The Relative World – October 27 2020

The Relative World – October 27 2020

Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind, and it will be flooded with light.

Nisargadatta Maharaj


In the physical realm, all things are relative – that is, all things are defined in terms of something else. Time is a measure of the revolution of the earth and its orbit around the sun, the height of a horse is measured in hands, light is spoken of in terms of candlepower (based on the light emitted from a candle made to a specified formula). 


Even our self-definition is relative – relative to our feelings and thoughts about the world, relative to our most recent actions or opinions, relative to the actions or opinions of others. But these are ever-shifting values. Using any of them for self-definition is like trying to weigh yourself while running – absurd and absolutely impossible to get an accurate reading. 


There is another way.


The Bhagavad Gita says, “Established in Being, perform action.” Each time we meditate, we are doing exactly that: establishing ourselves in Being. Establishing ourselves in that place of ‘no change’. With this simple investment of twenty minutes, twice each day, we begin to experience ourselves in a different way, from a different place. We begin to discover within ourselves a foundation that is unshakeable, that depends on nothing in the relative world. We begin to define self by Self. Being. That which never changes. When we know ourselves as That, all of life opens to us, and the relative world, rather than a place of opposites and confusion, becomes an outlet for creativity and joy, a place where each day we may experience the unchanging truth of our nature, which as it turns out is bliss itself.


Today I will insist on knowing myself as something other than my thoughts, feelings, gender, history, opinions, job, career, bank account, closet, car or lover. I will meditate and know that in those moments of meditation I am in contact with this other thing I am, this place of Being, and throughout my day I will remind myself of this place of Being, and I will try to feel it, eyes open, in myself and in the world and in the others I meet.

Kapok Tree blooms, Studio City CA