The simple choice to ‘Stop’
Let us first explore this simple little word ‘Stop’.
As we were growing up we heard the word ‘stop’ so many times, that it may have a negative context.
Stop misbehaving, stop moving, stop making a noise, stop, stop, stop – it is understandable that we may not have a healthy relationship or response to this word. Each time we heard the word stop, it may have involved a sternness, anger, even a physical response like hitting or slapping. This ‘stop’ was often in order to get us to comply with someone else’s code of behaviour – our parents, our family, our school, or some other institution.
‘Stop’ may be associated with being bad, wrong or in trouble and the punishment that was to follow, being some form of physical punishment or deprivation.
‘Stop’ may also have been used as a warning signal, to freeze, to become immobile in the face of danger, causing one to withdraw, become rigid, or hold the breath.
In all of these examples hearing the word ‘stop’ could also be causing us to rebel.
‘Stop’ is not generally a word that would have been associated with pleasure, satisfaction, freedom, peace or joy.
As we can see, this one little word ‘stop’, this innocent word, may not necessarily be experienced by most of us in a healthy way. So at first, it can be useful to uncover what we have associated with this word.
What is it that you have associated with the word stop?
When we no longer attach all of the negative meanings to the word stop, then it can be of real value, of real use, here now.
What does it mean to ‘stop’ in the context of Satsang, in the context of freedom?
My beloved teacher Papaji, says to Stop – to stop all searching, to stop all movement and following of mind – then we experience the truth – that we are already free.
To stop means to be still, to not move. to not move towards a single thought, to no longer follow the story line, to be here present as you are. To stop is a call directly to the truth that is here, beneath all of the movement of mind, of form, of fixation, of gender. To stop calls us to be true, to be here, to be now. To stop means no longer following the habitual movements towards, away or against, in order to get, to have, to be, or to do.
When I hear the word ‘stop’, it calls me to account, to attention, to be still, it pulls me deeper into the silence that is always here. The word stop for me, is the immediate call to silence. Stop is the instant call of now. The willingness to meet all of life, here now, fully, as it is.
Gangaji says – “When Papaji said “Stop”, he was not saying stop your feeling or stop your situation. He was saying stop the identity that is fighting this situation or feeling. It does not mean feelings stop, it does not mean situations stop, it does not mean reactions stop, but the stopping is the willingness to see “I am fighting this, I am dramatizing this, I am avoiding this, ah, I can stop, I can actually open.”
Without all of the negative past conditioning, what is here now, when you hear the word ‘Stop’?
Allow the word stop to vibrate through your being. Allow the word stop to be your call to be true.
To ‘stop’ means the willingness to be here, now, still, silent, aware, to stay as you are - free, here, now.
Satsang is the opportunity to ‘Stop’, to come together as we are, to tell the truth, to meet our self and each other as the one self – innocently, freshly, freely. Let us meet here in the silence and freedom of the self.
In all love for this that you are