Life as the Great Experience

Though they practice Yoga for eight thousand years,
still men do not see the Lord, sweet as ambrosia and
delightful to the eye. But if, illumined, you seek Him
within, He is there in you, as a reflection in a mirror.
Tirumantiram 603


Below are listed thirty six contemporary dharmic principles that stabilize external forces so that a contemplative life may be fully lived. When practiced unrelentingly, they bring the understanding of the external and deeper experiences of life.Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Simplify life and serve others.
Live in spiritual company.
Seek fresh air and sunshine.
Drink pure water.
Eat simple, real foods, not animal flesh.
Live in harmony with nature.
Consume what you genuinely need rather than desire.
Revere the many forms of life.
Exercise thirty minutes every day.
Make peace, not noise.
Make a temple of your home.
Develop an art form or craft.
Make your own clothing and furniture.
Express joy through song and dance.
Grow your own food organically.
Plant twelve trees a year.
Purify your environment.
Leave beauty where you pass.
Realize God in this life.
Be one with your guru.
Be nonviolent in thought and action.
Love your fellow man.
Rely on the independent energy in the spine.
Observe the mind thinking.
Cultivate a contemplative nature by seeking the light.
Draw the lesson from each experience of life.
Detach awareness from its objects.
Identify with infinite intelligence, not body,
mind or intellect.
Be aware in the eternal now, not in the past or the future.
Do not take advantage of trust or abuse credit.
Keep promises and confidences.
Restrain and direct desire.
Seek understanding through meditation.
Work with a spiritual discipline.
Think and speak only that which is true, kind,
helpful and necessary.
Create a temple for the next generation by tithing.

By Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Rich Men’s Guru Philosophy

Chandra Mohan Jain (Osho)

Chandra Mohan Jain“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

Compare to Vivekachudamani by Sri Sankaracharya *

[145] “Of the tree of Samsara ignorance is the seed, the identification with the body is its sprout, attachment its tender leaves, work its water, the body its trunk, the vital forces its branches, the organs its twigs, the sense-objects its flowers, various miseries due to diverse works are its fruits, and the individual soul is the bird on it.”

Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.

Life begins where fear ends.

“Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.”

“Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.”

“If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don’t make him afraid of the unknown, give him support. ”

“Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.”

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”

“You exist in time, but you belong to eternity. You are a penetration of eternity into the world of time. You are deathless, living in a body of death- Your consciousness knows no death, no birth- It is only your body that is born and dies-But you are not aware of your consciousness-You are not conscious of your consciousness-And that is the whole art of meditation; Becoming conscious of consciousness itself.”

“Your whole idea about yourself is borrowed, borrowed from those who have no idea of who they are themselves.”

Compare to Vivekachudamani by Sri Sankaracharya *

[141]. The man of perverted intellect, having his self-knowledge swallowed up by the shark of utter ignorance, himself imitates the various states of the Intellect (Buddhi) as that is its superimposed attribute — and drifts up and down in this boundless ocean of Samsara full of the poison of sense-enjoyment, now sinking, now rising, — a miserable fate indeed!

* Comments by Yoga Light-House Sri Lanka

Buddha speaks Wisdom

Sri-Lanka-Buddha“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.”

“The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.”

“Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.”

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.”

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”

“From a withered tree, a flower blooms”

“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, it solely relies on what you think.”

“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.”

“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

“Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those that a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.

“If you knew what I know about the power of giving you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way. ”

“Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith”

Gautama Buddha

Buddha speaks of struggle

Sri-Lanka-Buddha
“You throw thorns, falling in my silence they become flowers.”

“She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.”

“The greatest prayer is patience.”

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”

“The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.”

“If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.”

“There are no chains like hate…dwelling on your brother’s faults multiplies your own. You are far from the end of your journey.”

“The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.

“Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind.”

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

“one moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world”

Gautama Buddha

Buddha Speaks of Love, Anger & Joy

Gautama-Buddha“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” 

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.”

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.

“If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?”

“A man asked Gautama Buddha, “I want happiness.”
Buddha said, “First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire.
See now you are left with only “Happiness.”

“In separateness lies the world’s greatest misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”

“a dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. a man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. ”

“Speak the truth do not become angered and give when asked, even be it a little. By these three conditions one goes to the presence of the gods.”

“He is able who thinks he is able.”

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ”

Gautama Buddha

Wisdom of Siva Yogaswami

ys-meditating
You are your own friend and your own enemy.

You must work, but remain as if you have done no work.

Happiness and sorrow are twins.

Everything should be done in moderation.

Let happiness and sorrow come and go like the clouds.

Do not think of what things you may need tomorrow.

You must not come to the conclusion that there are no stars, because you are
unable to see stars in the daytime.

What is the use of going on pilgrimage if you do not improve yourself?

I am the ruler of the body. I must see that no other wicked king usurps my
throne.

You lack nothing. The only thing you lack is that you do not know who you are.

It is not possible to straighten the kink in a dog’s tail. Let us improve ourselves
instead of trying to improve the world.

Siva Yogaswami

Buddha Speaks of Life

Gautama-Buddha“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”

“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”

“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.”

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”

“You only lose what you cling to.”

“Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it”

“Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself,
No one can purify another.”

“Meditate.
Live purely. Be quiet.
Do your work with mastery.
Like the moon, come out
from behind the clouds!
Shine”

“NOTHING IS FOREVER EXCEPT CHANGE.”

Gautama Buddha

Ram Dass speaks of Life

Ram Dass“We’re all just walking each other home.”

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

“Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”

Ram Dass