Saturday, September 13, 2008

What Is Divine Thought?


I am not the body;I am bliss;sachidananda;I am unbounded space;I am love;I am peace;I am light.


Worldly thoughts are about money,sex,food,power,status&self-image.

Craving comes from encouraging thoughts of pleasure.Yet the actual experience of pleasure may not be as pleasurable as the memory of it. A divine thought, as well as a worldly one,give pleasures/joy. Worldly thoughts lead to indulgence,bringing you down from pleasures to a world of disappointment and dejection. Divine thoughts take you up from pleasures to bliss, intelligence and progress in life. Worldly thoughts bring pleasure only as memory, while divine thoughts come as reality. So truth is hidden by golden veil of the mundane. Pierce through this thin glittering sheath and know you are the sun.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?