I'm feeling pretty disconnected from all of my NaMestoy Farm family, so it was encouraging to get Bert's response to my email asking if he would be here on Sunday. He wrote:
"I am looking forward to being with you and whoever else shows up. I was just mulling how sweet and rare it is to be with people who share my delight in giving hours to experiencing, or really being, the most fundamental truth of who we are! What happens for us may miss the mark or not but we are putting in time together and I am positive we are all growing. See you Sunday.... Bert"
Musings about Ramana Maharshi and My experience
I had an exceptionally good time this Thanksgiving with my family inTexas. It's been a while since I've been with newly born, unconditioned human beings who are seeing, hearing, and experiencing everything for the first time. How alive, curious, and amused they are with each new delight! But we,too, can live in that freshness of Being. I'm communicating with a friend now who is in so much pain that she wants to die. Surely it is my duty to try and comfort her in the best way I know how. Maharshi says that performing one's duty carefully is the greatest service to God. I quote to her what Maharshi says about Pleasure and pain being mental creations, and she feels good for a while. But when I check on her later in the day, she is raging over her unbearable pain and her inability to do anything about it. Hopefully, she will surrender soon. She is all alone, and there's nowhere else to go.... I pray for an opening of her heart and a death of her obsession with her false self.. I would like to bring her here to live out the rest of her days, but she is too attached to her home and independence.
Maharshi teaches that "We can wake up from the ego-dream, which amounts to killing the ego-sense. The experience of deep sleep clearly teaches that happiness consists in being without the body. The wise also confirm it, speaking of liberation after the body is given up. Thus the sage is awaiting the casting off of the body. Just as a labourer carrying a load on his head for the sake of wages bears the burden with no pleasure, carries it to the destination, and finally unburdens himself with relief and joy; so also the sage bears this body, awaiting the right and destined time to discard it. There will be no pain if the physical outlook is given up and if the person exists as the Self. Mourning is not the index of true love. It betrays love of the object, of its shape only. That is not love. True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and that it can never become non-existent."
I am so attached to the substance of things that I often ignore the subtle energies that are speaking to me all the time informing my heart and mind.