“Nowhere is Now Here”
In the West, I am always in a rush. When I am in India, I am always waiting for a rush. No matter what, this very moment remains illusive. How about you...are you here now? Please take a moment to answer this simple quiz to see if you are living in the moment.
You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your right side is a 'drop off ' (the ground is 18-20 inches below the level you are traveling on), and on your left side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is another galloping horse. Both horses are also traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?
For the answer, click and drag your mouse from star to star.
* Get your ass off the merry-go-round *
“Have you seen a bullock-cart moving? The wheel moves goes on moving, but at the center of the wheel something remains permanent. On that permanent hub the wheel moves. On that unmoving hub the wheel's movement exists. Exactly like that, you have a hub -- that hub is unmoving; and you have a wheel-like personality that goes on moving. You have traveled far, thousands of miles and thousands of lives, and the wheel knows many roads and many paths, but the hub has remained where it is. Now you can look at reality in two ways: either from the wheel -- then everything is changing every moment; or from the hub -- then nothing is changing.”
“How to find this hub of life? -- by becoming a witness, one finds it. Somebody insults you, anger arises; you remain a witness. The insult comes from outside, the anger arises on the periphery, and you remain at the center, watching. Yes, somebody has done something, provoked your periphery, and there is anger on the periphery, and the anger is surrounding you like a smoke cloud, but you are at the hub, watching. You are not identified with the periphery. Then the insult is outside, and the anger is also outside of you. Both are separate and far away. Both are different from you.”
“When this awareness grows, dreaming stops, by and by. When this awareness grows, the wheel moves slower and slower. One day it happens: the wheel is as silent, as unmoving as the hub. That is the point when enlightenment happens.”
My feeling is that most of us deep meditators are in a rush because we agree with the Mayan Calendar that says the world is coming to an abrupt end 2012. Well I now have conclusive proof that the Mayans are from Venus and Men are from Mars.
“The past is yours, the future is yours, and the present is God's. We divide time into three tenses -- past, present, future -- but that division is not right. Time can be divided between the past and the future but the present is not part of time, it is part of eternity.”
Even God is concerned about the end of the world and has begun placing billboards on the super highways in America and the autobahn in Germany to improve his image in these most difficult times.
If you don't believe me, ask God. I overheard a scientist insisting, "Lord, we don't need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning. "
"Oh, is that so? Tell me..." replies God.
"Well", says the scientist, "we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man."
"Well, that's interesting. Show Me."
So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil.
"Oh no, no, no..." interrupts God, "get your own dirt."
Speaking of the inside dirt...I love this parable I recently received as an email over the innernet.
There once was a wise woman traveling in the mountains who found a precious
stone in a stream. The next day she encountered a traveler who was very
hungry and she opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler
seeing the precious stone asked if she would give it to him. She did so
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew that
the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But after only a few days, he returned to give the stone back to the woman.
I have been thinking, he said, I know how valuable the stone is, but I am
giving it back in the hope that you can give me something even more
What would that be? asked the woman.
I want you to give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.
Love is, Krishna Prem
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