Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita

gitalogoThe universe is already infused with a spirituality and significance. We only have to open our eyes to see it for what it is.

The universe is a vast, organic entity that in itself is divine. As part of this cosmic whole, individuals are already transcendent, already divine.

Each spiritual life has its place and its own kind of beauty. Thus our actions are significant and meaningful.

The Bhagavad-Gita introduces Krishna,  a teacher who represents the divine universe.

Krishna teaches that deep knowledge enables us to make right decisions. Inaction is never a choice; the only choice is to act wisely for the higher good.

Disciplined action is essential. We are to be warriors for justice and right action. There is much in our lives that we can’t control, but we can control our actions. Relinquish attachment to outcome and instead focus on wise choices and correct, disciplined action. This is the path to freedom.

The word “yoga” means discipline to accomplish things. The yoga of action teaches us to restrain ourselves from selfish goals or desires and push through to victory and strength.

 

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Miracles vs. Revelation

Miracles are an expression of an inner awareness of Christ, or the light of Christ within.

Miracles acknowledge everyone as your brother and mine.

Miracles correct your false sense of isolation, deprivation, and lack.

The content is wholeness.

Miracles unite you directly with your Brother. It is a sign among equals.

Miracles correct perception. They induce action.

They arise from a miraculous state of mind or a state of miracle-readiness.

They compare what you have made with creation, accepting what is in accord with it as true and rejecting what is out of accord as false.

The Holy Spirit is the highest communication medium.

Direct revelation is your original form of communication with God.

Revelation induces complete, but temporary suspension of doubt and fear.

Revelation unites you directly with God.

Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated or put into words.

Revelation induces experiences of unspeakable love, inducing a state of worshipful awe.

The Course In Miracles

Shifting into the Spirit

Fruit-of-the-PatienceKindnessGoodness-SocialMediaImageTo sin is to miss the point of human existence. It means to live unskillfully, blindly, and thus to suffer and cause suffering.

Trying to become a good or a better human being ..is an endeavor you can not ultimately succeed unless there is a shift in consciousness..

You do not become good by trying to become good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.

Most ancient religions and spiritual traditions share the common insight – that our “normal” state of mind is marred by a functional defect. However, out of this insight into the nature of the human condition- we may call it the bad news- arises a second insight: the good news of the possibility of a radical transformation of human consciousness. In Hindu teachings (and sometimes Buddhism also), this transformation is called enlightenment. In the teachings of Jesus, it is salvation, and in Buddhism, it is the end of suffering. Liberation and awakening are other terms used to describe this transformation.

  • Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth)

The FIVE Yamas of YOGA

 

“Ahimsa pratishthayam tat vaira-tyagah”

Ahimsa: First do no harm in thought, speech or action towards all others – compassion over violence.

“Satya pratisthayam kriya phala ashrayatvam”

Satya: Be vulnerable and thoughtful enough to always speak the truth- don’t lie, while keeping in mind- Ahimsa (first do no harm).

“Asteya pratisthayam sarva ratna upasthanam”

Asteya: Do not take what is not freely given – don’t steal. This encourages generosity and minimizes greed (Lobha).

“Brahmacharya pratisthayam virya labhah”

Brahmacharya: Be aware of your true nature, your inner infinite conciousness, your spiritual glow which strengthens you from within. Don’t identify with the body and it’s addictions and excesses – find balance.

“Aparigraha sthairye janma kathanta sambodhah”

Aparigraha: Live simply- let go of attachment to things, negativity, perfectionism and outcomes. Be aware of what you really need and lose attachment to the rest.

Connect To Your Inner Spiritual Being

“What is going on inside me at this moment…Am I at ease?” Am I connected with my inner Being?

Being is Spirit.

Being can be felt as the invisible energy field that gives life to what you perceive as the physical body. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes.

The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness to this inner Spirit. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life.

Take your focus away from thinking and direct it to your inner body, where Being can be felt.

Focus within. Feel the energy of the emotion. Take your attention deeper. This is the doorway into Being.

As you focus within you will immediately become still and present as you withdraw from a situation or thoughts about a situation. The answer or action will come from this deeper level. Ask, “What is wrong with this moment?”

Use waiting as an opportunity to come into the present moment and connect with Being.

Listen to the silence wherever you are. Silence is a potent carrier of Presence.

Incessant mental noise of thinking prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. Be still and listen.

Feeling will get you closer to the truth of who you are than thinking.

-The Power of Now- Eckart Tolle