04 January, 2021

 THE WISDOM OF SUTRAS

Sutras or 'pithy' sayings are pearls of wisdom . Here are two from Eastern Spiritual Traditions

' Every day the Priests minutely examine the DHARMA ( The WAY) and endlessly chant complicated SUTRAS ( Threads of Wisdom)

Before doing that, though, they should learn how to read love letters sent by the Wind, the Rain , the snow and moon'

Master Ikkyu ( Zen Buddhist 14th Century)

 

Clouds appear free of care and carefree drift away

But the carefree mind is not to be 'found'

To find it, first stop looking around

 Master Wang - An - Shih  


30 December, 2019

SUCCESS - A Paradox

THE SUCCESSFUL PARADOX


So often in modern life we are judged by our successes, whether that be in sport, our job, our career, our relationships etc. The impetus and cultural 'message' is to ' Seek Success'.

The same message is often given to ,or taken on by,  the Spiritual Seeker. 

However, the wisdom of the sages reminds us that there is a strange paradox to success. The more one seeks it the less likely one is to find it. 

This paradox is eloquently shared by Viktor Frankl in his great work - Man’s Search for Meaning. and an excerpt is shown below. However, to follow his advice takes patience and a great deal of humility!

  

30 September, 2019

A Life Lesson from Autumn

AUTUMN - A SEASON OF CHANGE
 
Life is constantly changing and these changes can be a mixture of challenges and opportunities. As we mature these changes face us with new challenges. I find this quotation helpful and therefore share it. I hope that you too, may find it helpful.

 

16 August, 2019

LOOK TO THIS DAY

THE IMPORTANCE OF EACH DAY

Both Ancient Wisdom and modern Neuroscience and Psychology, remind and advise us of the importance of remaining in the Present Moment.  a wise truism is ' The Present Moment is the ONLY Moment' 
 Modern life and its values has lured us into a false state. This is a state that emphasises constant noise, movement and  ( so called) progress. The end result is a pandemic of mental illness, DIS - ease and restlessness.Staying in the Present Moment ( a difficult practice of Mindful Presence) is an antidote to this dis-ease.  
  
The great Spiritual Traditions advise us to begin each day anew and with a simple spiritual pracgtice that involves a sense of both GRATITUDE and JOY.  Thus they advise some form of daily Spiritual ( Sadhana) or Practice. 

In the Hindu tradition, this is often a dawn ceremony of the AARTI flame, a way of greeting each day. I would like to share a poem from the Indian Sage Kalidasa,  that succinctly reminds us of the importance of EACH day and of staying in the Present.   It is a lovely SALUTATION to the Rising Sun.

This is a poem that I have previously posted. However, our world and our human family perhaps benefit from  regularly reminding ourselves that EACH DAY is a precious gift to be cherished, en-joyed and savoured with GRATITUDE.

15 August, 2019

PEACE IN EVERY STEP

A SHORT REFLECTION ON PEACE

A short reflection on the 'Dove of Peace' so desperately needed by out Human Family. It emphasises the twin wings of KINDNESS and COMPASSION ( both for SELF and OTHERS)

So much of our hatred , lack of tolerance and prejudices, originate inside our hearts and are often projected out on to others; particualrly of the poor, marginalised and those of 'difference'.

I Trust you find this short reflections  both challenging and helpful

 

14 August, 2019

Returning to Our True Source

RETURN TO YOUR TRUE SOURCE

The wisdom of all the great Spiritual Traditions forms a 'source' of truly Universal Wisdom. This is often referred to as 'The Perennial Tradition'

In times of great evolutionary change,the Human Family has always found both wisdom and comfort in the teachings of the Perennial Tradition. We are currently going through another great Evolutionary Change ( or Growth in Human Consciousness) and that is contributing to the many crisis that face our Human Family and the Planet. 

In times like these our World desperately needs more people to .... PAUSE... Take Time to go within .... and to discover ..  The True Source of All Being.

Only then can we access the wisdom of our ancestors and its direct link , back through the eons of time, to the Beinmg, Consciousness and Bliss vof the SOURCE of all WISDOM and Creation.

I find the following words from the Spiritual Tradition of China very helpful.


Our World needs the wisdom and input that comes from those of us who regularly take time to pause and be more Contemplative. These words of Lao Tzu succinctly state and describe what Contemplation  is.
 

05 May, 2019

The Importance of Non-Attachment

NON-ATTACHMENT

Non-attachment ( in Sanskrit ' Aparigraha) is a highly prized and important aspect of Hindu Spirituality. In Western terms it is related to finding the True Self and losing the False Self with its attachment to the ego.

I love this quote from the Hindu Scripture which outlines the stance of one who is practicing non-attachment

  We in the West can learn much from the richness of Eastern Sprituality.

Shanti- Peace - Siochana to all who read this.

 

24 October, 2018

CHANGING & CHALLENGING TIMES

CHANGE & the Danger of Old Habits

 

We live in challenging times, times of great change in the areas of the Environment, Politics, Religion and Social Unrest. We are a species blessed with Reflective Consciousness  but also 'programmed' to focus on the negative and resist change.

 The dangers in both the political and religious areas is this; in times of great change there is a tendency to cling on desperately to the old.  This also leads to  over-romanticism about the past and a tendency to be attracted to leaders ( normally male) who offer simple solutions to complex problems. This is certainly true in both Politics and Religion.

 I fi8nd the following quote  from Neale Donald Walsch, a Christian Writer, taken from his book ' Conversations with God' very helpful.

 

 This conveys a wise message to all who are dedicated to real change both in our politics and religions. 

19 July, 2018

Spirituality-Religion & Politics - RECLAIMING JESUS

SPIRITUALITY-RELIGION AND POLITICS

We live in turbulent times. The 21st Century has given rise to another Evolution in Human Consciousness and, as in the past, each change gives rise to turbulence and confusion.
All the great Religions remind us that Spirituality cannot be separated from Religion and Politics. To that end readers may find this link helpful

RECLAIMING JESUS . please click on the link to watch a powerful message not only for Christians but for all people of Faith.   RECLAIMING JESUS

10 March, 2018

LIVING LIKE A RIVER

LIVING FREELY IN THE MOMENT

The Irish Poet and Philosopher John  ( 1956 - 2008) has had a great impact on the world and my life.  I well remember reading his first acclaimed work Anam Cara ( Soul Friend) In his short, but powerful, life he managed to capture the 'essence' or 'soul' of Celtic Spirituality.

I love this short quote of his , which speaks of the importance of living life freely in the moment. It sp;eaks of the wisdom we can all learn from Nature. It compares a life lived to a river from its Source to its final entry into the sea.


This simple 'message' contains much of the Perennial Wisdom.  Read, reflect and enjoy.