Thursday, March 31, 2005

Favorite Quote - 30th Mar 2005

All the buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be — don´t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.

- Osho

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 12th Mar 2005

Keep your spine erect. The rest of your body must be loose.

- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
This was Jaggi's way of telling to live in a way that is both serious and playful at the same time. Serious enough to stay on the path without getting lost in the way, and playful so that the journey does not become a burden. Swaying to either extreme will become detrimental to progress, and the key is to maintain the balance. If I must sway some way, I would prefer to sway towards the playful end. Maintaining this balance requires awareness, since it is more convenient to drop it all and just be associated with one aspect. This balance is a highwire act, and is more like an art. Jaggi gives a live demonstration all the time.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Reflection and Inspiration - 2nd Mar 2005

With sex, you are only trying to make something else a part of you. By now, you have enough experience to know it will never work. With eating, you are successful in making something outside of you a part of you. Eating one morsel of food in full consciousness can cause you to explode into oneness. As your consciousness grows higher, a single breath is enough to move you into oneness. So when you eat, eat respectfully with as much involvement as you can.

- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
This was a revelation to me. I had never thought of eating in this way. With sex, even without experience, I know it doesn't work - definitely not permanently :). With eating, I have thought of it as - "something else that is living is dying to make you live", and that is enough to make me feel respectful. But many times, I have lost this awareness and eat as a way of filling my body. Many times, I also eat watching TV. After hearing Jaggi speak, I made two decisions - to eat only when I am hungry, and to eat with as much consciousness as the moment allows.
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