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Published 10-22-10

The Ashtavakra Gita, Wayne Teasdale, 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


... 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:

Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.

Eskimo proverb


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