December 26, 2013 Comments Off on Man himself is the tree of desire
Man himself is the tree of desire, and the root of that tree is in his own heart.
Bowl of Saki, December 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
There is a story in India of a man who was told that there was a tree of the fulfillment of desires, and who went in search of it. After going through the forests and across the mountains he arrived at last at a place where he lay down and slept without knowing that the tree of the fulfillment of desires was there. Before he went to sleep he was so tired that he thought, ‘What a good thing it would be if I had just now a soft bed to rest upon and a beautiful house with a courtyard around it and a fountain, and people waiting on me!’ With this thought he went to sleep, and when he opened his eyes from sleep he saw that he was lying in a soft bed, and there was a beautiful house and a courtyard and a fountain, and there were people waiting on him. He was very much astonished and remembered that before going to sleep he had thought about this subject, he found, ‘The tree that I was looking for — it was under that tree that I slept, and it was the miracle of the tree that was accomplished.’
The interpretation of this legend is a philosophy in itself. It is man himself who is the tree of fulfillment of his desire, and the root of this tree is in the heart of man.
There are dead thoughts, and there are living thoughts. To which class a thought belongs depends on the power called will power. When there is will power, the word is both spoken and done.
This idea is expressed by the words Kalpa-Vriksha, the tree of desire. The story is that whoever happens to sit down for a moment under this tree will have his wish fulfilled; yet nobody knows where this tree is to be found. The tree is the mind; its root is the heart. That which gives power to thought, gives spirit or life to thought, is feeling. A man without feeling is as though dead; with feeling he is living, and so is his thought. Thought with feeling is a much greater power than thought without feeling. Merely to say, ‘I like your picture so much’ will have no effect when there is no feeling behind it. It is just a string of words. There is no life in it. But when these words are uttered with feeling they go through your heart also; the thought becomes living.
November 17, 2013 Comments Off on If the eyes and ears are open
If the eyes and ears are open, the leaves of the trees become as pages of
Bowl of Saki, November 17, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
If one would realize that the world of God, His splendor and magnificence,
are to be seen in the wise and the foolish, in the good and the bad, then
one would think tolerantly and reverently of all mankind, knowing that it
represents the messenger, as the messenger represents God. For no one has
seen God at any time, but if there is anyone who represents God, it is the
man who speaks His word. God is seen in the one who glorifies Him. But if
our hearts are closed, even if we wait for a thousand years for the
messenger to show himself, we shall never find him. For he who is always
there has said, ‘I am Alpha and Omega. I exist every moment. When you call
me, I am there. Knock at the door, and I will answer you.’ And those whose
eyes are open do not need to go to a church and look at a picture or statue
of the Lord. In the eyes of every infant, in the smile of every innocent
child, they receive the blessing of Christ.
It only means changing one’s outlook on life, and recognizing the divine in
man. But man has ignored the divine spirit that manifests in humanity, and
always prefers an idol, a painting, a picture, to the living God, who is
constantly before him. For the sage, the seer, the saint, and the yogi who
begin to see the master, and see him living, there is no place where he
cannot be seen. Then everywhere the beloved master is ready to answer the
cry of the soul coming from friend, father or teacher. And if we go a
little further forward, we will find that the teacher speaks aloud, not
only through living beings, but through nature. If the eyes and ears are
open, the leaves of the trees become as pages of the Bible. If the heart is
alive, the whole life becomes one single vision of His sublime beauty,
speaking to us at every moment.
November 14, 2013 Comments Off on When speech is controlled
When speech is controlled, the eyes speak; the glance says what words can
Bowl of Saki, November 13, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
All that the prophet comes to give is not given to the world in words, but
all that cannot be given in words is given without words. It is given
through the atmosphere; it is given by the presence; it is given by the
great affection that gushes forth from his heart; it is given in his kind
glance; and it is given in his benediction. Yet most is given in silence
that no earthly sense can perceive.
~~~ “Religious Gatheka #12, How the Wise Live in the World “, by Hazrat
Inayat Khan (unpublished)
Not very long ago in Hyderabad there was a mureed, rather an intellectual
pupil, and he liked to talk. His teacher was interested in his intelligent
inquiries, and so he encouraged him to talk, whereas it is the custom in
the East for the pupil to remain silent before his teacher. One day the
teacher was in a condition of exaltation and his pupil as usual wanted to
discuss and argue, which was not agreeable to the teacher at that time. He
said in Persian, ‘Khamosh,’ which means silence. And the pupil became
silent; he went home and remained silent. And no one heard him speak after
that, no one in the house nor outside; he never spoke anywhere. Years
passed by and the man still kept silent. But there came a time when his
silence began to speak aloud. His silent thought would manifest and his
silent wish would become granted; his silent glance would heal, his silent
look would inspire. His silence became living. It was the spoken words,
which had kept him dead all this time. The moment the lips were closed the
silence in him began to live. His presence was living.
What is silence? Silence is something which we consciously or unconsciously
are seeking every moment of our life. We are seeking for silence and
running away from it, both at the same time. Where is the word of God
heard? In silence. The seers, the saints, the sages, the prophets and
masters, they have heard that voice which comes from within by making
themselves silent. I do not mean by this that because one will have a
silence that he will be spoken to. I mean that he will hear the word which
is constantly coming to him once he is silent.
Once the mind has been made still, a person gets in communication with
every person one meets. He does not need too many words, when the glance
meets he understands. Two persons may talk and discuss their whole life and
they will not understand one another; and two persons with still minds look
at one another in one moment there is a communication. Where comes the
difference between persons? It is by their activity. And when comes
agreement? It comes by the stillness of mind.
~~~ “Social Gatheka #38, The Power of Silence”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
October 23, 2013 Comments Off on Is there righteous anger ever?
Is there righteous anger ever? Or is there only anger? There is no good influence or bad influence, only influence, but when you are influenced by something which doesn’t suit me I call it an evil influence.
The moment you protect your family, your country, a bit of coloured rag called a flag, a belief, an idea, a dogma, the thing that you demand or that you hold, that very protection indicates anger. So can you look at anger without any explanation or justification, without saying, “I must protect my goods,” or “I was right to be angry,” or “How stupid of me to be angry”? Can you look at anger as if it were something by itself? Can you look at completely objectively, which means neither defending it nor condemning it?
– Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known, p 52
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Not recording hurt or flattery
Is it possible not to record that hurt at the moment when I am called an idiot? Is it possible not to record at all, not only the hurt but flattery? Is it possible not to record either? The brain has been trained to record, for in that record there is safety, security, a sense of vitality; in that recording the mind creates the image about oneself. And that image will constantly get hurt. Is it possible to live without a single image about yourself, or about your husband, wife, children, firm, or about the politicians, the priests, or about the ideal—not a single shadow of an image? It is possible, and if it is not found you will always be getting hurt, always living in a pattern in which there is no freedom. When you give complete attention there is no recording. It is only when there is inattention that you record. That is: you flatter me; I like it; the liking at that moment is inattention, therefore recording takes place. But if when you flatter me I listen to it completely without any reaction, then there is no centre which records. – Krishnamurti, Questions and Answers, pp 54-55
October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Decision-Making
Decision is good when it comes out of life; it is bad when it comes only out of the head. And when it comes only out of the head it is never decisive; it is always a conflict. The alternatives remain open and the mind goes on and on, from this side to that. That’s how the mind creates conflict.
The body is always herenow, the mind is never herenow; that is the whole conflict. You breathe here and now, you cannot breathe tomorrow and you cannot breathe yesterday. You have to breathe this moment, but you can think about tomorrow and you can think about yesterday.
So the body remains in the present and the mind goes on hopping between past and future, and there is a split between body and mind. The body is in the present and the mind is never in the present; they never meet, they never come across each other. And because of that split, anxiety, anguish and tension arise; one is there. This tension is worry.
The mind has to be brought to the present, because there is no other time.
When: Everyday and/or whenever you start thinking of the future and the past too much.
Duration: 1 hour
Step 1: Watch Your Breathing
Just sit in a chair, relaxed, make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Just start looking at the breathing. Don’t change it; just look, watch. By your watching it, it will become slower and slower and slower. If ordinarily you take eight breaths in one minute, you will start taking six, five, four, three or two.
Within two or three weeks you will be taking one breath per minute. When you are taking one breath per minute the mind is coming closer to the body. Out of this small meditation a time comes when for minutes the breathing stops. Three or four minutes pass and then one breath. Then you are in tune with the body and you will know for the first time what the present is.
Otherwise it is just a word; the mind has never known it, the mind has never experienced it. It knows the past, it knows the future, so when you say present, the mind understands something in between past and future, in between something, but the mind has no experience of it.
So for one hour every day, relax into breathing and let the breathing go. It goes automatically. When you walk it goes automatically. Slowly, slowly there will be gaps and those gaps will give you the first experience of the present. Out of these days, suddenly the decision will arise, whatsoever it is.
It is immaterial what decision comes up. The most important thing is from where it comes; not what it is, but from where it comes. If it comes from the head it will create misery.
But if some decision arises from your totality then you never never repent for a single moment. A man who lives in the present knows nothing of repentance; he never looks back, he never changes his past and his memories and he never arranges his future.
Decision from the head is an ugly thing. The very word decision means ‘de-cision’; it cuts you off. It is not a good word. It simply means it cuts you off from reality. The head continuously cuts you off from reality.
My whole emphasis is on this moment, because this moment contains all. Now is the only reality — all else is either memory or imagination. And even for the past to exist as memory, now is needed. It doesn’t exist as the past; it exists as a thought in the present.
So is the case with the future: the future does not exist as the future, it exists as imagination in the present moment. All that exists, exists in the now. Now is the only time there is.
Osho, The Madman’s Guide to Enlightenment Talk #17 (This title is no longer available at Osho’s request)
Copyright © 2013 Osho International Foundation
October 7, 2013 Comments Off on There is no greater scripture than nature
There is no greater scripture than nature, for nature is life itself.
Bowl of Saki, October 5, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
When we think of the various ways in which wisdom has been given out in
legend, in poetry, in symbolism, we find that in every stage of evolution
the same story or legend, or poem or symbology holds a different meaning.
By this, I do not mean to say that as a man looks he understands things
differently at each stage of evolution, but I mean the sense of
comprehension is developed and things seem clearer at every stage, the
meaning has not changed, but man acquires a keener insight. Therefore, it
is no exaggeration to say that there is no greater Scripture than nature,
for nature is life itself. It is an ever living Scripture by which all
Masters and Teachers have been inspired, and all so called scriptures are
interpretations of this scripture.
There is so much to observe, so much to assimilate, and so much to give if
one can only understand the language of nature. There is a verse by the
great Seer of Persia, who says, ‘Every leaf of a tree becomes a page of the
Holy Book before the soul that can read.’ In the path of wisdom it is a
constant reading, a constant learning, and every experience whether happy
or unhappy, and in every impression, whether it brings comfort or
discomfort, if we will only observe what each one teaches, then the whole
of life becomes a vision that is man’s constant guide.
Most people consider as sacred scriptures only certain books or scrolls
written by the hand of man, and carefully preserved as holy, to be handed
down to posterity as divine revelation. Men have fought and disputed over
the authenticity of these books, have refused to accept any other book of
similar character, and, clinging thus to the book and losing the sense of
it have formed diverse sects. The Sufi has in all ages respected all such
books, and has traced in the Vedanta, Zend-Avesta, Kabbala, Bible, Quran,
and all other sacred scriptures, the same truth which he reads in the
incorruptible manuscript of nature, the only Holy Book, the perfect and
living model that teaches the inner law of life: all scriptures before
nature’s manuscript are as little pools of water before the ocean.
To the eye of the seer every leaf of the tree is a page of the holy book
that contains divine revelation, and he is inspired every moment of his
life by constantly reading and understanding the holy script of nature.