“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”
– Michael Altshuler
We all do it differently – but we must do it! Withdraw from everything for some time, daily, to meet yourself, your soul, your vision – and feel loved.
Just connect and attain a state of congruence where the heart-head-hands is in balance. Once we are ‘rested in the inner home’, come back to the world outside of you – and struggle.
First feel loved by God and then go out and struggle to serve in this world.
Struggle is the name of the game in this mortal sphere, but first we need to surrender – a space of shelter where a force beyond you embraces you. You belong to Krishna (understood by different people as ‘it’ or the ‘force’ or the ‘universe’ or ‘God’…the list goes on), and to experience belongingness with Krishna is your first duty. That’s when you feel safe in this world filled with duality – a world defined in Bhagavad Gita as ‘dukhalayam asasvatam – a temporary abode of misery.’
Some of us transcend the fleeting nature of this world by studying scriptures; others worship deities or chant Hare Krishna. Yet, quasi-spiritualists have their own ways – walk in nature, reading and writing poetry, or even gardening.
The key is get out of the clutches of Mr. Time. His tight noose grips me harder when I ignore him or when I get obsessed by his influence and seek to control him. I can’t ignore Time nor can I get paranoid. He is what he is – every moment he’s inching closer to me. William Shakespeare said it beautifully, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women mere players: they have their exits and their entrances.”
The daily time for spiritual connection is to become aware and sober about Mr. Time’s ubiquitous presence in our lives. He is neither an enemy nor a friend. He’s a neutral observer watching every action of mine without pain or joy. He is not partial. He has brought so many reversals in my life but he also brings blessings.
In our daily time for connection, if we simply ‘listen’ – stay present in our spiritual activities, we could transcend the influence of the ‘enemy’ Mr Time and get blessings of the ‘friend’ Mr. Time. As C.S. Lewis said profoundly, “The present is the point at which time touches eternity.” Unfortunately, although many of us confess that time is what we want the most, it’s time that we use the worst.
“Whoever is under the influence of supreme Kala [eternal time] must surrender his most dear life, and what to speak of other things, such as wealth, honour, children, land and home.” – Shrimad Bhagavatam (1.13.20)
How do we practically apply this principle of ‘Listen to transcend Time’?
To be continued….