Good wishes to you
for a happy, healthy, and prosperous
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It is your duty to leave another man's wrongful act where it is.
All things are changing: and you yourself are in continuous mutation and, in a manner, in continuous destruction, and the universe too.
If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.
No longer talk about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be one.
Whatever may happen to you, it was prepared for you from all eternity; and the implication of causes was from eternity spinning the thread of your being, and of that which is incident to it.Whew! That's food for thought, isn't it?
Because our actions are charged with emotional energy, the Buddha taught that the effects of our actions go beyond the immediate results of which we are aware. In fact, every thought, word, and deed imprints some of its energy on our mindstream. Positive actions leave positive imprints; negative actions leave negative imprints. The energy of these imprints will be released at some time in the future when circumstances trigger experiences that reflect the energy pattern of the original motivation.Oh, my. We have karma from our thoughts. Ouch.
I learned this, too: that we are each, inside of us, a country with our own mountains and plateaus and chasms and storms and seas of tranquility but like a Third World country we remain largely unexplored, and sometimes even impoverished, for want of a little investment.Beautiful, no? It makes me want to pack my bags, too.
Auras are the layers of energy which permeate and surround the body. Each layer, many say, corresponds to a chakra, and can reflect what is occurring with that person's physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual state.Here is a link to a picture. Study that for a week, and we'll resume the book report next week.
In ancient times there were eminent monks specializing in concentration practice who always kept their eyes open when they sat. Ch'an Master Fayun Yuatong also scolded people for sitting in meditation with their eyes closed, calling it a ghost cave in a mountain of darkness. Evidently there is deep meaning in this, of which adepts are aware.I can understand that closing one's eyes during meditation might cause the monkey mind to increase its chatter, but I personally find it hard to not focus on what I'm seeing if I have my eyes open. What about you? To close or not to close, that is the question . . .
"I've spent so much time looking for Mr. Perfect that I may have overlooked a few Mr. Pretty Damn Greats. I think our frantic search for The One is just another way our culture does not live in the moment. We're always thinking that one person is around the corner -- the one that will complete us and make us happy."But Elizabeth Gilbert, in Eat, Pray, Love, writes that "People think a soul mate is your perfect fit. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life."