Blame, defensiveness, mistakes and admitting them.

The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell: As soon as we blame other people or refuse to acknowledge our own fallibility, we step outside the kingdom of God. Confucius said, “In the archer there is a resemblance to the mature person. When he misses the bull’s-eye, he turns and seeks the reason for his failure… Continue Reading

God has no name…

From The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell. God tells Moses, “My name is I am.” But in reality, God has no name. Inside that silence all things are holly. “Man has access to his name, although it is also transcendent. It shines in the beauty and order of the world, and it… Continue Reading

Religion, kingdom of God, Christianity

For the kingdom of God is within you: Where is this “withing”? It can’t be observed by a surgeon, just as heaven can’t be found by an astronaut. Ramana Maharshi comments: “The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more that being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said.… Continue Reading

The greatest treasure in the world inside you

In The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell, there is a wonderful story on awakening about two eighth-century Chinese Zen Masters. When Hui-hai was a young monk and first came to the great Master Ma-tzu, the Master Asked him, “What have you come here for?” Hui-hai said, “I have come seeking the Buddha’s teaching.”… Continue Reading

Loosing attachments, wholeheartedness

Again from The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell, comes another great passage explaining the words Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God: “Or the kingdom of God is like this: there was a merchant looking for fine pearl, who found one pearl of great price, and he went and sold everything he had and bought it.”… Continue Reading

Life's purpose.

What is purpose? From the book I am reading, The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell, comes following passage. As the Upanishads say: “Self is everywhere, shining forth out of all beings, vaster than the vast, subtler than the most subtle, unreachable, yet nearer that breath, that heartbeat. Eye can not see it,… Continue Reading

Just believing vs. becoming Buddha the enlightened one

There so many people around, who believe themselves to be religious or spiritual, they believe in God. Sometimes, I see how they live and a question arises – being spiritual, religious person, believing in God, leaving as a spiritual, religious being – is there a difference. Some believe in God, do things that God would not approve of, then later, they ask for forgiveness and go on, doing bad… Continue Reading

Philo's perspective on a wise man

The face of a wise man is not somber or austere, contracted by anxiety and sorrow, but precisely the opposite: radiant and serene, and filled with a vast delight, which often makes him the most playful of men, acting with a sense of humor that blends with essential seriousness and dignity, just as in a well-tuned lyre all the… Continue Reading

Negativity, blame = misery

Another insightful verse I had to mention from Stephen Mitchell‘s book The Gospel According to Jesus. We may condemn a crime, but not a person. Blame is always a dangerous weapon, and it points both ways. That is why in the Book of Job the negative power in the human cosmos, the cause of all our misery, is called Satan, “the Accuser.” Blake… Continue Reading

Bad anger vs. good anger

This is another subject that is important to me. After reading, hearing Tolle I decided that any type of emotion, especially negative, are of my ego and therefore is bad and to be avoided at all cost. Well, I found that for me this was almost impossible. Although I am much more aware of my feeling, emotions and thoughts, but… Continue Reading

Possibilities and impossibilities

I had to take this great quote from The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell: We simply don’t know the limits of the possible. If we think that something is impossible, then it is (for us). When we realize that we don’t know, we become open to all possibilities.”

God. Jesus. Money. Wealth. Poverty. part 5

And here is the final post on The Rich Man chapter from The Gospel According to Jesus by Stephen Mitchell. I obviously took much time to study this particular chapter, and for a good reason. In the past, I have never had great relationship with money. Oh, I like money, no question about that, but it did… Continue Reading

God. Jesus. Money. Wealth. Poverty. part 4

This is another wonderful lesson from The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell. The Jewish attitude (on the subject of wealth) is well summarized by the eleventh-century Spanish rabbi Bakhya ibn Pakuda: “If he who trusts in God is rich, he will cheerfully fulfill all the religious and ethical obligations that a rich man has;… Continue Reading

God. Jesus. Money. Wealth. Poverty. part 2

I am continuing to recap “The Rich Man” chapter from Commentary part of The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell. To read part one of this post please click on this link – God. Jesus. Money. Wealth. Poverty. part 1 This is another wonderful thought on what is the treasure in heaven: Treasure right here and now,… Continue Reading

God. Jesus. Money. Wealth. Poverty. part 1

This subject is very interesting and important to me. Why are some, not so good people are very wealthy (although admittedly for most part they are still not happy) and then, some wonderful enlightened people are struggling to support their families (although admittedly, they actually are, for most part happy). We know that money can… Continue Reading

What is God

We all have different names for God. I think in US word God is most commonly used.  Other words I came across are (in no particular order): Universe, Being, Tao, Creative Force, Energy, Spirit, Buddha… I’d like to add to the list. I will do so as I think of other words. Here is a… Continue Reading

Stephen Mitchell on forgiveness, letting go and karma

This is a great passage from The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell,  which in detail and very simply speaks of forgiveness. I find it important that author demonstrates direct result of our actions and feelings. You can see, that your action, like condemning someone, will create karma – a world of condemnation for yourself.… Continue Reading

Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast on Jesus and forgiveness

For Jesus, the Holy Spirit bears witness in his hearers’ hearts to the truth and to forgiveness – unconditional forgiveness. All the authentic parables are based on the understanding that Jesus’s hearers are able “in Holly Spirit” to understand “from within” what God is like. We cannot extinguish this Holy Spirit; it is the lifebreath of our lifebreath; but we… Continue Reading

Stephen Mitchell on attachment

A couple of months after I began studying with my old Zen Master, he said to me, “You have three jobs here. Your first job is to kill Buddha.” I had read that phrase in the old Zen teachings, and I knew what it meant – to let go of any concepts of a separate,… Continue Reading

Stephen Mitchell on kingdom of God

The kingdom of God is not something that will happen, because it isn’t something that can happen. It can’t appear in a world or a nation’ it is a condition that has no plural, but only infinite singulars. Jesus spoke of people “entering” it, said that children were already inside it, told one particularly ardent… Continue Reading

Stephen Mitchell on Heaven, Now, Present

Who among the now-middle-aged doesn’t remember the fervor of the Sixties, when young people believed that love could transform the world? “You may say I’m a dreamer,” John Lennon sang, “but I’m not the only one”. The messianic dream of the future may be humanity’s sweetest dream. But it is a dream nevertheless, as long as there… Continue Reading