Words of Wisdom

DEATH

The realization that life is very short brings dynamism in your life. Unwanted things will fall off as well as distractions. When you have to act or put out effort, know that life is short. When you realize life is short, procrastination falls away. When you are expecting a result, know that life is eternal.

The ignorant person does it the other way: he hurries for the result and is impatient and frustrated. Impatience goes away when you know that life is eternal. When you are looking for a return of a favour or a result from your good deed, you want it quickly. But when you know that there are many lifetimes, you realize that if you don’t get it sooner, you get it later.

WAKE UP AND SEE YOUR LIFE IS TOO SHORT ! Time is running, so what are you doing with your life? Is it being useful to you and the world around you? Realize life is too short.

WAKE UP! LIFE IS ETERNAL!

When you want to enjoy the fruit of action, know that life is eternal. When it comes to hope, you should know that there are many lifetimes. When you are looking for results, know that time is eternal. If someone doesn’t thank you or takes advantage of you, thank them because they will pay you back later with interest. So no one needs to feel sorry that they are unappreciated or have been taken advantage of. Know that you will have to be paid back in the future with interest!

When it comes to enjoying the fruit of your actions, good deeds or even blessings, know that life is eternal. Anytime that you are in a hurry, you cannot enjoy. So know that life is eternal.

Santa Barbara, California, United States

April 28, 1999

 

MISERY           

Memory make you miserable or wise. Memory of experiences and events in the ever-changing world – however good or bad – constrict the vastness of the Self. They bind you. Memory of your nature – the non-changing Self – expands and elevates awareness. This liberates you. You are what you are because of your memory. If you are ignorant, it is because of your memory. If you are enlightened, it is because of your memory.

Forgetfulness of the infinite is misery. Forgetfulness of the trivial is ecstasy.

Question : How do we get rid of unpleasant memories and limitations?

Know the impermanent nature of the world and events. Realise that past events do not exist in the present. Accept the past and drop it. Be dispassionate and centred. Memory of the Self is gained in the company and service of the Enlightened. “So Hum” – increase pranaor “So What?”. If nothing works, go to the moon.

Bangalore Ashram, India

November 27, 1997