The work ahead

I enjoy the Holiday Season very much because it affords me the extra time and inclination to sit and be close to my Self.  I try to tell my mother this.  But she doesn’t listen because she doesn’t want to be reminded of anything joyous and especially not Christmas.   She says, “No cards or presents; it will be the hardest day of the year.”   I doubt it.   I imagine it will just be another Friday and will come and go unnoticed.  But she is serious about this no Christmas card/gift rule, except that both my brother and I are sending both cards and gifts.  We both know that if we didn’t she would be sad and angry and feel forgotten.   My brother unfortunately sent her a Christmas card and a nice check $ in the mail, which she tore up rather ceremoniously, and then phoned him to tell him so!  I on the other hand send her an animated Christmas card, which she had to figure out how to open up from her email.  I sent warm p.j.’s. and a new warm blanket and Green Vibrance smoothie powders and gifts to her friend and caretaker.  The last thing I want is for her to ignore the true value of the Holiday season.

Classical texts of Yoga, tell us that the true value of a human birth is to evolve spiritually.  Without definite methods and some tangible results our progress in evolution be would be practically impossible.   If the purpose of life on earth is to evolve then surely God must offer human beings some regularly scheduled spiritually energetic boons?

I find, as many others do, that spiritually powerful times often coincide with religious holidays.   I tell Mom, “Maybe Christ blesses the world with a special transformational vibration during this time?  And we need to be particularly quiet and introspect to take advantage of it.”

I think to myself, “Perhaps, one is allowed even, a peak into Christ Consciousness.”   Probably, it is our devotional nature that progresses us spiritually.  I definitely feel more devotional during these precious Holidays, and have the inclination to do more pranayama,  stay longer in meditation and expand mantra japa throughout the whole of my being.   Every spiritual practice for me takes on a more radiate hue and I feel I drop deeper into myself and move a bit swifter through any negative tendency of my mind.

I once read  ….”Mere meditation without devotion (bhakti) can be liken to a load of raw rice to a hungry man.   It is not useful to him unless it is cooked.   Bhakti is the cooking.”   The Holydays offer us fuel for the fire, required for the cooking.

I tell my Mom, “On Christmas Day, you should spend at least an hour doing the breathing exercises I taught you.   Just breathe deep for a few breaths and then begin to watch each normally inhaled and exhaled breath—nothing but that.   You will feel close to yourself and I am betting, close to Dad too!”   She listens.

Watching the breath through pranayama practices and mantra japa provides me the means to equanimity and serenity, regardless of what each day brings.  Pranayama and Mantra recitation is for me a daily sacrament, as I sacrifice each breath to the Lord, as I give myself to the mantra.  Pranayama and mantra connect me to the consciousness of the prana, the intelligence of the intellect.   I feel absorbed in the awareness in the mind and That, which preserves the body.  I feel all my parts united: my individualized self of feelings, memories, karmic merits and demerits sequestered in this mortal body, mind, breath and senses, and secured through an Immortal Beingness.   I don’t tell her that.

I say,  my Yoga practices done with sincerity, first thing in the morning, protects my mind, allowing me the peace and discrimination to accept the rest of my day with equanimity.   I move at ease through my day centered in myself.   If  I do find I am stressing about something, I do more mantra japa.

When I think about it now, the only real progress I can say I have made on the spiritual path is that I have a sincere relationship with myself and experience a full range of love and I can self-forget.   And it is the self forgetting, which forged that deep relationship and love and a sense of sacredness into my life.   The self-forgetting kind of  love encourages self-giving and the generous ability to see the worth of others.  This love makes us sweet and gentle and compassionate and beautiful and smiling and happy and courageous.

Mother still attends to herself and her feelings as if they are something quite precious.   She has not learned to self forget.  I told her this is really the only thing that can strengthen her truly precious self and give relief to her grieving soul.   She doesn’t understand and it made her angry.    But,  last night she told me that she had made meringues to give friends for Christmas.   Those had taken her all day to make.   And she seems happier.   I smiled and said nothing,  except  ‘that’s nice.’

Self-forgetting can be developed quite easily through simple methods.   When we find ourselves suffering from our thoughts or wallowing in our emotions, we need only to get busy doing something else.    We need only to do something that is not connected to the object of our suffering, or to our self.    For instance, we can just stop thinking about a person when we miss him,  or when we can think nothing good about him.  We can do this by getting occupied with someone else, or involved in some work that is interesting or just requires concentration.   It is not so difficult to become self-forgetting; it is all a matter of using your time and mind wisely.

This time of the year, Christians are reminded of the Divine Light that once touched Earth.    We should all be reminded to seek our own Divinity each and every day! —-Divinity of the sort of which Christ and the Siddhas spoke and is found in a kind, gentle and loving heart—And of the happiness so close to Divine Light.  We should be told to remember Christ by being cheerful and  and grateful and in service to others, which also keeps the entire body in harmony.   We should all be told to  use the devotional energy of all religious holidays to vow to maintain cheerfulness and gratitude throughout  the new year.   We should all be told at least once a year, regardless of religious or spiritual or political views to  vow to raise the quality of love in our hearts.

I recall now something the scriptures tell us over and over again and clearly, the key to our evolution, dawns.

“Rise to the height of Divine Love.  When you rise to that height, you rise to such a degree that in your father, in your mother, in everybody, you see nothing but God.    When you see that in the wife or husband, no wife or husband exists, but the beloved One, God, then you are in the presence of God.”

  1. This is truly beautiful!

  1. No trackbacks yet.