September 23, 2014
Belonging is not about attachment, nostalgia and possessiveness. It is the “longing to be” fully present with each person and experience in our life.
The way we can be fully present is by letting go of past preferences and future expectations and appreciating what is right here with us.
Ultimately, belonging is found in the simplicity of being where even ideas of us and other fall away.
~ Nithya Shanti
September 19, 2014
September 16, 2014
It’s your expectations of your own mind that are creating your hell. “I expected you to be…”
When you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought, examine your thinking, not just the thing that frustrates you.
You will see that a lot of your suffering is created by your models about how the Universe ought to be, and your inability to allow it to be as it is.
If I meet somebody that is a liar and a cheat, they are like an elm tree. They are the essence of lying and cheating. If I have a model in which people shouldn’t lie and cheat, then I am immediately in opposition to that person.
But, I don’t have to play games with them. I may say “In the future, you and I can’t play together, because you are a liar and a cheat and I can’t play with you”.
But, at least I can appreciate and allow them their lyingness and cheatingness. That’s their problem, not mine. My problem was my expectations.
If you have a model that everybody is good and then somebody isn’t, then you end up hating the world and being all upset about the world because it isn’t the way you expected it to be.
September 15, 2014
Our normal sensation of self is a hoax, or, at best, a temporary role that we are playing, or have been conned into playing — with our own tacit consent, just as every hypnotized person is basically willing to be hypnotized.
The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.
July 12, 2014
Sight (and all other sense doors) discerns the relative – that which vibrates and moves.
Insight discerns the absolute – the silent background – all that does not vibrate or move.
Together they balance the mind and complete the picture of reality where samsara is nirvana rightly understood and nirvana is samsara fully penetrated.
~ Nithya Shanti