What Sylvia Boorstein learned from Dipa Ma, “the Patron Saint of Householders”

What Sylvia Boorstein learned from Dipa Ma, “the Patron Saint of Householders”


I’d like to tell you that I met a woman
once. She was the teacher of my teachers. Her name is Dipa Ma. She came to the
United States, and my teachers brought her city-to-city to meet all of their
students. She was a lay woman and she lived in Kolkata. She didn’t speak, other than Bengali, so there were translators that she talked
through. And one of the questions that one of the people who visited with her
asked is, “What’s in your mind?” She said, “Well, most of the time there’s
nothing there except peace and equanimity and loving-kindness.” And that has been very much in my mind since then. She was a householder. She had a daughter, and the daughter had a son. She had a lot of attachment to him. She said, “You know, I think about him a lot. I worry about him a lot.” But, she had the
most tranquility of anybody that I ever met. That line about “there’s nothing
in my mind but peace and equanimity and loving-kindness” stayed in my mind, because it’s just lovely to think they’re all related to each other. When the mind is at ease, it preserves the equanimity. When there’s equanimity, it preserves the peace of mind. And then, loving-kindness is the
expression of a peaceful and balanced mind. I really take it as a matter of
fact about human beings having that potential. The potential of the
human heart, when the mind is relaxed, is to manifest as loving and caring.

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