July 11, 2017

When zero is the same as infinity

I once asked Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, "I am very possessive, what should I do?" The usual response to such a question is acquiring knowledge to drop the possessiveness. However, Guruji's response was, "Become more possessive, feel possessive about the whole world, the whole universe". It was many years later that I really understood the depth of the statement.

Adi Shankaracharya's Atmashatkam (Nirvanashatkam) has a line that says 'अहम् भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता'. Here भोजनं (bhojanam) not only implies food, but the objects of experience or enjoyment. The phrase then means - I am neither the object of experience/ enjoyment, nor the process of experiencing/ enjoying, nor the experiencer/ enjoyer. 'चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम्'. I am the eternal bliss-form element that is Shiva.

At another satsang, I hear a very beautiful bhajan that said 'मैं हूँ मंजिल, मैं हूँ सफ़र भी, मैं ही मुसाफिर हूँ' The devotee here says - I am the destination, I am the journey and I am the traveler himself'.

One wonders how can both these be true. At one point, I say that I am nothing and the other point I am everything. This is the beauty of spiritual knowledge that not only accepts multiple dimensions of Truth, but also propagates it. On one hand it allows you to detach and drop all that is sensed and perceived. On the other hand, it also tells you that all that you see around has emerged from the same 'Me' and it is all 'Me'. I believe that this multi-dimensional knowledge is the strength in the culture of भारत (India).

It is like a having a dream. You are not in the dream, nor are you the dream - yet the dream is in you and so are all the characters and their experiences. Depending on which side of the mirror you are, your spiritual journey is towards zero or towards infinity. You will reach the same destination.

Deeper understanding of the existence that we perceive will take you to the same level as disassociating from the existence. Either embrace the whole thing with deeper understanding and realize the nature of the dream. Or drop it with detachment and watch the movie.

The infinity that we see around us is nothing but a zero - like the infinite dream world is nothing in the waking reality.

Enjoy the confusion and bliss at the same time...
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