Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
In a lucid dream I was astonished to find myself in the home of Papaji an Enlightened Master from the Advaita tradition. Although I had never studied with him while he was alive, or even read any of his books, Papaji immediately made me feel at home and invited me to take a seat as he moved around the kitchen preparing a meal. Also to my great delight, seated close by immersed in profound stillness was Anandamayi Ma, a beautiful female Saint who is revered in India.
Observing Papaji's movements, I was acutely aware that every gesture was a teaching. With incredible focus, he took great care in washing the rice, chopping the vegetables and frying the spices. There was not one second that was thrown away with lack of Presence. When Papaji was finished, he laid a place at the table and handed me a plate of steamed rice, curried vegetables and dahl. Then he looked at me intently and said,
"What you teach about lucid dreaming is true.
Being conscious is everything.
When you realize there is no 'better' moment than this moment right now, you are not willing to throw it away.
There is never going to be a better moment than NOW."
That said, Papaji left the house and walked away and when I turned around to look for Ananadamayi Ma, I realized she had disappeared.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
There was once a man who loved to complain and find fault with everyone and everything. Nothing pleased him, so he moved from one town to another, declaring as he left each place:
“I am going to another town, where the people are friendlier.”
A wise man perceived what the problem was, and as the angry man began striding along the dusty road to yet another destination, the wise man compassionately called out:
“Oh brother, moving from place to place does not serve you well. Wherever you go, there you will also find yourself. Your shadow is always with you.”
It took me a long time to understand that in part, this was my story too. In early 2001, after taking leave of my job and arriving at an ashram in India, I anticipated the months there would be filled with experiences of light, peace, and expansion.
However within days, I was assigned to work with a young woman who could be charming one minute and explosive the next. I was shocked and began pondering:
“How could such an angry person be in this sacred place?”