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 : 🙂

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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.

The Way it Makes Me Feel

There’s energy welling up, and it expresses itself in a bass-like voice. The voice has a roar-character. Heart chakra is participating. It’s like connection…

…to the Universe. 

I’m speaking the language of the Universe,…

…the one language. 

I feel united with everyone else who is chanting. 

This is an act of the coming together of pockets of positivity, Universe-wide, to form one inconceivably huge pocket of positivity. 

Why?

Yes, why does everyone need to be on the same page? 

Why does everyone need to speak the same language?

Why does everyone need to be in unison?

One look at the condition of the world will answer these questions. 

Huge minuses happening everywhere require a humungous plus, one all-encompassing plus, which overwhelms any kind of minuses. 

Small, small pluses here and there don’t cut it. It has to be one humungous plus, in unison. 

I feel that I’m a part of this plus.

When I chant, I’m in unison with this plus. 

I add my contribution gladly. 

I am grateful that chanting by others saved me from succumbing to my illness. 

For a while, I forget about everything and chant because I’m grateful, to say thank you. 

Then I chant to add to the plus. I try and put the grateful aspect in the backdrop, so that I can add more actively to the plus, with full force. 

I feel fulfilled when I chant.