Saturday, August 05, 2006

Continuing the Dialogue about Spirituality

I applaud all of you for sharing your views on spirituality. This is a good learning experience for me and hopefully for you. Thank you!

I would like to get your thoughts on this set of follow-up questions:

Beyond our various spiritual beliefs, how do we "embody" these beliefs in our everyday lives? How are we with others? How are we with ourselves? Are kindness, compassion, and empathy natural responses to what we encounter in our daily lives, or do we greet the world (including ourselves) with fear, distrust, jealousy, and anger? Do we carry a sufficient sense of our self around with us; that is a sense of self in non-egoic terms? Do we truly "feel" who we are? I find these questions to be logical outflows of our earlier discussion.


Borut said...


I’m only trying
to teach myself – because I
don’t have a teacher.


Gods of my Ego!*
I love to see this bee drink
from a full barrel!

*A saying of Buddha beginning with these words … and ending with something like ‘you are all dead’.

This seems to be my problem. I'm self-taught. And I do what a can.

Don Iannone said...

Borut...all of us just do what we can and we are self-taught, evn those who follow a teacher. Sometimes it helps to have a teacher, especially if discipline is a problem. I wish you success and blessings. Thank you.

Borut said...

Thanks, Don.

gautami tripathy said...

Good questions! Thanks.

How I am to the world? How do I answer that? If I see myself that way, I do believe that human beings are essentially good. We need to listen more often than speak. I try to inculcate that. I think trusting is essential. If we go about distrusting all, we only make ourselves miserable.

Most of the kindness, gentleness and other finer feelings have been returned. The few times they have not been, I take that as improving myself. Its not that I am epitome of patience! I can be rude and boorish too. My sudden burst of temper is my undoing. Though I have mellowed down the years.

I am not talking about LOVE here!Thats another story...

Don Iannone said...

Wonderful thoughts Gautami and thanks for sharing them with all of us. Remember that The Dalai Lama said perfection is 60%. I can handle that. Love? I would love to hear your thoughts on that. It's integral to our spirit...

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