For centuries we have heard the immortal words, "Love Thy neighbor as Thy self." This ancient wisdom reveals a deep spiritual truth - we are intimately connected as one in the body of God.
May this spiritual light bless my thoughts so that I first see others as the divine beings they are. I ask that this Divine Light bless the Higher Self Point of those I interact with, so they see themselves in a more compassionate light.
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Change Your Aura, Change Your Life, A step by step guide for establishing your spiritual power! Many people confuse spiritual growth with the increase in knowledge of facts and the ability to recite information. Unlike physical growth, there is no quantitative way to measure one’s spiritual growth.
Hence, my question to you who reads this article is: Do you really want to grow spiritually? The Joint Prayer of Muslims and Orthodox Christians: Violation of Canons or Expression of Love? Five of the climbers were somewhat experienced as they had traversed mountain passes before.
Over the past sixteen years I have led expeditions to Monte Perdido, the Tena Valley, Vallee de Baretous and the Piedmont Plane, Sant Maurici Lake, and dozens of other mountain sites. Equipped with survival gear, ice picks, and crampons (spikes) for our boots, our team carefully made way over the frozen landscape that we encountered. After traversing the ice for two hours we neared the mountain summit, and were now leaving the white panoramic terrain behind us. I have always thought that we are not individuals born and thrust helplessly into this world. One night not long after my twenty-ninth birthday, I woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread.
One day while sitting quietly in his Uncles house Venkataraman unexpectedly was filled with terror and fright.
The shock of the fear of death drove my mind inwards and I said to myself mentally, without actually framing the words: Now that death has come; what does it mean? All this was not dull thought; it flashed through me vividly as living truth which I perceived directly. Ananda was the only one left at the time of the first council of Buddha’s own disciples who didn’t become an Arhat. Sometime after Buddha’s death, there was a meeting of all the Arhats, but since Ananda wasn’t an Arhat he couldn’t go. One day in 1912, while Merwan was sitting outside his house, suddenly his inner sight opened. According to Buddhist tradition, he sat through the night until a glimpse of the morning star suddenly provoked a state of perfect clarity and understanding.
If your dream is selfless service to humanity, chances are you entered into this world as an enlightened child. If your dream involves personal growth and more earthly experience, chances are you have some work to do before becoming enlightened.
If your dream involves trying to survive and being on top of the world no matter what the cost, chances are meditation and spirituality do not resonance within. Depending upon your level of consciousness at the time of birth, your path to enlightenment may be gradual or sudden. Having been born already vastly evolved, Cristofer was just a hairs breath away from transcending that final gap between thought and silent bliss consciousness.
Things always seemed to go his way, and he was always there at the right time to lend friends and strangers a helping hand. After eating his Ice Cream Sundae his mind suddenly became very silent, and his small self, recognizing the coming extinction, made a last gasp.
On the other hand, the majority of Earth’s human inhabitants are fully ensnared in the music of the spheres (the illusion of Maya) and need to be shown the way. Half of the world’s population (Christians, Jews, Muslims and others) believe that the goal of life can only be achieved in another realm, aka heaven. The other half of the world’s population (the Eastern religions) believe in personal transformation, reincarnation, and continuing on until enlightenment is reached. For those on the GRADUAL path, the contrast between meditation and activity lessens day by day. Remember when you first started meditation and you experienced deep rest and significant relief from stress? It’s important to meditate every day, no matter where on the spiritual path you are, even if you feel nothing is happening. Meditate every day to unfold your full potential, and blossom into a life of blissful awareness.
The teachings of Kabbalah have long provided wisdom and practical instruction for spiritual development. For your enjoyment and thought provoking opportunity, here are some Kabbalah traditional stories.
One day, many years later, they were walking in the forest together, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, and they were having a discussion about the nature of existence: where did they come from, why were they here, where were they going, and so on . Once, there was a fish who lived in the great ocean, and because the water was transparent, and always conveniently out of the way of his nose when he moved along, he didn’t know he was in the ocean. Then the fish became confused because of thinking about moving and swimming and he suddenly had an anxiety paroxysm, and thought that he had forgotten how.
As he went on trying to catch hold of his tail, the yawning black abyss below became ever more terrible, and he was brought to the edge of a total nervous breakdown. From then on, the fish put his own end behind him (where it belonged) and set out to explore the Great Ocean. Once upon a time, after a great cataclysm that almost obliterated life on this planet, a small group of peasants, who were very old, were the only survivors of the global disaster. Finally, in desperation, one aged man, wiser and more courageous than the rest, proposed to go out into the world in search of food. Despite his terror and infirmities, for he was very old, the man fended off the terrifying apparitions as best he could, know he had to continue on his quest for food.
Suddenly he heard a sound like none he had ever heard before a haunting wail of utter misery, the thin and pitiful cry of an abandoned child.
Once his eyes had adjusted to the dim light inside, he saw a small figure huddled in front of a simple altar. He drew back, horrified, staring at this human form that looked sightlessly towards him for a moment and then quickly covered its terrible blank face with its hands, as if anguished by the revelation of its deformity. The old man remained motionless, battling his impulse to flee from this travesty of humankind. Steeling himself against the horror of that blank visage, he cradled its head gently in his hands and turned it up towards him. Rabbenu Jehiel, the father of Rabbenu Asher, had a friend in his city who, like him, was exceedingly devout. Nevertheless, thirty days later, the deceased Hasid came and appeared to the rabbi, Rabbenu Jehiel, requesting his forgiveness concerning the oath, for he was not permitted to tell him anything. He set out and journey to Egypt where he was greatly honored out of respect for the Rabbi and for himself.
It happened that a Hasid, walking along the way, met up with Elijah the prophet, and walking together, they came upon an animal carcass that had been thrown out along the path. Later, they saw a man in the distance coming toward them and walking with a pronounced gait, and though he was still some distance away, Elijah the prophet raised his hand to his nose. Similarly, one who is distant from God and from his Holy beings and devout ones considers himself superior to whoever is of lower level that his. Three great sages once came to the house of our teacher and Rabbi Mordecai Masnut, a man of great learning and wealth and piety, in connection with a matter relating to a mitzvah. Then, upon completing his prayer and reciting the final blessing over a cup of wine, he stood up and greeted his guests, “May your coming be in peace.
Love is the single most necessary ingredient for human happiness, and relationships, and it is the purest expression of the soul making it also a Godly act.
There is selfish, narcissistic, indulgent, self centered love, and selfless, giving, caring, love.
The essence of the soul like a diamond buried in the ground is always a diamond and although the diamond may be covered with grime and is in the need of a good polish, it is nonetheless a brilliant stone.
The Baal Shem Tov taught that when a Jew is happy for another Jews successes and is sad over his losses this is dearer to God than the prayers of Rabbi Yishmoel Cohen Godal in the Kodesh Hakodoshim on Yom Kippur. The Baal Shem Tov taught that it makes sense that a soul will come down to this world and live sixty seventy years in order to do for a fellow a favor; a materiel favor, and certainly a spiritual favor. Among my favorite Australian folk tales were Wayambeh the turtle and The origin of the Narran Lake. But even though it scared me the best story was Deereeree the wagtail and the rainbow, mostly because it had a happy ending. My childhood was filled with the many challenges that we (the indigenous people) faced in Australia. My mother reiterated how our people migrated from Southeast Asia into Australia approximately 50,000 years ago.
We were also artisans and philosophers, tied to the land, with a unique sensitivity and perspective of how nature functioned. Our way of life started to change significantly in 1788 when English settlers first landed in Australia. Many of my people became sick after contracted venereal disease, whooping cough, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other illnesses due to exposure to the white man. So my mother Elanora, who had always been interested in such things, took the bus to see him. In the 1960’s the sentiment toward us, the indigenous people of Australia, started too changed.
As a teenager I felt caught between two walls; what my Mother said I should do and what my friends often contradictorily said. What was important to me was school, my friends, the relationship and interaction with my mother, dating and sex issues, staying away from drugs and addictions, and my sense of self worth. That summer while on a hiking trip to Wollemi National Park I fell down a ravine and broke my arm. At one point my best friend told me that because my personality and temperament seemed to be always on even keel, I was not really alive.
I replied, “Living life with stability and contentment allows me to experience it more fully.
In the 1990’s new government legislation gave us greater autonomy, better working wages and other social benefits. Today in the 21st century we are actively participating in Australian painting (Albert Namatjira), acting (David Gulpilil, Ernie Dingo, and Deborah Mailman), song (Christine Anu, Jessica Mauboy and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu), sports (Lionel Rose, Evonne Goolagong, Arthur Beetson, Laurie Daley, Gorden Tallis, Nathan Jawai, Patrick Mills, Mark Ella), Parliament (Neville Bonner, Aden Ridgeway and Ken Wyatt), and too many other enterprises to list here. I know from my experience over the years that meditation is wonderful, but since we all carry personal karmic debt, illness can still come our way. My nephrologist later told me that my surviving kidney has an additional Ureter; that’s the tube that runs from the kidney to the bladder.

I have since thought that perhaps I was predestined to have this bout with cancer, and so my body had prepared ahead of time to better handle life after the disease? As long as we continue to perceive the world as subject (mind) and object (our body) our fear will persist.
Some say there is healthy fear, which acts to keep us out of potentially dangerous and harmful situations.
The consequence of past actions (karma) can place dangerous situations in our path at any time. Meditate every day to rise above the binding influence of mind, which are both the inventor and sustainer of fear. Certainly we can go sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, zip lining, and swimming with the sharks to build courage and character. When a man finds fearless support in That which is invisible, formless, indefinable and support less, he has then attained fearlessness. On Perihelion Earth Day (January 4, 2012 at 20:00 Eastern Time) we can celebrate the Earth’s closest orbital approach to the Sun. Even though the Winter Solstice is already claimed as the birthday for more than one religious founder, there is still enough room to change December 21st – to January 1st and start the New Year with additional joy. The play of Being (lila) wraps us in the field of time and opportunity.  From unconsciousness we have awoken. Build strong family ties and friendship with everyone you meet.  They are all expressions of yourself.
Born in 1896 in a small Bangladesh village (Kheora), Nirmala Sundari Devi entered this world enlightened. Her name Anandamayi, which means “bliss permeated mother,” was given to her in the 1920’s by her disciples.
Give yourself up to the wave, and you will be absorbed by the current; having dived into the sea, you do not return anymore.
Suffering is sent to remind you to turn your thoughts towards That which is real – to God who will give you solace. To find the Beloved is to find my Self, to discover that God is my very own, wholly identical with myself, my innermost Self. Just as fire burns away all dross and rubbish, so the three fold suffering purges man’s heart from all impurity and results in a growing single mindedness in his search after Truth.
Ever afterward, though the dance of creation changes around me, in the hall of eternity I shall be the same. One should think of oneself as a purely spiritual being, as Self luminous, poised in the Bliss of the Self. The same inexpressible Truth is experienced in two ways: as Self-luminous Silence, or as the Eternal Play of the One.
When you recognize the existence of God, He will reveal Himself to you as compassionate, or gracious, or merciful, in accordance with your attitude toward Him at the time.
Your body, which is part of and depending on this illusory world, is on the other hand the expression of a hidden inner process.
Human-birth — does it not ordinarily mean experiencing desire, passion, grief, suffering, old age, disease, happiness, pain and so on?
What is perceived in this world is in the nature of a dream, similar to what one sees in dreams.
He Who has given you what you possess in this world — wealth, distinction, youth —appeal to Him for his own sake. The true progress in one’s spiritual experience depends on the sincerity and intensity of one’s aspiration. The Koan has been described as a short story or sentence that initially seems paradoxical in nature, but can have any number of solutions when we start to think “out of the box.” It has been a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism practiced in Japan for a long time. That particular Koan is attributed to Hakuin Ekaku (1686–1769), and like all Koans can be answered in many different ways. The Koan is often used as a test of a Zen student’s ability, and for monks in training. Koan literature typically derives from older texts and traditions, including texts that record the sayings and actions of sages, perhaps dating back to Bodhidharma (c. Shuzan held out his short staff and said, “If you call this a short staff, you oppose its reality. As the roof was leaking, a Zen Master told two monks to bring something to catch the water. Knowledge is structured in consciousness.  And its corollary, knowledge is different in different states of consciousness.
As meditation brings ever clearer experience of Transcendental Consciousness the absolute increases in our lives. Everything experienced in terms of my SELF.All relative values of creation plus the absolute unbounded.
By living only waking, dreaming and sleeping states of consciousness our appreciation of the world is limited.  We encounter brief glimpses of happiness and joy, while most of life appears to be suffering.
By Enlightenment (CC) we have completed an inner transformation of the small self (individual ego) to the large universal cosmic SELF. Reach for your destiny, Unity Consciousness, which is living life in a universe experienced as the expression of your SELF. We all face challenges in life and at times it may seem that desires and dreams go unanswered.  It would be wonderful if somehow our actions would elicit a higher degree of success, be more leveraged, and encounter less resistance along the path. Meditation increases our odds for success, since our actions become more fully supported by nature (cosmic intelligence). Water flowing downhill follows the path of least resistance as it moves acted upon by gravity. Action following the path of least resistance is more fruitful, and as human consciousness expands those pathways become even more effortless and yield much higher values of achievement. Non-involvement arises out of reaching the goal of all involvements in life, which is bliss consciousness.
Continue your meditation practice to gain skill in action.  Through alignment with our Universal SELF the goal of all actions (fulfillment) is attained.
According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.
As one brought up in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, I feel that love and compassion are the moral fabric of world peace.
This type of compassion is what we must strive to cultivate in ourselves, and we must develop it from a limited amount to the limitless. The rationale for compassion is that every one of us wants to avoid suffering and gain happiness.
Whether one believes in religion or not, there is no one who does not appreciate love and compassion. The development of a kind heart (a feeling of closeness for all human beings) does not involve the religiosity we normally associate with conventional religious practice. When we take into account a longer perspective, the fact that all wish to gain happiness and avoid suffering, and keep in mind our relative unimportance in relation to countless others, we can conclude that it is worthwhile to share our possessions with others. Another result of spiritual development, most useful in day-to-day life, is that it gives a calmness and presence of mind. Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment and taught in India over two thousand years ago, yet his teaching remains refreshing and relevant today.
The purpose of Buddhism is to serve and benefit all sentient beings, including human beings. I am often asked whether the teachings and techniques of Buddhism continue to be relevant in the present day and age.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. As human beings we are high enough on the evolutionary ladder to have conscious wakefulness, which allows us to make calculated and thoughtful decisions before acting.
If one can live the infinite value of life, then one can make a choice to live any of its finite values. Just as a flower turns toward the Sun and opens in the morning, so to free will is a natural expression of consciousness in the world. May this Holy Love touch my soul so that I feel my own divinity and open my heart to be more generous in my loving expression with others. Your email address will not be shown to other visitors and will not be shared or used for any other purposes.
And yet, we can still do it, not by using a measuring tape or a weight balance, but by measuring ourselves against the saints, the heroes of the Christian faith, most of whom gave their lives as martyrs for the faith in Christ! Compare yourself to the trials and tribulations of saint George, or saint Demetrios, saint Catherine or saint Irene and even more contemporary saints like saint Nektarios, and you will know immediately how far you still have to go.
Here is the recipe: Humble yourself, fall down at the feet of a spiritual father and confess your sins, including your pride and arrogance.
Here is the recipe: Go back to the confessional again and again with a contrite heart and a humbled spirit.
I had woken up with such a feeling many times before, but this time it was more intense than it had ever been. So he kept meditating, trying at the last minute to become enlightened, and it got to be midnight, 2, 3 o’clock in the morning of the first council of Buddhist Arhats, but still he couldn’t make it, even though he was the repository of all of Buddha’s words.
Finally, Ananda just gave up and said, “Oh ********, I’m not an Arhat.” Then he got enlightened, because he saw things as they were. He saw the divine effulgence of God most clearly and immediately lost all bodily consciousness. Then she took half of the cracked shell, transformed it into a crown, and placed it on Today’s head, making him a prince. At that moment he looked down and saw the yawning chasm of the ocean depths, and he was terrified that he would drop. The other villagers were too frightened, discouraged, and weakened by illness and hunger to accompany him, so he decided to set out alone.
As he entered the forest’s shadowy depths, he began to feel uneasy, and with good cause. He saw before him the ruins of an ancient temple, its stone walls covered with moss, its cracked columns grown round with vines. It was moaning softly, rocking back and forth, its head bent upon its knees and half hidden by its encircling arms. Frightened and bewildered as he was, he sensed that the creature was suffering almost beyond belief. Gazing intently at its eyeless face, as if to will a response into existence, he caressed the featureless oval.
And then the person, whose fresh and perfect features reminded him of everyone who had ever been dear to him in the past and who might become so in the future, smiled. So when you are genuinely happy for your fellows successes and when you are genuinely sad over their losses than you have given God greater joy than Rabbi Yishmoel Cohen Godal (the holiest Jew of his time) when he was praying in the Kodesh Hakodoshim (the holiest place in the world) on Yom Kippur (the holiest day of the year). Thus the abyss between myself and yourself will be filled in, which is the goal of all religious worship.
When he becomes deeply conscious of his weakness and tormented by the thoughts of his undesirable impulses and distressing characteristics, when afflictions like poverty, bereavement or humiliation make him feel his life is futile, then and then only does he develop real faith and religious fervor, and becomes anxious to surrender himself at the feet of the Supreme Being.

A thief in the disguise of a businessman joined him, intent on robbing him at the earliest suitable occasion. Yet it is man’s duty to bear in mind that he exists for God alone— for His service and for the realization of Him. If he uses it in his dealings with the world he will indeed be victorious in most direc­tions. By becoming conscious of one’s spiritual wealth one must strive to emerge triumphant from the battle.
To form a bad opinion of a person just because one has heard some gossip about him is wrong. The only difference is that the former takes place in the waking state and the latter during sleep. Just as when, for example, someone has ruined his digestion by indulging in excessive and unrestrained eating; even though he later adopts a frugal and well-regulated diet, the results of these wise measures will not be noticeable straight away.
If you have fallen to the ground, use it is a lever to raise yourself up again, for it is man’s duty to exert himself, no matter what he undertakes. Search in every home and see how many people can be found who have never known bereave­ment.
It can reflect the enlightened (Satori) or awakened state of a person, or can be used as a tool to “shock” a discursive mind into expansive thought and consciousness. But remember to supplement that study with meditation morning and evening, to foster better understanding and capture the aim of Koan practice, Satori (Enlightenment). These writings by Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson and William Shakespeare describe some of their own experiences. The pursuit of the objects of our desire and attachment involves the use of aggression and competitiveness as supposedly efficacious instruments. Undiscriminating, spontaneous, and unlimited compassion for all sentient beings is obviously not the usual love that one has for friends or family, which is alloyed with ignorance, desire, and attachment. Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents; later in life, when facing the sufferings of disease and old age, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. It is not only for people who believe in religion, but is for everyone regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
But if our training in calming our minds, developing qualities like love, compassion, generosity and patience, is to be effective, we must put them into practice in day-to-day life.
Some of the most knowledgeable "Christian theologians" in the world are "spiritual infants" in the best cases and total pagans in the worst.
In order to make this comparison you will certainly need to read the stories of the lives of these men and women. The silence of the night, the vague outlines of the furniture in the dark room, the distant noise of a passing train – everything felt so alien, so hostile, and so utterly meaningless that it created in me a deep loathing of the world.
He heard every word that Buddha taught, and memorized them all, but he didn’t meditate much because he was too busy. With a flourish, she cracked the egg into an invisible pan and proceeded to cook it over the invisible fire that she had prepared for the purpose.
Looking to the horizon, with those majestic mountains of my birth place calling like a flute, I told myself: I should be home now, dinner will be waiting, my family is going to worry about me.
The thought formed: I want to go to the horizon, I want to live on the edge of the world, I want to be where the horizon is. But the earth was so damaged that their efforts to cultivate a few food crops were in vain. No sooner had he reached a point where he could no longer see the village fields behind him, than a host of strange and fearsome creatures began to attack him. The cries seemed to come from within the temple, so he mounted the worn stone steps and entered through a low, arched doorway. With this benevolent and grateful smile, which the old man matched with a joyous smile of his own, the two joined hands and walked out together into the waiting world. We play this instrument at ceremonies honoring the events of sunrise, sunset, weddings and funerals.
Call it a bird, an insect, an animal or a man, call it by any name you please, one serves one’s own Self in every one of them.
The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within.
Every morning, before leaving the inn which they happened to have put up for the night, the merchant would count his money quite openly and then put it into his pocket. Hostility, condemnation, abusive language, ill-feeling and so forth, even if kept con­cealed within one’s mind, will and must fall back on oneself.
Thus: whatever be the nature of one’s actions at the time, one has also simultaneously to enjoy and suffer the accumulated consequences of one’s previous conduct. In His store-house, where there are riches, relations, the vigour of youth, there are also old age, death, disease and poverty. Not praying for anything that is of this world, strive to abandon yourself without reserve to Him. Atomic isotopes seek their ground resting state (some decay radioactively while others appear to be stable, but have recently been theoretically shown to also possibly decay).
Meditation is a technique that introduces us to bliss consciousness and awakens a clearer vision of promise. These mental processes easily translate into actions, breeding belligerence as an obvious effect. When you have pity or compassion for a very poor person, you are showing sympathy because he or she is poor; your compassion is based on altruistic considerations.
The kind of love we should advocate is this wider love that you can have even for someone who has done harm to you: your enemy.
Indeed, all beings are born with similar desires and should have an equal right to fulfill them. If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon others’ kindness, why then in the middle should we not act kindly towards others? It is for anyone who considers himself or herself, above all, a member of the human family and who sees things from this larger and longer perspective. Individual happiness ceases to be a conscious self-seeking effort; it becomes an automatic and far superior by-product of the whole process of loving and serving others. The Buddha recommended that in working to overcome suffering we should help others as much as we can. Being more concerned for the suffering of others instead of your own is truly to follow the spirit of all the great religions including Buddhism.
So long as we continue to experience the basic human sufferings resulting from impermanence, attachment and wrong view, there is no question of its relevance.
On the other hand, some of the simplest and least educated Christians I met in my life were "spiritual giants" by comparison. From that moment onwards the ‘I’ or Self focused attention on itself by a powerful fascination. An upright writhing serpent crept up behind him, a hairy crawling beast without a name threatened his ankles, a sharp talons flying thing with great flapping wings descended from the sky upon him. Quickly they began to mold the little creature’s smooth resilient flesh, making an indentation for eyes, shaping a nose, a mouth, ears. Never does the soft moonlight appear more soothing than after the scorching heat of a summer day. Yours is the give and take of the universe, yours the need, and yet you your­self are the fulfillment that hidden inner process is generated by you. In Him no want of any kind exists, no pain, no agony — in Him is all attainment, the summit of fulfillment, rest, repose, tranquility. Such processes have been going on in the human mind since time immemorial, but their execution has become more effective under modern conditions.
On the other hand, love towards your wife, your husband, your children, or a close friend is usually based on attachment. If I compare myself with others, who are countless, I feel that others are more important because I am just one person whereas others are many.
This is a powerful feeling that we should develop and apply; instead, we often neglect it, particularly in our prime years when we experience a false sense of security.
When, instead, we lose control over our minds through hatred, selfishness, jealousy, and anger, we lose our sense of judgement.
He further advised that if we cannot actually be of help, we should at least be careful not to do anyone harm. His hands moved now more rapidly and deftly until a fully human face, which seemed to have been waiting for a touch such as his to take form, looked back at him.
Similarly, with every further act of penance that you performed, we were brought out from a heavier to a lighter yoke until we were brought into our own place (our present place). With all fears dissolved in the peace of the Self and all desires dedicated to Brahman, controlling the mind and fixing it on me (God), sit in meditation with me as your only goal. While he was asleep the thief would frantically search through all the belongings of the merchant without being able to find the money. Generally speaking, man is born into this world in order to reap the pleasant results of his good deeds as well as the outcome of his wrong-doing. In this world there is no room for undisturbed ease; don’t you see that there is distress at every step? Further, the Tibetan Buddhist tradition teaches us to view all sentient beings as our dear mothers and to show our gratitude by loving them all. If we have that we can face difficulties with calm and reason, while keeping our inner happiness.
Spiritual growth is a process that begins when you want it and never ends once you start it, unless you stop it. You will begin to experience joy in untold ways and see the goodness and kindness in people as you never have before. With senses and mind constantly controlled through meditation, united with the Self within, an aspirant attains nirvana, the state of abiding joy and peace in me.
After several nights of frustrating searching, the thief finally in resignation confessed to the merchant his true intention and pleaded with him to tell him how he was able to hide his money so successfully. What about the consequences of any impropriety or injustice he commits at the present time? For, according to Buddhist theory, we are born and reborn countless numbers of times, and it is conceivable that each being has been our parent at one time or another. Thus, the practice of compassion and wisdom is useful to all, especially to those responsible for running national affairs, in whose hands lie the power and opportunity to create the structure of world peace. The teachings of love, kindness and tolerance, the conduct of non-violence, and especially the Buddhist theory that all things are relative are a source of that inner peace.
I could feel that a deep longing for annihilation, for nonexistence, was now becoming much stronger than the instinctive desire to continue to live. Without any thought, I felt, I knew, that there is infinitely more to light than we realize.
In this case your compassion will remain as a humane response to suffering as long as beings continue to suffer. I picked up things, a pencil, an empty bottle, marveling at the beauty and aliveness of it all.

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