We are now creating THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH
+ Rumi said:
If you could get rid
of yourself just once,
The secret of secrets
Would open to you.
The face of the unknown,
Hidden beyond the universe
Would appear on the
Mirror of your perception.
+ There is no object in the whole world that can give you complete satisfaction. Hence give up this effort and depend on the Lord who will bestow upon you eternal satisfaction and bliss. -- Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 1684.
+ As the Buddhist master Achaan Chah put it: If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.
+ Detachment is the practice which is now popularly called “letting go and letting God.” As we become more and more committed to the essential practice of being still, detachment becomes more and more natural and desirable. As we detach from some of our earthly pleasures and pains and obsessions and addictions, we become more and more awakened to the glorious truth that we are enjoying the gifts of heaven right here, right now. Wow! Buddhist teacher Thubten Chodron says that this practice leads to a “calm, realistic, open, and accepting attitude.” As a result, “our relationships with others are harmonious, and in fact, our affection for them increases." Read more at a Spirituality and Practice web page on Thubten Chodron.
RESOURCES ON THE WEB:
The Living Stones Blog offers "Thoughts on Detachment". Here it is:
Detachment doesn’t mean not loving. It means to be free to love with God’s love. Without detachment we are not free. We are bound to our limited selves, our egos, and when we are bound we project onto others, grasp after them, and/or reject them. Without detachment we cannot be fully aware of others or fully present to them. So we love selfishly, at least partly, and in self-serving ways.
Detachment enables us to be aware of and engage reality as it really is. It enables us to welcome and embrace the unfolding of reality and be present and responsive to the Spirit at work within it. Without detachment we cannot see truth, cannot realize or actualize the truth.
Detachment requires skillful, intentional humility and vulnerability because detachment does not come naturally to us; it is a supernatural gift, a grace, though we can practice making ourselves available to it. My prayer for myself and for our community is that we continue to grow in loving others with awareness, humility, and skill. And this, I think, requires detachment.
OneGodSite offers some very illuminating quotes on the spiritual practice of Detachment.
Inner Frontier offers "Stages of the Path" by Joseph Naft. "The path" of awakening and awareness is linked to detachment from beginning to end. The more we let go, the more we know peace and freedom. Naft quotes Buddhist master Achaan Chah: "If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom."
Inner Frontier offers "Non-clinging: Letting Go of Attachments" by Joseph Naft. He links the heavenly attributes of freedom and joy to the practice of letting go: "On the road to freedom, we must let go of everything as me or mine. One wonderful aspect of the practice of non-clinging is that partial results accrue to us, even early in our path. If we learn not to identify with just a few kinds of thoughts or emotional reactions, we discover a little freedom and lightness, more joy as we walk through life. Non-clinging serves as its own reward."
Detachment does not mean indifference. A Hindu teacher, Shakun Narain Kimatrai, clarifies the difference. She writes: "I believe that while being detached, one has to be loving and compassionate. Detachment, according to me, is to be and let be! Live and let live! After you have done your best, leave the rest! I believe that the only true detachment is from the desire of fruits of action." For more, read "Detachment and Love," a webpage found at dalsabzi.com.
Father Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) contributed immensely to our wisdom and knowledge regarding the contemplative life. He focused considerable attention on the need for detachment which he calls an essential part of the process "to break the ego, to open beyond the ego, and open up to the Divine." For more, go to bedegriffiths.com
Thubten Chodron says that a better translation of the Buddhist teaching we ordinarily call "detachment" would be "non-attachment." Read more at a Spirituality and Practice page on Thubten Chodron.
Book: Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey / Conari Press 08/10 Paperback $14.95 / ISBN: 9781573244664 /
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