See, you see a knife in the hands of a thief, robber, who is standing next to you; and you see a knife in the hands of your mother. Both are knives. But how do you respond to both knives?
Mother playfully puts the knife near the neck of a child and says, ‘Are you not afraid?’
The child says, ‘No!’
‘Are you not afraid of the knife?’
‘No, I am not afraid of the knife, because it is in YOUR hand! It is in my mother’s hand!’
Life’s knife is in the hands of Pure Consciousness which is intelligent, compassionate and loves you. It is not in the hands of a robber. Other than the idea you have that you are violated, you can NEVER be violated. You can NEVER be violated! You can go on trying to convince everyone that you are getting violated. In that process, because you repeat it so many times, you make everyone believe, and you also start believing you are violated!
Non-stealing, non-demanding, brings you freedom. Realizing you don’t need to brings you the ultimate freedom.
All your secret strategies for coveting only brings SDHD – Self-Doubt, Self-Hatred, Self-Denial – in you. So, drop all the plans you have secretly for coveting, and understand honestly, sincerely, you don’t need to covet, and you can live your life by going on enriching. Enriching can be an amazing, powerful, ultimately secured and showering lifestyle. Coming to this conclusion is “Completion”. Coming to this cognition that enriching will be an amazing, powerful, secure, showering lifestyle, is “Completion”. The day you come to the conclusion consciously – “Enriching is the amazing, ultimate, secure, showering lifestyle” – you come to Completion, and all the fears disappear!
The Isavasya Upanishad declares the fundamental truth of the Cosmos – All that exists is Consciousness and change established in change is Consciousness.
All enjoyment is possible only if you are clear it is consciously delivered to you, not accidently stolen by you. As long as you feel you are not qualified, you will be stealing. The more you are stealing, the more you will feel insecure. The more insecure you feel, the more you will feel you are not qualified. The first verse of the first Upanishad asks one to break that pattern.
Whatever change, whether you perceive it as good or bad, is consciously done to you by the higher consciousness which is more intelligent than you. With this, if you look at your life with this cognition, suddenly you will see, for all the so-called bad things, you will see, the reason, Wow! Life is asking you to reinvent yourself; for all the good things, you will see, you are qualified, life wants to celebrate through you. Understand, the moment you understand you are qualified and life wants to celebrate through you, you will settle with so much of peace and joy! You will settle with so much of peace and joy! It will take away the insecurity you carry. It will break the insecurity you carry. The moment you know that you are qualified, you will not bother to covet anyone’s due.You will never feel like coveting, grabbing, grabbing somebody else’s wealth.
Wealth does not mean only money, gold, jewellery and other such things; even coveting, grabbing somebody’s attention, coveting, grabbing, stealing anything which belongs to somebody.
anything which you take from others, which is not enriching them, is “coveting”. Anything, by enriching them, they offer, is “offering”. Understand, the whole life, all transactions are either coveting or offering. Whether it is a simple smile, or billion dollars, if you are enriching, and they share it, it is “offering”. If you are not enriching, and taking it, it is “coveting”.
A person who goes on enriching, goes on enriching, even if he is offered, never gets bound. When you don’t enrich, anything you take is “coveting”, and you are bound by it. Coveting brings bondage and karma and after-effects.
The only thing you need to renounce is the things you don’t have but which still you are thinking you have and living with it. You just need to renounce what you don’t have. You don’t need to renounce what you have. That is the truth.
Fear, unnecessary greed for the things you don’t have, all these things if you look, all of them you actually don’t have. What is fear? Apprehension about something which has not happened, which is not reality. What is greed? Want to have something, obsessed about something, which is again not there.
End of the day, getting comfortable with fear and greed, or becoming powerless because of fear or greed, both are foolishness, because, the “change is established in change”. And that is also Pure Consciousness.
Satsang – 1-3 February, 2015
ईशावास्यमिदग्ं सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् ।
तेन त्यक्तेन भुञ्जीथा मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम् ॥१॥
कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजिविशेच्छतग्ं समाः ।
एवं त्वयि नन्यथेतो’स्ति न कर्म लिप्यते …
īśāvāsyamidagṃ sarvaṃ yatkiñca jagatyāṃ jagat ।
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā mā gṛdhaḥ kasyasviddhanam ॥1॥
kurvanneveha karmāṇi jijiviśecchatagṃ samāḥ ।
evaṃ tvayi nanyatheto’sti na karma lipyate
The most ancient Upanishad, Isavasya Upanishad, declares the ultimate Truth – By renouncing again and again, enjoy the whole Cosmos. This is the secret of vairāgya or renunciation – Anything removed from your life cannot make you powerless. This gives the strength to understand the fundamental powerful cognition of life, “Anything can be removed from me; I will not become powerless, I will not become depressed, I will not lose anything, I will not be lost, I may not even remember that I had that in my life!”
First conclusion you need to arrive is : Integrity is the best strategy.
The next conclusion you need to arrive : own but don’t possess. Go on sharing; whether it is you or your space or your qualities or your qualifications.
Third, let your enriching be most authentic – everyday upgrade yourself. Ultimate should not be final. Ultimate grows every day. Ultimate is not final. Today’s ultimate is not tomorrow’s ultimate. Tomorrow’s ultimate is different. Brahmanda expands, Cosmos expands. For you something is ultimate today, which is not ultimate tomorrow. It expands. So, go on becoming authentic in your sharing, enriching.
Next important conclusion – do not feel shy to encourage people to support you back to enrich the world.
Next important conclusion – do not feel shy to encourage people to support you back to enrich the world. Be confident, courageous about what you are doing. Don’t be meek, weak. Be confident about what you are contributing and encourage people to contribute back, so you can continue to contribute, you can keep this dharma chakra alive.