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  1. Glad to hear you are doing well riju and happy late birthday!
  2. Any new topics?

    Haha, should have seen that one coming
  3. Spiritual Enlightenment Demystified

    Any thoughts on the video shanmugam?
  4. About being female

    Sometimes I have felt the energetic sensation of expanding. Like I was being stretched. Often this would happen in my dreams and I would wake up moaning from the strain of it. Most often though the expansion is realized by a change in ones daily life. Deeper silence, feeling more spacious is often a clue. As far as struggling with issues. It has been an ongoing thing. The energy hits on issues and depending on the depth of the obstruction it can get pretty intense. There has been a couple of times where I wanted to run away and quit. Times when I have had to take a break from it all and let things settle down. The only way to expand or go deeper is to let go of issues. Some issues we hold on tighter to than others. A big one for me was that I wasn't good enough, didn't have all the cool skills as everyone else. At the same time as we go deeper we also have all the tools to deal with them. Increased silence, friends and teachers that can help provide space to help us let go of the issue. I tend to look at every upset and as opportunity to reside in it to let it go. Driving is perfect.. I would not discount your feeling of being adrift, of unlimited energy and thinking it is fantasy land.. Far from it. Of course, depending on ones perspective.. not sure if I can truly comment on high level female. There is a difference from us males or at least I know me and how a female experiences energy. A huge difference.
  5. About being female

    I have found the female aspect to be amazing and very difficult at times. Many of the best times of just being is when I have been female. For me it is when I am dealing with issues, working on them is when I am female. I think that is the same for many others and why it gets a bad rap. It is also when you let go of those issues that you notice the biggest expansions which is often noticed from the female side. Still on the road but I have noticed almost a peak of struggling with the female side and after reaching that peak working on issues when female hasn't been as difficult. While working on issues is never fun, I have always looked at it as a opportunity for growth. If I was really struggling I knew that something good was going to come from it. Changes in ones being, in how I go about my day. In light terms big expansions. I have also learned it is important to have people close to you, to help you, to support you when you are dealing with those issues that are getting hit on hard. I know I focused on the difficult aspect but the female side can also be pretty amazing. Thank you for the topic.
  6. Any new topics?

    What are some of the factors that may limit discrimination?
  7. Any new topics?

    How about discrimination? I recently had a conversation regarding discrimination and it seems there may be different meanings. First discrimination when first going light? Another topic was if a being is bigger than you would you still feel him inside you and what you were not able to feel outside of you is a lack of discrimination because he is bigger than you? So basically how do you see discrimination as a progression along the path?
  8. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. To understand the prayer, I think it is important to understand first the context of "heaven". As Jesus further describes below in Luke, heaven is not some far off land... Luke 17: 20-21 20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’[d] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Heaven is found within (or thru you), so Our Father is always "with us". A "name" is a knowing, and such a knowing is very hallowed. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This line is reminder that the kingdom of heaven is not some far away land, but here in the present moment. Or, as other traditions describe nirvana and samsara are ultimately the same. And if we are one with God's will, we realize that and the kingdom "comes"... For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (‭Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭17‬ KJV) Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, A few words of consideration on what we need for our "daily bread" or sustenance... Matthew 4:1-4 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. And... John 5:53-58 53Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Here are a couple of verses which I think might help with putting the line in context... Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭13‬ KJV) As the above says, God does not tempt anyone to wrongdoing. But, if one thinks of the translation of temptation more like "trials"... There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭13‬ KJV) It takes on a different feel and meaning. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen
  9. Hey there, hi there, ho there!

    Welcome Jainarayan to LU
  10. Avatamsaka Sutra

    From the Avatamsaka Sutra... Great bodhisattvas have no attachment to Buddha and do not develop attachments; they have no attachment to the teachings and do not develop attachments; they have no attachment to lands and do not develop attachments; they have no attachments to sentient beings and do not develop attachments. They do not see that there are sentient beings, yet they carry on educational activity, civilizing and teaching ways of liberation; they do not give up the practices of bodhisattvas with great compassion and great commitment. Seeing buddhas and hearing their teachings, they act accordingly; trusting the buddhas they plant roots of goodness, ceaselessly honoring and serving them. They are able to shake infinite worlds in the ten directions by spiritual powers; their minds are broad, being equal to the cosmos. They know various explanations of truth, they know how many sentient beings there are, they know the differences among sentient beings, they know the birth of suffering, they know the extinction of suffering; while knowing all acts are like reflected images, they carry out the deeds of bodhisattvas. They sever the root of all subjection to birth. They carry out practices of bodhisattvas for the sole purpose of saving sentient beings and yet do not practice anything. Conforming to the essential nature of all buddhas, they develop a mind like an immense mountain. They know all falsehood and delusion, and enter the door of omniscience. Their knowledge and wisdom are broad and vast and unshakable, due to the attainment of true enlightenment. This is the insight of practical knowledge of equally saving all sentient beings in the ocean of birth and death.
  11. Hello all :) good to be here!

    Hi Jessica, Most of us hang out in chat. Hope to talk to you soon. Tom
  12. Hello

    Welcome dwai
  13. Welcome mrpasserby! Hope to see you in chat sometime!
  14. Me and My Journey

    Welcome to LU Shanbmugam!