After by-now-70-plus years of reflecting and meditating – at times even agonizing – about the issue, I have come to the conclusion in my “twilight years” that the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of the time we spend in religious observance / activity consists of an at-times-frantic, gut-busting effort to go where we already are. In fact, an effort to go, not only where we already are, but to go where we cannot not be, simply because there is nowhere – and no-when – else to be. We spin our wheels like a car mired in quicksand. At least, that is where I spent most of the last 55 years or so as a religious believer. Do I, like the Delphic oracle, make myself sufficiently obscure? If so, please allow me to clarify. If that first sentence of the first paragraph sounds nihilistic … well
Don't go into the tangled jungle looking for the great awakened elephant that is already resting quietly at home in front of your own hearth. -- Lama Gendun Rinpoche What are you noticing about the elephant on your hearth? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Fayerdale Hall at Fairy Stone State Park," Virginia State Parks, 2016.
May our spirits rest in "Natural Great Peace" and may that peace perfume the greater world around us. "Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags are a common sight in Sikkim. The concept is truly beautiful. Prayers are written on flags and put up. The wind plays its part in letting the flags flutter and the symbolic reciting of the prayers. "I made this painting of prayer flags across a frozen Tsomgo (Changu) Lake on 22 June 2005." Painting and text belong to: Naresh Kumar Agarwal, a gentleman talented in both arts and technology and committed to using his skills and wisdom in the service of humanity. This is one of the most popular posts to be published in The BeZine. I hope you will enjoy it today . . . ♥ ♥ ♥ MEDITATION Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind, Beaten