Convert The Energy – In Gita Verse 14.5 Material nature consists of three modes – goodness, passion and ignorance. When the eternal living entity comes in contact with nature, O mighty-armed Arjuna, he becomes conditioned by these modes.
Krishna says that there are three seeds given to you. Goodness, Passion and Ignorance. All this quality needs to transcend.
Whole purpose of all our actions is to act with awareness so that we can transcend these qualities and become mature.
In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.31, blog I wrote – the difference between Action and Activity: Action comes out of energy, out of delight. Activity is businesslike. Action is poetry.
If you can be silent, and if you can transcend your mind and your consciousness can grow, it does not matter what you are doing; your actions are not counted at all, only your consciousness. And it will be a surprise to you that as you become silent, as you become conscious, your actions start changing – but not vice versa. You can change your actions, but that will not make you more conscious. You become more conscious, and your actions will change – that’s absolutely simple and scientific. You were doing something stupid; as you become more alert and conscious, you cannot do it.
It is not a question of reward or punishment. It is simply your consciousness, your silence, your peace, which makes you look so far away and so deep into everything that you do. You cannot do harm to anybody; you cannot be violent, you cannot be angry, you cannot be greedy, you cannot be ambitious. Your consciousness has given you so much blissfulness… What can greed give you, accept anxieties? What can ambition give you? Just a continuous struggle to reach higher on some ladder.
As your consciousness becomes more settled, all your life patterns change. What religions have called sin will disappear from your life, and what they have called virtue will automatically flow from your being, from your action. But they have been doing just vice versa: first change the acts. It is as if you are in a dark house and you are stumbling over furniture and things, and you are told that unless you stop stumbling, light is not possible. What I am saying is, bring light in and stumbling will disappear, because when there is light why should you stumble over things? Every time you stumble, every time you hit your head on the wall, it hurts. It is a punishment in itself – a wrong act is a punishment in itself; there is nobody recording your acts. And every beautiful action is a reward unto itself.
But first bring this light into your life. Meditation is an effort to bring this light and to bring this joy and to bring silence and to bring blissfulness.
Bringing light in your life means Awareness Plus Action: The problem for a man who is seeking reality is how to stop the vicious circle of thinking, yet be aware. Because fools also don’t think, but they are not aware. Be aware – the energy that moves into thinking should become awareness. Consciousness that goes on in a vicious circle with thinking should be retained, purified. Thinking should stop, the whirling of consciousness should stop, but not consciousness. Consciousness should become more crystallized and action should be there, action should not stop.
Awareness plus action, and you will attain reality immediately. And not only you – you will create a situation in which others can also attain reality. You will become a milieu, a climate around which things will start happening. That’s what happened with a Buddha, with a Sosan, with a Chuang Tzu.
Remember: action is good, thinking is a vicious circle; it never leads anywhere. So thinking has to stop but not action. There are people who will go on thinking; action will stop. That’s how it happens when a person renounces life, moves to the forest or the Himalayas. He renounces action, not thinking. He renounces the world where action was needed. He is renouncing reality itself, because through action you come in contact with reality. Seeing is action, moving is action, dancing is action, painting is action. Whatsoever you do, you come in contact with reality.
You have to become more and more sensitive in your doing. Doing is not to be renounced; action should be totally there, because that is the passage through which you move into reality and the reality moves into you. Try to understand, because this is very basic – basic to me: renounce thinking, don’t renounce action.
There are people who go on thinking, and there are people who go on renouncing action. But in the Himalayas what will they do? Then the whole energy, not moving in action, will move into thinking. They will become great philosophers. But philosophy is a fool’s land; you live in words, not in realities. Love disappears, only the word ‘love’ is retained. God disappears; because he was there in the fields, in the market, in the world, but the word ‘God’ is retained. Actions disappear, only concepts are carried. Your head becomes your whole being.
Avoid. Never renounce action, only renounce thinking. But if you renounce thinking there is a possibility you may become unconscious, or you may become a fool. You may start doing anything whatsoever, because now you don’t know what to do, and you don’t think. You may go crazy.
Krishna says to grow the three seeds given to you Goodness, Passion and Ignorance renounce thinking. Thinking is to be renounced, but you are not to become more unaware, more unconscious. You have to become more conscious.
This is the whole art of meditation: how to be deep in action, how to renounce thinking, and how to convert the energy that was moving into thinking to become awareness.Tags: Convert The Energy