be free, be happy, be peaceful

May all find the teacher within to guide oneself towards unconditional love and peace

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The most powerful thing in the world, and beyond that

It's unpleasant, disturbing, and even can be life threatening upon coming in contact with difficult situation where one is being discriminated, bullied and threatened with violent abusive behavior, bullying and threats by those who are under the influence of deep ignorance. It's an unfortunate and painful experience, and truly unnecessary event to be happening onto anyone.

One doesn't need to become and behave like those ignorant human beings, where the mind thinks and believes that in order not to be discriminated, bullied and threatened by anyone, one needs to be more powerful than all the others by being more violent, aggressive and cruel than everyone else.

Real power is not coming from being violent, aggressive and cruel to be over-powering all the others, or being charming, persuasive and influential to be captivating all the others to become submissive towards oneself, and to act and behave in accordance to one's commands/desires.

Power is not about the ability of in control of all and everything.

It's about having self-awareness and self-control of not harming oneself or others. One doesn't need to become a bully or a nasty person just because one has been or is being bullied and ill-treated by some others who are ignorant. That's power. Being able to reject or walk away from violent fighting against one another that would cause unnecessary damages towards one another and the surrounding environment, is wisdom. That's power.

The most powerful thing in this world is the nature law of IMPERMANENCE. None, and nothing, can escape impermanence. The so called most 'powerful', 'wealthy', 'knowledgeable', 'successful' person and the champion of all champions in the world, will also have to bow down to IMPERMANENCE.

However, there's something beyond that, which is the knowledge and effort of transcending or going beyond IMPERMANENCE.

One can transcend or go beyond IMPERMANENCE, upon the attainment of the real liberation/independence/freedom in the mind, or SILENCE (selflessness/desirelessness), or the realization of unconditional peace from within, despite all kinds of inevitable impermanent changes and all kinds of 'difficulties', 'ridiculousness' and 'chaos' that are existing in the world, being free from ignorance and all kinds of incorrect thinking, desires or impurities deriving from ignorance, while having the correct understanding/wisdom/knowledge towards the modification of the mind, or the play of ignorance and egoism, and respecting the law of selflessness and impermanence in all kinds of names and forms, that enables one being undetermined and undisturbed by all kinds of impermanent changes, ignorance and the consequences of ignorance in the world, without the idea/urge/desire/action to be interfering with or controlling the world and all the others to be or not to be in certain way in accordance to one's commands or desires by intimidation or captivation, while being unattached towards all and everything or the duality of 'goodness and badness', transcending the mind perception of a worldly life existence of the limited adjuncts of a selfless impermanent body and restless modification of the mind.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Just go

When being in a house that is on fire, regardless of whether the fire is started intentionally or unintentionally by someone from inside or outside the house out of ignorance, and the situation is life threatening as the fire is too strong to be eliminated, then one must try one's best to leave the burning house as soon as possible, calmly. There's no hesitation of whether one should be staying or leaving. There's no attachment of "I love my house very much and I don't want to leave my house. I cannot abandon my house and I need to defend my house until I die." That's merely an idea or values in the mind that is being conditioned deeply by intense egoistic passionate attachment, identification, pride and loyalty, out of ignorance.

The deep ignorance of human minds and their corrupted thinking, selfish desire and destructive behavior in a particular area is similar to the uncontrollable fire that is burning down a house that everyone is living in it, and when the situation is threatening all the others as the fire is too strong to be calming down, then one may just try one's best to leave that 'house' as soon as possible. That fire started out of the ignorance of certain minds might also spread to other 'houses' and causing damages to the 'houses' of many others.

Just go.

It's not cowardice, but wisdom and compassion, to get out from any kind of threatening situation deriving from the deep ignorance of human beings. None can stop the ignorance of others, but only by oneself being aware of one's ignorance and the consequences of it, and be initiative to free oneself from ignorance.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Somewhere in between insufficiency and abundance

Just like everything else, there's neither good nor bad about poverty and wealthiness, if the mind is void of ignorance and egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment and expectation, being free from discontentment, greed and selfishness, where one is able to adapt to the different conditions without being determined by the different conditions, as well as making use of the different conditions to be doing something beneficial for oneself and the world.

Both conditions have their own pros and cons, and their consequences that impact the world in certain way.

Regardless of living under the condition of poverty or wealthiness, one might be performing actions under any condition that might harm oneself, the others or the environment, out of ignorance and egoism, out of desperation, discontentment, insecurity, fear, greed and selfishness. One might also be using the existing challenging poverty condition to be constantly improving oneself without attachment, identification or expectation, or using the existing wealthy condition to be doing something beneficial for looking after the well-being of the world, without attachment, identification or expectation.

Under the era of such advanced science and technology, where many people in certain areas in the world are living under extreme comfortable condition, with many conveniences and endless pleasurable enjoyments, where people are throwing out excess food that they couldn't manage to sell or eat everyday, all and everyone in the world should have enough basic needs for living, not just merely enough for survival, not to say, none should be living under the state of insufficiency, where there's no proper shelter or not enough nutritional food.

One doesn't need to be wealthy to be having that kind of enough basic needs for living, that is free from the state of insufficiency, where there should be sufficient income for accessing affordable shelter and nutritional food for all and everyone, if none is being greedy and selfish to be accumulating and hoarding unlimited wealth that empowers many corruptions in the world, that are responsible for many exploitation and destruction towards nature, natural resources, animals and human beings, that are impacting regional and global food production and supply, and contributing towards unjust distribution of income and food supply around the world.

There are many other options in between insufficiency and abundance, that doesn't need to be exploiting or harming all and everything to the maximum just because some greedy and selfish human beings are being highly ambitious to be attaining and possessing unlimited wealth or abundance.

It's good to be constantly improving oneself and one's living condition, however, one needs to be endowed with contentment and non-greediness as well, by knowing and stopping at the point of 'financially sufficient enough for living' without exploiting or harming anyone or anything in order to be accumulating more and more wealth beyond the point of 'sufficient enough for living'. That is true self-improvement. One can still be constantly improving oneself after stop accumulating wealth. Self-improvement is nothing to do with wealth accumulation. Unfortunately, many people are being empowered to put the two together on each end of the weighing scale. Those who constantly improving themselves and their wealth accumulation without a stopping point until causing harm and destruction to all and everything out of limitless discontentment and greed, might be being admired by many others as 'the most successful people/influencers in the world', but not really.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Needless be determined by all kinds of corruption and discrimination

The world is full of all kinds of corruption and discrimination deriving from ignorance and egoism in the human minds, including the minds that think and believe that they are good and righteous people, who believe in eliminating what they dislike and disagree with, or what they judged as evilness/wrongfulness/threat towards their identity, possessions, belief, values, survival, status (power) and profit (wealth), or to build a world the way that they desire, via temptation/bribery/manipulation, or through force, violence, control, oppression, threat, disciplinary, prosecution, punishment, imprisonment, outcast, deportation, and by 'education' or 're-education' to reform/change/convert people's thinking and behavior.

The world is really sick, being occupied by too much ignorance.

Even among the many 'normal' people who believe in loving kindness, and want to promote loving kindness, wellness and prosperity in the world, might not be free from certain subtle selfishness, pride, passionate desire of craving and aversion, envious, jealousy, discontentment, greed, hurt and resentment due to ignorance and egoism, while not being aware of one's passionate enjoyable trendy lifestyle chasing after excitement and pleasurable enjoyment of the senses while inspiring others to also attain such passionate lifestyle and enjoyment, is unintentionally supporting and empowering the sickness of the world.

None can change that, or make all kinds of corruption and discrimination disappear from the world.

One can be disliking and disagreeing with all kinds of ignorant affairs or situations in the world.

One can be not supporting or not encouraging such ignorant egoistic thinking, belief, values, practice, action and reaction in the world.

One can be performing certain actions that might or might not help to ignite certain awareness in the minds functioning under the influence of deep ignorance, but without attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment or expectation towards the action and the fruit of action.

More importantly, one is not being determined or disturbed by all kinds of corruption and discrimination in the world of ignorance and egoism.

Understanding that, all those ignorant human affairs are merely the by-products of ignorance and egoism, the most serious form of mental illness that can only be eliminated by the mind itself.

It's unfortunate that the ignorant minds, especially those who are in the powerful position that are making highly important decisions determining many actions and events that impact all and everyone, they can be generating endless destruction in the world, within their personal life, their community and the entire world, either randomly or deliberately, affecting the environment and all the others (human beings and other live forms) that are sharing this tiny little space in the vast universe.

One doesn't need to become or behave like those who are under the influence of ignorance, out of disappointment, disturb, frustration, hurt or anger, in order to protest or fight against the ignorant ones.

Why hurting oneself, and loosing one's physical and mental well-being with the ignorance of others?

Having great enthusiasm or aspiration to help lessening the heavy ignorance and egoism in the world, one must know how to look after oneself, having peace and harmony from within, which is nothing to do with living a life of higher comfort and pleasurable enjoyment of the senses that makes the mind feels good and satisfy.

Just like the lotus is untainted by the muddy lotus pond, without any intention to be something inspirational or non-inspirational to anyone who come across it.

This is not about trying to stay positive or be optimistic by ignoring or denying all kinds of ignorance in the world, while only acknowledging and focusing on all kinds of love and goodness that are existing in the world. That is not liberation.

Without dealing with the source of problem or suffering, but only focus on soothing the problem or suffering, it's like trying to fill up an extremely dirty pot with the most tasty and nutritious food.

It's about being aware of and acknowledging all kinds of ignorance, without being determined or disturbed by it, while performing selfless actions out of compassion that might or might not bring certain awareness that ignite the minds to be aware of ignorance and egoism in themselves, without attachment or expectation.

It's everyone's freedom of what they want to do or don't do. However, complaining about the problem while being part of the problem doesn't help. And the thinking of, "I only have another 50 years or so to live, I need to enjoy life to the maximum before I die. I don't complain because I have no problem, because I am capable of enjoying a lifestyle of comfort and enjoyment. I can afford and I deserve such indulgence because I've worked hard for it," doesn't help either.

The idea of "I deserve (something)," or, "I don't deserve (something)," is due to the presence of passionate attachment, identification and expectation towards one's action and the fruit of action. Even those who have been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation for many years, who have been studying about the modification of the mind, who strongly go against the many corruption and discrimination in the world, might not be free from such egoism, not to say, anyone that has no awareness at all towards the modification of the mind.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Discrimination has no limit, but fear not

Discrimination is the product of ignorance and egoism.

Void of ignorance and egoism, there's no discrimination existing in this mind, even if discrimination exists in other minds.

Discrimination has no limit.

Someone who identifies oneself as a citizen of a country, might think that, "Oh, for sure I will not be discriminated by all the other citizens of this same country." Nope. This person is being discriminated because of its ethnicity being different from the others within the same citizenship of the same country.

Then this person might think that, "Okay. Then for sure I will not be discriminated by all the others within the same ethnicity with the same cultural background within the same country." Nope. This person is being discriminated because of its birth place under a particular state among the many different states in the same country.

Then this person might think that, "Okay. Then for sure I will not be discriminated by all the others within the same ethnicity with the same cultural background with the same birth place under the same state within the same country." Nope. This person is being discriminated because of its family background and social status.

Then this person might think that, "Okay. Then for sure I will not be discriminated by all the others in my own family of the same background and the same social status." Nope. This person is being discriminated because of its gender.

Then this person might think that, "Okay. Then for sure I will not be discriminated by all the others of the same gender within the same family." Nope. This person is being discriminated because of merely being different from the others in certain way, and someone doesn't like about it.

Then this person might think that, "Okay. Then for sure I will not be discriminated by myself. Right?" Nope. There is always something that this person doesn't like or satisfy about itself, that it can't accept and love itself as it is, and there's desire to be changing and controlling what it doesn't like and doesn't satisfy about itself to become something that it likes and satisfies with. If it couldn't be changed or be controlled according to one's desire, one will want to get rid of those qualities that it doesn't like and doesn't want. Even when it gets a few moments of liking and satisfaction towards itself for being the way that it likes and agrees with, but then, very soon, it will start to feel dislike and dissatisfy about itself again, due to the nature of impermanence as well as the birth of ceaseless new desires in it.

It's because of ignorance and egoism, where there's presence of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment and expectation, anyone can be discriminating towards anyone and anything for something, starting from within oneself, being dislike, dissatisfy and disagree with something about oneself. From there, there's no limit of discrimination towards anyone and anything that one doesn't like and disagrees with.

Discrimination has no limit due to ignorance and egoism, however, there's an end to it upon the annihilation of ignorance and egoism from within oneself.

The only limitation or challenge, is that no one can remove the ignorance and egoism for one another. Not even Buddha, Guru, or any enlightened beings can take away some others' ignorance and egoism, and the corruption and suffering deriving from ignorance and egoism. As if that is possible, then all and everyone were/are already be free from ignorance and egoism, and the world is being free from all kinds of corruption and suffering. Beware of, and stay away from any 'Gurus' or 'yoga teachers' claiming to be having the 'transcendental power' to 'heal' anyone for anything, or to give enlightenment to some others.

It has to come from one's self-awareness and self-acknowledgement towards the ignorance and egoism in oneself, and have self-initiative and self-effort to free oneself from ignorance and egoism through self-discipline, self-purification, self-control, independence, patience, perseverance and determination, and all these practice is being done without attachment and identification (towards the impure corrupted modification of the mind, the ignorance, the practice and the action of performing the practice), without desire of craving (towards the absence of ignorance) and aversion (towards the presence of ignorance), and without comparison, judgment or expectation (towards the progress and the fruit of practice). Allowing the practice, the progress and the fruit of practice being what it is, as it is, at its own pace and causation.

Through that, the mind will realize what is "Selfless, intentionless and desireless actions being performed out of compassion."

Decay and death don't discriminate anyone of any qualities

Regardless of who and what and where everyone think they are

Regardless of all kinds of different qualities and experiences that everyone have or don't have

What kind of condition and situation in the world

Pleasant or unpleasant

Desirable or undesirable

Agreeable or disagreeable

For the mind, the body, the senses

What the minds think and don't think

What the minds believe and don't believe

What the minds appreciate and don't appreciate

What the minds do and don't do

What the minds achieve and don't achieve

What the minds feel and don't feel

Wise or ignorant

Peaceful or peaceless

Healthy or unhealthy

Fit or unfit

Easiness or difficulty

No matter how successful, powerful and prideful one can be

No matter how advance is science and technology

There is one same inevitable truth in all and everyone and everything

Decay and death don't discriminate anyone of any qualities

The selfless impermanent changes under the influence of the law of nature

However

Above all that

'I' less

Who is there to feel or don't feel successful, prideful and powerful?

Who is there enjoying and suffering?

Who is there coming and going?

Who is there changing?

Who is there decaying and dying?

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Being aware of ignorance in the world without being determined or disturbed by it

Not being determined or disturbed by the ignorance in the world doesn't mean that one is ignoring or unaware of all kinds of ignorant affairs in the surrounding environment. It also doesn't mean that one is emotionless, non-sympathetic, or non-empathetic.

It's merely the correct understanding towards the modification of the minds, towards ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, while respecting the nature of selflessness and impermanence in all and everything, and being capable to let go passionate egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, that enable the mind to be aware of all kinds of ignorance and suffering deriving from ignorance in the world, while being undetermined and undisturbed by the ignorance and the consequences of ignorance.

For those who have great enthusiasm to help the world to be free from ignorance and the consequences of ignorance, or to have less ignorant affairs and suffering generated out of ignorant thinking, belief, values, practice, actions and reactions, they need to be aware of what is happening around the world, however, it's very important for them to also have certain degrees of non-attachment and non-identification, so that they are not being determined or disturbed so much by all kinds of heartbreaking inhumanity or cruelty that are (unfortunately still) existing in the world of higher education, science and technology, of higher comfort, convenience and enjoyments, but not free from the influence of ignorance and egoism. If so, they can contribute a lot, while looking after themselves, without loosing their own peace and sanity. The world is desperately in need of more such selfless compassionate beings to balance the off-sided equilibrium of the world, where greed and selfishness are getting heavier, unfortunately.

Some people might choose to ignore the ignorance in the world, by closing their eyes and ears, or moving away from social medias and current world/local news, not seeing and not hearing anything in the world and in one's surrounding environment that can be 'disturbing' to the state of their mind, so that they will feel better and happier. That's their freedom, and there's nothing wrong to be looking after the state of one's mind.

In fact, those who can't take in anymore disturbing or frustrating news in the world about all kinds of ignorant worldly affairs deriving from the ignorance of selfish human beings, as they might not know what is non-attachment and non-identification, then by making an initiation and effort to step back from the world, of not seeing and not hearing, or not knowing and not aware of all kinds of ignorant happenings in the world, is the best way to help the world to have more peace by helping oneself, to maintain certain degrees of peace and quietness, to be looking after one's mental health before loosing it. It's not selfish at all, as one isn't generating or contributing any harmful destructive actions and reactions into the world, which is already a great contribution to more peace and harmony.

Never ending rubbish in the world of human beings and beyond

Greedy ambitious human beings who want to enjoy unlimited comfort of living, objects, toys, accessories, leisure activities and pleasurable enjoyments of the senses not just have been generating lots of rubbish on earth, but those who are knowledgeable, powerful and wealthy enough to be travelling outside of this planet utilizing their power, wealth and knowledge of higher science and technology, are/will be inevitably generating unnecessary human made rubbish into the space of the universe.

Unfortunately, there are many young people in the world are being 'empowered' to be proud of such 'actions', or 'capability', or 'achievement', to be admiring such human beings and their 'great achievement', and be inspired to become 'successful' like them.

Those organizations, or people, or influencers, who are directly or indirectly involving in any kinds of 'youth empowerment' or 'women empowerment' that 'meant' to be empowering youth or women, they need to see what they are actually doing, whether they are empowering 'youth' or 'women' to become responsible human beings that would be leading towards more peace and harmony into the world, or to become greedy and ambitious prideful human beings that would be leading towards endless 'human made destruction utilizing wealth, power and the knowledge of higher science and technology' into the world, and beyond.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Transcending duality

Upon the absence of ignorance, egoism and impurities in the minds, all kinds of perceived names and forms (selfless and impermanent), or experiences (desirable or undesirable/pleasant or unpleasant), or actions and the fruit of actions (success or failure/fruitful or fruitless/agreeable or disagreeable), are just what they are, or everything is neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless.

It depends on the different states of the different minds, functioning under the presence of the different degrees of ignorance, egoism and impurities, of the different intention, desire and expectation, under the influence of different thinking, belief, values and practice, that are determining how the impure egoistic minds react towards all kinds of perceived names and forms, that gives rise to either the sense of goodness or badness, positiveness or negativeness, and meaningfulness or meaninglessness, deriving from how the minds react, compare, judge, desire or expect towards the different names and forms, or the different experiences, or the different actions and the fruit of actions.

As long as the mind still thinks and believes that 'This' is good, positive and meaningful, because it is agreeable, desirable and pleasant to this mind, or 'That' is bad, negative and meaningless, because it is disagreeable, undesirable and unpleasant to this mind, or the mind tries to project the quality of 'goodness', 'positiveness' and 'meaningfulness' in all kinds of names and forms, by thinking and believing that all and everything is 'good', 'positive' and 'meaningful', that there is nothing 'bad', 'negative' and 'meaningless', then this mind is not free, even if all and everything appeared to be 'good', 'positive' and 'meaningful' for this mind, in this moment.

Life existence that is selfless and impermanent, that is limited and conditioned by time, space and causation, is just what it is. Life is neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless. Trying to find 'goodness', 'positiveness' or 'meaningfulness' in life existence that is selfless and impermanent, while restlessly trying to perform and accomplish certain actions and fruit of actions in order to be developing, maintaining and empowering the sense of goodness, positiveness and meaningfulness that is impermanent, it's not freedom at all.

Keep practicing, or in other terms, keep letting go egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, judgment and expectation, until the mind transcends duality, realizing everything is just what it is, that all are neither good nor bad, neither positive nor negative, neither meaningful nor meaningless. This mind won't be determined or disturbed by the selfless impermanent changes in all kinds of names and forms, regardless of whether they are agreeable or disagreeable, desirable or undesirable, pleasant or unpleasant. This mind is free from the desire of craving (towards names and forms that give rise to the sense of goodness, positiveness and meaningfulness) and aversion (towards names and forms that give rise to the sense of badness, negativeness and meaninglessness.) That is liberation.

The minds that are free, can be performing many selfless actions in the world that might or might not help the world to have less unnecessary human made problems and suffering out of ignorance and egoism, without being disturbed or determined by all kinds of ignorance and the consequences of ignorance in the world.

Many of the powerful/wealthy human beings in the world that built their power/wealth/security/pride/comfort/enjoyment by exploiting nature, natural resources, advance science and technology, human beings, animals and all kinds of objects/affairs/desperation/fear/suffering might be free from many kinds of limitation or restriction while existing and living in this world due to their status of power and wealth, however, these minds are nothing but the slaves of ignorance and egoism, as if these minds are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, of limitless greed, desire and pride, there won't be any exploitation towards anyone or anything, building one's power and wealth out of the suffering and limitation of many others in the world, in the first place. It's incredible and yet unfortunate that many young people are being encouraged to be admiring towards and be inspired by such 'human beings'.

Like everything else, power and wealth are neither good nor bad. It can be used to perform wise and compassionate actions that benefits the world in certain way, or it can be used to perform intentional and unintentional actions that cause many suffering and destruction in the world. It's about the absence or presence of ignorance and egoism.

'Studying hard, in order to be working hard, in order to become one of those powerful and wealthy human beings in the world by exploiting all and everything to the maximum', it's not success at all.

It's somewhat true that, if without 'exploiting' something/someone or everything/everyone, either directly or indirectly, to gain maximum profits in this world, none can become 'wealthy' or 'super wealthy', however, there's nothing wrong about 'not being wealthy', or more so, 'not being super wealthy'. Capable of enduring hardships or simplicity, refraining from harming/exploiting anyone and anything in order to become 'wealthy' or 'super wealthy', while being free from craving towards 'the luxurious life of unlimited comfort and enjoyment way of living being served by others' and being free from fear or aversion towards 'the modest simple life of limited comfort and enjoyment way of living', or even 'self-reliant way of living with certain hardships', is indeed the real form of 'successful human beings' in the world. Such 'rare' human beings should be the ones being admired by the young people, if people really want the world to be a better place for all and everyone non-discriminatively.

This is nothing to do with the different types of religion, spirituality or morality beliefs and teachings, that meant to be oppressing and controlling everyone to believe in certain beliefs and to behave in certain way. It's merely basic common sense of humanity. One doesn't need to be believing in and following any particular religious, spiritual or moral beliefs and teachings, for being capable to forbear hardships, not being greedy, and not harming/exploiting/taking advantage of someone or something in order to gain maximum profits to become 'wealthy' or 'super wealthy'.

Inquire the truth of everything.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Relying on one another to feel love, joy and meaningful is not freedom at all

There's nothing wrong with most people/minds are relying on their relationship, companionship, connection, interaction and sharing among one another to feel love, joy and meaningful about oneself and life existence, however, it's nothing to do with the teaching of yoga and the yoga practice of attaining or realizing real (selfless compassionate) love, or freedom, or liberation, or independence through the realization of selflessness, or non-separateness, or oneness.

As the minds would perceive great disturb and suffering upon the presence of the sense of lovelessness, painful sorrow and meaninglessness either due to the presence of certain disagreeable, undesirable and unpleasant relationship, companionship, connection, interaction and sharing with some others, or due to the absence of certain agreeable, desirable and pleasant relationship, companionship, connection, interaction and sharing with some others, regardless of whether it's one's personal direct experience, or being empathetic towards some others' personal experience.

It's passion and the outgoing tendency of the mind, as well as survival instinct, fear and the desire of craving and aversion, deriving from ignorance and egoism, that is why the minds think and believe that the highest meaning of life existence is about attaining and empowering the sense of love, joyfulness and meaningfulness through developing and engaging in relationship, companionship, connection, interaction and sharing among one another, where intense attachment and identification and emotional interdependence among one another is being highly valued and promoted in the world of passionate egoistic human beings.

It's very good that if human beings can be kind and loving among one another, but it can be without attachment, identification, expectation and emotional interdependence, where the action of loving kindness is out of selfless compassion, and not out of the idea, value, belief and expectation of attaining and empowering the sense of love, joyfulness and meaningfulness in the minds through developing and engaging in relationship, companionship, connection, interaction and sharing among one another.

There's no disturb, painful sorrow or suffering in such action of loving kindness out of selfless compassion towards all and everyone non-discriminatively, free from the attachment and desire of craving towards the presence of agreeable relationship and interaction among one another, without the attachment and desire of aversion towards the presence of disagreeable relationship and interaction, or the absence of agreeable relationship and interaction among one another, and, without the need of attaining and empowering the sense of love, joyfulness and meaningfulness at all.

Such minds are truly the embodiment of unconditional loving kindness, peace, freedom and independence.

It's normal that passionate outgoing minds that are being conditioned deeply by worldly egoistic cultural, social, religious, national and political thinking, belief, values and practice would have great difficulty in understanding such selfless, wise and compassionate minds, or the teaching and practice and realization of yoga and buddhism about selflessness, or non-separateness, or oneness.

Out of survival instinct and fear, all kinds of worldly egoistic thinking, belief, values and practice have one similar common pattern, which is emphasizing on the importance of family-hood, brotherhood, sisterhood, community-hood, patriotism or loyalty among one another to be empowering, defending and protecting one another within the family, the particular community or the particular nation from any threats or intimidation coming from 'any outsiders who are not one of us'. Where anyone who is not being actively supporting or engaging in their particular family-hood, brotherhood, sisterhood, community-hood, patriotism or loyalty idea, value and practice, will be recognized as a (potential) enemy, threat, or intimidation towards their particular family, community, or nation.

Out of ignorance and egoism, what people don't realize/know/understand is that, those who are free from ignorance and egoism most probably might not be actively engaging in any kind of family-hood, brotherhood, sisterhood, community-hood, patriotism or loyalty idea, value and practice, but it doesn't mean that they are an enemy, or threat, or intimidation that would harm the family, any community, any nation and the world, or it doesn't mean that they won't be contributing anything to be benefiting the over-all welfare of the family, or the community, or the nation and the world. In fact, such minds are the ones that can truly help the world to advance towards the proper direction that benefits, not just a particular family, or a particular community, or a particular nation, but all and everyone non-discriminatively.

It's normal that some minds/people with their selfish prideful and greedy agenda or aspiration would not agree or like this at all. They need to be in power and in control of everyone and everything in order to feel great about themselves, as well as to be achieving their selfish agenda or aspiration that would make them feel "I am (We are) strong and powerful," at all costs, even if it would be hurting all and everyone or the environment. Unfortunately, none can do anything to help these minds to be free from ignorance. It has to come from one's own self-awareness and self-acknowledgement towards the ignorance in oneself, and be initiative to make an effort to be free from ignorance, or to stop hurting oneself and all the others.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

A dream

This was a dream.

I was in front of a school that I didn't recognized.

A large group of students were preparing themselves to get onto the buses that will bring them to somewhere. I understood that I was supposed to get on the bus as well.

I was pondering about what type of temperature at the place that we were going to and will be staying for awhile. It could be cold, and I might need to bring some warm clothes.

"What do I need to pack for the journey and moving to the new place?" Asking myself.

A voice said, "No need anything."

All the other students had already gone into their respective buses with their names written on the lists displayed on the different buses.

The buses were starting to leave one by one.

I was looking for a name that I recognized as mine as the buses passed by in front of me. But, I didn't see a name that I recognized as mine on any of the buses.

Suddenly, my mentor appeared, and he asked me to follow him towards one particular bus.

Not like the other buses, this bus has no wheels, sort of floating in the air at the height of above our head.

He knocked on the bus from below, and said something to someone on the bus.

A doorway opened up with light coming from inside the bus shining down to the ground. My mentor said, "Get on."

The doorway was just an opening under the bus, and there were no steps or ladder below the doorway for me to get onto the bus. I was wondering how should I get onto the bus.

And then, I was being lifted by something onto the bus through that doorway.

There were a few empty seats, and a man pointed at a seat in the back of the odd square shaped bus to me. I walked towards the seat and sat down.

I looked out from the window. There was no road. The bus was floating and moving in the sky.

We arrived at a place. It was a waterfront. I walked towards the beach closer to the edge of the water and was looking at everyone else that were there.

I started to understand why I didn't need to pack or bring anything with me.

I didn't need to carry or have anything with me.

No food. No drinks. No clothing. No purse. No money. No passport. No ID card. And, nameless.

I could eat and drink if I wish, and any food and drinks would appear as I wish. However, there was no hunger, no thirst. I didn't need to eat or drink, to satisfy hunger and thirst. And, there was no need to pee and shit.

When there was a breeze, warm clothes naturally appeared on me. I was neither too hot nor too cold. The clothing on everyone changed by itself naturally in accordance to the temperature.

There was no heaviness, no discomfort, no irritation, no tiredness, no sleepiness.

Everyone there were also the same. Anything that was needed to be there would just appear as it is, naturally, even without the idea of desiring or needing anything beforehand. Things also disappeared as they were, when they were no longer needed to be there. There was no rubbish.

There were some soundless, heatless, smokeless, transparent vehicles carrying people in them moving above the ground. The vehicles were formed by ray of lights shaping the entire structure, with no engine or any other solid compartments.

There's no noisy talking, no shouting, no arguing, no screaming, no crying. There's no reason to be talking, shouting, arguing, screaming, or crying. Everyone was doing their own thing in peace, and not interfering with one another.

It was a place that seemed to be free from the restless need to be existing, surviving and living or free from bodily maintenance, free from inter-dependency, interference, undesirableness, unpleasantness, disagreement, pain, fear, worry, hassle, threat, affliction, violence and chaos, or even maybe a suffering free existence in a perfect world that the imaginative thinking would wish for a world to be like, where everyone's existence appeared to be absolutely free as it is, however, "This is not the final destination and liberation," a voice in me, and I woke up remembering the dream (the mind creation out of a subtle wishful desire when I was little).

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Nothing to loose

Because of fear towards loosing something, one is not free, and would surrender oneself towards any bullying, intimidation or threat coming from somewhere and someone.

Those who have nothing to loose, they are fearless, and there's none and nothing can bully, intimidate or threaten them for anything.

The difference between the two, is the presence or absence of attachment.


Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Most minds don't like to hear about dispassion and renunciation

It's understandable that most minds/people don't like to hear about or even react with anger and hatred towards the teaching and practice of dispassion and renunciation in yoga and Buddhism.

This doesn't exclude many of the highly intelligent, talented, educated, knowledgeable and so called successful/powerful people/influencers in the world, who might not be aware of the influence of ignorance and egoism in themselves, who are surviving in this world playing along with the game of capitalism and commercialism that exploits all and everything as much as possible utilizing the higher science and technology, in order to achieve higher and unlimited success and wealth for securing survival, pleasurable enjoyment and comfort for oneself.

People who believe in the meaning or goal of life existence is about equipping oneself from young with all kinds of education, qualification, skill, knowledge, connection, social networking and experiences, to be highly ambitious, with the intention and aspiration plus determination and perseverance for striving to be attaining and accumulating more and more success/wealth that are more than enough for basic survival, in order to be supporting and maintaining certain comfortable and pleasurable lifestyle, to fit into 'the successful and wealthy rich upper class' category, they are the fuel that feed capitalism and commercialism surviving from exploiting all kinds of natural resources, nature, animals and human beings in the world as much as possible.

Out of survival instinct and greed, the minds that are functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism would want to defend and protect themselves, their life existence, their survival, their livelihood or source of wealth, their accumulated wealth and possessions, their career or business, their inherited or adopted belief, values and practice, and their pride, from the intimidation deriving from any teachings or practices that not only don't support capitalism and commercialism, but are unintentionally, existing as the biggest threat/obstacle towards the prosperity of capitalism and commercialism, or in another term, GREED, and POWER that supports and empowers GREED.

Most of the empowerment workshops in the world are about equipping oneself with the 'qualities' in order to attain higher and unlimited success and wealth, to be inspired and being aspired to become highly ambitious and successful, which turn into GREED and PRIDE unwittingly, with the main aspiration of to be achieving and supporting certain lifestyle of higher and unlimited comfort, new interests, new activities, new toys, new adventures, new excitements and pleasurable enjoyments, that gives rise to and empowers the sense of goodness, satisfaction, positiveness, joyfulness, accomplishment, pride and meaningfulness.

No any advertisements can tempt the minds that are dispassionate. No any salesmen can sell their products/creations/ideas/values to the minds that renounced the world. No any politicians can manipulate the minds that are free from ignorance and egoism. No any 'amazing inspirational quotes of passionate inspiration' can move or cheat the minds that are dispassionate. No any businesses that are surviving on the egoism, discontentment, greed and fear of human beings can survive, if all and everyone are dispassionate and renounce the world of ignorance and egoism, or are free from ignorance and egoism.

The huge business of 'medical health care', 'body, facial and hair care', 'beauty and cosmetic', 'fitness and fitness related products and services', 'dietary supplement', 'spiritual healing', 'fashions and accessories', 'home appliances and decor', 'luxurious holiday', 'recreational food and beverage', 'social media platforms', 'cars', 'gadgets', 'games', 'toys', 'sports', 'trendy lifestyle', 'leisure activities', 'real estate', 'insurance', and so on, are surviving on human beings' ignorance and egoism, passionate desires of craving and aversion, fear and discontentment/greed. Almost everyone are trying to 'sell' something, to gain certain profits or rewards that they desire, either in the form of money or something else. Young children are being brought up to admire and be inspired by 'successful, powerful and wealthy rich' human beings, to become like them, whom are being identified as 'inspirational most successful people in the world being determined by their wealth and power status', who are not necessarily being free from selfishness and corruption, who are not necessarily using their power, knowledge, position and wealth, or advance science and technology, to be looking after the general welfare of all and everyone and the environment, but only to fulfill their personal or community selfish ambitions, of GREED, POWER and PRIDE.

Even Swami Sivananda renounced his job as medical doctor, after realizing the corruptions in the world of ignorance and egoism cannot be eliminated through medical health care of advance science and technology, as even the physically strong and healthy human beings who are free from illness and disability, who are highly educated and knowledgeable, might not necessarily be free from ignorance and the by-products of ignorance, and hence, he immersed into serious Sadhana to realize the path that leads towards liberation from all these corruptions.

Inquire towards the truth of everything, freeing one's mind from the influence of ignorance and egoism, particularly those who are angry and disgusted towards the many human made destruction in the world of human beings, who have great aspiration to help to make the world a better place for all and everyone without discrimination, or to reduce unnecessary human made suffering in the world, or to advocate awareness for world peace, non-violence, non-discrimination, equal rights and mental health, or to protect the over-all welfare of all and everything and the environment.

Many minds might think and believe that hardships, poverty, difficult life condition, sickness or low education are the cause of misery and suffering, but it's not necessary so. Those who are free from hardships, poverty, difficult life condition, sickness or low education, but might not necessarily be free from unrest and suffering due to ignorance and egoism. Those who are free from ignorance and egoism, they are free from unrest and suffering, regardless of whether being free from hardships, poverty, difficult life condition, sickness or low education, or not.

In the beginning, the world of business/trading is neither good nor bad, where most businesses are just purely about exchanging different kinds of goods and harvests for diversity, however, due to ignorance and egoism in human beings, there are many kinds of corruption, exploitation and destruction arising from the world of business, out of never ending GREED.

GREED doesn't just manifest in the world of capitalism and commercialism, where the businessmen are greedy for higher profits and the consumers are greedy for higher possession, convenience, comfort and pleasurable enjoyment. But, it also manifests in the world of spirituality.

The teachings from ancient until the present, never change. Where ignorance and egoism is indeed the root cause of all kinds of suffering or bondage, while the greatest obstacles towards liberation from ignorance and egoism, is endless PASSION, DESIRE, GREED, and PRIDE. The subside of passion, desire, greed and pride, is the annihilation of egoism, that removes the veil of ignorance, that uncovers unconditional peace and selfless compassion.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Independence

The most precious independence is the liberation from ignorance and impurities (corrupted thinking and understanding leading towards corrupted actions and reactions that give rise to all kinds of suffering and restlessness in oneself and others).

Attaining all kinds of independence are nothing, if the mind is functioning under the influence of ignorance and impurities leading towards corrupted actions and reactions that generates damaging consequences to oneself and others.

Being free from the influence of ignorance and impurities, all kinds of independence that are available to oneself will be benefiting oneself and others.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Real empowerment for all without discrimination of different names and forms

Why is the idea or advocacy of 'empowerment', especially 'women empowerment' arising in the world?

Most probably because there is bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment, or wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatments existing in the world.

Bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment, or wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatments can be coming from anyone towards everyone, regardless of any particular gender/ethnicity/social class/educational level/age group, and etc.

It's not just coming from one particular gender/ethnicity/social class/educational level/age group, and etc, towards the others.

Most people are fighting against bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment and wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatment out of disturbed, anger, hurt and bitterness. There's nothing wrong, and everyone have the freedom to feel and react how they want to feel and react.

However, the reaction and feelings of being disturbed, angry, hurt and bitter by other people's wrongful treatments, is somehow empowering those who generate bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment or wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatment towards others, as that is what makes them feel good, satisfied, empowered and prideful about themselves for being successfully doing what they are doing, which is to make others feel disturbed, angry, hurt and bitter, by abusing/bullying/hurting others through their bias/unfair/corrupted/discriminating/disrespectful/hurtful/abusive treatment unto others, out of their pride and arrogance towards themselves being what they are, thinking and believing and proving that themselves are somehow more powerful, rightful, deserving or superior than the others.

Regardless of any particular gender/ethnicity/social class/educational level/age group, and etc, the most powerful empowerment for oneself, to defeat any form of bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment or wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatment from others, is that one doesn't need to be determined and disturbed by such unpleasant and disagreeable experiences, void of disturbed, anger, hurt or bitterness in oneself, remain equanimous and at peace, knowing that such behaviors of certain human beings regardless of the different kinds of names and forms, are nothing but the products of ignorance and egoism, or mental illness, in such minds.

One can be doing something that can be done in order to bring certain awareness into the world that might help to reduce or eliminate ignorance and egoism in the world, not out of disturbed, anger, hurt or bitterness towards all kinds of ignorance, particularly unjust and abusive treatments, but out of wisdom and compassion.

Such as, one doesn't need to be depressed, angry and bitter towards an illness that occurs in one's physical body, as that would only weaken one's immune system, while intensify or empower the strength of the illness to attack one's physical body. Meanwhile, remaining equanimous and cheerful might help to strengthen one's immune system to fight against the illness, or weakening the strength of the illness. One can allow certain medical treatments and rehabilitation process to help oneself to be recovered from certain illness, or not. One who is free from ignorance and egoism, has no fear or aversion towards illness, weakness, old age, or death, while doing one's best to be suffering less.

One who is free from ignorance and egoism won't be generating bias, prejudice, unequal rights, sexism, corruption, unfair treatment and wrongful/hurtful/abusive treatment towards others. The culprit of all kinds of corruption or corrupted behaviors in the world of human beings, is not about being somebody with certain qualities of names and forms, but it's the ignorance and egoism in the minds of human beings regardless of any qualities of names and forms that everyone have.

It's not about empowering women through 'women empowerment', or empowering youth through 'youth empowerment', or empowering the uneducated through 'educational empowerment', or empowering the poor through 'success and wealth empowerment' that will make the world a better place.

Regardless of men or women, young or old, educated or uneducated, rich or poor, and etc, it's whether the mind is free from ignorance and egoism, or not, that is influencing how human beings behave and treat one another in certain way, that is determining the state of the world.

To be truly and effectively empowering women, or youth, or the underprivileged, or the victims of bully/discrimination/exploitation, or any particular community in the world, is not through 'women empowerment', 'youth empowerment', 'educational empowerment', 'success and wealth empowerment', and etc, that is mainly about empowering the attachment and identification towards certain names and forms to be 'this is who I am', empowering the desire of craving and aversion towards the agreeable/disagreeable, pleasant/unpleasant, desirable/undesirable life conditions and experiences, chasing after certain higher qualities in order to attain the sense of success, happiness, goodness, achievement and meaningfulness, through attaining approval, acknowledgement, respect and recognition from the others, while constantly comparing and competing with one another, to see who is better or stronger or superior, or to prove that all are equally good and strong and rightful, or to prove that "I am good/knowledgeable/strong/successful/confident enough to deserve better or equal treatment." Where all these are in deed empowering discrimination towards certain qualities of names and forms in the world, if people try to attain and possess certain qualities that 'deserve' love and respect, while trying to get rid of certain qualities that 'don't deserve' love and respect.

But it's through 'empowerment for all without the discrimination of different names and forms, of men or women, young or old, educated or uneducated, rich or poor, and etc', which is about freeing one's mind from ignorance and egoism of attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, comparison, judgment and expectation, realizing unconditional love and peace, not being determined or disturbed by the ignorance in the world of human beings, where it's not about "I am good/knowledgeable/strong/successful/confident enough to deserve better or equal treatment," but it's regardless of all kinds of different qualities of names and forms that everyone have, everyone is treating and being treated with respect and non-discrimination among one another, as they are.

Many advocacy about 'women empowerment' are actually leading the women towards deeper ignorance and egoism, by trying to empower women by equipping themselves with higher qualities, knowledge, education, strength, success, contributions and achievements, trying to compare and compete with men, trying to do and achieve what men can do and achieve, in order to prove to the world that "I am good/knowledgeable/strong/successful/confident enough to deserve better or equal treatment."

Real empowered women or discriminated/maltreated human beings would understand that all and everyone are fine as they are, regardless of there are certain people discriminating/ill-treating women or other human beings out of ignorance and egoism. There's needless to prove to those ignorant egoistic human beings about "I am good/knowledgeable/strong/successful/rightful/confident enough to deserve better or equal treatment," in order to attain 'deserving' respect, acknowledgement, recognition, fair treatment or equal rights from those who are under the influence of ignorance and egoism, who generate bias, prejudice, discrimination, disrespectfulness or ill-treatment towards others, for being who and what they are.

It doesn't mean that one shouldn't strive to constantly improving oneself, but one is not being determined by the qualities of names and forms to be "This is who I am," and it's not because of "I need to be good/knowledgeable/strong/successful/rightful/confident enough in order to deserve better or equal treatment and receiving 'deserving' respect, acknowledgement, recognition, approval, fair treatment or equal rights from the world of ignorance and egoism."

Non-discrimination exists upon one accepts, respects and loves oneself as one is, while accepting, respecting and loving everyone as they are. Such human beings don't need to be empowered, as they are free as they are, regardless of all kinds of discrimination existing in the world of ignorance and egoism.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Success and failure

Success and failure doesn't exist in the minds that are free from egoism of attachment, identification and expectation.

It's merely whether something is possible or not possible in the present moment.

Sacrifice

Sacrifice doesn't exist in the minds that are free from egoism.

All actions are being performed out of unconditional love or selfless compassion, without attachment, identification, desire, judgment, comparison and expectation.

Selfless compassionate minds are void of satisfaction and dissatisfaction/disappointment, pleased or displeased, regardless of whether the fruit of actions is desirable or undesirable, as well as how other people react towards one's actions and the fruit of one's actions.

There's none being there to be sacrificing anything.

There's nothing being sacrificed.

It's merely life existence of the body and mind in this world is limited by time, space and causation, where one might not be able to do everything at one time, or be at different places doing different things at the same time.

Monday, August 22, 2022

World peace

Yoga is very much related to the cause of promoting and achieving 'world peace', which is only achievable via the realization of unconditional peace from within oneself, where the minds that are occupying and sharing this space in the universe, are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism.

Originally, many yoga schools were being founded under the advocacy of promoting and achieving world peace.

World peace is the reflection of healthy minds occupying the world, having clear thinking, correct understanding, self-control, respect and accommodation, that allows all and everyone under different qualities of names and forms to be sharing this space of the universe living in peace and harmony among one another, free from all kinds of ignorant thinking and behavior, greed, selfishness, hatred, jealousy, corruption, discrimination, threat, violence, unrest, bully, abuse, exploitation, offensiveness, oppression, invasion and war.

The world is just being what it is. It is neither peaceful nor not peaceful.

It's the minds that are occupying the world constantly acting and reacting, either wisely and selflessly or ignorantly and egoistically, that is determining whether there is more peace and harmony in the world, or not.

If more minds in the world are in good health, or more minds are being free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, then there will be more peace and less unrest in the world, regardless of the inevitable selfless impermanent changes of the condition in the world, and different life experiences, where sometimes it's desirable and pleasant, and sometimes it's undesirable and unpleasant.

Though yoga is about advocating world peace, it's nothing to do with having an authority or authorization that is about regulating and controlling everyone to behave or not behave in certain way, or to be fighting against what certain human beings or communities categorized as 'bad' or 'evil' human beings, but it's about the minds having awareness and initiative to free themselves from the influence of ignorance and egoism, realizing unconditional peace and selfless compassion in themselves, being independent, having clear thinking, correct understanding and self-control, respecting and accommodating all kinds of names and forms being different from one another, while being kind to one another instead of hurting one another.

Particularly those who have the aspiration, capability and opportunity to become present and future various types of influencers and leaders in the world, that are impacting the world in certain way, they need to be free from the influence of ignorance and egoism. Otherwise there will be less peace and harmony, or more unrest and disharmony in the world, which is what was happening, is happening, and will be continuously happening.

If all minds are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, the world doesn't really need any influencers or leaders to be influencing and leading other minds. However, not many minds have the awareness and initiative to free themselves from ignorance and egoism. There are very few minds are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism in the world that don't need to be led by any leader or to be inspired by any influencers, to live life in certain way. There are many minds couldn't function or live life independently, where they think and believe that they need to attached towards certain communities and ideas being led by certain leaders, or they need to be inspired by certain influencers, to live life in certain way, or to make certain decision.

And hence, many yoga schools were 'initially' being founded under the cause of expounding the teachings of yoga and promoting yoga practice in the world, that is mainly about the elimination of ignorance and egoism from the mind, in order to help the world to have more selfless, wise and compassionate leaders or influencers, that are greatly impacting the situations in the world. It's really not so much about promoting the physical health and fitness condition, but mainly about looking after the state of the mind, or mental health. Unfortunately, just like everything else that are impermanent, many 'yoga schools' are also evolving or changing into something that is not so much about the elimination of ignorance and egoism, but instead, it's empowering ignorance and egoism, attaching towards and chasing after the qualities of names and forms that the minds like, desire and agree with.

Similarly, 'awareness' is about the mind turning inwards, being aware of what is going on in itself, being aware of ignorance and egoism in itself, being aware of the selfless impermanent restless modification of the mind, and be initiative to eradicate ignorance and egoism from itself, to silent or annihilate the modification of the mind. However, 'awareness' is being practiced as being aware of what is going on in the body (pleasant and unpleasant sensations/good and bad conditions) and in the world (agreeable and disagreeable happenings/desirable and undesirable situations), while chasing after and gratifying the desires of craving and aversion, to attain and empower the sense of satisfaction, goodness, happiness, positiveness, joyfulness and meaningfulness.

It's okay if one doesn't necessarily have very good physical health and fitness condition, being unable to perform many actions in the world, but it's highly important to be having good mental health, be free from all kinds of mental corruptions, being at peace, as one is, going beyond the energy fields (the three Gunas) or the fluctuating hormones and secretions in the physical body, going beyond the selfless impermanent state of the mind, going beyond all kinds of duality, being undetermined and undisturbed by the selfless impermanent qualities of names and forms, the desirable and undesirable life experiences, or the pleasant and unpleasant conditions of the world.

While having very good physical health and fitness condition, but without good mental health, and being able to perform many actions in the world, physically and mentally, functioning under the influence of many kinds of mental corruptions, can be detrimental or even dangerous to oneself and the world.

Having wise and compassionate leaders to lead the ignorant minds is good, however, having wise and compassionate teachers that guide the ignorant minds to be free from ignorance and egoism, to be independent, to be free from corruptions and suffering, is much better.

People talk highly about the liberty of liberation from being ruled by foreign power or authority as what independence is about, however, this type of liberation doesn't stop the world having so much unnecessary man made problems and suffering arising from ignorance and egoism.

The real liberty, or the 'useful' liberation, is about the minds being free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, and there will be less problems and suffering deriving from ignorant egoistic human beings in the world.

Similarly, depression and some other kinds of mental or physical illness and disability, are a great suffering for quite many people, as well as might can be 'controlled' or 'relieved' under certain medical treatments and rehabilitation activities, however, the most serious form of illness in the world of human beings, is the mind that is functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism. Those who don't suffer from depression or any kinds of mental or physical illness and disability, who might be highly energetic, healthy, fit, intelligent, knowledgeable, educated, talented, skillful, successful, wealthy and powerful, but could be under the influence of deep ignorance and intense egoism, they can be performing many actions in the world that cause many kinds of damages to oneself, others, the surrounding environment, or the world.

Inventing and possessing more and more higher technology defense equipment or weapons to protect one's nation or to fight against other nations doesn't stop wars and the consequences of it from happening. It's all the leaders and influencers in the world, or those in position or power to impact the world in certain way, that need to be free from ignorance and egoism.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

True confidence

Many people talk about 'empowerment', particularly 'women empowerment'.

When people talk about 'women empowerment', they talk about 'confidence'.

However, many people think and believe that confidence is highly related to one's family background, education level, accumulated knowledge, talent, skill, abilities, aspirations, experiences, achievements, contributions, acknowledgements, recognition, attractiveness, appearance, self-image, profession, title, financial status, social status, social circle, relationship with everyone, communication skill, language proficiency, health and fitness level, and etc, that is influencing and determining whether someone is confident, or not.

The thinking and belief about "I am confident because I am this, I have that, I experienced this and that, I did this and that, I achieved this and that, I know this and that, I can do this and that, I am being recognized and acknowledged by this and that, and etc," is merely conditional confidence, or good feeling and pride towards oneself, that is being determined by the presence and absence of certain qualities of names and forms in oneself, to be confident, or not, and to feel good and prideful about oneself, or not.

Under conditional confidence, when people introduce themselves to other people, they will tell or boast as much information about all kinds of qualities of names and forms that they possess and accumulated, which they identifying with and attaching onto, which they feel pleased and proud of, which they think and believe that other people will also be pleased and amazed by all those qualities of names and forms that they identifying with as 'This is me' or 'This is who and what I am'. They try very hard to obtain attention, compliment, liking, agreement and acknowledgement from other people, which will boost their conditional confidence upon receiving attention, compliment, liking, agreement and acknowledgement from other people. They need to be acknowledged by other people as "A confident person."

Such beings, or minds, or people, will be satisfied, confident and happy, and they will love/like themselves, upon the presence and absence of such and such qualities of names and forms in them, while they will be dissatisfied, disappointed, not confident and unhappy about themselves, and they don't love/like themselves, if there is the presence and absence of certain qualities of names and forms in themselves. It's the same as when they deal with other people in their life, and how they feel about other people. They don't know how to love and accept other people as they are. They will only love/like other people under certain conditions that they like, desire and agree with, and vice versa.

In yoga, it's about true confidence, that is unconditioned by the qualities of names and forms, that is undetermined by actions and the fruit of actions.

The one who is truly confident, there's needless to be identifying as "I am confident or highly confident," not to say, "I am confident because I am ......"

The one who is truly confident, doesn't attaching onto or identifying with any qualities of names and forms to be 'This is me' or 'This is who and what I am'.

They might not know everything or many things, they might have certain abilities and limitations, certain strength and weakness, and they know what is their ability and limitation, strength and weakness, what they can achieve and cannot achieve, what they want and don't want, and more importantly, they know how to accept all kinds of qualities of names and forms as they are, all kinds of abilities and limitations as they are, without being determined by all kinds of names and forms, abilities and limitations, achievements and non-achievements in themselves, to be confident, or not, to feel good about themselves, or not. They don't need to introduce themselves to other people, or to the world, about "This is who and what I am with such and such qualities of names and forms." And, they know how to love and accept themselves as they are, accepting all their strength and weakness, while working towards constant improvement in themselves and doing their best to achieve what they want to achieve in life, effortlessly without forcing or hurting themselves, and more importantly, without attaching onto or identifying with all kinds of improvements or achievements. They don't need to feel proud about themselves, and they don't need other people to feel proud about them. They don't need to be receiving attention, compliment, liking, agreement and acknowledgement from other people, to be confident, or to be more confident.

When one accepts and loves oneself as one is, one is naturally confident from within, effortlessly.

Such beings, or minds, or people, they know how to accept and love all and everyone as they are. They can be performing many selfless actions that can help to bring more peace and harmony into the world, either intentionally or unintentionally, without being determined by the fruit of actions to be who they are, to be confident, or not, to feel good, positive, happy and meaningful, or not.

Those who are naturally confident from within unconditionally, they don't blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing or blind-propagating anything. They would consider and inquire towards the truth of all kinds of advice from other people, and taking the constructive advice, while leaving the non-constructive advice. They are not being intimidated or influenced by other people's strong presence. They allow other people to apply judgment coming from their own point of view, but they are not being determined or affected by other people's judgment about them and everything, regardless of whether it's compliment or criticism. They are free from comparison or competition with others, knowing that everyone are being different from one another having their own particular ability and limitation, strength and weakness, even when they are participating in certain competitions, just by being themselves and doing their best. Winning or not winning a competition doesn't determine or change the unconditional confidence from within. Success and failure doesn't exist in the minds that are free from egoism of attachment, identification and expectation. It's merely whether something is possible or not possible in the present moment.

Those who are naturally confident from within, being undetermined by any qualities of names and forms, they are effortlessly confident as they are, without trying very hard to be confident or stay confident. They don't need to keep telling themselves that "I am confident. I believe in myself. I can do it," to constantly reassuring and validating themselves are 'a confident person'.

Confidence or determination has nothing to do with aggressiveness, however, many people would relate aggressiveness with confidence or determination, thinking that someone who is being aggressive towards pursuing one's ambitions is due to high confidence and determination, while someone who is non-aggressive towards pursuing one's ambitions is due to lack of confidence or determination.

It's not about "I am super confident towards myself, that I can do and achieve anything that I desire. For me, anything is possible. There is no impossibility in me. I will work very hard to make sure this body and mind be equipped with the essential qualities to be able to do and achieve everything that I want to do and achieve. Nobody and nothing can stop me from achieving all my aspirations and desires. I have strong determination. If someone or something is hindering me from achieving my aspirations and desires, I'll fight and defeat them at all costs."

It's about "Knowing what this body and mind can do and cannot do, and what they can achieve and cannot achieve, in this present moment. I make use of certain opportunity and possibility that is available now. And it's okay, if certain opportunity are not available, and there are certain impossibility in this present moment now. I won't force or hurt this body and mind in order to achieve all my aspirations and desires, and I won't want to hurt anyone and anything that prevent me from achieving something that I aspire and desire. Determination doesn't mean that hurting myself or others in order to achieve success in everything that I pursue. I accept and love this body and mind as they are. I accept and love myself as I am. I respect desirable and undesirable experiences, as they are, but they can't determine me for being who and what I am."

For the mind that is free from egoism, "It's just selfless impermanent names and forms, of different qualities, opportunities, possibilities and impossibilities arising, changing and passing away in this present moment. Either making use of the qualities, opportunities and possibilities that are available in this present moment to be doing something that is possible now, or maybe not. It doesn't matter. While respecting the absence of certain qualities and opportunities, or what is impossible now. And all are impermanent."

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Truthfulness and straightforwardness

Truthfulness is not just about being truthful towards others, but it's also about being truthful towards oneself. Those who can't even be truthful towards themselves, how can they be truthful towards others?

Due to intense egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, and expectation towards the qualities of names and forms in themselves, people who have certain things that they don't like about themselves will also have the tendency of being untruthful towards themselves.

There are many unnecessary personal and relationship 'problems' in people's life is due to either people rather playing mind games of 'politeness' and 'appropriateness', than being straight to the point about what they want and don't want, or people are afraid of being truthful, as they are afraid of 'losing' something that they don't want to loose, if they are being absolutely truthful.

People are afraid of "Expressing their thinking or thoughts, as it is," as they are afraid of their thoughts and ideas about certain dissatisfaction and disagreement towards something or someone would be offensive or upsetting for other people. Or, people never want to be straight and firm about, "This is what I want or don't want," most probably it's because they themselves are not very sure of "That is really what I want or don't want."

Certain cultural and social values and practice don't like truthfulness and straightforwardness in all kinds of relationships and dealings with other people in everyday life, with the intention of "Don't want to offend or upset anyone." Where truthfulness and straightforwardness is being seen as a form of 'rudeness' and 'inappropriateness', and even worst, as a form of 'offensiveness', in the world of hypocrisy, pride, image and reputation.

Some people rather not to hear or know the truth that they don't want to hear and know. "If you are going to tell something that is not nice about my children, then I don't want to know about it. I am a good parent. I taught them to be good, and only be good. They will always be my good children, as long as I don't know anything bad about them." It doesn't matter what is the truth about their children, more importantly, it's about protecting their desired good reputation of "I am a good parent who proudly brought up my children to be all good and nothing bad," as well as, protecting their desired good image of their children of "I love my children as long as I don't know anything bad about them. Don't spoil my love for the good image of my lovely children who are all good and nothing bad."

People think that this 'politeness' and 'appropriateness' will help to make everyone's life easier and lead to more peace and harmony in all kinds of family and social relationships, or make the world a better place, however, it doesn't. It only leads towards further unnecessary problems as well as wasting everyone's time and energy. It also empowers the ignorance and egoism in all and everyone, by very carefully 'protecting' the easily be 'hurt and broken' minds under the influence of ignorance and egoism.

They want to be 'nice' to everyone, however they themselves might be suffering from great mental and emotional disturbance due to they are not happy with certain things that involve other people, but they refuse to express their unhappiness, or disagreement, or what they want and don't want, while holding up and accumulating those unhappy thoughts and feelings, causing mental and emotional imbalanced in themselves.

If people know how to let go, without holding up all kinds of unhappiness or dissatisfaction towards this or that, then that's fine. There's no problem.

Those who can't let go but keep holding up, until a point that they can't hold any more, and they will 'explode', causing more serious 'damages' to oneself and others.

Not only yoga practitioners, but human beings need to learn how to handle all kinds of truthfulness and straightforwardness that oneself might not like, desire and agree with, without being disappointed, offended, upset, hurt or disturbed by something that oneself doesn't like, doesn't desire and doesn't agree with, in all kinds of human relationships and dealings.

Those who would be disappointed, offended, upset, hurt or disturbed is nothing but due to ignorant egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, and expectation in themselves, towards oneself and others.

The minds that are free from attachment, identification, desires of craving and aversion, and expectation towards themselves and others, they don't need to be untruthful about anything. They can choose to express or don't express their thoughts, ideas and opinions, as they are, but there's no need to be untruthful by expressing something that is not what it is (telling lies or white lies), or only expressing something that everyone would like, desire and agree with. There's no fear of losing something. There's no desire of pleasing anyone for any reasons. Healthy minds don't need to be pleased by anyone. While how everyone reacts towards other people being truthful about their thinking and feelings about something, it's their own freedom and responsibility. Everyone are free to think and feel and react in the way that how they want to think and feel and react. There's no disappointment, offensiveness, upset, hurt or disturb upon coming in contact with all kinds of names and forms that are not necessarily pleasant, desirable and agreeable.

It doesn't mean that one should not move away from certain conversations or dealings that involve abusive and violent behavior, and be attacked and abused under such circumstances. One can move away from energy wasting conversations and dealings that involved abusive and violent behavior, while not being determined or disturbed by others' ignorant behaviors, actions and reactions deriving from ignorance, or mental illness, where the minds don't have correct understanding, reasoning power, clarity, awareness and self-control.

Peace and harmony in the world doesn't mean that there's completely no disagreement or dissatisfaction among one another, where everyone should like and agree with one another, where everyone shouldn't and won't express any thoughts, feelings, ideas and opinions that some others might not like, desire or agree with, while only express thoughts, feelings, ideas and opinions that everyone would like, desire and agree with.

The world of diversity cannot advance or 'grow' towards a healthy state of true peace and harmony, unless the minds are free from egoistic attachment, identification, desire of craving and aversion, and expectation towards oneself and others, while respecting everyone being what they are, as they are, being different from one another, having different thinking, feelings, ideas or opinions about many things, without generating resentment or offensiveness towards others who are different from oneself, who have different thinking, feelings, ideas or opinions towards oneself, and towards all and everything in the world, that oneself might not like, desire or agree with.

Those who would feel disappointed, offended, upset, hurt or disturbed by those whom oneself loves very much, but they don't love, or stop loving oneself, is due to ignorance and egoism.

"I am so loving and kind to you. I did so many things for you. Why are you so ungrateful, unappreciative and unthankful for it?" This is a common reaction that indicating this mind itself is under the influence of ignorance and egoism, and doesn't know what is love and be kind, or how to love and be kind. They will have to take their own pace and effort to realize the ignorance and egoism in themselves.

Those who have correct understanding, who are free from the influence of ignorance and egoism, who know how to love oneself and all and everything unconditionally, will respect everyone's thinking, feeling and desire of want and don't want, as they are. Respecting all kinds of impermanent changes as they are. There's no disappointment, resentment, hurt, or painful sorrow in such minds.

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