Divine Streams Make the Desert Bloom

https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/tlayt.bucket1/Talks/Divine+Streams+Make+the+Desert+Bloom+leggett+9.5.99+rx.mp3   To Make The Desert Bloom: the talk this evening is not meant as an entertainment. It’s for people who are in the desert. A great Zen master was approached by three people who wanted to do some Zen, two men and one woman. He said to them, (and one of them told me this) he said, “Why have you come?” One of them said, ” I was rich and then my business collapsed and, well, I was in jail for a bit. My reputation’s gone, I’m hated and despised by everybody and I’ve come here.” The teacher said, “Next one.” The next one said, “I was very fond of my wife and she’s died now. I don’t know how I can stand the grief so I’ve come here.” The third one, she was a brilliant scholar of Buddhism. She said, “I’ve studied Buddhism. I know the theories very …

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Bhagavad Gita – He kills not the Self by the self.

https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/tlayt.bucket1/Talks/Gita+-+He+Kills+not+the+Self+by+the+Self+rx.mp3   The verse from the [Bhagavad] Gita is, “He who sees the Lord standing equally everywhere kills not the Self by the self, thus he attains the highest goal.” [Chapter 13, v.28] This phrase ‘the Self by the self’ comes often in the Gita. “Let him raise himself by himself. Let him not degrade himself by himself.” “Let him find himself in himself by himself.” “Let him not harm himself by himself.” There are two selves, a full self, which is a reflection of the true Self associated with what are called upadhis: accidental conjunctions, accidental associations, and there is the true Self, which is not connected with any of these things by nature. An example of upadhi, of the accidental connection, a quite a dramatic one is that there’s a tomb in Westminster Abbey of Edward I. He was a famous conqueror and a rather devious man. It …

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