“There is no room for negligence in the spiritual life. You are now striving for moral virtue and true happiness.”
A yogic understanding of the
Sermon on the Mount. To invoke
Divine Presence and to sanctify the
mind. The goal of prayer is the
harmonization between heaven
and the earth, which means one
develops intuitive vision where one
sees the world as an expression of
the Divine Self.
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A devotees tears catch the heart
of her Lord Sri Krishna.
In response the Lord physically
directs her to her long sought
for Guru in a most
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This guided meditation,
using the traditional method
of watching the breath,
also includes the practice of
linking the movement of the
breath with the sacred
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hanissaro Bhikkhu, one of the
foremost Buddhist teachers,
speaks on the "natural" process
of ageing, illness and death.
And the Buddha's teaching on how
to prepare for and rise above
them in advance.
"Gentle Hatha Yoga"
A unique 1 hour session of
hatha yoga, guided by one
of the foremost instructors
in the Hawaiian Islands.
A most valuable talk, given to
devotees at Sri Ramana Ashram,
on practical suggestions from the
Saints on how to develop a
concentrated mind full of
light and peace.
"An Antidote for Sorrow"
Swami Shantananda discusses
how to train the mind to
experience a measure of peace
within meditation, free from
Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment
Wisdom from the Venerable Mae Chee Kaew
This article presents the wisdom from a life and practice of a woman who reached the pinnacle of Buddhist practice in her lifetime. She was known as Mae Chee Kaew. Mae Chee Kaew felt the calling to a spiritual life at an early age. Blessed as a girl with the good fortune to meet some of the most renowned meditation masters of her era, including the Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera. She took their teachings on meditation to heart and, with youthful enthusiasm, earnestly put them into practice. Due to a favorable disposition, she soon developed into a child prodigy, skilled in the art of samādhi meditation. Her mind easily became absorbed in deep concentration for many hours, and was witness to many strange and wonderful occurrences.
When familial circumstances intervened to prevent her from undertaking a religious vocation, she bided her time patiently, waiting to take advantage of the earliest opportunity. After twenty years of unsatisfactory marriage, a door finally opened for Mae Chee Kaew and she stepped through, entering a life of renunciation. As a nun, she spent many years living and practicing with teachers of great renown. They often praised her for her extraordinary skills in meditation, especially her adeptness with psychic phenomena. Very few of them could equal her prowess in that field of perception. More significantly, however, she succeeded in overcoming her attachment to the conventional world with its ever changing conditions, and thus attained the unconditioned state of total freedom. Being one of the few known female arahants of the modern era, she became living testimony that the Buddha’s goal of supreme enlightenment is possible for everyone, regardless of gender, race or class.
Mae Chee Kaew
Having been born, we attach importance to the passing days, months and years; we believe in the importance of our lives and the lives of others. For that reason, our minds are constantly concerned with pain and suffering.
Don’t doubt the value of meditation or under- estimate your abilities. Be content with whatever progress you make because it reflects a part of the truth you are seeking. As such, it is something you can rely on.
Cultivate your mind, as a farmer cultivates his fields. Gradually clear the land; prepare the soil; plough the rows; sow the seeds; spread the manure; water the plants and pull the weeds. Eventually, you’ll reap a golden harvest.
Your body, your mind, your life — these don’t belong to you, so don’t depend on them to bring true happiness.
My senses are continually bombarded: the eye by forms, the ears by sounds, the nose by aromas, the tongue by flavors and the body by contact. All of these things I investigate. In that way, each of my sense faculties becomes a teacher.
Carefully observe the ebb and flow of defiling influences in your mind. Don’t let them deceive you so readily. When you’re skilled enough to catch their movements, you can transform their negative power into positive spiritual energy.
Teaching from the Venerable Mae Chee Kaew