Category: soulfood

The outer form is a temporary reflection of wh…

The outer form is a temporary reflection of what you are within, in your essence. That is why love and beauty can never leave you, although all outer forms will.

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has…

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It
has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing
through the facade of pretence. It’s the
complete eradication of everything we
imagined to be true.

Meditation is the way in which we come to feel…

Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up.

Meditation is to be aware of what is going on …

Meditation is to be aware of what is going on – in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world. Each day…children die of hunger…. Yet the sunrise is beautiful, and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle. Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot.

Having few desires is itself worthwhile. Those…

Having few desires is itself worthwhile. Those who have few desires need not flatter to gain others’ favor. Those who have few desires are not pulled by their sense organs. They have a serene mind and do not worry, because they are satisfied with what they have and do not have a sense of lack. Those who have few desires experience nirvana. This is called few desires.

When we trust our creativity we encounter a su…

When we trust our creativity we encounter a supreme kind of enjoyment – an amazement at the natural unfolding of life beyond our ordinary way of looking at things.

Acquiring beliefs to ward off pain

Physical
pain is a nervous response, but psychological pain arises when I hold
on to things that give me satisfaction, for then I am afraid of anyone
or anything that may take them away from me. The psychological
accumulations prevent psychological pain as long as they are
undisturbed; that is, I am a bundle of accumulations, experiences, which
prevent any serious form of disturbance—and I do not want to be
disturbed. Therefore I am afraid of anyone who disturbs them. Thus my
fear is of the known; I am afraid of the accumulations, physical or
psychological, that I have gathered as a means of warding off pain or
preventing sorrow. But sorrow is in the very process of accumulating to
ward off psychological pain. Knowledge also helps to prevent pain. As
medical knowledge helps to prevent physical pain, so beliefs help to
prevent psychological pain, and that is why I am afraid of losing my
beliefs, though I have no perfect knowledge or concrete proof of the
reality of such beliefs. I may reject some of the traditional beliefs
that have been foisted on me because my own experience gives me
strength, confidence, understanding; but such beliefs and the knowledge
which I have acquired are basically the same—a means of warding off
pain.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

The world is very beautiful and very wonderful…

The world is very beautiful and very wonderful. Life can be very easy when love is your way of life. You can be loving all the time. This is your choice. You may not have a reason to love, but you can love because to love makes you so happy. Love in action only produces happiness. Love will give you inner peace. It will change your perception of everything.

Stressful energy arises when you think some fu…

Stressful energy arises when you think some future moment is more important than the present moment, and the doing becomes only a means to an end.

If you fall into poverty, live that way withou…

If you fall into poverty, live that way without grumbling – then your poverty will not burden you. Likewise, if you are rich, live with your riches. All this is the functioning of Buddha-nature. In short, Buddha-nature has the quality of infinite adaptability.