We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion… This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith.
The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.
Oh hey look I bought a Lucky Protection Red Sandalwood wrist mala (which is basically a bracelet made of Buddhist prayer beads). It has carved depictions of the Chinese characters for ‘Lucky’, ‘Safety’, and ‘Protection’. Although the idea of Buddhist prayer beads confuses me since (at least in the Theravada Buddhism), meditation is the only way to reach enlightenment, and Siddhartha Gautama (the original/supreme Buddha) taught that there should be nothing worshiped/idolized in Buddhism. But anyways, I admire the Buddhist lifestyle, and if I had to pick a religion it would definitely be that. So I bought myself this bracelet.
Mala beads aren’t used for prayer by Buddhists, though they may be by Hindus. Instead they’re used for meditation; mantra meditation to be precise. Typically there are 108 beads of a full mala, each of which must have a mantra repeated on them.
It’s about single-pointedness meditation, the ‘point’ being the mantra, because empty meditation — eradicating all thoughts and be purely conscious on the verge of bliss — is difficult.
Hopefully that’s cleared it up for you a little? :)
Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” and find that there is no death.
Camus will be so disappointed that you’ve pointed out the futility of a futile task.
Buddha Gautama and Krishna are such Devas…
Ba-dum chh anyone?
Every created thing is like
A dream, an illusion, a bubble,
A dewdrop, a flash of lightning.
View all created things like this.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.