2016

Dear Friends,  may your 2016 be full with peace, love, kindness, compassion, patience, fortitude, generosity, tolerance, forgiveness, honesty, courage, strength, energy, resolution, determination, resilience, perseverance, consideration, humility, gratitude, contentment, composure, serenity, wisdom, understanding and equanimity.

Love to all of you.

Don’t follow

Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor tradition; nor rumor; nor what is in a scripture; nor surmise; nor axiom; nor specious reasoning; nor bias towards one’s beliefs; nor upon another’s seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, ‘The monk is our teacher.’ When you yourselves know: ‘These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,’ enter on and abide in them. – Kalama Sutta

 

An empty word

Zen … must be directly and personally experienced by each of us in his inner spirit. Just as two stainless mirrors reflect each other, the fact and our own spirits must stand facing each other with no intervening agents. When this is done we are able to seize upon the living, pulsating fact itself. Freedom is an empty word until then. – D.T. Suzuki

via: www.brainpickings.org

About security

There is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity. But the contradiction lies a little deeper than the mere conflict between the desire for security and the fact of change. If I want to be secure, that is, protected from the flux of life, I am wanting to be separate from life. Yet it is this very sense of separateness which makes me feel insecure. To be secure means to isolate and fortify the “I,” but it is just the feeling of being an isolated “I” which makes me feel lonely and afraid. In other words, the more security I can get, the more I shall want.

To put it still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet. – Alan Watts

 

At the still point..

While I was searching on the Internet for definitions of the word “time” I stumbled upon Four Quartets from T. S. Eliot. It is one of the most beautiful poems that I know. And when I read it, the words directly touch my heart or something deep inside me.

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.

At the still point of the turning world.
Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point..

The first time that I read these words I almost hat a feeling of enlightenment or similar religious experience. I used to meditate a lot at that time, the words “Neither here nor there” “I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where. And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.” were my Koans, Mantra’s. And now that I am reading a lot about Zen and Tao at the moment, these word do get a new meaning to me. As if they are new to my mind.

Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern,
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still

Burnt Norton is a deep meditation on the meaning of time and its relationship with human beings and the Christian meaning of Redemption. (The restoration of man from the bondage of sin to the liberty of the children of God through the satisfactions and merits of Christ.)

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On insecurity

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Bruce Lee

We have more faith in what we imitate than in what we originate. We cannot derive a sense of absolute certitude from anything that has its roots in us. The most poignant sense of insecurity comes from standing alone; we are not alone when we imitate. It is thus with most of us! We are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay. Bruce Lee