Monday, December 29, 2008

Bhagavan on Acceptance To see itself is to be free

"All that you can do is, you can see what is there, first of all, you do not know what is there. Because all the years you have been running away from it, see everywhere you find only the self. So you come to know, now there is an indirect way of knowing, but then to actually look at it is painful.. To look at your envious thoughts, your jealous thoughts, your fearful thoughts, your anxious thoughts, is not such a good experience.

That all the time you are running away from it. That is the only problem which man has got. So, because we are telling you, look, turn around, confront it, look at it, then may be you will say let me try. Initially it could be difficult, but then you will soon realize it is very tempting. It is very nice to see, as you see your darker side, your negative side, strangely you will stop condemning, You will know that is true; along with that comes joy also and with that joy you will soon find that there is absence of conflict. Not that your negative side has gone, not that you cease to be jealous, cease to be angry, cease to be fearful, no no no no not those things. You are for the first time in your life able to say, "Yes I am this I am not ashamed of it that is the only truth, I am being truthful. That is when you have taken the first step in spirituality that is also the last step, there after everything is automatic. No guru is required, no teaching is required, it is all automatic. You think there is some thing you can do to get there. There is nothing you can do to get there. If you are a jealous person, you are not going to become non jealous. If you are fearful person, you are not going to become courageous like the lion. If you are a depressed person, you are not going to go into euphoria. You cannot change, try as you might, you cannot change. So what is the teaching here. The teaching says you cannot change, and there is no need to change, because you have been designed like that, you are that, that is all that is the only teaching. Therefore you accept, "Aa Ah! I cannot change, what is there to do, nothing to do.. There is nothing wrong like that, I have been designed like that." You did not design yourself, God designed you like that, he has some purpose in designing you. So there is complete acceptance, when you accept what is there, that is meditation, that is SADHANA.

That is all, so it is very simple, please do it, I will help you". - Sri Bhagavan

"To see itself is to be free" - Sri Bhagavan
Summary :- This teaching is confined only to the inner world.You cannot change your inner world by putting efforts to change it.Only if you could "see" it, you will arrive at awareness due to the grace of Sri Amma Bhagavan and only then purification will take place within your inner world.
Can you change your thoughts? Is it possible to change the flow of incoming thoughts?When you are getting a flow of negative thoughts how do you change them? Is there any use in putting efforts to change your thoughts?So just accept that there is no need to put efforts in changing the incoming flow of your thoughts.Then, But for what purpose god has designed you to undergo them? The answer is that he wants you to be free from them.You have to undergo that purification process.This is possible only by seeing.All that you need to do is that you have to put your efforts to "see" them but not to change them.So, just see it.Now your inner world will be changed by the god.
Please remember that you can change your inner world only with the help of seeing. Here "seeing" is the broomstick which can clean your inner world.Seeing is the only medium for you to invite the divine grace to change your inner world.

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

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?