The SWAN meditation – short for strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and needs – helps us to do just that. The technique allows us to develop a continuous awareness of the most influential factors of our lives. By practicing the SWAN technique, we learn to see things for what they truly are rather than what we desire them to be.
The Kleshas are obstacles to our spiritual progress. By understanding the five Kleshas, learning to reduce their stranglehold on life and destroying them, we can reduce pain and suffering, and finally get a glimpse of Atman – the inner self.
The following text is a description of Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta – The Pali text named “Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone.” The text details the first and one of the most important exhortations given by Buddha to a young Rahula, his son.
Faith and belief are terms which are often thought of as analogous, but they have nothing to do with one another. In fact, they principally oppose each other.
Gautama’s Buddha worked ceaselessly for the good of mankind, and was renowned for his ten great virtues: “Itipi So Bhagava Araham Sammasambuddho Vijja-Carana Sampanno Sugato Lokovidu AnuttaroPurisa Damma-Sarathi Sattha Deva-Manussanam Buddho Bhagavathi”
“Avoid fraternising with people who don’t share your values. Prolonged association with those with false ideas can only tarnish your thinking.” - Epictetus - The great Stoic philosopher
The greatest way to express spiritual energy is in the form of creativity. If we are able to use our creative energy with absolute awareness, it can be a stepping stone by which we can pave the way towards spirituality.
Understanding how to discern between instinct and intuition is a necessary step for higher living. Only when we understand the difference between them, can we become fearless; and only when we’re fearless can we really live a joyful life.