Friday, 13 June 2014

The Mystery of Awareness

Snoopy Wisdom



If your awareness comes knocking, will you hear it and will you take heed of it's call?

When a friend of mine was very young, barely seven years old, the mystery of being jumped out right in front of him and looked him straight in the face. This moment of crisis; this merging into 'being,' was so utterly riveting and compelling that 'rediscovering it' shaped and molded his life for the next three decades.

Once one has tasted the 'truth', (for want of a better word) there is no turning away from it. Truth follows you like a shadow. It will never leave your side. It will pull at your shirt sleeves, it will invade and permeate every single aspect of your waking life...

For him, there was never any choice in the matter of 'what he would do in life.' He did not sit down and think things through, make a plan or decide that he would devote his life to answering what he already 'knew' but could not name..

There was a burning, inner obsession that led him to push aside all considerations for comfort, security and ease. None of these things could have meaning for him unless and until he had made 'truth' his own.
It was almost as though he came into this life genetically programmed to cross the illusory threshold between the real and the unreal and he could find no peace until he had solved the riddle of his own existence once and for all.

This cannot be achieved through book learning. This is not the outcome of a 10 day course or a retreat weekend. 

To gain everything, one must be prepared to give up everything, absolutely everything...

But this need not be taken 'literally;' the true renunciation happens in the mind. This may reflect itself in one’s external life, but ultimately the only renunciation that will lead to freedom is the letting go of thoughts, concepts and preconceptions, the very springboard from which our samsaric lives evolve…

Not all of us feel ready or able to do that, we don't have that much motivation, we don't have that sort of deep inner urgency. But even then, 'truth' is within our reach. It is not the domain of a selected few, but the very fabric of who and what we are...

The answers to life's greatest mystery are within reach of every living being and this is in no way an exaggeration.

This is how it is.

One sees a lot of unhappy, mixed up and confused people in this world. Helping hands may be extended. But of what use is an extended hand if it is not grasped, if the call is not heard, if the words remain unheeded and if the sound of the voice of awareness is left to reverberate like an echo in the darkness...

Truth is simple and truth is near; unimaginably near...

Don't waste the precious moments of this life on things that don't matter at all.


Open your eyes and more importantly open your heart to embrace what is Ever Here Now…

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