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The Dra-La Principle
    #3891973 - 03/09/05 11:28 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

In Tibetan we hear of the Dra-la Principle, referring to the intrinsic magic of reality: this "immediate beyondness," which is available through each moment. We can call upon the drala as an ally, as a way to reach beyond ourselves, when we need to take refuge from confusion and distress and find a safe harbor for in the stormy emotions and travails of daily life. We also can simply recognize the drala through those moments of what I call "natural meditation," when we are so moved that we are as if accidentally pulled out of ourselves, by whatever most transports us and reconnects us to that which is beyond -- yet simultaneously within -- each of us.

Natural meditation is familiar to us all. When as kids we used to lie in the grass on our back and stare up at the clouds and the sky, losing ourselves, forgetting ourselves, we experienced and learned many things -- whether or not we were conscious of it. Or looking at the ocean's waves, listening to a waterfall, or staring at a candle flame, a blazing fire in the hearth, or a bonfire -- dissolving in the natural elemental energy of fire, water, wind, and being washed or burnt away while being transported far beyond our limited selves. This is the principle of natural meditation. It is not at all foreign to us. These are also some of the simple, practical essentials of nature mysticism.

Nature is our treasure; this world is our home and our garden. The earth is like an altar, and we are all the gods and goddesses, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, on that altar. In that light, reverence for all forms of life comes naturally. We are not merely human beings trying to live a more spiritual life, but spiritual beings learning how to live a human one here on planet earth, as Teilhard Des Chardin once said. We are part of nature, and nature courses through every atom of us. Human nature, Buddha-nature, mother nature -- three in one.

The book of nature is our operating manual; try to read a small chapter daily. I think you'll love it.

"Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all show respect and love for living things around us. especially each other. Together we must reestablish our connections with the natural world and with the Spiritual power that is around us. And then we can move triumphantly, joyously, into the final stage of human evolution--spiritual evolution."

Jane Goodall, "Reason for Hope".

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Re: The Dra-La Principle [Re: egghead1]
    #3892108 - 03/09/05 11:54 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Do you read Lama Surya Das?


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