Do not delay

I’ve recently finished re-reading the book “The Life of Milarepa”, a biography of a spiritual aspirant that got “famous” due to his extreme and dramatic experiences in life, a very though path on his way to spiritual liberation.

There is one quote, by Milarepa, that really made sense to me, as he puts this idea that I’ve been trying to express for quite some time, in a most simple and easy way:

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.” – Milarepa

Very easily our minds drift in the pursuit of things and with the sense or urgency to solve thousands of problems in the world and ourselves. Be it social problems, politcal, economical, educational, ecological… or any other. But, like my master once said, on a collective level, perfection is impossible. It’s part of Nature, it’s part of the cycle of creation, to have clashes, struggles, evolution and degeneration. The world will never be perfect, and that is its perfection :)

We are now living in a specific context of time, space and people and we can easily get stuck in the dramas of the lives that surround us.Of course we have to be involved in the world, serve and help so that everything is a bit better everyday. But we simply can not let that those issues make us delay our spiritual progress – the only true progress.

Hence, my master said that in life we should have a subjective approach with an objective adjustment. Keeping our spiritual goal, we adapt and adjust to the real life around us.

New dramas will come, new conflicts, new ideas, new problems, even after we are long gone. “Perfection” will never come. It’s interesting to note that Milarepa lived about 1000 years ago, a time when society and its problems would be very different from those of today, mas the essence of this quote is exactly the same: problems will go on for ever, do not delay that which is the most important in life… we are just passing by :)

Properly utilize yourself to reach God

«There is a famous verse from the Upanishads which says that you cannot reach Parama Puruśa unless you are strong and full of energy. The word bala means that spiritual force which functions in a jiiva [living being] base. In ordinary parlance, however, bala means “capacity”. It depends upon the extent to which one makes use of one’s physical, psychic and spiritual energy. A person may have immense capacity, but to the extent that he or she does not utilize it, it does not become helpful in God-realization. Bala, therefore, depends on the extent of the use of one’s capacity.

When the divine bridge was constructed by Rama to cross the ocean, Hanuman brought mountains, but the squirrel brought only small pebbles. Both were strong and full of energy, as each was working to his full capacity.

Thus even a comparatively weak person can become balaván [strong] by utilizing the small energy he or she has. Whatever power, energy, you have, utilize it for sádhaná and service, and you are balaván, fit to reach Parama Puruśa. None of you need, therefore, despair. Each has the requisite wherewithal to reach the Almighty.

The utilization of energy should be in the proper direction. If you have to move to the east and you start moving towards the west, your action will be considered full of prámáda, or madness. Ananda Marga has the correct way, through subjective approach and objective adjustement. While followers of Ananda Marga keep their eyes steady on the absolute, they do not ignore this relative world. They work for self-realization and social upliftment, and hence the utilization of their energy is never in vain. When the effort is correct and the utilization right, you will certainly reach the goal.

I do not want you to wait life after life to reach your goal. You should realize the goal in this very life. Why will you waste even one
precious moment of this life? Therefore fear not, success is yours for the asking. Go on making the correct effort.»

21 May 1971 morning, Ranchi
Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

On Prayer

Then a priestess said, “Speak to us of Prayer.”
And he answered, saying:
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether?
And if it is for your comfort to pour your darkness into space, it is also for your delight to pour forth the dawning of your heart.
And if you cannot but weep when your soul summons you to prayer, she should spur you again and yet again, though weeping, until you shall come laughing.
When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.
Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion.
For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive.
And if you should enter into it to humble yourself you shall not be lifted:
Or even if you should enter into it to beg for the good of others you shall not be heard.
It is enough that you enter the temple invisible.
I cannot teach you how to pray in words.
God listens not to your words save when He Himself utters them through your lips.
And I cannot teach you the prayer of the seas and the forests and the mountains.
But you who are born of the mountains and the forests and the seas can find their prayer in your heart,
And if you but listen in the stillness of the night you shall hear them saying in silence,
“Our God, who art our winged self, it is thy will in us that willeth.
It is thy desire in us that desireth.
It is thy urge in us that would turn our nights, which are thine, into days which are thine also.
We cannot ask thee for aught, for thou knowest our needs before they are born in us:
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”

The Prophet, Khalil Gibran

a relationship

Relationships need to be nurtured. Whether we speak about relationships with our relatives, boyfriend or girlfriend, friends, they all need attention and care in order to be healthy and to grow.

When we loose that care, the relationship tends to fade away with time, as it slowly looses its importance and that very special thing that made it valuable. It’s up to us to maintain it, just like a flower in a pot.

The relationship with the Supreme is no different. It is up to us to put some of our energy, atention and love in it, and that, with time, will make it feel more and more special, more and more close.

This next quote is still my favourite definition of what meditation is, as it easily breaks our standard view of meditation as a “practice”, a “habit”, or something else. It takes us to a different level, where everything is about love.

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