Thursday, March 31, 2005

>> We can never sufficiently humble our limited self before limitless perfection.
>> Until the heart is empty, it cannot receive the knowledge of God.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

International Association for religious freedom.... belief with integrity... Pin It Now!
Brahmo Samaj Society:: An introductory informative link

Brahmo Music by Subinoy Roy:

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Monday, March 28, 2005

An interesting link of interpretation of Koran from the believers of Maitreya…

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Nature speaks louder than the call from the minaret.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Man forms his future by his actions; his every good or bad action spreads its vibrations and becomes known throughout the universe.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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The soul brings its light from Heaven; the mind acquires its knowledge from earth. Therefore, when the soul believes readily, the mind may still doubt.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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It is more important to know the truth about one's self than to try to find out the truth of heaven and hell.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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As life unfolds itself to man, the first lesson he learns is humility.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Prayer is the greatest virtue, the only way of being free from all sin.
:: Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Man is closer to God than fishes are to ocean - Sufi Inayat Khan. Pin It Now!

10 Perfections to Buddhahood (Dasa Parami)

1st Perfection of Generosity : Dana
May I be generous and helpful!

2nd Perfection of Morality : Sila
May I be well-disciplined and refined in manners!
May I be pure and clean in all my dealings!
May my thoughts, words and deeds be pure!

3rd Perfection of Renunciation : Nekkhamma
May I not be selfish and self-possessive but selfless and disinterested!
May I be able to sacrifice my pleasure for the sake of others!

4th Perfection of Wisdom : Panna
May I be wise and be able to see things as they truly are!
May I see the light of Truth and lead others from darkness to light!
May I be enlightened and be able to enlighten others!
May I be able to give the benefit of my knowledge to others!

5th Perfection of Energy : Viriya
May I be energetic, vigorous and persevering!
May I strive diligently until I achieve my goal!
May I be fearless in facing dangers and courageously surmount all obstacles!
May I be able to serve others to the best of my ability!

6th Perfection of Patience : Khanti
May I be ever patient!
May I be able to bear and forbear the wrongs of others!
May I ever be tolerant and see the good and beautiful in all!

7th Perfection of Truthfulness : Sacca
May I ever be truthful and honest!
May I not hide the truth to be polite!
May I never swerve from the path of Truth!

8th Perfection of Determination : Aditthana
May I be firm and resolute and have an iron will!
May I be soft as a flower and firm as a rock!
May I ever be high-principled!

9th Perfection of Loving-Kindness : Metta
May I ever be kind, friendly and compassionate!
May I be able to regard all as my brothers and sisters and be one with all!

10th Perfection of Equanimity : Upekkha
May I ever be calm, serene, unruffled and peaceful!
May I gain a balanced mind!
May I have perfect equanimity!

May I serve to be perfect!
May I be perfect to serve!

-Venerable Narada (Buddhism in a Nutshell ) Pin It Now!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

My enemies are just like myself

The Dalai Lama and the Pope happen to be firm friends. Peter Thomas met the one with whom most Catholics are less familiar.

After exactly one hour the interview was over. It was my choice to stop, but as others had told me, I would know when to stop, somehow people do! It was 42 degrees when we left the sprawling 14 million people of Delhi and traveled the long, slow Indian train journey to the Punjab followed by a four hour taxi trek to Dharamsala, since 1960 the home-in-exile of the world's most famous refugee, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.

A small sign outside McLeod Ganj, a village in upper Dharamsala, the previously abandoned British hill station now occupied by 10,000 Tibetan refugees, welcomed us to "Little Lhasa". Here was a reminder of a piece of Tibet on Indian soil, the remainder of the country, less than 200 kilometers over the Himalayan mountains, occupied since 1950 by the Chinese.

At the end of the interview I stopped myself from saying "God bless", and told him so! He laughed. He laughs a lot, and beckoned me to bless him. Self-consciously I said it and added that it seemed absurd to ask God to bless the re-incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion. He laughed again and gently, yet sincerely replied, "and God bless you too".

He told me he was a simple monk, a human being with special training, and when I asked him about frustration he acknowledged that he had moments of negativity. We shared our thoughts on suffering, prayer, karma, re-incarnation and institutional religion. I praised him for his promotion of non-violence as he told me that our greatest teachers are our enemies. With laughter, the word compassion was never far from our conversation. I modestly suggested that the Buddhist notion of compassion and the Christian understanding of love were compatible. We agreed. I shared with him my theory that as in the West love was a devalued word, the word "compassion" had much appeal. In transit in Singapore my theory was confirmed as I saw a woman emerge from a duty free shop at Changi Airport with a plastic bag on which was written, "We love you for shopping at Changi."

He agreed that Jesus's teaching to "love your enemy" was in essence the same as the Buddhist teaching on compassion. He said that compassion is unbiased and detached. When you are close to someone you are attached and therefore biased but compassion is truly demonstrated when it is exercised towards your enemy.

He spoke of the mental energy generated in the practice of meditation, the mind focusing on a particular point. A recently arrived refugee-monk, in Dharamsala to learn English before moving on to a Tibetan monastery in the south of India, had already demonstrated to me the constancy of the monk's daily practice. Nanching told me of his routine which included at least three hours each morning of meditation.

The Dalai Lama said that meditation is good when it produces positive energy but not so good when it is negative. He said it was like human intelligence, sometimes misused.

I was curious about his appeal to the West. In New York's Central Park, less than three weeks before our interview he drew a crowd of 50,000, and his latest book, The Art of Happiness is a best-seller. Careful always not to denigrate other religions he used his own faith tradition to remind me that doctrinal dogmatism and temple practice should never take precedence over personal transformation. When I spoke with him about Thomas Merton his eyes lit up and he muttered, "my friend, my friend". In 1968, Merton, a Trappist monk from the United States, introduced the Dalai Lama to the story of Jesus Christ. He laughed as he recalled the robed Merton as bald, belted and with big boots. The Trappists in those days were tonsured and wore a large belt as a girdle to hold their black and white habit in place. When he quoted the Buddha I quoted Jesus and we laughed together like friends.

I was surprised when he said that suffering was negative and we should do everything we can to eliminate it. Yet suffering was also positive in that from the Buddhist point of view suffering can eliminate previous negative karma or sins. My suffering could help others and indeed reduce their suffering. Suffering then becomes meaningful, something good and useful. He gave the example of someone suffering physical pain when mentally they are joyful. I told His Holiness that aspects of this Buddhist teaching seemed very similar to the Christian understanding of redemption. "Yes, yes similar" he said, "the Jesus story is much about pain and suffering for others. The Buddha, similar".

He said he prayed to Buddha and that he prayed for personal liberation and happiness for others. I jokingly told him that some people in the West might pray for their football team to win. He said that as a child he would pray to Buddha to give him a holiday from his studies. We laughed.

I said that the notion of karma was perhaps misunderstood in the West. That people used it to describe fate. "Karma means action", he said, "that we are responsible for our own actions. That we create our own karma." Again I quoted Christian scripture, "he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword." He nodded agreement.

He was keen to expand on the practice of compassion. It was perhaps natural for him to return to this point. "My enemies are just human beings Like myself so I must respect them and develop a sense of concern and sense of caring. Of course I condemn their unjust actions."

I responded, "so you hate the sin, but love the sinner." And he responded, "that's right, exactly!" He pondered carefully over my final question. Who is Jesus Christ? "For me, as a Buddhist", he said, "Jesus is possibly a Buddha or maybe a bodhisattva". (i.e. one destined for Buddhahood.) Such an answer may not have satisfied my third grade teacher, Sister Mary James, but from a Buddhist it is the very best he could say.

On parting he squeezed my hand and arm as a gesture of friendship and an acknowledgment that we share a common humanity and journey towards enlightenment.

Peter Thomas
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Mysterious thing called "LOVE" ...

If you find yourself in love with someone who does not love you, be gentle with yourself. There is nothing wrong with you. Love just didn't choose to rest in the other person's heart.

If you find someone else in love with you and you don't love him/her, feel honored that love came and called at your door, but gently refuse the gift you cannot return. Do not take advantage, do not cause the pain.

How you deal with love is how you deal with you, and all our hearts feel the same pains and joys, even if our lives and ways are different.

If you fall in love with another, and he/she falls in love with you, and then love chooses to leave, do not try to reclaim it or to assess blame, let it go. There is a reason and there is a meaning. You will know in time.

Remember that you don't choose love. Love chooses you. All you can really do is accept it for all its mystery when it comes into your life. Feel the way it fills you to overflowing, then reach out and give it away.

Give it back to the person who brought it alive in you.
Give it to others who deem it poor in spirit.
Give it to the world around you in anyway you can.

There is where many lovers go wrong. Having been so long without love, they understand love only as a need. They see their hearts as empty places that will be filled with love, and they begin to look at love as something that flows to them rather than from them.

The first blush of new love is filled to overflowing, but as their love cools, they revert to seeing their love as need. They cease to be someone who generates love and instead become who seeks love.

They forget that the secret of love is that it is a gift, and that it can be made to grow only by giving it away.

Remember this, and keep it to your heart. Love has its own time, its own seasons, and its own reason for coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it, or reason it into staying. You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you. But if it chooses to leave from your heart or from the heart of your lover, there is nothing you can do and there is nothing you should do.

Love always has been and always will be a mystery.
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Salafy Ideas

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

another pretty book to get:: Vocabulary of the Holy Quran, compiled by Abdullah al-Nadwi... a dictionary indexed on the root of each word in the Quran. Words and roots are in Arabic, definitions are in English.
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From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?
Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly different objects can bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

With 146 illustrations
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Book to read: If Albert Einstein were alive, he would have a copy of The Road to Reality on his bookshelf. So would Isaac Newton. This may be the most complete mathematical explanation of the universe yet published, and Roger Penrose richly deserves the accolades he will receive for it. That said, let us be perfectly clear: this is not an easy book to read. The number of people in the world who can understand everything in it could probably take a taxi together to Penrose's next lecture. Still, math-friendly readers looking for a substantial and possibly even thrillingly difficult intellectual experience should pick up a copy (carefully--it's over a thousand pages long and weighs nearly 4 pounds) and start at the beginning, where Penrose sets out his purpose: to describe "the search for the underlying principles that govern the behavior of our universe." Beginning with the deceptively simple geometry of Pythagoras and the Greeks, Penrose guides readers through the fundamentals--the incontrovertible bricks that hold up the fanciful mathematical structures of later chapters. From such theoretical delights as complex-number calculus, Riemann surfaces, and Clifford bundles, the tour takes us quickly on to the nature of spacetime. The bulk of the book is then devoted to quantum physics, cosmological theories (including Penrose's favored ideas about string theory and universal inflation), and what we know about how the universe is held together. For physicists, mathematicians, and advanced students, The Road to Reality is an essential field guide to the universe. For enthusiastic amateurs, the book is a project to tackle a bit at a time, one with unimaginable intellectual rewards. --Therese Littleton
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"It is said that after Muhammad and the prophets revelation
does not descend upon anyone else. Why not?
In fact it does, but then it is not called 'revelation.'
It is what the Prophet referred to when he said,
'The believer sees with the Light of God.'
When the believer looks with
'The believer sees with the Light of God.'
When the believer looks with God's Light,
he sees all things: the first and the last, the present
and the absent. For how can anything be hidden from God's Light?
And if something is hidden, then it is not the Light of God.
Therefore the meaning of revelation exists, even if it is not called revelation."
Fihi ma fihi [Discourses of Rumi
quoted from William C. Chittick, The Sufi Path of Love:
The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi
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Monday, March 14, 2005

Understand Quran: Pin It Now!
Easy dictionary of Quran click here Pin It Now!
Resources for learning arabic,
Arabic links for new Muslims Pin It Now!
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Very intersting information about Sikhism. It's route is unbelievably closely tied with Islam. Guru Nanak through his life time actually was more a Muslim than a Hindu. His effort was to reform Hinduism by puttin Islamic teachings. This link provide a nice background about Guru Nanak and influence of Islam on his life... Pin It Now!
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi
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To be a wonderful person you don't need any religion. The early life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) teaches us this fact. Even when he was not confirmed as God's Messenger, his character was superb. It shows that by cultivating what is good we can be a good person. But there is another part in this. Religion can be the mos powerful motivational tool for human life. And from the life of many companions of Mohammad we can see how Islam as religion transformed them. Many of them were simply barbaric people, hot headed leader and even cruel killer. Those people by religious transformation became one of the most followable persons on earth. So the role of Religion is undeniable. But at the same time, a person has to be a good person by heart. And it can come without any attachment to any religion. It can just come from self-realization, from studying the surroundings and nature. Pin It Now!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Swami Vivekananda (Jan 12, 1863 - July 4, 1902), one of the great spiritual personality from India who could realize the Truth, the Real. Click to view his Complete Works.

His biography: Vivekananda_biography

Conversation of Sri Ramakrishna, the master of Swami Vivekananda: Kathamrita Pin It Now!

Universal teachings of Swami Vivekananda

This is the gist of all worship - to be pure and to do good to others.
He who sees Siva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased,
really worships Siva, and if he sees Siva only in the image,
his worship is but preliminary.
He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Siva in him,
without thinking of his cast, creed, or race, or anything,
with him Siva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.
It is impossible to find God outside of ourselves. Our own souls contribute all of the divinity that is outside of us. We are the greatest temple. The objectification is only a faint imitation of what we see within ourselves.
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean," says the persevering soul, "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal.
Stand up for God; let the world go.
Giving up all other thoughts, with the whole mind day and night worship God. Thus being worshipped day and night, He reveals himself and makes His worshippers feel His presence.
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Friday, March 11, 2005

// A Very favorite Poem of mine... i wish this could be written on my grave. //

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!

Mary Frye (1932) Pin It Now!

Quotes from Sri Ramakirshna

A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything.

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious. One must practice the virtues taught in such books in order to acquire love of God.

If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you
As a wet-nurse in a wealthy family brings up her master’s child, loving it as if it were her own, yet knowing well that she has no claim upon it, so you also think that you are but trustee and guardians of your children whose real father is the Lord himself.

If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.

Because of the screen of Maya (illusion) that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one’s heart.

Many are the names of God and infinite the forms through which He may be approached.

Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth.

One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.

If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.

Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone.

After installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering God ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.

To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

As long as you are a person with an ego of your own, cannot conceive, think of or perceive God other than as a person.

God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.

When the divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.

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Just as a solid rock
is not shaken by the storm,
even so the wise are not affected
by praise or blame.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

How to prevent a drop of water from being dried, Just let it flow into the sea.
from my friend, Wang Yang's Blog, Pin It Now!

Pure Sky, Pure Heart

From my friend Wang Yang's blog: The picture represent purity of life. Pin It Now!
Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether today. Pin It Now!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Time is the greatest teacher. Unfortunately it kills all it's students. Posted by Hello Pin It Now!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Aren't we anything but the instrument of Beloved? It is He who does everything because it is He who send us to this existense, it is through His design we live. We don't even know where were we before we came to mother's womb. So why be so arrogant? Why be not mindful. Posted by Hello Pin It Now!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Human development in womb is one of the most miraculous event in the universe. What more, it happens in reach of our understanding. It is truly a mindblowing event that is a sign of God's wisdom. :: Photograph of a human foetus at around five months old. :: JAMES STEVENSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Pin It Now!

Smile can be very powerful. It is something divine that we all have. A smile without saying anything can send a lot of message to another heart. That is why smiling to another person is considered charity by our great Prophet. Similarly in Buddhism, sending loving kindness with smile is of great merit. Pin It Now!
God can be discovered through religion, and even without any religion. An good example of Non-God based religion is Buddhism. It teaches you to see reality even without mentioning God. When you clear your inner mind and understand the Reality, you will discover The Real. Even God can be discovered by Science alone. You can study Astro-Physics, Theory of Everything, Quantum Physics to discover the magic and miracles hidden inside this creation. Thus you can truly realize the verse or Quran that says 'Everything surely declare the Glory of Creator' Pin It Now!
THERAVADA Buddhism :: A good source to study basics :: Posted by Hello Pin It Now!

Call from Rumi

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.
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