Life Is One – In Gita Verse 16.1-3 The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one’s existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquillity; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigour; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honour – these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.

Krishna has described all the qualities at the same time he said that all these are transcendental qualities. Means we need to transcend all these qualities to live in our divine nature, in compassion.

To live out of understanding is compassion. Never try to practise it, simply relax deep into meditation. Be in a state of let-go in meditation and suddenly you will be able to smell the fragrance that is coming from your own innermost depth. Then the flower blossoms and compassion spreads. Meditation is the flower and compassion is its fragrance.

Misunderstanding is certainly natural to the human mind. Mind is a misunderstanding, and through mind whatsoever you understand is misunderstanding. Understanding arises only when the mind is absent, because what is mind after all? – Just a collection of thoughts, none of which is your experience. Through that screen of collected thoughts, whatever you see you interpret. You never see what is there, you only see what your mind can interpret. And all interpretations are misunderstandings. When there is no interpretation, you simply see the fact, the truth… that which is. Then the mind does not distort, does not colour, does not give meanings to it. You don’t have any mind; you are just an opening, a mirror reflecting reality as it is.

Meditation is not an effort against the mind. It is a way of understanding the mind. It is a very loving way of witnessing the mind – but, of course, one has to be very patient. This mind that you are carrying in your head has arisen over centuries, millennia. Your small mind carries the whole experience of humanity – and not only of humanity: of animals, of birds, of plants, of rocks. You have passed through all those experiences. All that has happened up to now has happened to you also. In a very small nutshell, you carry the whole experience of existence. That’s what your mind is. In fact, to say it is yours is not right: it is collective; it belongs to us all.

No-mind is not against mind: no-mind is beyond mind. No-mind does not come by killing and destroying the mind: no-mind comes when you have understood the mind so totally that thinking is no longer needed – your understanding has replaced it.

When you come close to a Buddha, he is silent because of his intelligence, he is silent because of his awareness, he is silent, not because he has forced himself to be silent, he is silent simply because he has understood the pointlessness of being disturbed in any way. He is silent because he has understood that there is no point in being worried and there is no point in being tense. His silence is out of understanding. It is overflowing with understanding. When you come near a Buddha you will have a totally different fragrance – the fragrance of consciousness.

God is playing. And a real man of understanding becomes godly – godly in the sense that he is in the world and yet he remains out of it; on the periphery and yet he remains mindful of his centre. Doing a thousand and one things, yet he remains a non-doer. In tremendous activities, but he is never lost. His inner light burns bright.

Life is one, it goes on moving. It comes into you; it passes through you. In fact to say that it comes into you isn’t right, because then it seems as if life comes into you, and then passes out of you. You don’t exist – only this life’s coming and going does. You don’t exist – only life exists in its tremendous forms, in its energy, in its millions of delights. Once you understand this, let that understanding be the only law. And start living as Buddhas from this very moment.

Unhappiness is the incapacity to understand life, the incapacity to understand oneself, the incapacity to create a harmony between you and existence. Unhappiness is a discord between you and reality; something is in conflict between you and existence. Happiness is when nothing is in conflict – when you are together, and you are together with existence also. When there is harmony, when everything is flowing without any conflict, smooth, relaxed, then you are happy. Happiness is possible only with great understanding, an understanding like the peaks of the Himalayas. Less than that won’t do.

In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.26, blog I wrote – Meditation transforms. It takes you to higher levels of consciousness and changes your whole lifestyle. It changes your reactions into responses to such an extent that it is unbelievable that the person who would have reacted in the same situation in anger is now acting in deep compassion, with love – in the same situation.

Krishna says meditation is not so cheap. Meditation is a total transformation of your being. And a great understanding is needed and a great intelligence. Krishna’s Bhagavad Gita’s verses are only for those who are really intelligent people and who really want to get out of the misery that they have created around themselves. It is only for those who are really fed up with misery and are ready to get out of the trap. It is up to you, it depends on you. You have created it! Once you understand how you have created it, it will disappear – because then you will not be able to create it any more.


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