Author: Spiritual-Gateway

It is impossible to bring more into your life …

It is impossible to bring more into your life if you are feeling ungrateful about what you have. Why? Because the thoughts and feelings you emit as you feel ungrateful are all negative emotions.

The Healthiest Response to life is Laughter.Th…

The Healthiest Response to life is Laughter.There is always a reason to be grateful.You belong in the scheme of the universe. There’s nothing to be afraid of. You are Safe.Your soul cherishes every aspect of your life.There is a Plan, and your soul knows what it is.Ecstasy is the energy of spirit. When life flows, ecstasy is natural.There is a creative solution to every problem. Every possibility holds the promise of abundance.Obstacles are Opportunities in disguise.Evolution leads the way through desire.Freedom is Letting Go.

No matter what’s happening in your life,…

No matter what’s happening in your life, you can change the trajectory of events by closing your eyes, reviewing your thought and behavior, and sending love wherever you’ve been withholding it.

It is not for you to judge the journey of anot…

It is not for you to judge the journey of another’s soul. It is for you to decide who YOU are, not who another has been or has failed to be.

If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it …

If you can recognize illusion as illusion, it dissolves. The recognition of illusion is also its ending. Its survival depends on your mistaking it for reality.

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know th…

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, and much happiness.

The approach is that the best way to use unwan…

The approach is that the best way to use unwanted circumstances on the path of enlightenment is not to resist but to lean into them.

When we speak of a calm state of mind or peace…

When we speak of a calm state of mind or peace of mind, we shouldn’t confuse that with an insensitive state of apathy. Having a calm or peaceful state of mind doesn’t mean being spaced out or completely empty. Peace of mind or a calm state of mind is rooted in affection and compassion and is sensitive and responsive to others.

If you want to freely live or die, go or stay,…

If you want to freely live or die, go or stay, to take off or put on your clothes, then right now recognize the one who is listening to my discourse.

That one is without form, without characteristics, without root, without source, and without any dwelling place, yet is brisk and very alive.

As for all manifold responsive activities, the place where they are carried on is, in fact, no place.

Therefore, when you look for that one, it retreats farther and farther, when you seek that, it turns more and more the other way: this is called the “Mystery.”

If you hurt nature you are hurting yourself

The Whole Movement of Life is Learning  

Surely
educators are aware of what is actually happening in the world. People
are divided racially, religiously, politically, economically, and this
division is fragmentation. It is bringing about great chaos in the
world-wars, every kind of deception politically, and so on. There is the
spreading violence of man against man. This is the actual state of
confusion in the world, in the society in which we live; and this
society is created by all human beings with their culture, their
linguistic divisions, their regional separations. All this is breeding
not only confusion but hatred, a great deal of antagonism and further
linguistic differences.

This is what is happening; and the responsibility of the educator is
really very great. He is concerned in all these schools to bring about a
good human being who has a feeling of global relationship, who is not
nationalistic, regional, separate, religiously clinging to the old dead
traditions, which really have no value at all. The responsibility of the
educator becomes more and more serious, more and more committed, more
and more concerned with the education of his students.

What is education doing actually? Is it really helping mankind, our
children, to become more concerned, more gentle, generous, not to go
back to the old pattern, the old ugliness and naughtiness of this world?
If the educator is really concerned, as he must be, then he has to help
the student to find out his relationship to the world, not to the world
of imagination or romantic sentimentality, but to the actual world in
which all things are taking place; and also to the world of nature, to
the desert, the jungle or the few trees that surround him, and to the
animals of the world. (Animals, fortunately, are not nationalistic; they
hunt only to survive.) If the educator and the student lose their
relationship to nature, to the trees, to the rolling sea, each will
certainly lose his relationship with humanity.

What is nature? There is a great deal of talk about and endeavour to
protect nature, the animals, the birds, the whales and dolphins, to
clean the polluted rivers, the lakes, the green fields and so on. Nature
is not put together by thought, as religion is, as belief is. Nature is
the tiger, that extraordinary animal with its energy, its great sense
of power. Nature is the solitary tree in the field, the meadows and the
grove; it is that squirrel shyly hiding behind a bough. Nature is the
ant and the bee and all the living things of the earth. Nature is the
river, not a particular river, whether the Ganges, the Thames or the
Mississippi. Nature is all those mountains, snow-clad, with dark blue
valleys and ranges of hills meeting the seas. The universe is part of
this world. One must have a feeling for all this, not destroy it, not
kill for one’s pleasure, not kill animals for food. We do kill the
vegetables that we eat, but one must draw the line somewhere. If you do
not eat vegetables, then how will you live? So one must intelligently
discern.

Nature is part of our life. We grew out of the seed, the earth, and
we are part of all that, but we are rapidly losing the sense that we are
animals like the others. Can you have a feeling for a tree, look at it,
see the beauty of it, listen to the sound it makes; be sensitive to the
little plant, to the little weed, to the creeper that is growing up the
wall, to the light on the leaves and the many shadows? You must be
aware of all this and have that sense of communion with nature around
you. You may live in a town, but you do have trees here and there. The
next-door garden may be ill-kept, crowded with weeds, but look at the
flower in it, and feel that you are part of all that, part of all living
things. If you hurt nature you are hurting yourself.

One knows that all this has been said before in different ways, but
we don’t seem to pay much attention. Is it that we are so caught up in
our own network of problems, our own desires, our own urges of pleasure
and pain that we never look around, never watch the moon? Watch it.
Watch with all your eyes and ears, your sense of smell. Watch. Look as
though you are looking for the first time. If you can do that, you are
seeing the tree, the bush, the blade of grass for the first time. Then
you can see your teacher, your mother and father, your brother and
sister, for the first time. There is an extraordinary feeling about
that, like the wonder, the strangeness, the miracle of a fresh morning
that has never been before, never will be again.

Be really in communion with nature, not verbally caught in the
description of it, but be a part of it, be aware, feel that you belong
to all that. Be able to have love for all that, to admire a deer, the
lizard on the wall, a broken branch lying on the ground. Look at the
evening star or the new moon, without the word, without merely saying
how beautiful it is and turning your back on it, attracted by something
else.

Watch that single star and new delicate moon as though for the first
time. If there is such communion between you and nature, then you can
commune with man, with the student sitting next to you, with your
educator, or with your parents. We have lost all sense of relationship
in which there is not only a verbal statement of affection and concern
but also this sense of communion which is not verbal. It is a sense that
we are all together, that we are all human beings, not divided, not
broken up, not belonging to any particular group or race, or to some
idealistic concepts, but that we are all human beings and we are all
living on this extraordinary, beautiful earth.

Have you ever woken up in the morning and looked out of the window,
or gone out and looked at the trees and the spring dawn? Live with it.
Listen to all the sounds, to the whisper, the slight breeze among the
leaves. See the light on a leaf and watch the sun coming over the hill,
over the meadow; and the dry river, or sheep grazing across the hill.
Watch them; look at them with a sense of affection, care that you do not
want to hurt a thing. When you have such communion with nature, then
your relationship with another person becomes simple, clear, without
conflict.

This is one of the responsibilities of the educator, not merely to
teach mathematics or how to use a computer. It is far more important to
have communion with other human beings who suffer, struggle and have
great pain and the sorrow of poverty-and also with the people who go by
in a rich car. If the educator is concerned with this, he is helping the
student to become sensitive to other people’s sorrows, other people’s
struggles, anxieties and worries, and the rows that one has in the
family. It should be the responsibility of the teacher to educate the
children, the students, to have such communion with the world. The world
may be too large, but the world is where he is; that is his world. And
this brings about a natural consideration, affection for others,
courtesy and behaviour that is not rough, cruel, vulgar.

The educator should talk about all these things-not just verbally, he
must feel the world, the world of nature and the world of man. They are
interrelated. Man cannot escape from that. When he destroys nature, he
is destroying himself. When he kills another, he is killing himself. The
enemy is not the other but you. To live in such harmony with nature,
with the world, naturally brings about a different world.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti