Peace, Travel & Hare Krishna
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”
– Thomas Jefferson (via hippiedreamin)
Living in Ecuador has its pros and cons. Cons are more personal as I really do love this country. We recently celebrated Carnvial and it was a beautiful relaxing time with a good friend doing yoga at a small beach. We also had an interesting adventure coming back home as there was a huge landslide (people died) and we were stalled for 6 hours. After walking across the land slide, jumping on the back of trucks, eating corn, and catching a couple buses we finally made it back into the city.
Anyway, back here in Quito, I have made some habits.. If I have eaten too much the night before or my stomach is just not feeling well, I wake up early and head to the local farmers market and buy an Aloe Vera extract tea type of thing. It is absolutely amazing as they put flax seeds, molasses, honey, pollen and other goodies in it. You can also take “shots” of bitters, Cat’s Claw and other healthy herbal drinks. Only for 50 cents!!Read More »
“I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.”
This part of me is not real (by a freedom craver’s diary)
“A devotee does not have to be with his guru physically all of the time to unfold as a beautiful flower on the path. But he does have to be with the satguru’s darshan all the time, for that waters, protects, guides the unfoldment superconsciously. The guru is within him—not the physical presence of his teacher, however holy, but the divine spheres of his guru’s superconscious being. The law is, though, that only his guru can bring him into this realization fully and permanently.”
– Bhagavan Satguru Sri Shivaya Subramuniyaswami Maharaj (1927-2001)
"No matter how much humans may desire, without the Divine Will (Mauj), the goal is not achieved. Despite one’s worthiness, association of an accomplished guru, knowledge of the path, resolute (meditation) practice, devotion, favorable accumulated karmas, a devotee would not succeed without the Will of God.
“In the Ramayana, Sugriva tells Rama: ‘All my actions would be worthless without Your Grace.’
“Therefore, we should collect the flowers of our aspirations and offer them at the Holy Feet of the Supreme Being.” (Swami Vyasanand, The Inward Journey of the Soul)
– (via santmat)
Dharma is the eternal law on which the universe rests, and by which the universe is governed. Welfare of mankind ultimately rests upon dharma. Righteousness is the highest wealth. It is the rule of life. In righteousness everything is established or rooted.
The main feature of dharma lies in refraining from doing unto others what one would not do unto oneself. Compassion, liberality, truthfulness, purity, self-restraint and tolerance are the ingredients of dharma. Tread the path of dharma and you will get happiness along with freedom. You can secure the real joy and glory of life.
That which helps you in your spiritual evolution is right. That which obstructs and hinders your spiritual evolution is wrong. That which leads to unity of Self is right. That which leads to separation is wrong. To do good to others, to serve and to help others, to give joy to others, is right. To give pain to others, to injure others, is wrong.
Do not do any act which injures another and makes you feel ashamed to do it. Do as you would be done by. Do unto others as you wish others to do unto you. This is the secret of dharma. This is the secret essence of karma yoga. This will lead you to the attainment of eternal bliss.
“I repeat, I was not, am not, shall not be a body. To me this is a fact. I too was under the illusion of having been born, but my Guru made me see that birth and death are mere ideas – birth is merely the idea, “I have a body” and death is the idea, “I have lost my body”. Now, when I know I am not a body, the body may be there or may not, what difference does it make? The body-mind is like a room. It is there, but I need not live in it all the time.”