Unexpected Gift – In Gita Verse 11.45 After seeing this universal form, which I have never seen before, I am gladdened, but at the same time my mind is disturbed with fear. Therefore please bestow Your grace upon me and reveal again Your form as the Personality of Godhead, O Lord of lords, O abode of the universe.

Arjuna says that it was an unexpected gift that he has got. This gift cannot be understood with the mind so the mind is disturbed with fear.

We are always very much afraid that something unexpected is going to happen to us. What should we do?

It is good that something unexpected is going to happen to you. In fact, if only the expected happened, you would be utterly bored. Just think of a life in which only that which you expect always happens. What will you do with such a life? There would be no joy in it, it would be sheer boredom. You expect a friend and he knocks on the door. You expect a headache and it is there. You expect your wife to leave and she leaves. You expect, and it happens. Within twenty-four hours you would commit suicide! What would you do if all that happened, happened just by your expectation and according to your expectation?

Life is an adventure because the unexpected happens. The greater the adventure would be if more and more unexpected things happened to you. Feel blissful. The unexpected happens – be ready for it, make way for it. Don’t ask for the expected. That’s why I say remain empty for the future; don’t project. Let the future happen on its own, and you will be continuously in joy. You will have a dance in your being, because each thing that will happen will be so unexpected, and when it is unexpected, it has a mystery in it….

I have heard about a clairvoyant little boy. It seems this boy had premonitions. Once while reciting his prayers he said, “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, God bless grandma, goodbye grandpa.” The next day grandpa died of a stroke.

Then later on the little boy said, “God bless mommy, God bless daddy, goodbye grandma.” Then grandma was hit while crossing the street.

Sometime later in his prayers, he said, “God bless mommy, goodbye daddy.” The father was really upset. He had himself driven to the office, but he could not work there at all. Finally he decided to come home early, but he was afraid to drive back so he took a taxi home and rushed in.

He was greeted by his wife, who said, “What do you think happened today dear? The most awful thing! The milkman died on the back porch!”

Life is full of surprises and unexpectations. Unexpectations is always accompanied with fear of the unknown.

The people who will go beyond mind will create the new man, the new mind. And the most special thing to be remembered about the new mind is that it will never become a tradition, that it will be constantly renewed. If it becomes a tradition it will be again; the same thing.

The new mind has to become continuously new, every day new, ready to accept any unexpected experience, any unexpected truth – just available, vulnerable. It will be a tremendous excitement, a great ecstasy, a great challenge.

So I don’t think this crisis is bad; it is good. A few people will lose their masks, and will be actually what they are – neurotic, psychotic – but at least they will be true and they will be honest. You may think they are mad; they are not mad, they are simply in a state of very great surprise. They have believed in the old mind too much, and it betrayed them.

But the best of the intelligence will reach heights unknown before. If even in a traditional world, a man like Gautam Buddha or Chuang Tzu or Pythagoras is possible, we can conceive that in the atmosphere that the new mind will create, a thousandfold more awakened people, enlightened people will become easily possible.

If the new mind can prevail then life can become an enlightening process. Enlightenment will not be something rare, that happens once in a while to somebody very special; it will become a very ordinary human experience, that only once in a while some really idiotic person misses.

All of us will undergo fear. But in that moment be courageous to move towards the unexpected.


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