I remember a story about Brahmananda Sarsaswati, the Shankaracharya [spiritual head] of Jyotir Math, in India. There is a story ( i don't recall the exact words) where a seeker wanted to know what the Guru thought about the seeker's mind. Gurudev replied that he was too busy to watch his thoughts, because he was spending all his time observing his own mind! It's a profound lesson.
Most of us spend so much time observing and judging others, creating concepts in the mind, or misperceptions of what is truth - that we miss the goal of this life. When you observe your mind and emotions, you will discover that what is negative dissolves, what is positive expands. Your realize it was only your small mind that had you in bondage - it was an illusion - and you become free.
In just a couple of weeks, I am moving from the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado,
to the much smaller (by 10,000 feet!) yet still beautiful, Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.
http://www.artofliving.org/intl-meditation-center-usa. Moving is one of the top stresses in life, and this is not just a simple move. Personally, it's a big leap of faith, into a brand new way of life.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, my Guru, invited me to make the move to the Art of Living Foundation's spiritual retreat center in Boone, North Carolina. He suggested I "leave my stuff there," and travel the world continuing to teach the ancient Vedic wisdom. I'm honored, excited, admittedly anxious about jumping into the abyss, and thrilled - all at the same time!
Consequently, I'm spending alot of time observing my mind and experiencing the truth that what is negative (fear, anxiety,) dissolves and what is positive, ( truth, happiness, resolve) expands.
It takes courage for anyone to jump into the unknown, and at the same time, it's the journey of making the jump - not the destination - that builds our character and strength.
Staying stuck in the comfort zone brings boredom, unhappiness.
Our nature is to expand.
That's why we want more love, more money, more peace- more.
When we stay stuck in the same gear, we don't go anywhere.
We tell ourselves it's ok, because it's safe, but is it?
It's fear that keeps us from taking a big step in life. Fear holds us back, yet we might start blaming people, situations and things - rather than taking responsibility for our own state of mind. It's a miserable cycle.
What is Fear? It's simply a sensation based on past impressions. It's an illusion.
Sri Sri teaches that fear is Love upside down.
Years ago, I had a similar situation to the one I find myself in today. The situation required me to move forward in life with faith. I was struggling and one evening, with tears streaming down my face, I packed up my belongings & prepared to leave. I didn't think I could do it. I was
afraid of the unknown and at the same time,I was miserable with the thought of being stuck with the familiar. (sound familiar?)
I was in a divided mind, which is just pure misery. I was nowhere.
That evening, at our German Ashram Sri Sri gave a powerful talk on the power of prayer, and the wealth of faith.
He said, "The stairs to heaven are slippery and soapy. Hold on tight to the knowledge and say, this time, come what may - I will make it!"
I went back to my room. Unpacked my things and stayed the course. That was 1998 & I'm still here!
Faith in the Divine, is our greatest wealth.
I've learned, under Sri Sri's guidance, to have a broad vision and to move toward it with commitment - not to move on feelings. Feelings come and go; there is no value in basing your life on something so wobbly! It's not always easy; however, in the end it makes life dynamic, expansive - fulfilling. The universal truth is - everything IS changing. Trying to control what is happening, is just painful.
After 20 years with Sri Sri, I have learned to trust nature with its infinite intelligence and I trust the Divine, who works through this Guru so beautifully, with nothing but unconditional love for our highest good & happiness. Because of this trust, (which I didn't start out with 20 years ago) life gets better and better, with more and more dynamism and love. It's possible for me, for you - for all.
I am not going to sugar coat it, and say that this is easy. It is not. You have to ask yourself, how do I want to move through life? Like a scared chicken or a powerful tiger?
The answer is obvious.
When you feel weak I am with you as your strength,
you are not alone.
you are not alone.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
This is the Guru Tattva, the Guru Principle.
Guru Tattva is faith in the unconditional love and infinite intelligence of the Divine, it's connecting to that Grace, that is always with you, when you have a Sat Guru. It t allows you to lead a happy, fulfilled and divine life & to share it with others. It is pure Love.
Click here to read what Sri Sri says about the power of Guru Tattva.
It is this indescribable love and grace of the Guru Tattva that held me up this week and gave me peace of mind - which was most
needed. It is what allows me to move forward in my life and to
let go of fear and do what I am meant to do for myself & others.
I don't know why anyone, who has the enormous karma to be with a Sat Guru would choose to life life any other way.
Gurudev says, you have misery or you can have a Guru.
You can't have both.
I choose the Guru.