Quote from the Tao Te Ching

Know the source
Courtesy of Raven Gregoire

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

 

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Perceptions

Good_vs_Evil_by_Dk_Raven
Our perception of good and bad may actually  be flawed. I need the so called  “bad” to shape me. We are constantly being shaped like a beautiful statue… Many times along the way we cry for help and want to come out of the fire in the furnace. We ask and beg for the whole process to be stopped in our pain. But it looks like the fire is needed to make the pot. Or the chisel is needed to carve the statue. But when they were used to create the statue or pot, the chisel and fire seemed “evil” and “cruel”. But once the total creation is complete these tools would have served their purpose… The so called “Evil” may be there to mould and prepare us .

Simple Reality ~ The Ocean

The waves crash against the rocky beach,

There is turbulence on the ocean surface.

The beaches see the tides rise and move in,

There is  constant movement everywhere.

Yet when I  dive deep within the ocean

I witness something else inside….

In the midst of all this chaos, there is a calmness,

The  innermost sanctuary  is filled with peace.

If I could learn from the ocean,

This is what I would understand….

Dive deep, dive within and find your place of rest

There lies within me,  the abode of peace and tranquillity.

This  is my home , my only true abode …..

The Pot

The pot needs to be broken again and again to recreate itself. For it to become a bigger one, It needs to lose the older one. The act is of  preparing itself to carry more .  And so do I. ….   I too need to constantly break free of my chains and concepts.  And also ideas of what is, what I have been, believed in and been chained by/ to.  I need not fear any more the breaking of the pot .  I recognize now, that it is for my own good and  growth …..

This is the process, I finally realize. I cannot hold on to the breaking of the pot.  It will happen automatically in due time.  That is it’s nature.  And the outcome on the contrary to what everyone believes in,  is not of pain or suffering, but of understanding, compassion and love…

Bhaja Govindam

 

Bhaja Govindam – from the immortal composition of Adi Sankaracharya, 10 verses of this hymn divinely rendedered by MS Subbulakshmi.
It is said that Adi Shankaracharya, accompanied by his disciples, was walking along a street in Varanasi one day when he came across an aged scholar teaching the rules of Sanskrit grammar to his students by rote. Taking pity on him, Adi Shankaracharya went up to the scholar and advised him not to waste his time on grammar at his age but to turn his mind to God in worship and adoration, which became the origin for this hymn.

 

 

 

The seven principles of Huna

 

These are the Seven Spiritual Principles which create the core philosophy of Hawaiian Huna.

As the world attempted to eradicate the teachings of ancient cultures of Native peoples around the globe, Hawai’i’s wisdom was hidden in the chants of the Ancient Ones and the Hulahula (Hula dances).

They beautifully and simply describe who you are and what is possible for you. These are some of the most ancient teachings on the planet.


Buddha On Believe

Buddha:

“Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.

Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held.

Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books.

Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.

Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.

Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.”