Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
At the first gate, ask yourself “Is it true?”
At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”
For One Who Is Exhausted, a Blessing
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight...
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days...
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.
Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.
Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.
... I promise you that plumbing the depths of your being is an unparalleled adventure. I wish you well on the journey.
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
The highest form of human intelligence
is to observe yourself without judgement.
Before Vedic warriors go into battle, they must battle demons and attachments of the mind...
[The Vedic warrior's] inner peace, calm, and resolve allow for right action and the benefit of all to be their driving force, with no attachment to the rewards of victory. Battle is an opportunity to hone the skills of staying centered in the eye of the storm, centered in the Self, not distracted by the battle itself. Being in a battle for the right reasons without fear is a technique for reaching physical, mental, and spiritual potential...
All these tools [yoga, breathing, meditation... Ayurvedic psychology... physical training techniques...] are not to learn how to kill others, but to kill the parts of ourselves that are not real. Killing the unreal, the illusion, is essential before going into battle. Going into battle unprepared and untrained... risks fighting for the wrong reasons - for victory, pride, greatness, and ego!
Our inner battle and outer battle are both aimed at destroying the unreal and non-truthful, while unveiling the truthful. Truth, from the Vedic science perspective, is that which never changes — the field of our own consciousness, a pure creative potential that remains silent and joyful inside all of us at all times. As a warrior, our job is to set it free.
As a spiritual trainee, you must be prepared to endure the hardships involved in a genuine spiritual pursuit and be determined to sustain your effort and will. You must anticipate the multiple obstacles that you are bound to encounter along the path and understand the key to successful practice is never to lose your determination.
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