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"One day I wiped out all the notions from my mind. I gave up all desire. I disarded all the words with which I thought and stayed in quietude. I felt a little queer-as if I were being carried into somethng, or as if I were touching some power unknown to me… and Ztt! I entered. I lost the boundary of my physical body. I had my skin, of course, but I felt I was standing in the center of the cosmos. I spoke, but my words had lost their meaning. I saw people coming towards me, but all were the same man. All were myself! I had never known this world. I had believed that I was created, but now I must change my opinion: I was never created; I was the cosmos; no individual Mr. Sasaki existed. "
- Sokei-an Sasaki, modern Zen master
Lao Tzu has said, “Seek and you will miss. Do not seek and you will find.”
Now, this is one of the most significant statements ever made.
In the very seeking you have missed.
If you seek, you have taken a wrong standpoint.
In the very seeking you have accepted one thing —
that you don’t have that which you seek.
That is where the fault lies.
You have it; you already have it.
The moment you start searching for something,
you will become neurotic, because you cannot find it -
there is nowhere to look, because it is already there.
It is like a man who is searching for his glasses.
His glasses are already on his eyes, on his nose,
and he is looking through those glasses
and searching! Now he will never find them,
unless he remembers that all search is futile, unless he remembers,
“If I can see, then my glasses must be already there in front of my eyes,
otherwise how could I see?”
In our very seeing, the truth is hidden.
In our very search, the treasure is hidden.
The seeker is the sought—that is the problem,
the only problem that human beings have been trying to solve and
about which they have been growing more and more puzzled.
The sanest attitude is that of Lao Tzu. He says,
“Stop searching and be.” Just be,
and you will be surprised: You will find it! Osho (via oceanandwave)
Skimping on sleep
Young people tend to burn the candle at both ends and get away with it. Without enough sleep, your body begins to break down; your immune system and your brain function are greatly impaired. Establish healthy sleep patterns early on. It will help you prevent disease throughout life.
Living a sedentary life style has been proven time and time again to be a precursor to diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Establish a healthy exercise pattern in your 20s to help prevent heart disease later in life. Doing just 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (brisk walking or jogging) three times a week is a good start!
Allowing stress to take over your life
Learning healthy stress reducers will help you all through life, since chronic stress has been linked to anxiety, depression, digestive troubles, and more. You can manage your stress with yoga, meditation, or breathing techniques. There will always be stress throughout life, but learning how to deal with it can make all the difference.
- Chop onions
- Cook onions with oil, add broth & turmeric &salt/pepper & cumin & potatoes (fry) (until meat is cooked)
- Add broth and put top on (two hours for meat to soften)
- Add green pepper (adds flavor & thickening), mushrooms, carrots
- Add canned peas in the end
* If the broth isnt thickening, add corn starch/flour
Given the shariat and its various schools, how does a person proceed on an issue which is in dispute?
The solution is that in matters which can be settled privately, a person need only consult a mufti (jurisconsult) of his or her school8. The mufti gives his fatwa or advisory decision based on the Shariat of his school9. However, if a matter is carried to the point of litigation and cannot be settled privately then the qazi (judge) is required to deliver a qaza (judgment) based upon the Shariat10. The difference between a fatwa and a qaza must be kept in the forefront. A fatwa is merely advisory whereas a qaza is binding11 Both, of course, have to be based on the shariat and not on private interpretation de hors the shariat12