Monday, September 19, 2011

Meditation Monday: Straighten Yourself

Sutra:  To straighten the crooked, You must first do a harder thing.  Straighten yourself.   ~The Dhammapada of Gautama the Buddha. C.A. 500BC~

One has to learn to look at oneself with closed eyes, to watch silently.  And don't carry any a priori prejudices.  Many people have told you, "These are your faults."  Don't carry those ideas with you, otherwise you will find them -- because thought is very inventive.  Put aside all that has been told about you.  Remember only one thing:  Unless you know it on your own authority, it has no value, no meaning.  So go without any prejudice -- for or against.  Just go in total openness and see. 

And if you love and if you know how to watch you will come across the most mysterious phenomenon:  Seeing a fault is dissolving it.  That is Buddha's great secret:  Knowing that you are doing something wrong is enough; you can't do it anymore.


Texan Zombie Goddess said...

Words to live by. Thank you.


Dark Mother said...

Couldn't have come at a more perfect time.