THE TIMES OF INDIA
THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ENGLISH DAILY NEWSPAPER, QUOTES GITEN
Life is our teacher. Life communicates with us all the time and it is a lesson to see how life continuously has led me to the people i need to meet, to the situations i need to experience, and to the places i need to be.
– Swami Dhyan Giten
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THE ART OF DYING
– HASSIDISM, KABBALAH AND JEWISH MYSTICISM
We will be talking about Hassidism, but first a few basic remarks as an introduction.
One has to come in immediate contact with truth, heart to heart. Nothing should be allowed between the two: your heart and reality.
Once you understand who you are, once you go deep into your emptiness, and you are not scared, once you accept the inner death, you have arrived at what Buddha calls “nirvana”.
When you enter within yourself, you will feel like you are entering into a space where you are going to be lost – just as a drop of water entering the ocean is lost.
You will be lost; that is the fear.
That is why you become afraid of death.
Entry into your being is always like death.
It is a crucifixion, it is a cross.
Only very rare and courageous souls, who can take the risk of being lost, arrive.
You have to lose yourself to gain.
Once you are ready to enter into the emptiness, suddenly the fear disappears.
The same energy becomes joy and celebration.
You can dance because that which appeared as emptiness was just an interpretation of the mind.
It was not empty.
Once you enter into your inner being, the mind cannot understand.
If you move withinwards and you come across the inner emptiness,you will die.
That is the meaning of Jesus crucifixion and resurrection.
He is resurrected to a new life.
About Hassidism: The word “hasid” comes from the Hebrew word, which means “pure” or grace.
The whole standpoint of Hassidism is based on grace. It is not that “you” do someting – life is already happening, you just be silent, passive, alert, receiving.
God comes through his grace, not through your effort.
Hassidism believes in life, in joy.
Hassidism is one of the religions in the world, which is life-affirmative.
It has no reunciation in it.
Rather, you have to celebrate life.
The founder of Hassidism, Baal-Shem, is reported to have said: “I have come to teach a new way. It is not fasting and penenace, but a joy in God.”
Hassidism is the heart of Judaism. Hassidism is the mystical tradition of Judaism.
The Hasids loves life, tries to experience life.
That very experience start giving you a balance. And in that balance, some day, when you are really balanced, neither leaning on this side nor leaning on that side, when you are exactly in the middle, you transcend.
The middle is the beyond. If you really want to know what existence is, it is neither in life nor in death. Life is one extreme, death is another extreme. It is just exactly in the middle, where neither life is nor death is, where one is simply unborn, deathless.
In that moment of balance, grace descends.
Hassidism is to find the true joy of life. Hassidism is not a path of meditation, it is a path of love, joy and prayer.
The whole approach of Hassidism is not to choose any extreme, just to remain in the middle, not getting identified with either – just remaining free and joyously enjoying both.
If life comes, enjoy life, if death comes, enjoy death.
Hassidism teaches life in community.
It says that man is not an island, man is not an ego.
Man should live in a community.
Life is in love, life is in flow, in giving, taking and sharing you grow.
To live in a community is to live in love, to live in a community is to live in love, to live in a community is to live in a committment, caring for others.
Love more and you will be more.
There are many religions which are very self-centered, they only think of the self. They only think about how I should become liberated.
Hassdism says that the best way to drop the ego is to live in a community.
It is live with people, to be concerned with people, with their joy, with their sadness, with their happiness, with their life, and with their death.
Create a concern for others, be involved.
Hassidism uses community life as a device.
Hassidism celebrates the small things of life – eating, drinking – and then everything takes the quality of prayer.
The ordinaries of life is no longer ordinary. It is suffused with divine grace.
– Swami Dhyan Giten
“I JUST KNEW THAT I SHOULD DO THE SATSANG WEEKEND WITH GITEN”
A CEO for a consulting- and education company in Sweden came for an individual consultation with Giten. He said that he did not remember how he heard about Giten, but he said that he just knew that he should book an individual consultation with Giten. During the consultation he also decided to attend satsang with Giten without really knowing what satsang is.
Today John sent an email to Giten saying that he heard about Giten a few months ago on Facebook and instantly knew that he wanted to meet him. He also said that he bought Giten’s book in Swedish, “Meditationens Sång” and Giten’s book about Jesus Christ. He also said that he wanted to attend satsang with Giten.
Many of the participants in individual consultations, satsang and in satsang weekends with Giten says that same thing: that they just knew that they should attend satsang or participate in a satsang weekend with Giten without really knowing why.
The social scientist and behaviourist Anne-li Fellman said: “Satsang weekend with Giten was a super course. When I read about Satsang weekend with Giten, I just knew that I should do this course. I have missed people who really wants go as deep into the inner being that is possible, and in satsang with Giten I found this. So enjoyable to be in this presence. I just wanted to sit, see and be.”
Giten says that he appreciates that people trust themselves and trust their own intuition, the inner source of love, truth and wisdom, in guiding them to individual consultations or satsang.
LOVE, SILENCE & GOD:
Eight quotes from Goodreads large Collection of 164 Giten quotes
― Swami Dhyan Giten, The Silent Whisperings of the Heart – An Introduction to Giten’s Approach to Life
“During the summer I meditated outside in nature. Listening to the wind with the ears are like listening to mere noise, but listening to the wind blowing through the trees from the inner silence and being one with the wind is like listening to the celestial music.”
GITEN ON PRAYER
“I was tired in the evening yesterday. I felt drained by the last days outer conflicts. I felt separated from life. Suddenly I heard the wind blowing through the trees outside my open window, whispering a silent and playful invitation: “Do you want to play? Do you want to join the dance?” This playful invitation again joined my heart and being with the Existential dance. I was again in a silent prayer and oneness with life.”
GITEN ON WHOLENESS
“When we become silent, we become whole. And when we become whole, we become holy.”
GITEN ON JESUS
A friend of mine commented yesterday that she has experienced similar insights that I talked about that all enlightened Masters and founders of religion are actually talking about the same ocean, the same invisible life source, the same God.
She also said that she worked in a Christan environment at the time that she received these insights, and when she tried to share these insights with the Christians she was accused of being “impure” and of being associated with the “Devil”.
Christians hold on to the idea that Jesus was the only son of God, without realizing that we are all son’s and daughter’s of God. By holding on to the idea that Jesus is the only son of God, they do not either to realize that all enlightened Masters are talking about the same God.
Jesus did not talk about faith, he talked about trust. He talked about discovering a trust in yourself and in relationship to God. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you. In Christianity, the church has become the intermediate between man and God, and people who claim that they have found a direct relationship to God are accused of blasphemy. The Christan church has become a barrier between man and God, and anyone who has declared that he has found a direct relationship to God are immediately banned by the church, for example Master Eckhart and Franciskus of Assisi.
I have always had a deep love for Jesus, but it is not the picture of Jesus that the Christian church presents. I was a disciple of Jesus in a former life, and was thrown to the lions in Colosseum in Rome as one of the early Christians. Jesus had many more disciples than the twelve disciples mentioned in The Bible.
In this life, I resigned my automatic membership in the church as soon as I could think for myself when I was 15 years old. I was also disgusted with an organization that said that they preached love and which has murdered more people than Hitler.
My experience with these rare and precious insights are that they expand our consciousness of reality. They are gradual initiations into reality. They may fade away, but we will never be the same again after receiving them. They will also come more and more, the more committment we have to our spiritual growth.”
GITEN ON WORKING WITH PEOPLE
“What I basically listen to when I work with a group of people is when the moment becomes silent. Then I know that we are entering the dimension of love, truth and wholeness.”
GITEN ON LOVE AND ALONENESS
“Meditation is the way to be with ourselves and to learn to accept our own aloneness. In aloneness, I experiment with being consciously alone as a door to be egoless. In conscious aloneness, the ego can not function. In aloneness, you are not.
I have always been comfortable with my own aloneness as an inner source of love, joy, truth, silence and wholeness.
When we depend on other people, it becomes a bondage – instead of a freedom. I took this sunday as a meditation to be consciously alone, and to accept all feelings of pain, of not being loved and the fear of being nobody that would come up during the meditation. This meditation goes up and down during the day: at certain moments, I can totally accept my aloneness. It feels fine to accept that I am alone and that I am nobody. At other moments, I feel the pain of not being loved, when the meditation brings up how dependence on other people is a barrier to totally accept my aloneness.
I take a coffee at a restaurant. I am the only person that sits alone in the restaurant, while the other guests are couples and families eating sunday dinner. It brings up painful feelings of not being loved and wanting to be needed by other people, when I see how much people cling to each other in the couples and the families.
Escaping your aloneness through relationships and needing other people’s attention through being a teacher, a politician or by being rich or famous, are ways of escaping the pain of aloneness. But then the relationships are not really love. Only when you are capable of being alone, you can really love.
When we can be alone, we discover the inner source of love, which is our true nature. When we can be alone, it open the door to be one with the Whole.”
GITEN ON GOD
“Meditation expands our inner being. The inner being is like a small, individual river flowering towards the Ocean.
In meditation, I feel how my inner being expands into an inner ocean, which is part of everything, which is one with Existence.
Through the inner being, we come in contact with the inner ocean, the undefined and boundless within ourselves, where we are one with life. We realize that God is part of life. We realize that God is not a person, but the consciousness that is part of everything. We find God in a flower, in a tree, in the eyes of a child or in a playful dog.
Through discovering our inner being, we discover that we are also part of the flower, the child or the dog. We realize that God is everywhere.”
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