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Desire

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The human mind disappears in the present. It lives in the future, in the hope, in the promise of the future; it moves through desire. Desire needs time, it cannot exist if there is no time. If suddenly you come to a moment where you realize that time has disappeared, that now there is no time, no tomorrow, what will happen to desire? – it cannot move, it disappears with time.

Basically time is not a physical phenomenon, it is psychological. Time is not there outside you, it is the very functioning of the mind that creates time. Jesus lived without time. That is why he said, don’t be bothered about what you will eat or what you will drink or what clothes you will wear. Be desireless and the gates of heaven are open to you. But to be desireless you have to be here and now by destroying the bridge facilitates the mind to exist in the future. Desire is the bridge.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Why suffer?

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From the most ancient days, man has asked again and again why is there suffering in life. If God is the father, then why is there so much suffering? If God is love and God is compassion, then why does existence suffer? Only by understanding Jesus can we get a satisfactory answer to this question. Human beings suffer because there is no other way to mature, to grow. Humans suffer because only through suffering can one become more aware.

Nothing is meaningless in this world. It is a cosmos, it is not a chaos. We cannot understand it because we know only fragments not the whole. We experience life just as if we have only one tattered page of a novel: it makes no sense on reading because it is just a small fragment and the whole story is not known. Once the whole story is known, then that page becomes comprehensible, coherent, meaningful.

Jesus on the cross was the symbol of the final suffering, the absolute suffering, the peak of suffering. On the cross Jesus wavered a little. The suffering was too much. It was no ordinary suffering, not ordinary body pain, it was anguish: not only physical, but deep psychological anguish – the anguish of feeling abandoned by God. And He asked God, “Why?” It was a moment of very deep anguish, when all the foundations and even faith is shaken. Then suddenly he realized why, because he became very much aware; the moment of crucifixion he came to perfect awareness.

Before that moment he was Jesus, after that moment he became Christ. Jesus disappeared and there was Christ. Immediately after the anguish he said, “No! Thy will should be done.” He accepted it. Thy will should be done because my will is going to be wrong.

The same energy that was creating intense suffering in Jesus is now transformed. It’s quality changes. There is only one energy in the human body. You can use it for sex, you can transform it and make it into love, you can transform it still higher and make it into prayerfulness, you can transform it still higher and make it awareness. Whenever there is suffering – mental, physical or existential, close your eyes and look at the suffering, make it a meditation. Look at it as an object separate from you, with which you are not identified. The bridge is broken, and the energy that was going to move into suffering will not move, because the bridge is no longer there. Whenever there is suffering become aware; then the bridge is broken, there is no transfer of energy to suffering and by and by it starves to death.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Prayer

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What is prayer? Ordinarily we think prayer is asking for something, demanding, complaining: we have desires and expect God to fulfil them. We go to God’s door to ask for something, we go as beggars. Prayer can never be begging; prayer can only be thankfulness. When we go to beg prayer is not the end, it is just a means. Prayer is not significant because we pray to get something; that something is significant, not prayer. Prayer can never be a means just as love can never be a means; love is the end. Prayer is love, it is simply to enjoy – not for asking, not for begging. Prayer is simply thanking the divine for allowing us to be, for allowing us to see different colours, for allowing us to listen. These are not things which we have earned, they are gifts. All we can ever do is to be thankful for all His gifts. Gratitude is prayer, and it is so beautiful to feel grateful that nothing can be compared to it. Prayerfulness is the climax of our happiness, it cannot become a means to some other end.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Jesus, Knowing Him

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Its a very delicate affair to understand Jesus; intense training is needed for this. It is just like understanding classical music. When you listen to classical music for the first time it may sound boring. It is so delicate, a long training is needed. You have to be an apprentice for many many years; only then your eyes are trained to catch the subtle. And then there is nothing like classical music; then ordinary day-to-day music, is not music at all, it is just noise. For enjoying classical music you need trained ears; without the training we hear noise and think it is music. Training is needed, and the more you are trained, the more the subtle becomes visible. But classiccal music is nothing before Jesus, because He is the cosmic music. You have to be so silent that there is no single flicker of thought, not a single movement in your being; only then can you hear Jesus, can you understannd Jesus, can you know him.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Spiritual thoughts

 

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Jesus of Nazereth

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In his home town, people thought that Jesus was, “Just the carpenter Joseph’s son.” Nobody, nobody could recognize what had happened to this man: that he was no longer the carpenter’s son, that he had become God’s son. This is an inner phenomenon.

 
 

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