The Listening Spheres

A friend of Bodhi Yoga UK sent us some quotes on listening from her website The Listening Spheres. We thought you might like them so we’ve printed a few here.

“But he learned more from the river than Vasudeva could teach him. He learned from it continually. Above all, he learned from it how to listen, to listen with a  still heart, with a waiting, open soul, without passion, without desire, without judgment, without opinions."
Hermann Hesse, 'Siddhartha'

“Man finds that his head and his spirit have led him wrong. We are at present terribly off the track, following our spirit which says how nice it would be if everything was perfect, and listening to our head, which says we might have everything perfect if we would only eliminate the tiresome reality of our obstinate blood-being."
D. H Lawrence, in his essay 'Books'

"In Josephus too a gift slumbered, and with the passing years, as his hair began to gray, it slowly came to flower. It was the gift of listening. Whenever a brother from one of the hermitages, or a child of the world harried and troubled of soul, came to Joseph and ... related the story of his life... Joseph knew how to listen to him, to open his ears and his heart, to gather the man's sufferings and anxieties into himself and hold them,  so that the penitent was sent away emptied and calmed."
Hermann Hesse, 'The Glass Bead Game'

No one is listening until you fart.
Author Unknown