Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.
KINDLE LIFE. In the next few weeks we will explore some of the points raised by HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda-ji in the publication of this name. Remember, you can purchase, (very economically!), the book from Chinmaya Mission Publications or if you prefer, the Amazon Link.
As we move into the second chapter of the book, we are reminded of the previous discussion; that licentiousness is not true freedom. Freedom is the ability to make choice and licentiousness is one of the choices. Its opposite is to follow some code of civility. When we make the free choice to adhere to laws and acknowledge the rights of others to make their own choices, we grow as human beings. In terms of countries, there are constitutions and laws which maximise the potential for a peaceful and integrated society; when these are not adhered to, problems arise.
Similarly, for the individual, there are 'constitutions and laws' by which we can live, known as scriptures. These, as do the dictates of all healthy societies, lay out the art of right contact. Here, Gurudev uses electricity for his example. If we do not know the correct manner in which we should interact with electricity, our 'contact' with it could be very damaging indeed!
Something that is heard frequently in discussions of this nature, is the complaint of how evil the world is, how there are so many things which are wrong and how is one ever to find peace in such a mire? Certainly this life can be a very bumpy ride. As Gurudev points out though, rough surfaces are required for sharpening dull instruments. With the skills provided for us in the ancient wisdoms, we can apply ourselves to these problems with a degree of courage, knowing that, as troublesome as they are, we can use them as an opportunity to learn and grow. Or we can choose to drown in sorrow.
Here Gurudev demonstrates with the 'glass half full' analogy. It is the turn of mind in each individual which sees it thus - or takes it to be half empty.
Some minds which tend to the negative view, only need to come into contact with the positive at the right place and right time to find their view is changing and that life turns for the better. They just need the incentive, the example set.
Part of right conduct is to be content with what has been given or achieved thus far. Gratitude. If we are all the time thinking that "I have not enough, oh that person has more or better or bigger…" we are all the time in the flux of discontentment. Even if we obtain the 'more/better/bigger' for ourselves, we are not likely to have refrained from looking always at what the other has.
Cease the craving; be grateful for what there is; accept what still comes; share what you have. All of these fall into the art of right contact and, what is more, bring a sense of peace.
This we have now
is not imagination.
This is not
grief or joy.
Not a judging state,
or an elation,
Those come and go.
This is the presence that doesn't.
(M J Rumi)