This is an article that i wrote for my blog a couple months ago, i thought i would share with you guys. Also, if anyone know any book similar to Siddhartha to share! I would appreciate it.
For those of you guys that never read Siddhartha i highly recommend it. For those who already read it, give some of your opinion on it!
Today on further reading of the book "Siddhartha" read an excerpt that was quite illuminating.
"What the Buddha had said, that the treasure and secret was not his doctrine, but something inexpressible and not transferable he had lived at the time of his enlightenment - it was just what he was now trying to find what he now began to live. It was necessary that he himself was living it. There is much that Atman knew I was his own, sharing the eternal essence of Brahman. But never had I actually discovered this because wanted to catch it with the network of thought. "
Most of the time we try to reach conclusions only through our thought, a sort of shortcut.
These conclusions are made by a person and they tend to give us advice to save us time,because they think that we will eventually find that is how they say it is. Giving due consideration to the advice, is in some cases is necessary to pass through the experience to know that, in fact, was true, or, conversely, was not so well, as they said. The experience is a must, otherwise, nothing is learned or, what is learned is superficially.
Turning to more practical examples:
Education - I do not know if everyone can recognize in this example, but it happens to me quite a few times when I just make a class (mathematics, biology, etc. ..) it seems everything simpler. At least simpler than we thought. However if we had been told / given the conclusions,that we ended up arriving by ourselfs, would mean nothing to us because we would not have traveled the way to them. The knowledge would be only superficial, later or sooner, would disappear.
Travel / Book - If some friends show us the photos of a site for which they were traveling we were not satisfied with it, ie, it is not like we're been there, even though the pictures of the best moments of the trip. In this case it is obvious that a mere photographs do not replace the experience of being there. Never come to feel, smell or hear what this place offers. Nor do we know in which circumstances were taken or how they connect the photographs. We can say that we do not live or experience what happened, or nothing will replace a trip to the site in question. However when it comes to a book that is not so. When asked how the story ended or what the most emotional moments, try to somehow withdraw quickly that the book can give us if we read. This is no good because it does not pass through the experience of reading it. An even more specific in terms of literature that is a story with facts inserted in it, will be much better absorbed and internalized than the book with just the facts summarized and explained. In the case of the tale have a character on an adventure, which does not appear in the book factual.
Problems - If a girl does not care that her ex-boyfriend is dating with other girls because she already had the experience that brought her to this conclusion. She knows the reasons why it believes it. As if you were told previously that it made no sense to be sad, because she did not know who to support such a belief. We can say that there is a need to have a 'click'.
Fighting - When we fight for something, we go through experiences, is more valuable to us, because it involved a journey through time to achieve this.
When I speak of experience speak for all that it brings, is, happiness, sadness, joy, nostalgia, hatred, love, etc ... Two phrases that now make more sense for me are: "Anything worth having is worth fighting for ..." and "Focus on the journey, not the destination". However it is important to remember that it was not read by many times the phrase that started in time to make sense. But by going through different experiences to give the click.
I read it a while back and enjoyed it. I too don't know any other book quite like it. For a lot of people in the West,specially in Continental Europe, Siddhartha is the book that peaks their interest in the Buddha and Buddhism. And from there they delve into Buddhist meditation techniques, Buddhist philosophy, etc. to deepen their understanding of what they got a glimpse of in this book, and a couple of monks I know even became monks from having started with this book.
This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.
Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.
In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.
I don't practice Kundalini Yoga much anymore. I did it in college a bit, one of the few yoga centers in Eugene was a Kundalini Yoga center, complete with a Guru Granth Sahib. I thought Yogi Bhajan was amazing, and got to hear him speak in 2000, when I spent the week at Casa De Guru Ram Das. They kicked me out, eventually, which is a small point of pride, but I wish that I had done something more exciting to deserve it. That is another story. As my practice evolved, I gravitated towards vinyasa, and then yin. Kundalini fell by the wayside. My studies in ayurveda led me to the conclusion that I would be best served by grounding and calming practices, instead of kriyas that sought to force energy up my spine through any means necessary. I got an email from the wellness center down the way the other day, saying that there was a Kundalini Yoga teacher visiting from mexico, that she was offering a class, and it was ten bucks. I didn't have any other plans for saturday afternoon, and decided to walk over and participate. I walked over as mindfully as I could. I have been reading The Miracle of Mindfulness By Thich Nhat Hanh, and have been redoubling my efforts to keep my mind in present time awareness. Its been a while since I've read any TNH, and I forgot how much I liked him. I might even ask my meditation and/or yin yoga students to give the book a try. So, I was walking, aware that i was walking. Then I was sitting in class with everyone else, aware that I was sitting in class with everyone else. I was ready to put my body in shapes, and be aware that my body was in those shapes. Practice began, and I was enjoying well enough. Ong Namo, Guru Dev Namo. It had been years since I chanted that. Rolling my hips open, Breath of Fire, many long minutes of leg lifts. Then I got grumpy. A voice in my head, one that is often convincing, told me, "I hate this. I hate this. I hate kundalini yoga." I was aware that there was a voice in my head that was hateful. I was about to agree, to defer to the opinion of this voice. But then, another voice countered, "So what?" Yeah. So what? My body felt good, and my breath was flowing, and the hatred seemed pretty unsubstantiated. I went on back to practicing, the So What mantra spinning round the stupa of my mind. Inhale So, exhale What. The voice came back, it sounded younger this time, brattier, "I hate Kundalini Yoga!" "Why do you hate it?" "It's Hard!" The voice whined, if it had feet, it would have stomped its feet. All I could do was offer a little internal shrug, explain that the yoga practice was going to continue, and that the voice was certainly welcome to vacate the premises should it so desire. So, that's pretty much it. My back got a little tight after that, which also tempted me to slack off, but I decided that it was a pranic thing, and that by being mindful of the way that the energy wanted to move through my body, and practicing in a way that would support it would be the best thing to do. I think it worked. Class ended, and I was aware of it ending. So, class was good. I liked it. I doubt I'm going to go full turban or anything, but I think I'll work it into my regimen a little more often. I know that its standard mindfulness jargon to discuss how we are not our thoughts. Its not uncommon for meditators to have a thought that they identify with, and then through practice have the insight that the thought is not them, and certainly not aligned with their highest aspirations. Its not even new for me. But, Its a good thing to remember, especially because thoughts can also come wrapped up nice and tight with a collection of unpleasant emotions. Thought have one way of convincing us, and emotions, another. Just like the book title suggests, getting enough space to see them for what they are is nothing short of a miracle. The brat was endearing, in its way, and it certainly felt good to relate to him with a bemused attitude and a firm hand. Brats need discipline. And I'm super fond of my new mantra, "So What?" I think I'm going to get a lot of milage out of that one. Today wasn't the first day that I was confronted by a bratty voice shouting opinions that are both urgent and irrelevant, and I can't imagine it will be the last. I'm glad I've got a response, and I am aware that I am glad.