Patience Is Very Active – In Gita Verse 1.6 There are the mighty Yudhāmanyu, the very powerful Uttamaujā, the son of Subhadrā and the sons of Draupadī. All these warriors are great chariot ﬁghters.
Duryodhana was so impatient that in his anxiety to win the war, he did not know what he was speaking. He says that the very powerful Uttamaujā, the son of Subhadrā and the sons of Draupadī, means his and his brother’s sons are not worthy, not powerful. Even though Pandavas sons were taken care of and brought up by others as they lost their empire in gambling, and were in exile. Kauravas themselves had brought up their children. By saying this he conveyed that he and his brothers had failed as parents in bringing up their children.
When we are in the grip of desire, anxiety and anger religions say don’t do anything in that moment of anger – wait.
Haste is one of the greatest diseases of the present day, because it has made many things impossible which could have happened with a little patience.
On your part great patience is needed, and a trust that the whole existence is in support of all those who are trying to grow spiritually. It is not you who are trying to grow spiritually; it is the existence which through you, is trying to reach its pinnacle.
Patience is very alert, patience is very active, patience is very expectant. If you are waiting for somebody – a friend is to call on you – you may be sitting just by the door, but you are very attentive, alert. Any noise on the road, any car passing by, and immediately you start looking: maybe your has friend come? The wind on your doors , and suddenly you are alert: maybe he has knocked…. Dead leaves in the garden moving hither and thither, and you come out of your home; maybe he has come…. Patience is as active as that. It is waiting. It is not dull, it is very radiant. It is not unconscious; it is not like a stupor. It is like a flame burning bright. One waits. One can wait infinitely, but one waits, expectant, active, alert, watchful.
People are in a hurry, and religion is such a tree that it needs patience. It needs infinite patience. It needs no-hurry. If you are in a hurry, you will miss what religion is. Religion is not somewhere in a temple or as followers. Religion is where you are. At this moment.
If you are in a hurry, if you are in haste, you will never know the taste of its existence.
Impatience also shows that you are not trusting your dreams, you are not trusting your totality of longing. Patience simply means: I will wait, whatever time it takes for the spring to come – but I will not wait patiently; I will wait with a heart throbbing, desiring, waiting… each moment, day in, day out. Waiting for the ship is a very total action on your part – because the action is total, your trust is total.
One cannot predict when it will come. Only one thing can be said emphatically that if you are impatient it will not come. The more impatient you are for it, the less is the possibility, and if you are patient, it is bound to come. The more patient you are, the closer it is. If your patience is absolute, then it can happen right this very moment. But everything depends on patience. Patience is prayer and patience is trust and patience is love.
Pandavas’ patience had courage to hold the present moment and the given resources. It was active, alive, in gratitude. Even the soldiers of their army were ready to be participants in the war. While Duryodhana’s impatience was dead – why dead – as his disrespectful action was not allowing anyone to take any action. Before the war could start he had already lost the war. As his whole army was dead through inaction before the war had even started. His army was not a participant in the war. To achieve our goal we need our supporting team to participate.
Recollect the moment when we don’t allow ourselves or the people around us to use the available resources, the whole environment becomes tense. Suddenly we feel everything is dead.
Patience is nothing but a fragrance of trust. The night is dark but one trusts that the dawn is coming. Each passing moment the day is coming closer and closer. Maybe the night is actually becoming darker. In fact it becomes darker before the dawn comes, so the actual may not be helpful to the possible. The actual may be saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you waiting for? The night is getting darker than ever before. The dawn must be going further away and the distance is growing greater. This is simple logic: the night is getting darker so the dawn cannot be very close. You are losing track! There is no point in waiting any more.
Your mind is constantly hijacking you from the present moment – either into the past or into the future, but it never allows you to be in the now, to be here. By infinite patience is meant that “I trust, I am not worried. I am not rushing for tomorrow. I will rest in this moment. I will allow this moment its totality. I will explore this moment with my totality.” Then immediately, within a split second something wells up within you, something overwhelms you: a kind of music, a kind of melody, a feeling of well-being, as if everything is as it should be, you are at home, nothing is needed, all is perfect.
That feeling is bliss – that everything else as it is, is right; it is absolutely okay, it cannot be better. That feeling is bliss, but that feeling is possible only when you relax, are patient, and unhurried. And that’s what meditation is all about. Spirituality is nothing but a style of life, of living moment to moment, without hankering for the future… just living the present so totally that the mind has no time, no space, to go anywhere else… so absorbed, so utterly involved, drunk, with the present.
Bliss is something that comes to you from the beyond – not created by you but only received. One has to learn how to wait for it; one has to learn the art of waiting. Patience, infinite patience, is needed.Tags: Patience Is Very Active