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Insights

What we have learned and understood through meditation

Priya on camel

An item crossed off on Priya’s bucket list: a journey to the Sahara; “I suspect that sometimes just doing something that is compelling becomes as important as the thing you were actually drawn to do.”

Chinmaya with Koyal in Chappora, 2011

Chinmaya remembers dangerous events he escaped unharmed from, and learned what trust means.

view of a lake and mountains

Priya can relate to what a friend told her in regard to ecology. He had said, “I used to worry for my grandchildren, now I worry for us too.”

Purushottama emphasizes that in order for the transformation of consciousness to take place, we have to look directly at the mind. It is not enough to know about meditation; we have to meditate.

Stairs in Goa

Nirav tells a story as it happened a few years ago in Goa, a traumatic experience that went deep and that he never really managed to deal with. As the ‘me too’ movement started, his story came up again in a new light where it finally can be expressed.

Iceberg Feat

Our ego is an iceberg, only one-tenth is visible. To confront it, dissolve it and offer it as our gift to Osho for his birthday on 11 December is the best gift for him and us, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Adyashanti

On the morning of what he calls his “real final awakening,” Adyashanti wrote the following to one of his teachers, Zen master Jakusho Kwong Roshi:

music notes tumbling

From Suha’s series ‘Beware: Slippery…. Sacred Ground – Small flashes of real life’: “Which is the note, the frequency that makes the strings of my soul vibrate, that makes me feel in harmony with the great symphony of the universe?”

metaphysical spiritual light

“The sense of oneness has no effect other than a deep and vast knowing of who/what ‘I’ am. Rather than a physical body, which is merely a necessity for this incarnation and learning phase, there is a perception of boundless energy, entirely joyful and wholly free,” writes Bhagawati.

River Seine with Eiffel Tower - Pinterest

From Suha’s series ‘Beware: Slippery…. Sacred Ground – Small flashes of real life’. “Once I used to ask myself what I wanted and where I wanted to go. … Then I understood that everything is already given to me, even before I become aware of my needs.”

Modern tribes Feat

Surendra casts a critical eye at the behaviour, rules and norms of tribes and families and their enslavement of the individual. He states, “The tribe is the collective version of ego.”

Gold Coins

Priya writes: “It’s the season for contemplations of what really matters. I was surprised by what arose as I sat with pen and open notebook.”

You are the sunshine of my eyes

Lokita’s insights on death while seeing her father go: “Standing next to his lifeless form, once again I was … in awe of the mystery of life and death, the mystery of who we are.”

falling leaf

A seasonal contemplation with a poem by Priya Huffman: “There appears to be a natural ebb and flow between the active and the passive elements that have to be negotiated and respected in every creative project…”

Rippleffect

Bhagawati questions the effects of popular prayer, chants and well-wishing: “These so-called prayers are all mantras that won’t make anybody wake up but put everybody to sleep with the smug feeling of having ‘done’ something positive.”

Kirtan

Participating in a kirtan event in Australia before leaving for India, Shazar experiences the place of joy and bliss and interconnectedness: “I come home to myself.”

Thoughts for a midsummer’s day – and a poem – by Priya Huffman; “I’d say we do both, dance to celebrate that we are still here to enjoy yet another midsummer, and prepare for the winter yet to come, and to support the ones who are doing the actual work of transformation that is needed for the viable future of our planet…”

master with zen stick

From Suha’s series ‘Beware: Slippery…. Sacred Ground – Small flashes of real life’; “I realised that if everything can be transformed and it depends on me, life becomes interesting, hilarious…”

valley floor

Priya Huffman on the vulnerability of people who have just moved to a new city, of migrants and refugees.