From Merging with Shiva
by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami
NO GOOD, NO BAD
Each experience that we have is a good experience, because it molds
us. It shapes us, just like an artist would mold a piece of clay.
From an ugly hunk of clay can emerge a divine being, molded by the
artist. In that same way, the experiences of life, even those that
boomerang back on us and those we think are terrible, mold us. But
they only mold us quickly and benefit us tremendously if we hold our
perspective as the inner man, the timeless man, the immortal being.
Only in this way can this happen. That's the attitude, the thoughts
we must have, as we go along on the path of enlightenment.
The mere fact that you want Self Realization in this life means that
you have been through hundreds of thousands of experiences. You have
been nearly everything that there is to be on this planet. And now,
in your last lifetime, you are finishing up the experiential patterns
that you didn't handle in a life prior.
Life is a series of experiences, one after another. Each experience
can be looked at as a classroom in the big university of life if we
only approach it that way. Who is going to these classrooms? Who is
the member of this university of life? It's not your instinctive
mind. It's not your intellectual mind. It's the body of your soul,
your superconscious self, that wonderful body of light. It's maturing
under the stress and strain, as the intellect gives back its power to
the soul, as the instinct gives back its power to the soul, as the
physical elements give back their power to the soul, and all merge
into a beautiful oneness. In this way, the beings of the New Age are
going to walk on Earth. Each one will have light flowing through his
whole body and he will inwardly see his body glowing in light, even
in the darkest night.
The good-and-bad concept should be thrown out with a lot of other
things, including the up-and-down concept. There is no good; there is
no bad. You don't raise your consciousness, nor do you lower it.
These are just concepts that have come in by various philosophers who
tried to explain these deeper teachings the very best that they
could. What is bad is good, and what is good is good. And a higher
state of consciousness and a lower state of consciousness, they don't
exist at all. We simply hold a certain perspective of awareness, and
we look out, and we go in.