Archive for December, 2013

The Muni

2.54 Arjuna addressed the Blessed One, “O’ Lord, what is the transcendent sign that we may recognize someone who is always in deep-samādhis? What would be the signs in his speech, his silent gaze, and in his movements that would attest to this Noble recognition?  2.55 Arjuna, when all sensate desires have shriveled-up; when the yogin is wholly content in the Unborn-Self alone; rest assured that he/she has reached the summit of Noble Self-Perfection.  Resting serenely in the stillness Read more [...]

Right Action knows no Glory

2.47 As for you, Arjuna, act on what is necessary and never become attached to the fruit of your actions; in the same manner, never become attached to non-action. Most wise. Never rest on your past laurels and never permit non-action to prevent you from doing further spiritual good. 2.48 Yoga assures equanimity of Mind. Arjuna, just remain centered in that equanimity. Un-equanimity will only assure a restless mind and spirit—becoming attached to either success or failure.   Do your Read more [...]

The Scrooge Phenomenon

A Christmas Carol, perhaps the best-loved tale of Charles Dickens told and retold in endless fashion on the golden screen and in storybook adaptations based on the same theme throughout the years. My favorite version is the cartoon ,“Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol”, a sweet, delightful musical adaptation that premiered in 1962. That one really touched my heart as a kid, especially the scene where the young boy Scrooge is singing the haunting, “All alone in the World.” Isn’t that the story’s Read more [...]

Christmas joke and a Happy New Year

How do you know when Mara got you in one of his 50 false enlightenments? As your body dies, he pops up before you and goes; Hey, congratulations you are free - NOT! (Laughs) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you, Tozen Read more [...]

Yoga is the remedy for transcending the Kharmadhatu

2.39 The foundation for your Self-realization has been laid. Now put on the Mantle of the Yogic Enterprise that can free your mind from its karmic-prison. Up to this point Arjuna has been taught the key to Self-realization. Now the Blessed One will offer the beginning of yogic-techniques that can help to reinforce the Recollective Resolve. This is an introduction to karma-yoga in the Gita. Through yogic actions Arjuna’s resolution in upholding the Dharma can be sustained. While yoga within Read more [...]

The Ariyan Spirit

2.31 You need to remember your own noble spiritual function. To consider wavering, if even for one brief moment, from your recollective fervor in upholding and defending the dharma would prove your absolute downfall. Paramahansa Yogananda gives a very good overview of the traditional caste-system: In India the four castes were originally based on the innate qualities and outward actions of the people. All had a respected and necessary place in society. Later, through ignorance, the caste Read more [...]

Riding the head of the Black Dragon

Zen Buddhism strives, to get you the fastest possible way, to the undivided light of the Unborn Mind. Your own true nature. From there on, the true path of the ariyan Mind begins, and the light of Mahayana, shining with a brilliance that cannot be matched by any known phenomenon in this universe, dissolves the body consciousness of temporal spatiality as long as you bathe your Spirit in its imageless presence. He or she whom never spent at least a full day and a full night in perfect dhyana, Read more [...]

Two: The Yoga of Discernment

The Unborn is Indestructible Arjuna remains crumpled-up in defeated fashion with a long, forlorn frown on his face; Krishna, the Divine Avatar of Immortal Consciousness, addresses him thus: 2.2 Why do you act cowardly, especially in this time of your great spiritual crisis? You are inflicting a grave injustice to those who uphold the Ariyan Spirit. What a shameful disgrace you are inflicting upon your-self; in this fashion you shall never behold the Noble Shores of Suchness. 2.3 Never yield Read more [...]

Arjuna’s Despondent Dilemma

Arjuna see’s before him a forest of familiar faces: uncles, cousins, grandfathers, teachers and counselors, and familiar friends—all arrayed before him who certainly will be slain at his command. So, he grows very despondent as he cries-out to Krishna: 1.28-29 O’ Krishna, I don’t know what to do. Knowing that members of my family and close friends will soon be slaughtered, I don’t have the courage now to condemn any of them. My throat is parched, like a sea-tortoise left in the desert Read more [...]

Colin Wilson, (1931-2013)

Just discovered that my favorite author, Colin Wilson, passed-away recently; I’ve made reference to Wilson’s work in the past within some of these blog posts. Became acquainted with his writings as a teen in the 1970’s and his work was most influential for my young spiritual development at the time. I also had the privilege of attending one of his workshops at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY in 1990. He was a leading herald for new existential-evolutionary advancements in consciousness Read more [...]