Saturday, January 29, 2011

Between A Rock and a Hard Place -Babaji

Out of the mind and into the heart takes one on a journey from the mundane, the everyday, to the sublime, awe-inspiring, transcendent, magnificent world of Unity Consciousness. ‘Rocks sit in the eyes of man as if made of stone’, I have said before. What does this mean, literally? When children play and boys meet girls in the sandbox of time, what happens? The girls tend to mimic their mothers, even in today’s world, and use the sand and toys to play house such as cooking and tending to a baby doll. The boys generally portray their fathers by using trucks, bulldozers, sawmills, cars, etc. Why is this? We may call this play-acting, social conditioning.

So it goes lifetime after lifetime. Many of you reading this method of communication over the Internet and the scholars, students, disciples, and devotees of Swami Vishwananda have broken out of the “sandbox” we are calling social conditioning. You are exploring the rarified air of Atma Kriya, the Saints and Martyrs, the Hindu Gods, holistic or ayurvedic medicine, well being and food, yoga asanas, sustainable living, and many alternative lifestyles that you did not learn in the sandbox of time. The sandbox is good; I will not say it is not.

There comes a time in each lifetime where a crossroad appears as if out of the blue clouds above you. Then a crisis time occurs where you decide if you will stay in the sandbox condition or if you will begin to broaden your horizons and collect and integrate the data that is available to you which comes from other dimensions of being. So it is the students of Swami Vishwananda, who have chosen to go the distance with him, have had to stretch their imaginations and their minds to go within the Heart to even begin to understand who one is in reality, and what He, the Spiritual Master, represents in this incarnation. And that has brought many to this crisis point of renunciation of the world-at-large: following Krishna while leaving duties and husbands as the gopis did at that time or being among the flock, the “sheep” of Jesus.

You have seen in life or in pictures when a baby bird opens its mouth for the mother to place food into it until the bird is mature enough to feed itself. So it is with your decision to move beyond the sandbox of comprehension and human behavior. You wish to become free and to tap into the connective tissue of the Krishna-Christ Consciousness energy of Unity. Swami Vishwananda has said: “I can put the food into your mouth but I cannot swallow it for you; you must do this for yourself.” And So It Is; the mother bird feeds her young and the Spiritual Master feeds his flock whether, metaphorically, he is teaching: “gopis, sheep or birds.” In the beginning and in the end without beginning or end, We Are One!

Let us come together as a world family taking our positions and duties in life as One Being, united in the common goal of Unity created from the Heart Space of that known to you as Divine Love evermore. I am Babaji, your true heart companion now and forever, Amen and OM.

Between A Rock and a Hard place: The origin of the saying is taken from the ancient Greek mythology of "The Odyssey". In his efforts to return home, Odysseys must pass between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla was a horrible man-eating monster that struck from above on the cliffs (the "rock") while Charydbis was a treacherous whirlpool (the "hard place"). Hence "to be between a rock and a hard place" is to have a dilemma.

Kahlil Gibran on Love

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among
his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your
tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them
in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire,
that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know
the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge
become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace
and love's pleasure
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness
and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh,
but not all of your laughter, and weep,
but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say,
"God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love,
if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires,
let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart
and a song of praise upon your lips.

-Kahil Gibran


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Babaji,
It looks so scarry... but it is only for the eagles who fly high & beyond - attached only to Thy Cosmic Form and then nothing matters, when the strongest instinct of freedom and expansion overtakes such a brave soul.JGD