Serenity

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Serenity

Definition:  Serenity means maintaining a sense of inner peace even in difficult situations. We gain serenity by accepting the things we cannot change and focusing our energy where we can make a difference.

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.” — Kahlil Gibran

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Selfishness

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SELFISHNESS Definition: Selfish-ness

Selfishness may begin with the thought, ‘As long as my country is benefited, that benefits me;’ and then it will narrow down to, ‘If my family is benefited, if we become wealthy and have desirable things, that is sufficient for the present!’ And then it narrows down again, ‘For my father, or mother, or wife or children,’ until it ends in, ‘Nothing matters as long as I am happy myself.’ Man has now become cold, ignorant, and blind to the law that life depends on the happiness of those with whom we live. The whole of life is one. In all these different names and manifestations life is one. The true thought is, ‘If my wife is not happy, if my children, my neighbors, my servants are not happy, how can I ever be happy?’ by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_23.htm

“Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.” –  Oscar Wilde

Build an economic basis under your life, but don’t get caught in the rat-trap of money-making as a profession; that too, like sex, can be a consuming fever, and brings only fitful pleasures, no lasting happiness. Your wife will have the responsibility of stimulating you to develop all your creative capacities; but I hope she will not prod you into keeping up with all the Joneses in the town. If you become an employer your relation with your employees is more important than adding a zero to your wealth. Give every employee the full equivalent of his share in the product. Don’t live in a boastful luxury based on taking more from the world than you give. ~ Will Durant

Separation

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SEPARATION Definition: Separation

“A sense of separation from God, is the only kind of lack you really need to correct: A Course in Miracles


True nature of Self

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True nature of Self

Definitions: True Nature of Self

“Your body, which is part of and depending on this illusory world, is on the other hand the expression ofa hidden inner process. You are yourself the many, appearing in various aspects, forms and modes. Each one of them exists in fact to fulfill a particular need. Yours is the give and take of the universe, yours the need, and yet you your­self are the fulfillment that hidden inner process is generated by you.” Anandamayee Ma

“As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness,
Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between
God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the
kingdom of heaven is within us.” – Swami Vivekananda

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.
– Albert Einstein

A human being … experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as
something separated from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of his
consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein (Source -Einstein and Buddha – The Parallel Sayings edited by Thomas J McFarlane)

Take the instance of the cinema. Scenes are projected on the screen in the cinema-show. But the moving pictures do not affect or alter the screen. The spectator pays attention to them, not to the screen. They cannot exist apart from the screen, yet the screen is ignored. So also, the Self is the screen where the pictures, activities etc. are seen going on. The man is aware of the latter but not aware of the essential former. All the same the world of pictures is not apart from the Self. Whether he is aware of the screen or unaware, the actions will continue. Sri Raman Maharshi

The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:

The moon is within me, and so is the sun.
The unstruck drum of Eternity is sounded within me; but my deaf ears cannot hear it.

So long as man clamours for the I and the Mine, his works are as naught:
When all love of the I and the Mine is dead, then the work of the Lord is done.
For work has no other aim than the getting of knowledge:
When that comes, then work is put away.

The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.
The musk is in the deer, but it seeks it not within itself: it wanders in quest of grass. Kabir in One Hundred Poems of Kabir: Translated by Rabindranath Tagore

There is a spark of good in everybody, no matter how deeply it may be buried. It is the real you. When I say ‘you’ what am I really thinking of? Am I thinking of the clay garment, the body? No, that’s not the real you. Am I thinking of the self-centered nature? No, that’s not the real you. The real you is that divine spark. Some call this the God-centered nature, others the divine nature and the Kingdom of God within. Hindus know it as nirvana;
the Buddhists refer to it as the awakened soul; the Quakers see it as
the Inner Light. In other places it is known as the Christ in you, the
Christ Consciousness, the hope of glory, or the indwelling spirit. Even
some psychologists have a name for it, the superconscious. But it is
all the same thing dressed in different words. The important thing to
remember is that it dwells within you!  Peace Pilgrim: Peace Pilgrim Book Chapter 12: The way of a pilgrim

There is no end to self-knowledge. So, a man who is really earnest must begin with himself, he must be passively aware of all his thoughts, feelings and actions. Again, this is not a matter of time. There is no end to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge is only from moment to moment, and therefore there is a creative happiness from moment to moment.   – By: J.Krishnamuti, from: New Delhi India 1st Public Talk 14th November, 1948

“The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is Swifter than thought, swifter than the senses. Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit. Without the Self, never could life exist.” – Isha Upanishad

Self-knowledge

That is why it is important, as I said, to understand the process, the ways of our own thinking. Self-knowledge cannot be gathered through anybody, through any book, through any confession, psychology, or psychoanalyst. It has to be found byyourself, because it is your life; and without the widening and
deepening of that knowledge of the self, do what you will, alter any
outward or inward circumstances, influences – it will ever be a
breeding ground of despair, pain, sorrow. To go beyond the
self-enclosing activities of the mind, you must understand them; and to
understand them is to be aware of action in relationship, relationship
to things, to people, and to ideas. In that relationship, which is the
mirror, we begin to see ourselves, without any justification or condemnation; and from that wider and deeper knowledge of the ways of our own mind, it is possible to proceed further; then it is possible for the mind to be quiet, to receive that which is real. – J. Krishnamurti, Ojai 4th Public Talk 24th July 1949

Suffering

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Suffering defined: to undergo or feel pain or distress

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“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Nothing lasts. Nothing is real. It is all suffering, Threefold affliction! It is all beneath contempt. Know this. Give it up. Be still.” – Ashtavakra Gita 9:3

“Whether you are suffering in this life, or smiling
with opulence and power, your consciousness should
remain unchanged. If you can accomplish even-mindedness,
nothing can ever hurt you. The lives of all great masters
show that they have achieved this blessed state.”  Source: Paramahansa Yogananda, `Man’s Eternal Quest’

`I see that it is God Himself who has become the block, the executioner, and the victim for the sacrifice.’ Source: Sri Ramakrishna, the face of silence By Nikhilananda (Swami.)

“What is suffering? What is death? In reality, they do not have any existence. They appear within the framework of the manifestations produced by the mind wrapped up in an illusion. …In the emptiness of mind, there is no death. No one dies. There is no suffering and no fear. ” —Bokar Rinpoche

“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering”. – Ram Dass

We never receive any burden that is greater than our ability to carry. But He brings us just to the point where we think we can’t carry our load, because that is the way to strengthen our muscles.
If you want to increase your strength, it won’t help to exercise with tiddly-winks. But if you lift a five-or ten-pound rock, then your muscles are getting some exercise! So whenever a burden comes in your life, know that the Lord purposely has not given you a tiny pebble to carry, but something to strengthen your faith and determination.
Daya Mata, Self-Realization Fellowship

 
The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, “what is” is what we want.
–Byron Katie

“Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

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Together, there is a way out of suffering.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The End of Suffering
by Thich Nhat Hanh

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos
Even in the darkest spots
Living beings are able to hear it clearly
So that all suffering in them cease
Understanding comes to their heart
And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
The universal dharma door is already open
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
The miracle happens
A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower
One single drop of this compassionate water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.
Listening to the bell
I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
My mind calm
My body relax
A smile is born on my lips
Following the sound of the bell
My breathe brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness
In the garden of my heart
The flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

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The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
~Thomas Merton
The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.
~Helen Keller

Pain is never permanent.
~Teresa of Avila

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer
~Albert Camus

Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.
~ George Eliot

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
~Charles Dickens

Suffering in Windows of Light[Quotes from different religions/paths]

Supreme Truth

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Supreme Truth Definitions: Supreme: final; ultimate Truth: the quality of being in accordance with experience, facts, or reality; conformity with fact

:’Above thought is the intellect, which still seeks:   it goes about looking, spies out here and there, picks up and drops. But above the intellect that seeks is another intellect which does not seek but stays in its pure, simple being, which is embraced in that light.” Meister Eckhart (1260- 1327/8) German sermon 19b, trans M.O’C. Walshe

 

The mind that is seeking truth will never find it You cannot find truth through anybody else. How can you? Surely, truth is not something static; it has no fixed abode; it is not an end, a goal. On the contrary, it is living, dynamic, alert, alive. How can it be an end? If truth is a fixed point, it is no longer truth; it is then a mere opinion. Truth is the unknown, and a mind that is seeking truth will never find it. For mind is made up of the known, it is the result of the past, the outcome of time—which you can observe for yourself. Mind is the instrument of the known, hence, it cannot find the unknown; it can only move from the known to the known. When the mind seeks truth, the truth it has read about in books, that “truth” is self-projected, for then the mind is merely in pursuit of the known, a known more satisfactory than the previous one. When the mind seeks truth, it is seeking its own self-projection, not truth. – Collected Works vol VI, p 5

You cannot seek truth

The idea of searching for truth is utter nonsense! Because to search for something implies that you are trying to find, uncover something. How can you find, with a dull and repetitive mind, something which is not to be sought after, which is something alive, moving, which is totally new? So you cannot seek it. I know it is one of the fashionable things or religious things to seek truth or God! You have to throw that word overboard; it has no meaning. But what has meaning is to find out if the brain can be extraordinarily sensitive, quiet, and free. Out of that freedom alone can one live peacefully in this world and create a new world, a new generation, a new people. – By: J.Krishnamurti, from : The Collected Works vol XVI, p 19

The man who is following a path can never know truth Truth is not something in the distance; there is no path to it, there is neither your path nor my path; there is no devotional path, there is no path of knowledge or path of action, because truth has no path to it. The moment you have a path to truth, you divide it, because the path is exclusive; and what is exclusive at the very beginning will end in exclusiveness. The man who is following a path can never know truth because he is living in exclusiveness; his means are exclusive, and the means are the end, are not separate from the end. If the means are exclusive, the end is also exclusive. So there is no path to truth, and there are not two truths. Truth is not of the past or the present, it is timeless; the man who quotes the truth of the Buddha, of Shankara, of Christ, or who merely repeats what I am saying, will not find truth, because repetition is not truth. Repetition is a lie. – The Collected Works vol VI, p 134

here is no path to truth Truth is truth, one, alone; it has no sides, no paths; all paths do not lead to truth. There is no path to truth, it must come to you. Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind. When there is love in your heart, you do not talk about organizing for brotherhood; you do not talk about belief, you do not talk about division or the powers that create division, you need not seek reconciliation. Then you are a simple human being without a label, without a country. This means that you must strip yourself of all those things and allow truth to come into being; and it can only come when the mind is empty, when the mind ceases to create. Then it will come without your invitation. Then it will come as swiftly as the wind and unbeknown. It comes obscurely, not when you are watching, wanting. It is there as sudden as sunlight, as pure as the night; but to receive it, the heart must be full and the mind empty. Now you have the mind full and your heart empty. – J. Krishnamurti The Collected Works Vol. V Benares, India 194

What is truth? When the mind realizes the limitation, the narrowness, the finiteness of thought, then only it can ask the question: what is truth? Is this clear? I do not accept truth given by philosophers – that’s their game. Philosophy means love of truth, not love of thought. So there is no authority – Plato, Socrates, Buddha, but Christianity has not gone into that very deeply. They have played with words and symbols, made a parody of suffering and all the rest of it. So the mind rejects all that. – Saanen 1st Public Talk 13th July 1975, by J.Krishnamurti.

Teach this triple truth to all:

A generous heart,
kind speech,
and  a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

Truth

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Truth: defined 1. is the exact consideration. Truth is the exact time, place, form and event. 2. that which works. And that which works most broadly to that which it is applied. 3. by definition–is what is. as exact time, place, form & event in any given subject.

“It is said that truthfulness alone constitutes the spiritual discipline of the Kaliyuga. If a man clings tenaciously to truth he ultimately realizes God. Without this regard for truth, one gradually loses everything. .. After my vision of the Divine Mother, I prayed to Her, taking a flower in my hands: ‘Mother, here is Thy knowledge and here is Thy ignorance. Take them both, and give me only pure love. Here is Thy holiness and here is Thy unholiness. Take them both, Mother, and give me pure love. Here is Thy good and here is Thy evil. Take them both, Mother, and give me pure love. Here is Thy righteousness and here is Thy unrighteousness. Take them both, Mother, and give me pure love.’ I mentioned all these, but I could not say: ‘Mother, here is Thy truth and here is Thy falsehood. Take them both.’ I gave up everything at Her feet but could not bring myself to give up truth.” Ramakrishna Paramhansa

“Speak the truth to all. Secrecy, slyness and deception amount to cheating. They only taint the mind and set one floating on a sea of misery. A truthful, pure and holy life tends towards joy and happiness
supreme.” – Anandamayee Ma

“It is said that truthfulness alone constitutes the spiritual discipline of the Kaliyuga.

If a man clings tenaciously to truth he ultimately realizes God.” Ramakrishna Paramhansa

“There are five prayers and five times of day for prayer; the five have  five names. Let the first be truthfulness, the second honest living, and the third charity  in   the Name of God. Let the fourth be good will to all, and the fifth the praise of the Lord.” Sri Guru Granth Sahib

“All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.” Mahatma Gandhi

Truth and Love Always Win When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always. ~Mahatma Gandhi Source

“God or truth cannot be thought about. If you think about it, it is not truth. Truth cannot be sought; it comes to you. You can go after only what is known. When the mind is not tortured by the known, by the effects of the known, then only can truth reveal itself. Truth is in every leaf, every tear; it is to be known from moment to moment. No one
can lead you to truth; and if anyone leads you, it can only be to the known.” – by: J.Krishnamurti, from: The Collected Works vol VI, p 5

Truth cannot be measured in time or in words.  Questioner: Can one love truth without loving man? Can one love man without loving truth? What comes first? Krishnamurti: Love comes first. To love truth, you must know truth. To know truth is to deny truth. What is known is not truth. What is known is already encased in time and ceases to betruth. Truth is an eternal movement, and so cannot be measured in words or in time. It cannot be held in the fist. You cannot love something which you do not know. But truth is not to be found in books, in images, in temples. It is to be found in action, in living. The very search for the unknown is love itself, and you cannot search for the unknowable away from relationship. You cannot search for reality, or for what you will, in isolation. It comes into being only in relationship, only when there is right relationship between man and man. So the love of man is the search for reality. – by: J.Krishnamurti, from: The Collected Works vol IV, p 172

“What is truthfulness? It is the speaking of words Which are entirely free from harmful effects.” – Tirukkural 291

“Speak the Truth ~ You should always try your best to speak the truth at all times. If you do so, you may lose your income in the beginning but in the long run you are bound to achieve victory. The scriptures declare: “Truth alone triumphs, not falsehood”. If you are always truthful, you will have a peaceful death.—Sri Swami Sivananda

Do you know what the music is saying?

“Come follow me and you will find the way.

Your mistakes can also lead you to the Truth.

When you ask, the answer will be given.” Rumi

Truth lies within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to Know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for light supposed to be without. Robert Browning

Knowledge, truth, secrets–
They are the guts & anatomy of life.
They must not then be owned.
They must not then be hidden or bent.
They must be permitted to stand out in the bold sunlight
for all to see, for only when they are to be seen
are they safe things to have, to hold, to know.
~L. Ron Hubbard Dianetics 55“You are an immortal soul.
Through lies, treachery,
deceit and pretense
you can destroy yourself.
By seeking truth
and living a life of helping others,
by being honest and decent
you will be strong and achieve
your power and immortality.”

“Truth is actually a relative quantity;
it could be said to be
the most reasonable existing data
about any body of facts.  What is true for you
is what you have observed yourself.
And when you lose that
you have lost everything.”
L. Ron Hubbard
Understanding The Universal Solvent

“There is Truth, the truth of the Truth and there is Peace. The Truth is ‘the boy stole an apple’, the truth of the Truth is ‘the boy was hungry’ and Peace is ‘nobody stole anything, now, give the boy an apple!” Rabbi Nachman of Breslov as heard from Reb Shlomo Carlebach

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha

“The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step.” Zen Master Seung Sahn

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