Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What is the difference between longing and desire?
It set me thinking for a few moments and so I did not immediately reply and subsequently forgot about it.
In my YES!+ courses I take great pride in introducing to my students, Guruji's precision and succinctness in giving knowledge when I read out his words in the knowledge sheet about difference between love and lust and the students not only just love it, their concepts of love taken largely from Bollywood actually get thrashed like a dynamite blasts a mine and clarity dawns.
Here I am making a modest attempt, by Guruji's grace, let me know if it helps to bring some clarity:
- Desire is for some end result; longing doesn't seek a completion.
- Desire for something arises when we see or hear about it, it comes from the senses; longing springs from love which is beyond the senses.
- Desire is for some pleasure, comfort, convenience; longing cares for neither.
- Desire seeks fulfillment, longing seeks merger.
- Desire may mature into an intention or ambition; longing makes the love more mature.
- A desire leads to more desires; longing keeps you focussed.
- In desire you want more and more, you want to grow, you want to become bigger; in longing you let go and dissolve.
- Desire, while yet unfulfilled, may lead to 'feverishness to fulfill'; longing leads to surrender.
- Desire, when fulfilled, gives short term pleasure or joy, longing when fulfilled restricts the growth of love.
- Desire, if unfulfilled, leads to frustration; longing if unfulfilled transforms into unconditional love.
- Desire makes you rigid and insensitive; longing makes you delicate and sensitive.
- Too many desires can give rise to intestinal disorders; longing gives rise to heart aches - am afraid, not heart attacks!
- Wanting to achieve what you desire challenges the ego; the more you long, the more it dissolves your ego.
- The discomfort in desire takes away the joy of the present moment; the pain in longing sweetens the present moment.
- In desire there is a hankering for some joy in the future; in longing you enjoy the pain (caused by separation) in the present moment.
- You have a choice whether to drop the desire or harbour it; in longing you are choiceless and helpless.
- Desire is the cry of the mind; longing is the yearning of the soul.
- Fulfillment of your desire can boost your ego; fulfillment of your longing makes you grateful.
- With a desire in your mind, meditation can't happen; with longing in your heart prayer happens.
- Meditation helps to loosen the grip of desire on the mind; longing gets ripened and refined with meditation.
- In desire you can become 'pagal'; in longing you become a 'deewaanaa'.
- In desire you become a slave or fan of the person you desire; in longing you become a sevak or devotee.
Friday, March 12, 2010
September 1999. It was the first time I was attending a DSN course. Rashmin, Rajesh Jagasia, Harshal and a few of our common friends we all were on it. I think it was the first one in Mumbai. Arunaji from Gujarat was our teacher. The intensity was increasing as each day progressed. I had decided I will be repeating this course at the earliest, to be able to assimilate its intensity.
One of the partcipants took permission to go to his house for a while and come back. We all were surprised at his courage to even ask for a break in DSN course!? He looked very happy after he returned. The course got over and he shared his experience.
"I went home to see if my mother was alright. She had just got discharged from the hospital after a serious illness and nobody was at home. To my surprise she scolded me for taking a break from the course and said, "A man in white robes and long hair and beard came and gave me medicines. I am fine. You focus on your course, come on go asap." " There were tears in his eyes as he narrated this.
The power of the grace is infinite. And the Guru's grace is with us every moment. By the end of the course I too had realised that nothing is impossible. "I am the power!"
Next month I repeated the DSN with BAWA!!! An interesting story about that DSN I can tell you only sitting with you face to face, bcoz its kind of a secret ;-)
Well, 10 years later I conducted a DSN in Delhi - Oct 2009. Here is an interesting video snapshot:
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Very content with having clicked the above snap I closed my eyes to meditate. The pandal was resonating with the rudrapuja chants by a few north indian pandits. I must admit, that since so used to our ashram puja, it took me a while to glide into meditation.
Even as the bhajans were being sung and Guruji was performing the last few rituals, Ramdevji entered and went straight up on stage with great zeal with gulal and other colors not only in his hand but all over him! What happened on stage is an exciting rocking story in itself. More about that in the next post ;-)
There were easily more than 5000 people. Lots of people who were there sat wherever they found place to take a glimpse of compassion incarnate Sri Sri.