Hope less, have more faith

By Raghuvir

Once, on a walk with Babaji behind the ashram in Herakhan, He pointed below some 30 meters away and told me to do something. I did not precisely understand His command but like an arrow flying from the bow I ran where His finger was pointing.
From there, I thought I would follow the instructions again but somehow after some wild guesses while running around in circles, whatever it was, was resolved and I returned after my futile run. He looked at me and said; ‘ You hopeless’. Aah that stung a bit after my flight like an arrow but perhaps the only reason that I still remember this while what was actually going on there, I forgot by now.

Reflecting on it now, places it all in another light. I is always hopeless, I is an illusion and is bound to fall away….one fine day. There is no hope for I. We often cannot stop ourselves from hoping for others and ourselves but it is actually a strange practice. It acknowledges not having what you want and that does not seem a good way forward to me. Faith seems a better practice. With strong faith you are convinced that IT will be fulfilled, you are already envisioning it done and in a way co creating the reality with help of Divine forces. In summing it up now I hope less and have lots of Faith.

In the late ’80’s Bassanti Devi, a devotee from Rome typed up the whole Haidakhandeshwari Saptasati (on a typewriter !) and bound it in a most lovely concise booklet for me. An enormous job that I most happily and gratefully accepted . When I showed it to Vishnu Datt Shastri Ji he was very enthusiastic, he actually composed it in the ’60’s, and instantly wrote a dedication on the first page. When I later asked somebody for the precise translation of it I was told that Shastriji demanded from the Divine Mother that She blessed me with health, wealth and great virtues. Demanded ! I was very surprised as I know Shastriji to be extremely devoted and humble in front of the Divine.

The little red book that Shastriji is looking at.

The respected form of You in English language is the bit old fashioned word Thou. Actually the English language may not be the best example to express what I would like to convey. In many languages there are respected forms of expressing You in a polite form. Also in Hindi. We can read in the Aarti that Babaji is often addressed in the most familiar manner as Tum. Your children, your siblings and very close friends are spoken to in this way but parents or just about anybody will be approached as Ab or other respected ways. How interesting that in this deep and eloquent language we approach the highest respected Divine with Tum. He/She is closer to us than anybody or anything and this shows in the language. For all of us on a spiritual path it is helpful to remember that there is really no path, because there is no distance to cover to reach the Divine. It is already imbedded in our heart, actually inside our every cell as conscious presence.

One would wonder why, if it is so close it seems so hard to experience the Divine and it’s blissful presence in our lives. This is because we are very firm believers in me, myself and I. We are continuously focussed on that person we appear to be to the world whether we view it positively, negatively or in between. This person is the accumulation of the family patterns, culture and all other education and concepts that we encountered when we were born and grew up. Much of all this is firmly logged in our subconscious and generally wrought with fear and desire that further keeps the endless cycle, the wheel of life going around and around. I am aware that I am saying nothing new here to you neither pretend that I am free of the endless loop but still one would wonder why, if it is so close it seems so hard to experience the Divine and it’s blissful presence in our lives. This is because we are very firm believers in me, myself and I. We are continuously focussed on that person we appear to be to the world whether we view it positively, negatively or in between. This person is the accumulation of the family patterns, culture and all other education and concepts that we encountered when we were born and grew up. Much of all this is firmly logged in our subconscious and generally wrought with fear and desire that further keeps the endless cycle, the wheel of life going around and around. I am aware that I am saying nothing new here to you neither pretend that I am free of the endless loop but still One would wonder why, if it is so close it seems so hard to experience the Divine and it’s blissful presence in our lives. This is because we are very firm believers in me, myself and I. We are continuously focussed on that person we appear to be to the world whether we view it positively, negatively or in between. This person is the accumulation of the family patterns, culture and all other education and concepts that we encountered when we were born and grew up. Much of all this is firmly logged in our subconscious and generally wrought with fear and desire that further keeps the endless cycle, the wheel of life going around and around. I am aware that I am saying nothing new here to you neither pretend that I am free of the endless loop. If you are still reading may I suggest to take an inspiring mantra instead and use the above message just as a pointer because mind will just go around and around.

Hope less, Have more Faith !

Enjoy an inspired 2021

Bhole Baba ki Jai !

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