Everything happens FOR YOU, not TO YOU.
November 08, 2009
October 19, 2009
The loftiness of the Oneness processes and teachings and the dynamic presence of Grace in our lives re-inforces itself time and again through the events we come across.I was privileged to witness such an event in the lives of our oneness family members yesterday.The Kulkarnis - Ravindra and Swati and their children , Gauri and Pooja are staunch volunteers of the Oneness Mission and stay at Thane, a sister city of Bombay.They have done their advanced processes and follow up on the teachings and the processes with deep commitment.Yesterday, their 14th floor apartment was ravaged by a huge fire which has left them without any personal belongings.They have suffered losses worth INR12-15 lakh and 6 firemen died in the accident.All the major news channels in India continuously carried this story yesterday.But the event was a spiritual miracle, a living example of putting Bhagavan's wondrous teachings into real time play in our lives.I was there with them since 4.00 a.m. yesterday morning and it was a day of experiencing pain as it is and transcending it into realms of love, compassion and joy.And prayers that none of the neighbors or anyone else should get injured or hurt. Unfortunately, 6 firemen lost their lives and we have offered our prayers last evening for their onward journeys.Bhagavan has taught us that the nature of all experience is bliss; it does not depend on the content of experience.You only have to see this family to see this principle at work.A true miracle in the midst of a great challenge.While we know that Sri Amma Bhagavan was there every moment guiding and saving the family, we believe that BHagavan in His inimitable style visited the home and physically gave His blessings to the family. After the fire was doused, I accompanied the family members to the 14th floor.We had to climb up cautiously as the water from the fire tenders was flowing down the stairs. Needless to add, we could not take the elevator.As we were inspecting the debris, an extremely old man ( one wonders how he climbed the 14 flight of stairs) came and blessed Swatiji. He took a srimurti from his pocket and offered it to Swatiji. Swatiji was left speechless and showed her own personal pocket srimurti which she always carries on her person.The man disappeared as suddenly as he arrived.For all of us, It was Bhagavan who had personally visited there.We had gratitude prayers and deekshas at night at my place and to quote the younger daughter Pooja, "We are having to pretend we are in pain in front of our relatives as they will feel it is abnormal for us to be so much at peace with ourselves."They have a life to rebuild, but with such presence of Grace, it is going to be a cakewalk.Glory be to this awesome presence in our lives..Glory be to the Grace that architectures our lives.In deep gratitude to the process of all of us becoming spiritual phenomena, moving spaceships of Grace....
October 17, 2009
Growth is often difficult. It's because we have to face our current fears and perceptions and look them square in the face. More than that...sometimes we have to really go deeply into them to "see" our mental entanglements. That's what some traditions call "going into the mouth of the dragon."
Let your upsets guide you to the dragon's lair. Your upsets are caused by your perceptions. If you're upset...even if you're upset about being upset...you are at the dragon's gate. Go farther inside to see all of your mind's judgments and conclusions and fears. Ask yourself...
What am I afraid of
What do I believe about this
Who or what am I blaming
Remember, you don't need to change your thoughts and perceptions...simply look at them. See them. This in itself will cause them to dissolve.
Then...keep going in. Often, we have perceptions built on top of perceptions and they weave a complex knot of mental activity. We can't always see the entire "knot" at once. Keep looking. Keep following your charges and upsets. Each time you see more of it, another part will dissolve and you will be liberated from it.
And the dragon will become your friend and ally.
October 16, 2009
October 11, 2009
Personalities are an emergence from the controlling self , a tool for its' expression and indulgence. These personalities control our existence moment to moment.
When the witnessing grows and we are able to see the personalities with their associated mental formations at play, we get de-clutched from the grip of their control.Our dead robotic behavior gives way to a dynamic, alive state.We are no longer zombies at work, we are creative spiritual beings at play. Life becomes a celebration, nay a burden.
October 06, 2009
In a recent audience with process participants, Bhagavan said, You are under the illusion that you take decisions.Actually, it is the controlling self which does.We normally react in an auto - reply fashion to events /words/people that meet us in life. It is a reaction of memory to external stimulus.We give so much credence to thought and thinking when Bhagavan keeps on reminding us that Thought is the problem. Thinking cannot solve problems as it is coming from the recesses of memory and conditioned mental formations.When we are aware every moment that it is this conditioning that architectures our lives, reaction gives way to response.Response emerges in supreme intelligence.When we are de-clutched from the mind process, natural intelligence flowing through us is a happening.it is our perceptional filters which disallow our access to natural intelligence.Knowledge emerges in conditioning, intelligence emerges in realms beyond conditioning.
September 27, 2009
September 18, 2009
Sri Bhagavan says that everything and everyone is connected.What we are doing at this moment has its' impact on the whole of human consciousness.A drop of milk added to a glass of water spreads through the water.If a part of the body is hurt, the entire body suffers.The violence in us contributes to the violence in the world.Our healing contributes to the healing of the world.Each of us blessed to be a part of this cosmic process at this moment also have to be very responsible through our integrity.Liberation is a movement in consciousness of all of humanity.Every breath we take, every move we make forms part of this movement.An awareness of this makes every moment of our life filled with sacredness and reverence.Small steps, giant leaps in the microcosm affect the macrocosm.
September 13, 2009
Suppose we are in a situation where we are cut off from being able to perceive the external.There is pain within us; can we really fathom what has really caused it?Is there a difference in the pain we feel from financial crisis, a broken relationship, a health issue or any other.If we were to be able to see just the pain, can we really infer the event behind it?The answer is no.We feel events cause us pain while in reality it is the other way around. The pain within us causes the events in our external world.Sri Bhagavan says that the pain in our life is a constant, an aggregate of the physical, psychological and spiritual. When we apparently release ourselves, we merely move from one aspect of pain to the other. Fundamantally, the pain in our system remains constant.If we are grappling with a psychological issue, say , in a relationship; it converts into a headache or any other physical discomfort for we are unable to cope with the psychological pain.A physical pain can often be managed by popping a pill.It does not imply a release from the pain, it merely implies a convenient management.Which is what Bhagavan keeps reminding us - we have graduated in the art of sorrow management. Management is just that - far away from a release.Bhagavan's benediction is for our pain to release, not to be merely managed.We keep swapping events in quest of a release from meaninglessness, boredom, frustration , fear and any other reality within us.By moving across events, we are essentially escaping the reality of our selves, the pain that is intrinsic to the self.We anaesthezise ourselves through indulgence in activities of various kinds and keep changing activities to keep ourselves amused.When we encounter darkness and it stimulates fear to surface, we move away from the darkness. Bhagavan tells us to stay in the darkness while watching the fear.Where and what we watch makes all the difference!!!!!!!!!The fundamental pain remains across activities and events.I have found awakening to this reality of the ONENESS of all pain to be a significant breakthrough. And pain , when experienced totally, leads us to bliss, satchidananda.Therein lies release, not mere management.It is our indulgence in the event, the actors therein or the apparent causes which move us away from our capacity to experience.Being in touch with the pain is the bridge to the discovery of love and joy in our lives.It is independent of events - awareness is freedom.And the Oneness Blessing is like a lighted candle entering a dark room.....as light enters, darkness moves away.It need not be removed.
August 27, 2009
A man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns? Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and just before it was ready to bloom... it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth, grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.
We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them.
This is one of the characteristic of love... to look at a person, know their true faults and accepting that person into your life... all the while recognizing the nobility in their soul. Help others to realize they can overcome their faults. If we show them the "rose" within themselves, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they blossom many times over.
August 15, 2009
Bhagavan has always said that what we call suffering is actually running away from suffering.
Generally , when an event happens , our focus is on the content or the person.We blame someone, we justify the event etc.We go to teh past this way. Alternately, we project a solution - move into the future.
Healing is a happening in the "present".And the reality of the moment is "pain and helplessness". If we are able to stay in that reality, the miracle happens.We experience the pain totally which leads us to the realization that " The nature of all expereince is bliss ; it is independent of content of experience."
A few months back, I was involved in a serious road accident where my three wheeler was hit by a speeding car at the base of a fly-over.I was dragged nearly 200 metres with the three wheeler on top of me.With Bhagavan's Grace, I was filled with the presence and I was just watching the momentary fear which consumed me.
I can vouch for the bliss I felt.I did not escape by blaming the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle nor did I feel any haterd for him.I did not move into the future by projecting what was going to happen to me.Needless to add, it was Grace which made me live in the present and experience the moment totally.
Externally too, such a major accident left me a few surface bruises and no damage to my belongings which included my laptop.This accident occured on an expressway which meant that any speeding vehicle from behind could also have knocked me out.
Infact , we had a bhajan recording project the next day with Rohit Dasaji which went as per schedule.
Glory be to the presence of Sri Amma Bhagavan and the Oneness Blessing in our lives.
August 13, 2009
August 09, 2009
August 06, 2009
'Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if anything affects your soul, you postpone the cure till next year".
August 05, 2009
"Simply stated, Oneness is the dissolution of the sense of a fixed, separate self. Once we realize that our concept of self is an illusion, we become capable of experiencing ourselfs as a flow of consciousness that is no longer subject to the limits and conditioning of the mind."
August 02, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 10, 2009
July 04, 2009
July 03, 2009
July 7 is Guru Pournima. Each time I remember my Master and how much I have got from Him, I feel overwhelmed.Every cell, every pore of my body is touched by His grace.
Thank You for being there , AB.
Thank You for enbling my journey thus far.
June 30, 2009
June 29, 2009
The nature of experience is bliss...it is independent of content of experience
- Sri Bhagavan
Whenever I experience the above, I am always fascinated.
Currently, I am going through an experience which can conventionally be termed unpleasant.A few years back I would have been anxiety driven and reactive.
Today, I am just experiencing the event and am responsive.
Thank You Bhagavan for this invaluable gift of grace......
June 28, 2009
suffering is the story created to escape raw, naked pain....
suffering is illusionary, pain is real.....miracles can happen if we are in touch with raw pain...instead we focus on content or people and escape the experience of pain which can liberate us.
June 24, 2009
June 20, 2009
In a "perfect" world - who are you? In a world where the playing field is level, what are your possibilities . . . what are your inclinations? What are your dreams and what are the probabilities of achieving such dreams when the playing field is devoid of limiting preconditions?Life came to you without real limits — make it very clear in your consciousness — the limits are not necessarily yours. The limitations you've been given are not laws — they are very often merely generational - or genealogical - or socially structured "suggestions." They have been in place for a very long time and the suggestions are nearly carved in stone, but when you test them you will learn that they are not absolute. Learn to ignore them — it will test your courage to the very core — but it will also help you to live with more honesty and a greater love for adventure. It will create your relationships with more passion and trust and commit you to your highest destiny.Learn to think in this way on a daily basis . . . learn to write and rewrite all the governing rules of - who you are — and — who you can become. Learn to disassemble your opinions of what is possible and give yourself the entitlement that the most entitled are able to live by. Learn to create level playing fields on a daily basis . . . then the game of life is fair . . . then the game of life becomes real . . . then the game of life has integrity.
- Guru Singhji
June 19, 2009
June 17, 2009
June 16, 2009
It wasn't that I was embarrassed my husband was out of work. The situation was what it was. It's just that we are private people and don't share our problems easily with others. So when he lost his job, we just acted like nothing had changed and no one seemed to notice.
It didn't take too long, maybe two weeks, and my kids' friends noticed that Kyle's dad was home a lot more. When asked about it, I told my good friend and neighbor, Tammy, we were out of work and looking. She then told me that her husband had been applying for graveyard shifts all over town because his company was going under. I was shocked! We were constantly doing things together and I hadn't a clue they were struggling.
I didn't feel like we were the only ones going through this anymore. I always knew that others were struggling with the economy in a downturn, but now I had a comrade to share my woes with.
Knowing what they were going through, I wanted to help them, even though we didn't have much ourselves. So, I became the reconnaissance shopper. I scour the coupons and ads, and match things up to pay half-price for many items. I call Tammy when I get done with my planning session and offer to pick up things for her at the discounted price. It seems like our money goes even farther because we are willing to share.
It goes the other way too. Tammy and her husband have given us enough wood to heat our home this winter. They have the tools to cut firewood and they did extra for us. It has been a huge help to reduce our gas bill to almost nothing.
There are other examples of helping each other. I taught Tammy how to make bread and rolls; she watches my kids when I go to job interviews; I make dessert for Tammy's family party; she drives my kid to the bus stop in a snow storm… and the list goes on.
I don't have much to give but I can give of myself. I can have charity, love, and hope in my heart, and the more I give those away, the more I get them back.
a couple of days back, somebody, to defend their positionality told me that their inner dweller, the antaryamin was guiding them. How I pray and wish that this happens to one and all.
It is , however, a challenge to be able to distinguish between Higher Consciosuness guidances and mind level games of manipulation. This is not a recognition driver event.We do not need to prove to someone that we are being guided. It suffices for us to know the same and celebrate Grace in our lives. Gratitude flows abundantly and spontaneously and every moment of our life is filled in awe of the presence. Living in an awakened presence is naturally joyous and blissful, full of love for one and all, it revels in itself. Events outside do not touch us. We just flow through them and move on. The anchored joy and love sustains across the most devastating mind cyclones.
June 15, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 13, 2009
May they keep watch on your soul.
May they show you new hopes.
May the angels keep you till morning.
We are spiritual beings going towards a human experience, not the other way around.
Life is designed to be exploratory , to get into experiences . The mind has a need for certainty but it also has a need for variety. They are conflicting intrinsically.
The mind more often than not takes us towards security but then security can be suffocating , inhibiting. We become dead, inert.
Each of usd seeks to come alive in what we do, in the way we relate to everyone and everything in life.
To operate as a spiritual being is achoice we make to live rather than exist.And it comes with it's challenges.We invest in it because we chose life over dead habit and monotony - meaningless and boring.....
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June 11, 2009
when you turn your face towards the sun, the shadows fall behind. - old maori saying.
we manage suffering, escape it all the time. We focus on the content and do not face the pain squarely. Again, pain is real while suffering is hallucinatory.
Watching and being in touch with suffering is the key to inner joy and freedom.
June 10, 2009
June 09, 2009
We tend to think that events cause suffering. In a landmark statement, Sri Bhagavan declares that it is suffering which causes events.
At any given moment in our lives, physical + psychological + spiritual suffering is a constant. In colloquial life, what we call healing is a mere management. We may encounter suffering through the platform of business and manage it desperately.All our lives, we only mange sorrow. We never face sorrow and transcend it.
Managing suffering arising in our business space would lead for the pain to manifest itself in some other area of our life - maybe relationships, maybe our health or the health of our dear ones.
This is a principle of the universe.The pain within has to come out. There is no choice.
And man focusses on changing events.How erroneous can he get?
So man continues fire-fighting , only the events change....and he seeks liberation, little knowing that he has to die the way he is and be reborn in a new light.
He takes solace in the fact that the whole world is like him, but that is an illusion which will soon collapse for one and all.
It is a time of the world for a movement of one and all from perception to fact.Coulkd be a rude awakening for some but then it is compassion at work.
The universe knows best and we have to bow down to it.
June 07, 2009
Taking this further, thought is really not ours.We do not create it. So if a thought of failure emerges from the recesses of the unconscious, all we have to do is watch it. Watching enables a response as different from an automated reaction.
Sri Bhagavan says that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world.
Every moment of our life is a choice of breakthru approaches over breakdown perspectives. It is our direction of thought which solely matters.Seeing the cup as half empty or half full makes all the difference.
The tendency of the mind is to focus on the negative in most cases. We have to re-orient ourselves away from this tendency .The technique is to merely watch the tendency for negative orientation which is more often than not, merely hallucinatory.Most of our suffering emerges in imaginary realms of what could happen - erroneous perceptions , not based on fact.
And Bhagavan reminds us, "Suffering is never in the fact, it emerges only in perception."
People often say that this is removed from everyday reality. I wonder where else it should find application if not in everyday life. Can we really live without it in our daily lives? Guess people will continue doing so until they are woken up by the universe. I hope it is not too late for some....
The Buddha was walking along with his disciples when someone suddenly came and spat at him. The Buddha was calm and unruffled.He just wiped it off and washed it.
His disciples wanted to act on the miscreant but the Buddha stopped them.
He smilingly said, "When someone offers you a gift , you can accept it or reject it. When you reject it, it stays back with the person who made the offer.And it builds up a thousand fold within him."
Nothing can ever happen to the sun. Anybody who spits on it is the loser. The sun , by itself is unaffected.
We sometimes get consumed by fear, anger, lust or any other and controlled by this, we vent out words on another. If the other chooses to accept within and continues sending his blessings, the words boomerang a thousand times and in myriad ways to the person from whom it has emerged.
Ignorance is not considered here.The principle of cause and its' manifold effect works here and in the process , man is hurtling towards self-destruction.
June 06, 2009
June 05, 2009
"Gamble everything for love,if you're a true human being.If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty.Don't wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, and let the sea be you."
June 03, 2009
Most of us are more attached to our self-identities than we realize. Our personal histories, psychological personalities, social roles, and purpose in life are all derived from the idea of a fixed self. Indeed, our very search for meaning in the universe is based on the sense of a personal identity. What would we be left with when this begins to dissolve? Who would we be when we are no longer recognizable as a fixed and separate self?
- dark night of the soul
June 01, 2009
In the Bhagavad Gita, Master Teacher , Krishna came as a charioteer in Arjuna's life when he came in touch with his suffering. A teacher and solutions are a happening when one comes in touch with his raw , throbbing suffering. Normally, our everyday life is an escape, a move away from this very fact. We avoid coming in touch with our suffering.
Similarly, a crucial lesson in the Mahabharata comes from the choice made by the leaders of the two warring factions.Duryodhana is given the first choice and he selects Krishna's army over Krishna - very symbolic. We need favours from God but not God himself. God comes as a package - it is not about what we like or don't; it is absolute integrity of life processes.....the Dharma of life.
May 31, 2009
In family situations, more often than not we face situations where our opinions differ, especially in matter of finance and business. It is an opportunity for us to remember that relationships are beyond these various concepts of functionality.
But sadly, our relationships in colloquial existence are determined by functional needs and their solutions through various people. Our relationships today are based on the commercial model of give and take, centered around our need for security. One of life's greatest objectives is for relationships to transcend into the unconditional. And these events when they occur serve as spiritual teachers for us to evolve. Every moment, every event in life is custom designed for our spiritual evolution. We just need to anchor ourselves as spiritual beings and view human expereinces as opportunities for evolution. And be grateful to each of the teachers - people and events who manifest in our lives.
The whole of life acquires a magical hue then.
May 30, 2009
May 22, 2009
"I forgive everything, everyone, every experience, every memory of the past or present that needs forgiveness. I forgive positively everyone. I also forgive myself of past mistakes. The Source is love, and I am forgiven and governed by Universal love alone. This love is now adjusting my life. Realizing this, I abide in peace."
- source unknown
May 11, 2009
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
And if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
If you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have been shriveled and closed
From fear of further pain
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,
If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It does not interest me if the story you are telling me is true
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul,
if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty, every day,
and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
And still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon ‘Yes!’.
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have,
I want to know if you can get up, after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone
And do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here
I want to know if you stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied
I want to know what sustains you, from the inside when all else falls away
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself
And if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
- Oriah Mountain Dreamer
March 19, 2009
terrifying violence, callousness, each human being is more than ever concerned with his own
Survival has implied living sanely, happily without great pressure or strain. Each one of
us translates survival according to his own particular concept. The idealist projects a way of life which is not the actual; the theoreticians, whether Marxist, religious, or of any other particular persuasion have laid down patterns for survival; the nationalists consider survival possible only in a particular group or community. These ideologic differences, ideals and faiths are the roots of a division that is preventing human survival.
Men want to survive in a particular way, according to their narrow responses, according
to their immediate pleasures, according to some faith. All these can in no way bring security, for in themselves they are divisive, exclusive, limited. To live in the hope of survival according to tradition, however ancient or modern, has no meaning. Partial solutions of any kind – scientific, religious, political, economic– can no longer assure mankind, its survival. Man has been concerned with his own individual survival, with his family, with his group, his nation and because all this is divisive it threatens his actual survival.
The modern divisions of nationalities, of color, of culture, of religion are the causes of
man’s uncertainty of survival. In the turmoil of today’s world, uncertainty has made man turn to authority – to the political, religious or economic expert. The specialist is inevitably a danger because his response must always be partial, limited. Man is no longer individual, separate. What affects the few, affects all mankind. There is no escape or avoidance of the problem. You can no longer withdraw from the totality of the human predicament.
We cannot possibly survive if we are concerned with our own survival. All human beings
the world over are interrelated today. What happens in one country affects the others. Man
considers himself an individual, separate from others but psychologically a human being is
inseparable from the whole of mankind.
There is no such thing as psychological survival. When there is this desire to survive or to
fulfill you are psychologically creating a situation which not only separates but which is totally unreal. Psychologically you cannot be separate from another and this desire to be separate psychologically is the very source of danger and destruction. Each person asserting himself threatens his own existence.
This assertion of separateness destroys our capacity to work together; to work together
with nature, the living things of the earth and also with other human beings. As social beings we exist for ourselves. Our laws, our governments, our religions all emphasize the separateness of man – which during the centuries has developed into man against man. It is becoming more and more important, if we are to survive, that there be a spirit of cooperation with the universe, with all the things of the sea and earth.
One can see in all social structures the destructive effect of fragmentation taking place –
nation against nation, one group against another group, one family against another family, one individual against another, religiously, socially, and economically. Each one is striving for
himself, for his class or his particular interest in the community. This division of beliefs, ideals,
conclusions and prejudices is preventing the spirit of cooperation from flowering. We are human beings, not tribal identities, exclusive, separate. We are human beings caught in conclusions, theories, faiths. We are living creatures, not labels. It is our human circumstance that makes us search for food, clothes and shelter at the expense of others. Our very thinking is seperative, and all actions springing from this limited self, must prevent cooperation. The economic and social structure, as it is now, including organized religions, intensifies exclusiveness, and separateness.
This lack of cooperation ultimately brings about wars and the destruction of man. It is only during crises or disasters, that we seem to come together and when they are over we are back to our old condition. We seem to be incapable of living and working together harmoniously.
Is it because our brain, which is the centre of our thought, our feeling, has from ancient
days become through necessity so conditioned to seek its own personal survival, that this
isolating, aggressive process has come about? Is it because this isolating process identifies itself with the family, with the tribe, and becomes glorified nationalism? Is not all isolation linked to a need for identification and fulfillment? Has not the importance of the self been cultivated through evolution by the opposition of the ‘me’ and ‘you’, the ‘we’ and ‘they’? Have not all religions emphasized personal salvation, personal enlightenment, personal achievement, both religiously and in the world? Has cooperation become impossible because we have given such importance to this sense of separateness? Is it because human cooperation has centered on some kind of authority of Government or religion around some ideology or conclusion, which then inevitably brings about its own destructive opposite?
What does it mean to cooperate – not the word but the spirit of it? You cannot possibly
cooperate with another, with the earth and its waters, unless you in yourself are harmonious, not broken up, non contradictory; you cannot cooperate if you yourself are under strain, pressure, conflict. How can you cooperate with the universe if you are concerned with yourself, your problems and your ambitions? There can be no cooperation if all your activities are self centered and you are occupied with your own selfishness, with your own secret desires and pleasures. As long as the intellect with its thoughts dominates all your actions, obviously there can be no cooperation, for self-centered thought is partial, narrow and everlastingly divisive. Cooperation demands great honesty. Honesty has no motive. Honesty is not some ideal, some faith. Honesty is clarity – the clear perception of things as they are. Perception is attention. That very attention throws light with all its energy on that which is being observed. This light of perception brings about a transformation of the thing observed. There is no system through which you learn to cooperate. It is not to be structured and classified. Its very nature demands that there be love and that love is not measurable, for when you compare – which is the essence of measurement – self has entered. Where self is, love is not.
When the truth of all this is seen and understood man’s responsibility undergoes a radical
change not only towards his immediate environment but also towards all living things. This total responsibility is love. This love acts through intelligence. This intelligence is not partial,
individual separate. Love is never partial. Love is the sacredness of all living things.
We have stated the problem, the cause and now we must find the solution. Through no
effort of his, could man possibly make it. All this is possible only when your heart is filled with
the Presence. The Presence flows into you through Oneness Blessing.
Oneness Blessing would thus help create a new generation of human beings, with a
new outlook, with a new sense of being citizens of the world, concerned with all the living things of the earth. It is your grave responsibility to help bring about this Oneness.
March 13, 2009
March 11, 2009
March 01, 2009
February 14, 2009
Failure would be ours.
If we remain undecided,
Nothing will ever change.
All we need to do
Is want to achieve something great,
And then simply do it.
Never think of failure.
For, what we think will come about.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.