Our mind has the tendency to swing from one extreme to the other. The most difficult challenge we face in our life is to withdraw the mind from the extremes and stabilise it in the Golden middle path. Becoming centered and staying there without getting carried away by the extremes and the opposite values we encounter in our day to day life is one of the greatest challenge we face.

On one side we have people full of dynamism but are filled with anger and aggression. They speak through violence and most of the times have no idea what are they fighting for? On the other hand there are people who are so calm, relaxed and peaceful but are so completely passive and almost dead.

On one hand we have people over indulging in sex, pornography and other such stuff and on the other we have people who dont even let the shadow of a woman fall on them, lest it pollute the purity of their soul!

On one hand we have spiritual shoppers; people who are totally disconnected with the whole world and keep hallucinating about super natural experiences day and night and another category of innocent people who live only in their heart and are easily fooled by fake Gurus and Godmen. On the other hand we have people who are so completely cynical about anything spiritual that they live only in their heads all their life. They make this super generalisation that all Gurus are fake, ignoring the beautiful tradition of masters all parts of the world has had since time immemorial. Without whom life would be meaningless and without whom the world would not have survived the self destructive tendencies of ignorant minds. As someone in a TED talk said," they are like disembodied beings living in their heads. They see the rest of their body as a mode of transportation for their heads." They miss out on something really beautiful and worth experiencing.

On one hand we have people who believe in the first "hit and then talk" policy and on the other we have people who take non violence too literally. One of my students did not come to a picnic to a water park with us because she thought in playing with water she would inflict death on many innocent living organisms present in water.

On one hand we have religious fanatics creating terror on this planet and on the other we have people who are so anti religious and secular that they completely fail to recognize the seeds of terrorism, and the intentions of ill minded, strongly biased and hateful people. The importance of standing up at the right time and in the right way to anybody and anything that is attempting to take you for a ride.

We need to walk on the golden middle path of SERENE DYNAMISM.

JGD
Rashmin


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12 comments:

    ashish said...

    many spiritual masters cut of from world have many supernatural experiances and powers called as siddis these are not hallucation many wise people above mentioned it in there books about them.

  1. ... on March 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM  
  2. AparnA said...

    wow.. one of the best of your posts :)

  3. ... on March 16, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
  4. nachiketha said...

    As swami vivekananda says 'only the one who can follow the golden mean can be a yogi'..Very good write-up about one of the essential qualities/aspiration for a seeker.
    Can you write your initial experiences with guruji,which convinced you that he is your GURU(i have searched this blog for any posts on this but couldnt find any.But if i have missed and you have already posted them,can you pls point me to those)??

  5. ... on March 17, 2010 at 2:12 AM  
  6. hmmmm said...

    very difficult one to chose and almost impossible to comprehend without a guru. I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to be in this path .
    JGD

  7. ... on March 17, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
  8. In Search Of Myself said...

    Jai Gurudev Bhaiya,

    Great insightful post as usual.
    'Serene Dynamism' has so far been not so consistent path to walk on. If serene, I tend to become too calm leading to too detached leading too apathy. And dynamic leads to restlessness, leading too stress, leading too saying/doing something not originally intended too.
    Many times I have experienced the serene dynamism but how to maintain it or come back to it really quickly?

  9. ... on March 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM  
  10. Jaishree said...

    Brilliant!
    Vairagya is such a beautiful thing. He calls it the maturity of life.

    To me it would seem like wishful thinking to get to that centered-ness. But I must say, thanks to all you awesome teachers, I think moments of maturity seem to happen. That is what I love about the Art of Living. It is full of people who teach by example :)

  11. ... on March 19, 2010 at 5:32 PM  
  12. Floyd said...

    The Golden mean is the essence of all spirituality. I like the way Baba Shivanand puts it. He says " Live life 200% - 100% moksha and 100% bhog"

  13. ... on March 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
  14. Pothi said...

    Lovely post :)
    Jai guru dev.

  15. ... on March 21, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
  16. vinod said...

    The first time I read this post,I did not have anything to comment...
    In the past few days this amazing knowledge of "Golden Middle Path" rescued my mind several times...
    WoW!!!
    Thank U..

  17. ... on March 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
  18. DS said...

    wow ..superb post

  19. ... on March 23, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
  20. DS said...

    Jai gurudev!!
    superb post

  21. ... on March 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
  22. verinder said...

    Great Insight Rashmin.... Madhyam Marg is like walking on razor sharp edge... So easy to get disbalanced.... Dispassion and Practice are the only way to walk on this Golden Path...

  23. ... on March 26, 2010 at 11:36 PM