Le Guru

Le Guru

Question: How is one to decide upon a proper Guru? What is the swarupa [nature or real form] of a Guru? Ramana Maharshi: He is the proper Guru to whom your mind is attuned. If you ask, `How to decide who is the Guru and what is his swarupa?’, he should be endowed with tranquility, patience, forgiveness and other virtues; he should be capable of attracting others even with his eyes just as a...

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Luminous Tease

Luminous Tease

Change yourself in the way you want everyone else to change Love your enemies in case your friends turn out to be jerks Avoid thinking about winning the lottery while making love Brainwash yourself before someone nasty beats you to it Confess big secrets to people who aren’t very interested Write a love letter to your evil twin during a lunar eclipse Fool the tricky red beasts guarding...

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Just for Now

Just for Now

Just for now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness. Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of sky grow even wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to enliven your experience.  Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now, be...

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Birds Don’t Brag About Flying

Birds Don’t Brag About Flying

Birds don’t brag about flying the way we do. They don’t write books about it and then give workshops, they don’t take on disciples and spoil their own air time. Who could dance and achieve liftoff with a bunch of whackos tugging on...

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When I Was Young

When I Was Young

Holy Man of the Blackfoot”, by Howard Terpning Years ago, when I thought I would live forever, the thrust of youth seemed endless, like the sky expanding to hold my dreams. The path to knowledge was filled with expectation, yet Disillusion blurred my eyes and in my sleep a holy man appeared To warn me about life’s treachery. When I was young, the world lay within my grasp, but I...

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The Four Sisters of Everlasting Beauty

The Four Sisters of Everlasting Beauty

The Four Sisters of Everlasting Beauty danced on a mountaintop in order to summon fire from deep within the earth. They danced until flames poured from within veins in the rock, cleansing them of selfishness and blame. The First Sister Was the Dancing Woman of Mirth, whose direction was East. She wore yellow, the color of awakening moments. She brought laughter, the first necessity in a world of...

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