Buddha’s Wisdom

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The Buddha’s wisdom is knowing the right amount. It doesn’t mean knowing everything about everything, but knowing impermanence, knowing suffering, knowing selflessness. The reason we get caught up in seeing things as other than they really are is our lack of wisdom. With wisdom we know how to let go; to let go of craving, let go of clinging, let go of beliefs. We let go of the tendency to always see things in relation to a self.

What we call ‘Me’ is merely a convention; we were born without names. Then somebody gave us a name, and after being called it for a while, we start to think that a thing called ‘me and mine’ actually exists. Then we feel we have to spend our lives looking after it. The wisdom of the Buddha knows how to let go of this ‘self’ and all that pertains to it; possessions, attitudes, views, and opinions. It means letting go of the opportunity for suffering (dukkha) to arise. It means giving occasion for seeing the true nature of things.  – Ven. Pasanno

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Astral Dreaming

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I had a strange dream a few nights ago. In this dream, I didn’t know if I was awake or not. I was typing on my computer. Everything seemed normal but then I realized that something wasn’t right. I wasn’t awake. So I walked back into my bedroom and saw my body laying in a fetal position with my back along the edge of the bed. I saw my blonde curly hair. In my dream, I panicked a little because I realized I wasn’t in my body. I said out load in my dream, “I will be right there.” I gently merged with my body, as I laid back down. Then I shook my head to wake up.

I experienced another astral dream a couple of weeks ago. Again, I thought I was awake. My dream seemed like ordinary time. I let the dog outside, and then I realized that maybe I was still dreaming. I couldn’t open my eyes fully – this was a clue. And, sure enough, I was still dreaming. I walked back into my bedroom and laid down into my body.

In both dreams, I felt like I was two people or two entities. I was a body and a spirit. These dreams have significant spiritual meaning for me. I am more than my body – that is for sure!

According to Wikipedia, astral projections or astral travel is a willful out-of-body experience. Also, it assumes the existence of a soul or consciousness called an “astral body” that is separate from the physical body.

Also, according to yogapedia.com, awareness of the astral body is believed to be stimulated by meditation, shamanic practices, lucid dreaming and certain drugs. This statement makes sense to me because I have increased my mediation practice to every day. Maybe I am making deeper spiritual connections.

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Last night I was a little afraid that I might have another astral dream. To be honest, I don’t like astral dreaming because they freak me out a little. I am not a skilled astral dreamer – it’s definitely out of my comfort zone! I know that I can learn from the experience, and I have a new perspective of who I am as a spiritual being. Also, I have contemplated the meaning of these dreams, and I am no longer afraid of death.

As I recall these dreams in my mind, I see that they were amazing. After my recent astral dream, I had to question whether I was still dreaming. I had to gently slap my cheek a few times to make sure that I was awake! It makes me question reality. What is reality? Is life just one big dream?

I had these dreams, but it is important that I am not attached to them. I need to let them go. These dreams helped me to awaken my spiritually. They remind me not to get stuck in earthly matters. My spiritual development is my most important task here on earth.

My most important goals on earth:

  1. Develop compassion and increase loving-kindness to all beings
  2. Understand impermanence, and live in the present moment
  3. See God in all beings
  4. Meditate and do yoga every day
  5. Feel and express gratitude
  6. Speak or write with a message that is beneficial to the listener or reader
  7. Be mindful of everything, and become a wise human being
  8. Develop the courage to face life’s challenges
  9. Forgive people who have hurt me
  10. Have good intentions

My astral dreams helped me connect to my spirituality and life goals. I see a change in my life because of my night dreams. I do not need to fear my dreams. I trust that I will always wake up.

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Namaste, world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divinity & Purpose

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The new year is here: 2017. It’s a very special year. The number 17 has the sacred “7” in it. It is a new year to start changing human consciousness.

Since childhood, I have been molded and conditioned. My upbringing, my culture, the media, and society as a whole creates my reality and who I am today. I realize that to gain a new human consciousness; I need to strip my conditioning and use my vision to see a new reality; a new awareness.

If we are going to make spiritual progress as a human race, we need to see divinity and purpose in every living being; especially in people. Our leaders tell us that we are insignificant in an expansive universe and our self-esteem is continuously pushed down by the media.

The truth is that we are special and have a purpose for living. Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book, “The Power of Intention,” explains ten steps on how to fulfill your intention to live with purpose. Here are the ten steps:

  1. Affirm that in an intelligent system, no one shows up by accident, including you. You are here on purpose. Create awareness about you as a “being.” Also, remember intelligence comes from intelligence (God). Andrew Newberg, MD, reports, “God exists and we wouldn’t be wired for perceiving God if it were otherwise.”
  2. Seize every opportunity, no matter how small, to give your life away in service. Do what you love and share that love.
  3. Align your purpose with the field of intention. Connecting with God and the field of intention takes a little surrendering. Remember, to birth your purpose; it must come from creativeness, kindness, and love.
  4. Ignore what anyone else tells you about your purpose. Your purpose is between you and God.
  5. Remember that the all-creating field of intention will work on your behalf. Create a new vision that sees God and the unified field on your side.
  6. Study and replicate the lives of people who’ve known their purpose. Read biographies of people and explore how they lived.
  7. Act as if you’re living the life you were intended to live, even if you feel confused about your purpose. Become closer to God and mysticism. Helen Keller says, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  8. Meditate to stay on purpose. Meditation is KEY! Meditation creates inner peace and guidance.
  9. Keep your thoughts and feelings in harmony with your actions. Do not become ego-dominated. Soften your edges and act with good will.
  10. Stay in a state of gratitude. Be thankful for being alive. Even be thankful for your roadblocks. Be grateful even if you don’t “feel” like being grateful. As you include gratitude in your life, it will grow to be authentic.

Take a deep breath. All will be well in 2017 and into the future.

Namaste, world.

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Where am I?

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Where am I?

I am on the back of a motorcycle…

I am on a massage table…

I am flying over New Zealand….

I am meditating in a temple…

From moment to moment, I am somewhere. However, my moments merge as my consciousness goes back to my past moments and jumps into my future moments. As a multi-dimensional being, I can be anywhere.

John Hagelin says, “In our quantum view of the universe, consciousness is ubiquitous. Intelligence is everywhere. And the deeper you go beneath the surface, the more intelligence, the more dynamism, the more awareness, until at the foundation of the universe there is a field of pure, abstract universal existence – universal Consciousness…the unified field.”

My mind can go to the past, and to the future, however, all I have is the present moment. Eckhart Tolle reminds me that I will die in the present moment. So it is true that I can be anywhere, but real living is in the present moment.

The mind is always looking for the next moment. To settle into the present moment is challenging for the mind. If you let your life be guided by the present moment, then you are not attached to the moments. They come and go like the breath.

The breath is a beautiful example of life and death. The life part of the breath is the inhale and the death part is the exhale. Like all things in life, there is a fading until death. Now we know that death isn’t so scary because we are part of it every moment.

So where am I?  I am where my consciousness resides.

Namaste, world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes by Pujya Swamiji

God's Grace

“Make every day a holy day; start every day with prayer. Fill every day with prayer. End every day with prayer.”

“Do divine! Be divine! It is not enough just to be divine; one must also do divine.”

“Travel light on your journey in life. Your desires and expectations are heavy baggage, which slow you down and thwart your progress. Let them go.”

“Live in PEACE, not in pieces. If you are in peace, you will exude peace, manifest peace, and spread peace. If you’re in pieces, you will manifest pieces and spread pieces.”

“The ‘I’ is the cause of all our problems. It is a wall, a barrier between us and others. Learn to bend the ‘I’ and make it a bridge.”

“WE MUST LEARN to give, give, and give like the sun, and like Mother Ganga, with no hesitation, no expectation, no vacation, and no discrimination.”

“The best way to honor God in our lives is through serving humanity.”

“Meditation is the best medication for all agitations.”

“If we want to be torchbearers of peace, we must first become rivers of love, dousing all flames of discord in the waters of our own compassion and serenity.”

“We must learn to be noiseless amid the noise.”

“Life is about the journey, not the destination. Live in heaven now. Don’t wait for it to come later. Live in moksha (liberation) now. Don’t wait for death.”

“Forgive, forget, and move forward. This is the only way. It is not enough to forgive and forget. One must also move on.”

“One of the keys to a spiritual path is to annihilate the ego, to become humble, to surrender oneself to God.”

“If we set the divine example, others will follow.”

“Prayer is calling back home. It brings us into divine connection.”

“If you cannot be huggy-huggy (full of love) here are Earth, do not expect that hugs will be waiting for you in heaven, learn to be huggy-huggy here on Earth first and then this Earth will become your heaven.”

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Namaste, world.