Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Love Dilemma

Master, as you say that Love is the most powerful energy, then why there's so much pain and misery that comes with it? I asked one day. 

The pain comes from trying to quantify, justify and verify, followed by vilify when nothing else works to human desires. To this mishmash sprinkle the elements of doubt, possession, control, attachment and dependency and we have the perfect cocktail of misery and sorrow from the very source that should ideally be our greatest source of happiness, joy and well-being.

The moment we feel love and loved for one person, we start possessing that person, imagining that he or she soley belongs to us only for us, then we try to quantify that how much do we love each other, do we love the most or more than we love anyone else; after that comes the justification or the reason that we want to know as to why do I love that person and vice versa. 

Then you want to verify this love for each other every now and then since seeing the Sun every morning and isn't enough, the sun has to come screaming out loud every day to tell us that it exists and shines in the sky and will be there all our life. At this point we should let it be and lay off trying to prove or describe or hold on to Love. But if it doesn't happen then we say negative things about the very person who, a while ago, was our everything, our all-permeating source of life. 

Love is love and just let it be. Love your loved ones like you love the Sun or the mountains or the oceans. A silly diamond ring doesn't prove that you love someone or that someone loves you, it only proves that he has enough money and is stupid enough to spend it on something as fickle and shallow like a diamond ring. Love is something that is beyond us to understand but it is there as it always has been. Like being creatures of three dimension it is impossible for us to understand 4 or 5 dimensions. 

If only we enjoyed the journey then all will be well. Like taking a cruise across the oceans in a luxury liner. You don't want to understand or explain or even discover by diving in, how deep the ocean is or what all creatures reside in it, or how your ship is being run and who is running it. Neither do you want to control the ocean waves or the course of the ship. You don't want to change the elements since you know that you just cannot. Though you love the ride you don't get attached since you know that it is going to end one day and you don't become dependent upon the ship or the captain and crew even though your very life depends upon these people, most of whom you won't even see or know that they exist. Yet the voyage will have its ups and downs, stormy nights and placid days, not every day would be full of excitement nor all your co-passengers would smile at you. Yet you enjoy the voyage and love the experience. 

Let love be that journey across your oceans and dreams. Go with the flow, wherever it may take you and enjoy the ride. And of course if it becomes too much, there's always the lifeboat or raft that you can escape in.  

What is Love

What is Love? Once a woman asked the Master.

It is a force, a boundless source of energy like any other. But when applied to human it can be the most powerful source of that energy, which can move mountains as well as destroy them too. By itself it is neither bad nor good. Depends upon how you channelize it, how you apply it and what happens thereafter. It is actually nothing and at the same time can be everything. 

The water we drink to sustain life can also drown us to death, the fire we burn for cooking food and warmth has the power to destroy us too; similarly love. It has the potential and the promise for all good and also all evil. By itself, it is nothing, just an idea or a phenomenon and a bundle of energy without any application. 

So what is Love? The woman asked again. I think she was puzzled. 

It is an essence that if we try to explain or understand causes it to disappear since the very effect of looking blows it away. But we can observe its effect, its duality and dichotomy reflected through objects and people around us. Just like air and breeze. We breath it every moment yet we cannot see it, cannot hold or imprison it, but we can feel its effect when it blows into a breeze and in the dancing of the flowers or tree leaves, or its carefree rush on our face or in our uplifted gaze at our beloved.

We are all submerged and immersed into this vast endless infinite ocean of love, to understand what it is isn't in our capacity, but to see its effect and to rejoice in its warm embrace is the only thing that we can do. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Life After Death

Is there life after death? I asked
Is there life before death? Master retorted. Don’t worry if you will live after death but ask if you lived before death. 

Length of Life

How long should life ideally be? I asked one day
Master broke into a guffaw before replying, who gave you such an idea that there could be an ideal life span? He seemed highly amused.
It’s that people sometime say that the person died too young, or before living fully, or that someone died too old, so I am puzzled.
Life is life just like its span; nothing is too long or short, early or late. Just like a glass of water. The water will either finish quickly or last long depending upon how quickly or slowly you drink, yet the volume of water in both cases remain the same. You can’t really say that the water finished too soon or too late.

So is life, if you lived it fully, enjoying and making each moment count then even a short life is complete and if you didn’t then even a long life is inadequate. Life should not be measured in years but how you lived the years.