Archive for December, 2006

Remembering Ingrid

December 31, 2006

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It was this time last year that we said goodbye to Ingrid. I was telling a friend this week about when Ingrid was with us and we were sunning ourselves on Pauanui beach… but now that I think about it, this story probably isn’t the best for blogging. It was very funny – bikinis, suncream, ice – but I guess you had to be there…

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Quotes from Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 31, 2006

Happiness is your true nature.
It is not wrong to desire it.
What is wrong is seeking it outside
when it is inside.

Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy
because nearly all do not know the true Self.
Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone.
All else is fleeting.
To know one’s Self
is to be blissful always.

…Bliss is not something to be got.
On the other hand you are always Bliss.
This desire [for Bliss] is born of the sense of incompleteness.
To whom is this sense of incompleteness?
Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful.
Now you are not so.
What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss?
It is the ego.
Seek its source and find you are Bliss.

Wanting to reform the world without discovering one’s true self is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes.

Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.

‘That inner Self, as the primeval Spirit,
Eternal, ever effulgent, full and infinite Bliss,
Single, indivisible, whole and living,
Shines in everyone as the witnessing awareness.
That self in its splendour, shining in the cavity of the heart
This self is neither born nor dies,
Neither grows nor decays,
Nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space within it is not,
And similarly, when the body dies the Self in it remains eternal.

Every living being longs always to be happy, untainted by sorrow; and everyone has the greatest love for himself, which is solely due to the fact that happiness is his real nature. Hence, in order to realize that inherent and untainted happiness, which indeed he daily experiences when the mind is subdued in deep sleep, it is essential that he should know himself. For obtaining such knowledge the inquiry ‘Who am I?’ in quest of the Self is the best means.”

Welcome back to me

December 31, 2006

So it has been quite a while since I last blogged and there have been a number of reasons for that. I’ve been away, Google bought Blogger and changed my password so I couldn’t access my account. Anyway, I’m back now and plan to be a bit more regular with my posts.

My latest news is that I am investigating changing from being a part-time student to a full time student. This means I will finish my course and hopefully graduate at the end of this semester in July – two years since I left NZ. I found out today that it will not cost as much as I thought to switch. But still it hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know what I will do after I’ve finished – I have a few basic ideas, but nothing that will last long.

I’ve been through some major changes in the last few months and my internal system has been completely rewired. It’s amazing what’s happened, but I can’t talk too much about it other than to say that it is all good. In my horoscope the 20 years of Saturn are nearly over and Mercury is about to start in Feb 08. So transitioning is to be expected.