Repose in the self
Life is full of interruptions. We need to keep moving. We park ourselves somewhere and then we move again, writes Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.columns Updated: Jun 18, 2013 23:08 IST
Life is full of interruptions. We need to keep moving. We park ourselves somewhere and then we move again.
Now if you park in a wrong place, you need to move sooner, and if you park in the right place, you have freedom to move when you want to.
Similarly, you have to park your mind in a safe place. If you have parked your mind in your own garage, nobody can tell you when you should move it.
But if you park your mind in somebody else’s garage, they will be after you.
Don’t give your life’s authority in somebody else’s hand. If you do, you will have no freedom. And when you lose freedom, the next thing you lose is love and compassion, because someone who is stifled cannot express their compassion or love.
So, take care of the car called mind which drives you. You should drive the mind rather than the mind driving you. Wisdom empowers you to drive the mind. Otherwise the mind is driving; it is an automated car which goes on its own.
You are sitting, observing that while you want to go left, the car is going right, and you feel helpless.
Most of our life is like this. We don’t know what we are doing, we don’t know what we want, and we don’t know where we are going.
So we need to take a look at, ‘From sitting behind, how I can jump into the driving seat. How can I make that leap?’, and that is what spirituality is.
The essence of the Bhagavad Gita, is “your soul is imperishable; repose in the self”.
Lord Buddha said, “Life has sorrow and sadness, but there is a way to come out of sadness.” Discontinuation of sadness and attainment of happiness both will happen through meditation.
The body, the mind, and the intellect have changed, but there is something within us that has not changed. This is a glimpse of the soul.