Be Natural – In Gita Verse 5.26 Those who are free from anger and all material desires, who are self-realized, self-disciplined and constantly endeavoring for perfection, are assured of liberation in the Supreme in the very near future.
Krishna gives us this message that the person who started transcending their anger and material desires from their self-realization and not as masochist, will be in the very near future will merge in the Supreme. They live a natural life.
Just living a natural life. Nature should be your only discipline……….
If you plan for every possibility, if you manage everything on your own, you never give a chance to God to penetrate you, to take control onto his shoulders.
You never allow God to help you. You think you have to be independent; you think there is no other way than self-help. You remain unnecessarily poor.
A small child was playing around his father who was sitting in the garden. And the small child was trying to pull up a big rock. It was too big and he could not do it. He tried hard. He was perspiring.
The father said, ‘You are not using all your energies.’
The child said, ‘Wrong. I am using all my energy. And I don’t see what more I can do?’
The father said, ‘You have not asked me to help. That too is your energy. I am sitting here and you have not asked me to help. You are not using all your energy.’
A man who lives through techniques may think he is using all his energies but he has not asked for God’s help. A man who is simply meditating with techniques is a poor man.
Open yourself to the divine. You live naturally; not trying to improve, not living through ideas, not living through moral disciplines – just living a natural life. Nature should be your only discipline, and whatsoever is natural is good because that’s how God wills it to be, wants it to be. If you can accept your life with such gratefulness, that this is how God wants it to be….
To be in tune with nature. And that is the meaning of the Indian word dharma; it means ‘nature’, intrinsic nature. Trust nature and don’t violate it.
If you can trust nature, by and by you become quiet, silent, happy, joyful, celebrating – because nature is celebrating. Nature is a celebration. Look all around. Can you see any flower which looks like your saints? Can you see any rainbow which looks like your saints? Or any cloud, birds singing, and the light reflecting in the river, and the stars? The world is celebrating. The world is not sad. The world is a song, an utterly beautiful song, and the dance continues. Become part of this dance and trust your nature.
If you trust your nature, by and by you will come closer to the cosmic nature. That is the only way. You are part of the cosmic. When you trust yourself, you have trusted the cosmic in you. Through that goes the way. From that small thread, you can reach to the very goal. Trusting yourself, you have trusted God who has made you. Not trusting yourself, you have distrusted God who has made you.
Let the following be your litmus paper taste:
Whenever you listen to the voice of the ego, sooner or later there will be trouble. You will fall into the trap of misery. This you have to watch: ego always leads into misery, always, unconditionally; always, categorically, absolutely. And whenever you listen to nature, it leads you to a well-being, contentment, a silence, a bliss. So this should be the criterion. You will have to make many errors; there is no other way. You have to watch your own choice, from where the voice is coming, and then you have to see what happens – because the fruit is the criterion.
When you do something, watch, be alert. And if it leads to misery, then you know that it was ego. Then the next time, be alert, don’t listen to that voice. If it is nature, it will lead you towards a blissful state of mind. Nature is always beautiful, ego always ugly. There is no other way but trial and error. I cannot give you a criterion so that you can judge everything, no. Life is subtle and complex and all criteria fall short. You will have to make your own efforts to judge. So whenever you do something, listen to the voice from within. Make a note of it, regardless of where it leads. If it leads to misery, it was certainly from the ego.
Always make a note of what you are doing and where it leads. By and by, you will become aware of that which is ego and that which is nature; which is real and which is false. It will take time and alertness, observation. And don’t deceive yourself — because only ego leads to misery, nothing else.
Krishna tells Arjuna be natural. Then you will be flowing in the river of the natural. And one day the river will fall into the ocean of the supernatural.