I am thinking with all minds, I am dreaming through all dreams, I am feeling through all feelings. I am the silent joy of life moving through all beings.
Books Can Be Dear Friends
As a human being, you make your greatest evolutionary progress by the power of thought. Set aside some time each day to improve your mind. It is more commendable to read awhile than occupy yourself day and night with housework or with noncreative activities. Plan your life so that you do not live in a haphazard way; but if your tendency is to over-organize your time, get away from that extreme also. Balance is necessary in every avenue in life. Instead of using your mind only to plan your everyday work and other passing activities, or with idle mind letting your time slip away, employ it some of the time in constructive reading. Have at hand some worthwhile reading material, and pursue it during free moments. It is more effective to have a variety of literature - a bit of science, a bit of history, philosophy, biography, travel - anything that will expand and inspire your mind.
Books can be dear friends, and if your selections are choice ones you will experience much benefit with them. It may seem very hard at first when you read Emerson or Milton or Plato, or some of the great saints, but after a while you will find yourself thinking about what they have written. You will feel you have gained something, because all those sages received their wisdom from the infinite treasure-house of God - ideas that otherwise might not occur to you in a lifetime.
-Paramahansa a Yogananda, Man’s Eternal Quest, 389
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I’m having a horrible day, and when I saw this little puppy, I smiled
So here, have a little Bernese mountain dog puppy dog that is playing in the snow on your dash
Meditate, meditate, meditate. Then you will find that people suffer for no reason when there is the mine of bliss in everyone’s heart. Then your heart will go out in sympathy and compassion for everybody.
Tu Rahana Saath Hamesha
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mirphaloo asked: How did the deathof your father impact you/your life? I am grieving my mother who died suddenly about a month ago and trying to learn from all of these experiences.
Although this is a deeply saddening experience, take a moment to acknowledge that it is an experience everyone goes through. If we live long enough, we outlive our parents. Try to recognize that while this experience is certainly unwelcome, it will come to everyone regardless of circumstance. You are not alone in your grief.
Therefore don’t shy away from your grief. Be honest and direct with it. Don’t draw conclusions, don’t try to orient yourself. Just feel it. If you are going to cry, then cry. Let the storm rage until it has nothing left and the skies clear. If another storm comes then it comes.
You are the sky, not the weather. You will figure this out once you stay with your feelings without fixating on your thoughts.
You may spend the rest of your life recollecting old memories. But the learning your mother gave you has already happened.
We ask some of life’s most important questions when we are children. The answers we receive shape our life in invisible ways. It’s easy to overlook but it is beyond true.
I remember when I was six or so, my father was driving me home. We were stopped at a stoplight.
"Dad, what happens after we die?" I asked.
I didn’t really understand the fact that my father was a pediatric neuro-surgeon, that he had dealt with death and children on a daily basis. He could have answered using religion or science or just apathy. Instead:
"No one knows," he said calmly, looking down at me in the car seat. “No one has come back to tell us.”
This was the perfect answer in so many ways. It didn’t assert religion, nor did it disagree. It didn’t scare me, nor did it comfort me. It kept me curious.
My father died when I was only eighteen but he has shaped me deeply in many ways. I remember how he called me “genuinely cool” when I was nine years old. He just made me feel strong and happy and I loved him for it.
Your mother has given you many things that make you who you are today. Even as you grieve, it may be a meaningful endeavor to look within yourself and see the ways she has gifted your life.
As Vijay Prashad points out, many of the world’s leaders that are apparently mourning the death of Nelson Mandela were the “same people opposed [to] freedom in South Africa to the very end.”
Although Ronald Reagan has passed away himself, one can imagine he might salute Mandela today. But as president, Reagan worked against Mandela, so much so that he vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986. Believing that he knew what was best for black people living under apartheid in South Africa, Reagan opposed sanctions and wanted to maintain friendly relations with the white supremacist government.
South Africa’s Desmond Tutu disagreed. Watch this 1986 news report about Tutu’s visit to the White House, in which Tutu explains the way that Reagan failed black South Africans.
"The president says protesters at the South African embassy are marching in ignorance of the contribution American corporations have made to the advancement Blacks."
The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams is a typography set by Khyati Trehan that “integrates the [first] initial of scientists with the diagrams they were responsible for”.
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