Goa Diaries #1

Sharing some snapshots from my recent travel, I’ve been to Goa recently, a place which is famous for it’s beautiful beaches.

Aguada Fort Goa

Location: Aguada Fort (build in 1612), Goa

Aguada Beach Goa (2)

Location: View from Aguada Fort, Goa

But is that happiness?

“If you want to do something pleasurable, you think you will be happy when you do it. You may want to marry the richest man, or the most beautiful girl, or pass some examination, or be praised by somebody, and you think that by getting what you want you will be happy. But is that happiness? Does it not soon fade away, like the flower that blossoms in the morning and withers in the evening? Yet that is our life, and that is all we want. We are satisfied with such superficialities: with having a car or a secure position, with feeling a little emotion over some futile thing, like a boy who is happy flying a kite in a strong wind and a few minutes later is in tears. That is our life, and with that we are satisfied. We never say, “I will give my heart, my energy, my whole being to find out what happiness is.” We are not very serious, we don’t feel very strongly about it, so we are gratified with little things.

But happiness is not something that you can seek; it is a result, a by-product. If you pursue happiness for itself it will have no meaning. Happiness comes uninvited; and the moment you are conscious that you are happy, you are no longer happy. I wonder if you have noticed this? When you are suddenly joyous about nothing in particular, there is just the freedom of smiling, of being happy; but, the moment you are conscious of it, you have lost it, have you not? Being self-consciously happy, or pursuing happiness, is the very ending of happiness. There is happiness only when the self and its demands are put aside.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

How does one perceive the whole of anything?

“How does one perceive the whole of anything? The whole of fear, not the broken up of fear in different forms or the fear of the unconscious and the conscious – in the conscious and in the unconsciousness – but the whole of fear. You understand? How does one perceive the whole of fear? How do I perceive the whole of me – the ‘me’ constructed by thought, isolated by thought, fragmented by thought which in itself is fragmented? So it creates the ‘me’ and thinks that ‘me’ is independent of thought. The ‘me’ thinks it is independent of thought but it has created the ‘me’ – the ‘me’ with all its anxieties, fears, vanities, agonies, pleasures, pain, hopes – all that. That ‘me’ has been created by thought. And that ‘me’ becomes independent of thought, it thinks it has its own life – like a microphone which is created by thought, and yet it is independent of thought. The mountain is not created by thought but yet it is independent. The ‘me’ is created by thought and the ‘me’ says: “I am independent of thought”. Now to see the totality – you understand – is this clear now? So what is fear totally – not the various forms of fear, not the various leaves of this tree of fear but the total tree of fear? Right? How does one see the totality of fear? To see something totally or to listen to something completely there must be freedom, mustn’t there? Freedom from prejudice, freedom from your conclusion, freedom from your wanting to be free of fear, freedom from the rationalization of fear. Please follow all this. Freedom from the desire to control it – can the mind be free of all that? Otherwise it can’t see the whole. I am afraid. I am afraid because of tomorrow, losing a job, afraid I may not succeed, afraid I might lose my position, afraid that there I will be challenged and I’ll not be able to reply, afraid of losing my capacity – all the fears that one has. Can you look at it without – please listen – any movement of thought which is time, which causes fear? Have you understood something?”

Saanen 4th Public, 1975 ~ J Krishnamurti

Would you argue with a raindrop?

Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops. Would you argue with a raindrop?

There are no new stressful thoughts. They’re all recycled.

Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know you’ve attached to something not true for you. Until you look forward to criticism, your Work’s not done.

We do only three things in life: we sit, we stand, we lie horizontal. The rest is just a story.

The teacher you need is the person you’re living with.

– Excerpt from “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life” by Byron Katie

Indeed!

Never regret being a good person, to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them. ~ Unknown

THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN

Broader than space, and deeper and clearer than the ocean, the round sun in our hearts rises high to shed its light on the universe. The noble world spreads out before us: a castle of glittering gold appears, and the earth is covered with white jade. Mystically beautiful flowers bloom, and the precious birds and beasts dance in joy.

All worlds are adorned with peace and freedom. There is no suffering, and these worlds are filled with happiness. Paradise and heaven lose their sparkle, and the Buddha is left speechless by such a sight.

Both including and transcending time and space, everyone is eternal and everything is infinite and equal. Yet it is difficult to describe this mysterious world: steep cliffs flee as a red column of fire shoots up from blue waves, and the wooden roadside totems sing joyfully. What a marvelous sight! Such terms as “saints” and “devils” are insignificant in this world: Confucius and Tao-ch’il clasp hands as they bless the age of peace and prosperity.

These are not wild fantasies, but the true reality of the oneness of everything. To those of you who close your eyes only to bemoan the fact that it’s dark, please listen:

The door to the Great Light is always open. In this world overflowing with peace, there are no dualities, there are no conflicts. So let’s raise our eyes, look at this world, and praise it all together!

 

(New Year’s Message, January 1, 1985)

Ven.Tong Songchol (1912~1993), also SeongCheol, one of the great Zen masters in the last century.

Food For Thought #12

Life has become so busy since last some months for writing blog posts, and yes, again, I’m not writing any of my own thoughts or post here but with this post I’m just sharing an excerpt from J Krishnamurti’s speech:

​”We are so very seldom alone; always with people, with thoughts that crowd in, hopes that have not been fulfilled, or are going to be—recollections. To be alone is essential for man to be uninfluenced, for something uncontaminated to take place. For this aloneness there seems to be no time, there are too many things to do, too many responsibilities and so on. To learn to be quiet, shutting oneself in one’s room, to give the mind a rest, becomes a necessity. Love is part of this aloneness. To be simple, clear, and inwardly quiet, is to have that flame.

Things may not be easy but the more one asks of life, the more fearful and painful it becomes. To live simply, uninfluenced, though everything and everyone is trying to influence, to be without varying moods and demands is not easy, but without a deep quiet life, all things are futile.” – J Krishnamurti