Preparing for Initiation

Preparation For Initiation
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Many people ask for initiation into jigyasu sannyasa without knowing what it is. You have to be sincere in answering this question. If you went to a Christian monastery would you want to adopt their robes without knowing about the tradition or the discipline? Many people who ask for initiation have never been to an ashram before. They do not know about the sannyasa tradition or discipline. Just because something is freely available, they want it. I am not willing to give any form of sannyasa to such people. You may be prepared but the decision to give is mine, not yours. You have to be sure because there is also a negative aspect. If you do not adhere to the disciplines of this tradition of sannyasa, then you will suffer a lot psychically. I will not be responsible for your suffering. Continue reading

Intricate Ignorance

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By K. Khao-suan-luang

Part 1

The Intricacies of Ignorance

There are many layers to self-deception. The more you practice and the more you investigate things, the
less you feel like claiming to know. Instead, you’ll simply see the harm of your own many-faceted ignorance and foolishness. Your examination of the viruses in the mind gets more and more subtle. Before, you didn’t know, so you took your views to be knowledge — because you thought you knew. But actually these things aren’t real knowledge. They’re the type of understanding which comes from labels. Still we think they’re knowledge, and we think we know. This in itself is a very intricate self-deception.

So you have to keep watch on these things. You have to keep contemplating them. Sometimes they fool Continue reading

Self Discernment

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By K. Khao-suan-luang

Discernment vs. Self-deception

It’s important that we discuss the steps of the practice in training the mind, for the mind has all sorts of deceptions by which it fools itself. If you aren’t skillful in investigating and seeing through them, they are very difficult to overcome even if you are continually mindful to keep watch over the mind. You have to make an effort to focus on contemplating these things at all times. Mindfulness on its own won’t be able to give rise to any real knowledge. At best, it can give you only a little protection against the effects of sensory contact. If you don’t make a focused contemplation, the mind won’t be able to give rise to any knowledge within itself at all.

This is why you have to train yourself to be constantly aware all around. When you come to know anything for what it really is, there’s nothing but letting go. On the beginning level, this means that the Continue reading

Replacing Arts and Crafts

Creepy Ceramic Sculptures Johnson Tsang 11

 

Regrettably, I had to remove the reblog. It took over my space, and I cannot have that. You can find the artwork here: http://askepticaldesigners.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/arts-crafts-265-2

Animal Magnetism

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The attraction of spiritual leaders
By Francis Story, 1997

Introduction

Cults of personality take many forms. All the world religions centre about one prominent figure, and to the casual observer it might seem that Buddhism is no exception. But, rightly understood, this is far from being the case. The historical Buddha, the Buddha of our age, Gotama, is unique; but he is not unique in prehistory. He always referred to himself as the Tathagata, meaning One who has gone thus; that is, in the way of previous Buddhas. He claimed only to be the rediscoverer of the ancient way, the ancient truth (sanantana-dhamma) that had been proclaimed by innumerable Enlightened Ones before him. When asked his lineage, he replied that it was to this line of World Teachers that he belonged; his Sakyan ancestry, noble as it was, meant nothing to him, for he had chosen his own ancestral line, the lineage of those who had Gone Forth to homelessness and had set the Wheel of the Dhamma rolling in previous world Continue reading

Psychology of the Mandala

Psychology of the Mandala
By Susanne Fincher

Mandalas are circular designs that reflect the wholeness of the person creating them. According to Carl Jung, ” a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self” (1973: 20). Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, discovered the significance of mandalas through his own inner work.

“I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. With the help of these drawings I could observe my psychic transformations from day to day…My mandalas were cryptograms…in which I saw the self—that is, my whole being—actively at work.” (1965: 195-196). Continue reading

Root Chakra Balance

Real Life Root Chakra Solutions
By Carol Tuttle

Is it time to shore up your foundation? If you resist change, if you feel the need to control others, if you are quick to anger, if you lack self-confidence and lack the energy to motivate yourself to DO something about your situation… then yes, your foundation is weak. Without strength and balance, your Opening and balancing your root chakra is essential to strengthening your foundation.

The root chakra, located at the base of your spine, is your energetic foundation. This chakra is responsible for your feelings of safety as well as survival-related issues of food, money and shelter. If Continue reading

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