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I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It’s the good girls men should be warned against. David Niven

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Two incredibly beautiful songs from the newly released CD I Am Thine by Jai-Jagdeesh

With You

I Am Thine

I Choose Love

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Maya Angelou

My admiration for Maya Angelou is big, full. Standing next to her a woman can only feel more; grand, strong and beautiful. Her presence evokes and hearkens to the largess within the self. She inspires and calls to all her Sisters, “Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity”. More than inspiration, more than possibility – more. Ms. Angelou, the Nubian Queen, who steps upon the earth with the shell pink soles of her feet and her beautifully rich brown skin, Africa in the timbre of her voice. A Queen beyond race or age, beyond creed and politics; Maya Angelou is good medicine for the soul.  For her presence in the here and now I am thankful. For the way she says “Sister” and in one word tells a whole story ~ The story of every woman who has ever lived from grandmother to mother to daughter; neighbor, auntie, friend. Ms. Angelou exhorts keep reaching, keep dreaming, keep learning, keep teaching.  Go big, deep, wide and then go some more. Fill the world with intelligent kindness and love.

“If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born—it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, ‘Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.’ That’s one thing I’m learning.” — Dr. Maya Angelou

When you get give, when you learn teach”. Maya Angelou


The Keep Ups & Keepin’ Ons ~ Encouragements For Everyday

No matter what our circumstances in life we can always give and receive a bit of encouragement. Encouragement makes for a light heart, compassion rounding out the rough edges. Sometimes words of encouragement are strong, hard to hear, hard to receive (especially when we are attached to our own commiserations). Oft times they come as the perfect balm of  incentive and reminder. Either way they serve their purpose, providing sincerity in their simplicity. Great wisdom often comes in short sentences.


Keep Up

Keep Up and You Will Be Kept Up

Keep The Faith

Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Truckin’

Keep Believing

Keep On Rockin’ In The Free World

Keep It Together

Keep Up The Good Work

Keep Movin’ On

Keep Your Chin Up

Keep A Pure Heart

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Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down

Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps

When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going

When The Pressure is On You – Start

Can’t Never Got Anything Done

Many Hands Make Light Work

Patience Is The Best Medicine

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other

One Thing At A Time

Strike While The Iron Is Hot

To Thine Own Self Be True

Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

~ And Last But Not Least ~ 

Call On God, But Row Away From The Rocks


 saarag mehalaa 5 ||
har har sa(n)th janaa kee jeevan ||
bikhai ras bhog a(n)mrith sukh saagar raam naam ras peevan ||1|| rehaao ||
sa(n)chan raam naam dhhan rathanaa man than bheethar seevan ||
har ra(n)g raa(n)g bheae man laalaa raam naam ras kheevan ||1||
jio meenaa jal sio ourajhaano raam naam sa(n)g leevan ||
naanak sa(n)th chaathrik kee niaaee har boo(n)dh paan sukh thheevan ||2||68||91|

Saarang, Fifth Mehla:
The Lord, Har, Har, is the life of the humble Saints.
 Instead of enjoying corrupt pleasures, they drink in the Ambrosial Essence of the Name of the Lord, the Ocean of Peace. ||1||Pause||
They gather up the priceless wealth of the Lord’s Name, and weave it into the fabric of their mind and body.
Imbued with the Lord’s Love, their minds are dyed in the deep crimson color of devotional love; they are intoxicated with the sublime essence of the Lord’s Name. ||1||
As the fish is immersed in water, they are absorbed in the Lord’s Name.
O Nanak, the Saints are like the rainbirds; they are comforted, drinking in the drops of the Lord’s Name. ||2||68||91|

The Impact of Awakening

Excerpts from theTeachings of Adyashanti:

under-the-bodhi-tree.jpg“The door to God is the insecurity of not knowing anything.

Bear the grace of that insecurity,

and all wisdom will be yours.”

“Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself.

It is the destruction of all that is false

and the fulfillment of all that is true.”

“Keep questioning right down to the marrow,

until the question dissolves ~~

leaving only a passing draft

where there was once a solid illusion called self.”

Shunryu Suzuki

suzuki.jpg“It is when your practice is rather greedy that you become discouraged with it. So you should be grateful that you have a sign or warning signal to show you the weak point in your practice.”

“People who know the state of emptiness will always be able to dissolve their problems by constancy.”

“The point we emphasize is strong confidence in our original nature.”

“We should find perfect existence through imperfect existence.”

“Before the rain stops we can hear a bird. Even under the heavy snow we see snowdrops and some new growth.”

Excerpts taken from: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Quotable Quotes

“The universe’s only purpose is to enable us to embrace our magnificent true nature. All of creation vibrates with magnetism. We are in a continuous state of exaltation. To know this love is to become this love. We are not fish, bird, animal, human, microbe and molecule. We are energy in a gross and subtle state at once. When we learn to tame and garner our forces, we become love. Love is not an emotion, it is our ultimate state of being.”   Maya Tiwara Ayurveda, a Life of Balance

…It is argued that because they believed thoroughly in a just, moral God they could put their faith there and let the smaller insecurities take care of themselves. But I think that because they trusted themselves as individuals, because they new beyond doubt that they were valuable and potentially moral units – because of this they could give God their own courage and dignity and then receive it back. Such things have disappeared perhaps because men do not trust themselves any more, and when that happens there is nothing left except perhaps to find some strong sure man, even though he may be wrong, and do dangle from his coattails.”  East of Eden by John Steinbeck

“At the end of a man’s life his thoughts turn towards his Mother. After everything else, it is his Mother his heart comes to. Everything always comes back to the Mother”.  Yogi Bhajan

“….I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed”.  Maya Angelou

Thirty Six Years of Silence and Four Precept Enlightenment


An aspiring Monk wanted to find a Guru. He went to a monastery and his preceptor told him: “You can stay here but we have one important rule – all students observe the vow of silence. You will be allowed to speak in 12 years time.”

After practicing for 12 long years silent meditation etc., the day came when the student could say his one thing or ask his one question. He said: “The bed is too hard.”

He kept going for another 12 years of hard silent meditation and got the opportunity to speak again. He said: “The food is not good.”

Twelve more years of hard work and he got to speak again. Here are his words after 36 years of practice: “I quit.”

His Guru quickly answered: “Good, all you have been doing anyway is complaining.”


*There is a famous story about Ko Bong (Zen Master) giving the Five Precepts to layperson Chung Dong Go Sanim. The ceremony was going smoothly until the section where the preceptor recites the precepts and asks “Can these precepts be kept by you or not?”

Suddenly the layman stood up and said “If I cannot drink I die!” Now, there was a problem.

But Ko bong responded immediately, “Then you take only four precepts.” Chung Dong Go Sanim became the “Four Precept Layman,” and got “four precept enlightenment.”

*Excerpt from Don’t Know Mind – Richard Shrobe