Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sage Sri Ramakrishna on Free Will

Vaidyanath: Sir, I have a doubt. People speak of free will. They say that a man can do either good or evil according to his will. Is it true? Are we really free to do whatever we like?

Sri Ramakrishna: Everything depends on the will of God. The world is His play. He has created all these different things - great and small, strong and weak, good and bad, virtuous and vicious. This is all His maya, His sport. You must have observed that all the trees in a garden are not of the same kind.

As long as a man has not realized God, he thinks he is free. It is God Himself who keeps this error in man. Otherwise sin would have multiplied. Man would not have been afraid of sin, and there would have been no punishment for it.

But do you know the attitude of one who has realized God? He feels: 'I am the machine, and Thou, O Lord, art the Operator. I am the house and Thou art the Indweller. I am the chariot and Thou art the Driver. I move as Thou movest me; I speak as Thou makest me speak.*

- Excerpt from a conversation in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (Vol 1, Page 211)

*Emphasis mine

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Buddhist discussion on Row, Row, Row The Boat...

Check out the a fascinating (bizarre?!) Buddhist discussion on the nursery rhyme-mantra Row, Row, Row The Boat!

Also, shunyayogi recommends you contemplate on an earlier posting, Nursery Mantra.

How we get disconnected from the Source

The purpose of life is to remain connected to the Self, the Source.
You are connected to the Self when you do whatever you feel like
doing in a given situation, without any regrets about the past,
without any complaints about the present, and without any
expectations in the future.

You get disconnected as soon as you blame and condemn anyone for
anything – either yourself or the other. As soon as there is
awareness of this fact, without any recrimination, you get
reconnected.

You get disconnected when you pursue a preference or desire, and you
remain disconnected during the entire process. Your sudden awareness
of what had happened reconnects you with the Self.

You get disconnected when your thinking mind asks useless questions
and gets you involved into conceptualizing and objectivizing. A
sudden awareness of this fact gets you reconnected to the Self.

You get disconnected when a psychological pain, instead of remaining
in the present moment, drags itself into horizontal involvement –
like grief, turning into mourning. A sudden realization of this fact
restores the connection.

Anything that lets your mind stray away from the present moment,
into conceptualizing makes you disconnected. A sudden awareness of
this fact restores the connection.

As the understanding deepens, the frequency and intensity of the
disconnection gets gradually reduced until it finally stops
altogether: awakening has developed into deliverance.

- Ramesh Balsekar in A Buddha's Babble

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Where are you headed?

If you do not change direction, you will end up where you are headed.

- Lao Tzu

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Wise 'Doer'

Know this:
What is, is

Knowing this,
Do whatever needs
To be done.

Then,
Accept the consequences
With equanimity.