Ah! the unity of cause and effect is adorable!
~ Ṛk Ved (Rig Veda) 1.1.1
– translated by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (c1917-2008),
August 20, 1970, Humboldt State University, California
Then, on realizing its significance, the blessed Buddha spoke this inspired utterance:
“When things become manifest to the ardent meditating brahmin, all doubts then vanish since one understands each thing along with its cause.”
~ Udāna 1.2 (Sutta Pitaka Khuddaka Nikaya)
The spirit of wonder, the recognition of life as power, as a mysterious, ubiquitous, concentrated form of non-material energy, of something loose about the world and contained in more or less condensed degree by every object, — that is the credo of the Pit River Indian.
~ Jaime de Angulo (1887-1950), “On the Religious Feeling Among the Indians of California” (1924)
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the Earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
~ Rachel Carson (1907-1964)
An old saying, containing much truth:
“In order to fall in love with someone (or something) you have to be endlessly fascinated by them (or it).”
And in order to be endlessly fascinated by someone or something, you may have to fall in love with them, or it. It works both ways: appreciative fascination leads to love, love leads to fascinated appreciation. Appreciation — that is, perception undistorted by ego-boundedness — is love; love is appreciation: “to know her is to love her”—another old saying, containing much of this same truth. . .
Closely related: “to know all is to forgive all.” Behavior is an active effect born of a specific cause, or causes—previously existing conditions. When we know enough about these preexisting causes, we can understand what lies behind the actions of others. Such insight engenders empathy and compassion. Again, conversely, to forgive all — to experience an unstinting empathetic compassion for others — qualifies us for gaining tremendous insightful knowledge about others’ motivating preconditions.
The ancient Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali teach that the special yogic accomplishment, or sidhi, of being able to clairvoyantly or psychically “know (read) the mind of others” always functions spontaneously, fully, and undistortedly only when one has achieved steadfast stability in the sidhi of universal empathetic compassion. Sometimes (even without knowing the Yoga Sutras!), lovers expect their partners to have this psychic ability, at least with regard to their own unspoken wishes: “Why didn’t you realize what I wanted? If you really loved me, you would know what I was thinking without my having to tell you!” This, of course, is a misunderstanding: loving one’s romantic partner doesn’t necessarily make one a mind-reader. But when we regularly and accurately find ourselves able to know and appropriately respond (rather than simply react) to the unexpressed wishes and thoughts of others, then it is a sign that some significant degree of empathetic compassion has stabilized in our own developmental process.
The more empathy and compassion grow in our character, the more we find ourselves spontaneously experiencing and acting upon (embodying and manifesting) the sidhis, or virtuous qualities, of loving-kindness and universal friendliness; the more these yogic sidhis or “unifying perfections” expand and stabilize in our life, the closer we come to experiencing unbroken, unrestricted unity with all of life, all of reality. Fully enlightened Unity consciousness, Brahmi-chetana, is the ultimate yogic sidhi, or attainment, the ultimate state of Yoga, or Unity.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
~ St Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Wherever we go in the mountains, or indeed in any of God’s wild fields, we find more than we seek.
~ John Muir (1838-1914)
You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!
~ Dr. Seuss