Why wait for the next step--walking in the outer world tests--sign me up!!
The morning impulse was to visit the man on the hill. I took Gurudev's suggestion and brought rice and extra fruit. Hung it on the wall outside his door and he appeared. Another smile, so I haven't violated any codes of the mystic world yet. He came up and joined me on the rooftop and we had an exchange with head nodding, finger pointing, and two different languages. Even if I say a word used in the native language, my accent and pronunciation make it sound even more foreign. Fun to see where I have walked over the years and what religious sites I have visited. He pointed out a new one that I hadn't been to, so off I went.
|Who is the ashram for? Is everyone invited to Sunday church?|
|Cows, monkeys, and humans?|
|Two Durga wall pictures!|
|Noticing the King Cobra now|
Now for the test; approaching the man who was whacking the elephant in the head with a stick. Could I stay in the place that has nothing to do with the outer world other than being an observer and yet know that part of me is a thinking human being with the potential for emotions and outer reactions? I stood looking into the eyes of the elephant wishing he knew this point of surrender for stepping out of suffering, but maybe he does? As I have witnessed severe beatings of horses, I watch them disappear within, maybe they do know? Interesting to observe the root of emotion and the beginning of a felt sense of suffering within myself. Thank you for the continued lesson plan unfolding.
Check mark on the fact check that surrender is the only way out of suffering. To consider that it is free and always available, why isn't it more widely known?