The source of life, harmony and happiness

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The source of life, harmony and happiness

14 May 2017 \\ by Marina Danilova

True Nature. Devine Origin. Heaven Principle. Centre. True Self. Absolute. Dao. God.

 

As long as we use the language - a product of our heart/mind dichotomy - it will always evade our attempt to define it in words. It starts where our dichotomy stops.

 

 

Names can name no lasting name.

 

Nameless: the origin of heaven and earth.

Naming: the mother of ten thousand things.

 

Empty of desire, perceive mystery.

Filled with desire, perceive manifestations.1

 

 

We don’t need to name it to know it. Without it - life is not possible. Without an awareness of connection to it - lasting happiness and harmony are not possible.

 

Art can get us close to it. So can quieting our mind. Praying. Feeling grateful. Acting compassionately. Loving.

 

Reading masters of the past and present deepens the understanding of it. Reading, geting inspired, and practicing, practicing, practicing…

 

Recommended reading (in no particular order):

 

  • Nisargadatta Maharaj – I Am That
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti – Freedom from the Known
  • Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching
  • Hazrat Inayat Khan – The Soul’s Journey
  • Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
  • Ole Nydahl – The Way Things Are: A Living Approach to Buddhism
  • Amit Goswami - Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World
  • Confucius: The Analects
  • Mencius - Complete Heart eBook, translation and commentary Yaron Seidman
  • Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche – Rainbow Painting
  • B.K.S. Iyengar – Light of Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom
  • Liu Yuan - Huai Xuan Collection, commentary Yaron Seidman, translation Yaron Seidman and Vita Revelli
  • I Ching, or the Book of Changes
  • Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu – The Book of Joy

 

 

1 Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching, translation Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombargo

 

 

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