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Great meditation fodder.
Only two problems
Too geared to Catholic Christians
and too many words.

Some of  those words
were almost as golden
as silence.

"words get the  ego what it wants,
silence gets the soul what it needs."


http://conta.cc/13UUfKJ

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bardcat
Dec. 27th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
"words get the ego what it wants,
silence gets the soul what it needs."

so beautiful.
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bobby1933
Dec. 27th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I can agree with everything you say* while still highly valuing the non-response to stimuli which is suggested by such things as silence, self denial, modesty, simplicity, humility, etc.

To me it is important to note that goals are diverse and diversely sought, that paths are multiple and are not to be either coerced or discouraged as long as they do not infringe on the basic rights of other human beings.

Somehow this story seems to fit here. I hope you will agree. The monks are meditating in their place of meditation when the tourists come through, jabbering. touching things, laughing, with no idea of the meanings of this sacred location. Later, another group of tourists come along. The monks are disturbed and go to complain to the abbot. "We came for the silence," they accused. "Yes." replied the abbot, "you cannot count on external silence, you must find the silence within you."

I strive for simplicity, voluntary simplicity, for self-denial, voluntary self-self denial, etc. I admit that part of it is just autism, but i hope that more of it is a sense that this is the way the mystics found that led to joy and peace.

*Where are all these people who are denying the senses? I would love to meet some but can hardly find any who seem to not be under some sense of compulsion that i don't feel compelled to follow.
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