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Seven times I have despised my soul

The first time when I saw her being meek that she may attain height

The second time when I saw her limping before the crippled.

The third time when she was given to choose between the hard and the easy and chose the easy.

The fourth time when she committed a wrong, and comforted herself that others also commit wrong.

The fifth when she forbore for weakness and attributed her patience to strength.

The sixth when she despised the ugliness of a face, and knew not that it was one of her own masks

The seventh time when she sang a song of praise, and deemed it a virtue.

Khalil Gibran

Masks of deception

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in My Blogs

 

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A pearl is a temple built by pain around a grain of sand

What longing built our bodies and around what grains?

– Khalil Gibran

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in My Blogs

 

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Hi friends,

It’s been only two weeks since I have started blogging. Thus far it has been a very enriching experience. I addition to sharing a few thoughts that have been a great inspiration in my life, I come to know such wonderful people like you and have reaped the benefit of the wisdom and experiences shared by you all. I have learnt that joys, challenges, frustrations, anxieties, illness and pain we experience are universal. That all distinctions are human creations and in reality there are none. I rejoice as I see a light shining in each one of you which is being guarded from being extinguished even through chaotic conditions.

Life – its beauty, fortitude, love and transcendence – is much more than what has been experienced or imagined. The innocence of a child, the experiments of teenagers, the struggles of the young and counsel of the adults, all like the different spectrum of a rainbow, reveal the beauty of life its – passion, possibilities, resilience and transcendence.

Each one of you has emerged as a different person as you participate in the alchemy of life. The baser metal has changed into the higher, iron has changed into gold and with each new post the process of being refined continues. Every one of you has contributed in a unique way to my understanding the mystery of life through poetry and prose, snaps and art, likes and comments. Wisdom that is tempered with experience has its own glory.

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I am sure that this collective treasure chest of wisdom and insight will continue to be a source of fortitude and forte in the face of challenges as we tread upon the highway of life. Helping us to move through life, not like business but as poetry, not through the head but through the heart, not as a riddle to be solved but as a mystery to be lived.

I dedicate this post to all my amazing friends on this blog .

God Bless.

Ranji Varughis

With respect and admiration to my friends.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Khalil Gibran on Jesus

 

                       

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There are three miracles of our Brother Jesus not yet recorded in the book: the first that He was a man like you and me; the second that He had a sense of humour; and the third that He knew He was a conqueror though conquered.

 

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Crucified One, you are crucified upon my heart; and the nails that pierce your hands pierce the walls of my heart. And tomorrow when a stranger passes this Golgotha He will know that two bled here. He will deem it the blood of one man.

 

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You may have heard of the Blessed Mountain. It is the highest mountain in our world. Should you reach the summit you would have only one desire, and that to descend and be with those who dwell in the deepest valley. That is why it is called the Blessed Mountain.

 

 

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Long ago lived a man who was crucified for being too loving and too lovable. And strange to relate I met Him thrice yesterday. The first time He was asking a policeman not to take a prostitute to prison; the second time He was drinking wine with an outcast; and the third time He was having a fist fight with a promoter inside a church.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Jesus, His Question.

Mark 8:27-30

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”  28They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Why do people try to escape from Jesus? The reason is that before him everything is transparent. Before him every person will be reduced to an open book. The false image, so carefully crafted will be shattered. Great courage is needed to come to Jesus. Only a person willing to lose the self will be able to do so. It is a leap to move in the insecurity of the unknown. Tremendous courage is needed to move in an ocean where the other shore is not visible. The irony is that even the few who come to Jesus, out of the multitudes, can avoid Jesus because they can be near Jesus for the wrong reasons and they too miss Him.

A person can be near Jesus and completely miss Him because the search may not be for the truth. The search may be for happiness and not truth. But the reality is that happiness happens only when truth is achieved. It cannot be achieved directly, it happens via truth. Happiness will not happen and truth will be missed for a person who seeks happiness. Ninety nine per cent of the seekers are there in search for happiness. They have suffered; life has been a misery, pain. They are seeking an antidote.

Happiness can never be the goal, it is achieved; as it comes automatically, it comes as a by-product. Take care of the tree and the fruits will come on in their time. There is no need of worrying or even thinking about the fruit. Similarly happiness is never achieved; it happens. Searching for truth in order to be happy is also futile. Because even though the search is for truth the goal is to find happiness. The search may be for truth but the mind is focussed on happiness. Only when the goal of the search is for truth alone, a person is near Jesus. Otherwise physically he/she may be near Jesus but spiritually far off.

Jesus asked his disciples two questions: Who do people say I am? Who do you say I am? Was not Jesus aware who he was? Why does he want to know through his disciples who he is? The answer to this question will reveal why they are near Jesus. The image of the Master is created according to desire. If a person is near Jesus because of illness then Jesus will be a healer. If a person comes to Jesus seeking power, Jesus will be omnipotent. If a person comes to Jesus because he is afraid of death then that image of Jesus will be reflected in that search. A person who looks through desire projects desire.

Jesus asked his disciples this question just to know what they were projecting. The truth is that if anything is projected on Jesus He will be missed. To know Jesus what is needed is the ability to look at Him without projecting desire or else only the desire will be reflected. The disciples answer, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” John the Baptist was a moralist so the projection is that Jesus will be a moral puritan. Elijah represents the one who performed mighty deeds to demonstrate the power of God; here Jesus is projected as the miracle worker. Prophets were the social reformers of the day which could be the image assigned to Jesus. Finally Christ – the Anointed one – a spiritual leader.

There is a moralistic mind, a theological mind a mystical mind…. all part of the mind. The response of Jesus after he heard these answers is most revealing. The various translations for this verse are given below:

  • New International Version (©1984) : Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
  •  New Living Translation (©2007) : But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
  •  English Standard Version (©2001) : And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
  •  New American Standard Bible (©1995) :And He warned them to tell no one about Him.
  •  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  •  International Standard Version (©2008) : Jesus sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
  •  Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010) : And he admonished them that they should not speak about him to anyone.
  •  GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995) : He ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
  •  King James 2000 Bible (©2003) : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  •  American King James Version : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  •  American Standard Version : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  • Douay-Rheims Bible : And he strictly charged them that they should not tell any man of him.
  •  Darby Bible Translation : And he charged them straitly, in order that they should tell no man about him.
  •  English Revised Version : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  •  Webster’s Bible Translation : And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.
  •  Weymouth New Testament : And He strictly forbad them to tell this about Him to anyone.
  •  World English Bible : He commanded them that they should tell no one about him.
  •  Young’s Literal Translation : And he strictly charged them that they may tell no one about it,

It is evident from these translations that Jesus warns them, strictly charged them, sternly warned them, admonished them, strictly forbade them, and commanded them, not to speak to anyone. He was prohibiting them from teaching others about him. They were ordered to remain silent. They are near him but far away from him. They have all projected their desire on him. The right answer would have been to remain silent before him.

There is a beautiful sentence said by one of the greatest logicians of the world, Wittgenstein, he says, “Nothing should be said about something which cannot be said. If nothing can be said about a thing one should remain silent.” Nothing can be said about God. Even if it is said that God has no for, has anyone gone to the boundaries and seen that there is no form? If no, then how can God be defined as formless? Do not express that which cannot be expressed.

Do not carry a mind to God. If the mind is carried to His presence it will be thinking and chattering and be spinning round and round creating a wall and God cannot penetrate through. Accept life as it is, and be thankful for it as it is, deep gratitude is what makes a religious person, in whom all divisions disappear and a deep silence ascends. The unknown knocks at this door.

“Who do you say I am?”

God Bless.

Ranji Varughis.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Love – Kahlil Gibran

Love – Kahlil Gibran

In Kahlil Gibran’s beautiful book, Jesus the Son of Man, he has created a fictitious but beautiful story; and sometimes fiction are more factual than facts. Mary Magdalene looks out of her window and sees Jesus sitting in her garden under the tree. The man is beautiful. She had known many men, she was a famous prostitute – even kings used to knock at her door – she was one of the loveliest flowers. But she had never known such a man, because a person like Jesus carries an invisible aura around him that gives him a beauty of something of the other world, he doesn’t belong to this world. There was light around him, the way he walked, the way he sat, as if he were an emperor in the robes of a beggar.

He looked so much of another world that Magdalene asked her servants to and invite him, but Jesus refused. He said, “I am okay here. The tree is beautiful and very shady.”

Then Magdalene had to go herself as ask. She could never believe that anybody would refuse her request. She said come into my house and be my guest.”

Jesus said, “I have already come into your house, I have already become a guest. Now there is no need.”

She could not understand. She said, “No, come, and don’t refuse me, nobody has ever refused me. Can’t you do such a little thing? Become my guest. Eat with me today and stay with me this night.”

Jesus said, “I have accepted. And remember, those who say they have accepted you have never accepted you; and those who tell you that they love you, none of them has ever loved you. And I tell you, I love you and only I can love you.” But he would not enter the house; rested, he left.

Love is not something you can do; it is the quality of your being. Only those whose need to be needed has disappeared can love.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Stories

 

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Jesus, His Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

Even though the teaching of Jesus is so clear the Kingdom of God is always preached as if it is somewhere else in time and space. Why does this happen? It happens because of the nature of the human mind. The human mind disappears in the present and lives in the future; it lives in the hope and promise of the future. The mind cannot exist without time. The more time one has, the more ground the mind has to play and fool around. When there is time the mind can create many dreams and desires. The Kingdom of God is presented as something that is going to happen at a later date because only the future can be understood by the mind.

If the Kingdom of God is presented as here and now no one is ready to accept it. Everybody thinks that there are many, desires to be fulfilled. Many, many things have to be done before you can even think about entering the Kingdom. Hence time is needed. Another reason is that everybody thinks that in the present condition they are in they themselves cannot accept themselves. How is God going to accept them? If the door of the Kingdom is opened right now and everyone has the opportunity to enter most would not find the moral courage to enter. So everyone seeks time to transform the self to reach the standard that will be acceptable in order to enter through the door. A little more time is needed to become saintly as there are many desires to be fulfilled.

Hence if the Kingdom of God is presented as something in the future it is readily accepted. Then there is time enough to work the way out, time enough to polish and make the necessary changes. Time to create an ideal and work towards becoming a saint. The truth is that the mind doesn’t want to change. If there is the time to postpone then the mind can remain the same. Postponing is the base of continuing in the same manner.

If a house is on fire then the inmates will not postpone their exit from the burning inferno they will simply jump out without even asking for the door or the stairway. They will not seek a teacher or guide. The mind is put aside in the face of danger since there is no time to think; only action can save.

Another reason for being content with the idea of the future Kingdom is that right now it is difficult but tomorrow it will be easier. But every tomorrow becomes a today and the same excuse is repeated since the possibility for postponing still exists. Those who are in this condition could be considered to be in a state of deep sleep. They need an awakening. Right now God is the last item on the list as many other things have to be accomplished, God is the last item on the list and the list is infinite. He is not going to get a chance.

Jesus was a Jew and he remained a Jew till the very last moment. And the Jews were waiting for the Messiah for thousands of years. All the prophets prophesied about him. They prayed and waited. But the irony is that when the messiah came the refused him. He knocked at their doors but the rejected him. It was good to think that the Messiah will come to them but it was very difficult him when he arrived.  It is easy for the mind to wait rather than change. The problem is because if the mind has to accept that there is no future, then desires cannot exist. If desires do not exist then the ego cannot exist. So the question is between choosing the ego or the Kingdom. Both cannot exist in one.

The Kingdom of God is in you. There is no other place or time where you can find it.

God Bless.

Ranji Varughis.

 

Postponing is not the way to the Kingdom as it does not lead to transformation. As long as it is possible to postpone there will be no change. For this change to happen the idea of tomorrow has to disappear. Realizing this is the way to the Kingdom.  So it is not a question of doing something.

 

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Jesus, His Fortification

A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14b.

The whole of life depend upon building it on a strong foundation. If the momentary is chosen then the foundation is being built on shifting sand. If the foundation has to be strong then it has to be built on the eternal. A city that is being built on the momentary is in ruins by the time it is ready, it is falling apart. This happens because the momentary lacks wholeness of vision. Only the moment is seen, and then it passes. These passing moments are seen and not a total vision. Since what is going to happen in the next moment is unknown what is done in the moment may have to be undone because it may not agree with the whole. So the uncertainty is always there. When decisions are made based on the momentary the whole may reject it and it may become absolutely useless and meaningless. For the city to be built on a rock wholeness of vision is indispensable. When life is built based on the momentary difficulties will arise as the whole will not adjust to the momentary.

The whole has to be consulted before the decisions are made. Life should be created and patterned with a vision of the whole. Have a vision that is timeless. For this to happen one has to move to a higher consciousness. A person standing under the tree can see up to the nearest curve on the road. If he climbs up the tree then he has a greater vision. From an aeroplane he can have a bird’s eye view of the whole city. The higher he ascends greater becomes the vision.

Imagine a person standing under a tree, he looks east and does not see a thing. Another person sitting on top of the tree says, “I can see a bullock cart tree.” The first person says, “I can’t see it. How can it be?” The bullock cart is in the future for him but for the man sitting on the tree the bullock cart is in the present. Hence present is not the same for everyone. Present is confined to each one and the present of one may not be the present for another. It depends upon the ladder of consciousness.

For Jesus everything is present: there is no future, there is no past. From the level of his consciousness the whole is visible. Nothing is past and nothing is future, everything is here and now. The existence of past and future only reveals the narrowness of vision. For an ordinary person when anything goes beyond the field of vision it becomes past; that which has not yet come becomes future. Existence is momentary as the vision is limited

The high altitude, which is awareness, is the fortification. A city that is built on a high mountain cannot fall nor can it be hidden. A city built on the timeless will be known for eternity. Nothing can hide it.

God bless.

Ranji Varughis.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Everything Matters

Unconditional

Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the universe;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed
Into its radiant jewel-like essence.
I bow to the one who has made it so,
Who has crafted this Master Game.
To play it is purest delight;
To honor its form–true devotion.

Jennifer Welwood

For more posts that deal with this idea of embracing all see: The foundation of all healing

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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It dawned on me this morning that perhaps there is a difference between being a writer and being a storyteller. I realize, it also depends on a person’s perspective and I saw this question in my mind as a new lesson for me to learn. I don’t believe it is necessarily relevant or applicable to everyone.

But for me it made sense and it’s shedding some light

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized