YOUR LIFE IS, AND ISN'T, ABOUT 'YOU' !
Your life is about you !
Your life isn't really about you.
Both are true. It all depends on where (which level of awareness) you come from, how you define your 'self' i.e. on the state of your consciousness.
First let us consider how YOUR LIFE ISN'T ABOUT YOU :
This world is not your show ; you did not come here by your free choice but came under karmic debts, you don't stay here at your will. Your unfulfilled desires make you incarnate again and again, until you have only one 'desireless desire' : To be your own essential Self or Spirit.
Think for a moment : Who digests your food ? If it was your human skill, why do you sometimes get an upset stomach and can't handle even a morsel of food while at other times you can relish and digest big feasts ?
When deep asleep, who flows your breath and ensures your heart continues to beat ?
On a cosmic scale, you are like a dot on a big ball of clay called earth which is a tiny part of our solar system. In the observable universe alone (which is an infinitesimally small part of the total universe which in turn is constantly expanding), there are one billion times one trillion (10 to the power of 21) stars - each of them a 'sun' with its own solar system ! Fairly mind-boggling, isn't that ?
And yet, as scientists like David darling ('Equations of Eternity') have said, the realities out there are actually not as they appear.
This little, cramped feeling of 'me' and 'mine' is ego. It shuts us out from the grand reality - the Only Reality.
A life not lived in loving service to fellow-beings is lived in vain. In service, your little self of ego expands ; your 'I' becomes 'We' until, eventually, 'We' would become 'All'.
In another blog, I earlier wrote how leadership - in fact, how all progress - is a journey in awareness - from self to Self :
So, you are not this body ; you just have it for 'some time' as your tool.
Ego is nothing but confined and confining body-awareness.
So if you think you are this body, if you identify with the ego, your life is not about you....
AND YET, AT A DIFFERENT, HIGHER LEVEL, LIFE IS ALL ABOUT 'YOU' !
Now we come to the real YOU, the Self - your Soul or an indivisible part of Spirit.
You are the center of this universe. The theme, the purpose, the essence of this universe is YOU.
Stars throb in your bosom, for omnipresence is your essence.
It is you as Spirit who can make and unmake galaxies in a jiffy.
All the wisdom is in your soul ; knowledge is merely unfolding of it in the world of phenomena.
You are not the body ('deh'), but that ('Dehi') that animates it. It is body-identification that causes ego - the little, separative 'I'. Sharing and caring are signs of expansion, these can raise our consciousness to where it really belongs.
'Ayam Atma Brahma, Tat Twam Asi, Aham Brahmasmi' - I am Spirit, says one scripture. 'The kingdom of heaven is within you', echoes another. 'Pragyanam Brahma' - Intuition is God. Intuition here is not intellectual learning but the supreme knowledge of Self or Truth. And, 'Truth can set us free'.
You are the universe, for nothing except Spirit really exists. The rest is all illusion. Place is an illusion ; time is an illusion- they are relative, as Einstein said.
So depending on where your consciousness is centered, life is, or is not, about you.
Every moment we have this choice : What we identify with, where is our consciousness centered, is all that really matters. As we think so we are !
Not matter, not energy, it is consciousness that is everything !
Let us break the hard shell of our ego and escape into the eternal freedom of Spirit. Let us expand from the little hide-bound 'I' to the vast, all-inclusive, Cosmic 'I'. That realization would be the Second Birth (the real meaning of 'Dwij' or twice-born), referred to in the Bible as well the ancient Upanishads. It is the second birth of consciousness - not a physical rebirth.
Life's secret is just that inner expansion, even as we struggle to acquire more health to a perishable body, more money of which not a penny we can take with us, and more power that cannot save us from certain death - the only certainty in a world of great uncertainties.
My Master, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, a great East-West saint who lived and preached the truth of 'Brotherhood of man under the Fatherhood of One God' and whose body showed phenomenal incorruptibility for 20 days after his Mahasamadhi - a Yogi's final conscious exit from the body - in LA, California, USA on 7th March 1952 (a notarized certificate for which event appears in his globally-revered spiritual classic 'Autobiography of a Yogi'), says -
When this 'I' (of ego) will die, then will I know Who am 'I' (the Spirit Immortal) !
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