I work with you
I am your work
We work together
I am our work
The Bhagavad Gita
In the early part of the first millennium BCE, Indian philosophers found evidence for the beginnings of what we today call the perennial philosophy. It can be stated in three sentences:
One of the ancient texts in which these principles are set forth and discussed is the Bhagavad Gita. The spiritual wisdom of the Gita is delivered in the midst of the most terrible of all possible human situations: warfare – literally on the battlefield itself. On the eve of combat, the prince Arjuna loses his nerve and in desperation turns to his charioteer, Krishna, asking him what to do. But Krishna is no ordinary horse-and-cart driver; he is a direct incarnation of God, and he responds to Arjuna in seven hundred stanzas of sublime instruction that includes a divine mystical revelation. He explains to Arjuna the nature of the soul and the nature of the timeless, spaceless, changeless infinite reality and explains they are not different.
The Gita does not lead the reader from one stage of spiritual development to another but starts with the conclusion. Krishna says right away that the immortal soul is unchanging and always present and that the passing moments of time are illusionary. The soul wears the body as a garment, to be discarded when it becomes worn. Thus the soul travels from body to body, casting aside the old bodies to take on new ones. Just as death is certain for living, rebirth is certain for the dead. But, Krishna reassures Arjuna, the soul is eternal, not subject to life and death. Arjuna will not be able to perceive this essential truth, however, so long as he remains caught up in life’s dualities – samsara, the choices of everyday life in which we are embedded as we move through time.
Like the Buddha’s discourses, the Gita does not teach the attainment of an enjoyable life in the hereafter, nor does it offer spiritual or other methods to enhance one’s powers in the next life. Krishna’s instruction to Arjuna is meant not as an intellectual, philosophical exercise but as a means to arrive at understanding what is truly real.
And Krishna teaches detachment as the only way one can get in touch with one’s basic spiritual nature.
Detachment means not being emotionally entangled with the outcome of our choices. We naturally have the freedom to choose among a range of possible actions in a given moment, but we have no power or say over the results of any act we do.
An extract from Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time by Fred Alan Wolf
An extract from Light on the Path by Mabel Collins
“Regard the three truths. They are equal. These written above are the first of the rules which are written on the walls of the Hall of Learning. Those that ask shall have. Those that desire to read shall read. Those who desire to learn shall learn.”
“There are Three Truths which are absolute, and cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.
“The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendour has no limit.
“The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard, or seen, or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.
“Each man is his own absolute law-giver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.
“These Truths, which are as great as is life itself, are as simple as the simplest mind of man. Feed the hungry with them.”
You feel pain but you can manage it
Something is pushing you forward but you resist
Eventually you have to change
But you have to go through the dark night of the soul to get there
There is always an initiation to get to another level
But God never gives you more than you can handle
You must do it to get to the other side
Don’t be scared of your own thoughts
They are only thoughts
You will know who you are again
You can do it
An extract from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross “On Life After Death”
My wish is that you pass on to many people a little more love. Think about the fact that those people for whom you select the most costly Christmas presents are often those people you fear the most, and for whom your feelings are the most negative ones. I doubt if it is truly necessary for you to give someone a big present – unconditional love would have been more appropriate. There are twenty million children in the world dying of starvation. Adopt one of those children, and start buying smaller presents. Think about the fact that there are many poor people, even in Western Europe. Share your blessings of wealth. Then, when the windstorms blow into your life, think about them as a present for yourself which will not be seen as such at that moment, but perhaps ten or twenty years later. For they will give your strength and teach you things which, otherwise, you would never have learned. If you – symbolically speaking – get thrown into a tumbler (like a stone), it depends fully on yourself if you get crushed or if you come out of it a polished, sparkling diamond.
I want to assure you that it is a blessing to sit at the bedside of a dying patient. Dying doesn’t have to be a sad and horrible matter. Instead, you can experience many wonderful loving things. What you learn from dying patients you can pass on to your children and to your neighbours, and maybe our world would become a paradise again. I believe now is the time to start.