To watch the birth and death of beings
Is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky.
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain. ……….Buddha
Recently Dr. Deepak Chopra, the eminent spiritual teacher, took to a temporary monastic life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand for two weeks. This involved full conformity to monastic routine of shaving of your head and eyebrows, sleeping on the floor, one meal a day, waking at 2.00 a.m and going to bed at 10.00 p.m and meditation and chanting during the rest of the time.
He has captures his learning experience in the following words:
When we let go of our habitual certainties and the labels and definitions we and others have given ourselves, what emerges is a pure innocent, joyful, humble, creative and free consciousness. It certainly is the experience of a more real, authentic self that lies beneath our social masks.
The monks themselves were the perfect embodiment of the elegance of simplicity, equanimity, compassion, kindness and joy.
The peasants and villagers were generous and giving and, in my view, had more happiness then some of the wealthiest people in the world.
The awareness of impermanence makes every moment precious, and an opportunity for giving and receiving.
Compassion helps us go beyond the illusion of the separate self.
Life is a continuum of experiences that occur in an eternal now. When we are grounded in present-moment awareness, there is an awakening of innocence, joy and knowingness that is our essential nature.
Understanding and embracing impermanence and being aware of our own death makes every moment precious, and reminds us of what is really important in our life, so we can be happy and make others happy.
We create our own environment. The quiet dignity and serenity of the monks and the villagers who embraced us created an atmosphere of peace and joy and a feeling of abundance that money cannot buy.
I do not want any other thing to this sharing. What Deepak says embodies the very essence of life and can be seen in Jesus words:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”………Matthew 6:25-33
Let us savour the gift of the present moment with ever grateful heart.
Love to you all