Friday, December 16, 2011

From ‘Walking the Path’ by Frederique Lebelley

In Sanskrit, ‘initiation’ is called diksha. Di meaning ‘intellect’ and ksha, ‘the horizon of the end’. Diksha means: to go to the end of the intellect, to transcend the intellect.

Education is called shiksha, ‘the horizon of discipline’ – total discipline.

A teacher brings shiksha, ‘education’. A spiritual master – a guru – brings diksha …….. it is a journey from head to heart.

“Drop the past; don’t even try to analyse it. It is as if you knocked over the dustbin and sorted through the contents: this is from yesterday, and that is from the day before yesterday ….”

In the realm of science, first you acquire the knowledge, then comes the faith. In the realm of spirituality, faith comes first and knowledge follows.

Suffering is created by our own mind. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. A smile that cannot be removed by any event is a real smile. Suffering is remembering the events, chewing them again and again.

….. when this feeling of helplessness overcomes you, prayer can really be authentic. This authentic prayer can bring a power in us capable of transforming life.

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