Realize What You Are
When a bucket has
even a single hole in it, no matter how many times ;you lower it
into the well, the water will run out. What about the mind?
Nature is ther econtinually offering all its innumerabele gifts.
But if the mind has holes in it, how can it retain what it
receives? No matter how many times it is filled with the bountry
of the universe, it still feels lack and emptiness.
What makes these
holes in our thinking? Our barriers and boundaries, like and
dislikes, resentments, judements, expectations and projections, in
one word, our karmas, Nature has no discrimination. The air we
breathe is universal; all are breathing universal breath. In our
hurry to give labels and categories to the world, we do not see
its beauty. We pass by nature’s bountiful offerings. How to fill
up the holes of the mind? Paushadha—take time to retreat from the
many activities which have created wounds in your psyche and mind
and heal yourself. Take a few hours, a few days, a few weeks to
heal yourself with the deep all-pervading peace of meditation.
Many of us do not
know that we are bleeding inside. We have put bandages on top of
our wounds to absorb the bleeding or we have taken outside
medicines to dull the pain and numb the limbs. What kind of
bandages do we use? Small entertainments, dependence on some
saviour, a myriad of activities to keep us busy. A long as we are
young and healthy, we don’t notice the way we have been using
these “Painkillers” as a crutch.
The time comes
when the downward spiral begins. The symptoms start to show.
Inside there is hollowness, brooding, weakness, fatigue. The time
comes when we have to confront ourselves. The time comes when we
have to see our pain and call a halt to running away from it.
back and see what you are and heal your wounds.
enlightened souls, from past and present, from all different
geographical locaions, used their days and nights for
introspection, understanding, and meditation. Their inner voices
took the form of words, and from these utterances of pure ecstasy
And insight we
glean wisdom. Out of their deep compassion for mankind they
shared their teachings with us to inspire and uplift our lives.
What did they
see? The unifying conscious energy which is blissful, loving and
immortal, hidden in all living forms. What did they understand?
That the universe works like a calculator, totalling all of our
vibrations. Each thought we have has its own vibration.
According to the way it vibrates in the universe, it attracts
subtle atoms. These atoms are what build our thinking, speaking,
longing. Thus we are able to diagnose man’s disease by knowing
that pain does not come from without, but that it comes as a
result of something within---our own negative vibrations.
There are three
steps we can take in order to fill in the gaps of mind and make
ourselves whole: (1) realize, (2) recover, and (3) retain.
what you are—the microcosm of the macrocosm. Before you can see
the invisible, start with the visible; before you experience the
formless, investigate the forms. See that in form you are
composed of the same elements as the universe. The solid parts of
your body—hair, teeth, skin, nails, and bones—are the earth
elements. They are the “dust.” All the fluids—blood, sweat,
saliva, tears—are the watery elements in us. That which causes
chemical reactions, including the digestion of food and body
heat, is the fire element. The breath which is constantly coming
and going is the air element.
So what is without
is within. There is no running away from the world. The from you
see in you is the form of the cosmos. In ancient Jain palm leaf
manuscripts, artists even depicted the form of the cosmos in the
form of man.
Because of this
deep relation between microcosm and macrocosm, we are affected by
seasonal changes. If it is cold outside, our body feels cold.
Just as nature’s forms are in a constant state of flux and change,
so our form is undergoing continuous changes.
What is the hidden
reason for change? What is the law behind the cycle of the
seasons? To renew and refresh. In order to remain continual
fresh, water is ever-moving ever-renewed by the ebb and flow of
the tides. Like water, if life does not flow, it becomes
In order to adjust
to the laws of nature, all forms accept change. We can learn even
from the trees. In the fall they give up their leaves. They do
not resist. It is a process, a catharsis, a fasting, a cleansing,
a shedding. It is throwing away the old in order to make
room for the new. There is no sorrow or pain. There is deep
patience. There is deep wisdom. They know that the life force in
retained. Heat remains in their roots.
unknowingly knows: “If I want new leaves, I have to give up old
ones.” Similarly, if you want to feel fresh and make room for the
new, let there be a shading, a fall in every season of your life.
Let yourself experience a renewal each day, each moment. Drop
away old thoughts like dry leaves and open yourself to new ways of
thinking and living. If you want to expand ad grow, keep your
relationship with the universe continually positive, receptive,
At the heart of
Eastern philosophy is the teaching of detachment. What is this
philosophy? It is merely a philosophy of the seasons. It is
learning to live in harmony with the seasons. It means this: the
things which are relevant to each particular moment in time are
relevant to life in that moment, and the things which are not
relevant to life in that moment are not relevant. And still you
hold own when it is no longer relevant to hold on to and this is
called attachment Liberation from attachment is liberation from
When you are
clinging, you don’t know whether things are relevant or not.
Clinging makes you do one of two things. Either you create
tension trying to hold onto a thing or, letting it go. Flow with
One who is
detached gives up with reverence. Like the leaves which dance as
they give themselves up, you give up with joy. To receive is
joy. Everyone likes to receive something new. To give up with
the same joy is detachment.
And yet if you
don’t give up you don’t receive. Continuously there is giving and
receiving, when you give up with balance, tears don’t cloud your
vision. When you give up with poise, you don’t cloud your
vision. When you give up with poise, you don’t feel inside pain
and regret. When a person leaves you, say “I wish you well.”
Holding on or regretting, you are losing both the person and your
peace. In return you are getting nothing but the results of your