Inspiration & insights from the path toward happiness & wisdom from a yogi and Christian mystic.
The Four Reminders
Joyful to have
Such a human birth,
Difficult to find,
Free and well-favored.
But death is real,
Comes without warning.
Will be a corpse.
Are the laws of karma;
Cause and effect
Cannot be escaped.
Is an ocean of suffering,
“There’s kind of a hole in most of us. It’s in the approximate shape of a soul.”
“Invisible before birth are all beings and after death invisible again. They are seen between two unseens. Why in this truth find sorrow?”
Let's say somebody had a lifelong friendship with somebody and they loved each other. Let's say one of the friends died before the other did. Based on your definition of love, which is free of attachment because we should only depend on ourselves to make ourselves happy, do you think the living friend would remorse the death of their loved one? Would you consider it love if the living friend did? Is it wrong to remorse when you lose something?
“This Self is neither born, nor dies,
it neither grows nor decays,
nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space
inside it is not; similarly when the body
dies, the Self in it remains eternal.”
“Its not impermanence per se, or even knowing were going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, its our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our effort to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness.”
“Somewhere this very moment, babies are born, fathers are dying, mothers are grieving. Yet, pervading all is a groundless awareness, delicate and strong at the same time. Everything becomes we, a beating heart with a transparent, radiant smile.”