Jun 01 2012

Assorted Readings

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“Spiritual paractice is revolutionary. It allows us to step outside our personal identity, culture, and religion to experience more directly the great mystery, the great music of life.” – Jack Kornfield

“If we seek love, we must ask where it is to be found. It is here only in the moment. To love in the past is simply a memory. To love in the future is a fantasy. Love can only be found, where intimacy and awakening can be found – the present.” – Jack Kornfield

“What is sacred? Not the things made by the mind or hand or by the sea. The symbol is never the real; the word ‘grass’ is not the grass of the field; the word ‘God’ is not God. The word never contains the whole, however cunning the description. The word ‘sacred’ has no meaning by itself; it becomes the sacred only in its relationship to something, illusory or real. What is real is not the words of the mind; reality, truth, cannot be touched by thought.” – Krishnamurti

(“Karma is just a word. Like love. It means nothing. What’s important is the meaning you attach to it.” [or something like that] – Rama-Kandra, The Matrix: Revolutions)

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in its true sense…it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There is a tribe in east Africa in which the art of true intimacy is fostered even before birth. In this tribe, the birth date of a child is not counted from the day of its physical birth nor even the day of conception, as in other village cultures. For this tribe the birth date comes the first time the child is a thought in its mother’s mind. Aware of her intention to conceive a child with a particular father, the mother then goes off to sit alone under a tree. There she sits and listens until she can here the song of the child that she hopes to conceive. Once she has heard it, she returns to her village and teaches it to the father so that they can sing it together as they make love, inviting the child to join them. After the child is conceived, she sings it to the baby in her womb. Then she teaches it to the old women and midwives of the village, so that throughout the labor, and at the miraculous moment of birth itself, the child is greeted with its song. After the birth all the villagers learn the song of their new member and sing it to the child when it falls or hurts itself. It is sung in times of triumph, or in rituals and initiations. This song becomes a part of the marriage ceremony when the child is grown, and at the end of life, his or her loved ones will gather around the deathbed and sing this song for the last time.” – Jack Kornfield

“The emperor of China asked a renowned Buddhist master if it would be possible to illustrate the nature of the self in a visible way. In response, the master had a sixteen-sided room appointed with floor-to-ceiling mirrors that faced one another exactly. In the cneter he hung a candle aflame. When the emperor entered he could see the individual candle flame in thousands of forms, each of the mirrors extending it far into the distance. Then the master replaced the candle with a small crystal. The emperor could see the small crystal reflected again in every direction. When the master pointed closely at the crystal, the emperor could see the whole room of thousands of crystals reflected in each tiny facet of the crystal in the center. The master showed how the smallest particle contains the whole universe.” – Jack Kornfield

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