This is one short but very valuable passage from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Be Free Where You Are”. I have been practicing this way for quite a while and I can confirm that it is one of the most effective, as well as simple meditations which can be done continually throughout the day. I very often do it when in bed for the night to calm the energy of the day and open me up to a restful night’s sleep. Enjoy! Continue reading
Ramana – Talk 30
Mr. N. Natesa Iyer, the leader of the Bar in a South Indian town, an orthodox Brahmin, asked: “Are the gods Iswara or Vishnu and their sacred regions Kailasa or Vaikuntha real?
Ramana: As real as you are in this body.
D: Do they possess a vyavahara satya, i.e., phenomenal existence, like my body? Or are they fictions like the horn of a hare?
R: They do exist.
D: If so, they must be somewhere. Where are they?
R: Persons who have seen them say that they exist somewhere. So we must accept their statement.
D: Where do they exist?
R: In you.
D: Then it is only idea – that which I can create and control?
R: Everything is like that.
D: But I can create pure fictions e.g., hare’s horn or only part truths, e.g. mirage, while there are also facts irrespective of my imagination. Do the gods Iswara or Vishnu exist like that?
D: Is He subject to pralaya (cosmic dissolution)?
R: Why? Man becoming aware of the Self transcends cosmic dissolution (pralaya) and becomes liberated (mukta). Why not God (Iswara) who is infinitely wiser and abler?
source p. 45
D: Is it not possible to get a vision of God?
R: Yes. You see this and that. Why not see God? Only you must know what God is. All are seeing God always. But they do not know it. You find out what God is. People see, yet see not, because they know not God.
source p. 49
Looking out into the rainy forest
I feel how everything is soaking up the water
We are the water of love for each other
The source is inside
Let it flow into your own body-mind
and into the World around us
This water flows endlessly
with no preferences
It always seeks the lowest
Let it fill my inner pool,
a clear autumn pool