This Self is never born nor does it ever perish; nor having come into existence will again cease to be. It is birthless, eternal changeless, ever-same (unaffected by the usual processes associated with time). It is not slain when the body is killed . . .
Just as an individual forsaking dilapidated raiment dons new clothes, so the body-encased soul, relinquishing bodily habitations, enters others that are new.
No weapon can pierce the soul; no fire can burn it; no water can moisten it; nor any wind wither it. The soul is uncleavable; it cannot be burnt or wetted or dried. The soul is immutable, all permeating, ever calm, and immovable—eternally the same.
Bhagavad Gita II:20, 22 -24
“Women were always healers- naturally born healers. They hold the crying child and soothe their needs (psychiatrist). They dig out the thorn from the finger (surgeon). They ease the fever (internist). They dress the sores and bathe their beloved ones in herbs (herbalist). They dry the tears (minister). They practice medicine without a license every day of their lives to help their fellow men, their families and their friends.” -Hanna Kroeger, excerpt from God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
My friend from Self Realization Fellowship recently came back from India. Last weekend I attended a slideshow of her trip. She brought everyone a gift and gave me this booklet, Developing Dynamic Will published by the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. This passage is from the booklet . . .
Nothing is impossible when will becomes dynamic: Choose a good, wholesome, constructive goal and then determine you are going to achieve it. No matter how many times you fail, keep on trying. No matter what happens, if you have unalterably resolved, The earth may be shattered, but I will keep on doing the best I can,” you are using dynamic will, and you will succeed. That dynamic will is what makes one man rich and another man strong and another man a saint. – Paramahansa Yogananda
“We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.
When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.
It’s like wearing gloves every time we touch something, and then, forgetting we chose to put them on, we complain that nothing feels quite real. Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the world but to unglove ourselves so that the doorknob feels cold and the car handle feels wet and the kiss goodbye feels like the lips of another being, soft and unrepeatable.”
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”