live with the mind of nothingness


 
 

There are names,

such as Buddha, God, or Heavenly Way;

but they all point to the mind which is nothingness.

Live always with the mind of total nothingness,

and the evils that come to you will

dissipate completely.

 

Munan 

 

all good comes when we are innocent


 

In the

very center of each

of us there dwells an innocent

and divine spirit. If we allow ourselves

to be guided by it in every situation, we can never

go wrong. Wu Wang comes to remind us that

we must actively disengage our egos

before we can obtain the vast

rewards that come from

living in a state of

innocence.

 

The nature

of the ego is that when

we exercise it, it takes us out

of the present. When we engage in

ambitions, anxieties, or anticipations,

our ego is skipping ahead, and we miss the

guidance of the Creative in the present moment.

When we engage in anger, judgment, and condemnation —

whether toward ourselves or others — our ego is looking

ackward, and we cannot see the Sage’s clear solution

o the present situation. In either case, the result is

misfortune. Only by stilling the ego and accepting

life in its entirety can we become innocent.

In this state we are receptive to the help

of the Higher Power and can

meet  with good fortune

wherever

we go.

 

You are

advised now to stop

looking forward and backward,

to abandon your ambitions, to disengage

from judgments and critical thinking. If a thought,

attitude, or action is not in accord with the principles of

acceptance, equanimity, humility, and gentleness,

do not indulge in it. The I Ching encourages you

to actively practice innocence. Because

the  ego is strong, you must make a

conscious and conscientious

effort to be

innocent.

 

If you

willfully unstructure

your attitude, open your heart

to the Deity, and allow yourself to be

guided by that which is innocent

and pure, you will meet with

success in the coming

time.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 25, Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected)

 

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tao leaves nothing undone


 

Tao

doesn’t do anything, yet

it leaves nothing

undone.
 
 
If you

abide by it,

everything in existence

will transform itself. When, in the

process of self-transformation, desires

are aroused, calm them

with nameless

simplicity.
 
 
When

desires are dissolved

in the primal presence, peace

and harmony naturally occur,

and the world orders

itself.
 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 37


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embrace the oneness

 

What good

is it to spend your life 

accumulating material things? 

It isn’t in keeping with the Tao. What

benefit in conforming your behavior to someone’s

conventions? It violates your nature and dissipates 

your energy. Why separate your spiritual life

and your practical life? To an integral

being, there is no such 

distinction. 

 

Live simply

and virtuously, true to

your nature, drawing no line

between what is spiritual and what is

not. Ignore time. Relinquish ideas and

concepts. Embrace the Oneness. 

This is the Integral

Way. 

 

Hua hu Ching, Chapter 50

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may all beings play trombone


 

Mentally repeat,

‘Let all beings be happy;

let all beings be peaceful; let all

beings be blissful.’ So do to the east,

south, north and west. The more you do

that the better you will feel yourself. You will

find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves

healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the

easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see

that others are happy. After doing that,

those who believe in God should pray—

not for money, not for health, nor

for heaven; pray for knowledge

and light; every other

prayer is selfish.

 

Swami Vivekananda