Friday, December 25, 2015

Thus, said the Blue Lord

Detachment is not that you should own nothing. It is that nothing should own you.
(Ali ibn abi Talib)

Do your job, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
(Tao Te Ching)

Why do we open up to God's Existence? We do that when we are naturally curious about life, or when we have run into a wall and don't know which way to go anymore. When we are happy, surrounded by life's pleasures and treasures, we have little incentives to ask these questions. Arjun in the Bhagavad Gita had just hit a wall. He was in the mists of a bloody war that he didn't want to fight, and he asked the simple question, "why?" For the first time ever, God answered! "Do you duty Arjun, burn your karma, and get to know God in the process." Well, if the Blue Lord is talking to us, what choice did he have but to do our job.

How can you be unfazed by life, yet in love with it? How can you be indifferent to life's outcomes, yet enthusiastic about your life's mission? Lord Krishna has 4 paths to offer:

karma yoga - the path of action 
jnana yoga - the path of wisdom
raja yoga - the path of meditation
bhakti yoga - the path of love 

The path of action is what all of us are on. Life throws the challenges at us that we have subconsciously signed up for, and we do our best to muddle ourselves through it. Jnana yoga is the spiritual path. We do our job and hear Lord Krishnau talking to us, every step of the Way. Raja yoga is the path of meditation the Buddhists have chosen, while Bhakti yoga is the path of the Christ; discover love every step of the Way. Says the Blue Lord:

By meditation, some 
can see the Self in the self;
others, by the yoga of knowledge,
others, by selfless action. 

Whatever your soul longing might be, there is always the right path for you. Fall in love with life, yet, let God help you disentangle your Self from everything. Find your mission and let it guide you Home. That is the promise of the Blue Lord

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