Archive for June, 2009

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Chaiyya Chaiyya!

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The Love for Truth

Waterfall
It is only when the love for Truth outweighs the need for security that we stop struggling and are swept up into the arms of Being.

~ Adyashanti

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Embracing the Monkey Mind

Photo by plsssnraju

For a very long time, I thought it was all about taming the monkey.

The expression ‘monkey mind’ is a common way of referring to the behaviour of the restless mind – constantly jumping round thoughts and between ideas like a monkey jumps from tree to tree. According to Zen Buddhist tradition, the untrained mind is like a cluttered room filled with wild, unruly, screaming monkeys running loose in your head. In other words, it’s the endless chattering happening inside; repetitive thoughts, over-analyzing, concerns, worries and judgments, as well as the obsessing over memories and plans.

Taking a closer look, you will notice that the monkey mind is never content with just being in the present moment. It’s either leaning back, grasping for something in the past, or throwing itself head-first into the future looking for something more, something better. Sometimes, it seems to be extremely busy simply avoiding what is.

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Rang De Basanti

Rang De Basanti

I’m just after rewatching Rang De Basanti. Again. I was crying my heart out, as usual… It’s such a soulful, beautiful and awe-inspiring film, and yet it somehow leaves me shattered and emotionally exhausted every time.

What is it about these boys that makes them have no fear? I think sometimes a person can be pushed so far that they enter a place beyond fear. A place where you find a strange peace. Where you free yourself to do the right thing. Because sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do.

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The Distance Between Us

Still from Dil Se, Shah Rukh Khan as Aman

I like this distance between us the best. Without this distance, I would have no excuse to get closer.

~ Aman speaking to Meghna in Dil Se.

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The Fulfullment of All Wishes

The key to the fulfillment of all wishes is not to pursue them externally but to look for their essence in that space within.

~ David Frawley

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True Meditation

Frangipani, photo by Leelawadee

Photo by Leelawadee.

If true meditation is when we cease trying to manipulate experience, why then all the techniques to control the mind?

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Heart Sutra

Heart-shaped cloud
‘Miss, I believe you dropped something!’

She looks down and sees it lying there on the floor, behind her. A worn, folded piece of paper with something scribbled on it. She knows even as she starts to read it that these words could very well have been written by herself. She goes back to the beginning and reads it again. Then she reads it again and again, after which she absentmindedly passes the security check, still holding the note, sits down on a bench in the departure lounge, places it neatly in her lap and reads it again: ‘A Peace Treaty with Myself,’ it begins, ‘Aware of the suffering caused by judgments of myself and others, I aspire to pay closer attention to judging thoughts, to release them, and to contemplate how life would be without them. I allow this simple act to continue unfolding in unexpected ways.’

This is where it all began.

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I am Dharma

Be YouWaking up, she finds herself splayed like a starfish across the narrow bed, her mind vaguely entangled with a slowly vanishing dream. Its details are already faded and distant, but its presence still surprisingly tangible. A fragmented dream sequence resurfaces, adding to the sense of boundaries being erased. She watches herself signing a legal document… dark, shiny pen resting heavily in her hand… a whiff of fresh printer ink… and on the dotted line – in smooth and curvy handwriting – her name. Dharma. She intuitively knows that everything is all right, just as it is meant to be. Suddenly overwhelmed by a deep sense of gratitude and tranquility, silent tears start pouring from the depths of her heart.

How long has it been now, since that night? Probably six years or more. She remembers being confused by that dream for a long time. Her mind tried so hard to grasp its meaning, to understand why she had been so intimately moved by it. Looking up the word dharma online, she had soon found out that it was a term often used in Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. The descriptions of its meaning seemed infinite; the underlying nature and essence of all mental and physical phenomena, the core teachings of the Buddha, the ultimate truth, spiritual duties and the true spiritual destiny, karma and the sweetness of sugar… Despite juggling all those awe-inspiring words, she still hadn’t been able to figure out how all this related to her.

Looking back today, she recognises that she had indeed gotten the message from the very beginning. After all, it was never intended for her mind.

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What to Do?

Northern Lights, photo by Tomas Utsi.

Photo by Tomas Utsi

“‘What to do?’ is the mantra of the mind. Silence is the response but the mind misses that excellent counsel.”

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