“because he does not dwell therein he never departs” Lao Tzu

II – Self Development

TAO TE CHING

‘When everyone recognizes beauty to be only a masquerade, then it is simply ugliness. In the same way, goodness, if it is not sincere, is not goodness. So existence and non-existence are incompatible. The difficult and easy are mutually opposites. Just as the long and short, the high and the low, the loud and soft, the before and the behind, are all opposites and each reveals each other.

Therefore the wise man is not conspicuous in his affairs or given to much talking. Though troubles arise he is not irritated. He produces but does not own; he acts but claims no merit; he builds but does not dwell therein, and because he does not dwell therein he never departs.’

Page 9 / Tao Te Ching – The Ancient Classic / Lao Tzu

 

 

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DREAMTIME TEACHING

‘According to the teachings of the Aborigines, the Dreamtime began when infinite space was penetrated by great powers, who literally dreamt the Universe into being. These beings, whose powers are limitless, are the great ancestors of humanity, and their dreams formed the world as we know it. During this period when the earth was coming into being, the first Man and Woman walked the land. The Man shaped the rocks and rivers, the deserts and forests, while the Woman dreamed of the laws and rituals that govern all life. Because the land and the law were created at the same time, they are inseparably related. Since everything originated from the Dreamtime, this represents the foundation of truth and reality, while life as we understand it is merely a shadow of the original creation.’

PAGE 139 / THE SHAMANISM BIBLE / JOHN MATTHEWS

What to look for when choosing a Spiritual Mentor

In the Buddhist philosophy/teaching/text – Mahayanasutralamkara – Maitreya outlines these 10 qualities of what we should look for in our Spiritual Mentors.

  1. Pure ethical discipline. Our teachers set an example for us. Because we need to modify our unruly actions of body, speech, and mind, it’s wise for us to choose teachers who have done so. They will instruct us how to improve ourselves and will be good examples for us to follow.
  2. Experience in Meditative concentration.
  3. Deep understanding of the teachings of wisdom. These first three qualities show that someone is well trained in the three higher trainings that lead to liberation – ethical discipline, concentration, and wisdom.
  4. More knowledge and a deeper realization of the subject to be taught than we have.
  5. Enthusiastic perseverance to teach and guide their students. If we choose a person who doesnt enjoy teaching or is reluctant to guide others, we won’t be able to learn very much.
  6. Extensive learning from competent teachers. We want to learn from those who know the scriptures well and will teach according to them. People who make up there own teachings or misunderstand the Buddha’s teachings can’t show us the path to enlightenment.
  7. Correct conceptual understanding or direct meditative insight into emptiness.
  8. Skill to articulate the dharma (dharma in Buddhism refers to ‘Cosmic law & order’) clearly so we’ll understand it correctly.
  9. Motivation of loving-kindness and compassion. This is a very important point. We can’t trust someone who teaches in order to receive offerings, respect, or a large following. There is a danger that we’ll be led astray by such a person, thereby wasting our lives and potentially engaging in negative activities. Therefore, it’s extremely important to select as our masters people who have a pure and genuine wish to benefit their students and lead them on the path of enlightenment.
  10. Patience and willingness to teach people of all levels of intelligence. We aren’t perfect and will make mistakes because of our afflictions of anger and attachment. We need teachers who won’t abandon us but will instead be patient and forgive us. In addition, we want teachers who won’t be discouraged when we don’t understand what they teach.

REASON’S REALISATION

An excerpt from the book The Teachings of Lao-Tzu – The Tao Te Ching / translated by Paul Carus / page 30 

‘The reason that can be reasoned is not the eternal Reason. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

The Unnameable is of heaven and earth the beginning. The Nameable becomes of the ten thousand things the mother.

Therefore it is said:

‘He who desireless is found,

The spiritual of the world will sound.

But he who by desire is bound,

Sees the mere shell of things around.’

These two things are the same in source but different in name.

Their sameness is called a mystery. Indeed, it is the mystery of mysteries.

It is the door of all spirituality.’