Saturday, June 29, 2013

Be still. Stop looking anywhere. Stop seeking. Simply be.

Sometimes, in a blessed life, there arises the spiritual search, the search for God, the search for Truth.

There is a putting aside of mundane existence and a turning of one’s attention toward spiritual life. Unfortunately, the same conditioning that directed the mundane life usually also attempts to direct the spiritual search, and it, then, becomes a search for spiritual pleasure, spiritual comfort, spiritual security.
 Sooner or later there has to be a disillusionment with that search also.

At the heart of every human being, there is a command to find this - “happiness.” But it is impossible to find happiness. As long as you are seeking to find happiness “somewhere,” you are overlooking where happiness is. The same in reference to God. As long as you are seeking to find God in some place, you are overlooking the essential truth of God, which is Omnipresence. When you seek to find happiness someplace else, you are overlooking your true nature which is happiness. You are overlooking yourself.

So this teaching is the invitation and the challenge to stop overlooking — to simply, radically, absolutely, Be Still.

To put aside, at least for a moment, all of your ideas of where God is, or where Truth is, or where you are. All of your ideas of what God, or Truth, or you have to give or receive. Put them aside. 

Be still. Stop looking anywhere. Stop seeking. Simply be. 

Not be in a stupor, or be in a trance, or even be like a cow is being in a field, but deeper than that, so that the revelation of Omnipresence can be recognized, can be revealed, the revelation of your true nature. I don’t mean your personality. I mean deeper than your personality and present in all the fluctuations of your personality.

Be still in the presence of that. Not be still to create that. Not even be still to invite that. Be still simply to recognize what is always here, who you always are.

Our everyday life is our spiritual life. If we have awareness to be able to use our everyday life as practice, then our lives have meaning.

Mullah (traveling far on a ship, tells his friend): You know, my wife is very intelligent. I paid so much money to make this journey and she is here without spending one rupee!

Friend: Oh! I haven’t seen her around! Where is she?

Mullah: In my mind! I can feel her around all the time!

Words and feelings in a relationship change with time. Even physical appearance doesn’t stay the same. But what remains and is powerful is the person’s presence, so that nothing else matters. Even if you don’t express your feelings the same way as before, or even sit silent for hours together, simply being in each other’s company and knowing that the other person is there for you can be so comforting. This strength in your presence comes when you meditate and nurture your relationship with your Self.

-Gangaji for Awakin.org & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's wisdom talks

16 comments:

Nilesh Patil said...

Good Morning Master & Frineds

venkatapathy l said...

Namaste Ilango Sir

LV

NEVER GIVE UP said...

Good Morning Sir & All Friends.

Sujatha said...

Do not anger easily - Do not believe everything you hear - do not do everything you want to do (this is for me) do not say all you know - do not buy everything you see - do not dwell on the past - do not worry about changing things that are totally beyond your control (market??) anddddddd
occasionally "listen to your wife" you will go long wayyy!!!!

PS : ladies excuse me

happy week end

Amol Sharma said...

Good Morning Master and all friends

varun kumar said...

Pranam & Charan vandan to my Guru llango sir and DR sir,

Sorry i could not make my presence and informed to our blog since last 40 days,
sir, suddenly, i was gone for Over seas deployment by Indian Naval Ship for 3 countries Malaysia, Vietnam and Phillipines and came back today morning.

Hope everything is fine at your end.

i will go through the all posts which i missed out.

Keep your blessing upon me.
thanku very much

Hari Sreekanth Upadrasta said...

This is my routine from several months.
Every Saturday morning read the article published here.
Thanks

Kumar said...

Namaskaaram GuruJi and Brother & Sisters,

Good Morning.

Have a Good Day and Great Weekend. :))
Ding Ding...

Prabakar said...

Namaste Ilango Sir & JN Family

Sujatha, I have typed all i would like to say, but i erased all because
"do not do everything you want to do" stopped me.

All of your "do not" if i have followed before, OMG, it's beyond imagination.... :)

HARISH TAHKKAR said...

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" You are the noblest,the best,and the most beautifyl when you
realise and enjoy what you are "
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Manish said...

Goodevening master

sorry to be out of touch for a Few days....

Thanks Always for your Guidance and love

rajiv malik said...

extremely inspiring piece of writing ilango ji ! reminds me of the following quotation of a revered saint-

As a dog, let loose after being tied up for some time, is energetic and active, so one, who learns to remain summa, or still, gets increased energy which can be put to good use. Yogaswami of Jaffna (1872-1964)

rajiv malik said...

Nifty (5,842.2)

The Nifty too is halting at critical support level. 38.2 per cent retracement of the entire move from 4531 to 6112 occurs at 5580. The index reversed just below this level at 5566 last week. If this level holds, it will imply that the medium term trend remains up for the index. It can fluctuate in the zone between 5500 and 6200 for few more months before breaking higher.

It is only on a strong breach of the 5500 level that the medium term trend will turn adverse signaling future decline to 5380 or 5180.

For the week ahead, the ongoing rally can extend to 5910 or 5976. Inability to move above the second hurdle will be the cue for traders to go short with stop loss at 6050. The index needs to record a strong move above 6000 to signal that it is on course towards its previous high at 6230.

A wobbly start to the week will mean that the index will decline to 5676 or 5567 in the sessions ahead. Break below 5567 can take the index to 5477 or 5441.

rajiv malik said...

the above views on nifty are courtesy business line newspaper.

jvr said...

Human beings are the only ones in nature who are aware that they will die. For that reason and only for that reason, I have a profound respect for the human race, and I believe that its future is going to be much better than its present. Even knowing that their days are numbered and that everything will end when they least expect it, people make of their lives a battle that is worthy of a being with eternal life. What people regard as vanity-leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one's name from being forgotten- I regard as the highest expression of human dignity.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

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