Sunyam – The Void
The 12 laws of Karma
Effective Listening – Three Defects of the Vessel
The upside-down pot. When you are listening to the teachings, listen to what is being said and do not let yourself be distracted by anything else. Otherwise you will be like an upside-down pot on which liquid is being poured.
The pot with a hole in it. If you just listen without remembering anything that you hear or understand, you will be like a pot with a leak: however much liquid is poured into it, nothing can stay. No matter how many teachings you hear, you can never assimilate them or put them into practice.
The pot containing poison. If you listen to the teachings with a mind full of the five poisons of attachment, aversion, ignorance and so on, the dharma will not only fail to help your mind; it will also be changed into something that is not dharma at all, like nectar poured into a pot containing poison.
Book of the Month – May 2023 – Beyond The Known : Realisation by Paul Selig
An incredible journey of enlightenment
New York City author Paul Selig is a channeler, a man able to communicate with guides from the beyond, and in doing so provides important lessons for his readers. It has been said, ‘In a world of would-be psychics making great claims for themselves with little evidence to back them up, Paul Selig is the real thing. His books occupy a special place in the literature of channeled messages.’ ‘BEYOND THE KNOWN: REALIZATION is the most audacious of The Guides teachings to date.’ urgent, strong, always clear and lucid, and told with grace and wit.’
Well educated – both at New York University and at Yale – Paul experienced a spiritual experience in 1987 that rendered him a clairvoyant and his books on channeled literature are considered by many to be the zenith in the field. He maintains a practice as an intuitive in New York City and serves on the faculty of the Esalen Institute.
REALIZATION is Volume 1 of the Beyond the Known trilogy and describes how each of us can claim the true expression of who we are – the Divine Self, the True Self, or the Christed Self. Paul offers a twenty-eight day journey of enlightenment accompanied by The Guides – the goal is working toward manifesting the Divine Self, discovering and accepting self-awareness. Special moments arise on this journey – ‘You may choose to stay where you are. You are loved as you are. You cannot fail here. But, if you give it permission, the self permission, to claim the truth of who you have always been, we will lift you to the new classroom, and from here we will teach you…’
For doubters, simply read this book and by the end of the experience your life will be enhanced.Continue reading
Essential Teachings from the Gita
Book of the Month – February 2023 : The Buddha Said : Meeting the Challenge of Life’s Difficulties
Osho, one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of our time, presents The Sutra of 42 Chapters—a scripture compiled in the first century C.E by a Chinese emperor. Using wonderful anecdotes throughout, Osho weaves his own unique insights into this profound ancient wisdom and expands its meaning for our time. As we travel with the Buddha on a path of radical wisdom, we’ll laugh or shake our heads at the folly, the ineptitude, or the goodness of the characters in the stories—and gain knowledge and understanding at the same time. Osho engages us at every level to help us experience the Buddha’s teachings and take in their timeless truths. A powerful, inspirational gem of a book.
( Recommended by Mr Maharajah)
Surest Investment is Self Knowledge and Inner Stability
“`We are often our own prisoner, We limit ourselves and give in to things that don’t align with who we truly are, out of fear.
We fear abondoning our past because we have invested so much in It. We fear disappointing others and we end up disappointing ourselves.
We lie to ourselves so we can continue to believe in the illusion that satisfaction comes from external things. We build a comfort zone outside of ourselves and neglect our inner space.
We fear sitting alone in silence and listening to ourselves, because we can’t stand hearing the non sense we have repeated over the years,
But we know better now, we have enough hindsight to see that the surest investment is self knowledge and inner stability that is independant of the exterior world,
In crazy times like ours, meditation, presence and introspection are the key to embracing the exponentially changing world,
Wishing you all courage and awareness.
( Contributed by Mr. Balasunder )