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Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.~Gerald Brenan

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Reminds me when I was reading the huge The Gonzo Papers Anthology by Hunter S Thompson in the Amazonian jungles. It weighed more than the rest of my luggage and that's when I decided to go Kindle.
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A Buddhist story about freeing oneself from the tyranny of thoughts, paving way for a silent mind. A short story about leading one from the mind to the no mind, a state of eternal peace.

Gautama Buddha one day asked one of his disciples to beg alms from a certain household and report to him at dusk. The monk returned to the master as per his command only to let him know that he would not beg for alms in that particular house again.

When pressed for the reason, the monk answered, “I savoured the delicious food served and I suddenly felt an urge to eat something sweet. The lady of the house offered me a sweet dish. I then felt like sleeping and the lady immediately asked me to rest for a while. I was surprised by her ability to read my thoughts that I asked how she knew of my desires?”

“The lady replied, ‘Witnessing my thoughts, my mind has become silent now that I can now see other thoughts as well”

The monk continued to Buddha, “Looking at her I had sexual thoughts also and now I am embarrassed to see her again for alms as she would have read my sensual desire as well. So I do not want to visit her house for alms”

The Buddha said that the monk ought to go to the particular house for alms again. He advised, “This time you will go as a changed person. Just be aware of your thoughts, every bite of your food and every step that you take. You will just have to watch every thought that arises, but do not co-operate with it . Disassociate with it and do not analyze it. No thought is yours, they come from outside!”

The monk did as advised by Gautama Buddha. He remained a mere witness to his thoughts and there was no co-operation from his end. There was a change within him, an inner peace, though the world continued to remain the same.
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Hit 200+ points on gMaps and half a million views:

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Remember this much: 'I have someone to look after me. There is certainly a Mother or Father.'

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Very interestingly, Sri M's exquisite Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master has the reason for His disappearance from Mother Earth
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Selfishness - well, it persists as long as a person is self-assertive, but not when that is overcome.~Holy Mother

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Trip to Mulbagal & Kurudumale

There was a lot of interesting discussion on some of the spiritual points: this is always the case when i meet up with Venki.

You are not the thought?

This is one point that has really liberated me. I am not the thought. Even though it's inexplicable how thoughts arise, it's still a thought. It isn't your thought.

This distinction is important because in wrestling with a thought, you might go crazy. "How did this thought come to me?", etc. You get that drift.

However, if you just look at it disinterestedly, you are free to examine it carefully with your intelligence and then take action or be indifferent to it, post your processing.

"I don't mind what happens"

Venki was of the view that one should have 100% faith in Divinity. It was 0-1 sort of situation. Somehow, i am more laidback on that and feel that faith is an analog scale; you move from 1σ (70%) to 2σ (95%) to 3σ (99.5%), etc.

As your faith (in Divinity) improves, you are more and more comfortable with the Is, the present moment, and feel less of a need to correct things.

Jiddu summarized this beautifully: once he said that he would share his secret. When everyone got around him excitedly, he said:

I don't mind what happens.

That's the Holy Grail. When you don't mind what happens, there's a much greater chance of you responding to events rather than reacting to them.
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