We spend all our time yearning for the past, or regretting what is already history.
Or we waste our time dreaming dreams, instead of doing something about it.
Or we live, worrying about future events, which in all probability are not going to happen.
I was reading the other day:
Most people find it hard to live their life in Present Simple,
They prefer Past Complicated,
Or Future Depressive.
Enlightened Minds urge us to live in the present moment.
I believe that living in the Present moment is equivalent to “To Be”.
As Shakespeare says: “To Be or not to Be, That is the Question.?”
What is “To Be?”
‘To Be’ is to lay aside all concepts, conditionings, egos, attachments and all Belief Systems.
‘To Be’ is to put aside all that is not required at this moment.
‘To Be’ is to sit quietly, this moment, without any expectation.
We have become what our thoughts are. We believe that we will cease to be without them.
But if we were to lay them aside for awhile. And not ponder on our doctrines and value systems.
We would ‘BE’
If you are eating – Eat!
If you are walking – Walk!
If you are praying – Pray!
Do not think! Feel!
A reader has asked me:
“Could you kindly tell me the importance of silence for a bhakta? Is being silent equal to, better than or not as good as doing smaran or chintan or any other type of Navdha bhakti?”
I think that the importance of silence for a bhakta is not better or worse. It just is another form of discipline.
I personally believe that remaining silent, or as it is called in our philosophy, doing ‘Maun vrat’ is totally ‘To Be’.
A true Bhakta will just Be, no matter whether he does ‘Simran’ Chintan or any other type of Navdha Bhakti.
A Reader has sent me the following observation:
Why were saints, saints?
Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful,
patient when it was difficult to be patient;
and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still,
and kept silent when they wanted to talk,
and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable.
That was all.
It was quite simple and always will be.