Once a "bad guy" chopped of the hand of a saint with a sword. The saint continued walking as if nothing had happened. Seeing this the "bad guy" fell at the saints feet and questioned him that how could he be so detached to the pain in his body?

The Saint replied ," DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN DO WHAT YOU LIKE "

In the nothingness of the present moment there is peace, peace and more peace. In order to experience this we need to "kill" the mind and the saint in the story seems to have adopted the boldest and the most direct way to do it.


If I have to make myself wait in the present moment and get thrilled about its absolute nothingness I need to wait for longer than what my mind would find it comfortable. Mind is thrilled about "something". In the present moment there is " Nothing ". The mind needs to be severely discouraged about all its hopes of finding bliss in repeatedly performing the same mundane activities. If the mind finds something charming it just means that it is not fully awake right now.

The ignorant would chase the object of beauty and the wise would direct awareness inwards to further awaken the mind.

I think this is one of the greatest Self effort.


DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN DO WHAT YOU LIKE!

JaiGurudev


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16 comments:

    Apu said...

    May day SurprisE!

    it took me 5 mins to actually understand this! after i understood this it meant nothing! ;)

  1. ... on May 2, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
  2. Gauri said...

    oh what a punch it was.. so does tht mean that making things creative is good or bad? getting monotonous is good? i get your point but get confused on this?

  3. ... on May 2, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
  4. Love,Swapnil :-) said...

    Superb so aptly described the state of Samadhi-centeredness......
    Lovely Post......
    Jai Gurudeva :-)
    Swapnil :-)

  5. ... on May 2, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
  6. sid said...

    Rashmin bhaiya, i am confused.

    please explain the line na...

    :)

  7. ... on May 2, 2009 at 9:28 PM  
  8. Random Reflections said...

    Beautiful Rashmin....the only act of Viveka is as Guruji puts it : a choice of moving towards light (self awareness) Vs moving towards darkness (pleasures, desires). And this choice is sometimes very hard. Until the mind awakes or at least tastes this greater pleasure, it keeps making the wrong choice and reeling in these smaller pleasures...Like a "worm in pus" as the Yoga Vasishta succinctly puts it.

    Jai Guru Dev,

  9. ... on May 2, 2009 at 11:49 PM  
  10. Saleel Pulekar said...

    wow rashmin...this is so profund..

    Saleel

  11. ... on May 3, 2009 at 1:06 AM  
  12. bhaw said...

    As usual, an outstanding post!..the nothingness, the emptiness...the words, the feelings associated with the words and ...the Beyond..

    Very interesting

    but I couldn't quite understand the story of the saint and the punch line :-(

    Jai Gurudev
    :-)

  13. ... on May 3, 2009 at 2:12 AM  
  14. bhaw said...

    Thats a simple way of putting a most beautiful knowledge,...ahan a Sutra :-)
    " DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN DO WHAT YOU LIKE "

    Awesome If life could be this simple
    Jai Gurudev
    love

  15. ... on May 3, 2009 at 2:18 AM  
  16. bhaw said...

    Amazing, Amazing, Amazing..
    and may I add I Totally needed this right now!!!
    WOW
    and a few hours back I was thinking
    If I have no feverishness, If I see myself in everyone...there is so much emptiness around, a nothingness prevails, there is no apparent lack....yet something lacks...

    there is so much wonder, such fullness in such emptiness...

    Aho!

    And that is all there is !!
    "In the nothingness of the present moment there is peace, peace and more peace"

    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

    :-)

    Jai Gurudev

  17. ... on May 3, 2009 at 2:24 AM  
  18. ANAND said...

    WOW!! Wow wowie wowiewowieieieie

    Dokya varun gela sagla... :):):D

    Mind Knocked Out..

  19. ... on May 3, 2009 at 2:45 AM  
  20. Love,Swapnil :-) said...

    As what I could make out of this post is...After being in the Art Of Living and practising religiously Sadhana,Seva and Satsang...Gradually when u actually make it to enjoy the 3S's...At that time,when a choice comes to make a choice between two things example a dear friends party and Satsang(only one i get to attend in a week(suppose thats the only Satsang u attend in a week))then at that time I will not keep doing the same thing I wanted to do always and I will do things I like,love to do...be in a Satsang...
    Making intelligent choices keeping the 3S's a priority,the one which i love to do....instead
    of things I want to do because its been a tradition a habit for me...Finally I would do what I like to do....bringing more centeredness and serenity......Mind Atlast at peace....
    Love,Jai Gurudeva :-)
    Swapnil :-)

  21. ... on May 3, 2009 at 4:33 PM  
  22. atmarati avirodhena said...

    ??

    :):):)

    jaigurudeva

    love
    tanu

  23. ... on May 4, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
  24. suman said...

    Its as if i have understood and not both at the same time!!! what a feeling!
    I WANT to ask you for an explanation but will NOT DO that :-) but i would LIKE you to explain the line " DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THEN DO WHAT YOU LIKE " in more detail in the next post :-)))

  25. ... on May 4, 2009 at 3:57 PM  
  26. Tarun Weekly! said...

    Experience karna padega!!!!

    Well explained.

  27. ... on May 5, 2009 at 3:50 PM  
  28. Vishesh Jain said...

    "bad guy" ... ha ha ha ..!!!

  29. ... on May 6, 2009 at 11:01 PM  
  30. chapy said...

    WAH WAH...simply awesome

  31. ... on December 30, 2010 at 10:29 PM