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Spirituality: The Seed of Social Action

--by Vimala Thakar (Feb 25, 2008)


The study of our mind, the psychological structure, does not require isolation, but it does require attentiveness. The movement of the mind is very swift. The shades of movement are so subtle, that unless we learn to observe in an reaction-free way, it will not be possible to find out the modus operandi of the mind, to see how pride comes up, how vanity comes up [...] To watch this movement requires a steadiness of attentiveness, but not isolation. Relationships are opportunities for an intimate encounter with the inner being. The fact of our being is that we are related, not isolated, not each a lone or lonely entity standing forlorn in this huge cosmos. We are not isolated individuals; we are organically related to the mysterious totality surrounding us.

We are related organically, and we have to live that relationship. To be attentive to the dynamics of the inner being is not creating a network of escapes to avoid responsibility. [...] However much we yearn for peace, emotionally we are not mature enough for peace, and our immaturity affects everything we do, every action we take, even the most worthy of actions.

Study of the mind is not to create religious isolates, but to help each being in society mature, take on social responsibilities in an intelligent, harmonious way which reflects the peaceful society we want to create.

The elimination of inner disorder takes place in the lives of those who are interested in being truly creative, vital, and passionate whole human beings, and who recognize that inner anarchy, chaos drains energy and manifests in shabby, shoddy behavior in society. To be attentive requires tremendous love of living.

The total revolution we are examining is not for the timid or the self-righteous. It is for those who love truth more than pretense. It is for those who sincerely, humbly want to find a way out of this mess we, each one of us, have created out of indifference, carelessness, and lack of moral courage.

The challenge is to those who have the courage to pass across traditional barriers, to explore new territory unrestricted by the authorities of the past, to expand beyond fragmentation to awareness of the totality of living, the mysterious wholeness.

-- Vimala Thakar


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On Mar 3, 2008 Darshni Dave wrote:
Supun, I hope you're healing from depression and that the path of spirituality is aiding your recovery. I just wanted to say, I really enjoyed reading the excerpt from Bruce Lee's interview - "mind like water", an excellent metaphor.


This excerpt was the highlight form me:
The elimination of inner disorder takes place in the lives of those who are interested in being truly creative, vital, and passionate whole human beings, and who recognize that inner anarchy, chaos drains energy and manifests in shabby, shoddy behavior in society. To be attentive requires tremendous love of living.





On Feb 29, 2008 Fakuade Ibironke wrote:
....Nice and truly understanding,we have got to free our minds,listen more to people and think about things gathered..makes us get some insights and solutions.

On Feb 26, 2008 Ryman wrote:
"the true way to study zen is not verbal. just open yourself and give up everything. whatever happens, whether you think it good or bad, study closely and see what you find out. this is the fundamental attitude."

i really like the notion of what this piece and its relation to the above quotation represent...accepting life for what it is and enjoying all that it has to offer. Other things are notable as well, but this stands out the most to me and is what keeps me happy almost every single day.

On Feb 26, 2008 Conrad wrote:
Thank you so much. This piece is truly outstanding. I very much appreciate receiving writings like this. I continue to be inspired by what you two send. You ontinue to have my gratitude.

On Feb 26, 2008 jananibala wrote:
http://www.wie.org/j10/vimala_challenge.asp?page=1

On Feb 26, 2008 supun wrote:

I deal with depression alot. Lately I'm taking advice from a therapist that likes the Cognative Behavioral approach (basically it gives people mental tools to be aware of how our thought, actions, behavior affect and feedback into each other, telling us to think critically but not judge mentally about ourselves). one thing I'm learning is that it takes a lot of work to get out of being depressed. It takes a lot of work to just be aware of my own laziness, anger, false-pride, I don't think it's even necessary to say "moral courage". It takes courage in it's natural and general sense. It's so easy to not practice oberving in a reaction-free way. Martial artists speak of a "Mind like water". There's a very favmous interview by Bruce Lee that where he says "Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it ca  See full.

I deal with depression alot. Lately I'm taking advice from a therapist that likes the Cognative Behavioral approach (basically it gives people mental tools to be aware of how our thought, actions, behavior affect and feedback into each other, telling us to think critically but not judge mentally about ourselves). one thing I'm learning is that it takes a lot of work to get out of being depressed. It takes a lot of work to just be aware of my own laziness, anger, false-pride, I don't think it's even necessary to say "moral courage". It takes courage in it's natural and general sense. It's so easy to not practice oberving in a reaction-free way. Martial artists speak of a "Mind like water". There's a very favmous interview by Bruce Lee that where he says "Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend". Being ready to be empty can help me be freee) to react which can give me more courage to be more aware and more ready...

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