Life Is When You Live It

Life Is When You Live It

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Life is not something that can be given or taken. It has to be felt the way it should be.  It is not enough to say that breath and a beating heart is life.

If you begin to accept your state and situation and not think about next thing happening, then that is the reality of Life.  Well,  a beating heart ensures that life is sustained, but what works is the realization of life itself.  It's being "in it" that gives "oneship" with it. If you are "out of it" then you are nothing but flesh.  It's not how much time we spend in contemplation but how much the contemplation has taught us.

Life looks for ways in this body to live in oneness with life.  The very purpose of God to use the flesh is to live life and be able to see and feel the way life feels and finds itself.  The life of a man is a mirror to what we call God. It is in that, that God is able to see. If you want to see God then you have to know life and when you know it, you will able to find God staring right down at you. That is the purpose most of us fail to comprehend. It really doesn’t care about your opinions and doctrines or how much Church you do but only cares about the truth of life.

5 simple feelings that let you know that you are actually living.

  • If you are joyful without reason
  • If you feel grateful for the sun, and nature around.
  • If you feel happy that you have a body today that helps you breathe
  • If  you thankful for seeing others as yourself trying to express themselves
  • If you are so very thankful for the wrong things and you are able to make sense why they happened to you.

A man who hasn’t found himself is worst than an animal that actually loves life and lives it.

Go explore, contemplate, and apply your learnings every day in your life, most of all enjoy this wonderful opportunity.

 

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

Do Spiritual Masters Get Angry?

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The popular view of a realized person is that they are compassionate, loving and are always at a standard that serves itself to be an epitome of a Godly character.  This view is often held in a high esteem by the devotees in general.  The message from the master is received as dear to one’s own heart, much like a gospel. It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened. The enlightened do not look to document every proceeding that issues out of a dialogue with his audience, he is like a well without a bottom but, it is the intellectually inclined follower that would like to document, amplify his sayings and evangelize them further. In this effort, the enamored intellectual student focusses on the result rather than the process of the teaching. In the effort of painting a good story, he concentrates on the blissfulness that can be absorbed in or negatively describes the hardships one must face to reach the teaching. In either case, he is not actually getting into the shoes of the master and de-rails the message in totality.

It is much easier to acknowledge the message and surface dwell than to walk the talk with the enlightened.  

Most of the written accounts of spirituality are the products of one-time visitors, but not from the ones that really live with the master.  So what is much evident is the lacking of the routine observations on the master's day to day life. Even though sometimes a certain oddity may be observed, there is little or no focus as it provides little value to a hungry mind of the follower which is eagerly trying to sort its problems. 

The Vedantic schools in the Gurukul system in India, as well as the Zen Masters Schools of the Orient, have stressed upon the discipleship to understand the practical application of realization in relation to worldly life. In my opinion, this was by far the most practical mix in the system of spiritual and classical intense education.

The Gurus and Zen masters had certain eccentricities about them in their actions, their way was queer to the new incumbents into the system.  In places like India and The Orient, the young students are accustomed to the way of the master, but some from the West may find the system bit complicated and difficult to digest.  The "Karate Kid" movie is one such example, where the student had a tough time to understand the master's way to success.  In this film, the training was not at all " on subject” at the beginning, with the student having to go through peripheral skills first in order to reach his goal of the real thing. The Zen master always had a small bamboo stick that would land on the student followed by a Koan. The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

The self-enquiring Koan is a way of titillating the mind to give up the material world and to search the spiritual realm for answers and was an effective tool unleash the hidden wisdom.

Another angle was the master's mysterious ways to handle a problem. Before turning the water to wine Jesus asked for water to be filled in the jars, people were taken aback at the connection of water with wine.  Mary, his mother had to intervene and convince them to do as he says. It is that intimacy and discipleship that is necessary to unveil the understanding of a master.

So again the biggest issue still remains that they used to get angry at reasons that may seem normal to humans. Historical accounts mention that they were instances in the normal life of sages who had a community responsibility often flew off the handle.

Here are few instances that got the masters started off on a tantrum:

  1. The Hypocrisy Of Attitude:  Maharishi Sri Ramana's anger on the person feeding puffed rice to the peacock. What seemed like a lovely sight, full of love and compassion in feeding an animal to a normal person, had a different effect on the Sage instead. He was angered at the man and asked him to leave immediately and go back to the place he came from. Sri Ramana could see through the outward intent of the man and into his spirit to score false points on realization with his master.
  2. Monetizing a Holy Place: Jesus's  Anger in the temple: What is normal is to have some kind of commercial activity in a community center such as the synagogue in those days. The only instance where he was supposed to have an outburst of flinging things around explains his frustration towards using the context of spiritual congruence for monetization.

The anger of the Master is not ego driven but a culmination of an intense protest of the spirit against the leanings of his disciples on the material world and the limitations of the mind induced self-identity.  By understanding this, one can help himself to realize the root cause of his own anger. Is it because of a damaged Ego? Or a reaction to an instance that again hurt his beliefs etc. In any case, one's anger must be dealt with by centering himself in his true spirit within and remove the main cause, that he identifies with.  At least one can be clear now that the anger energy that the masters used to drive home the point is to get their disciples to learn the way of the spirit within.

 

When I met Me

When I Met Me

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The World views the mind as the representation of the embodied self. Somehow I always felt that it is what we "think" we are and not how we "feel" we are. For a long time, I had an aversion to a nameplate with a degree or a visiting card with my designation. The fascination of inscribing something that I earned by the virtue of being true to the conditioned mind didn’t quite go down as a true representation of the real "me".

I am sure many of us felt at some point or the other, that we were playing it for the sake of personal reasons. We have had fleeting moments of being in the arms of comfort, but when the call for providing for the family came, we responded selflessly.  As the gong bell of the society sounded our commitment to modern slavery was heard, and we took the call.

We could not dig into the depths of reality for the fear of losing the hard earned money that our parents sent us to school for. The felt the fear of losing the ability to lean on a corporate entity to pay our bills.

We were ingrained with the notion of inadequacy, insufficiency, and poverty, and then the knowledge of the world preceded all understanding. It's like as if the auction began even before the seller was ready to sell.  

I never saw a four-year-old go to school with a smiling face. It’s as if a free being was forced into the drudgery of our modern society and we are directly or indirectly responsible for it.

We got used to living on the surface of shiny niceties that merely gave us a first-class seat on our standard of living, but also therein lies the mundane self of being bored of it all.

The freedom of existence is a built-in mechanism for this universe. All things that appear to the naked eye and those that are hidden work together harmoniously. 

The wisdom of Solomon once spoke

"It is God's privilege to conceal things and the King's privilege to discover them"

To me, the world seemed like a pointless gyration of mass and evil at the beginning.  But then in my mind, it was made clear that it was not so when I decided to get into the center of the circle. 

Living life in the center of a circle has a very different view than the living on the edge. The things, circumstances, people all seem to look different, in a nice way. I began to realize our own essence in the grand scheme of things. However minuscule that I may seem to look in relation to the universe, I felt oneness with it. 

I began to realize our own essence in the grand scheme of things. However minuscule that I may seem to look in relation to the universe, I felt oneness with it. 

The nature of duality and time doesn’t seem to exist anymore. I began to see the real "truth" for myself. Not that which was taught but that which is endorsed by my own empirical evidence. Concepts and beliefs will have no place in this place. We begin to feel what we are already blessed with. We begin to see the paper behind the print, read between words. We recognize the space and the formless of it where all things were born before time began. The stateless state where everything starts and ends. We begin to be the "being" in the present.

Concepts and beliefs had no place in this place. I began to feel what we are already blessed with. I  began to see the paper behind the print, and read between words. I r recognized the space and the formless of it where all things were born before time began. The stateless state where everything starts and ends. I then began to be the "being" in the present.

The trouble is how to get there? All this seems too good to be true. We love being what we are meant for, but to get there seems to be a real toil.  When "I met me", I have found that the decision to turn my focus inward was most important.  That decision was the most important tool to get to the place we are meant to be.

The mind transcends and ultimately lets go of its material hold. The light of the real "me" shines, and the masquerade of "I" ceases to exist. The true being emerges, challenging our conformity.  The decision to let go our belief system, our past experiences and intricate planning tends to be the most difficult thing, but in reality, it is only the fear of not knowing what to expect. When we know that the endpoint is nothing but the true self, the fear disappears and we will be doubtless of the outcome.  In fact, I am thankful for our modern society and its perils that drove me to turn the lights on inside and feel the presence of my real self. The Global collective consciousness is awakening to the reality and I can see this happening already in different pockets.  At the dawn of a new Yuga, probably the shift in this consciousness is taking place, if that is so then we are looking at a bright new world shining in the Glory of itself.