When the last reverence dies out in the heart, And the sublimest of words loose their effect, And this entire existence appears As a fruit without a smell, Yet bitter to the Still Feeling tongue, Prison-like, To the soul that, Still, Yearns to freedom - And at a crucial junction In the forest of rotten … Continue reading The Bitter of Saint!
Adoration to St. Antony! Boredom often arises due to the restlessness of the mind, which is conditioned by nature to seek to stimulate itself continuously (this is how and why rebirth happens!). What we, as practitioners, discern in our hearts as “boredom”, is the most profound agent which propels life from one creature to another: … Continue reading Bhavāsava (On Boredom!)
Faith is an absolute! There are no different qualities of faith, but only different intensities. Even in the case of a dogmatic person: dogma is not a “kind” of faith, it is only a separate quality that may or may not arise along with one’s faith. One may become dogmatic, or cease to be so, … Continue reading Faith & Intuition (& other religions! )
_______________________ He who loves "blue", has the sky to enjoy. The nectar of Truth too is in every phenomenon. Let him who grasps on to his faith breath, breath the healing potion that emanates even from corpses and from all their bad memories. Away with the grey clouds, of desire. Enough with the rain, of … Continue reading The Blue Trurh
The incentive exists for one who suffers, or rather for one who thinks that he suffers - to live on, to seek and to battle, and to force his way, out of suffering and into happiness. This, is how one indeed lives on, one made of form, seeking forms, battling with forms, one who is … Continue reading Tatha! (‘this’ that feels!)
There is a temple for Māra, for the devil itself, right in the centre of our hearts! There, our thoughts, feelings, and intentions, go to worship under the shrine of Death. Whether it be through the roots of fear or hate, seek to experience precisely that which you resist in any way. Seek to disclose … Continue reading `
With view to the actuality of suffering and eventuality of death, the only meaning of life has to be found in the belief that some liberation from suffering and death, is possible. Yet our belief in that very "possibility" of liberation from suffering and death is conditioned by the way we understand and experience that very … Continue reading `
"Whoever has not experienced temptation cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Without temptation no one can be saved." _St. Anthony What the Desert Fathers recognised and taught, is that such temptation was no less than a necessary condition to arise along the path of one who is headed for liberation. For it was only through … Continue reading Upāyakusala
There are three clarifications concerning conditioning, the understaning of which makes one finds it not in himself to 'blame' anyone or anything anymore. What three? There are no external causes of suffering, only external triggers. There are no external causes of defilement, all things defiled are mental. There are no external causes of desire or faith … Continue reading Three Clarifications Concerning Conditioning
1. "All men are born free" they say! The truth? All that is born is conditioned, all that is conditioned is unfree! It is not true that all men are born free, rather, all men are born slaves, to their kamma. The Dhamma is needed to make free that which is unfree, pure that which … Continue reading Saccānubodha
1. One must enter into the stream, one must gain access, get in, in order to be able to see the truth. This is one of the most unique aspects about this Dhamma, in order to understand it, one must use it! To see the Dhamma, one must depend on it. This really is what … Continue reading Nekkhammasukhañca (One Must!)
I consider it to be the "dark side of saddha"! The realisation that one is utterly imprisoned, and that even death, and suicide, will not deliver one from such horribly everlasting cyclic existence. My approach to Dhamma has been one that is characterised by fatefulness rather than choice; I do not view the Path and … Continue reading The dark side of Saddha!