A Loving Atma Namaste!
"Cease negative actions, Cultivate positive actions, & Tame your mind.”
- The Lord Buddha
During the renovating of The Teachings on Buddhism according to Master Choa Kok Sui for the Jaipur courses this past weekend, we compiled & included a number of stories Master had related to us & to various groups over our many years together.
When we were speaking about Milarepa - one student, Ani - shared a wonderful story about Milarepa & His Teacher Marpa.
This story stirred in us so many recollections about Master telling a similar version of the same story.
Thought you might also enjoy sharing this information about a Great Buddhist Saint!
Loving Blessings be to All!
- Extracted from "Milarepa's Initial Realizations"
I have understood this body of mine to be the product of ignorance, composed of flesh and blood & lit up by the perceptive power of consciousness.
To those fortunate ones who long for emancipation it may be the great vessel by which they may procure Freedom.
But to the unfortunates who only sin, it may be the guide to lower & miserable states of existence.
This our life is the boundary mark whence one may take an upward or downward path.
Our present time is a most precious time, wherein each of us must decide, in one way or other, for lasting
good or lasting ill.
One who aims only at his own individual peace & happiness adopts the lower path (Hinayana) ...
But he who devotes the merits of his love & compassion to the cause of others belongs to the higher path (Mahayana).
In meditating on the Final Goal, one has to discover the non-existence of the personal Ego, & therefore the fallacy that it exists (i.e. because everything in the universe with name & form is basically illusory in nature)
To realize the state of non-existence of the personal ego, the mind must be kept in quiescence.
In that state, thoughts, ideas, and cognition cease and the mind (Awareness) passes into a state of perfect
tranquility so that days, months, & years may pass without the person perceiving it; thus the passage of time has to be marked for him by others.
The visions of the forms of the Deities which appear in meditation are merely signs attending the perseverance in meditation.
They have no intrinsic worth or value in themselves.
All the efforts put forth during this path must be made in a spirit of compassion with the aim of dedicating the merit of one's efforts to the Universal Good.
There is a need of mentally praying & wishing for blessings on others so earnestly that one's mind processes also transcend thought.
Just as the mere name of food does not satisfy the appetite of a hungry person but he must eat food, so also a man who would learn about the Voidness (i.e. Universal Awareness) must meditate so as to realize it, not just learn of its definition."