Holi: Festival of Colors 3.28.2009
(made from corn starch) from India for the festival}
"Brendan, ever since you got on that sexiest bachelor's list you've been kind of douchey. When you tried to get me to buy the new Fergie album it made me feel so lonely." - Kenny
"Brendan, you screened my call, douchebag. You're a really big douche. If you were a superhero, you'd be Captain Douchebag. Your superpowers would be 'screening calls' and the ability to wreck any hang... DOUCHE." - Mike
“I am ever present to those who have realized me in every creature. Seeing all life as my manifestation, they are never separated from me. They worship me in the hearts of all, and all their actions proceed from me. Wherever they live, they abide in me.” (6:30-31, Easwaran, pg. xviii)
“The man or woman who realizes God has everything and lacks nothing (6:22). Life cannot threaten such a person; all it holds is the opportunity to love, to serve, and to give.” (Easwaran , pg. xxv)
And my personal favorite:
“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit [outcome] of the work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world Arjuna, as a man established within himself—without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat. . . . Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment and you will amass the wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by desire for the fruits of action are miserable, for the are constantly anxious about the results of what they do.” (2:47-49)
“What Krishna means is to give up attachment to the results of what you do: that is, to give your best to every undertaking without insisting that the results work out the way you want. . . .
‘By detachment I mean that you must not worry whether the desired result follows from your action or not, so long as your motive is pure, your means correct. Really, it means that things will come right in the end if you take care of the means and leave the rest to Him. . . . But renunciation of fruit in no way means indifference to the result. In regard to every action one must know the result that is expected to follow, the means thereto, and the capacity for it. . . .’
“This attitude frees a person completely. Whatever comes – success or failure, praise or blame, victory or defeat – he can give his best with a clear, unruffled mind. Nothing can shake his courage or break his will; no setback can depress her or make her feel burned out. . . . Again, Krishna repeatedly tells Arjuna to surrender everything to Him in love. . . . Krishna is asking Arjuna to act entirely for His sake, not for any personal gain. The whole point of the path of love is to transform motivation from ‘I, I, I,’ to ‘thou, thou, thou’ – that is, to surrender selfish attachments by dissolving them in the desire to give.” (Easwaran , xxxix-xli)
I spent 2 ½ hours in a meeting that contained approximately 5 minutes of relevant information.
I got honked at for holding up a green light because I was busy checking out a cute boy walking across the street on campus.
I ordered something new from Taco Bell and it was gross – seriously, that’s never happened before. Of course, I usually get the Chalupa which = crazy delicious.
Suddenly, I want very badly to complete a mini triathalon – and I actually look forward to going to the gym every day.
I had the thought that maybe early spring is so windy because all the dead leaves still clinging to branches need to be swept away in order for the new leaves to bloom. I like the idea that turbulance is a process of fostering regrowth and clearing away winter.