Quotable

Who is Mooji

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I had no idea who Mooji is before seeing a Facebook post with this passage but I find his insight here to be very profound and beautifully put:

Relax without laziness
Focus without tension
Perceive without projecting
Witness without judging
Enjoy without craving
Reflect without imagining
Love without condition
Give without demanding
Receive without possessing
Serve without self-seeking
Challenge without dominating
Meditate without identity
Correct without blaming
Overcome without pride
Laugh without cynicism
Cry without pity
Confront without hatred
Guide without superiority
Be without self-defining
Live without arrogance
Enter without self-importance
Depart without regret
Be one with God

~ Mooji

At first this seems like an unattainable aspiration but then I realise that:

Where there is laziness there is not true relaxation
Projecting distorts perception
And the witness that judges tampers with his own witnessing
We do not fully enjoy a moment if there is craving that it be better or other or that it last forever.

And so on. There is a lot here to reflect upon.

A Flower from Osho

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Osho is often condemned as a cult leader who exploited psychologically vulnerable followers. I don’t know enough so can’t judge his integrity, but he left behind a body of work that expresses a poignancy and poetry that is peculiar to him. It is in the beauty of his expressions that he flowers and that flowering, not the facts of his life, is his gift to the world.

Suchness

This beautiful image was posted on Facebook with a quote from Rumi: “This place is as a dream of a sleeper”. It reminded of a quote, a haiku, from the Japanese poet Issa: “This dewdrop world, it may be a dewdrop, and yet ..”. I read that Issa wrote it after the death of his daughter. We recognise the illusion that the world is, the dreamlike, transient quality, we recognise the futility and the pain caused by attachment .. and yet there is still the ‘suchness’ of the moment, the quality of the relationship.

Recognising the suchness of our attachments they transcend themselves.

Humbleness

“The humbleness of a warrior is not the humbleness of the beggar. The warrior lowers his head to no one, but at the same time, he doesn’t permit anyone to lower his head to him. The beggar, on the other hand, falls to his knees at the drop of a hat and scrapes the floor to anyone he deems to be higher; but at the same time, he demands that someone lower than him scrape the floor for him.” ~ Carlos Castaneda.

To be humble is not to see yourself as less than another or to undervalue your achievements; it is to see the meaninglessness of comparison and to be grateful for the powers within and without that have brought you to this point.