For those who have walked the path and know the nature of mind and intellect, and have had a glimpse of the Self, it is important to remember that the nature of mind is to divide, discriminate, stand apart, find uniqueness etc., It has to keep busy 24 by 7, so it latches onto divisions of any kind with glee – Religion, Nationality, Caste, Creed, Cricket, Language, Movies, Music, Tech Stack heck even Programming Languages and Frameworks too. All it asks is to be fed with a stimulus – could be any damn thing and off it goes running around trying to find separation.
The nature of Self, on the other hand, is Unity, Oneness, Non-Duality. Those who have done the Sudarshan Kriya or Meditated, know that the Self is beyond the mind and intellect and is the source of joy, peace, and happiness. In that space, there is no division, no hatred, no negativity.
Having experienced that Self, the work for us is to remember that state and bring it with us in our daily grind and consciously spread that peace and fragrance.
Every time I see a flame-war happening on my social media timeline, my mind immediately takes sides, urges me to jump in, say something wise, witty, maybe a put-down, get an edge in etc. And I then remember, that it is fine for those who are unaware to spread malice, hatred, argue, abuse etc, but being on this path and having been bestowed the immense gift of sharing the knowledge from the Guru, how would it benefit my spiritual journey if I continue to feed my mind with malice, ill-will and animosity?
This shloka from Gita, “Manmana bhava madbhkta, madhyaji maam namaskuru, maameyeshvasi yutkvaivatmanam mat parayanam” – where Shri Krishna says: Soak your mind in Me, immerse it in Me, serve Me, worship Me always, seek Me…. and you will be united with Me.” – more often than not jumps up at me from nowhere and helps me remember the path!
We need anchors to tame the mind – a couple of long deep breaths, repeating a mantra, remembering the Guru and/or being immersed in some activity – whatever works to keep it still and makes sure that we don’t allow the mind to add fuel to the fire!
It is Buddha Jayanthi today and a good time to recall the four noble truths:
- The First Truth, brothers, is the fact of suffering. All desire happiness, sukha: what is good, pleasant, right, permanent, joyful, harmonious, satisfying, at ease. Yet all find that life brings dukha, just the opposite: frustration, dissatisfaction, incompleteness, suffering, sorrow. Life is change, and change can never satisfy desire. Therefore everything that changes brings suffering.
- The Second Truth is the cause of suffering. It is not life that brings sorrow, but the demands we make on life. The cause of dukha is selfish desire: trishna, the thirst to have what one wants and to get one’s way. Thinking life can make them happy by bringing what they want, people run after the satisfaction of their desires. But they get only unhappiness because selfishness can only bring sorrow.
- There is a Third Truth, brothers. Any ailment that can be understood can be cured, and suffering that has a cause has also an end. When the fires of selfishness have been extinguished, when the mind is free of selfish desire, what remains is the state of wakefulness, of peace, of joy, of perfect health called nirvana.
- The Fourth Truth, brothers, is that selfishness can be extinguished by following an eightfold path: right understanding, right purpose, right speech, right conduct, right occupation, right effort, right attention, and right meditation. If dharma is a wheel, these eight are it’s spokes.
~ Extracted from The Dhammapada, by Eknath Easwaran
While driving today morning, I had this sudden awareness, that all that I’m experiencing is within this indescribable Presence. The first thing I did was to pen this down.
A recognition dawnedthat all that is –in the animateand the inanimate –IS The Presence.A billion names it has,Yet, indescribable it is.In a minute I’m in awe,the next, I forget.
That space in which we are, into which we have come, into which we will go back, that is Brahman, that is divinity, that is the Self. NOW
This comes a day late.
Guruji tweeted “What does Happiness mean to you? #WorldHappinessDay”; rather than replying in 140 characters, I thought, let me pen down a poem. It is also the #WorldPoetryDay today
Dear Gurudev, I found
– I did my
first Art of Living course
and experienced the beautiful
and sublime Sudarshan Kriya
– I found health
when I so needed it;
through the practices of
Kriya and Meditation;
– I am immersed in Satsangs;
the joy, beauty, and grace
does one describe it?
– I become an instrument
in spreading peace and knowledge;
so very grateful for it;
– I got an opportunity to
contribute a bit towards the society;
– I attended the joyful festivals at Ashram;
– in the mystical Monday morning Rudra Puja’s
– in the deep silence in those
advanced meditation programs
so satiating, yet the longing for more;
– I had the rare opportunity to travel with you
– I was beyond happiness when we
were fortunate to host you at our home!
That was seismic 10 on a Happiness Scale!!
and I could go on and on!
Yet, beyond events,
Happiness right now is
the recognition that –
despite the ups and downs in life;
despite the stumbles on the path;
despite everything else –
I belong to you!
is Happiness for me
and that is enough!
In the deep stillness
where the mind stands still,
the breath ceases to flow,
in that vacuum of nothingness
I get a feeble glimpse
of that vast Cosmos;
A moment, I am part of it;
Another, it is part of mine;
Still. Unmoving. Quiet.
Yet, A buzzing field of action!
#Thoughts|Experience|Glimpse during the Panchakosha Meditation | 14-03-2017