This nose, these eyes, this language, these clothes, these thoughts, they are all influences. Influences by themselves are no guarantors of suffering.
Influences are the celebration of life.
In fact, in being totally open to influences, you are leading a total life.
The teacher is one who is totally open to influences, who is totally available to the situation. The disciple is one who lives in standards in benchmarks.
To him, this directionlessness, this non-resistance is his total oneness with existence.
The real one has nothing to defend, so he never defends.
And after calling him all the names, you are left with no more names, that’s when you fall silent and that is teaching.
Do not try to judge it on your moral platforms. That judgment will not be wrong, it will be simply irrelevant.
If you have a direction then you are not directionless.
The direction does not keep on changing. Your ways keep on changing. The destination that you have set for yourself that does not change. Your destination is a pleasure.
Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant: From where do the actions of the Teachers arise?
There is the petty within you that says that I want to dominate your life, that I want to be expressed, that I want to become your breath, your action. And there is the Great within you, which is parallelly saying, “I have a right to be expressed.” Don’t you feel the call of that great? It is impossible.
There is so much within you that is beautiful, that is healthy, and that too wants to lead you, that too wants to take you places, that too wants to make you live an alternate life.
Why don’t you give that a chance? Why don’t you?
It’s a small beautiful story, I often recall it. So, the grandma is telling a story to the kid. And what’s the story, she says “You know what baby, we all have two wolves inside of us and they are always fighting – A black wolf and a white wolf. And they’re growling and fighting and hitting each other and trying to overpower. They hate each other’s guts.”
And she keeps on describing how they are engaged with each other in the fight. The kid interrupts and says “But granny which of these wins? The white wolf is fighting the black wolf continuously within us, which of these wins?” And grandma smiles and says, “The one you feed.”
Which wolf are you feeding? And why? Why aren’t you feeding the right wolf? It has an equal right. It is equally yours. Probably much more yours than the wrong wolf. Both the wolves are within you. Feed the right one, please. And you know which one is the right one.
Read the complete article: Just feed the right wolf
What does it mean to be free from both happiness and sadness?
It means being free from obligations to label happiness as joy.
It means being free from obligations to label sadness as loss of self-worth.
When you say, “Happiness, is happiness,” then you are free from happiness. When you say, “Sadness is just sadness,” then you have gained freedom from sadness.
Being free from happiness and sadness does not mean that you will prohibit yourself from experiencing happiness and sadness.
Let happiness come. And when happiness comes, you must allow its unrestricted entry. This boldness, to not to restrict happiness is the Truth. It is unconditional.
When happiness has notions attached to it, then happiness is no more happiness. When happiness becomes significant to you, when happiness means much more to you, then it is no more happiness, happiness becomes a proxy for joy.
Spirituality means to know happiness just as happiness.
Spirituality means happiness is not a proxy for joy. So, I do not need to label the conditional as unconditional. So, I do not need to label the changeable as unchangeable. So, I do not need to label happiness as contentment.
Read the complete article: How to be free of happiness and sadness?
Let work be celebration, let work be life.
You wake up, and you want to work.
You wake up, and you do not want to run away from work.
You wake up, and you want to straight away reach out to something.
Now work is holy, it is sacred.
It’s your breath, it’s your heartbeat.