“The ocean is unfazed by external circumstances” – Radhanath Swami
Imagine if your heart and soul was an ocean limitless of love and compassion. Imagine being that ocean and then getting angry and stressed out, or resentful and full of vitriol. The two are incompatible. That anger has no place to land.
The ocean is unfazed by heavy rainfall, rivers, storms or even human arrogance. It is so massive that stays in its natural state as a constantly moving body of water. So similarly, can we stay in a state of an ocean of love? Somewhere along the way we lost sight that our natural condition as human beings can be that god consciousness filled love.
In our society we have become so accustomed to having “issues.” Our intellectual standard has risen considerably in the modern age that we’ve gotten used to be really dwelling on our “stuff.” It even goes beyond that. We love our stuff, we love our issues, we love our neurosis to the point that they have become core attributes of our personality – “oh he’s cool. but he’s a workaholic. always stressed out.”
On the other hand, it appears to me that we haven’t become accustomed to dwell on love. Yes, we fall in love in a romantic way but we don’t act with love in all of our affairs. It’s just not taught in the West. In fact, I can’t remember a single school teacher who ever said to me “love everyone and everything you do. “
Of course the contract for being human is that we do get blessed with a sea of emotions. It’s great to cry when we feel sad and to open up and speak honestly when we feel hurt. It’s wonderful to be in touch with the finely tuned human bio computer. Being in touch with our sensitive touch points still can’t escape the fact that finding our way back to joy and love as quickly as possible is gods will. If the kingdom of heaven is within us, as us, then surely than kingdom must be one of joy.
I didn’t know Maharaji-ji in his body but I doubt that he was stressed out about how the temple rent was going to be paid or if he was going to be late for some task. He was beyond that. Being in that ocean of his love made all the other stuff sort of fade away.
Can you imagine if your guru said to you “your dharma is be full of stress and worry. and that is the kingdom of heaven.” No spiritual tradition of any kind has ever put forth that notion. That manifestation of negativity in life comes from our egos because being in joy and beauty is truly our biggest fear and also happens to be the toughest thing to accomplish. (insert Marianne Williamson quote here)
“And you realize that every moment you are a full statement of your being. and you’re sending out vibrations that are affecting everything around you.” Page 27
These pages go on to suggest that we have a huge hand in creating our own reality. By shaping our thoughts and intentions we can choose to live in love. I’m finding out that I have much more of a choice than I ever really thought. My struggles can be minimized if I stay active in this practice.
One of my favorite passages in any spiritual text is found on page 28: “You can only protest effectively when you love the person whose ideas you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.”
That is so beautiful. That’s the essence of this whole trip – even in conflict you must love your way through it. That’s the only dance there is!
If I can remember that one simple idea and apply to every point of conflict facing the outside and apply it to the war inside I’ll be much better off.
Ram ram ram…
Positive vibrations. I feel in love but a little out of sorts today as I write this. Wishing I could just post a song as my blog post – can I do that? are there any rules here?
Looking forward to my brothers and sisters words this week, they’ve been so good!