SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What comes up for you as you contemplate the ability to waft through different identities? Can you share an experience where you felt an invitation to leave cramped, uncomfortable quarters and live more expansively? What is a practice that inspires you to go beyond small identities?
1) Different Identities - I keep questioning who decides these and for what purpose. How can any being be different when one day we all leave? Still exploring what are those barriers which stop us from seeing the truth as it is and not as we want it to be.
2) I constantly question what i think, do, say or act. this way i may contradict what i said before, probably i can see/ understand things differently now. It is all perspective and i would like to explore all possible perspectives. Who knows there may be yet another way to see/do.
3) I question, juggle, find out, ask, LISTEN, evaluate ( limitation is my own knowledge to understand and experience ), and the best Meditate over it. If something is good for me and benefits others too i DO It.
This was pure poetry which touched me. Made me realize the fickle nature of our selfish desires.
Seeing the little self (ego) trapped in a 'hard shell', closed to the limitless beauty just outside!
Made my day today :-)
when i decreses universal one ness appears on horizon,then one can not love me and mine and you and yours.inner and outer are in oneness whole creation one family ,the word others does not exist,live laugh dance in that spirit .always unconditional love.n.n.c.
So beautifully penned with a simple example on oneness! What sadhana it takes to get into the skin of another identity? When, we tangle in the game of deceiving ourselves of our own identity, how can we know identity of another? Until we shed "I" the ego, the attachment to our bodily success and failures, happiness and sorrow, we can not fathom the deep meaning of "I", the reason why we are who we are and how to menifest into who we should be.
It takes such a long time to know ourselves (and do we ever really complete that process?) that imagining ourselves as other people would make the task of self-knowledge even more daunting. The meaning of this plan of God's to make us physically separate, yet psychically unified is interesting. The 'other' as stranger invites both curiosity and fear. And does not knowledge of the 'other' help us know ourselves? And does not increased knowledge of ourselves help us get closer to the 'other.' Wise, wise God.
A beautiful simple poem, yet such depth of meaning! Thank you for writing.
This kind of reminds me of a line in a Lenny Kravitz song where he sings, "I am one and you are me." What we see in ourselves we can easily see in others and what we see in others (if we're not in 'ego mode' and comparing ourselves) we may just as easily see in ourselves.
Beautifully crafted. Prompts me to remember Tagore:
"He whom I enclose with my name is weeping in this dungeon."
We are all expressions of God, thus we are ALL GOD.
I felt small and alone till one day I suddenly woke up in a world where I was in all and all was in me. This was in 1992, pulled down the shutters to my businesses and started to support others find that same world in them. There are billions of faces on our planet and each one is me. Feel inspired and tickled to be part of this service world. Thank you Pavithra.
So well said Pavithra ! So much ,philosophy, knowledge, common ( or is it uncommon ) sense and.....But
after tasting everything on offer,we would come back to the original fit given by the Lord, as that would be the most deserved, and give heart-felt Gratitude to Him
I know. No man is an island. We all are connected, branches of the same tree called The Tree of Life. However, most of us are taught and conditioned to create and live in an individualistic bubble. I am an individual physically. I have my own mind. I have my own personality, my own signature, my country, my religion and ME.When I operate with this perspective, my relating to me and to others who are very close to me have this I-and- You. It seems like the reality.There are moments in my life, when this unique and divisive separateness disappears and vanishes. This happens to me when I naturally and truly follow my heart. I feel one with me and with the other including nature. Where there is no TWO. There is one flow of energy, the earth and the sky merging, no sense of duality, beyond subject and object.The bubble becomes the ocean.These are moments of awakening hard to express conceptually and verbally. This feels like the sound of silence.
Is the first world of separation an illusion? I do not know. I know that it is transitory, like an ebb and flow, day and night, pleasure and pain.There is also another world- a world of oneness.How to live in the world of subject and object with the perspective of oneness is a challenge for me.And I accept it gracefully.
Namaste to all who live in the dualistic world knowing there is the real world that transcends the dividing boundaries and barriers. And we are blessed to have the awakened and enlightened beings who live in the world but not of the world.
Jagdish P Dave
I love the question as to what comes up for me as I contemplate the ability to waft through different identities. What comes up for me is that we are separate and we are one, individual and together, not one and not two but one and two and neither one nor two. I resonate to those statements and they go beyond my comprehension. They reveal the mystery that we are and that we live in. Yes, I am I, apparently separate from you, couched in my skin, with my heart pumping my blood and not yours, and yet I know that at a deep level I and you are one, are different expressions of one spirit. The cells in my feet are different from the cells in my brain and at the same time are cells sharing the same spirit and consciousness and are part of one body. I and the other individuals have different superficial identities that are different expressions of one Ground. In this awareness, I leave cramped, uncomfortable quarters and live more expansively. Articles like this one by Pavithra Mehta and reflecting and meditating on this mystery inspire me to go beyond small identities. A friend of mine died of cancer and another friend commented that he got cancer for all of us -- comments like that are gifts that inspire me to go beyond small identities to the oneness that we are.[Hide Full Comment]