Saturday, November 2, 2013

Awakening to the Sacred


Awakening to the Sacred
by Lama Surya Das


Book Quotes:

Do our opinions so define us that our innate goodness gets lost in the rhetoric? Are we so driven by our need for personal rites and rituals, schedules, timetables, and set ways of doing things that our priorities are lost?

We lose god, meaning, and our very selves in complexity. When we get caught up in the many, we lose the one.

By it's very nature, life is not simple.

The more deeply we are in the present moment, the less resistant we are to the ebb and flow of change and evolution.

The more aware we become of all that is within us, positive and negative, light and dark, the more we will be able to handle life in a balanced, sane, and spiritual way.

Each time we undergo even a small transformation and life change, we are reborn.
"There is no greater magic than meditation, to transform the negative into the positive, to transform darkness into light - that is the miracle of meditation." Bhagwan Rajneesh
A human life is a great blessing. If we accept and internalized the fact of our own mortality, then, by definition, we have to deal with the essential questions of how we live and how we spend our allotted time. We have to stop procrastinating, pretending that we have forever to do what we want to do and be what we long to be.
"Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit. Even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a large vessel. Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small. However small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain." Buddha


Definition List:
  • rhetoric: speech or writing that is intended to influence people, but that is not completely honest or sincere
  • "ebb and flow": the repeated, often regular, movement from one state to another; the repeated change in level, numbers or amount
  • transformation: a complete change in somebody/something
  • mortality: the state of being human and not living for ever
  • allotted: to give time, money, tasks, etc. to somebody/something as a share of what is available
Pronunciation MP3:
= rhetoric
= ebb
= transformation
= mortality
= allotted

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