There Must Be More – May 5 2019

There Must Be More – May 5 2019

Bright but hidden, the Self dwells in the heart.

Everything that moves, breathes, opens, and closes

Lives in the Self. He is the source of love

And may be known through love but not through

thought.

He is the goal of life. Attain this goal!

The shining Self dwells hidden in the heart.

Everything in the cosmos, great and small,

Lives in the Self. He is the source of life,

Truth beyond the transcience of this world.

He is the goal of life. Attain this goal!

Take the great bow of the sacred scriptures.

Place on it the arrow of devotion;

Then draw the bowstring of meditation

And aim at the target, the Lord of Love.

The mantram is the bow, the aspirant

Is the arrow, and the Lord the target.

Now draw the bowstring of meditation,

And hitting the target be one with Him.

The Mundaka Upanishad, translated by Eknath Easwaren

Being human is not a simple thing. We come into these bodies, into this world, with no skills whatsoever. Anything we may have picked up in past lives are of necessity forgotten. Many of us end up with parents who know next to nothing about child-rearing, and whose own life skills may be lacking, who parent by trial and error, or simply by expediency and happenstance.

Then we go to school, to be taught and socialized, and what they teach us is not how to be in the moment, how to be present to each other and to the world; but rather to memorize, to speculate, to break things down into their constituent parts and leave our understanding of the movement and operation of the whole to someone or something else. We are taught to follow orders, often without knowing the “why” of things; we are taught to conform, all of us saying the pledge of allegiance together (do they still do that?), often dressing alike, being asked to “behave” alike; we are taught to see what’s wrong with things: remember those puzzlers? “What’s wrong with this picture?” and there’d be someone riding a bicycle that is upside down, and someone with three hands, and you’d go through and circle all the “wrong” things?

Then we’re sent out into the world and told to thrive.

It’s no one’s fault. We can teach only what we know, and what most know is only what they were taught by others who didn’t know.

Eventually, though, we realize there must be more. We begin to seek. And eventually that seeking leads us back to ourselves and to finding the wholeness of life and our place in it, rather than our separation from it.

Our meditation is one way. One way to have an experience of our true Self. It’s not the only way, but it is a way that works, and that consistently leads us in the direction of the joy and bliss of Being that is our birthright. As we embrace this approach to life and this practice, we pass it on with everything we do – to our own children and to everyone we know – and all of us move more and more toward the lives we are meant to live: fruitful, meaningful, joyful.

And that makes the first part of all this worth going through.

Today I will have compassion for myself, and others like me, for those learned beliefs and behaviors that have ceased to work, and that have kept me separate from the world and from my fellows. I will dedicate myself at least once today to knowing what I am beyond these beliefs and behaviors.

Adele and Irish Children, County Galway, Ireland