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Published 4-30-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

The Ashtavakra Gita, Wayne Teasdale, Sarah Young, Maria Hare, Yuan-Wu, The Dhammapada

Dear Readers,

Let's face it: we encounter distractions every
moment of every day. Even if we're in meditation,
our minds are probably wandering and our bodies are
relentlessly aging. It's easy to get distracted by mortal
shadows, like emotions, events and injury. But the
individual who cuts through distractions and is able
to focus on the substance of his or her holy purpose,
is happy no matter goes on around them.

- Lisa

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The body trembles, the tongue falters,
the mind is weary. Forsaking them

all, I pursue my purpose happily.

- Ashtavakra Gita
Hindu scripture

The Ashtavakra Gita, translated as "The Heart of Awareness,"
expresses the single-mindedness necessary to break through
in the midst of all the inadequacies and challenges of the phy-
sical world. As Hindu mysticism teaches, the true self is not
the body nor the speech nor even the ordinary mind, but the
observer of all three and the actor in us. The body wears out,
speech fails, and the mind forgets, but the self is eternal.

... Whatever path we find, each one of us has to venture
beyond our distractions and embrace this "happy
purpose" of mystical understanding.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004


I am training you in steadiness. Too many things
interrupt your awareness of Me. I know that you
live in a world of sight and sounds, but you must
not be a slave to those stimuli. Awareness of Me
can continue in all circumstances, no matter what
happens. This is the steadiness I desire for you.

...As soon as something grabs your attention, talk
with Me about it. Thus I share your joys and your
problems; I help you to cope with whatever
is before you...

Excerpted from "Jesus Calling,"
by Sarah Young
Integrity Publishers, 2004

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... And because outward events have so much power
in scattering my thoughts and disturbing the inward
peace in which alone the voice of Thy spirit is heard,
do Thou, gracious Lord, calm and settle my soul by
that subduing power which alone can bring all thoughts
and desires of the heart into captivity to Thyself. All I
have is Thine; do Thou with all as seems best to Thy
divine will; for I know not what is best. Let not the cares
or duties of this life press on me too heavily; but lighten
my burden, that I may follow Thy way in quietness,
filled with thankfulness for Thy mercy...

Maria Hare (1798-1870)
Excerpted from her prayer


Just still the thoughts in your mind.
It is a good thing to do this
right in the midst of disturbance.

Yuan-Wu (1063-1135)
Zen Buddhist

The Last Word:

Those who mistake the shadow for
the substance, and the substance
for the shadow, never arrive at
reality, but follow false aims.

The Dhammapada
Buddhist Scripture


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Scott Hamilton (1958 -    )
American figure skater, 4-time World Champion, Olympic gold medalist, cancer survivor



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