This book is a work of art, and a pleasure to read: a compilation of lectures during Satsang with spiritual teacher Swami Dhyan Giten on the teachings of Buddha.
Giten is a master in transmitting the light and joy, without too many words. Buddha's greatest message, his gift to humanity, is the message of no-self, anatta, silence and emptiness, says Giten in this book. Through using Buddha's wisdom as a jumping board, Giten gives life to words that has the power to change how we see the world.
Satsang with Giten is a direct insight and realization of being. I was so afraid that I would lose the silence that I had found during satsang in India, but I found the silence again in satsang with Giten. This book is for everybody that wants to find a new dimension of awareness in their live, which will make you endlessly enriched and blessed. Delight in the call of the ocean. Capture the silence and allow yourself the fragrance of truth, joy and light.
From the foreword by Satyama Padma:
"Giten is really a Master of love and silence." Prem Pathik, Nepal
"The religious words that Giten formulate can make anyone mentally stunned. These words create an inner silence and a deep spiritual wonder for life. Giten has shaken me. I hope the readers also discover his greatness." Brage Norin, professor in theoretical physics, Sweden
"Thank you for everything good that you do. I am happy for all the good work that you are doing to wake up humanity." Lena Kristina Tuulse, psychologist, founder of The University of Life, the oldest and largest growth place in Sweden.
WE ARE WHAT WE THINK
ALL THAT WE ARE ARISES WITH OUR THOUGHTS
WITH OUR THOUGHTS WE MAKE THE WORLD SPEAK OR ACT WITH AN IMPURE MIND
AND TROUBLE WILL FOLLOW YOU AS THE WHEEL FOLLOWS THE OX THAT DRAWS THE CART
WHOEVER IS MASTER OF HIS OWN NATURE BRIGHT, CLEAR AND TRUE.
HE MAY INDEED WEAR THE YELLOW ROBE
The Dhammapada, the teaching of Buddha, can only be taught to the bodhisattva's.
It cannot be taught to the ordinary humanity, because it cannot be understood by them.
A Bodhisattva means a buddha in essence, a buddha asleep, but with the potential to be awake.
In that sense everybody is a bodhisattva, but not everybody can be called a bodhisattva.
Only those who have started to search for the truth and the light can be called a bodhisattva.
We have made investments in lies for so many lives that the idea of truth makes us scared.
But truth already is. Truth has not to be invented, truth has to be discovered.
You have taken the commitment to search for truth, which is why I call you bodhisattva's.
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These words of Buddha come from eternal silence.
They can reach you only if you receive them in silence.
Unless you become aware, egoless, you will not be able to understand them.
These are very simple words, but to understand simplicity, you need simplicity of heart.
Only the simple heart can understand the simple truth.
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Satsang is an effort to create an energy field, a buddhafield, an energy field for the eternal truths.
It is a communion of heart, a communion in silence. These saying of Buddha are called The Dhammapada.
The word "dhamma" means the ultimate law. It is what keeps the universe together.
A second meaning of "dhamma" is God, but Buddha never uses the word God, because the ultimate law is not a person, but a presence, a consciousness, an energy.
The third meaning of "dhamma" is also discipline, because one who wants to know truth needs discipline.
The word "disciple" comes from the word discipline. A disciple is someone who is available to learn, to drop the past and to go beyond the mind.
The word "dhamma" also means the ultimate truth. When the mind disappears, when the ego disappears, something remains.
This Buddha calls "nothing".