Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Way of the Holy Ones

Don't speak of your suffering - He is speaking.
Don't look for Him everywhere - He's looking for you.

An ant's foot touches a leaf, He senses it;
A pebble shifts in a streambed, He knows it.

If there's a worm hidden deep in a rock,
He'll know its body, tinier than an atom,

The sound of its praise, its secret ecstasy -
All this He knows by divine knowing.

He has given the tiniest worm its food;
He has opened to you the Way of the Holy Ones.

= Sanai

Friday, October 26, 2007

Echoes from Neem Karoli Baba

Samarth Guru Ram Das was guru to King Shivaji in the 1600s. The name Samarth meant “all-powerful” and there are many stories of his miraculous powers. He lived in a mud hut next to the king’s palace. The king was highly regarded for his concern for his subjects and for his generous feeding of the poor, but apparently now and then his ego got the best of him. When this happened the guru would do things like splitting a rock in which there were many tiny bugs and asking the king, Who was feeding these bugs? The realization of the triviality of his own efforts would again humble the king.

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One day the king (Shivaji) came out of the palace and did obeisance to the guru (Samarth Guru Ram Das). Then the king handed him a scroll in which he had bequeathed all his kingdom to the guru. The guru took the scroll, read it, accepted it, and then said to the king, “Now you run it for me!”

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I am in the world but not concerned with the world. I am going through the marketplace, but not as a purchaser.

- Maharajji (Neem Karoli Baba) quoting Kabir

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Maharajji would sit out in the back in his chair, looking up at the hills, saying, “Look at those trees on that mountain. Who waters them? Who takes care of them? Those are the assurance that God exists for people. Those are what people can look to, to know about God.”

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[In the context of never ever forgetting God] If you have a toothache, you do what you do, but the mind remains on the tooth.

- Maharajji

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(Excerpted from Miracles of Love: Stories About Neem Karoli Baba compiled by Ram Dass)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Irresistible attraction

When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited.

- Ramakrishna Paramhaunsa

Why be afraid?

O Kabir, why be afraid of anyone
When the Lord Himself protects you?
What does it matter if
A thousand dogs bark fiercely
When you are seated on an elephant?

- Kabir

Faith is antidote for doubt

Whatever may be Guru - he may be a lunatic or any common person. Once you have accepted him, he is the Lord of the Lords.

- Neem Karoli Baba

The spiritual barter

I give them what they want, so they will want what I give.

- Shirdi Sai Baba

Flaunt it, lose it

You should not talk about your wealth, wife or sadhana or they will go away.

- Neem Karoli Baba

What is Happiness?