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Lesson 165 -
Desire and Change (Audio)
Is AYP For Householders or Monks and Nuns? (Audio)
Date: Tue Apr 13, 2004 4:23pm
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Q: I have experienced desire very intensely to achieve my life's plan. What
happens when the foundations of your past beliefs is shattered by new
discoveries (yoga, meditation, reincarnation) and your desire and motivation
for most things disappears?
A: Our desire will carry us through to our destination. Sometimes our desire
to achieve a particular thing can lead us to surprising revelations about
what is true, and we find that we are compelled to change our orientation.
Change can be confusing, but isn't discovery of the truth a good thing? It
is a birth. And, as in all birth, it is change of the status quo. Yet, the
world need not be turned upside down. It is a fulfillment we are witnessing
today, not a destruction.
There are many ways to go about handling it -- as many ways as there are
people, it seems, for we all react differently to our changing
understandings and circumstances.
In the lessons, a gradual approach is recommended. It is actually quite fast
in terms of how quickly one can take on powerful spiritual practices. But at
the same time, everyday life goes on, and the lessons don't recommend
throwing away our family, career, culture, or religious background. The
truth is oozing out everywhere in life. We just have not been so aware of it
until now. The light is coming up everywhere. If we are going to become
enlightened (and we all will), then it can and will happen right where we
are in our current life, family, activities, etc. Why not?
The idea used to be that we have to run off to an ashram somewhere, "drop
out" of society, and give up our worldly ambitions. Paradoxically, that is
an old-way strategy based on external appearances. We don't have to go
anywhere. Neither do we have to give up our worldly goals, for these are
spun from God also. If we look deep into ourselves, we will find that our
core beliefs have room for the light of truth in them, and so does the rest
of our life, just as it is today. As a matter of fact, everyday life needs
what yoga brings, and there is not nearly the incompatibility it might seem.
Just go into your silence in deep meditation and see for yourself.
Some would dissolve all the world's traditions to make way for the new. I am
not for that. All the world's traditions will flower with the same great
truth of God that spawned them in the first place. It is human desire and
spiritual enterprise (daily practices) that are going to illuminate the old
values, beliefs, and traditions from the inside.
So don't throw away your foundation beliefs. Let them bathe in the living
light that flows from within as you move into your own experiment in human
spiritual transformation with meditation, spinal breathing, and the rest of
the advanced yoga practices. You will find that most of your foundation
beliefs are good, only needing a natural tune up from within. What is not
real will fade away, and the truth will shine forth from you ever brighter.
Call it a revival of who you are -- a homecoming.
It is not a black or white world. Truth and untruth are mixed together in
everything. Better to shine a bright light through it all with spiritual
practices before deciding to make radical changes or throw anything away.
After some time in daily spiritual practices, you will know what to do.
There is nothing to fear...
The guru is in you.
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