any movement that is not self-aware, self-conscious, that does not entertain some level of humility and openness to critical thinking and questioning is in danger of slipping into fundamentalism and extremism no matter how good the intentions motivating it.
revolutions can bring benefit, or bring harm. and very often some of both. there is always a price. one person’s gain, another person’s loss.
a true revolution of the heart and true awakening, however, opens the heart – defeating the real enemies of pride, ego, ignorance, greed, and the notion of “other.”
#WakeUp #RevolutionOfTheHeart #Awakening #Humility #Heart
Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?
As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.
Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?
To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.
have traveled so far
you arrived to this place
who are you ?
she carries all of our sadness,
Oh! to be luminous like the Moon!
An old Hassidic rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell exactly when the night had ended and the day begun (daybreak is the time for certain holy prayers). “Is it when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” one student proposed. “No,” answered the rabbi. “Is it when you can clearly see the lines on your own palm?” another asked. “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell if it is a fig or a pear tree?” “No,” answered the rabbi each time. “Then, what is it?” the pupils demanded. “It is when you can look on the face of any man or woman and see that they are your sister or brother. Until then it is still night.”
~ as told by Jack Kornfield in his book:
Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are