Put On a New Mind

All mystics—no matter what the theology and no matter what the religion—are unanimous on one thing: all is well.  Though everything is a mess, all is well. They say you are already happy right now, though you don’t know it.  Strange paradox, to be sure. Tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep, even though they don’t know it. They are having a nightmare. They don’t understand the loveliness and the…

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Stop Fixing Yourself; You’re OK.

All the saints and mystics tell you that the Kingdom of Joy is here, that it is within you and surrounding you, that it is  the reality you have always lived in unsuspectingly.  People have a vague idea as to what this experience might be.  They have read books and consulted gurus in an attempt to find out what they must do to rediscover this elusive state called Holiness or Spirituality. They pick up all…

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You’ ve Been Infected with Attachments

Take a look at the society we live in. It is rotten to the core, infected with attachments. What is an aattachment? An attachment is an emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy. How is an attachment formed? First, there’s contact with something that gives you pleasure: a car, an attractively advertised modern appliance, a word of praise, or a person’s company….

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Why are People Unhappy?

Why are people unhappy?  It’s because they have wrong ideas fostering the wrong attitude toward life.  The first wrong idea that people have, is that joy means being on a high, having pleasurable sensations having fun.  No, no, not necessarily. And the second and probably the most important wrong notion about happiness is that happiness is found in externals. In things,  people, results.  I change my job maybe I’ll be happy. I’ll change the place I’m…

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Cultivating Silence – Step 3

You were given two ways in the previous posts of attaining silence.  The first was understanding, and the second was looking and hearing.  There is a final one that I’d like to recommend as a help to attaining silence and that is the Scriptures. The Scripture is par excellence, the finger pointing to the moon. So we use the words of Scripture to go beyond the words and to attain silence.  How would you do…

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Cultivating Silence – Step 2

I told you the first thing if you want to attain to silence and you want to get to God is understanding all readiness to realize that your ideas of God are all inadequate, and lots of people are not ready to realize that and that’s the big obstacle to prayer and meditation in their case. The second thing you need to do if you want to get silence, it is. Now get ready because…

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Cultivating Silence – Step 1

Would you like to experience this silence that was presented in the last post? Well, you have to do three things, which I’m going to recommend in the next three posts. The first is understanding. Understanding what? Understanding that God isn’t anything like the idea that you have of God. You know in the country I come from, India we’ve got plenty of roses, but let’s suppose that I had never smelt a rose in…

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How Will I Find God?

Any way to God must be a way through silence. If you ever come to union with God, you must pass through silence. What is this silence? Let me explain it by means of a simple tale that we have in the east. There was this great king who goes to visit a spiritual master and he says to the master, “I’m a busy man could you tell me how I could be united with…

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The Exposure Meditation

I think of the times I come alive and the times when I am dead. Life abhors security: for life means taking risks, exposing self to danger, even death. Jesus says that those who wish to be safe will lose their lives; those who are prepared to lose their lives will keep them. I think of the times when I drew back from taking risks, when I was comfortable and safe: those were times when…

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The Enlightenment Meditation

When I try to change what I dislike in myself by fighting it, I merely push it underground. If I accept it, it will surface and evaporate. What I resist will stubbornly persist. I consider the example of Jesus, who set himself the task of moving mountains and battling with exasperating foes. Yet, even in his anger, he is loving —he combines a keen desire for change with an acceptance of reality as it is….

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