Do I Have a Hidden Agenda?

UN : Well, yes and no.
The Buddhas : Please clarify.
UN : I don’t have a hidden agenda in the way you might be thinking.
The Buddhas : But…
UN : I probably do have a hidden agenda in another indirect way.
The Buddhas : Continue.
UN : I am understanding that chanting for others gives greatest joy, during and after.
The Buddhas : So, now you’ve started churning out 100% for others sessions because…
UN : I’m doing it for the joy, but I’m not only doing it for the joy.
The Buddhas : Aha!
UN : No Aha. My intensity when I chant towards my personal issues is so immense…
The Buddhas : …that it borders on anger and asking for something negative, you fear?
UN : I don’t even want to take that chance.
The Buddhas : So you’ve stopped chanting for yourself?
UN : Perhaps just currently. Two issues are angering me. I don’t wish to dwell on the anger.
The Buddhas : Just chant without the anger part.
UN : Yes, currently I’m succeeding at that when I chant for others.
The Buddhas : And when you chant for yourself, the pent up anger wells up?
UN : Yes.
The Buddhas : So you chant for others to avoid anger welling up when chanting for yourself?
UN : Partly. Partly for the joy too.
The Buddhas : Hmmm. We’d like you to soon enough…
UN : …be able to chant for myself too without anger being able to well up?
The Buddhas : Yes. Can you work on that?
UN : Of course.
The Buddhas : Cheers.
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What is my Test here?

UN : I’ve been cheated. Monetary and emotionally.
The Buddhas : Yet, you have everything else going for yourself.
UN : Yes. Health, family, profession, all round comfort and joy.
The Buddhas : Except this one thing that’s happening to you.
UN : Yes. Everything else is 5-stars plus plus.
The Buddhas : So what do you think your test is, here?
UN : Looking beyond and enjoying what I have?
The Buddhas : Saying is one thing, doing is another.
UN : That one pinch spoils the taste.
The Buddhas : Your practice will bleach the effects of the pinch.
UN : After a chanting session, I don’t remember the pinch, till eventually reminded.
The Buddhas : Ask for capacity to look beyond this incident, while chanting. Soon, you’ll forget the pinch altogether.

So, What did You Notice?

The Buddhas : So, what did you notice?

UN : That after a chanting session, some kind of a joy starts to rise.

The Buddhas : And…

UN : It seems that the cells of the body are celebrating.

The Buddhas : Is it?

UN : Yes, and there are vibratory sounds in the head.

The Buddhas : Hmmm.

UN : There is extra force emanating from the forehead.

The Buddhas : What is your overall feeling?

UN : My problem has diminished.

The Buddhas : Smaller in size?

UN : Am thinking less about it. Am busy enjoying the good feeling in the body and mind.

The Buddhas : Lessened in threat value, then?

UN : I’m not scared to face it. The Karma has started to come to the fore, at accelerated speed, and my energy levels to tackle it have shot up. Issue is bothering me lesser and lesser as I keep chanting. 

The Buddhas : Not that you spend much time chanting towards resolution of your this issue…

UN : Others have bigger issues. Joy levels emanating later are higher when I chant for them.

The Buddhas : You noticed that, did you?

UN : Yes. I enjoy chanting for loved ones.

The Buddhas : Be a little careful about wattage please. 

UN : Wattage?

The Buddhas : Chant a wattage that the loved one is able to sustain.

UN : I see. I thing I understand what you are saying. 

The Buddhas : Good. Bye.
 

Did You Ask for Something Negative?

UN : Good session, huh?!

The Buddhas : There were good things about it.
 
UN : Let’s hear it from you. What was good about it?

The Buddhas : First the difficult part.

UN : The seven minutes I chanted for myself, yes, those were very intense, I gave it everything.

The Buddhas : There was so much energy being thrown into the Universe in those seven minutes. Was there negativity?

UN : I’ve been emotionally and monetarily massively cheated. All I asked was for the Karma to resolve with maximum ease and evolution.

The Buddhas : You didn’t ask for the offending parties to be punished, agreed, but your tone was so thunderous and intense, that we were wondering. 

UN : I feel about it emotionally and thunderously. Resolution with maximum ease and evolution are words that have come from you, in one of the recent logs.

The Buddhas : No negativity – that’s good, fine, let’s move on. We liked that almost 85-90% of the session was spent chanting for others. 

UN : I didn’t do it to please you.

The Buddhas : Tell us why you didn’t chant more for yourself, especially because you have been emotionally and monetarily cheated.

UN : It felt great chanting for others. I felt on top of the world. I felt I was moving and shaking the world. I forgot my own problems.

The Buddhas : And then you remembered them?

UN : When I did, I went in with a bang. I felt I had obtained a visa to chant for myself, after chanting for others for the majority of the session.

The Buddhas : The visa bit is a little ridiculous, such that we don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. 

UN : I know, chanting for others doesn’t give one a visa for anything. 

The Buddhas : However, you forgot about your own problems, at least for a while. Simultaneously, you remembered the problems of others.

UN : So?

The Buddhas : That stands out for us. We need to see more efforts like that. Alone that excuses any minor discrepancies we might have had with your session. 



 

Dealing with no Seat

I don’t have a fixed seat for chanting.
 
I can create it with force, but don’t wish to. 
 
I want the seat to come naturally, whenever it does, in unison with the happiness of my immediate family.
 
Till the seat comes, a virtual one can be created almost anywhere.
 
So, iPad out, link open http://youtu.be/LYC15nHTAL4 , I do Gongyo along with. Simple?
 
After that, I can chant. Slow, fast, suit yourself. I use this one for rhythm https://youtu.be/rVr9BzGijPU , it wakes me up, gets me going, and once the rhythm has developed, I can continue on my own. The Gongyo in this one is a tad too fast, but you can actually feel the horse galloping. I love the rhythm of the Daimoku in this one. 
 
At times, I remember the image of the Gohonzon in my mind. Once the image is there, a mental conversation with the Gohonzon develops. 
 
Sometimes I forget to thank the universe and the founding fathers for giving me this opportunity. 
 
However, I carry my virtual seat, with me, wherever I go, with dignity, and with gratitude.

When There’s a Prick, I Start to Chant

The Buddhas : There you are again.
UN : You got me there. I’m in pain. Thus my chanting intensifies.
The Buddhas : And you don’t chant as intensely when not in pain. 
UN : Yes. You got me there.
The Buddhas : Why exactly not? We want to know.
UN : When I’m in physical or mental pain, I wish to return to my normal asap. 
The Buddhas : Then you don’t hold back, is it? Why do you hold back when normal?
UN : When normal, I don’t wish to overdo. But I still do.
The Buddhas : Hmmm. Your chanting when in pain is 6 times in comparison. 
UN : You wish me to increase my chanting while normal?
The Buddhas : We’re just noting the discrepancy in the ratio. 
UN : Normal chanting brings Karma to the fore, to be dealt with. 
The Buddhas : And the happy Karma you take as if its your birthright…
UN : And the painful Karma makes me crib… and then go beserk chanting. 
The Buddhas : This going beserk and the cribbing part needs to be altered. 
UN : Meaning?
The Buddhas : Don’t waste time cribbing. 
UN : Fine. Then?
The Buddhas : Go straight to Gongyo and Daimoku. Lay out your issue. Then chant.
UN : I then get extra vigorous. I’m greedy for quick resolution. 
The Buddhas : Vigorous to the extent to falling ill is a fault. Greed and haste are faults too. 
UN : So I’ll chant with attenuation, without thinking of resolution?
The Buddhas : Chant for the Karma to play out with maximum ease and evolution. 
UN : And them move on with the additional strength coming from the evolution?
The Buddhas : Yes. Move on to bigger game. 
 

The Exercise of the White Light

Chanting magnetises each cell of the body.

It is not a wonder, that the chant remains with one, wherever one goes. It goes on in the background.

We lay down to rest. Eyes are closed.

Chant is going on in the background.

What now?

Let it go on?

Alternatively, you could do the exercise of the light.

Imagine a pitch dark cave.

You are in the cave.

The entrance is completely blocked by a boulder.

The boulder has a crack, though, through which white light is coming in.

White?

Whiter than white.

Fairy’s-dress-white.

As white as it gets.

And then whiter.

Imagine the crack getting bigger.

More white light comes in.

White light engulfs you.

You are in the white light.

The white light is in you.

Remain in the white light.

Guide it to your aches and pains.

Fall asleep in the white light.

You will be amazed at how fast your body recuperates and then some.

What have you achieved?

Two things.

You now have something extremely constructive to do between the time that eyes are closed and the time that you fall asleep.

Also, you are simultaneously then not chanting with eyes closed.