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Dear Michael and Friends,One of the most important contributions we can give each other in the realm of ideas is not only our personal and subjective views in relation to various topic of discussion, but also and most valuable a direction on how to guide our thinking so it becomes the most efficient tool to support our aims in life.I believe this is what you succeeded in doing with this last posting of yours Michael.I am not praising the man, or the person behind, I am pointing out to something that transcends both.Such an article reveals a "way of thinking", an approach of and to investigation not only of ideas but of life and of meaning itself.It is a big lesson on how to think, not only in a dispassionate way but also in a very rational, human and loving one.Echoes what Bhagavan always tried to convey through his teachings (and actions): the most clear, simple, direct, loving yet firm way of discovering oneself. How it is received and digested will depend on the receiver.This article, as many before, goes beyond the simple Michael James' views and thinking and shows an attitude behind the words, which I consider the "real" force behind those very words.That is why it is not personal, although requires an instrument to be transmitted, in this case what we call Michael James. To me, is a very short article (that requires to be read many times and slowly though!). Because what is transmitted could be summarized in a few words, or even better, with silence.Thanks Michael,Yours in Bhagavan,Mouna
SivanarulI'm not sure you will find mindfulness in any of the core teachings of Buddha or the ancient masters that followed him. It is a technique that has developed to encourage people not to dwell on thoughts of the past or the future, but to be in the present. So it is an aid to quietening the mind, since the majority of our thoughts relate to past regrets / excitements projected into future desires / fears.The self-development industry and corporates in the West have picked it up as a tool to make you more productive. Seriously, being aware of yourself eating a grape . . . I was in such a session last year with my company; absolutely pointless. Its just another self-help fad that HR development people have picked up and are marketing, without any idea of the deeper meaning and intention that Buddhist teaching had.Whatever we may be doing, most of us are egos 'doing' it; i.e. action driven by desires and fears. Therefore keeping in mind that you are the witness of the ego and its activities should ultimately lead to niskamya karma.
Viveka Vairagya,thanks for the given excerpt from the Talks.It imparts the fundamental hint about the meaning of the ident place where breath sinks and 'I'-thought arises. That the 'I'-thought also will sink along with breath is an essential and cardinal clue for any attempt to seek the source of the mind. 2b1af7f3a8