Thought for the Week – 16th May 2022 (3)

Like everything mental, the so-called law of causation contradicts itself. No thing in existence has a particular cause; the entire universe contributes to the existence of even the smallest thing; nothing could be as it is without the universe being what it is. When the source and ground of everything is the only cause of everything, to speak of causality as a universal law is wrong. The universe is not bound by its content, because its potentialities are infinite; besides it is a manifestation, or expression of a principle fundamentally and totally free.

-Nisargadatta

Thought of the Week – 16th May 2022 (2)

There is still a widespread denial of death in Western cultures.  Even old people try not to speak or think about it, and dead bodies are hidden away.  A culture that denies death inevitably becomes shallow and superficial, concerned only with the external form of things.  When death is denied, life loses its depth.  The possibility of knowing who we are beyond name and form, the dimension of the transcendent, disappears from our lives because death is the opening into that dimension.  

People tend to be uncomfortable with endings, because every ending is a little death.  That’s why in many languages the word for “good-bye” means “see you again.”                                                               
          
Whenever an experience comes to an end  –  a gathering of friends, a vacation, your children leaving home  –  you die a little death.  A “form” that appeared in your consciousness as that experience dissolves.  Often this leaves behind a feeling of emptiness that most people try hard not to feel, not to face.  
 
If you can learn to accept and even welcome the endings in your life, you may find that the feeling of emptiness that initially felt uncomfortable turns into a sense of inner spaciousness that is deeply peaceful.
          
By learning to die daily in this way, you open yourself to life….
          
Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form.  That is why the most sacred thing in life is death.  That is why the peace of God can come to you through contemplation and acceptance of death.

Eckhart Tolle

(contributed by Mr. Balasunder)

Thought of the Week – 16th May 2022

The ego would have you think that it’s responsible for your survival. Ego says, “If I wasn’t so clever . . . if I didn’t remind you to take your vitamins and all, you’d be deader than a mackerel.” The downside of duality, then, is it creates the illusion that there’s a separate I that is the cause of everything—that there’s a personal I, separate from the infinite oneness of totality. The core of the ego is this self-centered point, which one assumes to be the cause of everything. As long as you believe in causality, you are stuck in a duality of “a this causing a that.” The pathway to enlightenment through non-duality dissolves the opposites.

-David Hawkins

Thought for the Week – May 9th 2022

On the trap of self-pity: 

“Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.”

Cheryl Strayed 

Book of the Month – May 2022 : The Answer to How is Yes

There is something in the persistent question How? that expresses each person’s struggle between having confidence in their capacity to live a life of purpose and yielding to the daily demands of being practical. It is entirely possible to spend our days engaged in activities that work well for us and achieve our objectives, and still wonder whether we are really making a difference in the world. My premise is that this culture, and we as members of it, have yielded too easily to what is doable and practical and popular. In the process we have sacrificed the pursuit of what is in our hearts. We find ourselves giving in to our doubts, and settling for what we know how to do, or can soon learn how to do, instead of pursuing what most matters to us and living with the adventure and anxiety that this requires.

The idea that asking how to do something may be an obstacle rather than an enabler ended my 1993 book, Stewardship. In the final chapter, there is the suggestion that How? is a symbol of our caution and reinforces the belief that, no matter what the question, there is an answer out there that I need and will make the difference. I pick How? as a symbol simply because it is far and away the most common question I hear. It has always struck me that I can write or speak the most radical thoughts imaginable. I can advocate revolution, the end of leadership, the abolition of appraising each other, the empowerment of the least among us, the end of life on the planet as we know it, and no one ever argues with me. The only questions I hear are “How do you get there from here? Where has this worked? What would it cost and what is the return on investment?“ This has led me to the belief that the questions about How? are more interesting than any answer to them might be. They stand for some deeper concerns. So in this book, the starting point is to question the questions.