From Head into the Heart

From Head to the Heart

Saint Augustine of Hippo said….”my soul will not rest till it rests in you Lord”

Most of my life I tried to decipher what these words actually meant and what truth it wanted to speak of.

Because of my own quiet perseverance in search for truth and love,I have come to understand its true meaning after going through long struggles with depression, unhappiness and misery most of my adult life.Like St. Augustine, I was yearning for peace of mind and for my heart to experience love in its deepest/fullest capacity.

Meditation,as I have come to practice and experience firsthand is that ‘spiritual transport’ by which all beings inherently can reach the core of the heart and find true purpose of our lives.The purpose of which is to know who we truly are,to be liberated from wasteful,unnecessary suffering and to be a lamp to help others find their way to peace and truth.

Meditation is a sacred passage by which we travel into ourselves watching our minds while we descend into the heart to find Divine Love there already waiting.By this process we come to know who we truly are empirically(direct experience).No one can bring us into ourselves but ourselves! In other words no one or any entity can save us!All true teachers are there to help point and guide,direct us on the path into the self and not away from truth and our own true nature.

We move esoterically(inwardly) from head to heart in the quietude of meditation.It is a love affair with oneself,in self-inquiry…”who am I truly?’”what do I truly want?”

By devoted sitting/walking meditation practice, we gradually become aware and conscious of our humanness,the mind is being observed and tamed.We mature in slow progression of peacefulness(contentment),understanding the true nature of things,preparing to accept all arising of uncertainties.It is not easy to sit in meditation but it becomes possible and effortless once we understand and are willing to endure it for the sake of wisdom,compassionate and joyful attainments to offer and share for ourselves and with others.

Most of my adult life,I thought living was just one big arena for foolish/selfish fun and play,reveling in reckless/restless activities.In the midst of all those reveries,there was always a deep ache and longing for something more,something fulfilling and meaningful that I hungered for.It was something I could not put a finger on but I knew that all these fun and worldly pursuits were not truly what life should be all about totally and aimlessly. I am not against fun,enjoyment and rest/recreation…but only that no one is hurt or harmed or abused and taken advantage of leading to further suffering.Another pitfall of wanting perpetual fun and happiness is that our senses become deeply attached/addicted to its pleasurable tendencies.Happiness hence becomes a suffering trapped in a tiresome,energy draining cycle,repeated over and over unable to be freed from chasing one desire after another(the mind/psyche sustains no peace).If desires are not met,we become agitated and restless which could lead to subtle or vicious aggression and maliciousness.

The world is out there acting as an assistance usually by the subtle and harsh realities of difficulties,chaos,hardships,challenging people/situations,false/empty offering of happiness/glory/beauty and riches which creates opportunities for us to change directions into one of spiritual conversion/transformation thus leading us to introspect and look within ourselves.

A quote from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 7,verse 13-14 illustrating what Jesus had to say about walking through the narrow road which means inwardly into the self and not blindly following ideologies, hearsays,opinions/beliefs of others(world) through the wide gate and broad road with the many distractions that destroy inner peace and truth.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

~~~~~ Jesus ~~~~~

If inclined to,practice spending a few minutes at a time being in quiet presence to rest the body,mind and soul.To have the right intention of understanding why we need to practice.In order to be opened to peace and loving intentions which bring relief,comfort, to nurture and cultivate wisdom and spiritual maturity.

I write not intending for anyone with any particular religious belief but for everyone as we are all human,yearning to know the truth of ourselves but still not ready or prepared to do so.

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

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Courageous Humility

Courageous Humility

In the true act of courageous humility,the being becomes aware of the log(guilt, fears,faults and negative affictions)) in one’s own eye first thus we can begin to understand the speck(pain and sufferings) seen in another’s eye.

In this process,the devotee chooses to make a courageous effort to pull out that ‘infected’ affected log from its own eye while resonating in compassion for the speck seen in another’s eye.

We all as human beings do suffer.When we see and feel and acknowledge our own suffering,we humbly stop to contain it in the wisdom of not wanting to pour it outwards to inflict pain and annoyances upon others.And this includes the discernment to not be influential in encouraging others to engage in unwholesome activities which does not empower and enhance spiritual healing,growth and humane betterment.For to help bring peace and joy to ourselves, our homes, our environment,to the world,we can mindfully discern to not indulge in meaningless,childish(selfish) and fearful behaviours which only stuns healthy development for ourselves and people we say we care for.

What can we learn from the two criminals who were crucified alongside Jesus on that fateful historical day some two thousand years ago?

The first criminal(the arrogant one),while hanging and dying on the cross mocked Jesus by saying “if you are the son of God,why don’t you come down from the cross and save yourself!”

The second criminal(the humbled one),also in the throes of suffering in pain and close to death on the cross chose the courage to be humble.He chose to defend Jesus,to defend truth and goodness.He spoke quietly to the arrogant man and said……”this man(Jesus) is not a criminal and does not deserve to die like us!”

And Jesus responded to the humble man…..”on this day,you shall be with me in paradise!”

What would suffering allow us to learn from? Humility or Arrogance?

Opening up to Our Conscious state

Opening up to our Conscious State

How can we grow from purifying our false(negative)state of being to find peace and joy?

How can we truly practice to be courageous in order to live in our True State of Being to share with others?

How do we manifest/witness peace,loving-kindness and joy from within ourselves and outwardly to others?

How to make our lives within our family/friends/circle of people we associate with,our environment and our world,a harmonious place to thrive in?

When there were moments to be angry,abrupt and obnoxious

what did I do or can I choose to do?______

When there were chances to hate,to resent and hold on to bitterness,

what did I do or can I choose to do?______

When there were the opportunity for pride and arrogance to arise,

what did I do or can I choose to do ?______

When there were openness to be selfish,greedy and materialisitic,

what did I do or can I choose to do ?_______

When there were trials and temptations,

what did I do or can I choose to do?_______

When there were times of fear and defending falsehood,

what did I do or can I choose to do?_______

When there were reasons to blame,speak against,spread rumours and be irresponsible,

what did I do or can I choose to do?_______

When I felt Loving, joyful and kind,

what did I do?_____________________________________________

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

A Christmas Meditation

Generally around the time of Christmas, people develop sensitivities of the heart,a time when most people feel nostalgic, depressed, low in spirit and melancholic…why?Perhaps too many reminders of the way it should be spent with lavish parties and gifts,negative past experiences—missing someone,lost of a loved one,separation,present way of unhappy life situations,being(feeling) alone,the dark,rainy and gloomy weather conditions,the chaotic world, etc.This season too is a time for miracles of the heart to happen,charity and spiritual growth/changes!,During this time,we often speak(sing), hear and see the words LOVE,PEACE,JOY in songs, posters,advertisements,greeting cards,in shopping centres,decorations,etc.

When we lighten and allow the heart to tenderize through whatever we are experiencing in this moment—with thoughtful understanding,kind,loving,forgiving,joyful and humble actions,we can and will enjoy the Christmas season and all its festivities even more meaningfully.We can learn to simply be Present(a present) of peace and joy and thus not get into a knot of attachment to all past reminders.Through this way of loving consciousness,we can wake up without any traces of harsh ‘hangovers’ when the season is over!

My wish and prayer for each one of you,family(near and far),friends and all whom I haven’t seen for a long time and some even I have not met,my wish for you is to be blessed with a Generous Heart and be a witness to the Miracle of Love during this Christmas time. Joyous and Peaceful blessings of the season to all!

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

What seemingly is imperfect,is PERFECT!

The call to Greatness is the Call to LOVE!And that Love itself is perfect! If each one can be mindful of that love within them and act kindly to each other and cherish the pureness of every life within your self, family, friends and strangers all the same,the world will finally find Peace!With the cultivation of True Love of the heart brings world peace!Seek not for recognition or riches of the world,but rather turn within to be sustained by that ineffable beauty called Love.

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

In Love

When Love becomes the only law we follow in deep understanding,wisdom,and courage,we allow the authencity of life to be lived out.This authencity of living is fearless and balanced in facing adversities,hardships,difficulties as well as happy moments.

Love is all that we are,have and sustained by in the presence of this moment!

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

The Kingdom of Heaven Within the Self

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

~~~~ Teaching of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew chapter

13,verses 44-46 ~~~~~

A beautiful straightforward message of Jesus pointing in the direction of the treasures within each of us.All teachers of Truth will attest that there is nothing outside of ourselves that will bring everlasting True Joy/Happiness,everything we need is already within!We need only to be reminded as we have forgotten,lost in the quagmire of life.

As per the two parables above both illustrate how wisdom paved the way of these two men who have awakened to understand that they have so much beauty and goodness within that they strove with all their might to conserve their energy,to let go of all unnecessary wasteful activities/burdens in order to uncover the jewels within themselves.

Like the wise men in the parables, we too can and will do the same.When we have discovered the precious jewels within,we truly will have arrived Home to our True Self and will have found the eternal life as Jesus has referred to a few times as the Kingdom of Heaven within!

Heaven as we may have been taught or indoctrinated to believe in is a place somewhere we go to after physical death if we have been good in our earthly life.In truth, heaven is that eternal joyful state of awakened luminosity that we hold and experience within ourselves and we readily and happily want to share with others right here and now…not at a future time or a fantasy place!

The teachings of Jesus and all spiritual teachers of past and present spread to all of humanity and not only to a select few people of any particular religious tradition/background.As all of humanity is connected in Universal Consciousness and the Heart in Love.

What each becomes after uncovering and discovering the treasures,is left to be …a healer,a therapist/counselor, a teacher of truth, a writer, a hermit,a householder,a benevolent servant of charity, a faithful friend, a lover,etc.Each will definitely be of help and benefit in spreading goodwill and the raising of sublime consciousness to perhaps just one person or for the 7 billion people globally.

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

Becoming Conscious of Your True Nature

Becoming Conscious of your True Nature

The most truthful, promising and sustaining part of our lives is in the knowing that each and everyone of us,human being has that Buddha,Christ,Luminous(Pure)Consciousness Within. No matter how dark a state we may superficially/temporarily be living in,whenever we are ready,courageous and willing to allow Light to enter and open out from within, we can and will do it!Everyone is able to make this journey wherever we are at,right here and now.There is no special requirements/pre-requisites or think that we must be holy,pure,spiritually healthy or be affliated to any one religious tradition.Nor think that we must be single and have free time,or have to leave our jobs and family and friends or perhaps go to a monastery/convent/ashram or far away remote place and find a guru,teacher etc.In anything that we want to do,we must first be willing to make an effort to give ourselves the chance to be open to try, to experience,have a healthy desire to learn and gain knowledge of truth and wisdom.In this instance to wake up to the consciousness of knowing who we truly are! Without knowing who we are,we are truly walking blindfolded and fumbling our way around in this journey of life(being hurt and hurting others),so to speak.And thats why in this fumblings,we readily succumb to fear of all sorts. And because we do not know who we are, we distrust others,become suspicious/cynical and limited/conditioned in our way of living,afraid of giving,sharing and opening up to accept the whatever may be situations with responsibilities instead of blaming and fighting against something or another.

The journey into ourselves entails so much ineffable beauty to GAIN and witness with NOTHING to lose! The only things we will lose are our restless minds,ignorance,unhealthy attachments/desires,greed and hatred together with all afflicted states that block the path to loving-kindness,joyful and peaceful,wholesome and wise living which perpetuates happiness and non-harming(in thoughts,words and deeds) for all.

When we have gained that magnificent access into the core of our being,Love,wisdom and joy are uncovered and can never again be buried.Thus Living becomes fearless,meaningful and purposeful with freedom from unnecessary suffering(no limitations and conditioning).Light,truth and Joy are open for all humanity to gain from however in a big or small way!

While I was on the inward spiritual journey into myself, I did not go away or have direct personal teaching from any one spiritual teacher,nor did I leave my job,my family and friends.I was going through the journey alone by myself with access to many teachers by way of books/media at the same time going to work at the hospital, serving charitably on the streets,wherever/whenever I could in any way.I still opened myself to going and being present during social gatherings of friends and families.I travelled and spent a whole lot of time in nature to be alone in disciplined self-meditative retreats.I enjoyed very much being alone with my own company without fear of loneliness and boredom(there are so much exhilarating moments when knowing yourself).Most importantly, I allowed life itself,however much hardships(from difficult/harsh/mean people and situations) and joyful moments that I faced teach me to venture and look deeper into myself for answers of truth.I was also courageously learning to let things, people and situations go that serve no more purpose in the ongoing inward journey.

When we are unafraid of facing the Truth, it sets us free from ignorance and suffering.For no one will come to save us!In truth the teachings, sharing and reminders of all enlightened teachers,gurus,sages and saints eg.Jesus, Buddha,Krishna, etc.can only point us to the direction of truth(that might help us to save ourselves).Thus when we wake up to its true message,we ourselves will heal and awaken our consciousness especially so in a world that is chaotic ,confused and terribly troubled!

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

Who Am I

Who Am I

When we want knowledge of truth,we ask wise questions…and not be perturbed to hear the answers!

Do you dare sit courageously and perserveringly and ask these 2 pertinent questions of your own self..

“who am I?”

“what do I truly want?”

We go deep into the Heart for the answers and not from the level of the mind.

Can we ask…am I of a partticular sect of religion, a man, a woman, a mother/father,am I doctor, a nurse, a businessman,rich/not so rich,good/bad,etc…are we truly anything we identify with??keep asking to go within the self in quiet reflection.

Do we honestly want to be only selfishly happy, loved and at peace OR …keep asking…

Author of To Resurrect the True Self

Waking Up to Truth

Waking up to Truth

Most of us have heard this saying…’ignorance is bliss’.It can also mean to be oblivious to be open to the Truth.We tend to be afraid of knowing what is true,the truth that we keep hidden within the recesses of our being,we can call this our ‘dark secrets’.Playing ignorant and pretentious of our lives.This help protect our ‘cushy’lifestyle and keep us safe in our comfort-zones with people, materialistic ways of living and situations(pleasant or unpleasant) we are used to surrounding ourselves with.

Most often,these comfort-zones that we hold-on to no longer serve us meaningfully or give us purposeful living.Yet we go on wasting energy pretending to enjoy and be seemingly happy with our lives on the surface.In truth, the undercurrent within us is in turmoil and disturbed,yet we find ourselves denying this truth.

We need answers,we need comfort,we need knowledge,a direction,a guidance to the truth of our purpose in Life!

Yet we dismiss and ignore the very very quiet nudging that beckons us to take stock,to halt and listen,to pay attention,to relax and care for our true needs.

We are in truth succumbing to the fear of losses, rejection,more pain and enduring suffering,of changes,of being ridiculed and taunted and of the mysterious unknown!And there is also the fact and difficult task of ‘how to begin and what to do!’

I faced these dilemmas most of my life, knowing quietly that I was intensely suffering,yet not knowing how to deal with it,what to do with the truth of my suffering.The more I struggled with suffering,the more it seemed to follow me and caused me more anger and hatred of myself.I was in fact truly ignorantly looking for permanent happiness and love,to be loved and to love!I didn’t realize at the time that Love and happiness were already within me and this separation and ignorance caused so much more pain and suffering.

How did I begin the waking up to truth?

I had to acknowledge and admit firstly that I was indeed suffering and trying hard to suppress its toxicity and being dangerous to myself and others.Here being dangerous means that as we unconsciously suffer needlessly,we impose our pain upon others either unconsciously or deliberately to cause suffering in ways of anger, hatred(usually directed at self) or even by drastic measures in ways of violence,addictions/obsessions,mental,emotional,sexual abuses,spiritually dead and depression leading to various mental incapacities and eventual insanity.

I had to sincerely learn with devotion(faith) to steadfastly surrender the ignorance and seek the help needed to be freed from pain and suffering. I went fervently on a daily basis to sit in reflection of my life in a quiet church and pour out my heartaches and foolishness into the unknown.And as I sat, I realized I was delving deeply into my being,witnessing the truth of myself.This endeavour became the start of meditation practices…a true Love affair with myself.This sublime process drew me deeper into myself,seeing all my imperfections, flaws,mistakes,hidden ‘dark secrets’as well as goodness.Instead of judging and churning negative criticism of myself……I started opening up to compassion and forgiveness of myself.Tears flowed profusely in remorse and shame and of knee high buried guilt.All I could do was embrace myself with humble courage/strength of facing the truth,freeing/releasing myself of denials and holding on to toxic afflicted energies.

As I meditated to know my true self,I loved myself for the courage and the truth that I was able to face.And this truth in return sets us all free from unnecessary/wasteful suffering.

We valiantly take the lancet to pierce through and drain the poisonous pus(the cause of pain and suffering) out of our ‘infected boil’ within ,thus making way for true healing!

Author of To Resurrect the True Self