Destination And Direction – In Gita Verse 2.57 In the material world, one who is unaffected by whatever good or evil he may obtain, neither praising it nor despising it, is ﬁrmly ﬁxed in perfect knowledge.
Krishna’s whole Gita is only one word – Accept. Krishna says to Arjuna, accept the material world, objective world, without any judgement. Our attachments are affecting us by not moving from the objective world, stuck in the objective world. As we are not able to see the hidden things inside the objective world. We are just looking at the objective world from the periphery and not from it’s centre. Once you will go into the centre of the objective world immediately you will know that it’s a pool of energy. Immediately from this realization you will drop all your attachments and become unaffected by the objective world.
The energy can become creative or destructive depending upon our awareness. How much the universe is compassionate to us is that a small atom which is not visible through our eyes has got so much energy in it. This is scientifically proven.
This is the reason that after Nagasaki and Hiroshima scientists became more alert, how to utilize energy in a productive and creative way for the growth of humanity. We need to focus on the direction and not on the destination to use the energy in creative ways for humanity and existence.
Destination belongs to the ego; direction belongs to life, to being: THE DISTINCTION IS VERY SUBTLE, but it is the same distinction as there is between the mind and the heart, as there is between logic and love, or even more appropriate, as there is between prose and poetry.
A destination is a very clear-cut thing; direction is very intuitive. A destination is something outside you, more like a thing. A direction is an inner feeling; not an object, but your very subjectivity. You can feel the direction, you cannot know it. You can know the destination, you cannot feel it. Destination is in the future. Once decided, you start manipulating your life towards it, steering your life towards it.
How can you decide the future? Who are you to decide the unknown? How is it possible to fix the future? Future is that which is not known yet. Future is an open possibility. By fixing a destination your future is no more a future, because it is no more open. Now you have chosen one alternative out of many, because when all the alternatives were open it was the future. Now all alternatives have been dropped; only one alternative has been chosen. It is no longer the future, it is your past.
The past decides when you decide a destination. Your experience of the past, your knowledge of the past decides. You kill the future. Then you go on repeating your own past – maybe a little modified, a little changed here and there according to your comfort, convenience; repainted, renovated – but still it comes out of the past. This is the way one loses track of the future: by deciding a destination one loses track of future. One becomes dead. One starts functioning like a mechanism.
Direction is something alive, in the moment. It knows nothing of the future, it knows nothing of the past, but it throbs, pulsates here and now. And out of this pulsating moment, the next moment is created. Not by any decision on your part – but just because you live this moment and you live it so totally, and you love this moment so wholly, out of this wholeness the next moment is born. It is going to have a direction. That direction is not given by you, it is not imposed by you; it is spontaneous. That’s what the Bauls call SAHAJ MANUSH, the spontaneous man.
The spontaneous man is the way to the real man, to the essential man, to the God within. You cannot decide direction, you can only live this moment that is available to you. By living it, direction arises. If you dance, the next moment is going to be; of a deeper dance. Not that you decide but you simply dance this moment. You have created a direction: you are not manipulating it. The next moment will be more full of dancing, and still more will be following.
Destination is fixed by the mind; direction is earned by living. Destination is logical: one wants to be a doctor, one wants to be an engineer, one wants to be a scientist or one wants to be a politician, one wants to be a rich man, famous man – these are destinations. Direction? – One simply lives the moment in deep trust that life will decide. One lives this moment so totally that out of this totality a freshness is born. Out of this totality the past dissolves and the future starts taking shape. But this shape is not given by you, this shape is earned by you.
Krishna is telling Arjuna to live as a real man. Don’t decide anything , be aware and watchful of the present moment and you will get direction, direction from the unknown, there will not be any destination, but it will be direction, through the direction you will be living in the objective world but will not get stuck or attached or affected by the objective world. You will be playful, not serious but playful regarding the present moment, with your self-alertness.Tags: Destination And Direction