A Lotus for you ……

A Lotus for you … a Buddha to be!

This is a common greetings between Buddhists at temples and meditation centers. With half cupped palms symbolizing a lotus flower yet to bloom, you prayerfully greet the other by saying the beautiful words “A Lotus for you … a Buddha to be”! ‘Buddha to be’ implies the other person is a potential Buddha yet to be realized.

In the words of the great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh ~ “The meditation practitioner is like a lotus flower in the process of blooming. Buddhas are fully bloomed flowers, beautiful and refreshing. All of us are Buddhas-to-be.”

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Among other colors of the lotus flowers it is the Pink lotus which is held as the supreme lotus and considered to be the Buddha’s lotus.

The pond is the golf course water hazard

The lotus pond here is a golf course water hazard

What can we learn?

The beautiful lotus emerges from muddy waters in its natural beauty and purity unaffected by the mud around it. So can man remain healthy and happy despite the suffering and greed in his life. There is no place in the world where suffering does not exist. Yet without suffering it may be difficult to understand the supreme reality of compassion and love.

So my dear friends here’s “A Lotus for you … oh Buddha to be”!

 

Satori – sudden enlightenment

Chiyono studied and meditated  for years but was unable to find enlightenment. One night she was carrying an old pail, filled with water. As chiyonoshe was walking, she watched the full moon reflect in the pail of water. Suddenly, the bamboo strips that held the pail together broke and the pail fell apart. The water rushed out; the moon’s reflection disappeared. And Chiyono became enlightened. 

She wrote this verse:

This way and that way,

I tried to keep the pail together,

Hoping the weak bamboo would never break.

Suddenly the bottom fell out.

No more water, no more moon in the water - emptiness in my hand!

Zen stories are so simple yet filled with profound wisdom. This story tells us that when a person goes about his daily chores peacefully with a calm mind enlightenment may happen. The suddenness of the pail breaking flipped Chiyono to a “No Mind” state that is Satori.

Enlightenment or self realizations are a result of ‘letting be’ not of strive and effort. Meditation and simple living help in making us hollow and empty and the emptiness in Chiyono’s verse signifies a total surrender of ego.

Thank you my friends and have a lovely day.  :)

What more do I want?

“He who is contented is rich” ~ Lao Tzu

Being deeply grateful for what you have is the key to happiness. It is believed by people who practice awareness that there are unlimited things for us to be grateful for. Gratefulness comes more easily with humility and having respect for others but with minimal or no expectations. It is important to remember that we need to focus on the good we have and not on what we don’t have.

In spiritual retreats and programs we are asked to list five or ten reasons every night for which we ought to be grateful and in just a few days beautiful changes start taking place – we feel more at peace and our anxiety levels reduce. It is also amazing that the reasons for which we need to be grateful also keep increasing more and more.

Lets welcome gratitude and contentment in our thoughts and actions and be happy. What more do we need? :)

 

So-Grateful

 

Cheers friends and have a lovely weekend :)

 

Never Give Up!

                                                   Cute Mouse Never Give Up

“Don’t give up, okay ?    
I know you’ve been hurt,
I know how it feels.
Believe me, I do.
But the feeling will pass.
The tears will stop falling.
Your heart will heal itself.”

(by anon)

 

“Don’t let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks.”~ Dr. Roopleen

Lets all resolve to “Never Give Up”! And have a beautiful week-end my dear friends :)

Is there a right choice?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” ~ Confucius

Making a choice of which profession to choose is not easy. Students or job seekers simply follow or do what their parents want them to do. In many cases a mismatch-match occurs leading to dissatisfaction. Child career path Einstein

What goes unnoticed unheard is the young persons hidden talent. How can one understand or identify his or her own talent? In some cases the school or college keeps track of the students innate abilities and skills and guides him or her further. Or there are qualified psychological counselors who do their assessment using subtle approaches.

Fortunately the young folk of today are very well informed and quite sure of themselves. They follow their heart and are risk-takers and know that switching from job to the other is not a big deal.

In my own case I completed my engineering but soon discovered that it is the Army for me and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers – enjoyed every moment :)

Do share your thoughts or experience  :)

 

 

Cloudy skies make best sunsets!

Last evening me and my friends were on our evening walk and one of us noticed something very beautiful happening up in the sky. It was the Sun setting from behind a few stray clouds. While its true that Sunsets are beautiful anywhere in the world but each is amazingly unique. Just gazing at them makes you calm and peaceful and in the words of our Nobel laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore ~ “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”.

 

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Have a lovely day! Cheers :)

Transforming ourselves!

Dear friends,

We often tend to forget a known truth in our daily life. Do try to find the richness in the simple metaphor story given below. What is the lesson in this for us? :)

Buddha's wisdom

If only we could perceive the disguised Buddha in us all, we then would not judge and form superficial opinions on others.

If we only have faith and belief in the intrinsic goodness of all, life would transform into bliss.

So lets work on our Ego through meditative practices and allow our virtues to manifest and know our real Self.

Only then can we  experience the divine radiance in all others!

 

 

Guest post: A Sonnet

With satire and humor his sonnet reflects on his life in the Army right from his young days to his present civilian days. Yes that’s  Surinder Bonsor an officer and a gentleman and a man of many tastes, interests and talents. When asked to describe himself he answers with a smile “I am a ‘maverick’ of British vintage, an old guard. Who traveled widely and served in hostile, difficult and inaccessible areas”.

A Sonnet.jpg-with photo

Thank you sir you are always a great inspiration to all who know you! :)

 

A Child’s Faith

I came across a sweet and beautiful poem and could not resist sharing it with you my dear readers :)

A child surrenders her restlessness to God in implicit trust and faith. Isn’t it amazing that the little one’s pure innocence matches the wisdom of the great Lao Tzu ~ “Do you have the patience to wait, till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving, till the right action arises by itself”?

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Have a lovely day folks! :)

Be nothing – Be Happy

The wisdom below tells us that ultimate bliss dawns on us only if we can free our-self from our ego, pretensions and the stored knowledge in our mind. It is our attitude of ‘I know’ that entraps us into a fixed mind-set and limits our ability to wonder, discover and be creative. The key to happiness is to ‘let go’ ourselves and do our tasks with humility and awareness.

“Music needs the hollowness of the flute; Letters, the blankness of the page; Light, the void called a window; Enlightenment, the absence of the self.” ~ Anon

 

Image source: Wiki

Bansuri image source: Wiki

Lets remember that wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Awareness is the key to happiness :)

Namaste

Namaste