Cultivating forgiveness

There is a simple practice we can do to cultivate forgiveness. First we acknowledge what we feel—shame, revenge, embarrassment, remorse. Then we forgive ourselves for being human. Then, in the spirit of not wallowing in the pain, we let go and make a fresh start. We don’t have to carry the burden with us anymore.... Continue Reading →

Solitude

One day Saraha asked his wife for some radish curry. She prepared the dish, but in the meantime Saraha entered a deep meditation from which he did not emerge for twelve years. He then immediately asked for his radish curry. His wife was astonished, "You have been in meditation for twelve years; now it is... Continue Reading →

Going beyond self

We talk about compassion but in a very impersonal way. Genuine compassion arises as the ability to go beyond self. This requires that we transcend our preoccupation with our own happiness and suffering. As meditators, one of the first things we can do is to honestly look at the world from behind another’s eyes. Experience... Continue Reading →

Broken heartedness

Remember the 'spiritual warrior'—a peaceful person who is dedicating her or his life to the benefit of all—should always be a little broken-hearted.Broken-heartedness is not something that we are trying to get away from. We want to be broken-hearted all the time, because that leads to empathy. And empathy leads to catharsis. And catharsis leads... Continue Reading →

Weeds in your mind

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practiceAfter you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It... Continue Reading →

Concept of God

We can never achieve union with God, because there is a fixed concept, a pre-fabricated conclusion, which we have already accepted and we are merely trying to put that great thing into a small container. One cannot drive a camel through the eye of a needle. So we have to find some other means. And... Continue Reading →

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