When we learn to trust life, we could truly observe without coming from a particular point of view.
If we just sit down to “meditate” or observe, we may need to be aware of the thoughts arising. Those thoughts have a story which are glued to our inner feelings, those thoughts will maintain the sense of self. We become self-absorbed.
If we are sitting in front of Nature, those thoughts will not allow us to enjoy “what is.”
This enjoyment is not a “Look, how beautiful!” wordy remark; the little thoughtful voice speaking to us.
There is no voice there, but the sense of appreciation and gratefulness arrives, as we are part of that scene in the “now.” It is a feeling.
It is the strength of this feeling, which will take us away from the cage of the belief of being just an “I.”
What Ananda is trying to transmit is this: There is absolutely nothing intellectual, no beliefs, no words or labeling in the moment of appreciation and gratefulness.
To appreciate the “now “ for “what is” means to go away from every expectation.
When we learn to connect to Life as an empty space, with the inner door wide open, then a smile comes out. There is nothing that “I” expect. Nothing to be afraid.
What is happening is all right.
This has been labeled as “contentment.” However, observe that this contentment is not born out of a method or a “realization” that “I need to be content.” This “contentment” is not faked.
Observe that contentment is a feeling, just like happiness.
Observe that contentment arises when the sense of “I” diminishes.
Observe that to get to that “I” to open up by itself, to diminish that sensation, we may need to take away the layers of “stuff” that are bunching up and clogging up that natural state of openness.
Observe that to realize what is clogging up, we just need to observe and become aware of that “I.”
At that point the “job starts.” This is the point when a “seeker” is born. Before that moment, it is just playing about being “spiritual” and socializing.
How does the job start?
It is known as healing “yourself.” Catharsis.
Emotions and beliefs… fears acquired through many journeys. All of that is the “stuff.” To heal “yourself” becomes your own path, your own journey because until that “stuff” is not healed, there cannot be “contentment.”
Contentment is appreciation and gratefulness. When you are that state of being, it does not matter what we “think” we are. It does not matter what belief system someone embraces. It does not matter if the world disappears the next day. It does not matter if we found God or not. It does not matter… we are OK with “what is,” we are one with everything.
We are one with thoughts and beliefs, we are one with the world… we are one with God.
Then consciousness will change without “effort”… by itself, for there is no one there (the “I”) trying to prevent that change.
I’m Never Satisfied Because I Know I Can Do Better. In professional life this line is said many times. An artist says that ‘I have not yet created the painting that I want to make it.’ What does that mean?? It mean that unsatisfaction leads to man where he wants to go? What is contentment and satisfaction. I hope you understand the question because my hands are tight in English.:-)
Contentment is referred to the experience of the inner self and inner fulfillment by just “being.” The keyword is “being.”
Spirituality teaches us that “being” is before “doing” and “having.”
Thus, when the experience of “being” is not complete, “having” and “doing” to fulfill our “being” will be pursued.
The mental game of “tomorrow” is very deceiving. Tomorrow I will paint my greatest painting. Tomorrow I will be satisfied because I can do better. Note how we compare all the time. (Now with tomorrow)That comparison does not allow us to enjoy life in the “now.” We believe that being a “doctor” in the future is “better” than being a student “now.” That belief has a limited vision. “Now” has its own beauty which may not be there tomorrow.
The cycle of looking to be satisfied by having or doing is just the game of a dog chasing its own tail.
Note how our society exploits this “satisfaction,” so there is always something “better” that will come tomorrow and that we need to have it so we can be “part of it.” Better technology, better health care, better things which will lead us into greater satisfaction…But when the time comes, that reality is not like the dream we had, what we thought it ought to happen. Temporary things will always bring temporary satisfaction… until we decide to look into the “time-less” that is the inner self as the “seed” of everything which we want to build in this life.
Thank you for your good question!
Happiness is not something that we “do,” neither that we “make.” As long as there is the consciousness of “I” the ego, there could not be happiness.
The “I” is related with thought. When we think based on outcomes of things happening to “us,” we identify with those things and all of the sudden those outside items have the power to control “our mood.”
There is a state of being which is not dependent on outside situations which have been colored by thoughts. The only “trick,” is to get to experience that state, the “self.”
That “self” is happiness. Our thoughts are the only thing in between.
This is not theory or something that I read someplace. We could experience that in meditation. It “comes” as a karmic consequence, from “being in that practice” with love and dedication. Thoughts come as “curtains” to cover the sunshine of bliss which is that happiness that we are looking for. Once those thoughts are weak, that consciousness of feeling that bliss emanating from the “real” self, is experienced and through that, the curtain of thoughts begin to disappear. It is a “cleaning process.”
Through our own awareness (That is the effort) we should be able to bring that “happiness” in our everyday activities, knowing that whatever is happening around us is really like a “movie.” In this way, those things will lose value (That is one aspect to know about Gyan) and then, through the quality of our thoughts, we will be able to observe those things which we are attached to, which are robbing us from feeling bliss…as we experience further bliss in the consciousness of the self, those thoughts will go away.
To verbalize and rationalize things as saying: “those things come from other lives,” it is part of knowledge; but as you are finding out, it does not help us to gain that happiness.
This is the “game” of consciousness. Spiritual happiness is non-dual, thus; it is not really the word happiness to refer to, but bliss. In that experience, everything else loses its grip on us. Every morning will have a different “bright color.” 🙂
SOME SLOGANS OF THOSE WHO ARE TO BECOME JEWEL OF CONTENTMENT:
1. Contentment is the easy method that enables you to inculcate all specialties.
2. To be content means to have reached the stage of being complete with all achievements.
3. Contentment is the easy method that enables you to inculcate all specialties.
4. Contentment is the visible proof of the study of knowledge.
5. Contentment makes the soul a carefree emperor.
6. Contentment is the method that enables one to keep the self constantly on the seat of self-respect.
7. Contentment makes one a great donor; it easily makes one a world benefactor.
8. Contentment liberates the soul from the limited cycle of ‘yours’ and ‘mine’, and makes you the one who spins the discus of self-realization.
9. Contentment gives you the right to sit firmly on the throne of victory, in a state that is constantly free from all evil thoughts.
10. Contentment is the breath of life for a Brahmin.
11. The Confluence Age is the time to experience contentment.
12. The knowledge of how to be content is available only now.
13. To be content is the special virtue of Brahmin life.
14. Contentment is a specialty.
15. Contentment is the mirror for seeing the special transformation of a Brahmin life.
16. If there isn’t contentment then life is ordinary.
17. Contentment is the easy foundation of success.
18. Contentment is the elevated method for becoming loved by the entire Brahmin family.
19. Contentment is the basis of bringing you into the category of special souls.
20. Contentment enables a soul to mix amongst the sanskars and natures of all others.
21.A contented soul will never be disturbed by anyone’s nature or sanskars.
22. The virtue of contentment is the mirror of all inculcation.
23. Desire for limited attainment creates discontentment.
24. The seed of contentment is all attainments.
25. One with questions in the heart cannot constantly remain content.
26. The confluence age is the age for remaining content and making others content.
27. Contentment is the speciality of the Brahmin life.
28. Contentment is the greatest treasure of all.
29. Contentment enables you to receive blessings from Baba and all others.
30. Contentment is the special gift from BapDada at the confluence age.
To smile is a sign of contentment.
The form, nature and original sanskars of contentment are so elevated that through the contented environment, the vibrations and atmosphere of contentment are able to transform a discontented soul into a contented one.
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*Those who are to become jewel of contentment always give blessings regardless of the circumstances. They have the power to tolerate, to merge and are merciful and forgiving. As a result of their being content and making others content they also always receive blessings from others and Baba.
*If someone gives us sorrow, even then, we have to give blessings. There has to be the power to tolerate and the power to merge.
*We often make a lot of effort to give correction to others, but we do not know how to forgive. To forgive is the same as giving a correction. When we give a correction, we forget to forgive. But if we forgive, then the correction will automatically be there.
*When people go in front our non-living images.
They say, “Give blessings and have mercy.”
If they receive blessings from our non-living images, how many blessings would they receive from us the living souls?
*No matter what others do to us, we just have to continue to give them blessings. It is Baba’s shrimat. If we take any step according to shrimat, we receive Baba’s blessings.
*When someone becomes angry at us, there are blessings in that too. No matter how angry people become,
-they are just reminding us that they are under some kind of influence.
– They also remind us that we are “a master almighty authority.” We are those who pour cool water in that situation and so that one who was angry give us blessings.
*In a situation of anger it is worthwhile to remember the specialties of a rose. It takes fragrance from the bad odor of the manure. So if a rose can take fragrance from a bad odor, can we not take blessings from someone who is angry?
*We cannot think
-“I will be all right if the other is all right”.
-“If this system changes, then I will be all right”.
*We cannot go to an ocean and say: “Hey waves! do not come as such big waves, come as little waves. Do not come in a curve, but come straight.”
*It is said that the world is an ocean. What does an ocean mean?
This world is an ocean and all the waves would neither be big nor small, neither curved nor straight!
The circumstances or situation are not greater than what we are.
*If we say that
“If this situation is put right, my stage will be all right.”
“Put this right and then I will be all right.”
“Make this person who becomes angry cool, and I will also cool down.”
“Put aside this person who makes complications and this centre will be all right.”
To speak in this way is saying that everything is greater than we are.
*Our slogan is: “Do not seek revenge, but change yourself.”[badla na lo badal do!]
Thank you for your comments!
We should make the “effort” to be aware of soul consciousness and to experience that soul, what we are.
That is all…to increase that awareness, we have a “code of conduct” in BK life.
For many, “making effort” means to follow the code of conduct, for others to “do service,” yet for others to “forget everyone else including your body,” or to be “in love with the One.” (amazingly, that seems as if to love is an effort.) For me is to be aware as much as possible so I can experience soul consciousness, for in that experience there is self transformation.
If you would like to call my description above, “maximum effort; ” then .. yes, that is what it is and then let go of any perceived “outcome” or expectation. Everything will happen automatically when we reach soul consciousness. Otherwise, there is the continuous striving, the comparison with others, the spiritual ego to “achieve.”
There is no place to “arrive,” but just where you are now. 🙂 It is a matter of 5000 years. All there is to it is just to emerge a “new” consciousness.
Contentment is not to be “OK” with your lot or what you have “received.” That is to be “complaisant.” (willing to do what pleases others) Contentment is “inner fulfillment.” In that contentment there is what Baba calls “attainment.”
This Drama is a game. It is a play for little children to be amused at. When we believe the play to be “real,” we get in trouble.
1) Contentment is a sign of perfection (2-7-75)
2) A stable stage while seated in the seat of faith. (2-8-75)
Both Murlis today are completely related. Packed with many points of gyan ready to be churned and imbibed. 🙂 This churning today will be a bit deeper.
Interestingly, both Murlis go along with the points shared yesterday about “Do you know if you know?” 🙂 (We are in the same page!)
The goal in this Murli as a sign of perfection is the experience of “Contentment.” The theme then, perfection.
In the second Murli Baba clarifies that we need to burn all of our weaknesses in the fire of deep love. Therefore, contentment is a “virtue” in progress. As weaknesses are being burnt away, so our contentment increases.
Easily we could see that “dying alive” is nothing else but burning those weaknesses, the old sankaras which are trapping us. As Baba mentioned in the first Murli, we should realize that sanskaras are changing automatically in time. We should be able to observe that in ourselves.
However, through our awaraness we are “expediting” and focusing on that process according to time. The Paradox being that “nothing could be expedited, for everything happens according to time.” :-)This is a deep point to churn for those who would like to figure out what is the Drama all about. It is related with the point: “Pay attention and do not be in tension.”
Therefore to be content, we need to be “empty” first of those “tamo” (degraded) sankaras. This is dying alive. It is a process of feeling contentment while burning away the old things.
Baba also mentioned about the path of “knowing” to reach that contentment. There is knowledge which needs to be experienced at the practical level (point #2 out of the 4, in the second Murli) as well as the movement of sanskaras changing in time (mentioned in the first Murli.)
That goes along with “faith.” (Second Murli) which has the support of knowledge. It is not blind faith. BapDada mentioned that we need to accept the Father as He presents to us in His current form in time. This has a different meaning according to our experience. That is our recognition is different from soul to soul (numberwise.)
Also, to see that knowledge is experiential. It is not meant to be mechanical repetition of points. To recognize ourselves inside this knowledge, our roles and our behavior according to time (form.) The fourth point was about the recognition of this special time. Therefore, when there is recognition of all of those points, we have faith in the intellect.
Recognize the Father, experience of gyan, recognize the self, recognize time.
Once gyan is experienced, we can move into understanding what is “going on,” that is our vision needs to change. Baba mentioned in the first Murli as having “the eyes filled with love, cooperation and pure feelings of mercy” for discontented souls. This happens when there is understanding of why there are discontented souls through the experience of knowledge. Again, this process does not happen at the intellectual level but as weaknesses are burnt, a “new light” starts to sparkle in the soul. A new understanding, a realization.
Another example about changing vision through understanding is explained in the second Murli: Do we move because the instruments of destruction move, or are we; the instruments of establishment “running the show”? That change in vision will make me see that I have a task to perform, a purpose at this time and I need to focus on that task which will be instrumental for the other side of the coin to come along as well. There cannot be one side without the other. Both come together. Both are required. Baba wants us to take “charge” in our task of establishment.
Once our vision has been changed through understanding, then we are ready to “learn” a new way, or form; which Baba mentions in the first Murli as the main method to keep everyone content. We need to “mould” our sankaras according to time. That is the form, the method, which shows us that we have learned. We need to be like gold, malleable, ductile, changing to be in tune with others according to time and situation.
Our contentment is related with others as well. It is a relationship, thus Baba urges us to have “unlimited” relationships with othe souls, to experience practically how our inner contentment is able to influence others as well. This is not about theory only.
Another example of changing “form” through learning is to check ourselves. As we become closer to perfection, those little “stains” or weaknesses will be obvious and they will become “brighter” to others. Checking is learning; that is the form, the method.
That is to know.
This is what knowledge brings, thus the slogan supports this journey:
“Imbibe the power of knowledge and the obstacles will accept defeat instead of waging war on you.”