Be a Lotus!
“The soul sticks on to the body until the karma is exhausted.” This means that you will keep getting a body by the laws of Niyati as long as you have karma. What happens to the soul after it is exhausted with all the Karmas–no more Karmas left, so more bodies required?
When the soul exhausts all its karma, it is not bound by the bondage of ‘coming back into body’. It has the freedom to chose whether it wants to come or not. The ‘Siddha’s’ like our Gurudev chose to come back and help more and more people get liberated. That is why it is called ‘Nirvana’.
Nirvana means ‘freedom from bondage’.
What is bondage? This cycle of birth – death – birth – death – birth – death – birth -death is bondage. Only the wise ones realize that all this is futile. Every single day, you do the same things. You wake up, cook, clean, eat, work, enjoy, sleep. Again you wake up and do the same cook, clean, eat, work, enjoy, sleep…. and this cycle continues. An unwise mind stuck in the pleasures and pain of this world keeps rotating endlessly in this cycle. But it is only the wise one who wakes up and questions his own-self that this could not be it. There must be more than this. He sets out to find out the purpose of life
His journey of finding himself is not easy. It requires continuous research. It requires a lot of courage to look past the pleasures and pain of this world and reflect within. The more he commits to his self-contemplation and self-search, the closer he moves to the highest truth.
And then one day, he understands that the key is to ‘let go of creating any more agami karmas by letting go of attachment’. The more he becomes established in his resolution to break out of the Maaya of raagas and dveshas, the more his karmas get dissolved.
And one fine day, he reaches that stillness of mind where even though life flows around him with all its pleasures and pains, nothing touches him. He has now mastered the art of living in this world of Maaya.
What is the ‘Art Of LIVING’? To Be like a lotus that is in muddy water but is untouched and unstained by the water around! Until you get there, don’t give up, keep walking this beautiful path of self – exploration… charetveti…charetveti! Be like a beautiful lotus!
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absolutely brilliant! this is so insightful thank you so much for this ! absolutely adore your work really can’t thank you enough for all your video’s and articles .. saved me so many times! thanks so much!
ma’am could you please do a piece on experiencing the non-dual consciousness.. like you know I seem to realise it at an intellectual level at times maybe I experience a tiny bit but then after a span of like two days and again I’m back to square one again 🙁
“To Be like a lotus that is in muddy water but is untouched and unstained by the water around”
Beautifully said Ektaji. There is one parable with Mahavir Swami and one enlightened being(I think it was a great king called Ghantakaran Mahavir).
GM (Ghantakaran mahavir) was meditating in the jungle. An assemblage asked Bhagwan Mahavir if GM is liberated and go to the highest heavens.
Mahavir bhagvan said that if he died right now, he would go to the lowest hell.
The assemblage was aghast. A great king, leading a nomadic and monastic life, meditating for many years will go to lowest hell.
To confirm, they asked again. “Prabhu, why is it so?”
Mahavir bhagvan, in his usual brevity, “Oh, now he will go to highest heavens”
Then he went on to explain. “When you all asked me the first time, GM had heard a couple of people passing by. They were saying that his son (now a king) is surrounded by enemies. He will have to fight a great battle of survival. Hearing this GM suddenly envisioned himself mounting on his war elephant. And started drawing his sword to slay the enemies. His sister, who was an enlightened being, realised what happened. She said, brother get off your elephant. GM suddenly realised that his mind was in severe turmoil. He is a monk. His son is a trained fighter and has support of his army and experienced generals. GM has no business now reinserting himself in his son’s affairs. Also if he did, his son will rebuff any interference. “
When you asked me the first time, this great monk was going through turmoil and surely descended in lowest hell.
When you asked me a second time, this liberated being had again reached equanimity. He was again serene and tranquil. Hence, he was on a trajectory to go to the highest heavens.
I don’t know if this story is authentic. I heard it from a monk when I was a child. But, overall it houses the highest truth and highlights what Ektaji you said. Always be like lotus, whatever the circumstance.
Even if we have to do work in the world, do it without emotional entanglement. Like you say, without Raagas and Dweshas.
Thank you for excellent post!!!
I have stumbled across one of your YouTube channel and absolutely love how you synthesize the scriptures.
I live in Pennsylvania, is there a sangha that I could connect with?