June 5, 2012

Becoming Buddha.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

Ever wonder what the moment of illumination was like for the Buddha? People have looked to his words for wisdom and inspiration for many hundreds of years. Now, one of the shining lights of our own century tells us the story of the moment Siddhartha achieved enlightenment.

In this scene, Gautama Siddhartha is being challenged by Mara, the hideous demon king.

“The calmness of Gautama’s speech not only infuriated the demon king but caused his subjects to fade away like shadow puppets on a screen or summer lightning inside a cloud.

“‘If you can find my soul,’ said Gautama, ‘it’s yours. I have stopped caring, myself.’

“‘Done!’ Mara hissed. He had never experienced any creature, mortal or divine, without a soul, and now this fool had freely surrendered his. ‘You’re mine, and I will claim you when it pleases me.’ Mara’s four malignant faces lingered for a few seconds before he vanished.

“Gautama doubted he would ever see him again. The existence of his soul, like everything else, held no interest. Total detachment is the one great healer of karma. Yet the whisper of desire softly said, ‘Do not kill me. Have pity. Let me know even your slightest wish.’

“He looked up and remembered the moon, which was perfectly full as it floated above the jungle canopy.

“‘Let me become the moon,’ Gautama replied. ‘I have nothing to wish for down here.’

“He had only wanted to have sway over his own destiny. It was the simplest of human wishes, yet it had been a source of fear and uncertainty his whole life. Everyone had told him, directly or indirectly, that it was impossible. Gautama felt a slight resistance even now, as if the gods would destroy him on the spot for usurping their power. Instead, he felt the last veil fall away from his mind, a sensation a hundred times for delicate than dropping a layer of gossamer. Then he became the moon and experienced what the moon experienced. It was impossible to put into words: A cool serenity that thrilled at its own existence. A concern for nothing but light itself. Gautama was aware of all these ingredients, yet the thing itself was ineffable.

“The moon seemed to know that he had arrived, and he felt it bow down. I have waited. His gaze searched the sky, and these words seemed to come from everywhere, not just the moon but also the stars and the blackness between the stars. His heart began to swell.

“I have waited too.

“The sky bent down to envelop him. Now he understood why he had to become a nonperson. He had to be naked. Only in innocence does the mask fall away. So this is it, he thought. The truth. Gautama gave his heart permission to swell beyond the sky. He didn’t know what lay beyond, or how far he could go. He had found his freedom, and in freedom everything is permitted.”

Adapted from Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, by Deepak Chopra (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007).

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/becoming-buddha.html#ixzz1wvY5vFjc

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  1. Lilith`sAngel

    So, the Buddha to you is just a character to make up fables about? Okay, that`s fine by me. This is a cute story, it helped me to reach a certain understanding about things. Thank you. You don`t even know how much you helped in a way you did not intend.

  2. Monique

    Beautifull :-)

  3. Martha Sanchez

    SOUL FOR CHILD ... MY DEAR Deepack- I ask from my heart to connect with yours. Mayoer My desire is to be part of your page one day and be a great teacher for the spiritual education of children and prepare them for the future, teaching them to think they know who they are? Now I will be August 16 at the center chopra most desirable starting my career to be a great guide in meditation and so become a teacher soon. Heart of a child and I always called my dear .. I`m your follower deepack long ... and with your support we can make this dream together that all schools have 45 minutes of meditation, which is a class like other and could be 3 times a week and would talk with President of the Republic of Mexico or the secretary of education (Sep) And read ... I hope this small request and will actually do. So far now I want to start with seduction of the spirit ... we are on 16 at the Chopra Center. With love and love ... Majusava Namaste.

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