Light

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

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Annette

“To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do so, as the net is full of holes. Look at the net and its many contradictions. You do and undo at every step. You want peace, love and happiness, and work hard to create pain, hatred and war. You want longevity and you overeat. You want friendship and you exploit. See your net as made of such contradictions and remove them – your very seeing them will make them go away.”  ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Not Your Problem

“The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why go anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world, and stop looking for ways out.

“The dream is not your problem. Your problem is that you like one part of your dream and not another. Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining. When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have done all that need be done.”

~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, from I Am That

The Blue Yogi

via HinduCosmos and Sudha G.:

Wall painting at the City Palace, now the Rao Madan Singh Trust Museum, Kota, Rajasthan. (via Instagram: Sudha G.)

Sudha G. wrote:
The Blue Yogi. Without any doubt, this was my favourite amongst all the wall paintings at the Kota Garh or Kota City Palace.

It was this brilliant blue in a room filled with paintings that caught my eye and then it was the details that mesmerized me. The twinkle in the Blue Yogi’s eyes, the way the peacocks are painted, the calm face of the young man as he writes something with his left hand, the visitor who is probably a king, the gold girdle of the Blue Yogi, the pops of gold in the painting… it is beautiful.

Seated There

Excerpt from The Svetasvatara Upanishad:

Retire to a solitary place, such as a mountain cave or a sacred spot. The place must be protected from the wind and rain, and it must have a smooth, clean floor, free from pebbles and dust. It must not be damp, and it must be free from disturbing noises. It must be pleasing to the eye and quieting to the mind. Seated there, practice meditation and other spiritual practices.

I hope everyone can find such a place.

Acts

Excerpt from the Brihadarankyaka Upanishad:

As a man acts, so does he become. A man of good deeds becomes good, a man of evil deeds becomes evil. A man becomes pure through pure deeds, impure through impure deeds.

As a man’s desire is, so is his destiny. For as his desire is, so is his will; as his will is, so is his deed; and as his deed is, so is his reward, whether good or bad.

A man acts according to the desires to which he clings.

Or, as Leonard Cohen put it, “Act the way you’d like to be, and soon you’ll be the way you act.”