Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Freedom From Self

Thich Nhat Hanh
"We all have the tendency to struggle in our bodies and in our minds. We believe that happiness is possible only in the future. The realization that we have already arrived, that we don't have to travel any further, that we are already here, can give us peace and joy. The conditions for our happiness are already sufficient. We only need to allow ourselves to be in the present moment, and we will be able to touch them. What are we looking for to be happy? Everything is already here. We do not need to put an object in front of us to run after, believing that until we get it, we cannot be happy. That object is always in the future, and we can never catch up to it. We are already in the Pure Land, the Kingdom of God. We are already a Buddha. We only need to wake up and realize we are already here."

Gandhi's Talisman
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."
God's View by Ted Godsil: Laura and I just returned from a week on the east coast spent in spectacular fall foliage and visiting with about twenty five good friends whom we hadn't seen in thirty years. It was a wonderful seven days. I'll post some beautiful pictures of the fall colors in the next few days. Have a sunny day. Jewelry.


ChathamKat said...

The Callicoon weekend was magical. You are right - so much love. And memories!
May each of us find ways to be in that love as we move through our days until we meet again.
God is Life, Truth, Light, God is Love.

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Was so nice to see you again after so many years.What a group of wonderful people.Thanks for your lovely comment and many blessings for you and your work. Ted