Spiritual Laws {9} ~ Compensation

According to the Law of Compensation, you will receive what you put out. This is similar to the Law of Attraction, but with a focus on the idea that compensation can come in many forms.

For example, if you win a large amount of money then you might think you’re getting a reward. However, depending on how you have lived, your vast amount of wealth could lead to a worse life rather than a better one.

Essentially, you reap what you sow. This law reminds you to be careful about how you treat others, and indeed the planet.

Spiritual Laws {8} ~ Cause & Effect

One of the most straightforward laws of the universe, the Law of Cause and Effect tells us that all actions have a corresponding reaction. You will already know this, of course, when it comes to the physical aspects of the world. However, perhaps you haven’t considered how this law might be applied to the spiritual aspects of our universe.

Your spiritual life can impact the world around you, causing positive or negative reactions. Similarly, your physical environment can impact on your spirituality, whether for good or for ill. Ask yourself what types of relationships you see between the spiritual and the physical, and how you might want to change them.

Zen Koans {25}

When Bankei was preaching at Ryumon temple, a Shinshu priest, who believed in salvation through the repitition of the name of the Buddha of Love, was jealous of his large audience and wanted to debate with him.

Bankei was in the midst of a talk when the priest appeared, but the fellow made such a disturbance that bankei stopped his discourse and asked about the noise.

“The founder of our sect,” boasted the priest, “had such miraculous powers that he held a brush in his hand on one bank of the river, his attendant held up a paper on the other bank, and the teacher wrote the holy name of Amida through the air. Can you do such a wonderful thing?”

Bankei replied lightly: “Perhaps your fox can perform that trick, but that is not the manner of Zen. My miracle is when I am thirsty, I drink, when I am hungry I eat.

~The Real Miracle~


Niralamba is a Sanskrit term that means “independent,” “self-supported,” “unsupported” or “alone.” It is derived from the root words, nira, meaning “without” or “free from,” and lamba, meaning “a prop” or “support.” Niralamba is used to describe more challenging versions of yoga poses that are unsupported.

The term is also used to describe a higher form of samadhi, or enlightenment, in which the mind no longer supports itself and so becomes one with the higher self. This niralamba samadhi is sometimes used as a synonym for nirbija samadhi, or “samadhi without a seed of desire.”

A third use of the term refers to the “Niralamba Upanishad,” an ancient Hindu text that is notable for stating that all living beings and deities are the same ultimate reality as Brahman.

Zen Koans {24}

Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen master, Fugai, and his followers. In haste the cook went to the garden with his curved knife and cut off the tops of green veetables, chopped them together, and made soup, unaware that in his haste he had included a part of a snake in the vegetables.

The followers of Fugai thought they had never tasted such great soup. But when the master himself found the snake’s head in his bowl, he summoned the cook. “What is this?” he demanded, holding up the head of the snake.

“Oh, thank you, master,” replied the cook, taking the morsel and eating it quickly.

~Eating The Blame~