Why Did The Buddha Wait For This Little Girl – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

He keeps looking backwards at the road, expecting a little 13 year old girl to come. He happened to meet her on the road and she had told him – “Wait for me. I am going to give this food to my father at the farm, but I will be back in time. Don’t forget, wait for me!”

Finally, the elders of the town said to Gautam Buddha – “For whom are you waiting? Everybody important is present, you can start your discourse.” Buddha replied – “But the person for whom I have come so far is not present yet and I have to wait.”

Finally the girl arrives and exclaims – “I am a little late, but you kept your promise! I knew you would keep your promise because I have been waiting for you since my first memory as a child, when I first became aware… I think I was four years old when I first heard your name. Your name was enough to ring a bell in my heart. And since then for ten long years…I have been waiting!!!”

Buddha responded – “You have not been waiting in vain. You are the person who has attracted me to this village.”

At the end of his discourse, that little girl was the only one who goes to him and says: “Initiate me. I have waited enough, and now I want to be with you.” Buddha replied “You have to be with me because your town is so far out! I cannot keep coming again and again. The road is long, and I am getting old!”

In that entire town not a single person came up to him be initiated into meditation, other than that little girl.

At night as they were getting ready to sleep, Buddha’s chief disciple Ananda asked Buddha “Master, before you go to sleep I want to ask you one question. Do you feel a certain pull towards a certain space… just like a magnetic pull?”

Buddha replied, “You are right Ananda. That is how I decide my journeys. When I feel someone is thirsty…so thirsty that without me, there is no other way for them… I have to move in that direction.”

Master moves towards the disciple and the disciple also moves towards the master. Sooner or later they are bound to meet. The meeting is not of the body, the meeting is not of the mind. The meeting is of the very soul!

It is like when you bring two lamps close to each other; the lamps remain separate but their flames become one.

Source: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sruti Answers – Ever Burning Flame of Clear Seeing

Published on Oct 14, 2016

The Ever Burning Flame of Clear Seeing

In this video, Sruti reads a short story that serves as a metaphor for clear seeing in times of darkness.

Sruti is a spiritual teacher who writes about her spiritual awakening within an experience with an uncommon and painful illness called Interstitial Cystitis. She has been interviewed on the Buddha at the Gas Pump talk show on YouTube about her experience of spiritual awakening in the midst of intense pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atG0z…

This ongoing and chronic condition challenged her to stay present with daily pain and to look further inward for answers. In an extreme moment of pain, in which consciousness began to fade, Sruti experienced the erasure of all that clouds over the earliest source of vision.

She watched as one by one the layers of the mind, the body and feelings disappeared before her. She asks the question: with whose vision are we seeing when the lights are going out? Has this early vision ever known anything at all?

Adyashanti – Creating Space in the Mind

Adyashanti explores the nature of the mind and how by creating space within it, you are allowing experience to occur naturally and effortlessly. You are no longer bound by the mind’s restraints or by the events that unfold in your life. By allowing emotions and feelings to arise and fall away spontaneously, you create space for yourself to not get lassoed into reactivity. This vast internal space forges great freedom. Adyashanti points to the vital aspect of choice becoming part of your everyday experience of being.

Quotes from this video:

“Consciousness is the first thing that emptiness does. It’s a capacity. It’s an attribute.
When you’re in the experience of it, one of the benefits it gives you is you no longer feel velcroed to whatever the current feeling state or thought state is. You don’t feel bound to it.

“When there’s no space, you are whatever your conditioning throws up into your experience. So if you’re angry, you are angry. That’s it. No space. There’s nothing but anger. If you’re sad, there’s only sadness. There’s nothing else. You are the sadness. If you’re joyous, there’s just joy, which you love and become attached to. If there’s despair, then you’re just despairing.”

“The ego can put on the costume of witnessing, but it can’t actually do it. The witnessing is something that’s already happening. It’s more like you notice it rather than you do it. It’s like awareness. You notice awareness is already happening. You don’t do awareness.

“When we experience some internal spaciousness. When you experience that whatever emotion or feeling or thought is arising within a kind of spaciousness—it means that you can either give your attention to that, you can become attached to that, you can watch it, you can act upon it, or not act upon it—you have options, in other words, and this is vital.”

Turn Your Longing Around ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Oct 14, 2016

A discussion about longing.

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