Excuses – In Gita Verse 6.33 Arjuna said: O Madhusūdana, the system of yoga which You have summarized appears impractical and unendurable to me, for the mind is restless and unsteady.
When Arjuna says that the system of Yoga which You (Krishna) have summarized appears impractical and unendurable to me. Why? As for him everything needs to be in perfect condition when he has to practice Yoga. He says that his mind is restless and unsteady. This clearly indicates that he wants to possess the universe and he did not want to be possessed by it.
In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.8, blog I wrote Modern man, the modern mind, wants to possess everything and not be possessed by anything.
Also we need to understand that whenever we find any kind of excuses we want to run away from ourselves. Look to Arjuna it will be very easy for us to understand that because he did not want to practice the Yoga which is absolutely scientific, no belief is needed still he says that it appears impractical and unendurable to me, for the mind is restless and unsteady – by saying this he wanted to run away from himself. Krishna was all the time from different ways guiding him towards himself. As Krishna knew that once he will be with himself Me and him will not be different.
Look into our life when we don’t want to grow how many excuses we find out.
If we understand that – Growth needs your understanding, growth needs your awareness. Awareness is enough. If you are aware in this moment of whatever is happening, that awareness becomes the sun, and the tree of your being grows. That awareness becomes the water, the rain and the tree of your being grows. That awareness becomes the food, the nutrition. That awareness is all that is needed for growth. A man grows because of awareness, not because of hopes.
Awareness Is the Seed of Godliness in Us:
Risk everything for awareness, but never risk awareness for anything. This is the commitment of a seekers: that he is ready to lose his life but not his awareness; he has found a value which is higher than life. There is no other value which is higher than awareness. Awareness is the seed of godliness in you. When it comes to its full growth, you have come to the fulfillment of your destiny. As your goes deeper, your actions may not be efficient but they will have a new quality, the quality of grace, which is far more valuable. No machine can have the quality of grace. Your actions, your words will have a beauty of their own.
The way a man of awareness lives, each moment is filled with tremendous grace and beauty. It is reflected in his actions, even in the smallest actions – just in the gesture of his hand or just the way he looks; in the depth of his eyes or the authority of his words or the music of his silence. His very presence is a celebration.
Awareness Is Simple, Very Innocent:
Awareness is simple, very innocent. Everyone has it, so it is not a question of achievement. One wrong question leads to another wrong question: first you ask what right awareness is, then you ask how to achieve it. You already have it. When you see the sunset, are you not aware? When you see a rose flower, are you not aware? You are aware of the beautiful sunset, you are aware of the beautiful rose; all that is needed is that you become aware of your awareness, too. That is the only thing that has to be added, the only refinement.
You are aware of objects. You have to be aware of your subjectivity. When you are looking at a sunset, you are so absorbed in the beauty of the sunset that you completely forget that there is a greater beauty which is making it possible for you to know the beauty of the sunset – it is your awareness. But your awareness is focused on an object – the sunset, the sunrise, the moon. Drop the object and just remain engulfed in pure awareness, in silence, in peace. Just be alert.
To practice the Yoga what is needed by Arjuna is awareness – As awareness is a transforming force. Whatsoever deepens with your awareness is virtue. Whatsoever disappears with your awareness is sin.