Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine
rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding
around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but
When you really look for me, you will see me
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
I have this constant difference of opinion with my Dad and before with Mum when she was alive that being ritualistic does not ensure that you will connect with the divine… today as I came across this piece, it underlines my thought process whereby, doing a certain thing for a certain outcome does not do away with the actual service that we need to perform…. live our purpose in connection with the divine…
Rituals are a powerful tool to bring discipline to the mind and body but it does not necessarily change our mindset… 🙂
I remember… my mum praying devoutly and then in the middle of her chants.. she would call out for me to check whether the gas was on.
I used to tease her that if she was with the divine, all mundane things should be out of her mind… and yet…
It took me a while to chant but that was a conscious effort to still the mind to a one point focus and to attain clarity and that time, I really don’t care if the gas is on..
Having said that I always look at wonder at the souls who actually can practice what they preach via rituals… namely the some of the Buddhist Lamas that I have come across, immense humility, immense compassion and immense love… that flows… in their interaction…
I make sure that all my mundane checks are done before I close off to the the physical world and connect with my non physical space..
I also am amused to see souls who are again devout ritualists… have no compulsion to offer judgement against…
- Freedom of expression
- An independent woman 😉
- Living out one own’s choice
- Stepping away from a norm of society like being separated, a single mother, or a divorcee and so on
- on the different way to commune with the divine…
(I remember being reprimanded vehemently by my esteemed uncle during a prayer session where the enlightened souls who were leading the prayers never offered a suggestion but prayed and yet while the prayers were going on, this fellow was busy scolding me for not doing a shashtang pranam – “prostration” and constantly berating me while we were praying….. does it really matter… )
- and more important – being a non-vegetarian… ( I was told that I was hot headed because I am a non vegetarian.. I actually checked during my long bouts of vegetarianism…. and no… my aggression remains the same… buhahahahah )
I believe, no matter what religion or system we follow, it is very important to hold the purity of thought….
Knowledge is free and all accessible if one wants to get there..
Its all about which method you apply to get there.
Honest interaction with people around you..
do what you can… and well what you cannot do… don’t do… That is actually liberating…
what you do, give it all you have… the outcome will be amazing..
know your dark matter…. – very important… and find ways to find the root causes of the darkness… and the understanding of that space can bring lot of enlightenment…
Its still a learning express for me… knowing my dark matter… and its fun as well when one realizes how silly it is…
be with souls who help you grow and who you help in growing… from your most natural state… I love this philosophy from Jim Rohn…
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
When I remember someone saying this to me, that “I have been following everyone else’s dream but mine” this underlines the thought that its important to have a dream or a goal and achieve it… gives one great personal satisfaction…
Anyway, we are digressing here….
The point I wanted to make was that BE someone who you love… and connect the way you want to… do not get lost in the different methods… that are prescribed… try what you like and find your own way… or be someone who the society wants…. its easy to lose yourself then… in the maze of rules and regulations of shoulds and must..
Sometimes, I reach my inner space, while making tea, while cooking, while designing earrings, while listening to a beautiful composition, while singing, while sitting still….. the only difference is that all of the activities are practiced with mindfulness….. and in the sheer appreciation of beauty and joy,… transports us to the divine…
Life is otherwise zipping past us… cut out the clutter of mind and focus on whats really important… YOU and your BEING…