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A Nice Birthday Gift
James: Hi, James.
Today is my birthday, and I want to give my best friend a gift. He walks twice a day, and I want to give him something for him to say silently in himself when he goes on his walks that I think will help him with his practice. He is a devoted Vedanta student like I am, but his vasanas are quite binding, so his identification with his jiva is great, and thus the suffering that comes from his thoughts is also great.
Isvara put this thought in my head yesterday, and below is how it goes.
1. I want to remember that I am Awareness and I want to know what it means to be Awareness. To know what it means to be Awareness is to know that I am untouched by experience.
2. I pray to Isvara to give me the ability to notice as quickly as possible my fascination with samsara.
3. I pray to Isvara to give me the willpower to let go of the story out there that I am so fascinated with and to look inward towards Awareness for my well-being.
If you can think of a better daily mantra, please share it with me. I also welcome your comments on my mantras.
James: Good mantras! Here’s one inspired by your list:
3. May I always take into account the fact that life is a zero-sum game when I am contemplating fulfilling a desire born of loneliness.
~ Love, James