If you have never meditated before and want to learn, this is the technique to start with.
Pledge ten minutes a day to sitting in a comfortable position in a comfortable place. Eyes open. Just be present and attend to the sense ‘I am’. Watch and look at your surroundings. Watch your thoughts. Catch and release them. Don’t give any one thought more attention than a moment and then let it go. The aim is to slip into the silence between thoughts.
You can do this during the day or whenever but do it sitting for ten minutes a day as well. Over time, you’ll learn the true nature of stillness and silence. Then you’ll know the real value of meditation.
Mind appears as various things,
Such as bodies, enjoyments, and places;
I explain these only as mind.” —
Buddha (via wisdomnectar)
Our laws need to be enforced by one “authority” or another. They’re a good thing, but they are breakable and they are generally a reflection of cultural norms.
The dharma is immutable, the dharma is science. The dharma is gravity, the gravity of Newton and the gravity of awareness as it inevitably falls back into the cycle of samsaric rebirth after death.
The dharma is the transient nature of all experiences and all phenomena, and it is the permanence beyond it all.
Jesus taught the dharma, Krishna taught the dharma, and the Buddha taught the dharma. When all trappings and tradition and ceremony are dropped, dharma is what remains.
So seek the dharma, the truth, in whatever it is you are cultivating and doing. Buddhist or not.
- Questioner: Am I allowed to smoke in your presence? I know that it is not the custom to smoke before a sage and more so for a woman.
- Nisargadatta: By all means, smoke, nobody will mind. We understand.
- Q: I feel the need of cooling down.
- N: It is very often so with Americans and Europeans. After a stretch of sadhana they become charged with energy and frantically seek an outlet. They organize communities, become teachers of Yoga, marry, write books--anything except keeping quiet and turning their energies within, to find the source of the inexhaustible power and learn the art of keeping it under control.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” —Mother Teresa (via urmi7)