RIGHT ACTION & RELATIONSHIPS
We naturally travel from the small ” i ” to the real “I ” or Higher Self in each life. Some do it faster than others. 🙂 Why is it so hard for some children to want to share? It is natural to want to enjoy creation. Children enter life excited to experience the wonders of creation. During this excitement, they sometimes forget that there is plenty to go around. 🙂 With this remembrance though, it is easy to share. Of course, as one grows older, they will hopefully put this knowledge consistently into action. Another reason is due to the previous impressions in the mind that are carried into this life. These impressions are like seeds that sprout when the soil is right. Therefore, parents need to reflect the positive qualities for children to learn. As we know, children will often take on qualities of those around them. This is why we say that the mother and father are the first gurus for the child.
I recall a story from yoga…
A saint was bathing in the sacred river Ganga. A scorpion floated toward him. The saint carried the scorpion out of the water so the scorpion would be safe. While carrying the scorpion, the hand of the saint was bitten. Afterwards, the saint continued bathing. Within a short time, the scorpion floated out on a wave toward the saint again. And once again, the saint carried the scorpion to safety. The scorpion repeated the same behavior and stung the saint with its bite. Now, those watching this asked the saint why he’d carry the scorpion to safety even while getting bitten. The saint compassionately responded, “This is the nature of the scorpion, just like this is the nature of myself.” Only in following the saintly path is one free. Continued…
The story doesn’t say how long the Saint continued to carry the scorpion. Basically, we could say the Saint was beyond pleasure and pain so the biting of the scorpion wasn’t really felt by the Saint. However, the Flow includes Ahimsa (non-violence) for all involved. Therefore, each experience must be seen through this great universal vow of Ahimsa. Gandhi won the war due to his firm example of Ahimsa.
Before he gets knocked down by the “truck.” 🙂
We have our nature and the snakes have their nature. In other words, your husband was doing his thing and the rattlesnake was doing its thing. Just like in life, we can be kind, yet a person can still be mean to us. Obviously, the baby rattlesnake felt he needed to protect himself.
The battle we have to face in life isn’t always easy. However, if we come through it with greater understanding, then the battle was won. The battle is there to present a lesson we need. This battle for you was to experience another lesson in unconditional love and non-judgment. The lessons on the same qualities become more and more subtle. Through the effort of wanting to grow by doing one’s best in life, it will begin to feel more natural. Each battle is like a test to show us where we presently are, how we are really doing. Yes, the stress from your work can undermine the situation, another good lesson regarding the importance of finding our balance. It will come. Perfection of the mind is a journey. Wisdom in action is the path.
The posture is to keep the mind steady, free from anger. The mantra is, nothing is more important than inner peace: let it go and let it flow. On the physical level, anger’s seat is in the third chakra (energy center). Of course, anger that harms others in a more detrimental way is in the lower body below Muladhara (base chakra). This anger you speak of will pass. It sits before the opening of the fourth chakra of the heart. Anger blocks the door to the heart chakra. Backward bending postures help to open the heart chakra where unconditional love can be felt. As a parent, one needs to recognize that children have their own karma. They must and will act according to their own samskaras (mental prints). A parent does the best they can then they must accept the rest as their children’s own path. Friendship, support, and love: these are great gifts a parent can share. You’ve given good seeds for her growth, now they must settle in her own garden according to her own soil where there are seeds, flowers, and yes, some weeds. Continue to water the garden with love. From love all good things blossom.
We must reach a point in life where we no longer care how people feel about us but, instead, see how we can be of service to others. Service begins with ourselves and close relationships then can easily spread to others.
We need to be happy for those who are happy and compassionate for those in need. However, our inner peace must remain as we need to be focused on the higher path of service. Make others happy and we will also become happier. If one is sad, and we also become overly sad, then our LIGHT will not be of service to them. No matter what, we must not let go of our inner peace. Good and bad comes along our path; no one can escape it. Therefore, we must accept the pair of opposites and continue our path forward.
All personalities will not be totally happy with one another. But if we look beyond the personality then we can see the beauty in all things. If someone appears not to like you, then it can be seen as a wonderful opportunity to shine love toward that individual who perhaps has misguided judgment. For this reason, what a great blessing . . .to be able to give love unconditionally. When in the flow of love, there is no care about the rest of the so-called problems. It is seen as a vehicle for Karma Yoga, to be able to give without the expectation of anything being given in return, except for the opportunity to give where it is sometimes most needed. And who knows, this may be the best medicine for the relationship to grow. It definitely will be for the true Karma Yogi.
When human love becomes unconditional love, then it is a direct path to the Supreme Spirit, DEVI. As long as the relationship uplifts the spirits of the two involved, then the relationship will be joyful and will serve to inspire the spiritual path of each.