|Posted by Oneness Ecuador on February 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM|
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You see, in the beginning there was no mind. The need for survival created the mind. Like you have to develop a fight or a flight response in order to survive, and you need a computer to handle that, and that’s when the mind emerged. And the mind in order to survive has to keep going. It has to be continuously engaged in activity of becoming. I am poor. I must become rich. There is becoming. I am not famous, I must become famous. There is becoming. I am unhealthy, I must become healthy. There is becoming. Unless there is continuous work, continuous becoming, the mind will collapse. Because the mind is only the activity of becoming.
So now, when certain things do not interest you, you start asking fundamental questions. Otherwise the mind will perish. So you must ask such questions where you cannot find the answers. So, “Who am I?” Clearly you can’t find answer for that through the mind, and “Who created God?” “Is there a God or not?” “When did this universe begin?” Or, “How big the universe is?” Or, “Who created God?” These are irrelevant questions. But then they have no answers. As since there have no answers throughout your life or throughout your lives, you can go on seeking the answers.
What happened to the Buddha? He had everything in life. He was a prince, he had seven fifty (750) dancing girls to entertain him. He had three palaces. Yet after his child was born he left all that and went away because there was nothing for him to seek. Therefore the fundamental question the Buddha was grabbed by was, “What is the ultimate truth?” That was the whole thing. And what did the Buddha discover? He discovered that there is no such a thing as the ultimate truth. That was his enlightenment.
So, you raise these questions in order to survive, in order that the mind survives. For example the question, “Who am I?” Who are you? Who are you? Because all of you must be asking sometime the question, “Who am I?” You are the Atman? So you will of course find in the scriptures, “You are the Atman, you are one with Brahman.” Some say, “You are one with God.” Some say, “Oh, no you have to live with God.” This and that. But actually who are you? You are that question. That’s all. By asking that question, “Who am I,” you are surviving, that’s all. There are no answers to these questions. The question would disappear, and when the question disappears, you disappear. That is all.
What happened to a Buddha? The question disappeared. What is the ultimate truth? Siddhartha disappeared and Buddha emerged. Venkatarama the boy asked the question, “Who am I?” The question disappeared and Venkatarama went away, only Ramana (Maharshi) remained. So also for everybody. So there are no answers to these questions. They are simply games, tricks played by the mind in order that it continues to survive. Because you have to survive and you have identified yourself with the mind. But there are people who take no recourse to the mind. The mind comes in when required. Otherwise there is no mind.
When you are eating you are thinking about something else. When you are eating you should eat. When you are drinking you should drink. When you are relating to your wife you must just relate to her in the moment. Where else you think of what you did yesterday, what should you do tomorrow. These are the mind’s games and therefore you do not ever relate to your wife, to your child, to anybody for that matter because the mind is all the time interfering and distorting what is happening.
Images come in. When you freshly got married there were not many images. Then very quickly images come in. They come in from society, from your parents, from everywhere, and through those images you look at your wife. A beautiful relationship often gets destroyed the moment marriage takes place. Most of you are aware of it. But now it’s put into framework called marriage. The father-in-law comes in. The mother-in-law comes in. Everybody comes in. The friends come in and it is a totally different image, and then the people don’t relate. The images start relating to each other.
When images relate, there is no life in it. Why is there no life in you? You think you are living? No. You are just managing to exist. That’s all. You are great escape artist. All of you have an MBA in the art of managing suffering. So cleverly you are managing a little bit in family, little bit in money, little bit in fame, little bit here, little bit there. It’s good! I am not saying don’t do these things. I’m saying for Heaven’s sake do all these things. There is nothing that you can do. And thus you are escaping every moment from what is going on.
If you are drinking coffee, that’s what is going on at that moment. If you’ll not escape from that act by thinking about something, you would know what it is to enjoy coffee. Then you are equal to a Buddha. When the Buddha was first asked after his enlightenment, “How do you feel Sir now?” and the Buddha said, “When I am eating a tangerine, I am eating a tangerine.” That is just only doing that. The mind has switched off.
Only people in whom the mind has been switched off, where thought has ceased, only they can say, “I am living.” Because, what is thought? Thought is the flow of memory. And what is memory? Memory is always of yesterday. And what is yesterday? It is always dead. So death is flowing through you. That’s all. And if you have to die to the past, that is real death. You come alive. You are alive to the moment. You could be eating a chili, a masala bara, or a dosa or watching a movie or relating to your wife - whatever activity you are involved in, you are really involved in it. That is when you start living. And you don’t live.
We are not saying give this up or give that up. No. We are just telling you experience reality as it is. That is when you are fully involved as a human being. That is the purpose of existence, the purpose of living. But you are just living simply because you are afraid to die. Deep inside there is nothing but fear. Go inside layer after layer after layer. There is only fear at the core of your being. The fear that the mind has projected. And all the time you are escaping from that. Otherwise there is no meaning to your life.
Every pursuit of yours is an escape from that core fear. And of course how you would escape is determined by the program. That’s what your lives are all about. And what we are trying to do is to move you from existing to living. Once you start living, you are a happy human being. If people in the world are happy, it will be a happy world, isn’t it? Can a happy human being harm others? He cannot. Only an unhappy human being who has pain inside himself could possibly harm another. Otherwise you just cannot harm another person if you are happy.
And if people all over the world become happy, it will become a happy world. And that is Heaven on Earth. But because we are unhappy, we are unhappy with our wives, we are unhappy with our children, we are unhappy with our parents, we are unhappy with our friends. All this, this collective unhappiness, all this collective violence is what manifest in the world as terrorism, as war and all of the conflicts. It is not that nations are responsible, politicians are responsible. No. That is only at the surface level. Deep inside we are responsible. We are unhappy human beings. We are beings who are in conflict with ourselves and in conflict with others. And that conflict is what is manifesting in the external world. So unless we as individuals transform ourselves there is no hope for mankind.
We had so many revolutions: the French revolution, the American revolution, the Chinese revolution, the Russian revolution, so many revolutions. But has man changed? No. That pain remains, the suffering remains, the violence remains in different forms. Like earliest human beings wanted a spear or a stone. We want a car or an airplane. Desire remains. Object of desires change. He had fear of the tiger, you have fear of the share market. Fear remains. So it continues like that. So unless we transform inside there is no hope for us, or for our societies, or for our nations, or for the world at large.
Categories: Sri Amma Bhagavan