April 25, 2012

Find Vajra, Be Strong. ~ Robert Piper


We’ve all heard the phrase, “look within.”

It’s a phrase that has been used for thousands of years by various cultures. In Buddhism, one looks within to find vajra. In Sanskrit, this word means both a thunder bolt and a diamond. It is believed in the Buddhist culture that when one looks within through meditation and gains this vajra, they become indestructible. Tibetan Monks sometimes carry a symbolic object of this that represents the strength of a diamond that can pierce through anything.

Everyone has the capability to look within and gather this type of vajra strength from places they never thought humanly possible.

Gandhi said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” The greatest way to access this inner strength is through some sort of meditation practice. Gandhi gathered this strength while he was in jail. During this time, he read the Bhagavad Gita and did a tremendous amount of meditation.

Patañjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, said:

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a far greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

At times when you can’t explain why events are happening, I hope that you may find this vajra in your life. 

An excerpt from a wonderful poem by Sandra Sturtz Hauss reads:

“May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.”

We all doubt ourselves and strengths on a daily basis, but finding vajra through meditation can help you become a stronger person.

By looking within, you can access this vajra that can pierce through any of the life challenges that you may face.


Robert Piper is a meditation teacher, happiness enthusiast and creator of monkinthecity.com. He studied with a Taoist monk for nine and half years, and traveled extensively to Asia and Australia in search of other meditation teachers. He has spent nearly a decade researching, studying and collecting information on various meditation systems of Asia. Robert is currently in the process of writing a book on meditation to make the topic more accessible for stress relief, health, and happiness.

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