Monday, November 29, 2004

Psychologist speaks of Collective Evolution

Robert Ornstein is a scientist, psychologist - who has a book out on Consciousness. I thought this blurb from the cover was in itself interesting and apropos of our quest. - Sri

We are not a unified 'consciousness' but a phalanx of adaptations to circumstances, many minds shifting in and out of place to filter and respond to incoming stimuli. We are at a critical point in human development, says the author, where the pace of our inventiveness has outstripped that of 'accidental' adaptation, and our survival will depend on initiating a process of 'conscious evolution.' - Ornstein

THE EVOLUTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
The Origins of the Way We Think

Robert Ornstein

Prentice Hall Press, 1991

Sri Aurobindo on Collective Spiritual evolution

"It must therefore be emphasized that spirituality is not a high intellectuality, not idealism, not an ethical turn of mind or moral purity and austerity, not religiosity or an ardent and exalted emotional fervour, not even a compound of all these excellent things; a mental belief, creed or faith, an emotional aspiration, a regulation of conduct according to a religious or ethical formula are not spiritual achievement and experience. These things are of considerable value to mind and life; they are of value to the spiritual evolution itself as preparatory movements disciplining, purifying or giving a suitable form to the nature; but they still belong to the mental evolution, < style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">This calls for the appearance not only of isolated evolved individuals acting in the unevolved mass, but of many gnostic individuals forming a new kind of beings and a new common life superior to the present individual and common existence."

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Rejoicing: Good Karma

Excerpt: The Easiest Way to Creating Good Karma

Simply by rejoicing, without the need for extensive preparation or any special effort, you can accumulate incredible merit, incredible good karma. In one second you can accumulate merit infinite as space. If you really practice it honestly, rejoicing in others is the easiest way to accumulate extensive merit and attain ultimate happiness...

The practice of rejoicing can prevent the arising of pride, jealousy, or anger. Whenever you hear that someone else has been successful, rejoice. Always practice rejoicing for others - whether your friend or your "enemy" - even about samsaric success. For example, when you hear that someone has been successful in business, you should rejoice. When you hear that someone has found a partner, again rejoice. You should think "How wonderful it is that they have found the happiness they were seeking!" Practice feeling as happy for others as you do for yourself. In other words, cherish others as you cherish yourself. Feel happy when others find happiness, as if you yourself had found happiness.

If you cherish only yourself, you cannot experience happiness, but if you cherish others as you cherish yourself, happiness arises naturally... without any need to think of reasons. When something good happens to anyone, you naturally feel happy. Every positive trait is the result of past good actions, and all can be a basis for you to rejoice. When you see someone possessed of physical beauty, think: "How wonderful it is that this person has a beautiful body now as a result of practicing patience and morality in past lives."... If someone is very intelligent or has more understanding of the Dharma than you do, you can rejoice in it as well.

- Transforming Problems Into Happiness (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) (the above rearranged)
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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Savitri - immortality

I wanted to share this passage from the epic poem Savitri by Sri Aurobindo. One of Dwarkoji's six things in Spirituality - was Kingdom of God on earth, Kingdom of God within. Sri
  Dialogue between Savitri and Yama 


God of Death, Yama

Where matter is all, there Spirit is a dream:

If all are the Spirit, matter is a lie,

And who was the liar who forged the universe?

The real with the unreal cannot mate.

He who would turn to God, must leave the world:

He who would live in the spirit, must give up life;

He who has met the Self, renounces self.

In me all take refuge, for I, Death, am God.

Savitri

But who can show to thee Truth’s glorious face?

Our human words can only shadow her.

To thought she is an unthinkable rapture of light,

To speech a marvel inexpressible.

O Death, if thou couldst touch the Truth supreme

Thou wouldst grow suddenly wise and cease to be.

If our souls could see and love and clasp God’s Truth,

Its infinite radiance would seize our hearts,

Our being in God’s image be remade

And earthly life become the life divine.