The great Californian Sing-a-Long, “Thank You.” Forward it on, might make someone happy.
Just taking a minute to say thank you to all those kind people who read my blog and press the “like button”. Such kindness is appreciated. 🙂
Namaste♥ ॐ♥Pranam♥ ॐ♥Namaskar”
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullen Bryant. Nice quote for this time of year.
very good quotations on this you tube here, set to Western Choir Music.
Short ‘edit’ from The Diamond Sutra
“Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious. Now in what manner may he explain them to others? By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth. -So I tell you-Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways.”
-Siddhartha Gautama on the Diamond Sutra
4 Secrets of the Diamond Sutra
- The Diamond Sutra distills Buddhism’s central message that everything changes. It describes our fleeting world as a bubble in a stream.
- Jack Kerouac was so influenced by the Diamond Sutra that he studied it daily for years and attempted his own rendition.
- Brevity is one reason for the Diamond Sutra’s popularity. It can be recited in 40 minutes.
- The Diamond Sutra of 868 A.D. is printed on paper, a material unknown in the West for another couple centuries.
A wonderful rendition of the Diamond Sutra from Imee Ooi – although there is a minute or so of her speaking in her native language.
The Whole World
The whole world appears as containing innumerable names and forms. One
should not be enmeshed with these names and forms. It is only when the
names and forms are set aside and the underlying source is identified
that it is possible to recognise the truth. And that truth is
Tattwamasi (That Thou Art). That is Prajnanam Brahma (constant
integrated awareness is Brahman). That awareness is Ayam Atma Brahma
(This Self is Brahman). When you analyse the mahavakya Tattwamasi, it
will lead you to the awareness “I am That” and “That I am”.
are able to realise this truth, you will find that the principle “I”
underlies everything in the universe as the principle of unity. We
have to recognise that “I” principle, which is universal. It is a
futile exercise to get into arguments and counter-arguments over this
matter and waste one’s time. The only aspect you have to realise is “I
am Brahman.” When somebody questions you who you are, the proper
answer would be “I am I”, “I am the word, I am the form, and I am the
name.” This “I” represents and explains everything. When somebody
questions who you are, do not reply by quoting your name. The name
represents the name given to the body. You are not the body. Hence
reply “I am I.” Everyone should strive to attain that state of unity.
………………….BHAGAWAN SHRI SATHYA SAI BABA
the darshan area as I knew it in 1990. Old memories with many old friends in photo.