RE: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Words of Wisdom by Swami Satchidananda
It seems horrible to a human being whose child died of a bacterial infection - but to the bacteria, they were just doing what they do to survive and reproduce.
Which is also how the human child got there.
People divide experiences into good and bad, and people into good and bad - but those divisions are only bias.
To see with no bias involves no effort.
Effort comes from trying to see a certain way, which involves a bias.
To see with no bias is effortless, involves no walls, no prejudice for or against.
It is an open vista, so to speak - nothing constrains it.
It is like the world of nature, as you say.
It is like science when it aims at observing what is so, without trying to make the results fit what was expected to be seen.
And, at the same time, it is beyond the natural world and the world of science.
Simply because there are no boundaries, constraints, or limitations.
- D -
--- In email@example.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Good vs. Bad
> "It's difficult to draw a line between good and
> bad. One person's poison is another one's nectar.
> A warm woolen blanket is very good in the winter,
> but you don't even touch it in the summer. It
> depends upon how you approach a situation. Truly
> speaking, there is neither good nor bad in the
> world outside. Everything is neutral. Take cobra
> poison, for example. The moment we hear the name
> `poison' we are frightened. We say, `It's terrible,
> it's bad.' But there are certain medicines made out
> of that poison. Poison is not poison but becomes
> nectar if you know how to administer it. But if you
> don't know how to manage it, even nectar will become
> poison. There's nothing good or bad outside. It all
> depends upon our approach.
> "God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."
> Follow Swami Satchidananda on Twitter at
> twitter.com/SwSatchidananda for daily inspiration.
Question: I have a growing desire to see God. It has become the thing I want most. But no matter how much I long for Him, my worldly duties and needs get in the way. Can you help me?
Sri Swami Satchidananda: How do you know that you have not seen Him? I heard Him saying, "I have been in front of this person so many times, but he never even recognized Me. He was calling, calling, calling for Me. So I went there many times, stood right in front of him, and he didn't even bother to look at Me. He just brushed Me aside and kept on saying, 'God, where are You? Where are You?'"
Before you look for God, you should know what He looks like, or at least what God is. God has no particular form, but He appears in all forms and names. It is with His consciousness that I am saying all these things; and with His consciousness, you are listening. To simplify it, we say that God is all consciousness - superconsciousness, cosmic consciousness - or peace. God is already there in you as peace, but you disturb your peace by searching for God. Stop searching and disturbing your peace, and you will experience God. A disturbed mind can never understand God. Looking for God is not our first and foremost duty. Our first and foremost duty is to take care not to let the mind lose its peace. You don't have to make the mind peaceful. If you leave it alone, it is peaceful. In our own lives we should see that we don't lose our peace due to our thoughts, words, actions.
Learn to remain undisturbed, unshakeable, as steady as the Rock of Gibraltar. You should treasure the peace of your mind so much that nothing, nothing, nothing would shake you. You should be ready to renounce anything and everything that is going to disturb your peace. Name, fame, money, power, position, relatives, friends - all should be secondary to maintaining your peace. Everything else is nothing compared to peace of mind. With that peace, you will easily see God.
Om shant. Om shanti. Om shanti.