Kindness and Truth-Telling
We often think that speaking the truth or telling the truth is about our communication with another – whilst this is of course a great way to communicate clearly and directly – there is a deeper truth-telling that points us home to this that we are – the One-Self. The power and freedom of this truth-telling is in speaking the truth to ourselves – it is a kindness to ourselves, to others, to all of life, when we are willing to speak the truth. Telling the truth to ourselves has us be present to the reality of life, the reality of circumstance, the reality of form, and then deeper than that, the reality of this that is the One-Self, untouched ,always free regardless of any appearance of life.
So how do we start – what is really required? We need to know firstly what we really want at the deepest level, and to tell the truth to ourselves about that! If we just want to have a reliable, happy existence with all the trappings, then that is a good place to start. For when you know this is what you want, then all of your energy, and awareness can be clearly be directed here – there is such a kindness in being true to what you say you want and honouring that.
If however what you say you want is to be Free, to know your Self fully, to surrender, to know God, to discover the truth of who you are – then all of your energy, and awareness can be clearly be directed to this – again there is such a kindness in being true to what you say you want and giving everything to that.
What can often be discovered in this truth-telling is that there can be a ‘but ‘ – I want to be free – but, or I want to be free – if only, or I want to be free – when…. When we tell the truth about this, we discover that what we were actually wanting is to be happy, to be safe, to be loved, to be in control, to be known, to be valued etc… and the words ‘I want to be free’, or ‘awake’ or ‘true’ or ‘enlightened’ are just a cover on top – and we wonder why we suffer.
In the truth-telling we can discern what it is that we actually truly want and give our while life to it – We can discover and ask questions in the truth telling – Is it actually true that what I want is to be loved ? to remain safe? to be in control? – Do these things that I say I want actually give me what I am hoping for ? Am I suffering in trying to get something that cannot actually ever be fulfilled ?
There is a deeper discovery as the truth-telling becomes deeper, and a deeper truth-telling as the discovery deepens.
Then there is the real possibility of discovering that what you really want is to be free, is to be true, is to be here, now, awake, aware, as this that has always been your own Self – In that no attention is given to anything else other than this – There is no longer any suffering, no longer any distraction, there is no longer any distortion – there is just the simple truth being told and honoured and you find yourself simply living in alignment with that – such freedom in this.
In the truth telling you uncover that “yes I want to be free'”, then there is the discovery of a deeper truth-telling that “I am actually free” – this that is already free, is my own self, not separate from this life, this existence. This that I used to refer to as me or my life is actually nothing, and here everything is revealed – Such a kindness that this discovery of Self, here, now, as you, already undeniably free, needing nothing, is given freely of itself, to itself, from itself, for itself – ah such bliss ~ let us meet here is this wonderful opportunity of truth-telling to reveal what has actually never been hidden.
When we meet in Satsang we have the blessed opportunity to inquire directly – What do I want? What is freedom? Who am I? When we really hear Papaji’s words “Satsang is not to do or undo anything” then we come together simply as we are, to tell the truth about what is already here, what is already free, this is the blessing and the opportunity of Satsang – let us meet here as this that we are – freedom itself.
You are That Fathomlessness
in which experience and concepts appear.Self is the Moment that has no coming or going.
It is the Heart, Atman, Emptiness.
It shines to Itself, by Itself, in Itself.
Self is what gives breath to Life.
You need not search for It, It is Here.
You are That through which you would search.
You are what you are looking for!
And that is all it is.
Only Self is ~ Papaji
In endless gratitude for the ongoing and ceaseless pointing to the truth by beloved Papaji – may we always meet here as this one-Self ~ Namaste Yantra-ji