…We often do something and later regret about what we did. Because in the later analysis, we usually observe the thing more clearly from a different angle compared to the angle from which we had seen it before doing it. This is why we say” If I had known about it, I wouldn’t have done so, or I would have done it a bit differently .” This shows how our perception of a very ordinary thing in life too changes over time.
Our actions, opinions and decisions are mostly based on the perspective we hold at a time. As our perspective changes over time, the actions, opinions and decisions too are liable to change.
Sri Bhagavan gives a beautiful analogy to understand the differences in the perspectives of different people. People in a multi-storeyed building “see” the garden in front of it in various ways. The way those living on the ground floor see it is different from that of those living on the second. The same way the people on every floor have a different perception of the same garden. The same person will have different perceptions of the same truth when he moves from one floor to the next. The moment one “realises” this reason for the difference in perception, one becomes free of judgment. And when judgment is gone, it results in acceptance.
In spirituality, where tangible empirical proofs are yet very difficult to provide, experience is the greatest thing. And as there are various paths followed by various seekers, they are sure to have a variety of experiences. A few people who follow a path, for example, Yoga, may have the awakening of Kundalini accompanied by various “sidhis” or mystical abilities. In a kind of Yoga called “Hatha Yoga” it is possible to acquire the sidhi to float on the surface of water.
But the ancient masters have warned the seekers not to be deluded by these sidhis and to go forward to the ultimate enlightenment. And ultimate enlightenment doesn’t need any testimony from anywhere. Again it is much different from the different states of enlightenment. Ultimate enlightenment is a stage and not a state that comes and goes. States do come and go; they may stay for a long or short duration. But once your brain lobes are regulated and modified to function at the right frequencies, you reach the stage of enlightenment. From there, the way you experience life and the world is so singular that there is no comparison to it. Then you really begin to live in the present. And as Bhagavan says, “ To be in the Presence is to be in the present.”
There, all questions end and all seeking stops! There is no need to judge or choose based on the judgment! Because what is “IS”!
Koti koti pranaams at the lotus feet of beloved AmmaBhagavan!...
Written by Venu Nair
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.
1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?
2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?
3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?
4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?
5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?
6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?