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By Lama Surya Das

ISBN-10: 0767902742

ISBN-13: 9780767902748

A superbly written, basic advisor to making a religious lifestyles from scratch and connecting with the sacred in daily life.

All people lengthy to hook up with whatever more than ourselves, to event the sacred in our day-by-day lives, and to reinforce our feel of non secular enlightenment--yet frequently we don't understand the place to start. Awakening to the Sacred is a unprecedented new ebook that gives seekers of all faiths with the instruments and practices they should construct a religious existence from the floor up and to domesticate a divine presence in daily life.

In this based, inspiring e-book, Lama Surya Das--the so much hugely expert American lama within the Tibetan culture and writer of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within--integrates crucial Buddhist practices with quite a few different non secular philosophies and knowledge traditions to teach you the way to create a customized non secular perform in response to your individual person ideals, aspirations, and wishes. via reflections on his personal lifestyles quest, considerate essays, and unique tales, Surya Das examines the typical subject matters on the middle of any religious course, together with religion, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, respiring workouts, and myriad different rituals, delivering useful examples of every that we will be able to use daily to nurture our internal spirit.

Surya Das's particular and obtainable method emphasizes that we're all, by way of nature, religious beings and that our lives are certainly packed with sacred moments.  Awakening to the Sacred illuminates the typical meditations already found in way of life and exhibits how we will use them to rouse our hearts and minds and development towards internal peace, happiness, and enlightenment.

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In war, each side may find a traitor on the other side very useful. But though they use him and pay him they regard him as human vermin. So you cannot say that what we call decent behaviour in others is simply the behaviour that happens to be useful to us. And as for decent behaviour in ourselves, I suppose it * I do not think it is the whole story, as you will see later. I mean that, as far as the argument has gone up to date, it may be. 18 t h e r e a l i t y o f t h e l aw is pretty obvious that it does not mean the behaviour that pays.

But one word before I end. I have met people who exaggerate the differences, because they have not distinguished between differences of morality and differences of belief about facts. For example, one man said to me, ‘Three hundred years ago people in England were putting witches to death. ’ But surely the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. If we did—if we really thought that there were people going about who had sold themselves to the devil and received supernatural powers from him in return and were using these powers to kill their neighbours or drive them mad or bring bad weather—surely we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did?

That one thing is Man. We do not merely observe men, we are men. In this case we have, so to speak, inside information; we are in the know. And because of that, we know that men find themselves under a moral law, which they did not make, and cannot quite forget even when they try, and which they know they ought to obey. Notice the following point. Anyone studying Man from the outside as we study electricity or cabbages, not knowing our language and consequently not able to get any inside knowledge from us, but 23 mere christianity merely observing what we did, would never get the slightest evidence that we had this moral law.

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