A detached participant of life


Ananda was sitting by the Ocean. It was a lovely morning right after some rain. The Sun was just rising impregnating the turbulent waters with shades of multicolor beauty which Ananda truly enjoyed.

Ananda was captivated by the ripples of the Ocean: A form appeared as a wave of water, moving in the direction of the wind, then a high point, a crest will appear to gradually collapse into the Ocean once again, just so another wave could be born. Truly, dying means living again.

The above could be translated into Spirituality as a “form being born from the formless, just to be formless again when it dies.”

This means everlasting change. The play of form and the formless.

A human being is never the same at any point of his life. The illusion is to believe that a still picture of him, is him. A mind believing in pictures is a dead mind.

Ananda understood for the first time that he wasn’t the same from a second ago. Not even his consciousness. Through this realization Ananda was able to see something which he was unable to see a second ago. His consciousness has changed.

Ananda smiled in awe. He discovered that there was nothing to call “self” for everything was continually moving just like the ripples of the Ocean. Nothing is ever static…but our thoughts, the picture.

To hold on to a still picture of the Ocean is to be lost in the illusion of the self.
To observe the movie of the Ocean without that center that divides the object and the subject is to “be.”

What can you “be”?
A Detached participant of life.



  1. B.K.Gayathri

    Dear F, thanks for your analysis of my dream cum experience on the basis of Mr.Edgar Cayce’s theory.

    The experience i had was so profound that i felt it was more than a dream. Anyway, there are many ways of looking at it. i had this experience nearly 23 year ago. my close friend who was a Psycho-analyst (in Rome) and a spiritually highly evolved person, congratulated me for having that experience and told me that i would make a lot of progress in spirituality. At that time i was just learning my alphabets in metaphysics.. hence laughed at her comment. 🙂 Her prophecy came true.. i have been a sincere practitioner of meditation since 20 years and have made good progress in my spiritual journey.

    Yes, your analysis was also right to some extent. Well, i did not have the 2 fears that you mentioned, but i had quite a few other types of fears. 🙂 Though i am yet to conquer fear completely, i have become quite brave and stable.

    Thanks for your honest opinion and concern.



    • F

      Dear B.K.Gayathri:
      I’m not a psycho-analyst. I read many books on dreams because I wanted to understand my own dreams. I was very much fond of E. Cayce. He suggested: 1) describe a dream as soon as you wake up; 2) give a title to your dream ( for example, “ FEAR of WATER
      ”) ; 3) connect the TITLE to a CURRENT situation/problem/feeling, etc.
      This is the key: “interpret a DREAMER not a DREAM”
      “You interpret dreams in yourself. Not by a dream book, not by what others say, but dreams are presented in symbols, in signs.”
      I’m glad you achieved so much! Congratulation for becoming brave and stable!!!
      Best regards in your further achievements,


  2. B.K.Gayathri

    Om shanti. While listening to Mr.Adyashanti’s talk, i remembered one experience i had nearly 20 years ago. i had this experience while i was having a nap. Suddenly, “I” became a ‘river’. It was a terrible feeling, i do not know swimming and i always make sure to keep a distance from flowing water. And here i was – a RIVER myself! 🙂 To let go off our own identity of being a human-being is itself a scary thing and there i was flowing as a river. “I” could see the base of the river/ the river bed; the waters were very clean and clear, i was flowing over pebbles and sand which were creating a tickling sensation! 🙂 Luckily, the experience ended soon and i woke up with a jolt. Ah! What a relief it was to find out that i was a human-being and not a river! 🙂

    And now, trying to remember/ feel that i am not a human being but a soul in a body……


    • F

      Edgar Cayce thought: “Dreams can diagnose the causes of our physical ailments, point out the thoughts and emotions that we’ve tried to overlook and often make suggestions for improving our relationships with others. While dreaming, we can gain awareness about our entire being: physically, mentally, and spiritually”.
      Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the “sleeping prophet,” the “father of holistic medicine,” and the most documented psychic of the 20th century.
      According to Edgar Cayce, your dream could represent:
      1-“fear of not being in control” 2- “fear of losing a position of prestige”.


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