following statements by these gentlemen on the topics of reincarnation, karma and presence reflect my own views. Many years ago as a young man I had a vision of great magnitude in which I was standing on a wide path, a road, which came spiraling up from below. It was like an endless funnel and this road, this path, was spiraling around and up the inside of this funnel-like landscape. I recognized it as the path of time and of myriad past human generations. As I gazed mesmerized by the sheer magnitude of this scenario, someone on the opposite side of this ‘inverted mountain’ waved to me. In that moment I waved in return and recognized that the one ‘over there’ was me in another life. (more…)

Right Communicationwhite stone on the sand 200x197 Zen: Right Communication – Shunryu Suzuki

“The more you understand our thinking, the more you find it difficult to talk about it. The purpose of my talking is to give you some idea of our way, but actually, it is not something to talk about, but something to practice. The best way is just to practice without saying anything. When we talk about our way, there is apt to be some misunderstanding, because the true way always has at least two sides, the negative and the positive. When we talk about the negative side, the positive side is missing, and when we talk about the positive side, the negative side is missing. (more…)

zen circle 6 small Zen: ControlThis post contains a little over two pages from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki.

At the bottom you will find the YouTube video of Peter Coyote reading this chapter.

“To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.”

To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. When we lose our balance we die, but at the same time we also develop ourselves, we grow. Whatever we see is changing, losing its balance. The reason everything looks beautiful is because it is out of balance, but its background is always in perfect harmony. (more…)

matterhorn small A Sacred Mind   KrishnamurtiThe topic of this post is “a sacred mind”. While contemplating Krishnamurti’s thoughts, I ask myself: where is the sense of ‘the sacred’, as K calls it, that I lived in as a child? In my late teens I thought of it as a sense for the magic in everyday life. It is that sense of something unexpected happening just around the next corner and the mystery when looking at a distant snow-covered mountain peak. I felt myself transported up there into the pristine snow and ice landscape just by seeing it. The exotic aroma coming from the next coffee bar (in Italy) conjured up visions and virtual experiences of far away and mysterious places.  This ‘sacred’ is still here, just a bit covered up by the dusty veil of our conditioning. In this chapter Krishnamurti speaks to this.
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goodness Goodness   A Chapter in Krishnamurtis BookThis following text of Krishnamurti is another passage from one of my favorite books of his: “This Light In Oneself “. This is Chapter 3, “Living in Goodness”. The first passage  from this book that I posted on my spiritual blog Heartflow2013.wordpress.com was from Chapter 13, “Observing from a Quiet Mind” and subsequently I posted “What is Meditation?” from Chapter 12, “A Sacred Life”.

The selections in the book “This Light in Oneself” present the core of Krishnamurti’s teaching on meditation, taken from discussions with small groups, as well as from public talks to large audiences. His main theme is the essential need to look inward, to know ourselves, in order really to understand our own—and the world’s—conflicts. We are the world, says Krishnamurti, and it is our individual chaos that creates social disorder. He offers timeless insights into the source of true freedom and wisdom.
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Titanias resolve by Gray Fullbuster Resolve

“Banish uncertainty.
Affirm strength.
Hold resolve.
Expect death.

Make your stand today. On this spot. On this day. Make your actions count; do not falter in your determination to fulfill your destiny. Don’t follow the destiny outlined in some mystical book: Create your own. (more…)

Sloth by LaQueen Sloths   Taoist Monks

I’ve written a lot of the teachings of people but I felt it time to write a little about other types of animals that have something important to teach us. Ever since I was a child I’ve always admired Sloths, I even chose to write about them in primary school, compiling an entire folder on them full of research. I feel there is something we can learn from the way they live their lives. (more…)

alan watts small MAYA: The Minds Delusion and DistortionExcerpt from “The Way of Zen” – Alan Watts

Moksha (liberation) is also understood as liberation from maya – one of the most important words in Indian philosophy, both Hindu and Buddhist. For the manifold world of facts and events is said to be maya, ordinarily understood as an illusion which veils the one underlying reality of Brahman. This gives the impression that moksha is a state of consciousness in which the whole varied world of nature vanishes from sight, merged in a boundless ocean of vaguely luminous space. Such an impression should be dismissed at once, for it implies a duality, an incompatibility, between Brahman and maya which is against the whole principle of Upanishadic philosophy. For Brahman is not One as opposed to Many, not simple as opposed to complex. Brahman is without duality simple as opposed to complex. Brahman is without duality (advaita), which is to say without any opposite since Brahman is not in any class or, for that matter, outside any class.
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Nisargadatta Maharaj small Nisargadatta: You Are Not The BodyNisargadatta: Can you communicate to me what it is you have understood?

Visitor: It is all concepts, all illusion.

Nisargadatta: Yes.

V: I don’t believe in processes that take a lot of time and discipline. I’ve done all that. I want it to end.

Nisargadatta: The basic fact, that you are not the body – must be clear to you by now.

You are working in the world and you think that you are doing that work, but what is happening is this:

The life force, when it comes out in thoughts and words, is the mind, so it is this prana mind, life force mind, which is the acting principle.

The beingness, the consciousness, is the God which witnesses the life force and mind working.

It does not interfere; it merely witnesses.

The reason for your unhappiness is that you think it is you who are working.
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eft points EFT: Emotional Freedom TechniqueThis week I would like to talk about EFT, which stands for: Emotional Freedom Technique.
EFT is also known as Meridian Tapping or just Tapping, and is a wonderful tool for improving our well-beingEFT is a practice that combines eastern and western disciplines in order to balance the energy in our bodies, which in turn, will help us improve our physical and psychological state. For a more in-depth description, I will quote EFT expert Carol Look:

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krishnamurti black and white cropped Silence: A Contemplation with Krishnamurti

What actually takes place when the mind is really quiet? That is the real question, isn’t it – not what is transcendental or what lies beyond?

Questioner: What lies beyond is my question.

K: What lies beyond can be found only if the mind is still. There may be something or there may be nothing at all.

So the only thing that is important is for the mind to be still. Again, if you are concerned with what lies beyond, then you are not looking at what the state of actual stillness is. If stillness to you is only a door to that which lies beyond, then you are not concerned with that door, whereas what is important is the very door itself, the stillness itself.
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bruce lee by tenshinosekai d54d594 Interpretation“The sage whose words are ambiguous you call great.
Those who advocate discipline you shun.
With one, you treat words the way you want.
With the other, you resent having no quarter. (more…)

innerjourney logo4 Spiritual Realization   The Inward JourneySpiritual realization is the aim that exists in each one of us to seek our divine core. That core, though never absent from anyone, remains latent within us. It is not an outward quest for a Holy Grail that lies beyond, but an Inward Journey to allow the inner core to reveal itself.

In order to find out how to reveal our innermost Being, the sages explored the various sheaths of existence, starting from body and progressing through mind and intelligence, and ultimately to soul. The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center of our being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the various layers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass. (from “The Inward Journey” by  B. K. S. Iyengar)
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nomad by fluxen d4jvk9p Moving On“When the order to move comes, the warrior looks at all the friends he has made during the time that he followed the path. He taught some to hear the bells of a drowned temple, he told others stories around the fire.

His heart is sad, but he knows that his sword is sacred and that he must obey the orders to the One to whom he offered up his struggle.

Then the warrior thanks his travelling companions, takes a deep breath and continues on, laden with memories of an unforgettable journey.” (more…)

Crane by Ezeg Wu WeiWu Wei (non-action) as defined by Chuang Tzu (compiled by Thomas Merton): Wu Wei is not intent upon results and is not concerned with consciously laid plans or deliberately organised endeavours: “My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness … Perfect joy is to be without joy … if you ask ‘what ought to be done’ and ‘what ought not to be done’ on earth to produce happiness, I answer that these questions do not have [a fixed and predetermined] answer” to suit every case. (more…)

forestal summer path by sahk99 d3lmdvd Tao“Bird song flies unfettered
Over blue sky and green fields
Once you feel Tao run,
Give way, give way. (more…)

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Requires tenacity to survive.

Times of adversity inevitably confront us all. We are denied influence, people will not listen to what we have to say, and we are restricted by circumstance. In this situation, followers of Tao must rely on their determination. Without that, they cannot emerge successfully from the danger. (more…)

Releasing your Fears Guide

american indians chief o Releasing Your Fears, A Practical Method

Releasing your Fears

Releasing your Fears with this Practical Method is actually really easy. Are you presently be controlled by your Fears? This method is handed down by the American Indians to allow one to do just that. They aren’t just telling one to release their Fears. They are showing us how! When one wishes to release their Fears using this Practical Method they find it is a simple, fun and enjoyable way to let them go. One has nothing to lose but the fears themselves. Be free of them. They serve no purpose but to enslave ones mind. Nokomis will help you find your Manidoo.

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dd18cbe19d56ac4e3ea97f56051f5155 d37xpzj Commitment“The warrior hears someone say: ‘I need to understand everything before I can make a decision. I want to have the freedom to change my mind.’

The warrior regards these words suspiciously. He too can enjoy that freedom, but this does not prevent him from taking on a commitment, even if he does not know quite why he does so. (more…)