Wednesday, August 21, 2019

"Don't Worry - Be Happy!" Part 1.

Meher Baba was once asked by one of His followers how he should live in the world. Baba’s replied; with regard to food; “Don’t eat too much and don’t eat too little,” with regard to dress He said; “Don’t dress like a dandy and don’t dress like a slob.”

The follower, exhibiting some wisdom, asked nothing more. Baba hadn’t laid down a dress code or a specific code for conduct; instead, He left it up to the follower to determine for himself what was appropriate.

How far can a dog run into the woods? Halfway, and then he is running out of the woods. But all dogs are different and not all dogs run in the same woods, and, in any case, who determines what is halfway? Every individual has his own unique karma—what is appropriate for the beggar is not appropriate for the king…

One’s own dharma lived imperfectly is better than living another’s dharma perfectly.” Mahabharata

To a group of followers, the Perfect Master Upasani Maharaj said:

All objects, when utilized for enjoyment, i.e. more than what is absolutely necessary, act like poison and eventually destroy the body; hence they should be used very sparingly; that way they actually help us. One should feed and protect the body somehow or other with something or other; such a practice will easily make you live without any food in your ensuing birth.” The Talks of Sadguru Upasani-Baba Maharaja, Volume III, page 87

Upasani Maharaj was a God-Realized Perfect Master and His words could be understood and interpreted on many levels—on all levels. Was He being literal when He said “…live without food..?” And when he said, “…actually help us,” can we not ask the question; “help us what?”

Many years ago I had the opportunity of meeting a very advanced Nada Brahma yogi. Ostensibly the meeting was arranged for me to ask him questions about sound and the sacred Vedic mantras and chants, but the first thing he said to me when I entered the room was, “Money is like food—let it in and let it out. If it gets stuck, you get sick.”

At the time I was a relatively poor hippy making money by performing with my guitar and teaching a handful of students. I was making no more than five or six thousand dollars a year, so I wondered why he was saying this to me. But when an advanced soul says something to me, I don’t forget it. And so, over the following months and years I observed myself, and indeed, I began to notice a problem. Being frugal with the little money I had was not the problem, but the fear of being without it was. I was afraid and I was holding it in out of fear. I was not letting it in and letting it out—it was like I was holding my breath.

Over time I came to see that the problem was much bigger than money—money was just a symptom, and money was just a metaphor for life itself. I was afraid of life, I was afraid to let it in and let it out. But life cannot be stopped, and you either go with it or it tears you apart and carries the parts away.

Going deeper into the question, I rationalized that life was not to be trusted—that life was not my friend. Both the teachings of the Masters and everything in my own experience showed me that this was true, and so I wondered that if I can’t trust it, then how could I not fear it?

But that was only part of the story—life was not my friend, but neither was life my enemy, though it was very contrary. The more one askes from life, the less it gives; the less one asks from life, the more life gives, but this is not the whole story either, because life has nothing to give; life is like the postman who delivers the check—life is not the One who sends the check.

If we remain and behave in a pure and right way, then even God begins to serve us; but if we behave in the opposite way, nobody even cares to look at us.” – Ibid, page 81

(To be continued.)

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