I take pictures, mostly of Nature, and people like them.
People say to me, “Are you a photographer? Wow, you take great pictures.”
“You really have a good eye for photography…”
I say, “Yes, I take photos: all I do is point a camera at something and press a button.
I did not create what I take pictures of; that sky, that sunset, that waterfall…therefore I deserve no credit, for all I did was witness Creation. I did not even design and build this camera.”
Why would I put my name on something I am not responsible for?
Ego can use anything for itself…and it always finds a way.
Getting rid of a bad habit makes us face the truth of suffering directly.
Go “cold turkey.”
Quit what you know is wrong.
No longer will we have that “comfort.”
No longer will we have that “escape.”
No longer will the habit steal energy from us.
We will stop digging a deeper, darker hole.
No longer will we avoid what we need to face.
No longer will we self-perpetuate an illusion.
We will instead strengthen our individual Will-Power.
We will develop Virtues through practicing Ethics.
We will instead be committed to Truth, which is not selfish.
Then, our hearts and minds will lose the desire to repeat old habits, indulge in escapist activities, and fantasies.
We will be more Awake and we will be open to more Awakening.
Dhammapada 62 (via icbuddhists)
"What is this ‘I’ you speak of?"
Think of the billions who are dominated by sensations of the body…
Never getting past mere external phenomena…
The Whole of Humanity !
Dominated by the skin they’re stuck in !
Attachment to the temporary skin-suit brings lasting pains in Hell ! — Skandhas
See beyond your judgments of me,
and I’ll see beyond that you do judge me.
I fell in love with her at first sight,
I felt it,
Like thunder in my heart.
It was an unspoken promise with God that I must love her,
because I do,
my first thought was,
"She must be the one who is going to kill me…"
Please listen to it !
Emil Gilels or Van Cliburn — Romantic Classical Music
Yogaswami (via abiding-in-peace)
Well, this is brilliant.
We need to get rid of every desire. — Psychological death of the ego.
The purpose of life is to achieve Inner Self-realization.
The Gnostic knowledge teaches us how to do this.
Inner Self-realization requires:
1. Spiritual Birth = awakening of the consciousness, and building the Soul.
2. Spiritual Death = annihilation of the sinning ego, our false identity.
3. Sacrifice for Humanity = we need to bring others to this path.
This is the path of sanctity, the path of enlightenment, and the path to final liberation from suffering for the human being.