Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Crossing the River

Once I walked with Master along a wild river that rushed from the cold mountains into the sweltering valleys. At one point a much harassed looking man crossed us. He asked: is there a bridge to cross this river, I have been trying to find one for hours.

My friend is it necessary to cross this river? Master said, there are opportunities on this side too you can look for since you have already crossed over to this side.

No I must cross the river. The man insisted. Master replied thoughtfully: well there must be a bridge somewhere if you keep walking but it may take you very far from what you seek on the other side, after all this is a very long river.

That is true. The man agreed now.

Master now chuckled and said: but my friend is a bridge the only way to cross the river! 

Lonely or Alone

Once I attended a discourse at Master’s mountain abode, where many devotees had thronged too. Among them was one young man who seemed eternally melancholy. He rarely spoke or communicated with the rest of us. On the final day, while people were taking Master’s blessings before dispersing, Master asked the man:

Why do you look unhappy my son?
I am alone Master, there’s no one and nothing for me. The man replied gloomily.

Are you alone or you are lonely? Master quizzed
What’s the difference? The man asked.

Being lonely is rejection of yourself and all that is around you, it is a negative state of existence, and it is about self-hate and self destruction. It is like wiping out the candle to see in darkness, it is denial of who and what you are and the world that embraces you.

Being alone is acceptance of yourself and all that is around you, it is a positive state of existence, and it is about self-love and self preservation. It is like lighting up the candle to eliminate darkness, it is who you are and what you are and it is about embracing the world back that embraces you.

We suffer when lonely; when alone we rejoice. We all come into this life alone and must leave alone, but none of us are lonely, unless we wish to be.

ALONE stands for ALL-in-ONE therefore my son, find all that you seek and desire within yourself, because you are the One and you have all within you.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

God's Creation

One day a great sage from another land visited the Master and they had a long discourse about God, theology, ethics and such other esoteric subjects. I sat quietly and hearkened.

Who is your God? The great sage asked
Who is yours?
He is the omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent and omnipresent God.
How do you serve your God? Master asked
I pray to him, I respect him praise him and I never forget him.
And Master replied: my God is his creation, if he is there and he has indeed created, then I prefer to serve his creation since that is the best way to pray, to take care of those that he created. My God is nature: the animals, the trees, this river, the mountains and I serve them and I love them.
But what about your belief, who do you believe in? The sage asked.
I believe in his creation, I believe all that is around me with whom I interact.
Let’s go for a walk my friend, Master said, it’s a beautiful day. He invited the Sage to go with him. I followed from a discrete distance.

The path was beautiful, winding through fragrant flower fields with birds twittering from the trees. What you see around you? Master asked.
I see my God, he is everywhere, he sees everything; I see God in all.

We continued walking for long, the sage was tiring out though Master was chirpy and energetic as ever. He was used to climbing and hard life. So again he asked, ‘now what do you see?’ ‘I feel tired and exhausted and I am hungry,’ the sage replied. ‘I want to sit down beneath that tree with the shade.’ He dropped down under the tree and Master asked, ‘what do you see now my friend.’ ‘I see this tree and it is really nice and I am thankful that it is here. Otherwise I would have died of exhaustion and the sun. Now I wish it also had some fruits I could eat. I am so hungry.’

After some rest we walked on and found a plum tree full of juicy red plums. The sage ate his heart’s fill and Master asked; what do you see now, how do you feel? Oh I see this beautiful plum and I feel so great eating it, it’s so sweet and nourishing and filling.

So you see my friend, I serve his creation through whom he interacts with us, I take care of the tree and this plum tree, the flowers and the river since that is the way I communicate with him. I believe in him because I can see his creation, it is for them that I believe there is a creator, not the other way round.

Then we walked on and soon it became dark and we were in deep forest. We couldn’t see the path anymore and wild hungry animals were growling around. Master and I knew the path well but the sage got scared. Oh we are lost; some animal is surely going to eat us. We should have gone back well before. He started saying.

But my friend, the Master spoke kindly like he was talking to a child, don’t you see and find your God now; in this darkness and moment of despair isn’t he watching you, doesn’t he know that you are in trouble and will he not come to your rescue because you have always worshipped him and sang his praises. Why are you afraid now if you believe in your God?

I can only think of my life and getting back safely, I can’t think of God or in his powers. The sage replied shivering.

You abandon your God and your belief right at the moment when you need it, the test of your belief is not in the good times but in moments of crisis but how can you believe and trust in something that is abstract, which you or no one has ever seen or touched. So my friend I believe in his creation, in nature and in this forest with all its animals. I love them, I take care of them and I believe that now they will take care of us.

Don’t worry my friend, moon will be up shortly and we will get back safely very soon. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love is Belief

One day a beautiful girl visited the Master and asked: how do I know how much he loves me, how do I define how he loves me and how do I understand how he loves me.

Master smiled and asked the girl to ease her worrying mind: my child do you wish to bind your love to limitations, do you wish to define it within the words derived by human and do you wish to understand it with human intellect?

I don’t understand you Master. She replied puzzled.

My girl, Master spoke: love as I understand is of only one kind, that which is boundless and beyond definition and cognisance. When you seek ‘how much’ you are seeking a boundary of scale, which by itself is a limitation no matter how big the scale is. Let love be boundless and beyond compare. Let it be without beginning and end or mass or dimensions, let it be effervescent as well as tangible, let it be all and nothing, let it be boundless timeless eternal and all permeating. When you seek to define, you put words to describe what is indescribable and even indecipherable and there’s no way you or anyone can achieve that. We cannot put into words something that is beyond and above definition. Leave it undefined, leave it open, leave it as a sense as an essence of something that you know and don’t all at the same instant. When you wish to understand you are limiting it again by putting it across the scale of your knowledge and understanding. You wish to understand it within the periphery of your existing knowledge or the knowledge of humanity. Yet how can you do that since it is something that no one understands except the fact that it is the most potent force in the world. We don’t know what love is but we know what it can do. Just like we don’t know what God is, but we know that what God can do. So treat love like we treat God.

Love is a belief and belief cannot be defined, measured or understood. It is what it is and so let it be.