A REMINDER FOR ALL: THERE IS NO NEED

There’s no need to surround yourself with luxury

to treat yourself to the best of everything

metallic fridges and designer bags

the colours of the season, the car of the year,

to show others that you’re special.

 

You don’t need daily doses of good news

to lift your mood when you feel glum.

You don’t need compliments or presents

or flirtatious smiles across the room

to keep you happy with yourself

or hourly fixes of pleasure

to set your brain cells jingling.

 

There’s no need to say the right thing

to be charming or funny or stylish

so that the strangers notice you, and your friends still like you.

There’s no need to pretend, or to prove yourself.

You don’t need the respect of others

in order to respect yourself.

 

There’s no need to cover up the silence

with the chatter of radios and TVs.

 

There is no need to fill the empty space

with jobs that don’t need doing

or words that have no meaning

or tasks that have no purpose

except to fill the empty space.

 

You only need to meet yourself

to let the discord within you fade away

and find the stillness underneath

the place where you’re already whole

where there is no need to seek or strive

because there is no need.

 

 

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POWER POEM: THE ESSENCE WITHIN

The essence of you is emptiness

the essence of you is love

the essence of you is energy

the essence of you is bliss.

 

The essence of you flows like a fountain

from a pool of pure consciousness at the heart of reality.

The essence of you surges with an eternal force

that has borrowed you for this lifetime.

 

The essence of you is deathless.

This form will wither and dissolve away

then the essence will return to its source

to find a new expression.

 

The essence of you stretches

inside and outside your body

inside and outside time

within and beyond the world

at home, in peace, in every place.

 

 

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ENLIGHTENING THOUGHTS FROM A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – A MUST READ FOR THE AWAKENED SOUL

A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

An excerpt from his book: The Topmost Yoga System. (Page 14).

“As soon as you come to this point of being firmly convinced that you are not this body, that is called the brahma-bhuta stage of Brahman realisation. That is knowledge, real knowledge. Advancement of knowledge for eating, sleeping and mating is animal knowledge. A dog also knows how to eat, how to sleep, how to mate and how to defend. If our education extends only to these points (the dog is eating according to his nature, and we are also eating, but in a nice place, with nicely cooked food on a nice table), that is not advancement. The principle is still eating. Similarly, you may sleep in a very nice apartment in a six-story building or in a 122-story-building, and the dog may lie in a street, but when he sleeps and when you sleep, there is no difference. You cannot know whether you are sleeping in a sky-scraper or on the ground because you are dreaming something which has taken you from your bed. You have forgotten that your body is lying there on the bed, and you are flying in the air, dreaming. Therefore, to improve the sleeping method is not advancement of civilisation. Similarly, the dog has no social custom for mating. Whenever there is a she-dog, he mates on the street. You may mate very silently, in a secret place (although now people are learning how to mate like dogs), but the mating is there. The same principal applies to defending. A dog has teeth and nails with which he can defend himself, and you have atom bombs. But the purpose is defending,that’s all. Therefore, scripture says that human life is not meant only for these principles of life, bodily demands. There is another thing – a human being should be inquisitive to learn what is Absolute Truth. That education is lacking.

THE PROJECT IS WITHIN US ALL

There’s more to this than you realize.

You’re part of a project that’s too vast for you to comprehend.

The impulses that guide your life

don’t come from you, but through you –

you’re a channel, not the source.

But the impulses aren’t flowing through you clearly –

you’ve let the channel become obstructed

by your self-doubt and fear.

So the force has been diluted, the message has been distorted,

and the river that should be rushing through you

is a halting, stuttering stream.

But this project is too important to interfere with.

There’s too much at stake to stand in its way –

to be distracted by your own fears and desires

to be afraid of failure or wary of success

to worry about looking foolish or loosing face

to wonder who’s watching you and what they might be thinking

and be discouraged if no one seems to be watching at all

or frustrated if they don’t seem to understand.

It’s enough to do what you’re meant to do

to express what you’re meant to express

without evaluating your effect

or considering results or reactions.

There’s too much at stake for you to become

anything less than you were meant to be,

to leave the smallest part of your potential unfulfilled

or the smallest piece of your message unsaid.

This is the time to be fearless

so that the force can flow through you freely.

This is the time to be empty

so that the source can fill you completely.

This is the time to step aside

and let the project unfold through you.

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THE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD

One day you’ll grow fed up with the voice inside your head

with its constant murmurings of discontent

its fearmongering thought of the future

and its questioning of every choice you make.

 

One day you will turn to it and calmly say, “I refuse to listen”

then stand back and look away

turning your attention to your surroundings

or to a quietness and spaciousness you can sense

inside you, just behind the voice.

 

The voice is so self-absorbed

that at first it won’t even notice it’s being ignored

and will carry on chattering away to itself.

You’ll still hear its complaints and criticisms

but they won’t convince you anymore –

you’ll doubt them, laugh at them, reject them.

 

And gradually, without the fuel of your attention,

the voice will become more hesitant

will stumble and slow down, leaving space;

until eventually that self-assertive drawl that demanded to be heard

and seemed to submerge the rest of reality

will be no louder than a whisper, like a gentle breeze

that seems to be part of silence.

 

 

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CAN YOU BE HAPPY WITH NOTHING?

Can you be happy with nothing

without looking forward to happiness

without entertainments and activities

to distract you from unhappiness

 

without projects that excite you

with their promises of success

and that make you feel you’re moving

closer and closer to happiness

 

without collecting more possessions

or climbing to a higher status

and parading your wealth and prominence

to try and convince others – and yourself –

that you’re happier than them?

 

If not, then your happiness is always on loan

secondhand and superficial

like a blanket that’s quickly pulled away

leaving you cold and empty craving more.

 

But you can be happy with nothing.

There’s a happiness that has no cause

that doesn’t come from consuming or collecting

and doesn’t deceive or disappoint or quickly fade:

the well-being pf being itself

that simply is – and is always there.

 

A deep rich glow of wholeness

a soft subtle energy whose nature is bliss

like a steady flowing river whose source is you.

A well-being you don’t need to chase, only to uncover,

that you don’t need to strive for, only allow.

 

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