Sorat’h, Ninth Mehl: O dear friend, know this in your mind. The world is entangled in its own pleasures; no one is for anyone else. ||1||Pause|| In good times, many come and sit together, surrounding you on all four sides. But when hard times come, they all leave, and no one comes near you. ||1|| Your wife, whom you love so much, and who has remained ever attached to you, runs away crying, “”Ghost! Ghost!””, as soon as the swan-soul leaves this body. ||2|| This is the way they act – those whom we love so much. At the very last moment, O Nanak, no one is any use at all, except the Dear Lord. ||3||12||139||
Learn to live unattached…to anything! Your comforts of a 1st-world life, your house, your family, your friends. All will leave you in the end, so learn to live alone and be happy with your Self. Then you will also be able to really appreciate things and beautiful people when the come to grace your life with their presence. Learn to live for YOU, but not for who you think you are, or who other tell you you are, live for your infinite you, for The Infinite within you. Live for the infinite love which surrounds you. Living a life with this focus is truly a blessed life.
Live in such a way that you may fulfill the deepest longing of your soul to merge back with the the infinite.
This is the ultimate gift you can give to yourself. This is the ultimate way you can express love to yourself.
Meditation to Experience God:
-Hands: Surya Mudra (thumb and ring finger touching)
-Posture: sit cross-legged, with a straight spine (you can place a pillow or rolled up blanket under you butt if this is hard for you)
-Eyes: closed, can be focused up and in at your third eye
-Listen: Rakhe Rakhanhar, by Singh Kaur (for the music, check out spiritvoyage.com)
-Time: 11-31 minutes
-Focus on: the amazing bliss you will feel if you let yourself have the experience! Just relax, allow yourself to feel anything you feel, to flow with the music.
So says a Death Cab for Cutie song, “Your Heart is an Empty Room”. This life, ah this beautiful life. It is not something to struggle against, it is like a steady moving stream. It is better to build yourself a solid boat of self-discipline and devotion than struggle to keep afloat through excitement and commotion.
“Burn it down till the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue
Home’s face: how it ages when you’re away
Spring blooms and you find the love that’s true
But you don’t know what now to do
Cause the chase is all you know
And she stopped running months ago
And all you see is where else you could be When you’re at home
And out on the street Are so many possibilities to not be alone
The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free
Cause all you see is where else you could be, When you’re at home
Out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone
And all you see is where else you could be,
when you’re at home,
There on the street,
are so many possibilities to not be alone”
Be happy with what you have. The grass is always greener , but it may not be as sweet, or tender or digestible….or something…anyway my point is, what you don’t have will always look more attractive if you are not satisfied with what you have. And, if you get that thing you have been wanting, who is to say that you will be happy then? Then there will be something else that you want, and when you get it, THEN you will really be happy. That’s not how it works. You’ve gotta be content with what you’ve got.
If it is Thy Will to grant me happiness;
If it is Thy Will to grant me joy;
If it is Thy Will to bring me peace within …
I would ever meditate!
I would ever meditate on Thee.
And even in pain, I will never forget Thee.
If Thou bring to me hunger I will feel satisfied.
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow …
And I will feel happiness if You bring me sorrow.
If it is Thy Will …
If it is Thy Will …
If it is Thy Will,
I would ever meditate …
I would ever meditate …
I would ever meditate on Thee!”
What is this life all about? For me, constantly returning to a place of peace and joy within myself. I can reach a place of such joy and peace during meditation and I am now working on being able to experience that feeling throughout my entire day and share it with others however I can. I have been blessed also to be able to travel in my life which is a good test of my mental flexibility and ability to let go. So…I have yet to mention this, I am leaving next month to go on a study abroad program in Buenos Aires Argentina! I will post more about my program and what I will be up to. In a nutshell I will be studying sustainable development, Spanish and learning how to do my own research. The program ends with a month long independent study project in which I will put all the skills. I’ll be there for about four months and as part of the program we will be going to Brazil for two weeks and also either Paraguay or Uruguay. I’m also planning on traveling with some other people from my program afterwards to Patagonia!
I am super excited, anxious, feeling blessed and appreciative. Things are falling into place now.
Well, it’s kind of how we should have been thinking already actually. These days there are so many dead ends. Lets just talk about trash, I mean, if you really think about it, what an egotistical concept, that you can consume and dump the leftovers somewhere in the land or the sea (or space) and that it won’t eventually come back to haunt you. Sure, one person can think like that, but if everyone in the world has the mindset that they can just consume and dump the leftovers (trash) and not have to think about it twice, they are just delusional. It really makes me mad where our society has gone…we have forgotten our roots. We have forgotten to properly appreciate this earth which provides us with everything we need to survive.
My real point that I’d like to jump to is that living sustainably is not just an external thing, it does not only relate to the products you buy and how you manage the waste, but it can also be applied to your life in other ways.
Right now in my life I am working on cultivating sustainable happiness, which I believe can only come from within. Everything outside of you is not certain. The only thing in life that is certain that I feel I can always rely on is my connection to the Self. It is work but the feeling of contentment that comes is so much more satisfying than anything I have ever felt from an external source. I think it is because it is devoid of any worry or stress that this external thing may not be there to always make me happy. Happiness that comes from within is always available as long as you are willing to put in a bit of effort to connect to it.
“Whenever you are at your lowest–when you are most depressed, when your partner has left you, when you’ve lost your job–that is the time to fight your true enemy: delusion. Think to yourself: “Now is the time to do battle, to go to war with the samsaric emotions. Samsara has never brought any real happiness and now is the time for me to realize this.” When you do this, you’re making war with your inner enemy; you are taking steps to conquer the enemy that has defeated you for endless samsaric rebirths, from time without beginning. All other seeming enemies cannot last long once the inner enemy has fallen.”
“As long as we believe that happiness has to come from outside, from other people or from the external environment, we will always blame something outside whenever we have a problem. Many people, for example, think that their problems come from their parents. They say “I’m like this because of my mother and father. My parents are to blame.” In a way, Western culture as a whole teaches children to blame their parents for their problems, rather than emphasizing how kind parents are in giving life to their children. But real happiness has nothing to do with the past, with our history, or our upbringing. Real happiness comes when we free ourselves from the dissatisfied mind of desire. Satisfaction comes when we give ourselves freedom from the always unhappy mind of desire.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from How to be Happy
Accept you as you. Just be.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Raag Soohee, Chhant, Fourth Mehl, Third House: One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru: Come, humble Saints, and sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord of the Universe. Let us gather together as Gurmukh; within the home of our own heart, the Shabad vibrates and resonates. The many melodies of the Shabad are Yours, O Lord God; O Creator Lord, You are everywhere. Day and night, I chant His Praises forever, lovingly focusing on the True Word of the Shabad. Night and day, I remain intuitively attuned to the Lord’s Love; in my heart, I worship the Lord’s Name. O Nanak, as Gurmukh, I have realized the One Lord; I do not know any other. ||1|| He is contained amongst all; He is God, the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts. One who meditates and dwells upon God, through the Word of the Guru’s Shabad, knows that God, my Lord and Master, is pervading everywhere. God, my Lord and Master, is the Inner-knower, the Searcher of hearts; He pervades and permeates each and every heart. Through the Guru’s Teachings, Truth is obtained, and then, one merges in celestial bliss. There is no other than Him. I sing His Praises with intuitive ease. If it pleases God, He shall unite me with Himself. O Nanak, through the Shabad, God is known; meditate on the Naam, day and night. ||2|| This world is treacherous and impassable; the self-willed manmukh cannot cross over. Within him is egotism, self-conceit, sexual desire, anger and cleverness. Within him is cleverness; he is not approved, and his life is uselessly wasted and lost. On the Path of Death, he suffers in pain, and must endure abuse; in the end, he departs regretfully. Without the Name, he has no friends, no children, family or relatives. O Nanak, the wealth of Maya, attachment and ostentatious shows – none of them shall go along with him to the world hereafter. ||3|| I ask my True Guru, the Giver, how to cross over the treacherous and difficult world-ocean. Walk in harmony with the True Guru’s Will, and remain dead while yet alive. Remaining dead while yet alive, cross over the terrifying world-ocean; as Gurmukh, merge in the Naam. One obtains the Perfect Primal Lord, by great good fortune, lovingly focusing on the True Name. The intellect is enlightened, and the mind is satisfied, through the glory of the Lord’s Name. O Nanak, God is found, merging in the Shabad, and one’s light blends into the Light. ||4||1||4||
Through your presence it should be felt that you are divine, that is bana. Through your word it should be felt that you are divine, that is bani. Through your deeds everybody should be elevated to the divine, that is seva. Through your powerful sadhana, you should be elevating yourself, that is simran.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan August 1, 1982
Attachment to things and people only leads to pain. I am working to be complete within myself, to be unattached to my things, my comforts, people in my life, and even to this life itself. I want to be ready to go at any time. You never know when you are going to go, best to always be prepared.
The Way of the Samurai is found in death.
Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.
Every day, when one’s body and mind are at peace,
one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows,
rifles, spears, and swords, being carried away by surging waves,
being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning,
being shaken to death by a great earthquake,
falling from thousand-foot cliffs,
dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master.
And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead.
This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.