Ishavasyam idam sarvam – that Supreme Being pervades everything here.
Yat kincha jagatyam jagat – that which moves and that which does not move.
Tena tyaktena bhunjitha – therefore, give up and rejoice!
from Ishavasya Upanishad
[W]e had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t. What was our choice to be?
Chapter Four, We Agnostics
There is no place where God is not. There is nothing to seek. If God is everything, God is here in this moment. God is me in this moment. God is you in this moment. God is in these words and in the way these words move from me to you and in the way these words flow into your mind. If God is all this, it is not possible that the ideas in my mind of my unworthiness, or my sinfulness, or my brokenness are true. For God is not unworthy or sinful or broken. Ever. It is not possible.
We can embrace this truth now, in this moment; and in every moment throughout the day when we find ourselves sliding into fear or resentment or self-pity. We can take our attention off of these ever-repeating negative thought streams and put it into the expression of God that is right in front of us, whatever that might be, that which moves and that which does not move.
Give up and rejoice!
Today I will insist on listening to the wisdom of the ancients and the not-so-ancients, rather than the negative chatter of my mind. I will give up my need to punish, myself or others or the world or God, and I will rejoice.
Shiva lingam, whole plate tintype