Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sri Bhagavan Teaching On How Do We Experience Pain

Namaste Amma bhagvan Sharnam
If there is pain and you really experience the hurt the other person it would stop hurting you. You could do this and see. With your doing you are only speculating. Therefore you never do it. So please do it and discover for yourself what happens.

Suppose a tiger were to be chasing you and there is fear and you experience that fear - you know what will happen? The tiger will stop dead in its tracks. It won`t pounce on you.
That`s why Ramana or somebody else can actually play with tigers but if you go and play you would end up in the tigers belly. But Ramana - when he used to go for walks [he] used to tell his followers to keep a distance because he could have touched tigers, leopards, snakes and nothing would happen. Because he has got no fear. But seeing that if you would go it is dangerous. With you the same tiger would respond differently. So, you do it then you see what happens. The Angulimala was helpless before the Buddha. People used to be terror sick [terrified] the moment they even heard the name Angulimala - you know. But Angulimala was helpless when the Buddha came face to face. So the Buddha has no fear. So you do it and see what happens. With these things must be done - you know. There`s no point in thinking about them or speculating. That`s no use. This is not a kind of dharma talk. This is a do-it-yourself dharma. Do it and see.
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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?