In life, we constantly create thought shafts of either pain or joy. Once you create a shaft of pain, you try to break it. In the same way, if you create a shaft of joy, you try to elongate it. But you don’t understand that you can neither elongate the joy shaft nor break the pain shaft – simply because the shaft itself doesn’t exist.
We think that this is the best way to live our life, but I have shocking news for you. There is another way of being that is actually far more beautiful.
Understand, it is the mind that holds the memories of these past painful and pleasurable experiences, and it is the mind that keeps us trapped into the behavioral patterns that limit our human potential to be constantly blissful, joyful, loving and peaceful. By taking action based on past memory, we remove our potential to be fully present which is where the bliss resides.
I would like to share with you an interesting learning from my days of spiritual wandering. In the forests of Northern India the hunters use a trap to catch birds. They tie a rope between two trees. In the middle of the rope, they secure a wooden stick. This is actually a hunter’s trap for birds.
You may think, “How can a bird be trapped with a small stick? How is it possible?” Actually, all they do is just hang the stick between two trees using a rope, that’s all. When a bird comes and sits on the stick, the bird’s own weight turns the whole stick upside down; it turns topsy-turvy.
The moment it turns upside down and loses its sense of balance it feels totally shaken and tightens its grip on the stick. It simply holds onto the stick as if its life depends on it. Because it is hanging upside down, it thinks, “If I am unclutched™ from this stick, what will happen? I will fall and die.”
There is no record that any bird has ever fallen and broken its head. But the bird does not have the intelligence to realize this. It keeps hanging on. By not letting go, not only does it lose its freedom, it loses its life too, because ultimately the hunter traps it.
Just like the bird, you don’t realize that if you just drop your mind, that very moment you can be liberated. You can simply start flying.
The same fear that the bird clinging to the stick had, you have now. Your fear and the bird’s fear are one and the same. The bird believes that it can’t let go; if it does it will die. Similarly, you hold on to your mind and feel, “I can’t let go. If I start trusting that I am unconnected, unclutched™, independent and illogical thoughts, I might be lost.”
After four or five hours, the hunter comes, takes the bird, puts it in the cage, and leaves. Now the parrot neither has the freedom to fly nor the stick to balance. The foolish bird doesn’t know that if it had just let go of the stick, it could have simply flown away.
In the same way, you hold on to whatever you think is your identity and security – your education, your mind, your life, your relationships, or your bank balance. Yama, the god of death, ultimately comes to remove the stick, your identity. Then you are neither a paramahamsa, a liberated soul, nor are you able to hold on to your identity. You will neither have the freedom, nor will you have the stick of your identity that you are clutching, because the stick itself is an illusion.
If the bird lets go and relaxes, it may flutter to balance for a moment or two. It may take one or two moments to balance itself, but it will never fall and die. When it leaves the stick, maybe for a few seconds it will fall, but then it will adjust itself and start flying. Just let go and you will never fall and die. You will only become a paramahamsa. All you need to do is trust that you are unclutched – even if you don’t trust that it is still the truth.
When we are unclutched™, the first thing that will happen to us will be an inner healing effect – a deep silence and peace in us. Second, that inner healing will start radiating as physical wellbeing, which is our health. Third, naturally, it will start radiating in our relationships also. Fourth, because these three are going beautifully, we will be creative and productive.
Paramahamsa Nithyananda, is committed to bringing about a true inner awakening for all beings on our planet. Nithyananda has a following of over 10 million in 150 countries worldwide. Today, he is ranked among the most popular spiritual gurus on youtube.
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