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. 

Pratikramana---Step  back and see what you are and heal your wounds.

The real 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.

First, realize 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 stagnant.

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.

 

The tree 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, expectant. 

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 pain.

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 the seasons. 

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 negative vibrations.

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