Status Check II

UN : You know what’s beautiful?
The Buddhas : We’re sure you’ll share it right now.
UN : It’s the way that the day orders itself.
The Buddhas : Meaning?
UN : From one activity to the next, to the next and so on and so forth, creating value through and through, not a moment lost…
The Buddhas : And you’re attributing this to…?
UN : Chanting. To the whole experience in Faith. 
The Buddhas : And you know this how?
UN : Well, it wasn’t the case before. Days dragged. The whole day was like fill in the blanks. 
The Buddhas : Is that it?
UN : Theres more. We’re looking at extra value. Things line up out of the blue, without effort. These get done on auto, as the day progresses. 
The Buddhas : Wonderful.
UN : And, there’s time. Seem to be having an extra few minutes for everything. Not in a hurry about anything anymore. I enjoy my time. 
The Buddhas : There’s another thing we’ve noticed, though, which is noteworthy. 
UN : I know what you’re going to say. 
The Buddhas : Why don’t you say it for us?
UN : I’ve started to step out and meet people. I enjoy being with them, and go out of my way to share experiences in this philosophy.
The Buddhas : That’s quite a shift. Well done!
UN : Sleep quality is wonderful too. Drop into bed and am gone. 
The Buddhas : Great! Keep going.

Flow

The Buddhas : Hmmm, your intensity has decreased.

UN : Yes. Perhaps it is temporary. Also, I’m dealing with headache resulting from intense Daimoku.

The Buddhas : Was that your practice like fire?

UN : Don’t you think I’m steadier now? Practicing more like the flow of water?

The Buddhas : You do learn fast. What about your loudness?

UN : One of my seniors told me it’s the loudness of determination that matters more than the loudness of voice.

The Buddhas : Intelligent senior.

UN : Yes, have become less loud. However, there is this natural loudness that I’m not able to go below.

The Buddhas : Keep it natural.

UN : Ya, but my natural loudness is some notches above what I’ve seen around me. 

The Buddhas : Keep it natural, not more, not less. Sometimes the natural flow will be soft. Respect that. Don’t make it loud when what’s coming out is soft. 

UN : What about vice-versa?

The Buddhas : Don’t get the headache. That’s your limit.

UN : So, what you’re saying is for me not to keep the loud flow going to the extent of a headache, and to artificially soften it when I feel a headache coming in. 

The Buddhas : When you feel a headache coming on is already one step too far. The flow will have signaled softness before that, and you will probably have missed the signal. Now the body sends a different signal, which it knows you won’t miss.

UN : The headache. 

The Buddhas : Yes. Flow is subtle. Become as subtle as the flow of what’s coming from within you to understand the nature of your flow. 

UN : 🙂 Thanks.

The Buddhas : Bye.

UN : Bye. 

Dealing with Persecution

UN : What do I do about this heaviness in my thorax area and above?

The Buddhas : Describe it.

UN : Something wants to go up and is not able to. It’s stuck.

The Buddhas : Is it the element of air?

UN : Yes.

The Buddhas : You are suffering from a disturbance in the element of air in the chest, throat and neck area, it seems.

UN : Is it connected to my chanting?

The Buddhas : Well, you are a ruthless chanter…

UN : I can’t stop the flow. If it’s there, it will flow. 

The Buddhas : We wish to address the stuck part. Therein lies the key. Understand the stuck part and you will be cured of this. Then chant as ruthlessly as you wish. 🙂

UN : Wow! Tell me all. 

The Buddhas : Flow is blocked partly in your throat chakra. That is a result of suppression or prosecution.

UN : Prosecution? There’s nothing like the Daishonin’s prosecution in my life. 

The Buddhas : Sure, not on that scale. On a miniscule scale – think hard?!

UN : Well my spiritual side doesn’t count at home. It’s worthless. In fact, till the longest time, it was a negative, and was punished. I had to hide it with shame. 

The Buddhas : See, that’s persecution. Sure, not on the Daishonin’s level, but on a miniscule level.

UN : Hmmm, I do see now. Is it the cause for this blockage?

The Buddhas : Absolutely. You weren’t dealing with your situation till now. Blockage developed. You are dealing with things now by chanting regularly in spite of your immediate surrounding. Hence, blockage will go over time. 

UN : Things are better in my immediate surrounding now. There’s more acceptance. 

The Buddhas : That’s a sign that things are improving already. How long were you persecuted?

UN : Don’t use that word again and again. It’s on a miniscule level, not relevant for the outside world. 

The Buddhas : Well, it has caused you a health issue, so you decide whether it’s serious or not. Also, how would your world like an unfit You, unable to function?

UN : I see your point. I’m dealing with it now, right? 

The Buddhas : Just keep chanting wth full faith. Your immediate environment will first fully accept, and them will move with you. There needs to be no iota of doubt about this in your mind. Before you know it, this disturbance of air in your upper area will be gone, because the persecution has gone. 

UN : Again you’re using that word. Stop. 

The Buddhas : You’re an obstinate fellow, aren’t you. That’s actually good, because that’s why you’ve persisted. You’re almost through though, just keep going. 

UN : Thanks and bye! 🙂

The Buddhas : Bye! 🙂


The Deal with Pin-Me-Downs

The Buddhas : Is that you, chanting profusely?

UN : Yes.

The Buddhas : How come so much?

UN : One work is stuck.

The Buddhas : Oh, so you need to be pinned down, to then chant profusely, is it?

UN : I do see a pattern there. I wish it weren’t so.

The Buddhas : Just chant, work stuck or no work stuck. 

UN : We’re talking about profusely, remember?

The Buddhas : Right, yes. Let’s say, everything’s on track. Can you still chant profusely?

UN : You know the answer. Rephrase to ask what you wish to actually ask.

The Buddhas : Good. Can you still chant profusely with regularity?

UN : Now you have the right question. I get distracted by the good times. Chanting, yes. Profusely, yes, at times. Chanting with regularity, yes. Morning-evening, yes. Gongyo, yes. Chanting profusely with regularity, unfortunately, no. There, you have me. 

The Buddhas : And when do you chant profusely with regularity, if at all. 

UN : When there’s a pin-me-down.

The Buddhas : Try doing so without the pin-me-down having to push you to. 

UN : Tough. 

The Buddhas : Try. 

UN : Ok, I’ll try.

Recognition

UN : Sometimes, I feel under-recognized.

The Buddhas : We recognize you.

UN : Thank you. 

The Buddhas : It’s ok to not blare one’s trumpet. You’re doing great.

UN : Then why these pangs?

The Buddhas : What will you get from worldly recognition? Tell us that.

UN : Nothing, I see that. I can’t carry it forward.

The Buddhas : So drop it and move on. 

UN : My work is all so hidden. I’m busy all day. However, nobody sees what I do.

The Buddhas : Are you in it for the joy of doing, or for showing others that you do and what you do?

UN : I enjoy what I do. I’m thankful for it. Sometimes, I wish to show it.

The Buddhas : It’s a question of critical mass.

UN : Meaning?

The Buddhas : Once good, meaningful work reaches beyond critical mass, the Universe is compelled to show it to as many as possible.

UN : And since i’m already…

The Buddhas : …doing good, meaningful work,… …, yes.

UN : I see. 

The Buddhas : However, your focus must remain on your good, meaningful work.

UN : You mean the showing part is just a side-effect as far as I’m concerned?

The Buddhas : When you start focusing on the showing part, your good, meaningful work suffers.

UN : For lack of focus?

The Buddhas : Amongst other things. You do have an outlet, and are already using it to the max, btw.

UN : Outlet?

The Buddhas : As in pressure-cooker safety-hatch for any frustration.

UN : Chanting?

The Buddhas : Yeah, let it all out. Translate any frustration into intensity, length, stamina and output while chanting.

UN : As in shake the universe till it shakes. 

The Buddhas : Yeah, shake it and make it…

UN : …show my work?

The Buddhas : And then don’t forget to keep your focus anchored on your good meaningful work. 

UN : 🙂

The Buddhas : 🙂

Morning-Evening Binds the Day

The Buddhas : So now you see.

UN : Yes, I do.

The Buddhas : And what do you see?

UN: The effects of morning-evening Gongyo+Daimoku.

The Buddhas : And pray what are the effects?

UN: I didn’t see it earlier. Morning-evening binds the day.

The Buddhas : Hmmmm.

UN : The day is like a unit. There’s purpose, and a push. And extra energy. Motivation. Optimism. Goal-orientedness. It’s like “Let’s go!”

The Buddhas : What was it like earlier?

UN : My practice was casual. There was no Gongyo. A little bit of Nam Mayo Ho Renge Kyo here, a little bit there.

The Buddhas : Did such effects come forth then?

UN : No.

The Buddhas : So what’s your conclusion here? You already mentioned the morning-evening binding effect. Anything else as significant?

UN : Gongyo amplifies Daimoku manifold.

The Buddhas : Aha.

UN : Tongue opens up. Daimoku becomes smooth. Clear. One can do fast, loud and clear Daimoku, if one then wishes. Gongyo sets a rhythm in one’s system, and Daimoku becomes a breeze.

The Buddhas : Good. Continue like that.

Shatter and Pop

UN : I’m afraid.

1st Buddha : There we go again.

3rd Buddha : Explain.

UN : My chanting comes out with such force, that I’m afraid that I might pop an artery.

2nd Buddha : Ha! Priceless!

3rd Buddha : I’ll take this one, you two stay quiet. So, are you loud, intense, or both?

UN : Both. Such that the walls shake. And fast. Rapid.

3rd Buddha : You do it on purpose?

UN : I can’t help myself. It comes out that way.

1st Buddha : He can’t help himself, he says! Hahahahaha!

3rd Buddha : Quiet! Your soul’s been in a corner, is it?

UN : Yes.

3rd Buddha : And you’re a naturally very intense person?

UN : Yes.

3rd Buddha : Well, you’re just coming out now, that’s the way it is.

2nd Buddha : What about his artery that might pop? Hahahahaha!

3rd Buddha : Done with your jokes? We are putting a mechanism in place.

UN : What mechanism?

3rd Buddha : You won’t pop anything.

UN : How does this mechanism work?

3rd Buddha : As far as you’re concerned, the appropriate mechanism is in place. You won’t pop anything. You don’t need to know more.

UN : So I continue?

3rd Buddha : Just let it all come out.

1st Buddha : Yeah, make sure my eardrums pop.

2nd Buddha : The walls are going nowhere. It’s your walls that are shattering.

3rd Buddha : Bye.

2nd Buddha : Bye.

1st Buddha : Bye.

UN : Bye.