04 Jun Love or Fear – June 5 2020
The first chapter of Bhagavad Gita is ‘Arjuna Vishada Yoga’ – it begins with the sorrow of Arjuna. This is an important thing to understand. One will not turn around and try to find the truth behind the appearances unless sorrow comes about in some form. Otherwise, one would remain satisfied with the little lollipops offered. One would suck them and sit satisfied for one’s entire life. But the Supreme Reality does not allow this to happen and, therefore, it manifests sorrow. When sorrow comes, one doesn’t run away from sorrow.
It is said by some that, if we didn’t have this world, exactly as it is, with all its sorrows and challenges, we would have to build another just like it in order to accomplish what it is we are here to accomplish. And what is that? It is to know that we are spirit having a human experience; and then, knowing this, to grow in our identification as spirit until we know it absolutely.
To know ourselves as spirit is to see each challenge of every day as opportunity to move in the direction of the oneness of spirit, rather than the separation of ego. To find our way to move forward in love and the faith that evolution is all that is happening, rather than backward in fear and trepidation of what we might lose or not gain.
This is not to discount the experience of anger, fear, sorrow, frustration that so many of us may be feeling at this moment in our lives. It is simply to say that we can know these things within us, allow these things within us to inform our activities, to inform our idea of who we are and what we are about, but to remember that underneath all of these passions, for each of us, is the undeniable truth of our heart and our connection to something greater, whatever we might want to call it. Spirit, Consciousness, Nature, Life Itself, God. This is what I am. Whether I am filled with anger and demanding change, lying in the arms of my beloved, holding my sister or brother whose heart has been broken yet one more time by the world. This heart of me is that which never changes.
Oneness of all that is – this is the truth of our universe and of me, and I am here to embody this truth in everything I do. How can I do that if I am filled with a lifetime’s worth of rage and helplessness? What a great question to ask of myself. Truth is true because it doesn’t change from one situation to another. Flowing underneath my joy, flowing underneath my sorrow.
Today, when I am beset by fear and trepidation, by anguish, by rage and my thoughts move in the direction of blame and the need to punish, I will take a moment to close my eyes and ask guidance from spirit within of how I might step forward supported by this flow of love within. Then I will step back into the world and the next right action.