June 26, 2009

Action, Work & Perfect Struggle - Quotes

“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself”

“Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”

"If you take pride in your attainment or become discouraged because of your idealistic effort, your practice will confine you by a thick wall."

"Practice does not mean that whatever you do, even lying down, is zazen. When the restrictions you have do not limit you, this is what we mean by practice…."

"When you sit, you will sit. When you eat, you will eat…. If you say,”It doesn’t matter,” it means that you are making some excuse to do something in your own way with your small mind. It means that you are to some particular thing or way. That is not what we mean when we say, “Just to sit is enough,” or “Whatever you do is zazen.” Of course, everything you do is zazen, but if so, there is no need to say it. p. 41

  • Pt. 3 : Right Understanding, "Naturalness"

-Shunryu Suzuki

Here are some quotes (i think they belong to Osho, the spiritual psychiatrist) :

You are perfect as you are, with all your imperfections you are perfect. If you are imperfect, you are perfectly imperfect - but perfection is there.”

You are utterly unique, incomparably unique. You need not be like somebody else, you need not be an imitator, you have to be authentically yourself.

“Everything can become a meditation if you live it totally and intensely. And then your life becomes whole.”

The man of meditation does not become powerful:
he becomes silent, he becomes peaceful.
Power is created out of conflict:
all power is out of friction.

If you can get into any act with your whole heart, you are total. Totality brings wholeness, and totality brings wholeness, and totality brings health, and totality brings sanity.

Whatever you are doing, do it as if it is a question of life & death. Put your total energy into it, and it will give you tremendous bliss.


Action vs. Avtivity

"Remember two words: one is "action", another is "activity". Action is not activity; activity is not action. Their nature are diametrically opposite. Action is when the situation demands it, you act, you respond. Activity is when the situation doesn't matter, it is not a response; you are so restless within that the situation is just an excuse.

Action comes out of a silent mind - it is the most beautiful thing in the world. Activity comes out of a restless mind. Action is moment to moment, spontaneous; activity is loaded with the past."

"Activity is your escape from yourself. In action you are. Find the distinction within yourself; what is activity and what is action; that is the first step. The second step is to become involved in action so that the energy moves into action and whenever there is activity to be more watchful about it, more alert. If you are aware, activity ceases, energy is preserved, and the same energy becomes action.

Action is always new and fresh like the dew drops in the morning. And a person who is a person of action is also always fresh and young. The body may become old, but his freshness continues. The body may die, but his youth continues. The body may disappear, but he remains - because God loves freshness. God is always for the new and the fresh."

- quoted from Tantra: The Supreme Understanding byOsho

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho

and lastly, an Islamic tradition relates:

"Allah, His angels and all those who live in the heavens and the earth, even the ants in their holes and the fish supplicate for those who instruct people in virtuous knowledge" (Tirmidhi)(?).

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