THE SENSES & BEYOND

ZZZZZZ….ZZZZZZ…ZZZZ!!!!! The busy bee hovered around, resplendent in its shiny dark-brown coat. And, as I watched its flight, fascinated and wonderstruck at Lord’s Creation, it perched lightly on a freshly-blossomed rose – a feast – not only to the senses, with its beauty, smell, and, soft and silky texture, but also to the soul, thirsting for something that can bring it closer to the Creator, its soulmate and its Beloved.
In this state of consciousness, every gift of Nature to man , like the rose, kindled ‘that’, which is beyond the senses. The very senses, which used to give gross satisfaction and evanescent fulfilment, have now become the media for ‘Communion with the ‘Self’.
It is a Revelation that happens some moment or other in every seeker’s life, in any of the lifetimes that the embodied soul takes off on its ‘conscious’ journey towards perfection. This moment marks the beginning of a new life or rebirth for the awakened soul, after lifetimes of ‘slumber’ in a ‘bottomless pit’ of illusion, delusion and ‘inert life’. What else can one expect in the dark world of Maya or world-illusion, with all it has to offer – beauty skin-deep, the physical body with its ‘grossest’ expression of the senses, and, the ‘little mind’ that had had a ‘disconnect’ from the ‘Big Mind’- and the experiences all these bring, such as pleasure and pain, lust, feelings and emotions such as earthly love, hatred, jealousy, joys and sorrows, and, not to say the least of it all, the ‘limited’ ego and the intellect , that sift, sieve and judge; justify, praise and criticise, and, make something on Life’s canvas, similar to Modern Art – the artist gives ‘abstract’ expression to his perception – and the latter differs from the one who views it and interprets it. Each perceives his own imagination/thoughts/ideas/concepts as manifested in it. This, I believe, is true of human life as well.
We try to understand, judge, improve others as our minds are always focused outward, caught in the ‘web’ of the ‘little worlds’ that we live in – our families and friends and other social circles that we move in , our relationships with others, and, the problems thereof that we confront in life.
We fail to realise that whatever the situations and the problems we face in life, many a time, are not because of the people we attribute it to, or, due to the situations that we think have been created by them. These are more or less created by us by, if we may say, the ‘Law of Attraction’. ‘Like attracts Like’. It doesn’t mean that there is a ‘black and white’ division of ‘good and bad’..If it were so, if we think, speak and act in a good manner, we attract only ‘good people’ and ‘life-sustaining’situations around us, and, vice versa.
Good and bad are relative terms. What seems good to one may not be so to the other, and, vice versa. In the bargain, we are deluded, and, take our perceptions not as such, but, as ‘Reality’ and respond or react to them.
With the ‘Dawn of Grace’ a stage comes in a seeker’s life when he becomes just a ‘witness’ to ,or, ‘observer’ of all this ‘screen-play’ in life – comprising of the script, the production, the direction, the props, and, the characters, including oneself and their respective roles . Such a seeker remains ‘STILL’ in mind , yet ‘dynamic’ in life. Life goes on as before, but, no more ‘indelible’ or, ‘lifetimes-lasting’ impressions are formed through the senses, the mind, the intellect,and, the ego.
It all transcends human limitations, and the seeker continues to live , celebrating every breath and every moment , with gratitude. Jai Gurudev!!

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