The endless cycles of form
What words are there that can express this love? just love itself showing up as all – birth – life – death – grateful for it all .
This week we have been celebrating and honoring it all – birth, death, transition. Celebrating death through the 10 day memorial of my beautiful son Cohen who’s physical body passed 2 years ago. Celebrating birthdays of dear friends including my beloved friend Janaki – Brandon Bays of the Journey. Celebrating and honoring this time of transition for many beloveds in our Sangha – sending blessings untold as they walk the road to freedom, navigating the path between the worlds of Life and death, in the endless unknown. All is love.
When we are addicted to ourself as a form, we experience pain, misery and suffering at the changes of life. The form is always changing, all of life is always changing. It is a trick of the mind to see, to experience something, anything, as static, as permanent. That which is, is now that which was, is all past, not here, not now, not real.
Papaji asks the question – Where is baby, the child that was you ? – The body of the baby – is now passed, that of the toddler – now passed, of the child , of the adolescent, of the youth – has all passed, even the young adult is no longer here, every moment there is changing form. What we experience as birth, life and death are just these endless cycles of form. Bringing awareness to life ,death and transition in this way, as cycles of form, enables us to be acutely aware of the temporariness of all form and at the same time aware of that which is unchanged. Deeper, closer, more still than the change, is the grace of your own being, of all being.
“Life and Death, freedom and bondage, belong to mind not to you” ~ Papaji …
“Q. Is the consciousness of which you speak Eternal – Unborn and undying?
Papaji: Consciousness is beyond the concepts of birth and death, beyond even any concept of Eternity, Emptiness or space. That which accommodates Emptiness or Eternity is called consciousness, within which everything is existing.
Q. Yet there is the appearance of birth and death.
Papaji: You see, all existence and destruction happens ceaselessly. All these manifestations are like bubbles and waves in the ocean; let them happen. The ocean doesn’t find that they are separate. The bubbles, the eddies, the waves – they may appear to themselves as separate, but the ocean itself has no trouble with them. Let them move on it, let them have different shapes and different names, coming and going. This body will be the food of worms and ants. From earth it came and to earth it will return. You are That which shines through it. The consciousness is untouched.
Q. Do you propose that we identify with the ocean, that Source, instead of with the waves?
Papaji: No, you need not identify with anything. You only need to get rid of your notions. Do not identify with any name or form which is not real, and no name or form is real. Now to reject name and form you need not make any effort or employ any kind of thinking or identification. You have been identifying with names and forms which have caused you to feel separate from the fundamental nature which you always are, so you have to dis-identify with something which is not true. No need to identify with the ocean or Source. You are the Source. When your identification with the unreal has vanished, then you will be what you have been, what you are, and what you will be.“
Over the last 2 Tuesday evenings we offered the Papaji Satsang DVD’s – ‘Fear of death’ and then ‘Death and Eternity’- they were both very beautiful and profound Satsangs in light of this current Inquiry around Birth, Life, death and freedom.
For those of you who are unable to attend Satsang and would like to watch these Satsangs you can click here for the ‘Papaji Satsang- Fear of death ‘ – to view it on youtube and if you would like to view the ‘Papaji Satsang – Death and Eternity’ you can click here visit the Avadhuta Foundation website to obtain a copy.
There are a wonderful variety of Papaji Satsangs on offer both on youtube and through the Avadhuta foundation.
We have the opportunity to inquire directly into truth, into freedom itself. 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.
In Love and endless gratitude for this that you are ~ Namaste Yantra-ji